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Christmas Stocking

Six individual whites and reds.

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Les Chapelières, Comté Tolosan, IGP, 2020

A best-seller, an easy drinking blend of 70% Colombard and 30% Ugni Blanc, with lowish alcohol and refreshing bite. Clean and lemony, ripe and grassy, with a juicy freshness. Now-2022


ColourWhite

RegionSouth-West

Sub RegionIGP

GrowerAlain Grignon

Grape VarietyColombard & Ugni Blanc

Vintage2019

ABV11.5%

Bottle75cl

ClosureScrewcap

DietaryVegan

CodeAGW320

Our Rating

Dry, Crisp

Dry > Sweet

Consentido, Macabeo, Yecla, 2020

Macabeo (Macabeu in the Languedoc-Roussillon) is the same grape as Viura, the principal ingredient in most white Rioja. Here it's picked early in September for freshness. We were knocked out by this example, from its open, stone-fruited scent to its excitingly ripe and weighty mid-palate of white peach and fresh grapes, all the way to a dry, savoury and stoney finish. Terrific at the price, and a cool label too. Now-2022


ColourWhite

RegionYecla

GrowerLa Purisima

Grape VarietyMacabeo

Vintage2020

ABV12%

Bottle75cl

ClosureCork

CodeCON120

Our Rating

Dry

Dry > Sweet

La Combe Saint-Paul,Viognier, IGP Pays d'Oc, 2020

As usual this is more on the light, fresh, floral side of Viognier than more obviously weighty or over-ripe examples. Lime flower perfume. True fresh apricot flavour, just a little appealing fat and a good dry finish. As charming as ever, a lovely aperitif. Now-2022


ColourWhite

RegionLanguedoc

GrowerLa Combe Saint-Paul

Grape VarietyViognier

Vintage2020

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

ClosureCork

CodeCSP320

Our Rating

Dry

Dry > Sweet

Languedoc-Roussillon

La Combe Saint-Paul La Clape, France Paul and Line Maury might be our youngest producers but winemaking runs in the genes. Paul’s grandparents and great grandparents were winemakers specialising in single varietal wines, and we list his fine examples of Vermentino, Chardonnay and Viognier. In… Discover More Languedoc-Roussillon

La Combe Saint-Paul

La Clape, France

Paul and Line Maury might be our youngest producers but winemaking runs in the genes.

Paul’s grandparents and great grandparents were winemakers specialising in single varietal wines, and we list his fine examples of Vermentino, Chardonnay and Viognier.

In 2008 Paul came across the opportunity to buy vines on La Clape and create his own domaine....

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Viognier

Viognier    

Characteristics

  • Fickle grape to grow, subject to problems in the flowering and setting of fruit
  • Best picked late and fully ripe, with high alcohol, at least 13.5 degree
  • ...but can be too fat and overblown if grown in too hot temperatures
  • Very aromatic, with scents of apricot and...
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Apaltagua, Reserva Pinot Gris, San Antonio, 2020

From recently planted vineyards in the coastal mountains near the cool Pacific, this is a big step up on cheap Italian Pinot Grigio; and shows how determined Chileans can turn their superb grape-growing climate to advantage with such a wide range of varieties. Floral character, subtle orchard fruits. True varietal character. Now-2022


ColourWhite

RegionSan Antonio

GrowerApaltagua

Grape VarietyPinot Gris

Vintage2020

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

ClosureScrewcap

CodeAPA920

Our Rating

Dry

Dry > Sweet

Pinot Grigio / Pinot Gris

Origins       

  • France - a mutation of Pinot Noir

Characteristics   

  • Light (Italy) to medium intensity (warmer climate)
  • Low acidity, slightly neutral in flavour
  • Light to full bodied, with low to medium alcohol levels (11-13 degrees)
  • Some spiciness in good...
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Les Chardons, Sauvignon Blanc, IGP Val de Loire, 2020

Honest Loire SB at a fair price. Surprisingly tropical aroma. From the third hot vintage in a row in the Loire, this is riper and more rounded than usual, with ripe citrus and hint of pineapple. Refreshing finish. Now-2022


ColourWhite

RegionLoire

GrowerAumonier

Grape VarietySauvignon Blanc

Vintage2019

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

ClosureCork

CodeAUM320

Our Rating

Dry, Crisp

Dry > Sweet

Loire Valley

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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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Tenuta Casali, Bassamarea Bianco, Bianco Rubicone, 2020

This pure Trebbiano shows the simple virtues of the grape – crisp citrus with an orange accent, lightly herbal, nicely rounded, with a fresh finish. Honest, refreshing and tasty. Now-2022"The widely planted Trebbiano grape has a reputation for producing light and anodyne wine - but the Casali family's organically tended vines of the local variant, Trebbiano Romagnolo, make a refreshing, orchard fruit-flavoured example. A useful all-rounder". Simon Taylor, SVS

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ColourWhite

RegionEmilia Romagna

GrowerTenuta Casali

Grape VarietyTrebbiano

Vintage2020

ABV12%

Bottle75cl

ClosureCork

MethodOrganic

DietaryVegan

CodeTEN120

Our Rating

Dry

Dry > Sweet

Tenuta Casali

Mercato Saraceno, Emilia Romagna, Italy

Ask Monty Waldin, an English wine expert resident in Tuscany, where he would look for value in Italy, and he says Emilia Romagna - inspiring furious tasting and meeting the Casali family.

Based in Mercato Saraceno south of Cesena, the family have 20 hectares of grapes, mostly on hillsides on the edge of the Apennines.

Their land...

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Les Pradelles, IGP Herault, 2020

From Carignan and Grenache. Red fruited with a surprisingly good texture, no rough edges, soft, light and juicily berried. Perfect for parties. Now-2022


ColourRed

RegionLanguedoc

Sub RegionIGP

GrowerLes Pradelles

Grape VarietyCarignan & Grenache

Vintage2020

ABV12.5%

Bottle75cl

ClosureScrewcap

DietaryVegan

CodePRD120

Our Rating

Light-Medium Bodied

Light > Full

Languedoc-Roussillon

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Carignan

Carignan is the grape which really distinguishes the red wines of the Languedoc and Roussillon from those of the southern Rhône (in the latter Grenache is ubiquitous and dominant, and Syrah and Mourvèdre are the preferred blending grapes).

It has been a much maligned grape. For example Jancis Robinson’s Oxford Companion to Wine thunders: "Carignan,...

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Goedverwacht, Great Expectations Crane Red, Merlot, Robertson, 2019

From a vineyard with a high clay content which suits Merlot. It’s always made in a slightly old-fashioned style, gutsy and lightly smokey, with oaky flavours coming from the suspension of staves in the tank for seven months. But this vintage is fresher and more lifted than in the past, without losing its heartiness and generous plum fruit with hints of coffee and spice. Now-2022
Goedverwacht translates from Afrikaans as good hope – or great expectations, hence the labelling. The...

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ColourRed

StyleFortified

RegionRobertson

GrowerGoedverwacht

Grape VarietyMerlot

Vintage2019

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

ClosureScrewcap

CodeGDV419

Our Rating

Medium Bodied

Light > Full

Goedverwacht

Robertson, South Africa

Goedverwacht translates from Afrikaans as good hope – or great expectations, hence the labelling.

The du Toit family farm no less than 172 hectares of vines along the bends of the Breede river near Bonnievale.

The wines are made by father Jan in collaboration with son Gawie.  Jan once firmly told me his place in the world of wine in...

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Merlot

Origins       

  • Bordeaux region. Known by 18thC
  • Now much more widely planted in Bordeaux than Cabernet Sauvignon

Characteristics   

  • Productive - high yielding …but early budding, so vulnerable to frost (e.g. 1956)
  • In comparison to Cabernet Sauvignon: higher sugars and appealing...
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Rocca, Negroamaro, Salento, 2019

Well-made example of this masculine southern grape, hearty with some structure but also ready to drink. Deep, and lightly hazy. Lively cooked strawberry and black cherry core. Warming and friendly. Now-2023


ColourRed

StyleFortified

RegionPuglia

Sub RegionSalento

GrowerRocca

Grape VarietyNegroamaro

Vintage2019

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

ClosureCork

CodeROD219

Our Rating

Medium Bodied

Light > Full

Berbillot, Côtes de Bourg, 2019

From the Hoclet family at Villeneuve, about 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, a light and graceful claret: pure berried flavours, ripe but fresh and attractively aromatic. Rather classic. Now-2023


ColourRed

RegionBordeaux

GrowerChâteau du Rival

Grape VarietyMerlot & Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintage2019

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeBEQ119

Our Rating

Medium-Bodied

Light > Full

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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La Purisima, Monastrell, Yecla, 2020

The Purisima co-operative in Yecla in Murcia is the source of our highly popular Consentido Macabeo - with vines on the plateau at 500-900m. From a wide selection of their reds we have shipped two. first up is this simple but smartly dressed bottle. Ripe,  juicy fruit with plenty of blackberries and raspberries, with soft tannins and a slight zip of acidity. Perfect for mildly rustic food such as a woodfired pizza. Now-2022


ColourRed

RegionYecla

Grape VarietyMonastrell

Vintage2020

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodePUR120

Our Rating

Medium-bodied

Light > Full

Les Vignerons d’Estezargues, Cuvee des Galets, Cotes du Rhone, 2019

 Juicy, unfiltered blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah: raspberryish mouthful, mildly spicy and very moreish. A long term favourite at SVS. Now-2022
This is the 16th vintage we have shipped of this deliciously fruity Côtes du Rhône, from this unfailingly reliable co-operative of just ten growers between Avignon and Nîmes. All wines here are from sustainably or organically farmed grapes, made naturally (i.e. without any additives bar the merest bit of sulphur to ensure...

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ColourRed

RegionRhone

Sub RegionSouthern Rhône

VillageCôtes du Rhône

GrowerLes Vignerons d’Estézargues

Grape VarietyGrenache, Cinsault & Syrah

Vintage2019

ABV15%

Bottle75cl

ClosureCork

CodeESZ119

Our Rating

Medium Bodied

Light > Full

Les Vignerons d’Estézargues

Rhone, France

This small co-operative, in a little village in the Gard, just west of Avignon, is now getting more attention here because oenologist Denis Deschamps makes "natural" wines, i.e. without adding any sulphur (or anything else) during winemaking.

We find this mildly amusing: we have been quietly shipping decent volumes of these delicious, forward-fruited,...

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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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Christmas Stocking

Six individual whites and reds.

SVS is one of the nicest merchants to deal with. Fabulous choices of producer and wines, friendly cheerful service, keen prices and boundless enthusiasm. Top wine critics (eg Jancis Robinson) often rave about the SVS portfolio of wines. Simon and his team also have a 'philanthropic' soft spot for South African wines where the whole wine trade suffered not just an export ban on wine but a domestic one too for a while. You cannot go wrong with any wine in the portfolio. Buy with confidence.

N Donnan

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I look to a wine merchant to explore wine regions in person and discover excellent producers. Then of course to put good information on their web site, to provide accessible and friendly advice and to make the buying process easy and reliable. SVS ticks all these boxes. I am a very satisfied customer.

C Mair

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Knowledgeable, competitive and friendly independent wine merchant a real joy visiting their unit and seeing the range of wines available.

P Croysdill

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Always helpful. Delivery is efficient and problems (rare) are rapidly resolved.

M Dearden

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Great selection of wines - always something tantalising popping into my inbox that I can’t resist. Highly recommend for a good stock up for Christmas!

P Howard

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Excellent service! We thoroughly enjoy their very good value La Combe Saint-Paul Vermentino. Thoroughly recommend them.

D Forcey

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