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Autumn Adventures Dozen

Autumn Adventures Dozen

Every year we pick a case of twelve different wines from our annual list with a theme and apply additional discount. This year, we want you to be adventurous with these wines for autumn drinking – not the zippy wines of summer or... Read More

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Piekenierskloof, Stonedance, Granite White, Swartland, 2020

"Notably friendly and welcoming with sufficient acidity and a great retro label. Though only very vaguely reminiscent of the classic old-vine Chenins of Swartland (which are, admittedly, very much more expensive)."  15.5/20. Jancis Robinson, May 2021
Look at this – a Swartland Chenin blend for less than 10 pounds a bottle!  Stonedance is a subsidiary label of Piekenierskloof and they have just launched this unoaked white, from 85% Chenin Blanc with 10% Viognier and 5%...

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ColourWhite

RegionSwartland

GrowerPiekenierskloof

Grape VarietyChenin Blanc, Viognier, Chardonnay

Vintage2020

ABV12.5%

Bottle75cl

ClosureScrewcap

CodeSTO120

Our Rating

Dry

Dry > Sweet

Piekenierskloof

South Africa

For years I had been hearing about Piekenierskloof – not as a wine producer but as a source of grapes for numerous other winemakers, young and old.

I didn’t realise that Piekenierskloof wasn’t just a ward (the smallest geographical unit in the South African regional classification) but one large estate, formerly a...

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Jancis Robinson

We get super excited when Jancis Robinson (or one of her team) write about our wine!

Voted the world's most influential wine critic in polls in the US, France and internationally in 2018, Jancis views herself as a wine writer rather than a wine critic.

She writes daily for JancisRobinson.com and weekly for the Financial Times. She is founder-editor of The Oxford Companion...

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Mas Cremat, Balmettes, IGP Cotes Catalanes, 2020

From halves of Grenache Blanc and Macabeu, this is both an authentic Roussillon blend and an easy-drinking charmer. Blossom, citrus and stone fruit scents, then generous white peach and mandarin flavours, all given interest by a discreet pithiness and herbal hints. The finish is attractively stony. Perfect for summer drinking. Now-2022


ColourWhite

RegionRoussillon

Sub RegionIGP Cotes Catalanes

GrowerMas Cremat

Grape VarietyGrenache Blanc & Macabeu

Vintage2020

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeMCR620

Our Rating

Dry

Dry > Sweet

Languedoc-Roussillon

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Sax, Fruhroter Veltliner, Niederosterreich, 2020

Frühroter Veltliner, a cross between Roter Veltliner and Silvaner, is one of those pinky-coloured grapes (like Pinot Gris) vinified as a white wine – but, tasted blind, easy to mistake for a rosé, as it has a distinctive if subtle, wild strawberry accent. With refreshing grapefruity bite and just a little savoury texture, it makes a perfect summer aperitif, inviting intriguing comparisons with both a crisp, dry Riesling and a red-berried rosé. Now-2022


ColourWhite

RegionKamptal

VillageRied Panzaun

GrowerSax

Grape VarietyFruhroter Veltliner

Vintage2020

ABV12.5%

Bottle75cl

ClosureScrewcap

CodeSAX620

Our Rating

Dry

Dry > Sweet

Sax

A traditional winery in the Kamptal

The beginnings of Sax family's winemaking activity go back to the year 1660. Back then, wineries were run as a mixed farm. The average vineyard area was 1.5 hectares per farm. Up until the mid-1950s, vineyards in and around the Lengenfeld community in the west of Langenlois were cultivated by their ancestors.

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Chateau Courbin Heritage, Graves, 2020

From the Courbin family, 85% Semillon and 15% Sauvignon Blanc, lees aged and with a small part in barrel. Sensational quality at this price. Ripe pears, orange zest and cream; full-flavoured and weighty. Great for poultry or pork. Now-2023


ColourWhite

RegionBordeaux

Sub RegionGraves

GrowerCourbin

Grape VarietySemillon & Sauvignon Blanc

Vintage2020

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

ClosureCork

CodeCOU120

Our Rating

Dry

Dry > Sweet

Sauvignon Blanc

Origins      

  • Probably in Bordeaux region
  • Parent of red grape Cabernet Sauvignon (established by DNA analysis)

Characteristics

  • Vigorous plant, so can be too leafy and overproductive
  • Aromas and flavours described as: herbaceous, grassy and nettley; Gooseberries; but can also show more tropical fruits...
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Jean-Luc & Bruno Meyer, Pinot Blanc, 2019

A perennial, organic favourite which makes a lovely aperitif but can also be drunk with a wide range of food. Appley scent; and that fits with a vivacious attack – it’s like biting into a juicy red apple. As ever, shows attractive weight; and it’s almost wholly dry - just 5 grams residual sugar per litre - in this latest vintage. Now-2022


ColourWhite

RegionAlsace

GrowerJean-Luc & Bruno Meyer

Grape VarietyPinot Blanc

Vintage2019

ABV12.5%

Bottle75cl

ClosureCork

MethodOrganic

CodeMEY119

Our Rating

Off Dry

Dry > Sweet

Alsace

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Pinot Blanc / Bianco

Origins

  • France, as a mutation of Pinot Gris (see below)

Characteristics 

  • Medium to full bodied
  • Fresh acidity levels
  • Soft melon fruit character
  • Medium to high alcohol levels (12-13 degrees)

Vinification/Maturation       

  • Always fermented dry so not...
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Koelfontein Chardonnay, Ceres, 2019

From a block planted in 1987, and about 1/3 matured in new barrels, 2/3 second fill. Seductive butter and citrus aromas. Lime and melon, well-knit, with dairy and nutty accents. Fresh finish. Delivers a lot for the price. Now-2023I discovered the Koelfontein Chardonnay a few years ago by ordering a delicious bottle on the terrace of The Tulbagh hotel. I had never heard of it - nor indeed any wine estate in Ceres, which is much better known as a fruit growing centre. The Conradie family, the...

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ColourWhite

RegionCeres

GrowerKoelfontein

Grape VarietyChardonnay

Vintage2019

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

ClosureCork

CodeKOE119

Our Rating

Dry

Dry > Sweet

Koelfontein

Ceres

I discovered the Koelfontein Chardonnay a couple of years ago by ordering a delicious bottle on the terrace of The Tulbagh hotel.

I had never heard of it – nor indeed any wine estate in Ceres, which is much better known as a fruit growing centre. The Conradie family, the seventh generation farmers who own Koelfontein, have abundant orchards, but they also own the...

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Chardonnay

Chardonnay is one of the most-widely planted varieties in the world.

Arguably not the most characterful grape, hence its common ageing in oak, yet at its pinnacle in Burgundy it produces some of the greatest (and certainly most expensive) white wines in the world. Look out for unoaked Chardonnay, it can make a pleasant change, and usually goes down very well with all those people who...

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Chateau Barrejat, Madiran, Tradition, 2018

"Deep purple. Smooth, sweet fruit with more lift and less tannin (despite Tannat's reputation) than a typical red bordeaux." GV 16/20, Drink 2020-2023, Jancis Robinson MW, May 2021
Deeply hued and concentrated blend of 60% of the local grape Tannat with 20% each of Cabernets Sauvignon and Franc; a great value, old fashioned, country wine.
 Vibrant purple.  Forward, drink-me combination of vibrant black fruit, bright acid and light tannin. Dry, savoury,...

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ColourRed

RegionMadiran

GrowerDenis Capmartin

Grape VarietyTannat, Cabernet Franc & Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintage2018

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeBAJ118

Our Rating

Medium Body

Light > Full

Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Francis a parent of Cabernet Sauvignon.

A cross of it with Sauvignon Blanc resulted in Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet Franc tends to be softer and has less tannins than Cabernet Sauvignon, although the two can be difficult to distinguish. Many of the red wines of the Loire are primarily Cabernet Franc.

Origins  ...

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Jancis Robinson

We get super excited when Jancis Robinson (or one of her team) write about our wine!

Voted the world's most influential wine critic in polls in the US, France and internationally in 2018, Jancis views herself as a wine writer rather than a wine critic.

She writes daily for JancisRobinson.com and weekly for the Financial Times. She is founder-editor of The Oxford Companion...

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Artisan Wines, Sankt Laurent Pure, Burgenland, 2018

Sankt Laurent, or St. Laurent, is a dark-hued grape grown widely in eastern Austria and Czechia. Here it shows a frank scent of crushed hedgerow fruit; and then sappy, black cherry and blueberry flavours. Open, crunchy and uncomplicated; perfect for light chilling in summer and drinking with anything piggy from cured meats, a Scotch egg or roast ham – or cold roast chicken. Now-2024


ColourRed

RegionBurgenland

GrowerArtisan Wines

Grape VarietySankt Laurent

Vintage2018

ABV12%

Bottle75cl

ClosureScrewcap

CodeART118

Our Rating

Medium Bodied

Light > Full

Artisan Wines

Artisan

Artisan combine traditional craftsmanship in the vineyards with the art of processing their grapes into wine by embracing methods that have great respect for the environment. Their work creates expressive wines with the taste of their terroir.

The artisans

The vineyard is owned and managed by Franz Schneider and Ulrike...

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Sankt Laurent

Sankt Laurent / St Laurent

St Laurent (sometimes written in French as Saint Laurent or in German as Sankt Laurent) is a highly aromatic dark-skinned wine grape variety.

Like many great traditions, its origins shrouded in mystery, St. Laurent is believed to have resulted from a crossing of Pinot noir with an unknown second parent.

Color of berry skin:...

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La Combe Saint Paul, Gres Rouges, La Clape, 2019

This enticing red is named after the vineyard soils derived from grés rouge (red sandstone). 60% Syrah with 20% each of Mourvèdre and Grenache, basically unoaked (10% in old barrels). Lovely deep and glossy hue; and an enticing perfume of brambly fruit with a roasted hint. Youthful, deliciously ripe blackberriy and mulberry core with negligible tannins. A well-priced, smartly presented bottle from this prestigious appellation for enjoying immediately. Now-2023


ColourRed

RegionLanguedoc

Sub RegionLa Clape

GrowerLa Combe St Paul

Grape VarietySyrah, Mourvedre & Grenache

Vintage2019

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

ClosureCork

CodeCSP619

Our Rating

Medium Bodied

Light > Full

Languedoc-Roussillon

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Grenache / Garnacha

Grenache / Garnacha 

Grenache grows well in hot, dry regions, though it can develop very high (15 degrees+) alcohol.

As such it is grown principally in Southern France and Spain (as Garnacha). It is usually blended with other varieties in the Southern Rhône and Languedoc (Syrah, Mourvedre, Carignan, Cinsaut and others).

Its flavour usually encompasses the...

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Carinae, Cuvée Philippe, Mendoza, 2018

A sumptuous, lightly oaked blend of 37% Malbec and Syrah and 26% Cabernet Sauvignon. Each grape brings something special to the party: the Malbec blackberry juiciness; the Syrah a blueberry note; and the Cabernet sharp blackcurrant. As a whole it's tinged with oak spice from the barrels and shows classy aromatics. Now-2023


ColourRed

RegionMendoza

GrowerCarinae

Grape VarietyMalbec, Syrah & Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintage2018

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

ClosureCork

CodeCAE918

Our Rating

Full Bodied

Light > Full

Carinae

Mendoza, Argentina

Frenchman Philippe Subra, with his wife Brigitte, came to Argentina as the national boss of EDF, the French energy giant - but loved the country so much he cleverly bought some long-established vineyards and settled there, on the south side of Mendoza. He has built a small cellar - boutique indeed, whilst wholly lacking the pretension that word implies!

What...

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Cabernet Sauvignon

The most prestigious red grape?

Origins

  • Bordeaux region, as a natural cross of Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc (established 1997 by DNA analysis)
  • Was known as Vidure or Petit-Vidure
  • Spread throughout left bank of Bordeaux, supplanting white grapes

Characteristics   

  • Fairly easy to grow: hardy, buds...
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Fiorano, I Paoli Sangiovese, Marche IGT, 2019

This delightful Sangiovese is Fiorano's principal wine, now renamed I Paoli after the owners Paolo Beretta and Paola Massi. The 2019 vintage is youthful and exciting. A fragrant, red-fruited scent prefaces a fairly wild and dramatic flowering on the palate. Unlike previous vintages this would definitely benefit from drinking with food - for example any pork dishes or tomato based pasta - as it seems to show more mass; delivers an aromatic expansiveness; and then a dry, lightly savoury...

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ColourRed

RegionMarche

GrowerFiorano

Grape VarietySangiovese

Vintage2019

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

ClosureCork

MethodOrganic

DietaryVegan

CodeFIO119

Our Rating

Light to mid Bodied

Light > Full

Fiorano

Cossignano, Marche, Italy

We started working with Paolo Beretta (formerly a dentist) and Paola Massi (a research pharmacologist) in 2015, with immediate success.

Their wines exemplify perfectly the virtues of small-scale - they tend just 10 hectares of vines - organic cultivation. All exhibit an entrancing purity of fruit, and all are bottled with minimal sulphur...

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Sangiovese

Sangiovese  

Sangiovese is Chianti. fresh, perfumed fruit with a fine spice of acidity and clean refined palate - can age well.

Origins   

  • Originally known in its wild form by the Etruscans in the area around what is now Florence as Sanguis Jovis, or ‘Blood of...
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Piekenierskloof, Cinsault, 2020

From vines planted in 1976; half aged in tank and half in old oak. Like all the best Cinsault, this exudes that lovely perfume composed of floral notes and ripe berries. Velvety, showing vivid strawberry fruit, bright and not in the least jammy. Juicy, persistent, with a little tannin; this combines the best of sunny new world fruit with old world refinement. Now-2024How we came to work with Piekenierskloof: For years I had been hearing about Piekenierskloof - not as a wine producer but as a...

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ColourRed

RegionPiekenierskloof

GrowerPiekenierskloof

Grape VarietyCinsault

Vintage2020

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodePIK620

Our Rating

Medium Bodied

Light > Full

Piekenierskloof

South Africa

For years I had been hearing about Piekenierskloof – not as a wine producer but as a source of grapes for numerous other winemakers, young and old.

I didn’t realise that Piekenierskloof wasn’t just a ward (the smallest geographical unit in the South African regional classification) but one large estate, formerly a...

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Autumn Adventures Dozen

Every year we pick a case of twelve different wines from our annual list with a theme and apply additional discount. This year, we want you to be adventurous with these wines for autumn drinking – not the zippy wines of summer or weighty bottles of winter but wines with freshness, flavour and energy; and none over 14%.

Mainstream these are not: among the whites are blends from the Cape and Roussillon, an organic Alsace Pinot Blanc and an incisive cool climate Chardonnay from Chile; the reds include a couple of blends from the Languedoc and Argentina which over-deliver in terms of fruit and concentration. We also combine some of our long-term favourites - like Denis Capmartin’s Madiran and Fiorano’s pretty organic Sangiovese - with our best discoveries of 2021 - Frühroter Veltliner and Sankt Laurent from Austria and the Courbin family’s terrific white Bordeaux. 

Enjoy this mixed case of six whites and six reds with a 15% discount on the bottle prices. 

Always friendly and helpful-much better than supermarket wines for not much more! The doorstep dozen is brilliant!

G Campbell

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I have used Stone, Vine & Sun for a number of years now and have found their advice in seeking wines to my taste most helpful. They have often found some small vineyards that need assistance and have provided excellent wines. I will always look to support my local services where possible, for if we do not they will cease to exist leaving faceless conglomerates. They are always a happy organisation to interact with and their local delivery service works very well.

Eian M

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Great service and fantastic products. We have never had a bad bottle with any of our orders, and I can guarantee your friends will not have the same producers/vintages available at Stone, Vine, & Sun.

John K

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As always SVS delivered my recent order next working day with no errors. My only problem with them as a wine merchant is that they regularly send me more mouth watering offers than my budget or my cellar can cope with. My kind of merchant. So many great finds, many from less fashionable (read expensive) regions, but always carefully selected, good value and good of their kind.

E Wood

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Many classic wines plus lots examples from independents practicing natural methods including a good selection from South Africa. The price spectrum includes many delicious wines under £10. An informative website makes ordering simple with rapid delivery. This year I confidently dipped my toe into en Primeur from Burgundy based on advice. They have won many awards and I expect SVS to win many more. Brian from Kent.

B Wallace

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This is my all time favourite wine merchant. Innovative in approach, with a wonderful selection of new and old world wines. By far the best delivery service too, even in these straitened times!

R Bamber

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