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The mountain estates of the Almeida Garrett family lie in the highest part of Portugal, the Serra de Estrela. They are descended from a famous literary figure - a kind of Portuguese Samuel Pepys'. The mountain air gives great conditions for the slow ripening of the fruit, giving, in turn, great wine. Our Portada white wine

 

Portada white, Lisboa region                                                         

£18.50

Fresh, rounded, but lemon fresh- a combination of Chardonnay and Moscatel

 

Entre Serras red, Beiras, Almeida Garrett                                                                                                                       

£18.50

Rich deep colour, packed with fruit and deliciously smooth

 

Dão wines

The wines of the Dão are arguably the truest of Portugal's 'classic' wines. The recipe is unchanged, but the character is now more modern. Great red fruit character, good acidity giving juiciness, but also enough tannin to make these wines excellent with food. They are elegant rather than powerful. Mid-bodied and just 13% alcohol is the norm. The whites are lemon fresh.

 

Opta Dão white                                                                                                                                                          

£23.50


Opta Dão red                                                                                                                                                              

£23.50


Opta Dão rose                                                                                                                                                           

£23.50


Quinta da Fonte do Ouro, Dão red                                                                                                                  

£25.50

 

Vinho Tinto (Red Wines)

From the Douro region...

You like Tempranillo? Well it’s also grown in Portugal, Where it’s also called Tinta Roriz in the Douro valley. It’s key ingredient of all the Douro reds. Like these below...

Pomares red     

£25.50                                                                                        

A delicious oak aged red, a silver medal winner in the International Wine Challenge

          

Quinta Nova                                                                                                                                             

£32.00

From the same grapes that make port this is an unoaked, rich, dense and smooth red     

 

Tons de Duorum                                                                                                                                      

£21.00

From the Douro valley. This is a new wine which has been greatly reviewed by wine critics.

 Purple fruits and subtle oak

 

Duorum, Colheita                                                                                                                                 

£30.50

‘colheita’ just means vintage (or collection of the grapes). This is aged in French oak barrels

 

From the Tejo region...

Terra de Lobos                                                                                                                                         

£21.50

An harmonious blend of Cabernet Sauvignon & Castelao.  Medium bodied, smooth and fruity

 

Conde de Vimioso                                                                                                                                    

£21.90

Made from a mix of French and Portuguese varietals, this is a full bodied wine packed with flavour

 

From the Alentejo...

Marques de Borba                                                                                                                                  

£24.90

A rich style, figgy, cedary, complex wine, made entirely from Portuguese varieties – Mostly Aragones & Trincanderia

Loios                                                                                                                                                           

£20.90

A blend of Portuguese grape varieties giving a smooth satisfying wine

JP Ramos Trincadeira                                                                                                                             

£27.50

Smoky character, damson fruit, exceptional

 

From the Beiras region...

Dao, Sao Domingos                                                                                                                                 

£26.00

Classic Dao.   An old Alvaro’s favourite                                                                                 

half bottle    £13.90

Almeida Garrett Touriga Nacional                                                                                                   

£23.50

This famous grape is used in port production giving deep coloured wine with a hint of violets

 

Vinho Branco (White Wines)

 

Terra de Lobos white                                                                                                                             

£21.50

A gorgeous blend of Sauvignon blanc & Fernao Pires. Fresh, dry and crisp with a real ‘zip’ of sauvignon

Almeida Garrett Chardonnay, ‘Mountain Wine’                                                                          

£23.50

Growing high in the Serra de Estrela mountains, Chardonnay has been here more than 100 years. Touch of oak

Pomares white, Douro                                                                                                                           

£25.90

One of the excellent new whites from the Douro.   Dry, flinty, with mineral tones and a light touch of oak

Bairrada Sao Domingos                                                                                                                        

£23.50

Made from Bical and Maria Gomes grapes. Lemony, clean and crisp

Falcoaria, Tejo                                                                                                                                          

£24.50

Crisp and dry with an excellent peach like bouquet. Lightly oaked, Burgundy-like.

 

Vinho Verde & Rosé

 

Cazas Novas, Vinho Verde, Avesso grape variety                                                                        

£23.90

Really lovely quality, mineral, peach white wine with some floral notes. No bubbles this is still wine of 12%alc

AlvarinhoVinho Verde deu la deu 2011                                                                                          

£26.90

Superb steely dry Vinho Verde, light and fruity. One of the best

 

New wave Vinho Verde – Casal de Ventozela estate

No bubbles anymore (well maybe the faintest tingle), and the wine has 11-12%alcohol. Welcome to the brave new world of modern-look Vinho Verde wines. Semi-aromatic and bursting with fresh flavours. Be amazed by these single variety wines from Casal de Ventozela.

Loureiro                                                                                                                                              

£22.90

Lemon and lime flavours

Arinto                                                                                                                                                   

£22.90

Steely, structured, powerful and with good acidity

Espadeiro                                                                                                                                            

£22.90

Rosé that us just bursting with fruit. Crisp and refreshing too

Mateus Rosé                                                                                                                                              

 £17.50

A long time favourite, reasonably sweet and very fruity

 

 

Italian Wines

 

Pinot Grigio Friuli Aquileia DOC, Zonin Classici

Delicately fruity, relatively full and ample with an ensemble of aromas of great finesse.   Lightly dry yet extremely fresh.                                                                                               

£22.90                                                                                                                            

Chardonnay Friuli Aquileia DOC, Zonin Classici

Intense and extremely fresh, with notes of elderflower, banana and Golden Delicious apples. Its acidity is excellent and emphasizes the wine’s freshness.                                       

£23.95      

Sauvignon Blanc, Mapachi Chile (Not Italy)

Straw yellow with green reflections and a delicate bouquet with notes of fruit and blossom. The flavour is dry, elegant and appealing.                                                                                                    

£24.70

Gavi di Gavi DOCG, Cossetti

Straw yellow in colour with greenish reflections, the bouquet is delicate and fruity.               

£35.50

 

Italian Red wines

 

Merlot delle Venezie ICT, Zonin Zlassici

Captivating because of its freshness and its delicious vinosity in combination with a delightful abundance of plum and fruit notes                                                                                                        

£19.95

Cabernet Friuli Aquileia DOC, Zonin Classici

Pleasantly full and fresh with outstanding fruitiness and an appealing leafiness.  Dry, lightly tannic, full bodied, generous with a well balanced and a pleasantly lingering finish.                          

£21.95

Chianti DOCG, Zonin Classici

Characteristically intense, fine and elegant and distinguished by an elegant scent of violets and tenuous perfumes of wild berries.                                                                                                          

£22.95

Valpolicella Classico DOC, , Zonin Classici

Ample and remarkably complex, with vinous tones and well defined scents of bitter  almonds against a tenous background of wild berries.                                                                                                   

£24.95

Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore, Zonin Jewels

Ample and remarkably complex, with vinous tones and well-defined scents of cherries against a background of chocolate mocca.  Dry on the palate, smooth and with, great richness                

£34.95

Barolo DOCG, Poggio le Coste

Intense garnet red in colour with a persistent bouquet that has aromas of wild berries, cocoa and spices. The flavour is warm with soft, elegant tannins.                                                                        

£45.95

Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG , Zonin Jewels

Round, smoky and solid, this wine has a ripe black cherry and plum flavours. It has a big structure, and perfectly balanced tannins, alcohol and acidity.                                                                           

£49.95

 

French Red Wines

 

Fleurie, Domain Guy Sabon                                                                                                                  

£33.00

Gevrey Chambertin, Vieille Vignes, Domain Tortochot                                                              

£64.00

Nuits St George, premier cru Domaine Alain Michelot                                                             

£65.00

Cotes du Rhone, Pierre Amadeu                                                                                                          

£29.50

Half bottle £16.50

 

French White Wines

 

Chablis, Daniel Dampt                                                                                                                           

 £38.00

 Half bottle £19.90

Chablis prtemier cru ‘Fourchaume’                                                                                                 

£45.00

Meursault Domaine Bouz                                                                                                                      

£72.00

Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru                                                                                                                

£72.00

Sancerre Domaine silvain Bailly                                                                                                       

£38.00

Half bottle £19.00

Muscadet Sur Lie, Domaine de la Chauviniere                                                                             

£23.00

Gewurztraminer, Maison Koenig                                                                                                       

£34.00

 

German Wines

 

Niersteiner Gutes Domtal                                                                                                                     

£17.50

Haardter Manderling Riesling kabinett Trocken                                                                       

£22.90

Carafe Wine

Red, White or Rosé                                                                                                             

1 Litre              £19.90

1/2Litre            £9.90

175ml glass     £4.80

125ml glass     £3.60

 

Champagne & Sparkling wine

 

Monge                                                                                 

Our special vintage Portuguese bubbly. It is made by the traditional Champagne method, has a fine mousse and an elegant style. ‘Monge’ means monk and is a cheeky reference to the French monk Dom Perignon, Father of all champagnes.**Highly recommended.                                                           

£29.50

Prosecco DOC Cuvèe 1821, Zonin Prosecco                                                 

Glass £6.95 bottle  £23.95

Rosamaro Spumante Negromaro Brut (Italy) 

Glass £6.50  bottle £26.00

Sao Domingos Rosé bruto                                                                                                                     

£28.50

Asti Martini                                                                                                                                                 

£27.00

Moet & Chandon                                                                                                                                      

£48.00

Half bottle £29.50

Lanson Black label brut                                                                                                                        

£42.00

Moet & Chandon Rosé                                                                                                                           

£75.00

Mimm Cordon rouge brut                                                                                                                      

£42.00

Bollinger special cuvee brut                                                                                                                

£59.00

Laurent Perrier Rosé                                                                                                                         

£78.90

Dom Perignon vintage                                                                                                                        

£165.00

Krug                                                                                                                                                            

£175.00

Cristal vintage                                                                                                                                         

£240.00

 

Wines from the Private Cellar

 

Conde de Vimioso reserva 2011, Ribatejo                                                                                      

£47.50

A truly fine Portuguese wine made from a complex combination of five different grape varieties, including Touriga Nacional and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Duorum Reserva 2009 red, Douro                                                                                                     

£55.00

This is the first reserve wine made at this new estate high in the Upper Douro. Rich, deep coloured, good balancing acidity and a captivating minerality – think pencil lead – a beautiful, if young, wine.

Falcoaria reserve 2011 red, Ribatejo                                                                                              

£39.00

This is a wine from a hotter year, resulting in ripe fruits, rounded mouthfeel, and a warm and satisfying wine, with more immediate appeal. Aged in French oak barrels for 9-12 months.

Quinta Nova reserve 2012, Douro                                                                                                     

£55.00

Situated on the northern banks of the river Douro facing the hot sone this is a super ripe, dense and powerful red aged in new French oak barrels. A big wine!

Quinta de Foz de Arouce is a famous and respected wine estate in central Portugal with a long history. They are not slaves to fashion and make classic wines in the old style. Great concentration, finesse and depth of flavour are the hallmarks of these much sought after wines. We are privileged to have secured a small allocation of the wine.

 

Quinta de Foz de Arouce (White) 2009, Beiras                                                                             

£38.50

Made from the Sercial grape variety, normally found in Madeira wines, the wine has been aged in French oak barrels. Good acidity, honey aromas, and fry finish. Superb wine.

 

Quinta de Foz de Arouce (Red) 2007, ‘Vinha Velhas de Santa Maria’                                 

£48.00

Vinhas Velhas denotes a wine made from old and venerable vines, which produce very few grapes of high concentration. Aged for 18 months in French oak, this wine is now nearing full maturity.

 

Vila Santa reserve red 2012/14, Alentejo                                                                                    

£50.90

Lovely ripe, rich Alentejo red. The hottest part of Portugal make big rustic, hearty reds with a surprising level of finesse. Smooth as velvet.

 

Marques de Borba reserve 2012, Alentejo                                                                                     

£60.00

Without question the finest wine in our Fine Wine cellar selection. The nose in bursting with ripe, dark fruit aromas, even before you taste the wine. Words are not enough – you have to try this truly great wine. Aged for a year in the finest French oak barrels, it is a stunning wine, not to be missed.

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