Most of our wine on the pub wine list is organic and unavailable in the supermarket. It is supplied by our business partner Vinceremos. Organic wine has to have less than 50% of the sulphites of ordinary wine and you will notice less of a hangover as a result. All of our wines are vegan and are not clarified with lactose products or fish scales. Some of our wines are free of sulphites entirely which will suit those who have an intolerance to them. Many of our wines are biodynamically produced, a method whose central tenets are 1) an organic minimum, no pesticides, herbicides, or other chemical input and 2) a homeopathic approach to preparations and treatments. Organic wine methods avoid the crushing of the pips and the addition of sugar which is used to hide the unpleasant taste of the toxins from the crushed pips and make some mon-organically produced wines more palatable. With less overall sugar, these wines will be better for your waistline!
From a novice wine enthusiast’s perspective, the taste of Organic wines seem cleaner on the palate.
Finca Enguera Verdil 2014, Bodegas Enguera, Valencia, Spain (13%) (O)(V) (Screw-cap)
Verdil is a rare Valencian variety almost single-handedly rescued by Bodegas Enguera - and what a charmer! Quite weighty, broad and aromatic with ripe green apple fruit. Intense fruity aromas with loads of yellow fruit, kiwi, delicate floral hints, and lightly spicy notes, stunningly round and harmonious.
Grape varieties: Verdil/Sauvignon Blanc18.00
Pinot Grigio 2014 IGT, Perlage Winery, Veneto, Italy (12%) (O)(V) (Screw-cap)
Aromatic and fragrant with a lively and vivacious style. An off-dry and velvety white with delicious summer fruit flavours and a bouquet which the producer says evokes mountain meadows at harvest time.
Grape varieties: Pinot Grigio18.50
Chenin Blanc 'Moonlight Organics' FAIRLY TRADED, Stellar Winery, Western Cape Province, South Africa (13%) (O)(V) (Screw-cap)
A light, delicate, floral and slightly honeyed nose with well-balanced fruit and a soft, rounded finish. A clean fresh Chenin, fermented and bottled young. A very accessible example of this modern style of wine, deftly balancing crisp acidity with ripe fruit flavours.
Grape varieties: Chenin Blanc18.50
Sauvignon Blanc 2013 'La Marouette' IGP Pays d'Oc, Terroirs Vivants, Languedoc-Roussillon, France (12%) (O)(V) (Natural Cork)
Rich and grassy in style, without the aggression of much Sauvignon. Lots of juicy flavour and a slightly spicy undertone, with aromas of pears and newly mown grass.
Grape varieties: Sauvignon Blanc19.50
Gavi 'Spinola' Castello di Tassarolo, Piedmont, Italy (12%) (O)(BP)(NSA)(V) (Natural Cork)
It’s harder to make good white wine with no added sulphur than good red not least because the tannin in most red wine also acts as a preservative, but we love this dry, elegant white from Piedmont in north-west Italy. Sometimes dubbed ‘the Chablis of Italy’, Gavi is a classy white with delicate stone and orchard fruit and some minerality. "Soft apple-crumble flavours, tangy and broad not spritzy and lean, with an enveloping savouriness.” Decanter
Grape varieties: Cortese25.00
Petit Chablis 2013 AC, Domaine Philippe Goulley, Burgundy, France (12%) (O)(V) (Natural Cork)
A supple and elegant Alsace varietal with a fruity zest. Dry and fresh with a citrus fruit nose and a suggestion of elderflower. A fine wine of outstanding quality, made without chaptalisation which perfectly marries suppleness and structure.
Grape varieties: Chardonnay29.50
Sancerre 'Les Caillottes' AC 2013, Christian Dauny, Loire, France (12.5%) (O)(V) (Natural Cork)
Crisp clean Sauvignon character, with typically appealing flavours of gooseberry and elderflower. The vineyards that produce this wine, Les Caillottes, are notably pebbly, and the wine well reflects the terroir - keenly dry but in a more accessible and creamy style than most Sancerres. A wine of considerable finesse from this well respected situated on the banks of the Loire, 45kms east of Bourges.
Grape varieties: Sauvignon Blanc32.50
Camino Rosado, Bodegas Parra Jiménez, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain (12.5%) (O)(V) (Natural Cork)
A delicious fruity and fun Rosé, revealing vibrant aromas and a rich fruity palate bursting with strawberries.
Grape varieties: Garnacha7.50
Grenache Rosé 'La Marouette' IGP Pays d'Oc, Terroirs Vivants, Languedoc-Roussillon, France (12%) (O)(V) (Natural Cork)
A great summer drinking wine; modern, dry and direct on the palate with notes of ripe berry fruit and delicate touches of pepper on the finish. Great value too.
Grape varieties: Grenache18.50
Côtes de Provence Rosé 2013 AC, Domaine du Jas d'Esclans, Provence, France (13%) (O)(V) (Natural Cork)
A Provençal rosé from the very top drawer, made in a serious, thought provoking style. Soft and multi-layered with notes of crushed strawberries - It has established itself as our top selling rosé, the pink of a very decent bunch, lighter, cherry tinged, and sophisticated.
Grape varieties: Cinsault/Grenache/Syrah21
Prosecco Spumante Extra Dry 'Era' DOC, Cantine Volpi, Veneto, Italy (11%) (O)(V) (Natural Cork)
Made with grapes grown in the hills around Treviso, in the Veneto region...A very well-balanced sparkling wine that's delicately fruity with a gently aromatic bouquet. Dry but fruity, it's a delicious companion to hors d'oeuvres and mildly flavoured foods as well as partnering fish and shellfish. COMMENDED - Decanter World Wine Awards
Grape Varieties: Glera25
La Marouette 'Sans Sulfite' 2014 IGP Pays d'Oc, Terroirs Vivants, Languedoc-Roussillon, France (13.5%) (O)(NSA)(V) (Screw-cap)
A stunningly up-front and highly fruity red made without the addition of any sulphur. This is a great example of a wine that ticks so many boxes…organic, vegan, no added sulphur and most importantly DELICIOUS. There’s an abundance of dark forest fruits and light spice notes. A wonderful mouth feel with medium tannins make this and ideal match for red meats and mildly spiced foods.
Grape varieties: Merlot/Cabernet18.00
Malbec 2013, Caligiore, Mendoza, Argentina (13.9%) (O)(V) (Natural Cork)
A really gutsy Malbec from Gustavo Caligiore in Lujan de Cujo (Mendoza). The vineyards lie below the Andes at a height of 900m and enjoy the ideal combination of hot sun by day and cooling breezes by night. His Malbec vines were planted back in 1930 and enable him to make a wine of real character - a deep, purply red with a gorgeously dark fruited nose. In the mouth it's rich and fruity, supported by gentle tannins and there's reassuring sweetness on the finish. Me gusto mucho!
Grape varieties: Malbec22.50
Rioja Garnacha Crianza 2011, Bodegas Navarrsotillo, Rioja, Spain (14.5%) (O)(V) (Natural Cork)
Rather unusually for a Rioja this wine is not made with any Tempranillo grapes but instead is a 'single variety' Crianza using only the vineyard's best Garnacha (Grenache). With warm berry flavours and soft tannins it's certainly becoming a firm favourite.
Grape varieties: Garnacha18.00
Monferrato Rosso ‘Cuvée’ DOC, Piedmont, Italy (13.5%) (O)(BP)(NSA)(V)(Natural Cork)
This elegant and medium-bodied red is produced without the addition of any sulphur, from grapes grown using biodynamic methods. Ripe, soft and locally traditional Barbera grapes have been skilfully blended with some Cabernet Sauvignon which lends weight and backbone. The result is balanced, expressive and smooth.
Grape varieties: Barbera & Cabernet Sauvignon26.50
Barbera 'Titouan' DOC, Piedmont, Italy (13.5%) (O)(BP)(NSA)(V)(Natural Cork)
Behind this 100% Barbera is Henry Finzi-Constantine, a student of anthropology and the works of Rudolf Steiner (biodynamics) and more recently the introduction of heavy horses in the vineyards of which this wine is named after. On the nose you'll find wild dark berries and cherries, the palate is warm, soft, round and balanced, simply delicious! Drinking well now but would be great if you can stash a few bottles away in the cellar.
Grape varieties: Barbera28.50
Les Trois Terrasses 2012, Mas Gabriel, Languedoc-Roussillon, France (12.5%) (O)(V) (Natural Cork)
Essentially Carignan noir (old vines) blended with a little Grenache and Syrah. Very expressive nose with aromas of cassis, black olives and wild herbs (“la garrigue”). Fine tannins with delicious fruit and savoury notes on the palate, balanced by a lovely freshness. Delicious with seared duck breasts, rabbit with prunes, or butcher’s sausages on the barbeque.GOLD MEDAL: Challenge Millésime Bio, SILVER MEDAL: Decanter World Wine Awards
Grape varieties: Carignan/Syrah/Grenache29.50
Vacqueyras 'Garrigues' 2010 AC, Montirius, Rhône, France (14.5%) (O)(BP)(V) (Natural Cork)
Top quality Biodynamic Rhône red, a blend of Grenache and Syrah from 40 year old vines which slips down like linctus. One of our most popular and written-about wines - skilfully combining black fruit aromas and flavours, juicy tannins, and a characteristic Rhône spiciness. A high ranking official from the Rhône's Ministry of Pleasure. GOLD MEDAL - Millésime Bio, COMMENDED - Soil Association Awards, FINALIST - Soil Association Organic Awards
Grape varieties: Grenache/Syrah35.00
Grande Reserva 2010, Casal dos Jordões, Douro, Portugal (16%) (O)(BP)(V) (Natural Cork)
If you like full-blooded fruity reds and port this gem from the Douro Valley is unsurprisingly for you as it lies somewhere on that axis. At 16% abv it's not exactly a quaffing wine but has the luscious sweet fruit and a great big smack of depth. A bottle to share for sure! GOLD MEDAL: Millésime BIO
Grape varieties: Touriga Nacional/Touriga Franca38.00
A bottle of wine on us
Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evening, we’re offering groups of 6 or more that book a three course meal a complimentary bottle of Organic house wine or a wine credit up to this value.
Call 01865 300307 to reserve a table.