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Operating out of The Crossing Point Cafe, we are dedicated to bringing you unique wines, wines that you won’t find on your supermarket shelves, wines at an affordable price.
We have searched far and wide, high and low, to offer a selection of truly fantastic wines that span a broad spectrum of tastes - but always at a price that is great value.
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Below is a sample list of our wines, please contact us for our current stock.
Sparkling Wine & Champagnes
Cottonworth Classic Cuvée, Cottonworth, England (27.15)
This is a beautiful white bubbly with all that one could want from an English sparkling wine. Brioche, honey and soft lemon with a strong minerality that highlights the vineyards origin of chalky soil.
Champagne Testulat Blanc de Blancs, France (25.35)
Light and subtle with notes of apple and quince; crisp and well-balanced in the mouth, with delicate bubbles and true blanc de blancs purity.
Albarino 2014, Alba Vega, Rias baixas, Spain (12.99)
A dry and crisp white wine, made from the local Albarino grape, grown in the cool and damp region of Rias Baixas in NW Spain, close to the border with Portugal. Made by the owners of the award-winning Rioja Vega estate in NE Spain, this uses hand picking, cool fermentation in tanks to preserve the acidity, and shows a lovely depth of peachy/nutty fruit and crisp lemony acidity.
Muscadet sur Lie 2014, ‘Fief de La brie, Loire (9.49)
One of the Nantes regions top producers, Auguste Bonhomme makes arguably the finest and freshest Muscadet’s around. The Muscadet grape, sometimes known locally as ‘Melon de Bourgogne’ has naturally high acidity and yet still grows well in the cool and stormy conditions that sweep in from the Biscay area. Fresh and steely with notes of pear, apple and cream
Below is a sample list of our wines, please contact us for our current stock.Pinot Grigio Ca Solare, Piedmonte, Italy (7.49)
Pinot Grigio as a grape can run the gamut from the light and neutral (supermarket wines) to the full bodied, rich and oily. This example, from the cooperative in Piedmonte region in NW Italy, is markedly different from both styles, showing a nice core of dessert apple, roasted nut and faint peach and tropical notes. Steel fermented at ultra low temperatures to preserve the wines acidity (which can fall as a result of over-ripening ) this example is balanced, soft and dry
Coroa d’ouro Blanco, 2013, Douro Valley, Portugal (9.29)
A rare dry white from the upper Corgo region of the Douro, and made from principle white grapes that would normally be made into white Port. Grapes such as Rabigato, Semillon, Viosinho and Codega grapes (most local and indigenous) and hand picked and fermented in steel tanks with a percentage having skin contact. No oak ageing is allowed so the wine, although darker and richer in colour, has a wonderful ripe and tropical nose bordering on peach and apricot skin, with a nice steely acidity, freshness and a high degree of minerality.
Cotes de Gascogne, Domaine Tariquet, Gascony, France (8.95)
A crisp and pungent dry white from the backwater region of SW france, below Bordeaux and climbing toward the Pyrenees. Made from local Ugni Blanc, Colombard with 15 % Sauvignon Blanc, this dry and zesty white is made at the famous and award-winning Domaine Tariquet, an estate known as much for its fine Armagnac brandy as for its delightful white wines. Crisp and fresh with a light tang of gooseberry and passionfruit, then a sting of nettles and herbaceousness comes in.
Verdicchio Castelli dei Jesi, Marche, Italy (9.95)
Fresh tangy and light in character this is a good and characterful dry white from a region that time seems to have forgotten and all for the worst of reasons. Verdicchio admittedly went through a bad patch in the early 1908’s due to over cropping with the result that many wines were thin, dilute and bland. New technology and a new generation of internationally travelled young winemakers have rejuvenated the region. The Verdicchio grape mutates quickly so there can be some variation to the styles that are produced, but this example, grown around
the coastal town of Ancona within the Jesi sub region, makes arguably the best Verdiccchio – dry, soft, balanced, fragrant and slightly nutty. Monticelli are a large family concern with a good reputation for their Verdicchio’s, and many can be aged further.
Chablis AC, Daniel Dampt, Burgundy (14.50)
The Dampt family, father and 2 sons, are situated on a slight rise to the south of the main Chablis township surrounded by a natural amphitheatre of vines that stretch up the hills and beyond. Small in size, this family estate make rich and fulsome wines, with a developed and buttery style that is almost unique to them.
Rully 1er cru ‘ Margottes’ 2013. Jean Claude Breliere, Burgundy (23.95)
A cracking dry white Burgundy from the cote Chalonais in the southern most top of Burgundy before it arrives in Beaujolais. The diminutive and likeable Jean Claude makes very small quantities of full bodied, layered, and complex white burgundy from his 9ha of Chardonnay. Creamy, soft and well balanced and showing the perfect poise between acidity, freshness, fruit and buttery mouthfeel, this is a wine that would rival many a village Meursault.
Unoaked Chardonnay, Hugo estate, McLaren Vale, SE Australia (15.99)
The craggy and stern face of John Hugo readily cracks into a smile when he opens a bottle – it’s as if the wines natural fruit and appeal charms everyone who tastes it. This is certainly true of this complex and harmonious dry chardonnay, made from hand picked grapes grown on the southernmost flank of the escarpment that looks out over McLaren vale south of Adelaide city. Cooled by the coastal breezes from the Tasman sea, this is open, lush and fruity with lots of tropical fruit, tight acidity and a long even finish. Buttery but with not a stave of oak used, this is modern Aussie winemaking at its best.
Dart valley ‘Reserve’ Totnes, Devon, UK (12.45)
Made from a blend of grapes grown along the banks of the winding Dart River near Totnes in Devon by the award-winning organic estate of Sharpham. First noted in the doomsday book, this family run estate can arguably claim to be the oldest wine farm in England, and its modern line-up of dry whites shows a real skill at making to quality wines. Using Seyval, Madeline Angevine with a little chardonnay and matured for a short time in French oak, this is like a Sancerre mixed with a top dry white burgundy.
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Chenin Blanc Kanu, Stellenbosch, South Africa (7.85)
A nose of melon, flowers and savoury notes with some honey-spiced fruit leads to a tropical palate that combines depth of fruit with a bright, crisp finish.
Quercus Pinot Grigio, Goriška Brda, Slovenia (8.15)
On the nose there are notes of apple, grapefruit and lemon, as well as a pleasant floral aroma. Smooth and full-bodied on the palate, with a long finish.
Picpoul de Pinet Beauvignac, Languedoc Roussillon, France (8.40)
Elegant aromas of citrus, pear and white flowers, and a crisp, mineral palate ideally suited to seafood.
New Hall Pinot Gris, New Hall Vineyards, England (8.95)
Youthful mix of spice, minerals and tropical fruits. On the palate there is an abundant richness to pure, intense fruit and a lingering finish.
Finca Antigua Blanco (Viura) La Mancha, Spain (10.05)
A complex unoaked Viura, showing aromas of pear, apricot and fennel, a balanced, energetic palate and a long, fruity finish. Rose.
Pinot Blush ‘ Roseum’, Villa Sandi, Veneto, Italy (9.45)
For wine lovers who have had their fill of thin, dilute, wishy-washy Pinot Grigio Blush, this vibrant and richly scented Pinot Blush will come as a revelation. Made from a blend of Pinot Grigio, Pinot Bianco and Pinot Nero, fermented on skins for a few days to extract a lovely deep pink colour, then fermented in tank to retain that juicy, red fruit and citrus character – this is a medium bodied, rounded, richly structured and quite serious rose – made by Villa Sandi at their palatial Grecian temple-like Villa in the heart of the Veneto region of NE Italy.
Les Courtances Blush, IGP d’Herault, Languedoc, France (7.00)
A unique wine that was 4 years in the making. We wanted to produce a house rose that walked a tightrope of sweetness and acidity so that it appeals to as many customers as possible. Made from Grenache, Syrah, Carignan and a little Bourbelanc, with about 15 hours on the skins to produce an appealing pale salmon pink colour. On the nose it is all strawberry and alpine cherry the palate reveals a softness and creamy mid palate that broadens and sweetens so very slightly to be almost hinted rather than felt.
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Mon Roc Syrah/Grenache Rosé, Languedoc-Roussillon, France (6.75)
This delightful rosé combines the crisp, refreshing currant fruit of Syrah with the sweetness and roundness of Grenache - the classic blend of the South!
Cabernet/Merlot/ Syrah, Albret, Navarra, Spain (9.00)
This wine was blended by us as a trial and it quickly became apparent that we had a success on our hands. Blended from varying amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah with a little Tempranillo to soften, the wine is then matured and aged in small oak barrels for around 14 months to soften and add structure and vanilla notes to the finish. This is mellow, soft and appealing with a ripe fruit and long, even, softening finish – imagine good rioja mixed with a nice Chilean merlot.
Pinotage, Galpins Peak, Drakensberg, South Africa (9.50)
Pinotage – comes from across of Pinot Noir and local Hermitage grapes (that’s the old south African name for the Cinsault grape from southern France). This wine is made by the upmarket Co-operative of Cape cellars, whose members include many top wine estates in Stellenbosch, Paarl and the Western Cape. Made from 25 year old vines that lie in the lee of the Backsberg and Harteberg mountains the grapes are picked and selected to ensure no bruising, then fermented on skins for around 18 days before separating and then aging in large oak barrels for a couple of months prior to bottling. On the nose it is a mixture of stewed red fruits, jam, spice and leather.
Malbec Gougenheim, Mendoza, Argentina (9.95)
Made by Patricio Gougenheim at this new state of the art winery near Mendoza, this estate is a new kid on the block, founded in the late 1990’s and quickly establishing itself as a producer of finely crafted, elegant and fruit-filled wines. This Malbec show a different style from many over extracted, over sturdy Malbecs from Argentina – this is about balance, freshness and elegance rather than brutish power.
Sangiovese de Puglia, Vetriani, Italy (8.25)
Sangiovese, the classic grape that produces so many great Italian reds (Chianti, Brunello, etc) has migrated its way south into the garden of Italy – the beautiful and warm Puglia region of southern Italy. Vineyards that saw Roman soldiers embarking for Grecian wars in the 1st century AD still remain on the foothills surrounding the ports of Brindisi, Bari and Taranto where grapes are grown, picked and made into warm, rich and jammy reds that retain a lovely generosity and spice that make them ideal with roasted meats, cheese and winter stews. The large wine family of Vetriani make wines all over Italy, and their Sangiovese de Puglia shows soft red and black fruits, mild spice and a core of sweet, fleshy fruits and warmth – a lovely everyday red.
Merlot, Sandford estate, SE Australia (9.35)
Merlot is one of Australia’s least planted red grapes, being found unsuited to the hot vineyard temperatures that are felt in classic areas such as Barossa, Hunter and the MIA. Cool climate vineyards as found in the foothills of the Blue Mountains and down in Victoria make better places to grow this more sensitive red grape – where the grapes natural spice and chocolate and cherry fruit can come to the fore. This is made by the Wingara group, a small family company who specialise in making wines to order for company’s around the world. We blended this wine from 3 parcels of merlot, grown in differing climates to combine a rich sweet fruit, spice and depth of flavour, and it highlight the softness that Merlot is famous for.
Chateau Bellevue 2010, Cru bourgeois, Bordeaux (18.00)
A wine we bought 2 years ago after tasting it at the UGC tastings in Bordeaux following the release of the highly acclaimed 2010 vintage. Made from 45% merlot and the balance being Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, this classy claret shows a nice depth of black fruits ( cassis, plum, cherry ) and is wrapped in comforting softening tannins and a layer of sweet oak. Bellevue is one of a growing list of small chateaux that are rising up the quality levels due to insistence on better vineyard work and a strict selection of barrels - along with investment in both winery and yield reductions.
Crozes Hermitage Emile Pochon 2012, Rhone (15.00)
The northern Rhone region has been quietly making stellar wines for a number of years – whilst Bordeaux and Burgundy get the headlines, the Rhone, in particular the northern regions of Hermitage, Crozes hermitage, Cornas and Cote Rotie have all enjoyed great vintages.
Emile Pochon is a small family grower based near Tain on the Rhone, making richly structured, warm and generous, peppery reds from 15ha of Syrah that have an average age of 25 years. Unlike his counterparts he adds no white grapes to the final blend, so his wines have a bite and structure that is more scented and fulsome than his neighbours. Fermented in a mixture of tank and barrel, the wine enjoys 6-10 months in oak to soften the rich peppery, spicy tannins.
Savigny Les Beaune 2008, Marchard de Gramont (24.00)
A ripe and seductive Pinot Noir, made from a patch of grapes that grow near the hamlet of Savigny itself, in sight of the churches of both Meursault and Savigny. Average age of the vines is 30 years old so the yield is naturally reduced to around 3 tonnes per acre, less than many of his neighbours. The diminutive Alban Gramont makes rich, fleshy, soft and perfumed Pinot Noir with a fine grain of sweet oak to soften and cosset the fruit. Surprisingly he uses a percentage of American oak which adds a degree more sweetness and notes of coconut, vanilla and perhaps caramel to the wine – supporting the Pinots natural raspberry and damson notes.
Jonty’s Duck Red (Grenache/Cab/Pinotage/Syrah) Avondale, SA (17.00)
Made by Jonathan Grieve, the son of the founder John Grieve who bought this estate in the late 1980’s. Since his takeover of the family estate several years ago, Jonty has moved the whole 200ha estate to Bio-Dynamic farming and reduced the estates wine range down from 20 varietals to around 10, each grape grown in a climate and soil type that favours its natural character. The Jontys duck relates to a herd of ducks that Jonty emplots each year in the vineyard to eat the pest-like snails that invade the crop near vintage time – this natural method of control means less spraying and also they have a BBQ at the end of the year – it is said that snail fed ducks have a lovely taste!
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La Mouline Delieuze, Languedoc-Roussillon, France (7.40)
Ripe blackberry fruit is infused with the scent of the garrigue - the wild herbs and shrubs of the Languedoc. Smooth and round, yet full of character.
Sangiovese/Malbec Vista Flores, Bodega Norton, Argentina (7.75)
A delightful, vibrant blend, with the spice and cherry fruit of the Sangiovese given weight and texture by the blackberry-ish Malbec.
Gran Hacienda Cabernet Franc, Santa Rita, Valle Central, Chile (8.15)
A delightful example of this fabulous grape variety, showing raspberry, redcurrant and tomato leaf aromas, with some chocolatey generosity on the palate.
Inkspot (Pinotage/Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon) Cloof, Darling, SA (8.15)
A wine of inky concentration, with rich plum and cassis aromas, a super-juicy feel in the mouth, and notes of spice and tobacco to add lift.
Côtes-du-Ventoux, Delas Freres, Rhone Valley, France (9.40)
Rounded and fruit-driven, with ripe red berries on the nose, and a plump, juicy palate.
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