Vina Cobos Felino - Mendoza 1460 1 /products/vina-cobos-felino-mendoza?variant=19188910260342 recoleta-malbec-mendoza Jaded Palates Red REGION: Mendoza, Argentina VARIETIES: Malbec ALCOHOL:  14% VITICULTURE: Sustainable YEAR: 2015 INFO: After visiting Argentina in 1989, Californian trail-blazer Paul Hobbs became deeply interested in both the terroir and Argentine culture, noticing the unique potential for Malbec and other varietals in the region. After meeting two kindred spirits, Andrea Marchiori and Luis Barraud, they founded Viña Cobos in 1997 and since then there has been no looking back. Utilising gnarly old vines, careful vineyard selection, very low yields and an unerring empathy for the raw materials, Viña Cobos craft intense yet balanced wines that showcase the elegance and beauty of this region. 7 WORD WINE REVIEW: Beautiful soft yet structured dark fruit. Smooth. In Situ Sauvignon Blanc - Aconcagua 990 1 /products/in-situ-sauvignon-blanc-aconcagua?variant=19507489833078 in-situ-sb Jaded Palates White REGION: Aconcagua, Chile VARIETIES: Sauvignon Blanc ALCOHOL: 13% VITICULTURE: Conventional YEAR: 2017 INFO: Viña San Esteban was founded José Vicente, an established grape producer, and his son Horacio, who held positions in France at Château Mouton Rothschild and Mouton Cadet, and in the United States at Chalone Vineyard, one of the first boutique wineries in California. They became pioneers in planting on the rocky hillsides of the Aconcagua Valley of the Andes, where cristal clear air, freely draining soils and bright sunshine mean an incredible purity of fruit. Clever cellar management ensures they get the very best value out of all of their fruit 7 WORD WINE REVIEW: Grassy, vibrant and herbaceous. Deliciously pure fruit. Down The Rabbit Hole Sangiovese/Cabernet - McLaren Vale 1650 1 /products/down-the-rabbit-hole-sangiovese-cabernet-mclaren-vale?variant=19190990733430 dtrh-red Jaded Palates Red REGION: McLaren Vale, Australia VARIETIES: Sangiovese, Cabernet ALCOHOL: 14% VITICULTURE: Conventional YEAR: 2016 VEGETARIAN/VEGAN: Vegan INFO: In the producer's own words: "Down The Rabbit Hole is a winery which aims to inspire imagination with an attitude of adventure, inviting drinkers to join in on something special." They are certainly attempting something different, with a poem on the back of every label, and an emphasis on collaboration and sharing. The labels are striking, and the wines are too. This is Super-Tuscan style, with a real Aussie twang.   7 WORD WINE REVIEW: Dusty, dry leather and full, ripe blackcurrants Berry Brothers The Merchant's Range Claret - Bordeaux 1090 1 /products/berry-brothers-the-merchants-range-claret-bordeaux?variant=19005468999798 berry-brothers-the-merchants-range-claret-bordeaux Jaded Palates Red REGION: Bordeaux, France VARIETIES: Cabernet Sauvginon, Merlot ALCOHOL: 13% VITICULTURE: Conventional YEAR: 2014 INFO: The Berry Brothers are synonymous with quality. The oldest of all the UK's wine merchants, established in 1698, possessor of two royal warrants, there isn't much that these folks don't know about fine wines. So when they started to produce a new range of wines specifically aimed at independent merchants like us, we thought they were at the very least worth a try. And what a result: a very similar blend to their Good Ordinary Claret, this is all you good hope for in a wonderfully-priced Bordeaux. 7 WORD WINE REVIEW: Fantastic value: full, bold, rich and smooth. Bodegas Arribes Malvasia - Duero 980 1 /products/arribes?variant=29410803449974 10387 Jaded Palates White REGION: Arribes, Spain VARIETIES: Malvasia ALCOHOL:  13% VITICULTURE: Conventional YEAR: 2015 INFO: Follow the Duero river through Spain and Portugal, and you will find literally teeming with wine regions: Ribero del Duero,Toro, Douro. . . and now Arribes. A very recent appellation, often unfairly referred to as “poor man’s Rias Baixas”, this arid and unforgiving area is producing its own style of vibrant, fresh whites. Great value. 7 WORD WINE REVIEW: Fresh, vibrant and fruity. A real winner. Bodega Benegas Cabernet Franc - Lujan de Cuyo 1790 1 /products/benegas?variant=29410802368630 10802 Jaded Palates Red REGION: Lujan de Cujo, Mendoza VARIETIES: Cabernet Franc ALCOHOL:  14% VITICULTURE: Conventional YEAR: 2015 INFO: Federico Benegas Lynch was raised at 'El Trapiche', a winery established in 1883 by his great, great grandfather, Don Tiburcio Benegas, one of the original pioneers of Argentine wine. Those of the eagle-eyed amongst you might recognise the family link with Bordeaux (Lynch), so there's some serious winemaking stock here. Cabernet Franc does remarkably well in Mendoza, where the climate is more consistent than in its native Loire Valley. As such, the full fruit potential of this amazing grape comes through. 7 WORD WINE REVIEW: Generous, full, red berries, spice and tobacco. Biscardo Rosapasso - Veneto 1090 1 /products/biscardorosapasso-veneto?variant=29410801123446 11154 Jaded Palates Rose Berry Brothers The Merchant's Range Rosé 850 1 /products/merchantsrose?variant=29410800337014 10574 Jaded Palates Rose REGION: Paniza, Spain VARIETIES: Garnacha, Tempranillo ALCOHOL: 13% VITICULTURE: Conventional YEAR: 2016 INFO: The Berry Brothers are synonymous with quality. The oldest of all the UK's wine merchants, established in 1698, possessor of two royal warrants, there isn't much that these folks don't know about fine wines. So when they started to produce a new range of wines specifically aimed at independent merchants like us, we thought they were at the very least worth a try. And what a result: crackingly light, crisp, fresh and fruity, this rosé does precisely what you hope for. 7 WORD WINE REVIEW: Amazing value: light, easy-drinking and fresh. Perfect. Berry Brothers The Merchant's Range Chianti - Tuscany 1350 1 /products/merchantsrangechianti?variant=29410800271478 10587 Jaded Palates Red REGION: Tuscany, Italy VARIETIES: Sangiovese, Malvasia Nera ALCOHOL: 13% VITICULTURE: Conventional YEAR: 2016 INFO: The Berry Brothers are synonymous with quality. The oldest of all the UK's wine merchants, established in 1698, possessor of two royal warrants, there isn't much that these folks don't know about fine wines. So when they started to produce a new range of wines specifically aimed at independent merchants like us, we thought they were at the very least worth a try. And what a result: excellent every-day Chianti, perfect for any Italian food or even just supping quietly by itself. 7 WORD WINE REVIEW: Bright red cherries, earth, spice and freshness. Bartinney Chardonnay - Stellenbosch 1795 1 /products/bartinney?variant=29410797289590 10316 Jaded Palates White REGION: Stellenbosch, South Africa VARIETIES: Chardonnay ALCOHOL:  13.5% VITICULTURE: Sustainable YEAR: 2012 INFO: Bartinney was formally established in 1920 by a Harrods director who decided to spend the rest of his life in what he described as “the most beautiful valley on earth. ” In 1953, the Jordaan family bought the property, and now Rose and Michael are the fourth generation to farm it. Thoroughly committed to sustainable agriculture, no herbicides or pesticides have been used on the property in 8 years and 7000 trees have been planted to assist with maintaining the natural environment. 7 WORD WINE REVIEW: Truly great Burgundian Chardonnay. Incredible value. Barbera d'Asti Michele Chiarlo La Court - Piemonte 3950 1 /products/michelechiarlo?variant=29410796929142 10006 Jaded Palates Red REGION: Piemonte, Italy VARIETIES: Barbera ALCOHOL: 14% VITICULTURE: Conventional YEAR: 2011 INFO: The Chiarlo family are one of the premium winemaking family in the Piedmont. Since Michele’s first vintage in 1956 they have devoted themselves to total quality. Their style is incredibly elegant and complex and truly reflect these beautiful vineyards. Vinifed and aged in oak barrels, this is a really fabulous food wine. 7 WORD WINE REVIEW: Elegant, refined and complex. Fruit, earth, coffee. Baglio Gibellina Sogno del Sud Grillo - Sicily 990 1 /products/bagliogibellinasognodelsudgrillo-sicily?variant=29410796306550 11087 Jaded Palates White REGION: Sicily, Italy VARIETIES: Grillo ALCOHOL: 12.5% VITICULTURE: Organic YEAR: 2016 VEGETARIAN/VEGAN: Vegan INFO: Sicily and the Mediterranean basin in general have long been known for producing huge quantities of largely unremarkable wine meant for consumption on sun-kissed beaches only. These days, however, they are investing in quality. Allied to an admirable dogged adherence to their own native varieties, this policy is started to bear fruit (ahem). Altitude and volcanic soils help keep the freshness, and the dry climate makes going organic relatively straight-forward.   7 WORD WINE REVIEW: Good body, bright fruit. Best with fish. Aubai Mema Lunatico - Gard 2180 1 /products/lunatico?variant=29410794864758 10447 Jaded Palates Red REGION: Gard, Languedoc, France VARIETIES: Grenache ALCOHOL: 14% VITICULTURE: Organic YEAR: 2014 INFO: Mark Haynes is the half-English, half-French vigneron behind this wonderfully old-fashioned yet modern winery. Having spent time in the region with his French mother in his youth, he came to buy 10 hectares of vines in the Aubais region in 2002 and set about learning about and then producing precociously good wines. “Lunatique” in French refers to going mad due to the moon (Lune), which Mark finds apt: he uses the lunar calendar to grow his grapes, and is going mad in the process! 7 WORD WINE REVIEW: Masses of flavour, rich, dense and gorgeous. Au Bon Climat Wild Boy Chardonnay - Santa Barbara 2650 1 /products/wildboy?variant=29410793193590 10578 Jaded Palates White REGION: Santa Barbera, California, USA VARIETIES: Chardonnay ALCOHOL: 13.5% VITICULTURE: Conventional YEAR: 2015 INFO: Jim Clendenen is the eponymous "Wild Boy" of Santa Barbera, and his face adorns this typically SoCal label. After falling in love with the rolling hills of Burgundy during a year abroad from Pre-Law at the University of California, he convinced himself that wine, rather than the law, was where his true passion lay. Now one of the true characters of the Californian wine scene, winning praise from no lesser figures as Robert Parker and Oz Clarke. If you want to learn what great American wines taste like, look no further. 7 WORD WINE REVIEW: Amazing balance: rich butterscotch, nuts, yet fresh. Atelier Kramar Primario - Slovenia 2450 1 /products/atelierkramarprimario-slovenia?variant=29410792931446 11094 Jaded Palates White REGION: Brda, Slovenia VARIETIES: Rebula ALCOHOL: 13% VITICULTURE: Organic VEGETARIAN: Vegan YEAR: 2016 INFO: As usual, there's a lot of mystery surrounding the first place to do anything, but if this part of Europe didn't have the very first grapevines, they weren't far behind. With the perfect climate to produce grapes, Slovenia and the other Eastern Mediterranean countries are putting their hands up to get noticed. Rebula is the native grape, although it grows quite widely in neighbouring Italy too, and this is what is more commonly known as an "orange wine" - basically, a white wine that has spent time time in contact with its skins during fermentation. Often, this can add too much of a bite and tannic grip, but when handled well, as this is, it really adds amazing texture and length.   7 WORD WINE REVIEW: Clean fruit, piercing freshness, well worth trying. Aloe Tree Chenin Blanc - Western Cape 690 1 /products/aloetree?variant=29410789392502 10532 Jaded Palates White REGION: Western Cape, South Africa VARIETIES: Chenin Blanc ALCOHOL: 13.5% VITICULTURE: Conventional YEAR: 2017 INFO: Chenin Blanc is one of those ridiculously versatile grape varieties. It can be creamy, rich and full like a Saumur; it can be sweet and honeyed like a Vouvray; or it can be light, crisp and fresh, like it is here. At this price, you really can't argue with flavours like this. Think tropical fruit, melon and peaches; as a lovely alternative to a bog standard Sauvignon Blanc, it's perfect. 7 WORD WINE REVIEW: Amazing value: loads of fruit and fresh! Akitu A2 Pinot Noir - Otago 2950 1 /products/akitua2pinotnoir-otago?variant=29410788606070 11273 Jaded Palates Red REGION: Otago, New Zealand VARIETIES: Pinot Noir ALCOHOL: 14.3% VITICULTURE: Conventional YEAR: 2016 VEGETARIAN/VEGAN: Vegan INFO: Central Otago is fast becoming known, alongside Oregon and Burgundy of course, for producing some of the worlds great Pinot Noirs. With its dramatic cool climate shaped by glaciers near the Southern Alps and high sunlight hours, there is always a certain purity to the wines from here. Akitu means "summit" in Maori in reference to this stunning landscape, and the dedication this winemaking team have to both the region and Pinot Noir is undeniable - their entire 6 ha estate is made up purely from this grape. It's stunning.   7 WORD WINE REVIEW: Silky smooth, ripe cherries and beautiful spice. 47 Anno Domini Frizzante Prosecco - Veneto 1190 1 /products/47annodominifrizzante?variant=29410784804982 AD47 Jaded Palates Sparkling REGION: Veneto, Italy VARIETIES: Glera ALCOHOL: 11% VITICULTURE: Conventional YEAR: NV INFO: Yes, Proseccos are ten a penny at the moment, and we're not known for following trends especially. Yet, we will always look for something that goes beyond the ordinary to offer great value. We think this fits the bill perfectly. Firstly, the packaging is unusual: it has the traditional ‘tappo spago’, the cork closure with string, which symbolises the producer's connection to old school Veneto sparklings. Secondly, although this is a big producer, the emphasis on quality from start to finish is evident.   7 WORD WINE REVIEW: Gentle, non-aggressive sparkle, stone fruit, bright tang Westwell Pelegrim Extra Dry - Kent 2350 1 /products/pelegrim?variant=29410813378678 10328 Jaded Palates Sparkling Sharpham Sparkling White - Devon 2800 1 /products/sharphamsparklingwhite-devon?variant=29410813345910 11007 Jaded Palates Sparkling Oliver Zeter Sauvignon Brut - Pfalz 1990 1 /products/oliverzetersauvignonbrut-pfalz?variant=29410813313142 11267 Jaded Palates White REGION: Pfalz, Germany VARIETIES: Sauvignon Blanc ALCOHOL:  7.2% VITICULTURE: Conventional YEAR: 2015 INFO: Ah, Germany - the land of Riesling. Such a noble grape in so many different. . . wait, what? This is a Sauvignon Blanc?! Heresy! And yet, what Oliver Zeter does is exciting all kinds of people in the wine world. That doesn’t really mean much, though, so instead just understand that what he is doing is so far away from the norm, both for the region, and the grape. Sauvignon is known for producing Sauternes, of course, and this isn’t a million miles away. 7 WORD WINE REVIEW: Fruity, exotic, vibrant, honey, spices, apricots. Woah. Lyme Bay Brut Reserve Sparkling 2290 1 /products/lymebaybrutreservesparkling?variant=29410813280374 10130 Jaded Palates Sparkling Joan Segura Pujadas Brut Rosada Cava - Catalunya 1250 1 /products/pujadasrosada?variant=29410812854390 10810 Jaded Palates Sparkling REGION: Cava, Spain VARIETIES: Garnatxa ALCOHOL:  12% VITICULTURE: Conventional YEAR: NV INFO: We're willing to make a bet on Cava - it's due a renaissance. Unlike Prosecco, whose popularity finally seems to be plateauing, they really are focusing on quality rather than quantity now, after years in the doldrums. Of course, they brought the whole idea of cheaper alternatives to Champagne to the world, so they've had a few years of perfecting their techniques now. The Pujadas range is simply fantastic - great value, enjoyable and interesting bubbles. 7 WORD WINE REVIEW: An instant Christmas classic - fruity, delightful fun. Domaine Klur Crémant d'Alsace Sans Soufre (No Added Sulphur) - Alsace 2250 1 /products/domaineklurcrmantdalsacesanssoufrenoaddedsulphur-alsace?variant=29410812362870 11103 Jaded Palates Sparkling REGION: Alsace, France VARIETIES: Pinot Blanc, Pinot Auxerrois ALCOHOL:  12.5% VITICULTURE: Biodynamic YEAR: NV INFO: There's no denying that no or low sulphur wines are becoming more and more popular. Our resident winemaker, Ian, is a little perplexed at the amount of hype, hysteria and often misinformation circulating about sulphur in wine, but here isn't the place to go into that! On a technical level, it's remarkably difficult to produce a wine with no sulphur that still smells fresh and fruity - the aromas are exactly the things that sulphur is added for to protect. Which is why it's so nice to see this vibrant, fresh, intensely flavoured sparkler produced with as little intervention as possible. No pesticides, no yeasts, no sulphur. 7 WORD WINE REVIEW: Wonderfully full of life, fruity and fresh Champagne Huguenot-Tassin Tradition 2620 1 /products/champagnehuguenot-tassintradition?variant=29410812330102 10128 Jaded Palates Sparkling Champagne Moutard 6 Cepages 4950 1 /products/moutard?variant=29410812067958 10024 Jaded Palates Sparkling Champagne Gallimard Pere et Fils Reserve Brut - Champagne 2790 1 /products/champagnegallimardpereetfilsreservebrut-champagne?variant=29410810232950 11110 Jaded Palates Sparkling Champagne Gallimard Pere et Fils Reserve Brut (Halves) - Champagne 1590 1 /products/champagnegallimardpereetfilsreservebruthalves-champagne?variant=29410810167414 11111 Jaded Palates Sparkling Champagne Brimoncourt Brut Regence 3550 1 /products/champagnebrimoncourt?variant=29410808463478 10820 Jaded Palates Sparkling REGION: Ay, Champagne VARIETIES: Chardonnay 80%, Pinot Noir 20% ALCOHOL: 12.5% VITICULTURE: Conventional YEAR: NV INFO: This House is the brainchild of the dapperly-dressed Alexandre Cornot, who saw the potential to breathe new life into the Champagne Brimoncourt label which had been left dormant since the 1950s. Alexandre was born in Reims into a family with a military and arts rather than Champagne background. The very creation of one’s own Marque is a major undertaking and something not to be embarked on lightly. The planning began in 2008 and required considerable investment. It took some six years of research to court the right grape-growers and to build the trusting relationships that would ensure the continuity of the house style. Very much in the lighter, aperitif-style of Champagne. The giraffe on the box says it all: giraffes only ever drink in groups, and so should you with this! 7 WORD WINE REVIEW: Delicate, lively, chalky, creamy. Easy to like! Champagne Bollinger "La Grande Annee" 2005 8450 1 /products/bollinger?variant=29410808430710 10022 Jaded Palates Sparkling Champagne Ayala Brut Majeur 3250 1 /products/ayala?variant=29410805481590 10824 Jaded Palates Sparkling REGION: Ay, Champagne VARIETIES: Chardonnay 40%, Pinot Noir 40%, Pinot Meunier 20% ALCOHOL: 12% VITICULTURE: Conventional YEAR: NV INFO: One of the original twenty-six Grandes Marques Champagne Houses, Champagne Ayala was acquired by the Bollinger family in 2005 and remains the archetype of a great Champagne House. Established in 1860 in Aÿ, and surrounded by the area’s most prestigious vineyards, the core range of cuvées epitomises the dry and elegant House style. Ayala were pioneers in introducing a drier style of wine during the second half of the 19th century. Cellar master Caroline Latrive carefully ensures the House style is maintained, crafting wines renowned for their precision, delicacy and quality. 7 WORD WINE REVIEW: Lovely citrus, green apple and light honey. Cantine Tombacco Aglianico - Campagnia 1050 1 /products/cantinetombaccoaglianico-campagnia?variant=29410805252214 11011 Jaded Palates Red REGION: Campagnia, Italy VARIETIES: Aglianico ALCOHOL: 14.5% VITICULTURE: Conventional YEAR: 2013 INFO: Like its more northerly cousin, Nebbiolo, at its very best, Aglianico is one of the truly great Italian varieties, capable of ageing into a thing of beauty. However, because of the added tannins, acidity and weight of the best of these wines, they often remain unapproachable when young. So, they are now often made differently to be softer, brighter and more easily drunk young. As a consequence, you get some of the amazing dark, dusty, leathery flavours but far less of the astringency. 7 WORD WINE REVIEW: Leather, baking spice, dark fruit and game. Camel Valley Cornwall Brut 3200 1 /products/camelcornwall?variant=29410804957302 10016 Jaded Palates Sparkling Bodegas Nidia Verdejo - Rueda 1250 1 /products/nidia?variant=29410803712118 10192 Jaded Palates White REGION: Rueda, Spain VARIETIES: Verdejo ALCOHOL:  12% VITICULTURE: Conventional YEAR: 2015 INFO: This Spanish region, which neighbours Portugal, and runs along the Douro/Duero river is highly prized for producing aromatic and clean whites, particularly from this native variety, Verdejo. It’s able to do this, despite being pretty much in the middle of a land mass, due to being up at between 7-800 m altitude. Bodegas Nidia is a new venture, and they take their responsibility for helping move Rueda forward seriously. 7 WORD WINE REVIEW: Lovely fresh green apples, fresh mint notes. Tablas Creek Cotes de Tablas - Paso Robles 2750 1 /products/cotesdetablas?variant=29410823700598 10585 Jaded Palates Red REGION: Paso Robles, California VARIETIES: Grenache, Syrah, Counoise ALCOHOL: 14.5% VITICULTURE: Conventional YEAR: 2012 INFO: If we said this was close to a top-quality Chateauneuf-du-Pape you'll get outside of the famous appellation itself, there are several very good reasons why. Firstly, the location: Paso Robles has a very similar soil-type and climate. Then, the grapes: classic Rhone-blend. Finally, the producers: Tablas Creek was set up by the famous Perrin family, who make some of the world's great Rhone wines, including Chateau de Beaucastel and Miraval (still owned by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie). This combo produces something amazing. 7 WORD WINE REVIEW: Proper Chateauneuf from California! Big, deep, wonderful. Pulenta Malbec - Mendoza 1995 1 /products/pulenta-2?variant=29410823438454 10746 Jaded Palates Red REGION: Mendoza, Argentina VARIETIES: Malbec ALCOHOL: 14.5% VITICULTURE: Uncertified Organic YEAR: 2014 INFO: The first Pulentas arrived in Argentina from Italy in 1902, and by 1912, the first vine was planted by two brothers. It wasn't until 2002, though, 100 years after the current winemaker, Edouardo's grandfather arrived in Mendoza, that the Pulenta Estate was actually created. This is no ordinary Argentine Malbec either. Indeed, it isn't even the best one they produce, despite the relatively high price. That they concentrate on high quality and intense flavours is clear. Punchy and big, yes, but also not over-ripe and with really great structure. 7 WORD WINE REVIEW: Punchy, complex, spicy. Well beyond the ordinary. Pago de Cubas Incredulo - Toro 1950 1 /products/incredulo?variant=29410823307382 10195 Jaded Palates Red REGION: Toro, Spain VARIETIES: Tinta de Toro ALCOHOL:  14.5% VITICULTURE: Conventional YEAR: 2010 INFO: Pago de Cubas was formed out of a desire of a group of businessmen to highlight the potential of the region of Toro to those who were “lncredulo”. Long considered a lowly cousin to its more illustrious neighbours both further up and down the river Duero (Douro in Portugal, and Ribero del Duero in Spain), with careful management of ripeness, the crazy daily temperature variations means great structure and acidity can still be kept. These are wines which really surprise. 7 WORD WINE REVIEW: Wow. Incredulous no more. Enormously tasty wine. Mabis Neropasso - Veneto 1150 1 /products/mabis?variant=29410822062198 10390 Jaded Palates Red REGION: Veneto, Italy VARIETIES: Corvinonne, Corvina ALCOHOL:  13.5% VITICULTURE: Conventional YEAR: 2016 INFO: The Biscardo Family have been making wine from their base in Soave for over 150 years. Plenty enough time to get to grips with the Prosecco and Valpolicella wines that are produced in the region. And come up with new things too - like this baby Amarone. Grapes are very carefully selected so that only those bunches with large enough gaps between the grapes to allow for aeration are chosen. These are then dried in an airy room to allow for maximum concentration. 7 WORD WINE REVIEW: Amazing punch and depth for this value. Lou Coucardié - Costieres de Nimes 2550 1 /products/loucoucardi?variant=29410821931126 10805 Jaded Palates Red REGION: Costieres-de-Nimes, Rhone VARIETIES: Mourvedre, Grenache, Syrah ALCOHOL:  14.3% VITICULTURE: Organic YEAR: 2014 INFO: Michel Gassier is a really interesting story, and we are delighted to have found him. A family-owned and run Chateau right at the very southern end of the Rhone valley, near the Camargue wetlands. Having spent time in the US, Michel clearly understands his wines’ point of difference, and makes the most of these using clever references to the region. The Lou Coucardié is remarkable - rich, full and savoury (full of that classic Mourvedre style), yet retaining the typical Gassier freshness. Looking for a cross between Chateauneuf-du-Pape and Bandol, for a fraction of the cost of either? 7 WORD WINE REVIEW: Amazing complexity, dark, savoury and yet still fresh. Les Tourelles de Longueville 2010 - Pauillac 3790 1 /products/lestourellesdelongueville2010-pauillac?variant=29410821898358 10861 Jaded Palates Red REGION: Pauillac, Bordeaux VARIETIES: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon ALCOHOL: 13.5% VITICULTURE: Conventional YEAR: 2010 INFO: For some time, this second wine of a famous Bordeaux château has been a bit of a wine trade secret. Its big brother, Ch. Pichon-Baron, has produced some of the most iconic wines of Bordeaux over the last 30 years, and Les Tourelles has often given its fans not just a glimpse of the Grand Vin, but something truly fantastic in its own right. The 2010 vintage was one the finest in Bordeaux of the past few decades. This is a wonderful opportunity to get a glimpse at one of the world's best wine-producers at a fraction of the cost of their top wine. 7 WORD WINE REVIEW: Wonderful, aromatic, smoky blackcurrants and spiced cherries. Lady's Lane Shiraz - Victoria 2630 1 /products/ladyslane?variant=29410821832822 10180 Jaded Palates Red REGION: Heathcote, Australia VARIETIES: Shiraz ALCOHOL:  14.5% VITICULTURE: Sustainable YEAR: 2013 INFO: Chapoutier is one of the great Rhone winemaking families. Since 1808, they’ve been synonymous with producing some of the best wines in the world using the Syrah grape. Michel is the 7th generation winemaker, and he has rejeuvinated and revitalised the family’s whole approach - taking on projects around the world, but basing it on their core principles of single varietal, terroir-driven, beautifully balanced wines. This is a truly exceptional example of a cooler Aussie Shiraz. 7 WORD WINE REVIEW: Bold, smooth and powerful. Yet finely poised. La Linda Bonarda - Mendoza 1090 1 /products/lalinda?variant=29410821800054 10590 Jaded Palates Red REGION: Mendoza, Argentina VARIETIES: Bonarda ALCOHOL:  13.5% VITICULTURE: Conventional YEAR: 2015 INFO: So, Argentina is all about Malbec, right? Well, sadly, that has often been the case for the last 10 years or so as everyone fell in love with the soft, easy-drinking fruit bombs. But if there is one grape that can truly claim to be Argentina's own, it's Bonarda, even if its origins are originally Franco-Italian. Now the second-most planted grape variety in Argentina, it's often a great value option since it is capable of producing high-quality wines. 7 WORD WINE REVIEW: Dark cherries, figs and plums. Not too heavy. Juan Simon Cartan Seleccion - Navarra 1290 1 /products/cartan?variant=29410821701750 10193 Jaded Palates Red REGION: Navarra, Spain VARIETIES: Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon ALCOHOL:  14% VITICULTURE: Organic YEAR: 2014 INFO: Another Spanish wine region that ISN’T Rioja! Although this one isn’t really very far away, and therefore benefits from a similar climate, if a somewhat more mountainous terrain. More typically known for average rosé, it is only in recent years that Navarra has started producing high quality reds and whites too. Juan Simon is a pioneer of organic viticulture in the region, and the care and attention to his craft is very obviously on display here. 7 WORD WINE REVIEW: Great richness with plenty of smooth fruit. Juan Simon Cartan Joven - Navarra 1090 1 /products/cartanjoven?variant=29410821668982 10808 Jaded Palates Red REGION: Navarra, Spain VARIETIES: Garnacha ALCOHOL:  14% VITICULTURE: Organic YEAR: 2016 INFO: Another Spanish wine region that ISN’T Rioja! Although this one isn’t really very far away, and therefore benefits from a similar climate, if a somewhat more mountainous terrain. More typically known for average rosé, it is only in recent years that Navarra has started producing high quality reds and whites too. Juan Simon is a pioneer of organic viticulture in the region, and the care and attention to his craft is very obviously on display here. Garnacha, or Grenache, is really the star of this region too - earthy and spicy with gorgeous freshness and fruit 7 WORD WINE REVIEW: Bright, fresh, young raspberries, earth and spice. Joiseph BFF Blaufrankisch - Burgenland 3100 1 /products/joisephbffblaufrankisch-burgenland?variant=29410821570678 11092 Jaded Palates Red REGION: Burgenland, Austria VARIETIES: Blaufrankisch ALCOHOL: 13.5% VITICULTURE: Organic VEGETARIAN: Vegan YEAR: 2015 INFO: Even though you may have never heard of this varietal before (or its synonym, Lemberger), it has still be around an awfully long time. Some estimates reckon Blaufrankisch has been growing on the Austria-Hungary borders since the 10th century, giving a real sense of the history of winemaking in this region. Luka Zeichmann is the brainchild behind this very new winery, where the focus is on being as hands-off as possible. Organically produced, very low sulphur and no filtration mean what you taste is pretty unadulterated. And boy, is it something...   7 WORD WINE REVIEW: Smooth red and blackcurrants, but alive and kicking! Jemma Pinotage - Paarl 1090 1 /products/jemmapinotage-paarl?variant=29410821537910 11183 Jaded Palates Red Hugh Hamilton Agent Provocateur - McLaren Vale 1950 1 /products/hughhamiltonagentprovocateur-mclarenvale?variant=29410821439606 11257 Jaded Palates Red REGION: McLaren Vale, Australia VARIETIES: Grenache, Shiraz, Gewurtztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier ALCOHOL: 14.5% VITICULTURE: Conventional VEGETARIAN: Vegan YEAR: 2017 INFO: Hugh is the 5th generation of the Australian Hamilton dynasty. As with all families one is a Black Sheep and Hugh Hamilton is it. His wines are far from ordinary. Hugh has a clear vision about the way he sees wines and he produces accordingly. The Dark Arts is a range of wines from varieties that are not meant to go together, but work! Somehow, the rich, dark Grenache is perfectly lifted by the bright, fresh white grapes blended in here. Unusual, and excepeional. 7 WORD WINE REVIEW: Smooth, dark, fruity yet somehow extraordinarily zesty! Faustino V Reserva 1994 - Rioja 2990 1 /products/faustino?variant=29410821177462 10238 Jaded Palates Red Domaine Jean-Michel Alquier "La Maison Jaune" - Faugeres 1390 1 /products/domainejean-michelalquierlamaisonjaune-faugeres?variant=29410820948086 11109 Jaded Palates Red Domaine Giraud Grenache de Pierre - Chateauneuf du Pape 6680 1 /products/giraudgren?variant=29410820915318 10058 Jaded Palates Red REGION: Chateauneuf-du-Pape, France VARIETIES: Grenache ALCOHOL:  15.5% VITICULTURE: Organic YEAR: 2013 INFO: Domaine Giraud is another typical Jaded Palates wine - from a highly prestigious region of France, but, in essence, a small, perfectly formed winery. It is run by a brother and sister, one looks after the vines, the other the winemaking, and the combination is really making waves in this often-closed world. This is a truly breath-taking wine from 100-year-old vines, which provide amazing intensity, depth and length. You’ll not find a better wine almost anywhere. 7 WORD WINE REVIEW: Truly sensational. Opulent, dense, elegant, yet approachable.