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Monday 10am - 7pm
Tuesday 10am - 7pm
Wednesday 10am - 7pm
Thursday 10am - 8pm
Friday 10am - 8pm
Saturday 10am - 7pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm
Bank Hol 10am - 5pm
Store Address
1C Alloway Place
Ayr
KA7 2AA
United Kingdom

Store facilities

  • Fine wine available
  • Free local delivery
  • Free chiller bin loan
  • Free Wine Courses
  • Free glass loan
  • Free tasting every day
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Store News(141)

Wine of the Week - Côtes du Rhône 2011 E. Guigal - £8.99Date published: 13/12/14

Wine of the Week

Côtes du Rhône 2011 E. Guigal

£11.99, £8.99

We are well and truly in the middle of winter and if you're anything like me you'll be looking for a good, hearty red at the end of a cold day. Guigal's offering definitely fits the bill!

Being arguably the Rhone Valley's most famous producer, he is regularly seen as the benchmark for quality in the region. His some Marcel is responsible for the region's recent resurgence.

The wine is a Grenache and Syrah-Shiraz blend. Full bodied with dark fruits and white pepper alongside some savory hints.

Fantastic on it's own but will also go well with all manner of red meat dishes.


Christmas Opening HoursDate published: 12/12/14

Christmas Opening Hours!

Saturday 13th December - 10am - 7pm

Sunday 14th December - 10am - 5pm

Monday 15th December - Saturday 20th December - 10am - 8pm

Sunday 21st December - 10am - 5 pm

Monday 22nd - Tuesday 23rd - 10am - 8pm

Wednesday 24th December - 10am - 5pm

Thursday 25th and Friday 26th December - CLOSED

Saturday 27th December - 10am - 7pm

Sunday 28th December - 10am - 5pm

Monday 29th - Tuesday 20th December - 10am - 7pm

Wednesday 31st December - 10am - 5pm

Thursday 1st January - CLOSED

Friday 2nd January - 10am - 8pm

Saturday 3rd January - 10am - 7pm

Sunday 4th January - 10am - 5pm

Christmas Delivery DaysDate published: 12/12/14

Our days for delivery are a little different from now until the New Year. Please find the delivery days for your postcode listed below:

Friday 12th - DG7, DG3, DG5, DG2, DG1, KA18

Saturday 13th - All KA postcodes (except KA26)

Sunday 14th - Local Deliveries (Ayr and Prestwick)

Monday 15th - KA19, KA26, DG9, DG8

Tuesday 16th - DG7, DG3, DG5, DG2, DG1, KA18

Wednesday 17th - All KA postcodes (except KA26)

Thursday 18th -  KA19, KA26, DG9, DG8

Friday 19th - DG7, DG3, DG5, DG2, DG1, KA18

Saturday 20th - All KA postcodes (except KA26)

Sunday 21st - Local Deliveries (Ayr, Prestwick and Troon)

Monday 22nd - KA19, KA26, DG9, DG8

Tuesday 23rd - Local Deliveries (Ayr, Prestwick and Troon)

Wednesday 24th - Local Deliveries (Ayr, Prestwick and Troon)

Thursday 25th  - NO DELIVERIES

Friday 26th - NO DELIVERIES


Our Reindeers are ready to go so order online or call us on 01292 880 886 to place your order!

Wine of the Week - Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel 2013 £19.99, now £13.32Date published: 04/12/14

Wine of the Week Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel 2013

£19.99, now £13.32

Coming to us from California, this Zinfandel (the grape which the state is famous for) is a real treat! The wine is made from parcels from low yielding vines from the regions of Oakly, Lodi and Mendocino. Cline use old world techniques to farm the vines, the grapes are hand picked and the wine is aged for 8 months in 35% new American Oak.

On the nose are aromas of ripe strawberries and even hints of coffee beans and chocolate. The palate medium to full bodied and is full of juicey fruit with black cherry and strawberry notes as well as plenty of dark chocolate flavours.

It will age for up to three years but if you can't wait that long don't worry as it's ready to drink now! Best enjoyed with BBQ steak, well seasoned pork chops or even venison.

Find it here: http://www.majestic.co.uk/Cline-Ancient-Vines-Zinfandel-zid18018?tracking=|searchterm:cline

The Twelve Wines of ChristmasDate published: 04/12/14

On the First day of Christmas my true love sent to me a partridge in a pear tree a fantastic wine from Rioja!

1) Rioja Reserva 2009 Viña Eguía, £9.99, £6.66

Lovers of Rioja - this is one for you this Christmas! Made from Tempranillo grapes and ages for 24 months in French and American oak, it is a well rounded wine with dark fruit flavours and subtle cedar notes. 

On the Second day of Christmas my true love sent to me two turtle doves a case of Peroni

2) Keep the beer lovers happy this December with Peroni at £12 (that's only £1 per bottle!)

On the Third day of Christmas ... you get the message! Number 3 is a lovely Malborough Sauvignon:

3) Mud House Sauvignon Blanc, £9.99, £6.66

It's December, the high street is mobbed and you've just done the usual Saturday dash for presents, so put down those shopping bags and refresh with a glass of Mudhouse! A fresh and lively Sauvignon Blanc from the Malborough wine region of New Zealand with aromas of grapefruit and tropical fruit and citrus notes on the palate.

4) Rioja Reserva 2009 Marqués de Riscal, £14.99, £9.99

A welcome guest at most Christmas dinner tables, this reserva is sure not to dissapoint! It is very smooth with vanilla and toasted oak aromas alonside summer fruit flavours. Excellent with the chesse board after dinner, or if you're patient, hold on to it for another five years.

5) Prosecco Salatin Extra Dry NV, £12.99, £8.66

An excellent drink for party toasts, and presented in a very stylish bottle. A persisstant mousse with zesty aromas, green apple flavours alongside hints of jasmine.

6) The Ned Waihopai River Sauvignon Blanc, £10.99, £7.33

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc is a firm Majestic favourite and it's definitely on my Christmas list this year! Coming from Malborough in New Zealand it has a grassy nose leading to a palate which is bursting with gooseberries and hints of a gunflint minerality thanks to the stoney soils. Bring a bottle along to a friend's house and wait for the compliments on your fantastic wine choice!

7) Portillo Malbec 2013 Bodegas Salentein, £9.99, £6.66

Fantastic for nights infront of the fire! A well rounded and smooth Argentinian Malbec with plum and bramble on the nose following through to delicious blackfruit flavours.

8) Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial NV Champagne, £43.50, £28.98

Take advantage of this fantastic offer and treat yourself or a loved one to Moet this Christmas! Made in the house style, the Champagne is clean and crisp with citrus and biscuity notes. If Moet's not your favourite then check out our other Champagne offers for this Christmas on our website www.majestic.co.uk.

9) Mâcon-Villages Blanc 'Les Pierres Blanches' 2013 Cave de Lugny, £10.65, £7.99

One for the lovers of Chardonnay but not of heavily oaked wines! Situated in the Mâconnais in Burgundy, this wine displays the mineral notes that the region is famous for along with aromas of blossom and apple and citrus notes on the palate.

10) No Bull Merlot 2013 Charles Smith, Mattawa, £14.99, £9.99

New to our range and comming from some of the most Northenly vineyards in Washington State this is an excellent cool climate wine made up of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Classic plum and blackberry characters come from the Merlot and are enhanced with notes of cocoa, cedar and red cherry. Not one to give away, keep this little gem for yourself this Christmas!

11) Bouvet Ladubay Saumur NV, £13.49, £8.99

From the Loire valley in France, Bouvet is an excellent Champagne alternative, made by the same Traditional method champagne is made by but with Chenin Blanc grapes. Lovely White Blossom notes on the nose followed by a palate with bruised apple and honeysuckle hints.

12) The Ned Pinot Noir, £14.99, £9.99

The only red to drink with your turkey this year! Marisco (the makers of The Ned) have a reputation of producing quality wines and this is no exception. The grapes are all hand picked before being aged in French oak for 9 months. On the nose are red fruit and smokey aromas, the palate is medium bodied with rich, warming flavours. Perfect with turkey, but will also partner well equally with roast chicken or duck.

33% OFF MALBEC WEEKENDDate published: 22/11/14

33% OFF MALBEC WEEKEND

We are celebrating Malbec this weekend! Why? We don't need en excuse! There are some fantastic new wines alongside some old favorites all on 33% off discounts...here are a few highlights!


Beef Steak Malbec £9.99

(Reduced from£6.66)
   

Alamos Malbec £9.99

(reduced from £6.66)
   

San Huberto Malbec £11.99

(reduced from £7.99)
   

Parilla Malbec £11.99

(reduced from £7.99)
   

Catena Malbec £12.99

(reduced from £8.66)


Californian Spotlight - Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel 2012Date published: 18/11/14

Here at Majestic Californian Tasting Week is fast approaching (starting on Thursday the 27th), and my old favoutite Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel 2012 has been reduced from £11.99 to £7.99 up until the 24th of November!

The Ravenswood slogan is 'No wimpy wines!' and this wine certainly follows the philosophy! Coming from Northern California, the Zinfandel capital of the world, the wine is full of concentrated fruit flavours of blueberry, black cherry and plums. There are chocolate aromas as well as some spice on the nose which follows through to the palate and is met with vanilla notes. Overall its a well rounded wine with a long, smooth finish. Hurry, this great offer is not on for long!

Are you interested in learning more about Californian wines? Pop along to your local Ayr store for a Spotlight Tasting on Thursday 27th of November at 6.30pm and sample what California has to offer!

No Tricks, just Treats!Date published: 30/10/14

Halloween is here and whether you're dressing up for a party or staying in with a scary movie I'm sure you'll be after some great wine. I have a few Halloween inspired suggestions for you:

Ghastly Ghouls:

Silver Ghost Canbernet Sauvinon £4.99 and Silver Ghost Sauvignon £4.99

Brand new to our range, both wines made from grapes sourced from vineyards in Chile's Central Valley. Legend has it that 'The Silver Ghost' haunts the old deserted mining towns in the Central Valley. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, these wines are a bargain at only £4.99! The Sauvignon Blanc is refreshing with notes of gooseberry, citrus and fresh green apples while the Cabernet Sauvignon has an easy going style and is pack full of red fruit and plummy flavours.

Murder on the Orient Express:

First Class Pinot Noir, £8.99 £5.99

Curl up with a glass of First Class and Agatha Christie's famous novel (or the film) and take a thrilling trip on the Orient Express with this great value Pinot Noir. Made from grapes sourced in the Chile's Casablanca Valley and matured in stainless steal to create fruit focused, the label is designed to resemble a first class train ticket. It's packed with red fruit flavours with gentle floral and pepper hints.

Beer, beer. beer!

The Dead Pony Club, Brew Dog £9.99

If you fancy a beer rather than wine then this is the Halloween Drink for you! The gruesomely named 'Dead Pony Club' is one of the latest additions to our range from our friends at Brew Dog. This super fresh pale ale packs a huge hoppy punch alongside citrus and floral notes.


Fine Wine of the Month - Matsu El Viejo Toro, £20!Date published: 08/10/14

Fine Wine of the Month

Matsu El Viejo Toro 2011, £25 £20

Matsu is the Japanese word for 'wait'. Matsu have a philosophy of patience and environmental harmony and so are committed to their project of sustainable viticulture and are a fully organic operation.

Matsu recognise the importance of their grape growers in producing their wines and so as a homage to their growers , three generations are represented over three wines.

Their fine wine, El Viejo or 'The Old One' is made from 100% Tempranillo grapes in only the best vintage years from vines that are an average of 110 years old. The wine is left to age for 16 months in new French oak barrels before being bottled.

It is a full bodied and powerful wine with notes of cigar box and lavender, hints of graphite as well as cherry and bramble fruit.

Enjoy now with steak or rare roasts. Alternatively allow the wine to benefit from cellaring for 5 years.

This wine will be open to taste on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th October.


Spectacular Sparkling SaturdaysDate published: 04/10/14

Soffio No.3 Prosecco NV

Apple and pear flavours predominate, which subtle notes of freshly cut flowers lift the nose. Soft mousse and gently ripe fruit makes for an easy-drinking style

Was £9.99 Now Only £6.66


Bollinger Special Cuvée NV Champagne

Bollinger is made from first-run juice only, and the majority of vineyards used have Premier and Grand Cru status, resulting in a full-bodied Champagne of great class. Delightful pale gold in colour, the mousse is light and persistent.

Was £50 Now Only £33.31


Oeil de Perdrix Rosé NV Champagne

Meaning 'eye of the partridge', this pale salmon pink rosé Champagne exhibits enticing complexity. Delicate in style, but with a perfect weight of fruit. A fantastic apéritif.

Was £30 Now Only £19.99


Bouvet Ladubay Saumur NV France

The second oldest sparkling wine producer from Saumur in the Loire, Bouvet Ladubay is made by the traditional method, but from Chenin Blanc grapes, it is of excellent quality. Fruity aromas and florals on the nose. Fine and persistent bubbles. Honeysuckle, acacia and bruised apples on the palate.

Was £13.49 Now Only £8.99


Competition Time!Date published: 02/10/14

The new Brancott Estate Terroir Series Sauvignon Blanc wines come from Awatere (pronounced Aw-wah-tree), the most southern grape-growing region in Marlborough. The climate is cooler and dryer, so fruit can hang for longer. This results in wine that is highly aromatic, and intensely flavoured. To celebrate its new arrival at Majestic we've got five cases to give away on the blog. Enter the competition here > http://blog.majestic.co.uk/brancott-estate-terroir-series-give-away

Fine Wine of the Month - Open to try this week!Date published: 06/09/14

Fine Wine of the Month

Meerlust Merlot £22, £17

This month brings South African tasting week (11th -17th September) and I'd like to take the opportunity to showcase this fantastic wine from the Stellenbosh region.

Made in a Bordeaux style, reflecting the traditions of the right bank being a blend of 89% Merlot and 11% Cabernet Franc. The Cabernet Franc works in the blend to give a supple and balanced structure and gives the wine more aromatic complexity.

The nose offers lashings of plum and dark bramble fruit aromas as well as some spice, hints of dark chocolate and a little meaty edge. The palate has silky tannins and good length.

Enjoy now with rich beef bourguignon or roast goose. Alternatively, wait a few years and allow the wine to improve with age.

This Wine will be open to try on Thursday the 11th and Friday 12th for Fine Wine Friday.


Free Tasting In Store Everyday!Date published: 18/08/14

Sometimes it's nice to try before you buy! That's why there is free tasting every day at all Majestic stores. We always have at least six wines to try, so pop in to your local Ayr store and try some thing new today; you never know, you just might find a new favourite!



Get Your Free Dartington Wine Glasses!Date published: 13/08/14

Fancy getting your hands on a pair of Dartington Wine glasses (worth £10) completely free of charge? You can do this in one of two ways:

1) If you're not already on our Private Customer List when you buy 6 bottles you will be give a voucher for a set of glasses. This voucher can be redeemed when you make your second purchase with Majestic. It's just our way of giving you a big welcome to Majestic!

2) Already on our customer list? No worries, ask for one of our 'Bring a Friend' vouchers next time you're in store and when you introduce a friend to Majestic and each make a purchase with us you'll receive your free glasses! Because the only thing better than enjoying wine is enjoying wine with your friends!

Brilliant BeaujolaisDate published: 09/08/14

This week at Majestic it's Beaujolais and Loire tasting week! Beaujolais could be described as the marmite of the world of wine: some people love it, others aren't so keen! This week gives you a great opportunity to try various wines from the Beaujolais region of France in your local majestic store. If you're unable to make it to our store this week then here's just a little bit of the variety that Beaujolais has to offer:

Beaujolais-Villages 2011/2012 Château de la Terrière, £9.99 £8.49

As with all Beaujolais wine, Château de la Terrière uses a technique called carbonic maceration instead of the more traditional grape pressing techniques. After picking the grapes are covered with a blanket of CO2 to stop them oxidising before fermentation of whole bunches happens naturally. This brings out delicate flavours in the grapes and avoids strong tannin in the wine. As a result the tannins are very light with plenty of strawberry flavours as well as some earthy notes.

Fleurie 2012/2013 Georges Duboeuf, £11.75 £9.98

The region of Fleurie is one of the 10 crus of Beaujolais and Georges Duboeuf is nicknamed 'The King of Beaujolais'. With this winning combination Georges Duboeuf's Fleurie is not one to be ignored! On the nose there is a floral perfume continuing onto a palate that is light in body but has great concentration of fruit flavours. Cherries and raspberries dominate and you'll even find hints of bubblegum.


Château des Jacques Moulin-à-Vent 2010 Louis Jadot, £15.99 £13.59

This wine is made using fermentation techniques traditionally used for pinot noir. It has a 20-30 day fermentation followed by partial fermentation in French Oak. The vines are low yielding and as a result the grapes have intense flavours and great potential. There is some toast and vanilla flavours as a result of the oak aging along with smokey pepper and deep red fruit flavours. Perfect if you'd like to treat yourself or a friend to something that's a little different!

Fizzy Favourites -33% off!Date published: 06/08/14

Everyone loves a glass of fizz and we have plenty of offers to keep your glass topped up throughout August! Here's my pick of our best sparkling wine offers this month:

Prosecco Treviso Extra Dry NV Pasqua, £11.99, £7.99!

Don't be fooled by the words 'extra dry' on the label! This is an off- dry prosecco with a light, refreshing character. It has a youthful fruit profile of peach, pear and tropical fruit and a floral nose. It makes a great apertif to drink with friends - maybe even at a BBQ (fingers crossed for more sun!).

Prosecco La Marca Cuvée NV DOCG, Italy, £14.99, £9.99!

This is one for the prosecco fans! Coming from the top area for Prosecco this is a top quality expression of the prosecco grape. A bit weightier in the mouth than many proseccos, although still delicate, it is soft velvety and well balanced. Notes of apple and apricot dominate in this premium expression of everyone's favourite!

Cloudy Bay Pelorus NV, New Zealand - £24.99, £16.65!

From the famous Cloudy Bay estate comes this champagne alternative, made using chardonnay and pinot noir: the same grapes that are used in champagne production. The wine is aged on it's lees (dead yest cells) for two years giving the sparkling wine a richer, more complex taste of nuts and bread flavours combined with crisp apple notes. 

Laurent-Perrier Brut NV Champagne- £37.50, £24.98

No list of sparkling wines is complete without the king of fizz: champagne. My pick of our big name champagne offers right now is Laurent-Perrier, with the non vintage coming in at only £24.98! A lighter style with citrus, toast and spice characters. The champagne is well structured and so it makes a great food match! Did you know that champagne is a great match for a fish supper? Next time you have a chippy why not upgrade it with a bottle of Laurent-Perrier!

Top July Offers Ending Soon!Date published: 28/07/14

There's been some fantastic offers taking place throughout July but with August just round the corner offers will be ending soon to make way for a new selection of wines on offer. Here's my top three wines to try before they come off offer on the 4th of August:

1) Rioja Gran Reserva 2004 Viña Eguía, £13.49 £8.99

This is my pick of our current Rioja offers! Lots of flavour is packed into this wine. It was aged for 30 months in oak and a further 3 years in the bottle before it was released. The result is a palate full of mature fruit with caramel and vanilla notes complete will a smooth finish. This is one not to be missed!

2) Waimea Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2013, £12.99, £8.65

Nothing says summer like a well chilled Sauvignon Blanc and with the weather heating up (and occasionally a little bit of sunshine!) this Sauvignon is a great way to cool down. Coming from Nelson, a region in New Zealand situated just to the west of Malborough, it is a nod towards an old world style while still maintaining new world characteristics. It has those gooseberry notes that are characteristic of Kiwi sauvignon as well as some tropical fruit and citrus notes, complete with a refreshing palate.

3)Santa Rita Medalla Real Carmenère 2009 Leyda Valley, £11.99, £7.99

Carmenère is a grape rapidly growing in popularity and this offering from Santa Rita is a quality wine not to be missed at this reduced price. Made in a more classic style than many new world carmenère it concentrates on those secondary savoury characters. The palate is full of plum and cassis fruit with the trade mark carmenère spice and a streak of dark chocolate.

Fine Wine of the Month - Vina Ardanza £19Date published: 25/07/14

Fine Wine of the Month 

Rioja Reserva Viña Ardanza 2004 La Rioja Alta, £24 £19

For many of us our holidays are already feeling like a distant memory, why not crack open a bottle of Vina Ardanza and bring a little bit of Spain into your house!

From the Rioja Alta region, this is a fantastic example of a classic Rioja, coming from 30 year old vines, 80% of the grapes used being Tempranillo and 20% of the blend being Garnacha.

The nose displays earthy notes with hints of spice and red fruit aromas, progressing onto a well structured palate packed with plenty of red fruit flavours and complete with spicy tannins.

Enjoy now with red meat dishes such as lamb.


The Ned Sauvignon Blanc, only £6.99!Date published: 25/07/14

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc, only £6.99!

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc is currently out of stock, however it will be back in store next week!

Pre order your Ned at the till and get it at the special promotional price of £6.99! (Promotion running until 28th July.)


New Dates For 'The Wine CourseDate published: 19/07/14

Our free 90 minute introduction to the world of wine covers everything form how to taste like a pro, why the same grapes taste different depending where they are from and how to pick your perfect food and wine match. 


The course runs in store for groups of 6 - 10 people, so if you are interested please let us know and we will book you a space.


If you have a group of friends that would be interested but cannot make these dates then please give us a call on 01292 880 886 and we will arrange a date and time that suits you.

Wednesday 27th August - Starts 6.30pm

Friday 12th September - Starts 6.30pm

Thursday 9th October - Starts 6.30pm

IMPROVED OFFERS!!Date published: 16/07/14

Improved Offers!

Mont Saint Jean 2012 Corbières

£4.99 (down from £6.99)

Showing notes of damsons and blackberries on the nose, with subtle hints of garrigue herbs, which carry through on the palate. Full and fruity, with rounded tannins adding a supporting structure.

Torres Viña Sol 2013 Catalunya

£5.99 (down from £7.99)

Fresh and fruity on the nose, a smooth, crisp palate, with plenty of apples and pineapple fruit. A refreshingly crisp wine.

Prosecco Corte Alta NV DOC, Italy

£6.66 down from £9.99

Delicate and aromatic with a light body and fine bubbles, this wine carries lots of fresh peach, pear, apricot and apple with a revitalising finish.

Offers run until August 4th


Wine of the Week - Portillo Malbec 2013 Date published: 14/07/14

Wine of the Week

Portillo Malbec 2013 Bodegas Salentein, Mendoza 


Origin:

This multi-award-winning wine comes from Bodegas Salentein, one of the largest cool-climate estates in Argentina, who have 2000ha of vines, at up to 1700m above sea level. Their Malbec grapes are grown at an average of around 1050m.


Taste:

An intense red-purple colour, with an equally intense nose of plum and bramble. Round and fulsome on the palate, delivering a swathe of ripe, fresh black fruit held together by lush tannins. Try this with a lightly spicy beef or lamb and date tagine


£10.49

£6.99

Magnificent MarlboroughsDate published: 14/07/14

Magnificent Marlboroughs

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough

Showing pronounced aromas of gooseberry and tropical fruits, alongside a subtle herbaceousness. Crisp, elegant and refreshing.

Was £11.99

Now Only £7.99


Mud House Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough

Crisp, concentrated and vibrant on the palate, combining citrius and tropical fruit with green vegetal undertones.

Was £9.99

Now Only £6.66


The Ned Waihopai River Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough

Aromas of nettles and grass leads to generous gooseberry flavours with a smoky herbal twist on the palate. Drink now with fresh summer salads or seafood.

Was £10.65

Now Only £7.99  


Australia Tasting WeekDate published: 13/07/14

Our Aussie tasting week is under way where we have a selection of classic Australian wines along side a few new additions to our range open on our tasting counter from Friday 11th - Thursday 17th. Join us in sampling everything from Viognier to Chardonnay, from Shiraz to Pinot noir. 

Germany vs ArgentinaDate published: 13/07/14


Our blow by blow Germany vs Argentina drinks shootout...

First Up For Germany – Paulaner Original – Only £18.99 (12 x 500ml)A rich yet refreshing classic Bavarian beer from one of the most famous of Munich's many breweries.

And for Argentina – Alamos Malbec – Only £6.66 reduced from £9.99! Oozes dried raisiny fruit character, lots of blackberries, a full body and ripe sweet tannins. Simply perfect with roast beef. Ready to drink now or keep over the next 2-5 years...but who are you kidding!

Next up for Germany - Paulaner Bavarian Wheat Beer - £19.99 (12 x 500ml). A traditional Bavarian wheat beer with a nose boasting cloves and fruit. A great food beer, this drinks deliciously with white meats and is particularly suitable for dishes flavoured with lemon!

And argentinas reply - Catena Malbec 2012 Mendoza. £9.74 reduced from £12.99. Elegantly structured, and showing ripe blackberry and blackcurrant fruit flavours, subtle vanilla and plenty of peppery spice. Balanced by firm tannins and crisp, refreshing acidity on the finish.

Last up for Germany – Bitburger Premium Lager - £11.99 (12 x 330ml). Bordering in the lighter bodied, this is a delightfully crisp and clean lager. Not too strong at 4.8 abv but with plenty of flavor, this will see you through extra time! Bittte ein Bitt!

Argentina - Santa Ana Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Mendoza - £5.99 reduced from £9.99. Your other half has let you watch more than two weeks of solid football, and you don't need to spend more than £5.99 to say thanks! Crack open a lovely crisp Argentinian Sauvignon Blanc to say thank you!


Top Wine Picks for your BBQDate published: 23/06/14

The BBQ season is finally upon us, which means you need to make the most of it before the inevitable happens. To help you become King of the BBQ this summer, we have put together a few of our favourite reds on offer this month, and even some food matchings to go with it to ensure that your BBQ really does sizzle.

Mister Shiraz 2012, Colchagua Valley, Chile

This is a firm staff favourite at Majestic Ayr and customers alike. There are very few Shiraz's out there that can beat this for value. The wine is deep crimson in colour, with a complex nose of plums, and strawberries, and hints of vanilla and cedar from spending time in French and American oak. This would be the perfect partner with your beautifully cooked, rare, peppered steak.

Was £9.99, now £6.66

Rioja Reserva 2008, Berberana, Spain

This is another wine which offers excellent value for money, and is in-fact one of our favourite Rioja's in this price range. Delicious vanilla overtones backed up by juicy soft strawberry and morello cherry flavours make this a great lamb match. Feeling adventurous? Try with sticky, glazed pork ribs to really impress.

Was £10.49, now £6.99

Errazuriz Estate Series Merlot 2012, Valle de Curico, Chile

Transform your pork sausages with this wonderful Merlot from Chile, full of flavours of soft plums and bramble, with a hint of vanilla and spice from aging 50% of the wine in French oak.

Was £10.49, now £6.99

Santa Rita 120 Carmenere 2013, Central Valley, Chile

This is a lively and juicy representation of this variety, with a soft and supple texture, bright brambly fruit and subtle notes of spice and tobacco leaf, and a hint of vanilla from 6 months in French oak. This would pair exceptionally well with flame-grilled vegetarian kebabs.

Was £8.99, now £5.99

Vinalba Reservado Malbec 2012, Mendoza, Argentina

This is an award winning Malbec which literally wraps itself around every corner of your mouth with its ripe dark plum fruits, sweet tannins and dark chocolate and mocha. This would match well with your standard beef burger, but for next level stuff, try with a rich venison steak.

Was £11.99, now £7.99

So there you have it, 5 of our top reds to go with your ultimate BBQ feast. Majestic Ayr accepts no responsibility for any sudden change in weather as the result of writing this article.


Fine Wine Of The MonthDate published: 22/06/14

Angels' Share Shiraz 2012, Two Hands, McLaren Vale

Two Hands was established in 1999, with a view toward showcasing the best Shiraz that Australia, and particularly Barossa, could offer. Angels Share refers to the small amount of wine that evaporates from oak barrels during maturation.

This blockbusting example of a wine is aromatically rich and complex, with notes of coffee, cocoa and cola against a backdrop of mulberry and plum fruit. Immense and mouth-coating, with lashings of soft rounded tannins.

Was £23.00, now £18.00

This wine will be open to taste on our next Fine Wine Friday on 27th June


Wine of the WeekDate published: 21/06/14

Rioja Gran Reserva 2004 Viña Eguía

Origin:

Bodegas Eguía are located in Elciego in the Rioja Alavesa subregion, where they have 50 hectares of estate vineyards as well as several partner growers, with vines averaging 40 years of age. This wine receives 30 months in barrel and 3 years in bottle before release. 

Taste

Ruby red with medium density and a brick-like rim. The fruit is very mature, exhibiting raisin, prune and caramel notes, accompanied by vanilla, clove and leather. Silky mouth-feel and good length.

Was £13.49, now £8.99

Now open for you to try on the tasting counter

Producer of the MonthDate published: 15/06/14

Marisco Vineyards

You may never have heard of Marisco, but if you are a regular customer at Majestic, you will have almost certainly have tried one of their wines (ever heard of The Ned?). Marisco are based in Waihopai Valley of Marlborough, New Zealand, which is a region that is well known for having an almost perfect growing environment for producing wines of exceptional character. They have also picked up a fair few awards over the years, including: New Zealand Wine Producer of the Year at the China Wine and Spirits Awards 2013 & New Zealand Winery of the Year - IWSC London 2011.

Below are a few of our favourites.

The King's Legacy Chardonnay 2011

The de Mariscos descended from a Willian de Marisco (approx 1100 AD), who was said to be one of the 35 illegitimate children of King Henry the First – thereby making William part of the King's Legacy.

This is an easily enjoyable Chardonnay that combines fresh apple, nectarine and tangerine flavours with subtle creaminess, hints of toasted almonds and a gently spicy complexity.

Was £14.99, now only £9.99

The King's Thorn Pinot Gris 2013

In 1155, despite the de Mariscos possession of Lundy, King Henry the Second, for political reasons, gifted the island to the popular Order of the Knights Templar. However, the de Mariscos refused to relinquish it and were fined for not doing so. They remained a constant thorn in the King's side, retaining possession of the island for nearly 90 years until it was forfeited to the crown in 1242.

This wine is delicately pink, indicating natural sun ripening. The nose is lifted and perfumed with honeysuckle and peach. A lightly unctuous and off-dry palate are lifted by acidity and a hint of natural spritz.

Was £14.99, now only £9.99

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Who's not heard of the Ned? Really? A staff and customer favourite, The Ned is actually named after a mountain in Marlborough, which stands 909m above sea level.

This is a cracking Sauvignon Blanc, with a nose of nettles and grass, which leads to generous gooseberry flavours with a smoky herbal twist on the palate. The stony terroir gives the wine a subtle gunflint minerality which delivers extra complexity.

Was £10.65, nowonly £7.99

The Ned Pinot Noir 2013

This Pinot Noir has been sourced from the Ben Morven vineyard in Marlborough's Southern Valleys, known for their deep clay and loam soils. Hand-picked and aged for 9 months in French oak, this is a classic, rounded Marlborough Pinot.

With a subtle smoky character and rounded red berry fruit aromas, on the palate this wine is warming and rich, encompassing every corner of the mouth and leaving a long and smooth finish.

Was £14.99, now only £9.99

What is your favourite Marisco wine?


Italian Tasting Week Date published: 13/06/14

Our Italian Tasting week has begun! Come and explore Italy's diverse and fascinating wine making. From Bardolino to Valpolicella, from Greco to Gavi, we have something for everyone. On Saturday at 3pm we will also be running a short tutorial on 6 of our favorite wines. 


Altogether now...

Fratelli d'Italia,
l'Italia s'è desta,
dell'elmo di Scipio
s'è cinta la testa.
Dov'è la Vittoria?
Le porga la chioma,
ché schiava di Roma
Iddio la creò.


Stringiamci a coorte,
siam pronti alla morte.
Siam pronti alla morte,
l'Italia chiamò.
Stringiamci a coorte,
siam pronti alla morte.
Siam pronti alla morte,
l'Italia chiamò! Sì!


Upgrade Your Rosé This Summer!Date published: 10/06/14

With the slight improvement in weather recently, now is the perfect time to stock up on Rosé. Instead of buying regular sized bottles, why not really treat yourself (and others?) to a magnum, or even... a double magnum.

AIX Rosé 2013 Coteaux d'Aix en Provence

An award-winning wine from one of the region's largest and most prestigious wineries, Domaine de la Grande Séouve, who have established AIX as perhaps the definitive Provence rosé. Boldly brought to you in a party-ready magnum! This wine is unashamedly vibrant and summery, with a bright pink colour and a delicate balance of crisp acidity and soft, ripe summer fruit.

Magnum: £19.99

Double Magnum: £50.00

M de Minuty Rosé 2013 Côtes de Provence

Château de Minuty is located on the St Tropez Peninsular, with its vineyards virtually overlooking the Mediterranean. This rosé is quintessential of the local style, with the blend employing the little-known Tibouren grape, a variety grown almost exclusively in Provence. The wine is pale honeysuckle pink, and offering a clean nose of citrus fruit, offset by subtle floral and candied notes. Fresh acidity makes for an incisive and lively palate, with a rounded feel.

Magnum: £25.00


Top Offers for JuneDate published: 08/06/14

Mud House Sauvignon Blanc - £6.66 (reduced from £9.99)

Mud House Wines was started in 1996, and is a producer focused on sustainable viticulture. Just over half the fruit for this wine is sourced from their own Woolshed vineyard in the Upper Wairau Valley, with the remainder sourced from partner growers.

Pale straw yellow, with heady aromas of fresh grapefruit, guava and hints of nettles. Crisp, concentrated and vibrant on the palate, combining citrus and tropical fruit with green vegetal undertones.

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc - £7.99 (reduced from £10.99)

The vineyards of The Ned are located on the banks of the Waihopai River and on the southern side of the Wairau Valley. The river runs the length of the 268ha vineyard and is the origin of the shingle-based soil.

A nose of nettles and grass leads to generous gooseberry flavours with a smoky herbal twist on the palate. The stony terroir gives the wine a subtle gunflint minerality which delivers extra complexity.

Rioja Reserva 2009 Marqués de Riscal – £9.99 (reduced from £14.99)

In 1858, Don Guillermo Hurtado de Amézaga, the Marqués de Riscal brought groundbreaking winemaking techniques from Bordeaux and transformed the face of Rioja. The Reserva is one of their iconic wines, widely regarded as one of the top examples of traditional Rioja.

A classic Rioja Reserva. Full bodied and muscular, yet smoothly polished and embellished with complex aromas of vanilla and toasted oak, combined with summer fruit flavours.

Mister Shiraz 2012 Colchagua Valley - £6.66 (reduced from £9.99)

An exclusive bottling for Majestic, this wine represents a deliberate departure from the ultra-modern, fruit-centric Chilean style of Shiraz, and showcases Chile's ability to produce a more traditional, robust, spicy, yet unmistakably New World style.

Deep crimson colour with hints of violet. The nose is a complex mixture of plum and strawberry, with vanilla and cedar scents from French and American oak. A voluminous, muscular palate with great length.

Prosecco Zonin Brut NV DOC - £7.99 (reduced from £11.99)

Established in 1821, Zonin has become Italy's largest privately-owned winery, and are owners of Italy's largest Prosecco vineyards. This example is made from grapes grown only in the DOC region within Veneto and as such, is entitled to use the Prosecco name on the bottle.

Deliberately light and refreshing in style, with a palate of fresh pear and dessert apple fruit, further lifted by subtle floral and almond aromas. Delicately off-dry, with a clean finish.


Wine of the WeekDate published: 07/06/14

The King's Thorn Pinot Gris 2013, Marlborough

Origin

Something of a thorn in the side for some winemakers, Pinot Gris requires a very measured approach in order to achieve a balance of texture, sweetness, acidity and fruit character. This excellent example treads the fine line between the Alsatian and Italian styles. 

Taste:

Delicately pink, indicating natural sun ripening. The nose is lifted and perfumed with honeysuckle and peach. A lightly unctuous and off-dry palate are lifted by acidity and a hint of natural spritz.

Was £14.99, now £9.99

Now open for you to try on the tasting counter as part of our New Zealand tasting week!

New Zealand Tasting Week!Date published: 06/06/14

New Zealand Tasting Week has begun! 

From Friday 6th - Thursday 12th we will have a selection of wines from New Zealand open to try on out tasting counter. Join us in sampling everything from Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Pinot Noir. Marlborough is always a firm favorite, but it's easy to forget how much more there is to this amazing wine making country!

On Saturday at 3pm we will run a short tutorial and take you through a selection of our favorite wines!

Upcoming Wine EventsDate published: 20/05/14

Upcoming Wine Events

There's always something going on at Majestic Wine Ayr. Every time you pop into the store you will find some great wines to try on the tasting counter. This week we have the fantastic Mud House Sauvignon Blanc open to try, which has recently received lots of great reviews in the press.

As well as wines open on the tasting counter, we have a few upcoming events which have just been announced:

Free Wine Course

29th May 18:00-19:30

Learn how to taste wine like a pro at our free 90 minute introduction to wine course. Please RSVP to confirm your place.

New Zealand Spotlight Week

6th June - 12th June

If you're a fan (as so many are) of the wines of New Zealand you'll definitely want to call in for this because our tasting counter will be heaving with fantastic kiwi wines. Everyone welcome.

If you cannot make any of these events, and if you have a large enough group, we are happy to do private tastings at a time to suit you. Ask staff for details.


Top 5 Reasons to Join the Majestic Customer ListDate published: 19/05/14

Top 5 Reasons to Join the Majestic Customer List

You may have been into our store recently and heard about our exclusive customer list but decided not to join at the time. Alternatively, you may already be on our customer list but was wondering what else it is useful for. Well below are five top reasons why you should sign up today if you are currently not a member.

Tried a new wine recently that you absolutely loved but cannot the remember the name? No problem! If you are on our customer list we can easily look up your purchase history to find out what you bought. We can then use this information to recommend you new wines to try if you are looking for something a bit different. We can also add you to our private, in-store database if you would like us to contact you about specific stock arrivals and offers.

If you are on our mailing list, you will be the first to know about our exciting new offers. We also advertise online exclusives through email, so ensure you opt-in for this if you would like to know about these deals. The Delegat's Reserve Merlot was a recent example of this, and a fantastic buy.

We also hold regular free wine events, including: wine courses, spotlight tastings, and a few larger wine tasting evenings. Let us know if you would like to be kept informed about these, as these are always popular events.

If you sign up instore, or mention that you signed up via email/phone, we will hand you a voucher to redeem two free Dartington glasses on your second purchase. Already a regular customer with us? Bring along a friend, and if you both buy 6 bottles, you each get a pair of glasses.

Finally, we do free delivery on all orders, with a minimum purchase of 6 bottles.

Let us know by email or phone if your would like to join our exclusive customer list today. Alternatively you can join in-store the next time you shop with us.


Wine of the WeekDate published: 17/05/14

Mud House Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough

Origin

Mud House Wines was started in 1996, and is a producer focused on sustainable viticulture. Just over half the fruit for this wine is sourced from their own Woolshed vineyard in the Upper Wairau Valley, with the remainder sourced from partner growers.

Taste

Pale straw yellow, with heady aromas of fresh grapefruit, guava and hints of nettles. Crisp, concentrated and vibrant on the palate, combining citrus and tropical fruit with green vegetal undertones.

Was £9.99, now £6.66

Now open for you to try on the tasting counter!

Producer of the Month: Waimea EstatesDate published: 14/05/14

Waimea Estates is a family run business, founded in the early nineties by Trevor and Robyn Bolitho. They recognised that the stony alluvial soils of the Waimea Plains were ideal for fine wine production. The climate is also ideal for growing quality premium grapes, featuring high annual sunshine hours and a long ripening season. The first wine from these vines was produced in 1997 and was an immediate success, winning a trophy for the best Sauvignon Blanc in the 1998 Winestate Awards. Waimea in fact have quite the collection of awards, and have collected over 100 Gold Medals and almost two dozen trophies in national and international competitions.


Waimea Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2013 - £8.66 (reduced from £12.99)

Aromas of ripe gooseberry and tropical fruit, delicate floral notes and mineral characters. An elegant, crisp palate of citrus and gooseberry with a zingy, refreshing finish. Great on its own, or try with oysters or scallops.


Waimea Estate Pinot Noir 2012 - £9.99 (reduced from £14.99)

This wine has an elegant nose of black cherry, rose petal, cranberry and subtle oak with hints of spice. The body is of medium weight, with luscious dark cherry, blossom fruits, silky soft tannins, and a generous mouthfeel. Would be perfect with red meat and game dishes, or mushroom flavoured sauces.


Waimea Estate Gewürztraminer 2013 - £11.24 (reduced from £14.99)

An intense, tropical-fruit-laden wine, full of concentrated flavours of orange zest and lychee, embellished with floral notes on the nose and a delicate yet slightly unctuous texture. This would be a great match with spicy foods like Thai Green Curry.


Waimea Estate Pinot Gris 2013 - £11.24 (reduced from £14.99)

This wine is bursting with aromas of pear, honey, apple, spice and even a hint of cream. Hints of sweetness partner the pure fruit flavours and are complemented by clean acidity, good length and soft texture. Gorgeous on its own as a fuller bodied apéritif or with Thai and Asian foods. At its best when enjoyed over the next eighteen months.


Look out for wines from Waimea in our New Zealand Tasting week (Fri 6th June – Thurs 12th June)



Martin's Fine Wine Of The MonthDate published: 13/05/14

Martins Fine Wine Choice


Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore Ca' del Laito 2010 Tommaso Bussola

£17.00 (reduced from £22.00)

An immensely concentrated, full-bodied and voluptuous wine made in the 'ripasso' style, in which the blend is enriched during fermentation using partially dried grape skins from Bussola's Amarone, after which the wine spends up to 18 months in wood.

The result is an immensely rich, complex palate of dark berries intermingling with liquorice, graphite, treacle and pudding spice flavours. Drink now or over the next 5 years.

Grape mix:
Corvina, Corvinone, 40%
Rondinella, 45%
Molinara 15%


Ten Things You Need To Know About Valpolicella!


1 – Valpolicella is a wine growing region in the province of Verona, Italy, east of Lake Garda.


2 - The hilly agricultural and marble-quarrying region of small holdings north of the Adige is famous for wine production, and has wine producing history dating back to Roman times.


3 - Chianti is the only DOC in Italy that produces more wine than Valpolicella


4 - The red wine known as Valpolicella is typically made from three grape varieties: Corvina Veronese, Rondinella, and Molinara.


5 - A variety of wine styles is produced in the area, including a recioto dessert wine and Amarone, a strong wine made from dried grapes.


6 - Most basic Valpolicellas are light, fragrant table wines produced in a nouveau style, similar to Beaujolais nouveau and released only a few weeks after harvest.


7 - Valpolicella Classico is made from grapes grown in the original Valpolicella production zone.


8 - Valpolicella Superiore is aged at least one year and has an alcohol content of at least 12 percent.


9 - Valpolicella Ripasso is a form of Valpolicella Superiore made with partially dried grape skins that have been left over from fermentation of Amarone or recioto.


10 – Other grape varieties grown in the region include, Rossignola, Negrara, Barbera, Sangiovese and Bigolona.


The Styles – Basic Valpolicella

Most basic Valpolicellas are light, fragrant table wines produced in a nouveau style, similar to Beaujolais nouveau and released only a few weeks after harvest. Valpolicella Classico is made from grapes grown in the original Valpolicella production zone. Valpolicella Superiore is aged at least one year and has an alcohol content of at least 12 percent.


The Styles - Recioto della Valpolicella

The sweet recioto dessert wine has been the style historically associated with the region and can trace its origins to winemaking techniques of the ancient Greeks. The name comes from the local dialect recie meaning ears. This refers to the extending lobes of a grape cluster, that appear as "ears" at the top of the cluster. The exposed grapes on the "ears" usually receive the most direct sunlight and become the ripest grapes on the cluster. Historically these very ripe "ears" were picked separately and used to make very rich, sweet wines. Today the method for making recioto has evolved to include the use of whole grape clusters. Grapes destined for Recioto della Valpolicella are often grown in the most ideally situated hillside vineyards. The grapes are taken to special drying rooms where they are allowed to desiccate – or dry out - concentrating the sugars inside the grape.


The Styles - Ripasso

In the late 20th century, a new style of wine known as ripasso (meaning "repassed") emerged. With this technique, the pomace of leftover grape skins and seeds from the fermentation of recioto and Amarone are added to the batch of Valpolicella wines for a period of extended maceration. The additional food source for the remaining fermenting yeast helps boost the alcohol level and body of the wines while also leaching additional tannins and phenolic compounds that contribute to the wine's complexity, flavor and color.As the production of Amarone has increased in the 21st century, so too has the prevalence of ripasso style wines appearing in the wine market, with most Amarone producers also producing a ripasso as a type of "second wine". An alternative method is to use partially dried grapes, instead of leftover pomace, which contain less bitter tannins.


The Styles - Amarone

While the style of Amarone has existed in the region for centuries, it was very rarely made as a deliberate wine style. Mostly it was produced in warm vintages when batches of wines destined for sweet recioto were unintentionally allowed to ferment completely dry. The modern concept of Amarone has its roots in the early 1950s when producers "rediscovered" the style and began deliberately using yeast strains that could ferment the high levels of sugars in the wine completely into alcohol. In 2009, the production of Amarone wine in the Valpolicella zone achieved DOCG status.

Amarone is unique in the wine world. Grapes destined for Amarone are the last grapes in Valpolicella to be harvested, getting as ripe as they can before mold and rot set in. The sugars in the grapes are then concentrated by a process of desiccation where they are kept in special drying rooms for anywhere from three to four months. During this time over a third of the water is removed as the grapes shrivel into raisins. This method (known as passito) produces more concentrated grapes that still maintain the acid balance of a cool-climate grape. Amarones differ from other late harvest wines in that the presence of Botrytis cinerea is actively discouraged, as winemakers attempt to avoid the smoky, mouldy flavors that come with botrytized wine. Extra care is taken in the vineyard to ensure that the grapes are kept dry and harvested before rot can develop.

The Amarones are then aged for several years with many premium examples being aged for at least five years prior to release. They are often aged in large wooden barrels of either Slavonian or French oak. Traditionally the barrels are older and essentially "neutral", in that they do not impart much flavor or wood tannins, but in the late 20th and early 21st centuries more Amarone producers have been experimenting with the use of smaller new oak barrels that introduce more oak flavoring to the wine.

Amarones are rich, full-bodied wines with flavor and aroma notes that are often compared to the flavors of Port wine. The wines often have notes of mocha, bitter-sweet dark chocolate, raisin, dried fig and earthy flavors. At restaurants sommeliers will often recommend food and wine pairings for Amarone with hearty, heavy dishes such as meat roasts. A classic after-dinner assortment is Amarone paired with walnuts and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Favorable vintages usually need about ten years of bottle aging for the flavors to mature, and have the potential to continue developing for twenty years or more.




Ryan's Fine Wine of the MonthDate published: 11/05/14

Meerlust Merlot 2010, Stellenbosch, South Africa - £17.00 (from £22.00)

The Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek valleys form the Cape Winelands, the larger of the two main wine growing regions in South Africa. The South African wine industry produces about 1,000,000,000 litres of wine annually. Stellenbosch is the primary location for viticulture and viticulture research. The region has a mediterranean climate with hot dry summers and cool wet winters. Stellenbosch lies at the foot of the Cape Fold mountain range, which provides soil favourable to viticulture. The region possesses a wide range of soils in the area, from light, sandy soils to decomposed granite.

Made very much in the 'right bank' Bordeaux style, with its blend of 89% Merlot and 11% Cabernet Franc, this is a well balanced wine showing complexity while also exhibiting a tad more restraint than you may expect from a New World Merlot. That's not to say it's any light weight, coming in at 14% alcohol, which, while it isn't anything particularly unusual for a South African red, is remarkably (if not dangerously) well disguised. 

The appearance is a deep, youthful purple with a ruby rim. Juicy plum and mulberry fruit abound on the nose, with lifted spiciness, hints of chocolate and a beefy edge. The palate offers silky tannins and good length. For food matches, rich beef dishes are the way to go, but I'd happily have it with some nice cheese. Any excuse to have some nice cheese..



Jamie's Fine Wine of the MonthDate published: 11/05/14

Coney Pizzicato Pinot Noir, 2011, Martinborough - £17.50 (reduced from £22.50)

Martinborough has built itself an excellent reputation for Pinot Noir, due to well-drained low fertility soils, a cooler climate compared to the rest of the North Island, and a marked diurnal range. All of these factors help Pinot Noir grapes to reach full sugar ripeness, while retaining flavour complexity and intensity.

The Coney Pizzicato Pinot Noir is an extraordinary wine made by New Zealanders and winemakers Debbie Christensen and Emma Easthorpe, who both have 10 years of experience in the industry. The wine has prominent aromas including ripe cherries, plums and pomegranates, with smoky, savoury overtones on the palate.

Food Matchings

Pinot Noir is one of the world's most versatile, food-friendly wines out there, due to it's combination of great acidity, silky tannins and distinct body. This means it would match well with a wide variety of foods from cheese and chocolate, to Peking Duck and roast beef. As Pinot Noir is relatively light compared to other reds, it can match well with lighter foods without overwhelming them. Many meats also pair well, as long as they are not too fatty.

Try this simple recipe with your wine:

Jamie's Special Tomato and Pesto Spaghetti Bake

Preparation: 10 mins, Cook Time: 20 mins (Serves 4-6)

Ingredients:

- 450g Spaghetti pasta

- 285 ml basil pesto

- 1 pack chopped tomatoes

- 1 packet sliced Mozzarella Cheese

Preparation:

1) Warm oven to 200°C (180°C fan oven)

2) Bring a large pot of slightly salted water to the boil. Cook spaghetti until al dente

3) Throw the chopped tomatoes into a pan, boil and simmer for a few minutes. Stir in the Pesto.

4) Combine the spaghetti with the tomato and pesto mixture, and add the Mozzarella. Transfer to an oven dish. If you really like cheese like I do, add some grated cheddar on top.

5) Cook for 10-15 minutes.

6) Open your wine and enjoy


Friday's tasting evening selectionDate published: 08/05/14

Hopefully you're attending our tasting tomorrow evening (6.30pm onwards); if not, maybe we can tempt you! You may wish to stop reading if you prefer surprises, but if you want to know what you'll be tasting, read on to see the selection. We've a mixture of new additions to the range and tried and tested favourites to try. And not forgetting the additional delights to be sampled courtesy of Deli Ginger!


Verdicchio dei Castelli Jesi 2013

An invigorating wine with great diversity of fruit, including lemon, pineapple and lime along with ripe apricot notes. The finish has an interesting bitter almond streak. A new addition to our range, we look forward to trying it too!

Domaine Saint Ferreol Viognier 2012

Intensely aromatic, the wine overflows with ripe nectarine and honeysuckle notes. The palate carries on the stone fruit theme, combining glassy freshness with a mature, dried apricot complexity. An excellent Viognier with fruit flavours restrained enough to keep it classy.

Killka Chardonnay 2012

Bright greenish yellow, this is a youthful and vibrant wine, displaying a nose of ripe citrus fruit and gentle hints of vanilla and soft tropical notes. Mild-mannered with a round palate feel. Another new addition that we have big (well, reasonable) hopes for.

Caixas Godello 2012

A delicate yet multi-faceted nose of lemon, crunchy pear, melon and subtle floral notes marries with a palate of remarkable texture and a lengthy, citrus zest finish. A great alternative to decent Pinot Grigio; similarly of reasonable weight with light enough flavour to keep it easy-drinking.

Miraval Rose 2013

A beautifully pale pink colour, with a nose of wild strawberry and stone fruit, with delicate floral touches. Great palate texture, with soft tangerine and peach notes joining layers of berry fruit. Owned by Brad and Angelina, but don't let that put you off; the wine is made by Perrin.

Edna Valley Pinot Noir 2012

Aromatically complex, offering subtle notes of rose petal, cola and earthagainst a backdrop of bright cherry fruit. Fine yet ample tannins providea mouth-filling texture and plenty of length. Also a new addition, we're hoping this will do Californian Pinot Noir proud.

Banfi Brunello 2009

A full bodied wine with hints of liquorice and chocolate complements the concentrated, velvety cherry fruits on the palate. Very well integrated tannins and long finish. A long standing Majestic favourite and definitely the treat of the night!

Ch. Tour de Haut Moulin 2007

Now showing a good degree of maturity (unlike some of the staff) with its deep garnet colour, mellow bramble fruit and gentle notes of cedar and dark spice. Ripe tannins and soft fruit flavour provide a harmonious mouthfeel. It's not a proper tasting with a good Bordeaux!


Verga Primitivo 2013

An approachable, medium-bodied wine full of sunny red berry flavour and subtle hints of prune and violet on the nose. Smooth, drying tannins mingle with the rounded, juicy fruit. Another newcomer, this is a nicely balanced wine with a more sensible alcohol level than other examples of this grape.

Con Amigos Malbec 2013

With its vivid purple tinges, this is a youthful and fruity wine, with inviting aromas of ripe plums and perfumed blueberry notes. The tannins are ripe and well weighted, making for a plush mouthfeel. Last of the new lines, will it be able to steal any attention away from the Argentinian examples ?

Wine of the WeekDate published: 07/05/14

LFE Mountain View Carmenere

Origin:

Louis Felipe Edwards is one of our favourite producers here at Majestic Ayr, as their wines always offer great value for money. This is another great example from the Colchagua Zone of the Central Valley, which is well known for its full bodied reds. A little trivia, the Carmenere variety was only identified in 1994, having previously thought to be Merlot.

Taste:

This is a great example of a Carmenere, with flavours of blackberries and plums, and subtle earthy, and smoky notes. Tannins are rounded, yet firm, which makes this a wine which is easy to drink either on its own or with a wide variety of meat dishes.

Was £6.99, now £5.94

Now open for you to try on our tasting counter as part of our Chilean themed tasting week.

Summer FizzDate published: 05/05/14

We've some great deals in our Summer flyer, and with the warmer weather (hopefully) approaching, it's the perfect time to stock up on some great-priced fizz for any get-togethers, or just to be enjoyed by yourself. The wide range of prices ensures that there's something for everyone, so pop along and check out or selection. In the meantime, here's a few great value recommendations!


Undurraga Brut NV - £6.66

Dry, light and fresh with lime, grapefruit and stone fruit flavours and elegant bubbles. Coming in at the cheaper end but representing excellent value, Undurraga shouldn't be missed.

Prosecco Zonin Brut NV - £7.99

Deliberately light and refreshing in style, with a palate of fresh pear and dessert apple fruit, further lifted by subtle floral and almond aromas. Delicately off-dry, with a clean finish. This is currently our most reasonably priced Prosecco, but it stands up well against its rivals.

Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene NV - £9.99

A pale straw colour with a fine mousse and typical fruit characters of apples and pineapples. A long-standing Majestic favourite, take some home and find out why for yourself.

Bouvet Ladubay Saumur NV - £10.11

Fruity aromas and florals on the nose. Fine and persistent bubbles. Honeysuckle, acacia and bruised apples on the palate. Very elegant. Made from Chenin Blanc and distinctively different, this is definitely something to try if you're bored of Proseccos and Cavas.

Nicolas Feuillatte NV - £16.66

A light, fresh and fruity Champagne with fine discreet bubbles and subtle overtones of apples, pears and citrus fruits. A fairly recognisable brand these days, this a great price for a bottle of the 'real' stuff.

Chilean tasting week, 2nd-8th MayDate published: 04/05/14

Chile has a long viticultural history (for a New World wine region) dating to the 16th century when the Spanish conquistadors brought Vitis Vinifera vines with them as they colonized the region. Later, in the mid-19th century, French wine varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carmenère and Cabernet Franc were introduced. In the early 1980s, a renaissance began with the introduction of stainless steel fermentation tanks and the use of oak barrels for aging. Wine exports grew very quickly as quality wine production increased. The number of wineries has grown from 12 in 1995 to over 70 in 2005. Chile is now the fifth largest exporter of wines in the world, and the ninth largest producer. The climate has been described as midway between that of California and France. The most common grapes are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Carmenère, the latter being seen by many as Chile’s flagship grape. Despite now being rarely found in its native home of France, it was almost inadvertently preserved during the last 150 years due to its similarity to Merlot; cuttings of Carménère were imported by Chilean growers from Bordeaux during the 19th century, where they were frequently confused with Merlot vines.

Despite being politically linked to Spain, Chile's wine history has been most profoundly influenced by French (particularly Bordeaux) winemaking. Prior to the phylloxera epidemic, wealthy Chilean landowners were influenced by their visits to France and began importing French vines to plant. Don Silvestre Errázuriz was the first, importing Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon. He hired a French oenologist to oversee his vineyard planting and to produce wine in the Bordeaux style. Errázuriz saw potential in Chile and even experimented with the German wine grape Riesling. In events that parallel those of the Rioja wine region, the entrance of phylloxera into the French wine world turned into a positive event for the Chilean wine industry. With vineyards in ruin, many French winemakers travelled to South America, bringing their experience and techniques with them.

We have some great examples of Chilean wines open this weekend for tasting. Come along and try a selection, including:

Parcel Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 - £7.33

A limited parcel made exclusively for Majestic by one of Maipo Valley's best producers. The grapes are hand-picked from mature vines in the cool Andean foothills, fermented with selected yeasts, then transferred to French oak barrels for 18 months' maturation. A classic cassis-like aroma overlaid with ripe red berries, vanilla and soft dark spice. Impressively pure fruit on the palate, with sense of real richness and weight conveyed by dense, smooth tannins.

Montes Twins 2012 - £7.99

The Twins in question are this wine's two constituent grape varieties which are more often seen as single-varietals in South America. A 50/50 blend of Cabernet and Malbec, matured over 10 months, with 60% of the blend spending this period in new French oak. This wine combines the smooth texture and raisin-like notes of Malbec with Cabernet Sauvignon's firm structure, intense bramble fruit and subtle minty nuances.

Santa Ema Sauvignon Blanc 2013 – £6.66

Although based in Maipo, Santa Ema works with a number of partner growers in Leyda Valley to produce this hand-picked cool-climate Sauvignon Blanc. Leyda has a semi-arid climate and granite and clay soils, producing wines with excellent acidity and minerality. An inviting and complex nose of grapefruit and passion fruit, framed by subtle herb and mineral notes. The equally expressive palate has well-balanced fruit character and acidity.

Santa Rita Medalla Real Chardonnay 2013 - £7.99

Sourced mainly from the Limarí Valley, the northernmost vineyard district in Chile. Although closer to the equator, the valley is efficiently cooled by sea breezes, due to its east-west orientation. This Chardonnay is barrel fermented and undergoes regular lees stirring. Bright golden in colour, with a faint green tint. The nose offers good ripeness, with citrus aromas turning to a softer, more apple and stone fruit character. Weighty and creamy on the palate.


Summer Tasting Evening – Friday 9th May (6:30pm Start)Date published: 26/04/14

The summer is almost upon us, which means that is time for another of our famous wine tasting evenings on Friday 9th May. This will be a very informal night, where we will be cracking open several of our wines open for you to try, all of which would be perfect to drink in the coming summer months. We are also delighted to welcome once again Deli Ginger from just down the road, who will have a nice selection of cheeses and nibbles, for you to sample and purchase.

This is an absolutely free event, which has proved to be extremely popular in the past. For this reason, we do require you to RSVP before the night, which you can do easily by clicking on the events tab on this very web page, or alternatively by giving us a call, or even when your next in-store.

If you are unable to attend this event, no worries, we run many fantastic free events and wine courses throughout the year, so check back regularly.

The Summer Tasting Evening starts at 6:30 pm on Friday 9th May 


Cheese Gromit?Date published: 25/04/14

Here at Majestic Ayr, we love our cheese. We also love a good dessert wine. The two in fact can match together perfectly, with some very surprising results. There are several methods of producing dessert wines depending on the style, all of which are very interesting to learn about. These methods differ to the ones used when making regular wine.

Sauternes

Sauternes is located in the South of Bordeaux and specialises in sweet wine making. The Garonne river, and its tributary the Ciron, create the ideal misty autumn conditions for botrytis (noble rot) to develop. Noble rot is a actually a good rot, which puncture’s the grapes skin causing the water to evaporate. This concentrates the acids and sugars in the grape, giving typical flavours of orange marmalade, apricot, honey and vanilla. Passerillage can also be used to concentrate grape sugars, which involves leaving grapes on the vine to dry out, to a point that they actually become raisins. The most popular grape used is Semillon, due to its thin skin which makes it susceptible to botrytis.

This method of making sweet wine is used in several other countries e.g. Australia and New Zealand

Try:

Clos L’Abeilley 2011, Sauternes, £10.49

This is a perfect example of a Sauternes sweet wine. The blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon gives aromas of honey and luscious apricot fruit, with a nice refreshing acidity that balances the sweetness.

And the cheese to match it? Choose a good creamy one. A classic example would be Roquefort, but blue Stilton would also make a great match. A good mature cheddar cheese would also work well.

Tokaji

Tokaji is a Hungarian speciality, and is in some ways similar to the production of Sauternes. The first step involves producing a base wine made from healthy grapes. Either during or after the fermentation, aszu berries are macerated in the base wine for up to 36 hours. Aszu berries are just grapes affected by noble rot. The mixture is then pressed, and left to mature for a minimum of three years (2 years must be spent in oak barrels). The level of sweetness is shown on the label as a number of puttonyos, ranging from three to six.

Try:

Royal Tokaji 5 Puttonyos 2008, £19.99

This is medium amber in colour with a nose of orange peel, figs and cinnamon. The sugar on the palate is wellbalanced by the fine acidity, leading to a clean, refreshing finish.

Try Gorgonzola cheese with this, which is a veined Italian blue cheese, made from unskimmed cow's milk. Alternatively, foie gras and other blueveined cheeses will pair just as well, as the wine acts as a counterbalance to the cheese’s richness and saltiness

Straw Wine (Passito Method)

The process of making Straw Wine originated in Italy, using the the Passito Method. Both white and red grapes may be used, and are harvested early to ensure sufficient acidity remains after drying. These grapes are then either laid on mats in view of the sun, or placed on racks to dry in a ventilated room. This concentrates the sugars in the grapes. In Germany, these wines are called Strohwein, and Schilfwein in Austria. In these countries, bunches of grapes are laid out on beds of straw or reeds during the winter.

Try:

Rustenberg Straw Wine 2011, South Africa, £12.99

This wine has concentrated aromas of honey, marmalade and ripe peach. Intensely sweet, yet vibrantly fruity and complex. A voluptuously textured palate with plenty of length.

Again blue cheese would work well here, but anything nice and creamy should pair nicely like a mature cheddar cheese.

Jamie

Craft beersDate published: 23/04/14

Bored of the usual selection of lagers and ales? Our slowly growing range of craft beers has some really interesting alternatives to the bigger brands.


Curious Brew Lager, 12x330ml, £17.99

From Chapel Down, better known as an English wine producer, this premium lager is re-fermented with Champagne yeast to give it a clean, dry and slightly zesty finish. Winner of a gold medal at the 2012 International Beer Challenge, and also becoming increasingly popular here at the Ayr store, this is one to try if standard lager isn't doing it for you anymore.

Curious IPA, 12x330ml, £17.99

Also from the Chapel Down stable, this balanced but powerful India Pale Ale is brewed using pale ale malt and three complimentary hops, influenced by the fact that many wine regions use up to at least three different grapes to create better balance and depth. Much richer and smoother than the Curious Brew, this has enough character of it's own to justify buying both!

Brew Dog Punk IPA, 6x330ml, £9.99

A hoppy and powerful ale in the American style, this is the Scottish producer's flagship brand. Light golden in colour with tropical fruits and light caramel on the nose, this is their tribute to the classic IPAs of yesteryear. Not to be underestimated, this is well worth a try.

Brooklyn Lager, 6x355ml, £9.99

This American original uses the British technique of Dry-hopping in a Viennese-style beer, resulting in a smooth lager that's versatile with food. An amber-gold lager that displays a firm malt center with a refreshing bitterness and floral hop aroma. After years of bashing American beer, here's some proof that they can actually make good stuff!

Anchor Steam, 6x355ml, £9.99

Also addressing the balance for American beer, we have Anchor Steam from San Francisco. They have a company history to be proud of, dating back to 1896, and also being known as the first of the modern microbreweries. This tasty beer is deep amber in colour with a thick, creamy head and rich, distinctive flavour. 

Einstok White Ale, 6x330ml, £9.99               

The Einstok brewery is located just 60 miles south of the Arctic Circle in the fishing port of Akureyri, Iceland. The water flows from rain and prehistoric glaciers down the Hlidarfjall Mountain and through lava fields, delivering the purest water on earth, used in creating this fantastic white beer. This is a great alternative if you've sickened yourself with wheat beers; it's in a similar vein, but not nearly as heavy, with a much cleaner finish, making it dangerously more-ish..                  

Wine of the WeekDate published: 19/04/14

Château La Gravette 2013, Minervois Rosé

Origin:

Our first Rosé wine of the week for this year. The grapes for this wine (Cinsault, Grenache and Carignan) were grown on an excellent vineyard located in the south of Minervois (France), operated by the Orosquette family.

Taste:

This is an excellent value Rosé, with inviting aromas of cherries, raspberries and red berries. The palate is equally as enjoyable, with flavours of red fruits and strawberries. Enjoy on its own on a nice sunny day, or try with fresh salads or seafood.

Was £7.99, now £5.99

Now open for you to try on the tasting counter, along with many other fantastic wines.


Easter Bunny Loves Ned!Date published: 18/04/14

The Easter Bunny has just been in to tell us how much he loves the Ned Sauvignon Blanc, especially when it is £6.99 as part of our Easter Pick N Mix! The Easter Bunny is also quite partial to Prosecco, and with so many to choose from including La Marca Treviso at £8.99 and Prosecco Zonin at only £6.99 he is one very happy bunny indeed. Despite the way it looks.... 

Easter Tasting SelectionDate published: 18/04/14

To celebrate the Easter Holiday, we have opened several wines for you to try on the tasting counter to help you find the perfect wine for your Easter dinner (and maybe to go with your chocolate eggs).

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand

A staff and customer favourite, the Ned is a steal right now at just £6.99 (down from £10.49). Perfect for a nice, sunny Easter Sunday, this is an easy drinking Sauvignon with a herbaceous nose leading to gooseberry flavours with a smoky herbal twist. Drink on its own, or try with a fresh salad and seafood.

Was £10.49, now £6.99

Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand

If your looking for something a little bit special, give Greywacke a go. This wine has an intense aroma of melons and peaches, with a nice crisp palate and mouth-watering acidity. A portion of the wine has also been oak fermented. A little Friday trivia for you, Greywacke is the name given to the sedimentary rock that is found in the vineyard to which the grapes are produced.

This wine will not last long on the tasting counter, so try it before its gone!

Was £19.99, now £16.99

Lindauer Special Reserve NV, New Zealand

Looking for a bit of fizz to go with your Easter eggs? Then look no further, again New Zealand has us covered. This is a fantastic sparkling wine for the price, with some inviting aromas of ripe peach, nectarine skin and hints of black-fruit. The wine is very creamy on the palate, with a toasty, fruity and clean finish. Enjoy before your meal, or with seafood, pork or chicken, or any random cause of celebration.

Was £14.99, now £9.99

Vinalba Reservado Malbec 2012, Mendoza

From the other side of the world, we have this amazing Malbec for you to try. Malbec is a very trendy grape right now, and proving to be very popular. This particular one has an aroma chock full of dark fruits and red cherries, with an equally flavoursome palate also featuring plums, and a hint of dark chocolate and mocha. Enjoy on its own or with any red meat.

Was £11.99, now £7.99

Vina Eguia Gran Reserva 2004, Rioja

Finally, we have a cracking Rioja open for you. Aromas include plums, raisins and caramel, and a palate featuring plenty of dark fruit and a hint of leather and spice. As this is a Gran Reserva, it will have undergone 5 years ageing (24 months in oak). The wine leaves a silky mouth-feel and good length.

Was £13.49, now £8.99

We also have a few other wines open to try, so why not pop into the store at some point this Easter weekend. If your lucky, you may even see Martin dressed in his Easter bunny costume.


World Malbec DayDate published: 17/04/14

World Malbec Day is celebrated on April 17, to commemorate the day when president Domingo Faustino Sarmiento of Argentina officially made it his mission to transform Argentina's wine industry. On that day, back in 1853, he tasked Michel Aimé Pouget, a French soil expert, to bring over new vines. Amongst his selection, was Malbec. Sarmiento went on to become president and Malbec has become Argentina's most known varietal.

Malbec grapes are found primarily in Cahors in the South West France region, where it began its production. It is increasingly celebrated as an Argentine varietal wine and is being grown around the world. Over the weekend we will be opening some of our favorites to taste including Argento Malbec at only £6.66 and Santa Ana Malbec at only £5.99. It's nearly BBQ season afterall....


Fine Wine Of The MonthDate published: 10/04/14

Add a bit of class to your Easter meal, with this month's Fine Wine of the Month.

Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, 2013

Origin:

This month we have another cracking Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough for you to try. The region has a long, sunny ripening season extending into April, which means nice ripe grapes, and the cool nights also help to preserve acidity. Another bit of trivia, Greywacke is the name given to the sedimentary rock that exists in the soil in which it is grown. 

Taste:

This wine has intense aromas of melons and peaches, with hints of tomato leaf and green pepper. The palate is refreshingly crisp and mouth-watering, and would pair well with seafood, especially smoked salmon and anchovies.

Was £19.99, now £16.99

Eager to try before you buy? We will be cracking the wine open on Good Friday (18th). So come and give it a go!

Wine of the WeekDate published: 08/04/14

Hamilton Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Coonawarra

Origin:

This Cabernet is a typical example of Coonawarra's famous medium-bodied, intensely fruity and fragrant style. It comes from one of Leconfield's three mature vineyard blocks in Coonawarra, first planted in 1974, and has been matured with minimal oak contact.

Taste:

This would be an excellent wine to go with your Sunday dinner, with a pronounced aroma of blackcurrants and red cherries, and a palate of dark fruits and plums. The wine has a pleasing finish, with long, soft tannins.

Was £12.99, now £8.66

Now open for you to try on the tasting counter!

Spanish Tasting WeekDate published: 07/04/14

Last week I spent a bit of time in Barcelona, and got the opportunity to try many fantastic Spanish wines, from Rioja to Montsant. Spain is probably my favourite wine producing country right now, and has in fact the largest area of land under vine of any country of the world. Surprisingly, the majority of plantings are actually white grape varieties, however Spain is internationally recognised for its reds, especially Rioja.

This week we have a special Spanish-themed wine tasting event at Majestic, and have opened a wide variety of wines for everyone to try, from regions including: Rioja, Navarra, Ribera del Duero, Rias Baixas, Rueda and a few others. Here are just a handful that you could try:

Pizarras de Otero 2012, Bierzo

This wine comes from an old 18th century estate which had been laying dormant until it was revived by Bodegas Martin Codax. This is a nice smooth wine, with aromas of strawberry, plums and blackberries. The palate is full of fruit, and would go great with a tomato-based pasta dish.

Was £9.99, now £6.66

Rioja Reserva 2009, Marques de Cáceres

A major player for Spanish Wines, Cáceres was founded in the late 1960s, and was produced only in vintages classed as very good or excellent. This Rioja has a dense bouquet of toasted aromas, and red and black berries, with a rich, layered body of spicy black fruits and succulent red fruits with integrated tannins.

Was £15.99, now £11.99

Rueda Blanco 2012, Marques de Riscal

This wine comes from the huge Rioja producer Marques de Riscal (another favourite of mine), and is a nice, light summery wine with an intense fruity aroma and palate, and a crisp acidity to make you mouth water.

Was £8.99, now £6.74

Torres Vina Esmeralda 2013

Torres is another huge producer in the region of Penedes (Catalunya). You will probably have seen a few of their wines in many of Barcelona's restaurants and wine shops. This is another wine which would be perfect in the coming summer months, with aromas of honeysuckle, pears and apples. The palate is equally as fresh, with a nice finish of cinnamon and cloves.

Was £8.99, now £6.99

So forget your living in Scotland, and pretend your in Spain when your trying these amazing wines. Our Spanish tasting week runs until Thursday 10th April.

Jamie


Easter Offers!Date published: 03/04/14

Our Easter Offers have arrived! Our new 'Pick n Mix' includes Ned Sauvignon Blanc at only £6.99, Vina Eguia Rioja  Reserva only £6.66 and Prosecco La Marca Treviso at only £8.99 to name but a few! Come in to see what we have to offer, and taste a selection of wines at our tasting counter!

Ideas for Mother's Day Date published: 29/03/14

Still looking for the perfect Mother's Day gift? Or just left it to the last minute? No need to panic and rush to the high street, we have plenty of gift options in-store. Here are just a few:

Gavi 2013, Araldica

Gavi is a small town and winemaking sub-region in the far south-east corner of Piedmont in Italy. The town is famous for the Cortese grape which is indigenous to the north of Italy, of which this wine is made from. This is a lovely, fresh, summery wine with lots of citrus flavours, and a lime-zest and nettle aroma.

Was £9.99, now £6.66

Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel 2011

Lodi is known as the Zinfandel capital of the world (did they teach you that in geography?), where the grape thrives in the well-drained sandy soils. This is a corker of a wine, bursting with flavours of blueberry and plums, with soft ripe tannins and a well balanced acidity. This would be perfect on its own, or try with red meat dishes or a cheese platter.

Was £9.99, now £6.66

Undurraga Brut Non Vintage, Chile

This is a sparkling wine from one of Chile's most famous wine regions, the Maipo Valley, with a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir using the charmat method. The palate is light and dry, with flavours of lime, apples, grapefruit and stone fruit.

Was £10.49, now £6.99

Lindauer Rosé Non Vintage, New Zealand

The grapes used to produce this Rosé sparkling wine (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinotage) were grown on Hawkes Bay and Gisborne's silt and clay soils. Vibrant pink in colour, this fizz has aromas of red fruits, spice, currants and peach, and is very refreshing.

Was £13.49, now £8.99

We also have a variety of gift cases to pop your wine in, so you don't even have to worry about wrapping it up!


March Pick 'N' Mix Offers – FizzDate published: 19/03/14

Got a party planned? A Birthday coming coming up? Or just fancy a bit of fizz? Whatever the occasion, we have you covered.

Undurraga Brut Non Vintage, Chile

This is a sparkling wine from one of Chile's most famous wine regions, the Maipo Valley, with a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir using the charmat method. The palate is light and dry, with flavours of lime, apples, grapefruit and stone fruit.

Was £10.49, now £6.99

La Marca Conegliano Valdobbiadene, Prosecco Superiore, Extra Dry NV, DOCG, Italy

This Prosecco may be almost impossible to pronounce, but don't let that put you off as this is an excellent bottle of fizz. The La Marca winery is located in Oderezo, in the Veneto region of Italy. Pale straw in colour, this Prosecco has a fine mouse and fruit flavours of apples and pineapples.

Was £14.99, now £9.99

Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Brut NV

For an extra special treat (because your worth it), try this Champagne from Heidsieck. This Cuvée is Pinot-dominant, offering an harmonious balance between crisp golden fruit, satisfying brioche notes and an abundant mousse.

Was £25.00, now £16.66

We have several more offers on Champagne and sparkling wine in-store, or check our website for further details.


Wine of the WeekDate published: 18/03/14

Château Clos Fontaine 2007, Côtes de Francs

Origin:

Clos Fontaine is one of the best known wineries in Côtes de Francs, located in the picturesque hills to the east of St-Emilion. It is also Bordeaux's smallest appellation.

Taste:

This is an excellent value Bordeaux, which has been barrel aged for up to 14 months, and matured for a further 2 years before bottling. As is typical for right-bank Bordeaux, this wine has aromas of plums and flavours of dark fruits on the palate with smooth tannins. Try with a hearty beef casserole. 

Was £9.99, now £6.66

Now open for you to try on the tasting counter

Wine of the WeekDate published: 12/03/14

Vina Eguia Rioja Reserva 2008

Origin:

Bodegas Eguia is located in the heart of the Rioja Alavesa subregion, one of the area's wine-making hotspots. This Rioja is made from selected Tempranillo grapes from their best vineyards, and in traditional reserva style, aged for 24 months in American and French Oak, and a further 2 years maturation before released.

Taste:

This Rioja is cherry red in colour, with a nose of dark fruit, cherries and toasted oak. The palate is warm, complex and powerful, with velvety tannins. This wine would be perfect with mature steak, stews or matured cheese.

Was £9.99, now £6.66 until Monday 17th March

New Exciting Offers for One Week OnlyDate published: 11/03/14

For one week only, we have several new additions to our March Pick and Mix range. Here are a few of our favourites:

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Marlborough

Yep, everybody's favourite Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand is now down to £6.99, which is cracking value. The Ned has a herbaceous nose of nettles and grass, with gooseberry flavours and a hint of lime. Perfect on a nice sunny day with fresh summer salads and seafood.

Was £10.49, now £6.99

Vina Eguia Rioja Gran Reserva, 2004

A fantastic Rioja, with flavours of dark fruits, accompanied with complex notes of raisins, caramel, vanilla, clove and leather. Silky mouth-feel and good length. Would be great with slow-cooked lamb dishes.

Was £13.49, now £8.99

Chateau Meaume 2010, Bordeaux Superieur

Chateau Meaume is a small British-owned estate close to St-Emilion and Pomerol. This is a very popular wine, with a nose of fruitcake, spice and ripe, plummy fruit. The palate is soft and rich, with blackcurrants, plums, and smoky cedarwood. Would be perfect with your Sunday dinner.

Was £9.99, now £6.66

Nicolas Feuillate Non-Vintage

Looking for a bit of fizz? We have you covered. This is a light, fresh and fruity Champagne with fine discreet bubbles, and subtle flavours of apples, pears and citrus fuits.

Was £25.00, now £16.66

For the full range of deals, check out our website www.majestic.co.uk. We deliver for free!


March Pick 'N' Mix Offers – WhiteDate published: 10/03/14

Similar to last weeks article about new offers on reds in our March Pick 'N' Mix, here is a selection of our favourite offers on whites. We have a wide variety to suit everyone's taste and budget.

Esprit Soleil Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Vin de France

A great value Sauvignon Blanc, made by a major cooperative in the South of France. Grapes were sourced from several quality growers, and blended to create a consistently elegant and clean style. The wine has a distinct tropical fruit aroma, with intense flavours and a refreshing acidity. Serve very cold with a variety of seafood dishes.

Was £6.99, now £5.49

Gavi 2013, Araldica

Our current wine of the week. Gavi is a small town and DOCG east of Alba, and 50 km inland from the Mediterranean sea. The town produces wines exclusively from Cortese grapes, which is indigenous to the north of Italy. This is a youthful summery wine, with a citrussy and floral nose and a hint of lime. Refreshing on the palate, and a mouthwatering acidity, this wine would be well paired with seafood.

Was £9.99, now £6.66

Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Marlborough

Villa Maria is an acclaimed family owned producer dedicated to producing wine of excellent quality. This wine is a staff favourite, with a fresh herbaceous aroma, followed by rich gooseberry, lime and tropical fruits on the palate.

Was £10.65, now £7.99


South Africa Tasting WeekDate published: 09/03/14

This week we have a special South African themed tasting week, where we have a selection of wines from the region open for you to try on the tasting counter.

South Africa has a wine making tradition that has been going on for as long as some European regions, over 350 years in fact. It is only recently however that we are really starting to see the region grow due to several struggles in the past that has prevented this. In 1996, 80% of the grapes grown were white varieties. By 2009, this figure had dropped to 56% in a bid to compete more with wine export markets.

The country is also very hot, often rising in excess of 30ºC. Thankfully, the Benguela Current coming from the Antartic has a cooling effect on the region, and combined with the Cape Doctor (regular summer winds) and prominent mountain ranges, grapes can thrive in the country.

Rachel's Chenin Blanc 2013, Boschendal

A youthful, fruity and well-balanced wine, with exotic mango aromas and a palate of tropical fruit flavours and apples.

Was £8.99, now £5.99

Porcupine Ridge Viognier Grenache Blanc 2013

Produced by Boekenhoutskloof, and named after the Crested Porcupines who are often found in their vineyards, this Viognier has aromas of ripe apricots and a crisp palate with a streak of minerality.

Was £8.99, now £6.99

Jordan Cabernet Merlot 2011, Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch has long been a hub for excellent wines, partly due to a climate with sufficient rainfall and summers that are rarely too hot. The variety of altitude, aspect and soil also means the region is perfect for ripening juicy grapes. This Bordeaux style blend is juicy with a mixture of jammy and blackberry fruit, with a hint of menthol and cocoa. This wine would be perfect with your Sunday roast.

Was £9.99, now £8.49

Barista Pinotage 2013, Western Cape

Like coffee and want to try something a little bit different? This Pinotage has a distinctive coffee aroma, but with a palate of dark fruits and plums, and soft tannins.

Was £9.99, now £7.49


All of these wines are now open for you to try along with a few others, for a limited time only.


March Pick 'N' Mix Offers - RedDate published: 05/03/14

We now have a brand new selection of wines in our March Pick 'N' Mix promotion. There is a wide variety to suit everyone's tastes, and spanning every country of the world from Chile to New Zealand. Below is a selection of our three favourite reds in the promotion:

Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2012, Grifone, Italy

This is a signature wine from the Abruzzi region of Italy, and made from the Montepulciano grape. The ripeness of the fruit, soft tannic structure and a red cherry palate makes this an excellent value wine at just £4.99. This wine would be well suited to light pork dishes and perfect for parties.

Was £7.49, now £4.99

Bellingham Mocha Java Merlot 2013, South Africa

Not sure whether to drink coffee or wine? Have both! This is certainly an interesting merlot, with pronounced aromas of roast coffee beans, black cherries and even a hint of chocolate. This wine would be great in any occasion, with or without food, but would match well with barbecued meats, grilled lamp chops or meaty pasta sauces.

Look out for our South African Tasting week starting this Friday, and running until Thursday 13th March.

Was £8.99, now £5.99

El Parador Crianza 2009, Navarra, Spain

Brand new to the Majestic range, this is not your typical Rioja. This wine comes from neighbouring Navarra, and is a blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha and Cabernet Sauvignon. It as also undergone ageing in American oak for 12 months. This is a mid-weight wine, with a palate of ripe cherry fruit and gentle vanilla and spice notes. Try with lamb dishes for the ultimate food combo.

Was £9.99, now £7.49


Wine of the WeekDate published: 04/03/14

Gavi 2013, Araldica

Origin:

Gavi is a small town and DOCG east of Alba, and 50 km inland from the Mediterranean sea. The town produces wines exclusively from Cortese grapes, which is indigenous to the north of Italy.

Taste:

A youthful summery wine, with a citrussy and floral nose and a hint of lime. Refreshing on the palate, and a mouthwatering acidity, this wine would be well paired with seafood. 

Was £9.99, now £7.99 in our March Pick and Mix Promotion

Now open for you to try on the tasting counter!


All Argentinian Malbec 33% off!Date published: 26/02/14

So we have been banging on about Malbec quite a lot recently, but with all Argentinian Malbecs now 33% off, we’re not stopping just yet. Malbec makes some of the best examples of ‘winter’ reds; big wines with no shortage of alcohol (to help take your mind off the weather). Despite being grown all over the world under various different synonyms, it’s not a grape that’s usually grown in huge quantities, with the exception of Argentina where it has found its spiritual home. The wines range from medium-bodied to the heavier, fuller style, so if you're not already familiar with the grape or if you just fancy broadening your knowledge, now's the perfect time with these short-term deals; offers end on Monday night!


Callia Bella Malbec 2013 - £5.99 (was £8.99)

Bodegas Callia are based in the Valle de Tulum, wherein lies the town of San Juan, and have become one of the foremost wineries of this area. Their estate here comprises 241 hectares of vines, at 630m above sea level, surrounded on almost all sides by the Andes. An attractively deep purple wine, with an up-front and straightforward wild berry character, with hints of baking spices. Intense and generous on the palate, with plush tannins and good ripeness.

Portillo Malbec 2013 - £6.66 (was £9.99)

Bodegas Salentein has one of the largest cool-climate estates in Argentina, with 2000ha of vines, at up to 1700m above sea level. Their Malbec is grown at around 1050m. This multi-award-winning wine recently won Decanter's 'Best Argentinian Malbec under £10' trophy. An intense red-purple colour, with an equally intense nose of plum and bramble. Round and fulsome on the palate, delivering a swathe of ripe, fresh black fruit held together by lush tannins.

Joffré Malbec 2012 - £7.32 (was £10.99)

This full style of Malbec is a great example of the value and complexity produced by many wineries in Mendoza, but without the brutish tannin and over-extraction of some of the cheaper alternatives. Full-bodied yet elegant, this wine is packed with expressive aromas of plum, cherry, vanilla and chocolate, following on to a rich yet subtle palate.

Tucumen Malbec 2012 - £7.32 (was £10.99)

This Malbec has been made in a deliberately youthful style, with only minimal oak contact ensuring a soft texture, yet keeping the fruit character of the grape as the main feature. Winemaker is Juan Manuel Mallea, formerly of several Ribera del Duero wineries. An approachable wine of medium intensity, delivering its cherry, plum and blackberry fruit in a generous and easy-going manner. Round tannins and well-balanced acidity and fruit sweetness.

Viñalba Malbec-Touriga Nacional Reservado 2010/2011 - £7.99 (was £11.99)

An intriguing blend of mature-vine Malbec with the traditional Port grape, Touriga Nacional, in a dry and fruit-driven style. Although grown in the Andean foothills, the Douro Valley influence is immediately evident in this blend, with its dark hue and earthy nose. Heady violet and mulberry aromas fill the nose, and the rich black fruit from both Malbec and Touriga Nacional combine on the palate to dominate and leave a rich, long finish.


Anything but..?Date published: 24/02/14

The anything-but-Chardonnay brigade don’t seem to be just quite as ubiquitous as they once were, and yet if I had to name any grape that some people will occasionally just flatly refuse as a staff recommendation, from my personal experience, it would still sadly top the last. It’s very frustrating to see a whole grape variety written off just because people have had a couple that they didn’t like. From the lighter un-oaked Chardonnays right through to the big, full-on New World monsters, there’s bound to be at least one for everyone. Even among the team here at Ayr, some of us really love our Chardonnays but yet actually agree on very few! Many people are still oblivious to the fact that Chardonnay is one of the key grapes in Champagne production, not to mention the sole grape in many of the more expensive white wines from Burgundy, such as Chablis, although this is Chardonnay in its un-oaked form; a ‘disguise’ that slips it under the radar of a lot of the ABC crowd.

Its diversity in style is no doubt helped by the varying terroir of the range of different countries that it is grown in. Originally from Burgundy, it is now grown everywhere that wine is produced, from England to New Zealand. The Chardonnay grape itself is very neutral, with many of the flavours commonly associated with the grape being derived from such influences as the aforementioned terroir and oak. It is vinified in many different styles, from the lean, crisply mineral wines of Chablis, France to New World wines with oak, and tropical fruit flavours. In cool climates (such as Chablis and Carneros in California), Chardonnay tends to be medium to light body with noticeable acidity and flavours of green plum, apple and pear. In warmer locations (for example, Marlborough, New Zealand) the flavours become more citrus, peach and melon while in very warm locations more fig and tropical fruit notes such as banana and mango come out. Wines that have gone through malolactic fermentation tend to have softer acidity and fruit flavours with buttery mouthfeel and hazelnut notes.

Chardonnay has a wide-ranging reputation for relative ease of cultivation and ability to adapt to different conditions, and as one of the most widely planted grape varieties, with over 160,000 hectares (400,000 acres) worldwide, it’s thankfully not going away any time soon. And if you’d like to try some great examples:

Santa Rita Medalla Real Chardonnay 2012, Chile - £7.99 (was £11.99)

Sourced mainly from the Limarí Valley, the northernmost vineyard district in Chile. Although closer to the equator, the valley is efficiently cooled by sea breezes, due to its east-west orientation. This Chardonnay is barrel fermented and undergoes regular lees stirring. Bright golden in colour, with a faint green tint. The nose offers good ripeness, with citrus aromas turning to a softer, more apple and stone fruit character. Weighty and creamy on the palate. One of my personal favourites, this is definitely an example of the more full-on side of Chardonnay!

Marquis de Pennautier Chardonnay 'Terroirs d'Altitude' 2011, Southern France - £9.99 (was £10.99)

The Lorgeril family have been making wine at the historic Château de Pennautier, a National Historic Monument designed by the same architect as the Palace of Versailles, since the Château was founded by the first Marquis de Pennautier in 1620. Aromas of peach, passionfruit and pineapple mingle with spicy notes such as vanilla, nutmeg and even a hint of clove. The palate displays hints of dried apricots and puffed wheat. Rounded with medium weight, this is a great choice if you’re trying to avoid the often-OTT New World Chardonnays.

Potel Bourgogne Chardonnay 2012, Burgundy - £10.99 (was £12.99)

Made from a blend of grapes grown on mature vines in a number of different vineyard sites in the Mâcon, Côte Chalonnaise and the Côte d'Or. Fermented and matured in stainless steel, no oak is used in production, maintaining the wine's elegance and minerality. The classically citrus-led nose also offers notes of marzipan and acacia flowers. Initially straightforward and nicely rounded on the palate, with an almondy complexity on the finish. Easily the lightest of this selection, this is the one to fool your ABC friends with!


Wine of the WeekDate published: 23/02/14

Days of Summer, 2013, Miguel Torres

Origin:

Forget about this dismal weather, and start looking forward to the summer. This wine is produced by Miguel Torres' winery in Chile, which was founded by the famous Torres family of Spain. The grape used is Muscat, sourced from the Itata Valley, which is one of Chile's southernmost wine regions.

Taste:

A youthful summer wine, with white grape and tropical aromas, and a fresh acidity. With a slight sweetness, this wine is very enjoyable to drink. Try it with seafood for the perfect combination.  

Was £9.99, now £6.99

Now open for you to try on the tasting counter



Steak Night!Date published: 21/02/14

Here we wish every night was Steak Night! So many great wines to choose from that are the perfect match for your favorite cut!

Alamos Malbec - £6.66 reduced from £9.99

Medium - Full bodied Malbec form the Mendoza Region of Argentina. Made by Catena, Argentina's flagship winery this is a supple soft wine, packed full of dark cherry and blackberry flavours. A great value wine for any occasion!


Cotes du Rhone Guigal - £7.99 reduced from £11.99

This Grenache Syrah blend has a delicious dark fruit flavour, rich a full bodied with a slightly peppery, long lingering aftertaste. Great if you fancy a traditional french classic without breaking the bank.


Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso La Casetta - £13.99 reduced from £16.99

Something a little bit special, ripasso wines have had a portion of the fermented, dried-skins from Amarone added to them. Valpolicella Ripasso therefore combines the power and class of the Amarone with the bright fruit of the classic Valpolicella. A firm favorite with staff and customers alike!


Two Hands Sexy Beast Cabernet, Mclaren Vale, Australia - £18.00 reduced from £23.00

Bring out the big guns. Big sexy guns. This is a great big full bodied Cabernet, one of the best example of the depth and power that Australian Cabernet Sauvignon is capable of showing. Pure indugance! 14 months in french oak gives this wine a tightly pack dense fruit, with complex layers of violet, smoke and herb flavours. From experience a day off after this steak night is highly recommended. 

Producer Spotlight: Paul MasDate published: 18/02/14

Domaines Paul Mas is one of the largest, and most popular Estates in the South of France. Positioned in the Languedoc region, the Mas family have had a wine making tradition there for over 100 years. The region has a warm Mediterranean climate, and is characterised by long sunshine hours, warm summer temperatures, mild winters and low rainfall levels. All of this means ideal conditions for growing grapes. The estate is now made up of 320 hectares of owned vineyards, working with more than 30 grape varieties, with the goal of making “great wines that will give you a unique moment, rich in emotions.”

We currently sell several wines from Paul Mas, but here are three of our favourites:

Paul Mas Estate Marsanne - £7.99

This wine originates from the hillsides of the Aude valley, which is the ideal location for growing Marsanne grapes. With hazelnut aromas, and flavours of peach, pear and honey, this is very easy to drink. Try it with fish dishes for a perfect pairing.

Paul Mas Estate Carignan - £9.99

The grapes for this wine have come from old Carignan vines (over 50 years) on the hillsides of the Herault, that have reached a perfect natural balance. The wine has aromas of spice and blackberrys, and a palate of dark fruit and liquorice with velvety tannins. Try with your steak on Sunday.

Paul Mas Estate Syrah-Viognier - £7.99

This wine also originates from the Harault Valley, where the vines are planted in clayey and chalky soil to produce a wine that is rich, soft and full of ripe fruit. This Syrah-Vignier blend has a palate of redcurrant and blackcurrant fruit, with the Viognier adding perfume qualities. 

Its perfect partner would be Italian style meat balls.

The Paul Mas Estate Syrah-Viognier is currently open for you to try on the tasting counter.


Everybody Loves Gavi!Date published: 17/02/14

The town of Gavi lies in the far south of Piedmont, by the border with Liguria, and is home to some of the earliest plantings of the Cortese grape. The success of Cortese in this area is no doubt due to its natural affinity with the fresh seafood of the Ligurian coast. Often dubbed 'the Chablis of Italy' due to their fresh, steely minerality, Gavi is a versatile ever popular wine.

Gavi 2013 Araldica - New To Our Range!

£7.99 (reduced from £9.99)

Gavi is a small town and winemaking sub-region in the far south-east corner of Piedmont, around 50km inland of the Med, famed for the Cortese grape which is indigenous to the north of Italy, and a popular feature in the restaurants of the Ligurian coast. Zippy, fresh and predominantly citrus-flavoured wine, with a racy lime-zest and nettle aroma. Refreshingly clean on the palate, with enduring, mouthwatering acidity. Drink with spaghetti genovese, or any fresh seafood dish.


Gavi Montiero 2013 Rocca 

£6.99 (reduced from £8.99)

The town of Gavi lies in the far south of Piedmont, by the border with Liguria, and is home to some of the earliest plantings of the Cortese grape. The success of Cortese in this area is no doubt due to its natural affinity with the fresh seafood of the Ligurian coast.

A pale golden colour, with characteristic aromas of lime zest and grapefruit, along with subtle hints of fresh fennel. Bone dry and with moderate acidity, it offers a clean and refreshing finish. To appreciate this wine fully, drink with any fresh white fish, served simply with herb butter.

Gavi 2012/2013 La Toledana 

 £10.99 (reduced from £11.99)

Wines from the vineyards closest to the town are labelled Gavi di Gavi, and this one is made from late-harvested grapes. Ripe peach and pears with hints of citrus and a slight honeyed edge held together by steely minerality and a fresh acidity. An ideal apéritif, this wine will also complement poached white fish with a rocket and cherry tomato salad.



Paul Mas Reds!Date published: 15/02/14

Paul Mas 'Cabernet de Cabernet' £5.99 (down from £8.99)

This blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Cabernet Franc is in fact a mix of finished wines. Blackberry and roasted pepper characters sit well in a full-bodied, soft red with acres of character. Domaine Paul Mas combines mechanical harvesting with hand picking. The use of machines allows them to collect the largest amount of grapes at optimum ripeness. It also means that they can keep picking through the night to avoid the grapes oxidising in the heat of the day. 


Paul Mas Estate 'Gardemiel Vineyard' Malbec £6.66 (down from £9.99)

'Gardemiel' means 'the place where the honey is kept' and refers to a single vineyard plot located 200km from Malbec's birthplace in Cahors, this modern Malbec echoes both the Old World rusticity of Cahors, and the inky fruitiness found in the Malbecs of Argentina and the rest of the New World. This Malbec keeps its bright, ripe plum and blackberry fruit at the centre of the frame, with the edges softened by restrained use of new oak, and subtle herbaceous notes from the blend's 10% Cab Franc.


Paul Mas Estate Syrah Viognier 'Nicole Vineyard' £7.99 (down from £9.99)

This deep wine is a Languedoc interpretation of the famous Côte Rotie blend. Vinified by fermenting the Syrah with the 5% Viognier grapes already added for a more harmonious feel, with around a third of the wine then aged for 5 months in oak barrels before reblending. The Paul Mas Estate Single Vineyard Collection wines come from Jean Claude Mas's vinyards in the Languedoc Region in the south of France. The Nicole vinyard belongs to the Mas familly who has winemaking tradition of over 100 years. On the Herault valley hillsides the vines are planted on Chalky Clay soils producing very concentrate Syrah and Viognier. Blended together they make a silky smooth aromatic wine with rich and soft, very pure fruit. Dark redcurrant and blackcurrant fruit, the Viognier in this wine really stands out with its perfume qualities which give more elegance.



New additions to the Pick 'N' Mix!Date published: 12/02/14

We've a couple of extra offers to add to our Pick 'N' Mix selection this week:


Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Marlborough

£6.66 (from £9.99)

An old Majestic favourite, Wither Hills has been conspicuous by its absence  for some time now, but we're glad to welcome it back, especially at a great price. The winery itself has been around his since 1994, going on to become one of Marlborough's best-known wineries. They now own vineyards right across the region, with this Sauvignon being blended from a varying selection from them to try and capture the essence of the area in one wine. On the nose the wine is full of the characteristic New Zealand Sauvignon aromas of gooseberry, guava and passion fruit, following through to a well balanced mix of grapefruit flavours and mouth-watering acidity on the palate. Superb with goat's cheese, as well as fresh oysters.


Côtes du Rhône 2010 E. Guigal, Rhone Valley

£7.99 (from £11.99)

Another wine with a long history with Majestic, Guigal Côtes du Rhône was for years an excellent value for money red, with the current offer price putting it back in that position. Quite possibly the most famous producer in the Rhône Valley, Guigal has been in production since 1946, now run by Marcel Guigal, son of the original founder Étienne. Marcel is almost single-handedly responsible for the region's resurgence over the last few decades. This full-bodied wine offers a robust core of dark fruit, and savoury white pepper notes that make it a superb food wine, matching well with red meat dishes or with rich vegetarian dishes like moussaka.


So if you haven't had these tried and tested favourites before, or if you just need a reminder of how good they are, now's the time to grab them while they're at these great prices !

Wine of the Week - Valentine's Day SpecialDate published: 10/02/14

Passimento 2011, Pasqua

Origin:

From the Pasqua winery in Verona, the message on the back of the bottle reads: “3000 love messages a day from every corner of the world, any religion, any culture trapped for ever in one single frame: Romeo and Juliet's wall.” If there is a wine perfect for Valentine's Day, it is this!  

Taste:

A dense and deeply coloured wine, full of concentrated black and red cherry flavour, and hints of leather and spice. The palate has a layered texture, with muscular tannins providing a long finish.  

Was £11.99, now £8.99

Malbec Wars - Santa Ana MalbecDate published: 10/02/14

The province of Mendoza is the largest wine region in Argentina, and accounts for over 70% of wine production in the country. There are two factors that contribute to the high-quality of the grapes. First is the snow melt water from the mountains, which allows vine growing without irrigation. Secondly, the high altitude leads to a decreased temperature and a greater sunlight intensity, which helps to produce ripe grapes.

Bordegas Santa Ana is a top estate from the Cuyo region of the Mendoza,  founded in 1891 by Don Luis Tirasso. Santa Ana is renowned as having some of the finest vineyard sites in the area, where the natural thaw melt and high altitudes combine to produce ripe, soft fruits and exceptional wines.

This medium-bodied wine is the perfect example of a Malbec, with a fruity palate featuring cherries, plums and a hint of strawberry. With soft tannins, this is a very enjoyable Malbec to drink and definetly deserves your vote!

Try with any barbecue or medium-strength, firm cheeses.


Was £8.99, now £5.99

Saturday Fizz !!!Date published: 08/02/14

Saturday Fizz!!!

Our new February deals are on so we have a great selection of our best offers open to taste, including Prosecco Zonin at £7.99 (down from £11.99)

Light, soft apricot and peach, not bone dry but not too sweet this is a great way to celebrate Scotland beating England in the sis nations this afternoon. Works just as well for other causes to celebrate too, as if an excuse is needed!


Scotland vs England (beer, not rugby)Date published: 08/02/14

Scotland vs England!


Atlas Brewery Three Sisters
£24.60 (12 x 500ml - £2.05 per bottle)

Scotland have a mountain to climb to beat the English at Murrayfield. Three Sisters Scottish Ale (4.2% abv) is a dark, fruity, refreshing ale that proves a perennial favourite, and is named after the dramatic range of mountains in Glencoe. A very large charge of whole-flower hops balances the dark malt character with an abundance of hop fruit flavours. These include dried and fresh fruit flavours as well as some more citrus tones not normally found in such a dark beer.

Marstons English Pale Ale
£15.00 (12 x 500ml)

Light weight, like the English backs. A light (only 3.6 ABV), refreshing golden Pale Ale, traditionally crafted with English Hops and Barley for flavour and taste. Perfect numb the pain of loosing the Calcutta Cup. 

33% OFF NEW WORLD REDS (Feb pick n mix)Date published: 05/02/14

Parcel Series Merlot 2012 Western Cape

£5.99 (reduced from £8.99)

This is a special parcel bought from a prominent and well-established Stellenbosch winery, and represents excellent value. The grapes come from several vineyard sites in the Western Cape, and the wine has been matured for 8 months in French oak. A nose of plum and raspberry fruit, with inviting dark chocolate notes. A smooth and supple palate, bursting with berry flavours, and tinged with subtle, sweet spice.


Luis Felipe Edwards Selección Especial Malbec 2012 Colchagua Valley

£5.99 (reduced from £8.99)

Although Argentina claims much of the Malbec-related limelight, neighbouring Chile's unique climate and terrain allows it to grow great Malbec of its own. Persistent sea breezes moderate temperatures, meaning Chile is less reliant on altitude for cool growing conditions. Intense violet colour, with a nose of blackberries, plums and blueberries, accompanied by a subtle touch of vanilla. Juicy and smooth, the palate is satisfyingly weighty and long.


Errazuriz Carmenère 2011 Aconcagua Valley

£6.66 (reduced from £9.99)

Sourced from vineyards in the Valle de Aconcagua. This region features a Mediterranean climate. From hand picked grapes, fermented in stainless steel and aged in French and American oak barrels. On the palate, this medium-bodied wine is structured by big, mouth-filling tannins. Spicy notes linger on the palate, with hints of dark chocolate and coffee, through the long, pleasant finish.


Rustenberg RM Nicholson 2010 Stellenbosch

£9.32 (reduced from £13.99)

This wine was named in honour of one of the estate's former owners, Reg Merriman Nicholson, who lived and worked as winemaker at Rustenberg for 30 years. Small batches of each variety are vinified separately, blended, then aged in oak for 7 months for good integration. Blackcurrant aroma complemented by notes of dried herbs and black pepper. The palate is fleshy and firmly structured, with weighty red fruit flavours and bold tannins.

33% OFF OLD WORLD REDS (Feb pick n mix)Date published: 05/02/14

Casa d'Aragona 2010 Salice Salentino

£5.99 (reduced from £8.99)

Salice Salentino is a small town in the middle of Puglia, Italy's 'heel', and was recognised as a DOC as recently as 1976, although wine has been made in this region since Greco-Roman times. This wine is a blend of the two principal native local red grapes. Vibrant cherry red with a garnet tint acquired through ageing. A ripe red fruit character and round texture are accented by dry spice and tobacco notes, and supported by sinewy tannins.


Rioja Crianza 2010 Gran Vendema

£5.99 (reduced from £8.99)

A youthful Crianza wine made from 100% Tempranillo, from 10-15-year-old vines around Cenicero in the heart of Rioja. Aged for 12 months in American oak barrels and a further 12 months in bottle before release. Vibrant cherry red, with a nose dominated by raspberry and strawberry fruit and lashings of lifted oaky vanilla notes. The palate is supple and soft, with moderate tannins and an easy-going feel.


Château Haut Brignon 2012 Bordeaux Supérieur

£6.66 (reduced from £9.99)

Haut Brignon is a family-owned château in the village of Plassac, which lies on the banks of the Gironde immediately south of Blaye. Being so close to the river, the soils here are partly silt-based, with the remainder made up of the region's typical chalk and clay. A good solid middleweight claret, with plenty of ripe blackberry and plum fruit character. Cool fermentation and maturation in stainless steel have preserved a fresh, supple feel.


Tournelles Voluptabilis 2010 AOC Buzet

£6.66 (reduced from £9.99)

This wine is the 'second wine' of Château Tournelles, and is a blend of the most common red Bordeaux varieties with around 15% Malbec. Located in Calignac in the small appellation of Buzet, the estate enjoys a great position overlooking the Garonne Valley. A voluptuous, well-structured, medium-to-full-bodied and approachable red, offering a wealth of blackcurrant and summer berry flavour, surrounded by rounded tannins for a pleasing sense of weight.


Château de Pennautier 'Terroirs d'Altitude' 2009 Cabardès

£7.99 (reduced from £11.99)

Cabardès is the only AC permitted to use a blend of Mediterranean and Atlantic grapes. Each variety is vinified separately before blending, integrating over 14 months in French oak. This is a classy and well structured wine: deep garnet red in colour, with a power and harmony to the flavours and aromas of blackcurrant, with spice and chocolate notes.


33% OFF CHAMPAGNE (Feb pick n mix)Date published: 05/02/14

Heidsieck Monopole Gold Top 2007

£19.99 (reduced from £30.00)

Heidsieck & C° Monopole, now owned by Vranken and Pommery is one of the oldest champagne firms in the Champagne region. This vintage Champagne is soft and rich, with hints of citrus, apple and subtle vanilla. Perfect with canapes.


Nicolas Feuillatte Rosé NV

£19.99 (reduced from £30.00)

A delicate salmon pink rosé, made in Feuillatte's soft, welcoming style. The mousse is fine and the nose is one of intense blueberry and raspberry notes. Perfect with turkey.


Piper-Heidsieck Brut NV

£23.32 (reduced from £35.00)

Intentionally made in a forward and approachable style, with a good balance of rich fruit and refreshing citrussy edge, this is a Champagne for drinking now at any celebratory occasion.


Perrier-Jouët Blason Rosé NV

£29.98 (reduced from £45.00)

An intense, luminous colour of salmon pink, with coppery highlights. Elegant aromas of raspberries, wild strawberries and rose petals are in abundance. This superb rosé can be enjoyed with fresh fruit desserts or on its own as an apéritif.

33% OFF FIZZ (Feb pick n mix)Date published: 04/02/14

Lindauer Brut Cuvée NV New Zealand

£8.99 (reduced from £13.49)

Produced and owned by Montana, and released in 1981, Lindauer holds the title of New Zealand's most exported wine. Produced from grapes grown on Hawkes Bay and Gisborne's silt and clay soils, it undergoes primary fermentation in tank and secondary fermentation in bottle. A fresh and ripe fruity bouquet exhibiting subtle aromas of toast and black fruits. A fresh and vibrant palate with zingy acidity, crisp citrus fruit characters and a mineral finish.


Prosecco La Marca Treviso Extra Dry NV DOC, Italy

£8.99 (reduced from 13.49)

Made from Prosecco grapes grown by a number of growers on the hills and plains around Treviso, close to Venice in northern Italy. Soft pressing is followed by cool fermentation in stainless steel, for delicate and fresh fruit flavours. Pale and elegant, with a subtly perfumed bouquet, and youthful pear, melon and citrus fruit characters. Retains a little hint of sweetness which balances the crisp acidity and persistent fizz. Drink with appetizers and fish dishes, or mix with a dash of peach purée for a refreshing bellini.


Undurraga Rosé NV Chile

£6.99  (reduced from £10.49)


The grapes for this wine are grown in Undurraga's Codigua Estate. Situated along the Maipo river, behind the Leyda Valley. Cool temperatures here create an ideal environment for producing Pinot Noir of delicate colour and fresh acidity, perfect for sparkling rosé. Delicate watermelon pink, and with subtle aromas of cherries, strawberries and flower petals. Persistent, uniform bubbles and zesty acidity provide an uplifting palate.


Graham Beck Brut NV

£9.99 (rediced from £14.99)

Made from a blend of new and reserve wines from grapes sourced from Robertson and Stellenbosch, this is a traditional-method sparkling wine that has undergone secondary fermentation and maturation on its lees in bottle for 15-18 months. An inviting nose full of lightly yeasty aromas. The palate offers fresh, gentle lime fruit delivered with a fine mousse, giving the wine a creamy texture on the finish.


Lindauer Special Reserve NV New Zealand

£9.99 (reduced from £14.99)

Released in 1996, Special Reserve was created to reflect the style and elegance of New Zealand winemaking. This premium cuvée of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay undergoes secondary fermentation in bottle. A subtle pink colour with copious beads of small bubbles bursting with aromas of ripe peach, nectarine skin and flesh and hints of black-fruit. Very creamy on the palate, a toasty, fruity and clean finish


33% OFF CHARDONNAY (Feb pick n mix)Date published: 04/02/14

DB Reserve Chardonnay 2011 De Bortoli, South Eastern Australia

£6.66 (reduced from £9.99)

Now in its third generation of family ownership, De Bortoli was established in 1928 by Italian immigrants Vittorio and Guiseppina De Bortoli. Today, they make a wide range of wines from their extensive vineyards throughout Yarra, Hunter Valley and Riverina. A lightly oaked Chardonnay, this wine is well rounded and approachable. Aromas are of fresh peach and citrus, with soft touches of vanilla and almond. A middleweight palate with a lush texture.


Santa Rita Medalla Real Chardonnay 2012 Leyda Valley

£7.99 (reduced from £11.99)

Sourced mainly from the Limarí Valley, the northernmost vineyard district in Chile. Although closer to the equator, the valley is efficiently cooled by sea breezes, due to its east-west orientation. This Chardonnay is barrel fermented and undergoes regular lees stirring. Bright golden in colour, with a faint green tint. The nose offers good ripeness, with citrus aromas turning to a softer, more apple and stone fruit character. Weighty and creamy on the palate.


Errazuriz Chardonnay 2012 Casablanca Valley

£6.66 (reduced from £9.99)

La Escultura Estate is a vineyard that receives the benefits from a coastal influence that moderates temperatures throughout the year. Cool maritime breezes allow a long and gentle ripening period that encourages the development of grape aromas and flavours. Good aromatic intensity with fresh pineapple, mandarin orange, and papaya, along with stewed pears, and toasted notes that add complexity to the wine.


Chardonnay Saint Roch 2012 Puy de Dome

£7.99 (reduced from £9.99)

This wine comes from a specific parcel of vines located to the south of Clermont-Ferrand at 570m above sea level; possibly the highest vineyard in the Auvergne. Fermented in a single tank, in which the wine remains for a total of 15 months, maturing on its lees. A tightly structured unoaked Chardonnay, displaying soft-edged acidity and citrus fruit character, intriguingly nutty complexity and a profound minerality.


Paul Mas Chardonnay 2013 PGI Pays d'Oc

£5.99 (reduced from £8.99)

is is a great quality Chardonnay from Domaines Paul Mas, one of the greatest modern domaines in the Languedoc. 20% of this wine is fermented in American oak barrels and the remainder in stainless steel, for a great balance of flavour and textural characteristics. A bright golden wine, offering aromas of pineapple, quince, hazelnuts and subtle toasted bread notes. Soft on the palate, with good acidity in the background and a persistent finish.

33% OFF SAUVIGNON BLANC! (Feb pick n mix)Date published: 04/02/14

Our February deals have begun, including 33% off a great selection of white wine.


Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough

£6.66 (reduced from £9.99)

One of New Zealand's most iconic and well-known wineries, Montana is also its largest wine company. Without Montana, New Zealand wines as we know them would barely appear on the world wine map. Producing wines that typify the Kiwi style and showcase their place of origin. New Zealand in a glass...vibrant and lifted aromas of ripe tropical fruits and gooseberry. Bracing acidity is tempered by concentrated green fruits, citrus and hints of grass with a reviving fresh finish. Drinking at its best now as either as an apéritif or with lemon chicken, Thai spices, fresh fish or seafood.


Santa Ana Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Mendoza

£5.99 (reduced from £8.99)

Award-winning Sauvignon Blanc from one of Argentina's best-known wineries, located in the high-altitude vineyard area of the Mendoza River. Hand-harvested, the grapes are destemmed and crushed before they are fermented at a cool 15ºC for a pure Sauvignon experience. Bright lemon yellow with the greenish tint of youth, this is a fresh, crisp and citrus-led wine. Soft-edged tropical notes and herb nuances linger in the background.


Rustenberg Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Western Cape 

£8.65 (reduced from £12.99)

This Sauvignon Blanc has echoes of white Bordeaux, with its 5% Semillon adding a streak of complexity and additional body to the blend. Free-run and gently pressed juice is used to minimise the presence of bitter tannins, and 2-3 months' lees ageing adds to the texture. Aromas of green peppers, asparagus and gooseberry fill the nose, while the palate displays a riper character, with underlying pineapple and passionfruit notes providing a layered feel.

Ondine Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Darling, Western Cape
£5.99 (reduced from £8.99)
The Western Cape's sub-region of Darling is characterised by ancient granite soils, coupled with a maritime climate, with vineyards located as little as 5km from the coast. This enables the vines to be grown without irrigation, and naturally promotes a cool climate style. Highly aromatic, with intense asparagus, grass and guava notes providing a captivating bouquet. The palate is a delicate mix of citrus fruit and mineral texture.


Where are you on our Love Scale?Date published: 04/02/14

How Much Do You Love Her??

Use our official 'Love Scale' to pick the perfect wine for Valentines 

(Its on the 14th remember?)


Love rating 1 – 25/100

Like an old pair of slippers, fondness and comfort.

Codorniu Rosado

£6.66 (down from £9.99)

Light and pure, with citrus fruit and hints of strawberry and raspberry fruit, this wine is light and refreshing on the palate with a clean and refreshing finish


Love rating 26-50/100

Going Steady, show her you haven't forgotten.

Raboso Rosado, Corte Alta

£8.49 (down from £10.49)

An elegant and intense bouquet, dry and soft and with fresh peach and red berry flavours on the palate and a round and full-bodied structure.


Love rating 51-75/100

Out to impress but on a budget? Lost an argument and have some making up to do?

Graham Beck Brut Rose

£10.99 (down from £14.99)

Pale silvery pink, with aromas of raspberry and cherry, with some subtle mineral hints. Bright acidity and fine mousse balance well with the ripeness of the crushed berry flavours.


Love rating 76-100/100

Wedding ring in the glass of champagne time? 

Perrier Jouet Blason Rose

£29.98 (down from £45.00)

An intense, luminous colour of salmon pink, with coppery highlights. Elegant aromas of raspberries, wild strawberries and rose petals are in abundance. This superb rosé can be enjoyed with fresh fruit desserts or on its own as an apéritif.


Disclaimer: Majestic Wine Ayr accept no responsibility for arguments, accidental proposals or babies born on September 14th.

We love the Malbec, We Do! Oh, Malbec we love you!Date published: 04/02/14

Wines Of Argentina Tasting Week

Fri 7th – Thurs 13th Feb

Argentina has become so famous for its Malbec that it is often easy to overlook some of its other fantastic wines. Well know grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay also thrive in Argentina, along with more unusual grapes like Tannat and the indigenous Torrontes. We will have a selection open to sample all week on out tasting counter.

Malbec Wars!

From Thursday to Saturday we want to find out which £5.99 - £7.99 is king, but we need your votes! Taste and compare all three and pop you vote in our ballet box on the tasting counter, results will be revealed at the start of the week!

Martin's Choice: Callia Bella Malbec - £7.99 (reduced from £8.99)

A sumptuous deep purple colour that you will want to dive into with wild berry and baking spice aromas. Full bodied with luscious tannin, smooth texture and ripe dark fruit on the palate. Perfect for red meat – rare steak please - cheese or a delicious indulgence on its own.

Ryan's Choice: Alamos Malbec - £6.66 (reduced from £9.99)

While being full-bodied and full of flavours of raisins and blackberries, Alamos' strength is that it retains excellent balance and doesn't go too over the top in any department; something other Malbecs can be all too guilty of. Though it pairs well with the usual Malbec food matches, smooth tannins make it perfect for drinking on its own.

Jamie's Choice: Santa Ana Malbec - £5.99 (recuced from £8.99)

Great value Malbec from Bodegas Santa Ana, one of Argentina's oldest wineries, founded in 1891 By Italian wine pioneer Luis Tirasso. This is their benchmark Malbec, which offers great value and has previously been the recipient of several IWSC awards. Lively ruby colour with the violet hues that typify this grape. Plum and cherry characters predominate on both nose and palate. Medium-bodied, with supple tannins and a pleasantly soft finish.


Fine Wine Of The MonthDate published: 01/02/14

Fine Wine Of The Month - Open to taste Friday 7th Feb

Tautavel Hommage aux Vignerons 

Gerard Bertrand, 2010, Côtes du Roussillon Villages

£19.99

Tautavel is a small town to the north of Perpignan, sandwiched between the Mediterranean sea and the Pyrenees. It is home to The European Centre for Prehistoric Research. Tautavel Man, an early homonid and some of the oldest human remains in Europe, was found in Caune de l'Arago, a cave in the commune. In wine making terms Tautavel is noted for wines of higher quality than much of the surrounding Côtes du Rousillon, it has been chosen by Gérard Bertrand (top wine maker and ex-French international rugby player) as the source of this prestige cuvée.

Bertand prides himself on finding the very best sites and cultivating top quality grapes that capture the very best the area has to offer. Tautavel Hommage aux Vignerons is an truly expressive Grenache, beautifully deep and inky, with a complex nose of ripe raspberry and loganberry, and hints of vanilla and wild herbs. Rich and opulent in texture, with a lingering, liquorice-like finish.


Last weekend of winter offers!Date published: 01/02/14

Monday is the last day of our winter deals, so there is still time to stock up on some of your favorite wines!

Mâcon-Villages Blanc 'Les Pierres Blanches' 2012 Cave de Lugny

£6.99 down from £8.99

Situated in the heart of the Mâconnais, Cave de Lugny produces great value white Burgundy from its 1,450 hectares of vineyards and is the third largest producer in Burgundy, producing in excess of 6 million bottles per annum. Pale lemon coloured, with citrus and apple notes, hint of blossom and faint traces of butter. Apple and citrus predominate on the palate along with a hint of pear, finishing on a lovely mineral streak.

An easy-drinking White Burgundy, enjoyable now and over the next 18 months. Enjoy with butternut squash and roast garlic soup. Also great with chicken and seafood.

The Ned Waihopai River Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough

£7.99 down form £9.99

The vineyards of The Ned are located on the banks of the Waihopai River and on the southern side of the Wairau Valley. The river runs the length of the 268ha vineyard and is the origin of the shingle-based soil. A nose of nettles and grass leads to generous gooseberry flavours with a smoky herbal twist on the palate. The stony terroir gives the wine a subtle gunflint minerality which delivers extra complexity. Drink now with fresh summer salads, seafood or oriental food.

Rioja Gran Reserva 2006 Berberana

£8.99 down from £14.99

Founded in 1877 the Bodega in Cenicero in the Rioja Alta is now a modern winery, with cellaring facilities housing over 50,000 barrels, and this is where Berberana Gran Reserva is matured for a minimum 3 years in American oak cask and a further 3 years in bottle. Ruby red colour with tawny hues. Subtle aromas of ripe dark cherries and strawberries. Smooth and full-bodied palate, with luscious fruit laced with vanilla, cloves and dried fruits. Roast meats, pastas, tomato dishes, barbecued lamb and game.

Bollinger Special Cuvée NV

£30.00 down from £45.00

Bollinger is made from first-run juice only, and the majority of vineyards used have Premier and Grand Cru status, resulting in a full-bodied Champagne of great class. Delightful pale gold in colour, the mousse is light and persistent.


New cider in stock: Burrow HillDate published: 27/01/14

We're now stocking Burrow Hill Cider, £18 per case of 8x500ml bottles! Quality, dry and delicate cider from the Somerset Cider Brandy company.

Burrow Hill Cider consistently rates as one of the best (and often the very best) cider in the UK. It features on the lists of many Michelin starred restaurants, and on the shelves of Harvey Nichols and Harrods. Owner, Julian Temperley, (who has featured on River Cottage and Rick Stein shows) is an out-spoken traditionalist with no interest in selling his cider through major supermarkets. All the apples are home grown on 160 acres of orchards, and are then pressed and blended in a very traditional, medium/dry style. In the world of increasingly commercial and flavoured ciders of varying quality and heritage – Burrow Hill Farm stands out for flying the flag of quality led, artisan cider and we are very pleased to offer them to our customers.

Wine of the WeekDate published: 26/01/14

Tournelles Voluptabilis 2010 AOC Buzet

Origin

This wine is the 'second wine' of Château Tournelles, and is a blend of the most common red Bordeaux varieties with around 15% Malbec. Located in Calignac in the small appellation of Buzet, the estate enjoys a great position overlooking the Garonne Valley.

Taste

A voluptuous, well-structured, medium-to-full-bodied and approachable red, offering a wealth of blackcurrant and summer berry flavour, surrounded by rounded tannins for a pleasing sense of weight.

Was £9.99, now £6.99

Delivery!Date published: 25/01/14

Almost every order we send, delivery is FREE! One of the many free Majestic services for our customers, our delivery service in unique.

Not only is delivery for most orders free, they're fulfilled by the local Majestic store team in their very own Majestic van. We deal with your order from the moment you've clicked the big red 'Place Order' button to the moment we deliver - and all at a time that's convenient to you, including evening and weekends.

We'll contact you within 24 hours to confirm the details, and usually arrange a 2-hour window for delivery. We're flexible enough to cater for most special requests - you can use the checkbox labelled 'I would like to enter delivery instructions' on the online checkout to include a message for us with your order.

We turn around many orders within a day or two, although in some areas this may be longer (a maximum of 7 days).

You can add cases of beer, water and soft drinks to your wine order, and when you get to the checkout you can take advantage of our free glass loan, chiller bin loan and order cubed ice (although we can't deliver orders for just these products).


Party Planner!Date published: 25/01/14

At Majestic, we've been helping our customers plan successful parties for years. Our online Party Planning Guide is a distillation of this knowledge, created to ensure that you have all the ingredients you need to throw a fantastic party - whether it's a casual drinks bash or a full-scale wedding.

First Things First

You need to decide how many guests you are inviting and the budget you'll be working to – then you can decide on your venue.

If you're holding your 'do' at home, will you need additional seating or tables? Will you need to hire a marquee? Alternatively, if you're hiring a venue it's worth finding out if you can take your own wines and pay a corkage fee.


Champagne and Sparkling Wine

If it's a special occasion, or you want to get your celebrations started with a swing, you can't beat a glass of fizz. At Majestic we're real sparkling specialists and always include a wide range of fantastic fizzes on amazing offers. A standard sized bottle of Champagne or sparkling wine (75cl) will provide 6 flutes. For a wedding reception or toast you'll need 2-3 glasses per person. So for 100 guests you'll need at least 100 x 2 glasses = 200 flutes, or 34 bottles.

Consider using a big-name Champagne for toasts and a more cost-effective, great tasting sparkling wine for further drinking. It's always difficult to know how much alcohol you'll need for an event, so it's worth remembering that Majestic offer a sale-or-return option – meaning you needn't be stuck with any excess.


Wine


Whether you're doing drinks with the neighbours or running a large-scale fundraising event, getting the right quantity of the right wine is crucial. As a general rule, allow half a bottle per person then add a margin for safety.

A standard sized bottle of wine (75cl) will provide 6 small wine glasses (125ml). So one case of wine (12 bottles) will provide 72 glasses. So for 100 guests you'll need 100 x 3 glasses = 300 glasses, or 50 bottles.

Preferences for red and white wines are usually evenly split, but be aware of seasonal variations (warmer weather = more white than red, and vice versa) and don't forget about rosé!

It's often worth considering the corkage option when hiring a venue for a wedding or similar function – with Majestic's great range and prices you can often improve on the venue's house wines and save money. For example, if a house wine costs £17 a bottle but corkage would be £10 a bottle, you can spend up to £7 a bottle at Majestic – and almost certainly improve the quality of the wine you offer.

Make sure you are ordering the right wine by organising a tasting before you order. At Majestic we have an extensive range of wines open to taste on our tasting counters, and can often open specific bottles on request.


Beer, Cider & SpiritsBeers & Ciders


At Majestic we have a wide range of Lagers, Ales and Ciders available, all by the case. A case of lager generally comprises either 12 or 24 x 33cl bottles (just over half a pint per bottle) although popular brands may come in 27.5cl. 

Bottled ales, bitters and ciders usually come in packs of 12 x 50cl bottles (just under a pint a bottle) and at Majestic we take pride in our large and carefully chosen range of Great British beers.


Spirits

Serving spirits can be labour-intensive, but at Majestic we try and make things easy. We stock a good range of mainline and speciality spirits from around the world, as well as quality mixers fromSchweppes, Coca-Cola and Fever Tree. 


Soft Drinks & Water

Soft drinks are often an afterthought but they can be extremely important. You'll need soft drinks for mixers, as well as for drivers, non-drinkers and younger guests. Schweppes, Coca-Cola, sparkling water, lemonade, orange juice and tonic water are must-haves, but you could also consider a grown-up alternative like cranberry juice or sparkling elderflower.

For all-day functions like weddings, you should allow at least half a litre of water per person. It's a good idea to alternate soft drinks or water with each alcoholic drink. Over the course of an evening you and your guests can consume more than you realise.


Free Glass Loan

You'll always get through more glasses than you expect! The Majestic Free Glass Loan service includes wine glasses, flutes, hi-ball tumblers and pint glasses.

All we ask for is a £1-a-glass deposit, payable in advance, and that the glasses are returned to us clean and ready for re-use. The deposit is fully refundable – all you pay for is breakages. And since you have paid a deposit, there's no time limit in which you have to return them.

You can request glasses when you order online - just follow the instructions on the trolley page. Choose the 'I would like free glass loan' option and entering how many multiples of 12 wine glasses, flutes or hi-ball tumblers you'd like. The £1 per glass deposit is added to your online order.

When you're done with the glasses, you'll need to take them to the Majestic store that delivered them (or that you collected from) - unfortunately we are not able to offer a collection service for glasses. If paying the deposit by debit or credit card you will need to bring the card with you when returning the glasses. All we ask is that the glasses are returned to us clean and ready to re-use - the good news is they are dishwasher-safe so there's no need to wash them all by hand! A deduction of £1 per glass will be made to cover any breakages or losses.


Ice, Chiller Bins & Ice Buckets

It's important to plan how you're going to keep your drinks chilled. Majestic chiller bins hold 18-24 bottles of wine or Champagne or 2-3 cases (48-72 bottles) of lager when filled with ice and water. Filled with 3-4 bags of ice, drinks will be well chilled in 30-45 minutes and will be kept cold for several hours especially if kept in the shade. These are available on a £15-a-bin deposit basis, refunded in full on return. You can add these to your online order on the trolley page.

Alternatively, for a more formal affair try our table-top ice buckets which are available to purchase or hire for £10 – these hold 4-5 bottles of Champagne, wine or water with 1 bag of ice.

Don't forget that we also sell bags of ice that we can deliver with the rest of your drinks.


Free Delivery

Majestic offer FREE home delivery, 7 days a week, arranged at a convenient time. Deliveries are fulfilled by your local store (or by the store nearest your venue) so you're always dealing with the same store team you placed your order with.

If you're ordering for a large party it may be worth organising delivery a few days in advance to allow for late additions/changes to the guest list – but be aware that if you're ordering ice you'll need somewhere to store it until the big day.

Free delivery applies to orders of 6 bottles of wine or more anywhere in mainland UK. Delivery to the Isle of Man and Northern Ireland attract a delivery charge. Unfortunately we cannot offer delivery to the Channel Islands or destinations outside the UK.


Sale-or-return

It's always difficult to know exactly how much to provide for a party or event and you certainly don't want to run out. Our staff will be happy to offer advice on quantities but to put your mind at ease we also provide a sale-or-return policy.

All we ask is that you arrange sale-or-return in advance when you are placing your order and that everything comes back in a saleable condition – we cannot refund bottles with labels peeled off by chilling, or beer in opened or incomplete cases.

We do not collect leftovers or hire glasses so you will be responsible for returning them to your local store.

Sale-or-return is at your local store managers' discretion, and enquiries about sale-or-return on very large orders should be made to your local store.



Fine Wine Friday!Date published: 24/01/14

Today we are opening The Chocolate Block from Boukenhoutskloof, Western Cape, South Aftrica. At £22 reduced form £27.00 this is is serious wine, full bodied and intense, perfect to stand alongside the Great Chieftain of the Puddin' Race!


Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face,
Great chieftain o' the puddin-race!
Aboon them a' ye tak your place,
Painch, tripe, or thairm:
Weel are ye wordy o' a grace
As lang's my arm.


An exciting blend of 5 grape varieties (Syrah, Grenache, Cab. Sauvignon, Cinsault, Viognier), from innovative winemaker Marc Kent. Dominated by around 67% Syrah, the grapes come from several specially selected blocks of vines on Boukenhoutskoloof's estate, fermented and aged for up to 18 months in old French oak. An earthy, rustic nose gives up aromas of leather, earth and spices over a backdrop of blackcurrant and ripe raspberry fruit. Harmonious and powerful on the palate, with a cocoa and pepper complexity.


Our 1939 Burns SupperDate published: 22/01/14

This is a selection a verses from a poem I have recently found by my grandfather, written in 1939 for Airdrie Golf Club's Burns Supper. To celebrate Robert Burns we will be opening wines over the weekend that we think are the perfect match for Haggis including The Chocolate Block, which we will open for Fine Wine Friday!


Our 1939 Burns Supper

J. R. Benson


September is the usual month

When first Committee meet

And Ways and means are well discussed

The 25th to keep.


But last year we were somewhat late

In getting plans arranged

For Hitler’s aims and Musso’s claims

Had everyone deranged.


But after Neville’s final flight

We knew that peace had come,

And so with hope renewed we met

And things began to hum.


And soon we got together a list

Of speeches, song and banter,

So that ye micht enjoy the nicht

As well as Tam O’Shanter


The Date is fixed and then I’m told

To get in touch with Austin

And see if they’ll purvey this year

At last years costin’.


And then twa men we need to sing

Some songs the heart to cheer

And one to read a verse or two

While you enjoy your beer.


I next must write the Chamberlain

The Licence Rules to alter

And get permission for the night

To keep off drinking water


That day of days has now arrived

The Poets anniversary

And with it gather in this hall

A real distinguished company.


At seven o’clock the pipes strike up

Aloft we go to dine

The inner man to stoke with fuel

Until it’s nearly nine.


Some start wi’ cockie leekie

And some we soup that’s clear

Then wait th’ arrival of the dish

They taste just once a year.


And soon a long shrill note is hear,

The Royal and Ancient enters,

On Piper Allan at its head

All our attention centres.


We once again resume our seats

The supper must go on.

Some want to taste the Ashet Pie

And some the Roast Sirloin.


And then onto the sweets we go

And coffee white or black,

And soon we may adjourn downstairs

To gather for a crack.


I look my watch, it’s nearly nine

We’re due to start again,

We’ve near twelve speeches to get through,

All from distinguished men.


The president is called to rise,

The evenings Toast to give,

“The Immortal Memory of Robert Burns,”

Whose works will ever live.


Each year my evening’s fairly spoiled

By keeping strictly sober,

I’ve got to wait until this Toast

To me is nicely over


To-night it’s been a privilege

To hear our good Assessor.

His New Year wish, I’m told is this –

“May Income Tax grow lesser.”


And when this rhyme of mine is o’er.

The Dean of Guild will rise.

To thank the Chairman and Croupier,

And wait for their replies.


And after that we’ll sing “Land Syne,”

And wander doon the stair.

And find our way home best we can,

Not much the worse o’ wear.


And may ye chirpy rise the morn

We’ heid as clear’s a bell

And tell your wife in sober truth

That Burns’ nicht went well.


Bargain Hunt updateDate published: 20/01/14

With Bargain Hunt stocks now running low, here's the highlights of the remaining bargains:


Trichard Chenas - £7.99 (from £11.99)

Jean-François Trichard comes from a family of winemakers, and took over the running of his father George's estate. Of the ten 'cru' villages of Beaujolais, Chenas is the smallest. It is also known for producing one of the fuller-bodied styles of wine from this region. A typical Beaujolais nose of red cherries and raspberries, with subtle leafy, herbaceous and floral notes. Ripe and well-proportioned on the palate, which melds fresh acidity with ample tannins.


McGuigan 'The Shortlist' Riesling - £9.99 (from £14.99)

Eden Valley offers a cooler climate than the neighbouring Barossa Valley, making it ideal for growing white grapes, and Riesling has become one of the region's favourites. This is a single-vineyard example from the multi award-winning McGuigan winery. A fresh, crisp and mouthwateringly dry wine, displaying a citrus backbone and a floral bouquet. With good intensity and length on the palate, and a lime-zest character to the fruit.


Thelema Sauvignon Blanc - £11.66 (from £17.49)

The Thelema Estate enjoys the perfect location of being on the slopes of the Simonsberg mountains in Stellenbosch where it has the cool temperatures and excellent soil essential for production of the high quality wines for which Thelema is so famous. An uplifting and refreshing wine with pungent fruit aromas, lovely fresh melon and grapefruit flavours, with a full, grassy palate and a good level of crisp acidity, all in perfect balance.


Ata Rangi Sauvignon Blanc - £12.49 (from £18.74)

Clive Paton first planted vines in his 12 acre paddock in 1980, making him one of Martinborough's winemaking pioneers. His estate now includes plots throughout the Wairarapa area. Ata Rangi has been frequently awarded and is ranked as one of New Zealand's best wineries. 10% of this wine is fermented in 3-year-old oak, which adds an intriguing layer of complexity. A gooseberry and grapefruit backbone, with passionfruit, pear and honeysuckle notes, and a fine texture.


We have a few odd bottles of other wines left as well, but hurry, they're all selling fast !

Wine of the WeekDate published: 19/01/14

Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc, 2013

Brancott Estate is one of New Zealand's most iconic, and best-known wineries. This Sauvignon Blanc has lots of citrussy and tropical aromas, with a crisp acidity and tastes of green apples with a hint of pineapple. Try it with lemon chicken or seafood. 

Was £8.74, now £6.99

Now open for you to try on the tasting counter!    

Featured beer: Pilsner UrquellDate published: 17/01/14

We've a great deal on Pilsner Urquell just now, with a case of 24x330ml bottles coming in at £24! However, we can't mention this great beer without including it's impressive heritage..

Known locally as Plzeňský Prazdroj (although more widely known by its German name), Pilsner Urquell is a bottom-fermented beer produced since 1842 in Pilsen, part of today's Czech Republic. It is more strongly hopped than most pilsner beers. Saaz hops, a noble hop variety, are a key element in its flavour profile, as are the use of soft water and fire-brewing. As the name suggests, ("Urquell" in German or "Prazdroj" in Czech both mean "the ancient source") it is the original pilsner and first pale lager beer. It is characterised by its golden colour and clarity and was immensely successful – nine out of ten beers produced and consumed in the world are derived from the original Pilsen beer. Before 1840, the standard beer in Bohemia was top-fermented and characterized by a dark colour, turbidity, and inconsistent quality. Pilsen burghers had not found this satisfying and the Pilsen city council ordered 36 casks to be dumped. They invested in a new, state-of-the art brewery and commissioned Josef Groll, a Bavarian brewer, to develop a better beer. On 5 October 1842, Groll had an entirely new mash ready and on 11 November 1842, the new beer was first served at the feast of Saint Martin markets.

Still to this day remaining faithful to the original brewing recipe, Pilsner Urquell has a rich, full taste consisting of 21 different taste notes, much more than other premium beers, enabled only through the unique triple decoction brewing process using direct flame and the finest ingredients local to Pilsen.

Take advantage of our offer and see for yourself why this beer has stood the test of time !


South Of France Tasting WeekendDate published: 16/01/14

South Of France Tasting Week!

From Friday 17th – Monday 20th we will be celebrating wine making in the South Of France by opening a selection on wines from different grape varieties and areas. On Saturday at 3pm we will also run a short 30 min free tutorial at our tasting counter. In the words of Del Boy – Mange Tout!


Domaine de Montval Syrah 2012 PGI Pays du Gard

£6.99 (down from £9.99)

The Pays du Gard is an area to the southern end of the Rhône Valley, nestling between Côtes du Rhône and the Languedoc, a location reflected in its wine styles. This wine is therefore a supple, Mediterranean-influenced take on the classic Rhône red. A softly textured, ripe, plush Syrah full of blackcurrant and cherry fruit. Bolstered by hints of pepper and dark cocoa, the wine is nicely balanced, with a subtly saline finish.


Château de Triniac 2011 Côtes du Roussillon Villages

£6.99 (down from £9.99)

Côtes du Roussillon is one of France's richest terroirs, possessing long sunshine hours, varied soil types, and the cooling effects of altitude and the Mediterranean. The varieties in this wine are vinified separately, to bring their individual characters to the blend. Jammy cherry aromas dominate the nose, with hints of violet, raspberry and and pepper adding a heady complexity. Powerful, vibrant and spicy on the palate, with plenty of body.


Les Hauts de Montluzy 2011 Fitou

£6.99 (down from £7.99)

Mont Tauch is Fitou’s leading producer where the wines have been described as “natural, bold and bursting with wicked, breathless excitement.” This is a fantastic value introduction to the style of Fitou, an appellation of two enclaves in Corbières. A bouquet of red fruits, spices and wild herbs, with a rich core of savoury black fruit on the palate.


Grand Ardèche Chardonnay 2011 Louis Latour

£9.99 (down from £10.99)

The climate in the Ardèche, to the west of Rhône, certainly suits Chardonnay. Couple this terroir with Louis Latour's Burgundian expertise and the result is in the style of Meursault. It is treated as if it were grown in one of the Grand Cru vineyards of the Côte-d’Or. Yellow-green in colour, with a subtle nose of vanilla. On the palate there are ripe apple and peach fruits with a nutty, buttery creamy texture and notes of vanilla and spice. A powerful and complex wine.


Bordière Nord Marsanne Viognier 2012 PGI Pays d'Oc

£6.49 (down from £7.99)

Another great value wine from LGI's collection, made by Alain Grignon's small winemaking team, from grapes sourced from a number of producers across the south of France. This is a Languedoc interpretation of a classic white Rhône blend An invitingly aromatic wine, with a nose of citrus fruits, honeysuckle and stem ginger. The palate is a mix of yellow apple, apricot and white peach flavours, with a rounded texture.


L'Instant Passion Sauvignon Blanc 2012 PGI Côtes de Gascogne

£6.99 (down from £9.99)

This wine comes from several selected vineyard sites across the Côtes de Gascogne, and is vinified by Rigal, one of the region's most well-established producers, founded in 1755. The name refers to passion fruit, one of the noted characteristics of Sauvignon Blanc. An invitingly fresh nose of grapefruit, tinged with subtle grassy aromas and softer, more tropical fruit notes. Elegant and crisp, the palate is awash with refreshing citrus character.


Wine Producer of the WeekDate published: 12/01/14

Louis Felipe Edwards bought his first vineyard in the Colchagua Valley in 1976, a 60 hectare plot of land known as the Fundo San José estate. Almost 30 years later, this has now grown to become the largest family-owned winery in Chile, with the head wine-maker now being Nicolas Bizzarri. Louis Felipe Edwards (LFE) is now in fact producing over 1 million cases a year, exporting to over 40 countries. To put that into perspective, 1 million cases works out to be around 4.5 million litres of wine (if every bottle is around 75cl). Thats almost enough to fill 2 Olympic sized swimming pools full of wine (or enough for an exceptional party).

The Colchagua Valley was named “World's Best Wine Region 2005” by Wine Enthusiast, and is renowned for its full bodied Malbecs, Cabernet Sauvignons, Carmeneres and Syrahs. Located 180 km south of Santiago, the climate is consistently Mediterranean like much of Chile's wine regions. The Pacific Ocean however often brings cooler air over the valleys. The region is also characterized by steep slopes with well drained granite soils, in addition to clay and sand which is ideally suited to the varieties that grown there.

Wines from Louis Felipe Edwards are consistently excellent quality and fantastic for their prices, which makes LFE our wine producer of the week. We currently have two wines from this producer open for you to try on the tasting counter:

Mountain View Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Taste:

Fruity flavours of plum and blackcurrant. Easy-going tannins helps to make this a wine that is easy to drink.

Mountain View Chardonnay 2012


Taste:

Fresh and clean, with the typical apple and citrus fruit giving way to a softer, peachier, almost tropical flavour. Refreshing and easy to drink, with a soft-edged acidic lift.

Come and explore!


Wine of the Week!Date published: 11/01/14

Chenas 2011, Jean-François Trichard, Beaujolais

A great example of a Beaujolais, with a fragrant nose of raspberries and cherries, and herbaceous with a hint of blackcurrant to the taste. Fresh acidity and moderate tannins makes this a very easy wine to drink, and would go down well with a cheeseboard.

Was £11.99, now £7.99 in the Majestic Wine Bargain Hunt!

Now open for you to try on the tasting counter, along with many other fantastic wines for you to try!


New Wines on the Tasting Counter!Date published: 10/01/14

Next time you pop into the store, why not try a couple of the new wines on our tasting counter? We're always on hand to guide you to something that is right for your palate and your pocket. Its also a great way to discover new wines which you may not have tried before. Best of all, this is a completely free service so why not make the most of it?

New wines on the counter from today:

Yalumba Bush Vine Grenache, 2012, Barossa Valley, £10.99

Taste:

A juicy Grenache, with flavours of cherries and blackcurrant.

Chenas 2011, Jean-François Trichard, Beaujolais, £7.99

Taste:

A typical, easy drinking Beaujolais with moderate tannins. Distinct taste of raspberries and cherries, with a bit of spice. 

Matua Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Marlborough

Taste:

A great tasting Sauvignon Blanc, with a mix of apple and passion fruit flavours and a refreshing acidity.


Don't forget we also do special themed tasting weekends, wine courses and tasting evenings. Check our 'Store Events' page for the latest dates and to RSVP.

South of France Tasting WeekendDate published: 10/01/14

17 January 2014 - 20 January 2014

Fancy learning a bit more about wines from the South of France? Well your in luck! Next weekend we will be cracking open some bottles from all over the region for you to try. We will have some classics from Corbieres and Languedoc alongside some other interesting new wines open to taste all weekend. In addition, on Saturday afternoon at 3 PM we will also be running a short tutorial. This will be a great opportunity for you to interrogate us on any burning questions you may have. See you there! 

Berberana Gran Reserva only £8.99!Date published: 09/01/14

Starting to think about what to drink with your Sunday roast? We have the perfect match...Berberana Gran Reserva is currently only £8.99 reduced from £14.99! 

Founded in 1877 the Bodega in Cenicero in the Rioja Alta is now a modern winery, with cellaring facilities housing over 50,000 barrels, and this is where Berberana Gran Reserva is matured for a minimum 3 years in American oak cask and a further 3 years in bottle. Ruby red colour with tawny hues. Subtle aromas of ripe dark cherries and strawberries. Smooth and full-bodied palate, with luscious fruit laced with vanilla, cloves and dried fruits.


Brancott Sauvignon Blanc Only £6.99Date published: 08/01/14

Great deal on Brancott Sauvignon Blanc - only £6.99 down from £8.74

Origin

One of New Zealand's most iconic and well-known wineries, Montana is also its largest wine company. Without Montana, New Zealand wines as we know them would barely appear on the world wine map. Producing wines that typify the Kiwi style and showcase their place of origin.

Taste

New Zealand in a glass...vibrant and lifted aromas of ripe tropical fruits and gooseberry. Bracing acidity is tempered by concentrated green fruits, citrus and hints of grass with a reviving fresh finish.


Run out of Wine?Date published: 07/01/14

Have you run out of wine now the festive season is over? Don't panic, your local Majestic Wine at Ayr is on hand! Did you know that we deliver free of charge on all orders over £40.00?

The annual Bargain Hunt promotion has also now started, with great discounts on end of line wines. Click above to see our range. Get them before their gone! 

Fine Wine of the MonthDate published: 07/01/14

The Chocolate Block 

Origin: 

An exciting blend of 5 grape varieties, from innovative winemaker Marc Kent. Dominated by around 67% Syrah, the grapes come from several specially selected blocks of vines on Boukenhoutskoloof's estate, fermented and aged for up to 18 months in old French oak. 

Taste:

An earthy, rustic nose gives up aromas of leather, earth and spices over a backdrop of blackcurrant and ripe raspberry fruit. Harmonious and powerful on the palate, with a cocoa and pepper complexity. Would be well matched with spice-rubbed steaks, roast rib of beef, or game dishes. 

was £27.00, now only £22.00

Open for you to try from Friday 24th January!

Wine of the Week!Date published: 04/01/14

Les Hautes Roches 2009, Medoc

A typical left-bank Bordeaux wine, with aromas and a matching taste of blackcurrants and cherries. A hint of smoke is also present, with moderate tannins.

Was £9.99, now £6.66 in the Majestic Wine Bargain Hunt

Bargain Hunt!Date published: 03/01/14

The January Majestic Wine Bargain Hunt has begun! Even better deals on a great selection of bin ended wines to choose from, but you have to be quick, once they are gone the are gone! 


La Plata Sauvignon Blanc, Mendoza, Argentina

Only £4.66 down from £6.99

The cool mountainous climate, lengthy sunshine hours and rocky, well-drained soils of the Andes endow Mendoza with a sound basis for growing vibrant and intensely flavoured whites such as this Sauvignon. Flavours are maximised by cool fermentation in steel vats. A pale green-tinged lemon yellow, with a nose of melon, lime and mango. Dry and crisp, the palate is awash with ripe grapefruit flavour, providing a long, refreshing finish.

Argento Chardonnay 2012 Mendoza

Only £6.00 down from £8.99

Argento means silver in Latin and is often used in Argentina to refer to a thing or a person that is quintessentially Argentine, like this Chardonnay. Produced in the high vineyards of Tupungato and Agrelo, it has enjoyed optimum sunshine and excellent terroir. A light gold in colour exuding apples, peach and pineapple fruits with enticing hints of vanilla and spice. A bright crisp acidity lends a clean and refreshing finish.


Les Hautes Roches 2009 Médoc

Only £6.66 down from £9.99

Patrice Calvet is a UK wine agency specialising in the sourcing of great value wines from lesser-known estates, and creation of its own blends, particularly from Bordeaux. This is a Médoc-sourced wine obtained as a special one-off parcel. A straightforward and approachable claret, ruby in colour, with a middleweight feel. Centring on youthful, ripe blackcurrant flavour, there is also a savoury, smoky streak and involving tannins.


Anakena 'Tama' Vineyard Selection Syrah 2011 Colchagua Valley

Only £6.66 down from £9.99

Anakena's single-vineyard wines are from specific plots, chosen for producing wines with specific varietal characters. They have also been certified as carbon-neutral, having produced, bottled, labelled and transported using sustainable methods and materials. A generous nose of currants, loganberry and raspberry tarts, with faint suggestions of smoke, dark chocolate and violets. Thick and juicy palate fruit, with moderate tannins and a supple texture.

Chenas 2011 Jean-François Trichard

Only £7.99 down from £11.99 

 Jean-François Trichard comes from a family of winemakers, and took over the running of his father George's estate. Of the ten 'cru' villages of Beaujolais, Chenas is the smallest. It is also known for producing one of the fuller-bodied styles of wine from this region. A typical Beaujolais nose of red cherries and raspberries, with subtle leafy, herbaceous and floral notes. Ripe and well-proportioned on the palate, which melds fresh acidity with ample tannins.


The Shortlist Riesling 2005 McGuigan, Eden Valley

Only £9.99 down from £14.99

Eden Valley offers a cooler climate than the neighbouring Barossa Valley, making it ideal for growing white grapes, and Riesling has become one of the region's favourites. This is a single-vineyard example from the multi-award-winning McGuigan winery. A fresh, crisp and mouthwateringly dry wine, diplaying a citrus backbone and a floral bouquet. With good intensity and length on the palate, and a lime-zest character to the fruit. 

Thelema Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Stellenbosch

Only £11.66 down from £14.99


The Thelema Estate enjoys the perfect location of being on the slopes of the Simonsberg mountains in Stellenbosch where it has the cool temperature’s and excellent soil essential for the production of high quality wines for which Thelema is so famous. An uplifting and refreshing wine with pungent fruit aromas, lovely fresh melon and grapefruit flavours, with a full, grassy palate and a good level of crisp acidity, all in perfect balance. 

Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2012 Margaret River

Only £12.49 down from £18.74

The most noted region of Western Australia, Margaret River, has a cool maritime climate similar to Bordeaux. The pioneering Cape Mentelle winery takes a minimal approach to this blend, allowing the regional character to shine through. Sauvignon Blanc provides herbaceous, green fruit flavours, perfectly complemented by the heady lemon blossom aromas of Semillon.


Special Offers for the New Year!Date published: 29/12/13

Codorníu Selección Raventós NV, Spain

A modern example of Cava from the Catalan region of Spain. Pale lemon golden coloured, with many streams of fine bubbles. 

Citrus aromas with peachy and lemon aromas and a full bodied, vibrant and fruit flavours and crisp mineral acidity.

Was £11.99, now £6.99

Cava Calamino NV, Spain

Parellada is a highly regarded Catalan white grape variety that is synonomous with Cava production. 

Fresh and harmonious, displaying plenty of apple and toast flavours, yet intensely dry and mouth-watering.

Was £8.99, now £5.99

Lindauer Brut Cuvée NV, New Zealand

Produced and owned by Montana, and released in 1981, Lindauer holds the title of New Zealand's most exported wine. 

A fresh and vibrant palate with zingy acidity, crisp citrus fruit characters and a mineral finish.

Was £13.99, now £8.99

Wine of the WeekDate published: 28/12/13

Maison Louis Latour is a highly respected, family run company in Burgundy. This white Burgundy has an aroma of fresh apples, with a palate of citrus fruit, peaches and zesty apples. Perfect on its own, or try it with poultry, pork and/or fresh seafood.

Was £11.99, now £8.99

Christmas Essentials - Port!Date published: 22/12/13

Taylors Late Bottled Vintage - £11.99 down from £14.99

Late Bottled Vintage, or LBV, is the most popular premium Port style representing one in five purchases of Port in the UK. Vintage Port and LBV both present a selection of very fine full bodied red ports from a single year. The fundamental difference between the two styles lies in the way each is matured. Vintage Port is kept in wood for only twenty months or so before being transferred to the bottle where it will continue to age. 

Late Bottled Vintage, as the name suggests, is bottled later, remaining in wood between four and six years. During this relatively long period of wood ageing, an LBV matures and settles down -  it is ready to drink when bottled, does not need to be decanted and can be served by the glass for several weeks after the cork is drawn.

LBV was developed as a high quality but more affordable and immediately drinkable alternative to Vintage port to be enjoyed by the glass on everyday occasions. It was originally created in 1970 by Taylor’s current Chairman, Alistair Robertson. Taylors LBV remains the benchmnark for this style of port.


Tasting Note -

Deep ruby red colour. The nose has rich blackcurrant, strawberry and plum aromas with delicate floral notes. On the palate, the tannins are firm but well integrated and the intense fruity flavours persist into the long finish. This is a complex, multidimensional wine with the classic Taylor elegance, balance and finesse.


Saturday Fizz!Date published: 14/12/13

Today we are opening Heidsieck Gold Top 2007 open to taste today! Great value at £19.99 reduced from £30! perfect for Christmas lunch, not that an excuse is needed! Heidsieck & C° Monopole, now owned by Vranken and Pommery is one of the oldest champagne firms in the Champagne region. This vintage Champagne is soft and rich, with hints of citrus, apple and subtle vanilla. .

Wine Of The WeekDate published: 07/12/13

Wine Of The Week! 

Vinalba Reservado Malbec, Mendoza 2011
This Malbec Reservado, from the Vinalba Estate in the Mendoza, has a fragrant nose of dark fruits, and a complex palate of plums and strawberries, which reflects the high altitudes to which it is grown. Perfect with peppered steak or lamb. 

£7.99 Reduced from £11.99

Saturday Tasting!Date published: 07/12/13

Today we will be opening a selection of our best wines between £10 - £20 to help you pick the perfect wine for your festvities! At 3pm we will be running a short 30 minute tutorial, sampling and rating these wines out of 10. We also have a selection of out best buys from Bordeax open as part of or 'Wine Of Bordeaux Tasting Week'.

Wine 1 - Sancerre Chavignol 'Les Comtesses' 2012 Paul Thomas - £14.99 (reduced from £16.99)

Sauvignon Blanc

The top cuvée from this excellent producer, Paul Thomas. The Sauvignon grapes are sourced from older vines from the best slopes around the village of Chavignol, the village producing perhaps the finest Sancerre.  With vibrant aromas of gooseberries, grass and minerals, this is a rich tasting wine with ripe fruit, a lively citrussy finish and complex mineral characters.

Wine 2 - Jermann Pinot Grigio 2012 Friuli  - £18.00 (reduced from £23.00)

Pinot Grigio/Gris

Founded by Anton Jermann in 1881, the estate has been family-run ever since, with present winemaker Silvio Jermann taking over the winemaking in the 1970s, and beginning to make wine with grapes atypical of the region. This Pinot Grigio is a world away from the Italian norm, with intense and persistent aromas, and a velvety, full-bodied feel on the palate. A stunning match for grilled seafood, wild mushrooms and rich, creamy pasta dishes.

Wine 3 - Meursault 2011, Nicolas Potel Burgundy - £22.00

Chardonnay


The commune of Meursault is located in the southern part of the Côte deBeaune, on an area of clay and limestone slopes, with a predominantly south-easterly aspect. The appellation is known for making a generousand approachable style of Chardonnay.An inviting shade of pale gold, offering a rich nose of apple and peach,with hints of flowers, vanilla and pepper. The palate is fresh and ripe,with soft-edged acidity and a nutty minerality. Drink with roast chicken or fleshy white fish dishes.


Wine 4 -  Rioja Reserva Viña Ardanza 2004 La Rioja Alta - £18.50 (reduced from £23.50)

Grenache, Tempranillo

One of the very best of Rioja's produced from fruit exclusively grown in the bodega's 360 hectare vineyard holdings in the Rioja Alta region, and named after one of the Region's founding families. Remaining under family ownership, this is of the most sought-after bodegas. Complex and perfumed primary and secondary aromas of earth, spice and red fruits with a long, elegantly structured medium weight body of spicy tannins and layers of flavour.

Wine 5 - Chateau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vignoble Abeille 2009 Mont Redon

Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah-Shiraz, Cinsault, Counoise.

Part of the famous Mont-Redon estate, Jean Abeille's vineyard occupies a total of 100 hectares of land with classic Châteauneuf characteristics: mature bush vines sit on a plateau with great sun exposure, and a topsoil covered with heat-retaining pebbles. Superbly balanced between youthful fruit and warm, oaky complexity. Nose and palate are replete with notes of cinnamon and clove amid the the dense bramble fruit.

Wine 6 - Cloudy Bay Late Harvest Riesling - £15.99 (reduced from £19.99)

Cloudy Bay make this wine in very small quantities from two vineyard sites late in the growing season, when many of the bunches are botrytised, although some non-botrytised grapes are included for added freshness. 8 months maturation in oak ensures harmony and richness. Richly aromatic, offering notes of honey, nougat, orange blossom andpeach. Indulgently sweet, the palate glows with luscious flavours of ripefig and apricot, all the way through a long finish.Superb with crème brulée.


Vintage Guide - RhoneDate published: 02/12/13

2011: Variable weather but a good year overall,with higher than average yields giving approachable reds from both the North and South.Whites very good.

2010: Another great vintage in both northern and southern areas. Yields extremely low, but wines are generally rich and intense.

2009: Superb throughout the region. Earlyharvesters made supple, youthful wines. A late heatwave meant late pickers made some blockbuster wines too.

2008: A solid vintage despite some poor weather early in the season. Yields very low. Wines tend towards balance and elegance rather than power.

2007: Best vintage in recent years, especially in the Southern Rhone. Wines show good purity of fruit and fine structure.

2006: A healthy year producing rich, balanced wines with generous fruit. Some age-worthy Northern reds, and good acidity in the whites.

Vintage Guide - BurgundyDate published: 02/12/13

Red Burgundy

2010: A challenging vintage with much rain in midsummer. Top estates managed yields well and harvested late, making ripe, well-balanced wines.

2009: Superb weather and lengthy ripening produced reds that are expressive in their youth yet capable of ageing well.

2008: A difficult growing season was rescued by good weather before the harvest. Good producers made good wines from reduced yields.

2007: Fairly dry and warm in early summer,cooling in autumn, resulting in an early harvest.Wines show good ripeness and purity and are forward drinking.

2006: Patchy with a few problems with rot in the Côte de Beaune. But some fruity yet forward reds from the Côte de Nuits.

2005: One of the best vintages in years, producing rich and concentrated wines. Those from the Côte de Nuits are particularly good.

2004: A fine September helped growers who had controlled yields and avoided rot. In general the Côte de Nuits performed better than the Côte de Beaune.


White Burgundy

2011: Mixed weather produced wines that are generally early-drinking, ranging from light and straightforward Villages wines to aromatic elegant Cru wines.

2010: Excellent vintage. Yields were down but good overall conditions produced wines with both weight and acidity.

2009: Cool and mild throughout summer, with a late pre-harvest mini-heatwave. Wines are fresh,well balanced and cellar well in the short term.

2008: Yields were low but very good quality overall, and the wines are generally intense and firmly structured, with good acidity and ageing potential.

2007: A late improvement in the weather led to some ripe, pure and rich whites by patient producers who picked later.

2006: A very good year for rich, ripe and relatively forward wines. Chablis is also excellent with particularly refreshing acidity.

2005: One of the best vintages of recent years, with low yields of outstanding wines across the board.

Vintage Guide - BordeauxDate published: 02/12/13

2010: Widely acknowledged to be one of the best vintages of modern times, with quality generally outstanding from all communes.

2009: Warm, clear days and cool nights produced one of the finest vintages ever. Top wines have immense cellar potential and first-growths hit record prices.

2008: A very highly regarded vintage, producing wines with excellent ripeness and elegance,enjoyable in the medium term.

2007: A cool and damp vintage, rescued by warm temperatures late in the season. Some underripe and early-drinking wines, especially from the Left Bank. Later-picked Right-bank wines better. Sweet whites superb.

2006: Not as good as 2005, particularly for Cabernet based reds which didn't ripen fully.However, whites are delicious and sweet whites very good.

2005: An outstanding vintage across the board thanks to perfect weather conditions. Reds are balanced and elegant with ripe fruit and beautiful aromatics. Sauternes is also exceptional.

2004: A large vintage of variable quality. Where yields were kept in check some very good wines have been produced from Merlot and both the Cabernets.

2003: Unusually hot weather tested many winemakers. As a result quality varies wildly.Some wines are exceptional, others are unbalanced.

2002: A poor summer saved by a sunny September.Patchy quality though some very good in Médoc.

Older top vintages: 2000, 1998, 1996, and 1995

Last week of November Pick'n'mix offers!!Date published: 24/11/13

It's the last week of our November Pick'n'mix offers so don't forget to drop in and pick up a bargain or two! 

To celebrate our 200th store...Date published: 22/11/13

Majestic have just opened our 200th store, so to celebrate we will be donating £1 to charity from every bottle of champagne sold on the 23rd and 24th or November. Our dedicated charity of the year is Children with Cancer.

Festive Tasting EventsDate published: 22/11/13

Throughout the run up to Christmas and New Year we will be holding in-store tasting weeks where a selection of wines will be open to sample at our tasting counter. At 3pm on Saturday of each week we will run free 30 minute tutorials.


Wines of Rhone & Burgundy Tasting Week

22 November 2013 - 28 November 2013

A selection of French classics from Rhone and Burgundy open to taste all week. Join us in discovering why these world famous regions produce some of the most exciting wines in the world.

Sat 23rd  November @ 3pm - Free 30 minute spotlight tasting

A tour of 6 wines in 30 minutes! Come and explore some of our Rhone and Bordeaux bargains in our free short tutorial!


Wines of New Zealand & Australia Tasting Week

29 November 2013 - 5 December 2013

A selection of wines from New Zealand & Australia open to taste all week. From Sauvignon Blanc to Chardonnay, from Pinot Noir to Shiraz, find out why these two countries produce some of the most popular wines in the world.

Sat 30th November @ 3pm - Free 30 minute spotlight tasting

A tour of 6 wines in 30 minutes! Come and explore some of our Trans-Tasman bargains in our free short tutorial!


Wines of Bordeaux Tasting Week

6 December 2013 - 16 December 2013

Bordeaux is not only home to some of the most iconic Chateaux, but also produces some affordable wines of exceptional quality.

Sat 7th December @ 3pm - Free 30 minute spotlight tasting

Over 30 minutes we will be exploring the most iconic areas of Bordeaux from Pomerol to Paullac, from St-Emilion to St Julien, celebrating these traditional Old World classics.


If you would like to book a place on our Saturday Tutorials or simply find out more please give us a call on 01292 880 886

Winter Wine Evening in Ayr!!Date published: 22/10/13

Wednesday 20th November - keep this date free in you diaries because we are holding our Winter wine evening.  We will have a whole range of wines open for you to try, and best of all it's totally free!!  All you need to do is phone us on 01292 880 886 to book your place!!

October offers available until the 28thDate published: 16/10/13

Some fantastic short term deals started yesterday...

Laurent Perrier Rose, was £62.50, now £50!

De Telmont, was £20, now £15!

Prosecco Zonin, was £9.99, now £6.99!

Wakefield Estate wines, (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz and Chardonnay) were £10.99, now £8.99!

Belleruche Chapoutier CDR, was £8.99, now £7.99!

Quinta de Azevedo Vinho Verde, was £7.49, now £5.99!


Top 3 Blockbuster Shiraz from the New World for AutumnDate published: 29/09/13

Shorter days, colder nights, thicker clothes, orange leaves, and big reds. Shiraz is the perfect red wine for the autumnal transition. Like no other wine it wraps round you with its inky flavour giving you a warming sense of fulfilment. Here are our top 3 Shiraz from the New World, the perfect transitional wines we think you should know about…


BVS Shiraz Peter Lehmann, Barossa Valley
To fans of Australian wine, Shiraz is synonymous with Barossa Valley, whose warm climate has developed its own trademark fleshy, spicy style of Shiraz. A bold, spicy yet straightforward Shiraz, this wine is the perfect accompaniment to you first Autumn roast lunch.

Mister Shiraz, Colchagua Valley
An exclusive bottling for Majestic, this wine represents a deliberate departure from the ultra-modern, fruit-centric Chilean style of Shiraz, and showcases Chile’s ability to produce a more traditional, robust, spicy, yet unmistakably New World style.

DMZ Syrah De Morgenzon, Stellenbosch
This youthful and expressive wine comes from young vines in De Morgenzon’s own estate, grown on its weathered granite soils. An abundance of bright and youthful plum and berry fruit give this wine a lively appeal. Share with friends this Autumn but make sure to keep a few bottles back for yourself.

Like Rioja?Date published: 27/09/13

All our Spanish wines have been reduced further for one week only! Offers end Monday 30th 7pm.

Suavignon Blanc & interesting alternatives!Date published: 19/09/13

We're holding our Sauvignon Blanc (and interesting alternatives) spotlight tasting this Saturday 21st September!  It's completely free so bring yourself, your family and your friends down to try some good wine!  Sessions running at 12pm & 3pm

3 of the best Spanish wines for your AutumnDate published: 16/09/13

Discover Spain! Spain isn’t just Rioja, there’s so much more to discover. Here are 3 of the best to look our for this Autumn at Majestic…

Montenovo Godello Valdesil, Valdeorras
Early morning. The ground is wet with dew. You’ve gone out for a brisk morning walk. The sky is clear. Red, orange, golden leaves curled up on the ground. The smell is so fresh. Friends are coming round for a long lazy weekend lunch later. A couple of bottles of white you put in the fridge last night are perfect for the boquerones tapas.

‘El Chaparral de Vega Sindoa’ Old Vine Garnacha, Navarra
It’s been raining all weekend and you haven’t left the house once. The loaf of fresh bread you baked this morning is cooling on the side. You choose your favourite book from the bookshelf in the lounge, pour a generous glass of red and sit by the bay window. The smell of fresh bread, rain tapping on the glass and the earthy lingering warmth of the wine all in harmony.

Montecastrillo, Ribera del Duero
You’ve taken the car out of the city for the weekend. The hamper’s packed full with cheeses, charcuterie, quiche, baguettes, home made cakes and lemonade, and good wine – more than plenty to feed and water your gluttonous weekend getaway in the English countryside.

We’re running the Marathon du Médoc for our charity of the year Children with Cancer UKDate published: 03/09/13

This Saturday a Majestic team of 10 are running the Marathon du Médoc 2013! They will be amongst 8000 runners from around the world tackling the 26.3 miles through some of Bordeaux’s most famous vineyards. The brave runners are…

Aimee Knight, Cirencester @majesticcir
James Fenton, Abingdon @majesticabi
Thomas Watson, Wakefield @majesticwkfld
George Randall, Chiswick @majesticchswick
Oliver Carr, High Wycombe @majesticwyc
Joe Arthur, Bath @majesticbath
Dave Price, Cobham @majesticcobham
Karl Simmonds, Sheffield @majesticshe
Rob Woodhead, Sheffield @majesticshe
Jason Davies, Covent Garden @majesticcovgdn

Send them a good luck tweet!

Donate at:
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Full range back in stock - Two HandsDate published: 11/08/13

Sexy Beast Cabernet 2011, Two Hands, McLaren Vale - £18.00

Matured for 14 months in French oak, this Cabernet is a beast as the name suggests. Lip-stainingly deep colour with lush, ripe fruit and a layer of smoke and sage. Very full but elegant and smooth. Drinking well now but could be put down for at least a thousand years.

Gnarly Dudes Shiraz 2011, Two Hands, Barossa Valley - £18.00

The fruit for this wine comes from very mature plots of Shiraz from all over the Barossa. The gnarled vines produce less fruit but of very high quality and complexity due to the increased amount of old wood.

Aged in a mix of old and new French oak, the nose is heavy with burnt toffee and chestnuts, with ripe fruit, chocolate and lavender on the palate.

Angels Share Shiraz 2011, Two Hands, McLaren Vale - £18.00

A cooler climate Shiraz compared to the Gnarly Dudes, much more aromatic and complex with notes of coffee and cocoa on the nose and intense plum on the palate. The tannins are round and soft with an incredible length.


Grape spotlight - PecorinoDate published: 11/08/13

Contesa Pecorino, IGT Colline Pescaresi
This stands out in our Italian Wine section due to the hand drawn sheep on the label! A lovely crisp and very floral aperitif wine. Perfect fun summer wine.

Only £7.99 - well worth a try!

Perfect Food Match for NZ Sauvingon Blanc!Date published: 05/08/13

Goat cheese and NZ sauvignon blanc is a match made in heaven!  Why not try it by itself, or even in a  summer salad with some grilled asparagus, fresh BBQ'd beetroot and some pickled red peppers! 


Winning summer combination!

Loire ValleyDate published: 29/07/13

As we're currently running our Loire (& Beaujolais) Tasting Week, here's some information on the region for those less familiar with it.

The Loire Valley region includes the French wine regions situated along the Loire River from the Muscadet region near the city of Nantes on the Atlantic coast to the region of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé just southeast of the city of Orléans in north central France. In between are the regions of Anjou, Saumur, Bourgueil, Chinon, and Vouvray. The Loire Valley itself follows the river through the Loire province to the river's origins in the Cévennes but the majority of the wine production takes place in the regions noted above. The area includes 87 appellations under the Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC), Vin Délimité de Qualité Superieure (VDQS) and Vin de pays systems.

While the majority of production is white wine from the Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Melon de Bourgogne grapes, there are red wines made (especially around the Chinon region) from Cabernet Franc. In addition to still wines, rosé, sparkling and dessert wines are also produced. With Crémant production throughout the Loire, it is the second largest sparkling wine producer in France after Champagne. Among these different wine styles, Loire wines tend to exhibit characteristic fruitiness with fresh, crisp flavors-especially in their youth. The villages of Sancerre and Pouilly-sur-Loire are known for their crisp and herbaceous Sauvignon Blancs. Some producers in the area are experimenting with oak aging their Sauvignon Blancs to give them more rounder and softer appeal. The villages of Bourgueil, Chinon and Saumur are known for their Cabernet Franc based wines that range from light and fruity in Saumur to rich and velvety in Chinon. The Muscadet wines from the Pays de la Loire are made from the Melon de Bourgogne grape and are known for their citrus and mineral notes. A characteristic of many Loire wines (both red and white) is the high acidity which highlights the fresh, crisp flavours of their youth only to go through a "dumb phase" between 2 to 5 years of age when the flavours are drastically toned down. Many of the better made examples come out of this period with their full palate of flavours and can continue to age well into 20 years. Some of the Sauvignon Blanc based wines like Sancerre buck this trend and instead stay more low key till their third year, when they mature and develop their full assortment of flavours before they eventually fade around their 7-10th year. However the best made examples in top vintages can often live much longer. Some classic examples of Vouvray can even reach the levels of longevity commonly associated with Port.

The Loire Valley has a long history of winemaking dating back to the 1st century, with the first vineyards being planted by the Romans during their settlement of Gaul. In the High Middle Ages, the wines of the Loire Valley were the most esteemed wines in England and France, even more prized than those from Bordeaux.

We have a range of examples from the Loire Valley open until the end of Thursday, so pop along and try some !

Wine of the Week: Le Clos du Chateau ValencayDate published: 23/07/13

In preperation for our Loire & Beaujolais tasting week, we're opening a bottle  of Le Close du Chateau Valencay; a region famous for it's triangular shaped goats cheese.  This is a great crisp, fresh wine with slight spritz on the tongue.  Come and try some with us this week in store!

Majestic Quick Guides: AustraliaDate published: 03/07/13

Despite the age old rivalry with our antipodean friends, Australian wine is one of our favourites! Here’s the Majestic quick guide to the land down under… FAST FACTS

1. HISTORY
Australia has been making wine since the early 1800s and exporting since 1822. The Barossa Valley is home to some of the world’s oldest Shiraz vines, dating back to 1847.

2. REGIONAL DIVERSITY
With over 70 designated wine regions, Oz has all manner of climates, terroirs and wine styles, from rich and powerful to delicate and complex.

3. GRAPES
Shiraz and Chardonnay made Oz famous and they’re now better than ever, responding to our demands for greater freshness, complexity and lightness of touch.

4. GRANGE
First produced in 1951 to rival the finest Bordeaux, Australia’s own ‘first growth’, Penfold’s Grange, is the country’s most iconic wine.

5. FLYING WINEMAKERS
The name first given to Australian winemakers who left Australia in their off-season to work on the wine harvests in the Northern Hemisphere. Due to the different seasons they could work all year round, bringing their highly trained skills and expertise across the world.

6. FOOD MATCH
It’s summer, it’s Australia, it has to be the BBQ. Bold juicy Shiraz and Cabernet are perfect partners for a slightly singed steak or ‘snag’; while seared rare tuna or fresh crayfish are made for gently buttery but zesty Chardonnay. Time to throw another shrimp on the barbie mate….

Explore our range of Australian wines at majestic.co.uk

St. Georges Day Sherry TrifleDate published: 23/04/13

St. Georges Day Sherry Trifle

 

Love rhubarb. Love sherry. Love this l’atelier des chefs recipe and wine match.

Rhubarb and sherry trifle, a twist on the English classic trifle dessert with refreshing seasonal rhubarb.

For the sherry, use Hidalgo Pedro Ximenez Viejo ‘Napoleon’ – the ultimate sweet wine!

Ingredients

* For the fruit: Rhubarb : 750g Oranges : 2 whole Caster sugar : 200g

* For the base: Sponge fingers : 18 whole Sherry : 20cl of Pedro Ximenez sherry

* For the custard: Semi-skimmed milk : 25cl Double cream : 25cl Egg yolks : 6 whole Plain flour : 60g Caster sugar : 60g

*For the chantilly cream: Double cream : 12cl Icing sugar : 60g Vanilla pods : 1 whole

Recipe method

1. For the rhubarb: * Preheat the oven to 180′C. * Wash and cut the rhubarb into small pieces. * Juice and zest the oranges and mix with the sugar and the rhubarb. * Bake in the oven for around 10 to 15 minutes until tender.

2. For the base: * Break the sponge fingers in half and drizzle on the sherry.

3. For the custard: * Separate the eggs. * Whisk the egg yolks, flour and sugar together in a bowl. * Bring the milk and cream to the boil in a heavy bottomed pan. * Pour the boiling liquid onto the egg mixture, return to the pan cook over a medium heat until the custard is thick. * Allow to cool, transfer to a piping bag and refrigerate.

4. For the chantilly cream: * De-seed the vanilla pod, combine with the sugar and cream and whisk until thick. * Spoon the cream into a piping bag.

5. To plate: * Place the sponge fingers in the bottom of a glass. * Top with the rhubarb, add a layer of the cold custard before finishing by piping on the vanilla cream.

Chef’s tip

Use different liquor such as Drambuie or Cointreau to add a different taste to the dish depending on the occasion.

Wine Pairing

Hidalgo Pedro Ximenez Viejo ‘Napoleon’. Produced by the Hidalgo Family bodega, established in 1792 in Sanlúcar. Made using grapes dried on straw mats, fermented and fortified, then aged under the solera system. One of the sweetest wines in the world, PX is about as sweet as things can get – perfect drizzled on ice cream with your rhubarb trifle.

 

Enjoy!!

What you need to know about Malbec World Day 2013Date published: 17/04/13

Malbec World Day is celebrated across the world every year on the 17th April; the same day Domingo Faustino Sarmiento vowed to transform Argentina’s wine industry in 1853.

Domingo brought Malbec to Argentine shores with the help of French soil expert Michel A. Pouget. They experimented with a number of different vines from France, but it was Malbec from Cahors in the South West that proved it’s worth. In fact, it took to the Argentine climate so well it is now Argentina’s flagship grape variety – cause for us all to celebrate!

Producing deep inky purple wine with dominant full bodied plum like flavours, it goes with nothing better than the famous Argentine cuisine – steak! Yum.

You can choose from a number of great Malbecs at Majestic either in store or at majestic.co.uk

The best way to see the Malbec hype and it’s cult following is on twitter, look for the hashtag #malbecworldday

Awards News: We’re Retail Week Winners!Date published: 05/04/13

We’re delighted that our store-based social media programme picked up ‘Customer Service Initiative of the Year’ at the 2013 Oracle Retail Week Awards.

We’ve long seen social media as a great way to keep in touch with our customers. Every store has its own Facebook page and Twitter account, making it easier for you to connect with your local Majestic team and stay up to date with what’s in store. It’s fantastic that the hard work and creativity of all our teams has been recognised with such a high-profile award. Even better that it came in such a competitive category against the likes of ASDA , Boots, B&Q, Pets at Home and Hotel Chocolat. Steve Lewis

Chris Brook-Carter, Editor in Chief of Retail Week commented:

It is fantastic to see an employer empowering its staff in this way. Majestic takes on bright graduates who can communicate with customers and wine lovers on a local basis via the effective use of social media. In this way, they show they have understood what today’s market expects of retailers and taken the key steps to provide the customer with what they require.

Steve Lewis, Chief Executive of Majestic Wine said:

I am delighted with this achievement; these are highly regarded awards in the industry and this was a very competitive category. I would like to thank our staff for the enthusiasm and creativity they show whilst engaging with customers in-store and online and congratulate them for winning this award.

New Opening HoursDate published: 02/04/13

New Opening Hours:

Monday - Wednesday - 10am-7pm

Thursday & Friday - 10am-8pm

Saturday - 10am-7pm

Sundays & Bank Holidays - 10am-5pm

Portillo Malbec 2011 Bodegas Salentein, Mendoza, ArgentinaDate published: 18/03/13

Portillo Malbec 2011 Bodegas Salentein, Mendoza, Argentina

Bodeags Salentein is located within the region of Mendoza - a region that accounts for over 70 per cent of wine production in Argentina. The high atiltude, diurnal range and intense sunshine are defining features of Mendoza's wines.

Bodegas Salentein has one of the largest cool-climate estates in Argentina with 2000ha of vines up to 1700m above sea level - this particular Malbec is grown at around 1050m above sea level.

The goal of Salentein is to create high quality Argentinian wines, while respecting and supporting the people, nature and community from which the wines are created. The long term commitment to the people of Argentina involves investments, employment opportunities and training.

Salentein take great care over their wines, for example they irrigate the vineyards using mineral water, as they believe this is less acidic than normal water and therefore better for the vines.

This multi-award-winning wine has recently won Decanter's 'Best Argentinian Malbec under £10' award.

Portillo Malbec 2011 has a nose of blackberry, chocolate, raisins and dates. In the mouth its rounded and very deep but neither jammy nor overtly alcoholic. This wine is perfect with Lamb Tagine and cous cous.

Spring Recipe & Wine PairingDate published: 27/02/13

Spring Recipe & Wine Pairing

Celebrate the holidays of spring with recipes from L’atelier des chefs cookery school and the perfect wine pairings.

Our first spring holiday is St David’s Day. Try the deliciously cheesy leek and emmental quiche on a home made pastry base with the silky and buttery Jordan Chardonnay.

Leek & Emmental Quiche:

Recipe stats Ingredients

* For the pastry o Egg yolk : 1 o Plain flour : 200 g o Unsalted butter : 100 g o Fine salt : 6 pinches o Water : 2 cl * For the filling o Leeks : 4 whole o Unsalted butter : 40 g o Grated nutmeg : 1 pinch o Fine salt : 6 pinches o Freshly ground black pepper : 6 turns o Double cream : 20 cl o Grated emmental : 40 g o Egg yolk : 1 o Whole egg : 1

Method

1. Soften the butter to room temperature. Mix together the flour and the butter and then add the egg yolk, a pinch of salt and then water. Mix well but be careful not to overwork the pastry. Roll out into a disc and chill in the fridge for 1 hour. 2. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Butter a 10 inch quiche dish. 3. Roll out the pastry to 3mm thick and a circle 4cm bigger than your quiche dish. Press the pastry into your buttered quiche dish. Cover with a sheet of baking parchment and then cover with baking beans. Blind bake the pastry for 20 minutes. Remove the pastry base from the oven and lower the oven temperature to 180°C. 4. Peel and finely slice the leeks then rinse in cold water. Melt the butter in a frying pan and add the leeks. Cook over a low heat for 10 minutes, making sure that the leeks do not burn then add another knob of butter. Season with salt and pepper. 5. Mix together the cream, whole eggs and the egg yolks. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. 6. Place the leeks on to the cooked pastry base, sprinkle with gruyere or emmental cheese and then pour in the cream and egg mixture. Cook for 25 minutes at 180°C. 7. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for a few minutes before serving.

Chef’s tip

Feel free to use ready made pastry but make sure to blind bake before adding the filling.

Wine Pairing

Jordan Chardonnay, Stellenbosch. Although there isn’t too much Welsh wine out there for St David’s day, there are plenty of great wines to match with our quiche. If you like your wines big and creamy this South African chardonnay pairs up superbly. Silky, buttery, toasty – it adds an ooomph of extra flavour to the quiche it’ll be sure to make you cut another slice and pour another glass.

Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2012, MarlboroughDate published: 17/02/13

Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Marlborough:

Villa Maria are a pioneering winery from New Zealand and have been winning awards for 50 years since they're set up in 1961. They were started by Sir George Fistonic, a Croatian man with a passion for wine who has been knighted for his pioneering ways. Villa Maria were the first cork-free winery in New Zealand - since he got the ball rolling it has hasnt stoppped!

The winery is state of the art and has recently invested in a range of fermentation devices for each different grape variety. Sauvignon Blanc is what Villa Maria - and now New Zealand - are famed for and they are pioneers in technological advances in the vineyard, especially canopy management.

Villa Maria aim to show the quality that can be produced in New Zealand and the Private Bin range is all about showing the varietal quality and character of the grapes. To make this wine they vinify each plot separately before blending - this is because each plot gives different characteristics and as they want to keep the consistency of the product, the blend is very important.

Try Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc with seafood or as an aperitif.

Available in-store now at  £7.49 until 18th March 2013.

Top 5 Ways to Match Food & WineDate published: 13/01/13

Top 5 ways to match food and wine.

Let’s kick off the New Year with some basic help when food and wine matching. I thought it’d be a good idea to share this top 5 with you as it’ll give those New Year healthy dishes an added flavour dimension…

Top 5 Matching Maxims

1. Wines should complement, not dominate food. A delicate fish such as steamed sea bream will be overpowered by red wines.

2. Choose a wine that matches the most dominant flavour in a dish A full-flavoured sauce may well be a bigger influence than the main ingredient itself.

3. Complex wines for simple dishes; simple wines for complex dishes See this rule of thumb in action with paella. All those rich, flavour-packed ingredients require is a crisp, simple white wine.

4. Match the wine to the body, texture and flavour profile of the dish Cooking method affects the weight of a dish. Poaching and steaming presents meat or fish at its most delicate. Grilling, frying or roasting adds texture and caramelised flavours.

5. Always look out for local food specialities from a particular winemaking region This is especially true in Europe. For instance, the high acidity found in many Italian reds marries well with the high acidity in tomato sauces used in pasta dishes.

 

I’ll be trying to cut down on the indulgence and eat out a lot less this month too, so if the mood takes me I’ll spend more on wine for home than I usually would. Better food, better wine. Win win!

Delivery InformationDate published: 24/01/12

We offer a free delivery service for purchases of six or more bottles (minimum spend of £40) arranged at a time to suit you, including evenings.

For local deliveries, we offer free delivery seven days a week, subject to stock availability. For addresses slightly further afield, we operate the following schedule:

Thursdays: Girvan, Ballantrae, Stranraer, Portpatrick, Port Logan, Castle Kennedy, Newton Stewart, Wigtown, Whithorn and surrounds

Fridays: New Cumnock, Sanquhar, Thornhill, Dumfries, Kirkcudbright, Gatehouse of Fleet, Castle Doughlas, Dalbeattie and surrounds

Saturdays: Saltcoats, Ardrossan, Largs, Fairlie, West Kilbride, Dalry, Kilwinning, Kilmarnock, Irvine.

If you have more specific requirements, if we can be of any assistance or if you just need a bit of advice, give us a call on 01292 880886.

Store Events(2)

Closed 5pm New Year's Eve - 10am 2 January

31 December 2014 - 1 January 2015

We'll be closing up and putting on our glad rags at 5pm on New Year's Eve. We re-open at 10am on 2 January 2014. Happy New Year!

Open to all

Closed 5pm Christmas Eve - 10am 27 December

24 December 2014 - 26 December 2014

We'll be shutting up shop for a well earned Christmas break at 5pm on Christmas Eve. We re-open at 10am on Saturday 27 December.

Open to all

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Meet the team...

  • Mairi Trainee Manager

    A lover of big powerful reds and new world whites, find me at our tasting counter expanding my knowledge. In my spare time you're most likely to find me with my nose in a book with a glass of wine in hand.
  • Malcolm Assistant Manager

    After starting my Majestic career in Ayr I have returned after a couple of years in the bright lights of Glasgow. Massive Champagne fan but my weekly budget usually limits me new world Chardonnays
  • Martin Manager

    The large one with the beard. Lover of French classics and new world block busters in equal measures. Can often be found loitering around cheese counters.
  • Wesley Driver

    A partnership made in heaven, Wes and Delilah II (our Citroen Berlingo van) are the driving force in Ayr and can be found meandering down the many roads of Ayrshire and Galloway bringing joy to the local area in a timely manner.

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