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Monday 10am - 7pm
Tuesday 10am - 7pm
Wednesday 10am - 7pm
Thursday 10am - 8pm
Friday 10am - 8pm
Saturday 9am - 7pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm
Bank Hol 10am - 5pm
Store Address
Station Road
Petersfield
GU32 3EE
United Kingdom

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  • Fine wine available
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Store News(151)

Daily Wine Review - Oyster Bay Sauvignon BlancDate published: 22/04/14

Daily Wine Review - Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc £7.99(When you buy at least two bottles) Marlborough has been at the heart of a wine making revolution without modern precedent, and Oyster Bay is one of the region's most dynamic wineries. Cool fermentation in stainless steel vats brings out every last ounce of flavour and concentration in the grapes.Showing pronounced aromas of gooseberry and tropical fruits, along side a subtle herbaceousness. Crisp, elegant and refreshing.Suitable for all occasions, this is anything from classic apéritif wine, to white meat and seafood partner.

This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter

Something Special for Easter - Veuve Clicquot Brut NVDate published: 21/04/14

With only a week to go until the end of cracking Easter offers now is the time to stock up on some egg-ceptional wines (sorry... couldn't resist!)!

One of the best deals we are currently offering as part of our Easter 'Pick and Mix' promotion is Veuve Clicquot Brut NV for only £29.98 when purchased alongside any other bottle from the offer. Veuve Clicquot ages their non-vintage for almost twice the required time, resulting in a superb marriage of freshness and power, with rich fruit and a mouth-filling mousse.

Alternatives to Ned Sauvignon BlancDate published: 21/04/14

Here at Majestic one of our most popular wines is the Ned Sauvignon Blanc from Malborough, New Zealand. We've started to run a little low on this classic (though don't worry, a new delivery is set to arrive in May) so we thought we would take a moment to explore some fun alternatives.

Why not try...

...something very similar - Giesen Sauvignon Blanc (£7.99*). Another New Zealand classic from the same region as the Ned and made in the same style this makes for a great alternative. 

...something a little fruitier - Santa Ema Sauvignon Blanc (£6.99*). A really excellent Chilean wine this staff favourite show less gooseberry than the Ned but more tropical notes. 

...something a little crisper - Lacheteau Reserve Sauvignon (£6.99*). This French wine from The Loire aims to emulate the minerality and crisp, grassy notes of Sancerres (but at half the price!). 

*all prices given are those for a single bottle when you buy two or more of the same wine as part of a mixed case. 



 

Easter Sunday Lamb MatchDate published: 19/04/14

A perfect match for Lamb is the Rioja Gran Reserva 2004, Viña Eguía

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. 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. Drink with all slow-cooked lamb dishes, or with nutty-tasting cheeses.

Currently saving 33% when you buy two or more.

Minuty RoseDate published: 19/04/14

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.Pale honeysuckle pink, and offering a clean nose of citrus fruit, offset bysubtle floral and candied notes. Fresh acidity makes for an incisive andlively palate, with a rounded feel.Partner with the delicate flavours of fresh shellfish, or with a mozzarella and sun-ripened tomato salad.

Daily Wine Review - Chateau Simard 2004Date published: 18/04/14

This wonderfully smooth Bordeaux blend of Merlot and Cabernet hails from a 40-hectare estate located at the foot of the St-Emilion hill, on the sandy, gravelly soils typical of the area. It is managed by Alain Vauthier, co-owner of the famous properties of Ausone, Moulin-St-Georges and Fonbel.

Brilliant ruby colour with brick-like hues. Aromas are predominantly of ripe berries, with hints of violets and earth. Elegantly structured on the palate, well-rounded, with medium length.Drinking well now. Ideal with roasted rib of beef.

This wine is open to try on our tasting counter. 

Easter Opening HoursDate published: 18/04/14

Please find our Easter opening hours below:

Friday 18th April:      10am - 8pm

Saturday 19th April:  9am - 7pm

Sunday 20th April:    Closed  

21st April:                  10am - 5pm


Today is Malbec World Day! Huzzah!Date published: 17/04/14

Today is Malbec World Day! Huzzah! This day commemorates the day in 1853  when Argentinian President, Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, decided to grow his country's wine industry. He chose the French soil expert, Michel Aimé Puget, to conduct a survey and decide on which grapes were suitable for production. Fortunately for us, Malbec was one of the varieties chosen and the rest as they say is history!

As a result of this day we have to decided to open a bottle of Vinalba Malbec on our tasting counter in their honour. This is the quintessential Malbec. A dense purple in the glass, the nose is full of black fruit and sweet spice. On the palate flavours of black cherry, damson and vanilla are complimented by rounded tannins. This is a great wine on its own, but it comes into its own with a flame grilled rib eye steak(served blue, naturally). So why not celebrate Malbec World Day and pop into Majestic Petersfield and enjoy giving this great wine a try?

Vinalba Malbec - £7.99 a bottle (When you buy any two selected wines in our Pick and Mix)


This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter

Daily Wine Review - Albarino CaixasDate published: 17/04/14

Daily Wine Review - Albarino Caixas £7.49(When you buy at least two bottles) Galicia's signature white wine, from the region's most famous producer. Made exclusively for Majestic, with some of the grapes having been picked by Majestic's own staff, as a small number go to Galicia each year to help with the harvest. A light, fresh and youthful wine, with a zesty and well defined citrus backbone, over layed with subtle hints of stone fruits and nectar. Crisp and refreshing, yet rounded and enduring on the finish. Drink with mussels and other shellfish, or all simple fish dishes such as grilled sardines.

This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter

Daily Wine Review - Montagny Vielles Vignes BuxyDate published: 16/04/14

Daily Wine Review - Montagny Vielles Vignes Buxy £7.49(When you buy at least two bottle)The Cave des Vignerons de Buxy is the result of collective enterprise and the work of 120 wine-growers and 40 employees. It was founded in 1931 with the collective aim of finding a solution to their problems relating to making, storing and selling wines.This Montagny offers ripe lemon aromas, accompanied by subtle hints of white blossom. More refreshing citrus flavours on the palate, and an elegant, steely dry finish. Drink now and accompany with salad or shellfish.

This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter

Daily Wine Review - Yali Wetland Sauvignon BlancDate published: 15/04/14

Daily Wine Review - Yali Wetland Sauvignon Blanc £5.99(When you buy at least two bottles in our Pick and Mix) Fermentation was carried out gradually in a temperature-controlled environment that allowed extraction of a large quantity of fruit and mineral fragrances. After fermentation the wine was allowed to rest onits lees for 4 months and subjected to bâtonnage.Grapefruit, lime and peach aromas leap from the glass, followed withcrisp, citrus flavours on the palate. A refreshing acidity is matched by a zingy finish. Perfect for drinking either on its own or with light seafood dishes.

This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter

Daily Wine Review - El Parador CrianzaDate published: 14/04/14

Daily Wine Review - El Parador Crianza £7.49(When you buy at least two bottles) Outside the confines of staunchly traditional Rioja, wine makers are much freer to create wines such as this blend from neighbouring Navarra,combining Spanish grapes with Cabernet Sauvignon. In the Spanish tradition, it has undergone 12 months in American oak. Bright cherry red with garnet hues, this is a middleweight wine offering ripe cherry fruit accented with gentle vanilla and spice notes. Clean,smooth and well-integrated palate profile.Perfect accompaniment for simple lamb dishes, or cured ham.

This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter

Daily Wine Review - Reuilly NathalieDate published: 13/04/14

Daily Wine Review - Reuilly Nathalie £9.99(When you buy at least two bottles) Reuilly Nathalie Nathalie Lafond has now taken over the running of the domaine from her father, Claude. This is her signature cuvée, made from a selection of the best parcels of vines, and is a match for top quality Sancerre without the premium price tag.Classic Loire aromas of lime and gooseberry characterise the intense nose. The crisp fruit, mouth watering acidity and touches of minerality, all sit harmoniously on the well-structured palate. Drink as an aperitif, or partner with fresh seafood.

This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter

Daily Wine Review - Jim Barry Lodge Hill ShirazDate published: 12/04/14

Daily Wine Review - Jim Barry Lodge Hill Shiraz £11.24(When you buy two or more bottles) The first qualified winemaker to move to the Clare Valley, the late Jim Barry's estate now totals over 200 hectares in this superb wine-growing region. The Lodge Hill site was originally meant for Riesling, but instead was chosen to make this premium, reserved Shiraz.The inky blackcurrant and boysenberry fruit is lifted by violet and menthol notes, with smooth tannins still providing plenty of grip. The finish is long and rich. Drink this wine now, or over the next 5 years to soften the dense fruit, matching it to grilled meats, lasagne and casseroles.


This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter

Easter Opening TimesDate published: 11/04/14

The opening hours for the Easter weekend are as follows:


Friday 18th April - 10am - 8pm

Saturday 19th April - 9am - 7pm

Sunday 20th April - all stores are closed

Monday 21st April - 10am - 5pm

If you have any questions about this then please feel free to contact us in store. Either call us on 01730262424 or email us on ptf@majestic.co.uk

Daily Wine Review - Grand Faurie La Rose, St Emilion Grand Cru, 2009Date published: 11/04/14

Daily Wine Review - Grand Faurie La Rose 2009, St Emilion Grand Cru £18.00(When you buy any two selected fine wines) This wine comes from a small, established château to the north of St.Emilion, which today is under the same ownership as the neighbouring Château Larmande. The area has St. Emilion's trademark sand and limestone soils. A medium-bodied claret, with a pleasantly spicy and mature nose, with hints of leather and clove against a backdrop of bramble and dried prune fruit, framed by fine-grained tannins on the palate. Drink with roast beef or lamb.

This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter

Spotlight on: St EmilionDate published: 10/04/14

Based on the right bank of Bordeaux it produces the most wine of any appellation on the Right bank and takes its name from by far the prettiest town in the region. It is the oldest wine region in Bordeaux, however it was not until the second half of the twentieth century that the reputation of St Emilion was made. Whilst the Left Bank or Medoc is made up of large estates St Emilion is made up of around 400 small holdings. The Vines themselves are dominated by Merlot plantings, around 60%, with the majority of the rest Cabernet Franc, with only a little Cabernet Sauvignon Blanc grown. 

Diversity is the hall mark of this region, where wines can range of light and fruity to First Growth standard wines which have the potential to age for 100 years. Uniquely in France, St Emilion has a classification of individual properties which depends on tasting of their wine and is regularly revised. This was introduced in 1955. The most important job of this classification is to identify properties that rank as St Emilion Grand Cru Classé or St Emilion Premier Cru Classé.  Famous St Emilion properties include Ch Figeac, Ch Ausone and Ch Cheval Blanc.


In honour of this great wine producing region we are opening a bottle of the Grand Faurie Larose tomorrow for the weekend. Why not pop in and try this great wine.

Grand Faurie Larose - £18.00 a bottle(when you buy any two selected fine wines.)

Daily Wine Review - Santa Ana MalbecDate published: 10/04/14

Daily Wine Wine Review - Santa Ana Malbec £5.99(When you buy two or more in our Easter Pick and Mix) 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.Ideal red for any barbecue, or for pairing with medium-strength firm cheeses.


This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter

Provence Rosé Web Exclusive! Do not miss out!Date published: 09/04/14

With the sun beginning to appear after its winter slumber, what better way to celebrate this by treating yourself to some exceptional Provence Rosé. Not only are we able to offer you magnums of some of your favourite Rosé but we can offer you the second vintage of Chateau Miraval(Owned by a certain Mr Pitt and Mrs Jolie).

Miraval Rosé 2013 – Available in unsplit 6 packs of 75cl bottles (£107.94) or unsplit 6 packs of magnums (£228) The second ever vintage of this wine since Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt acquired and renovated the Château in 2009. Winemaking expertise is provided by the renowned Perrin family (of Château de Beaucastel fame). The inaugural 2012 vintage was the first rosé ever to make the Wine Spectator Top 100 wines, and this follow up does not disappoint. Complex with layers of raspberry and strawberry fruits, wild herbs, citrus and wet stone and refreshing acidity. 

M de Minuty Rosé 2013 – Available in unsplit 3 packs of magnums (£75) Already available in the Majestic range, this is the latest vintage – now available in magnum. The magnums are the same shape as the 75cl bottles and look beautiful.

Château de Berne Rosé 2013 – Available in unsplit 3 packs of magnums (£82.50) Already available at Majestic in standard size bottles, this is the new vintage in magnums. 

These great wines are only available online and sadly stock is limited. So without further ado, I urge you to take advantage of this great deal by going to the Majestic website.

Daily Wine Review - Domaine La Chautarde RoséDate published: 09/04/14

Daily Wine Review - Domaine La Chautarde Rosé £6.66(When you buy at least two bottles as part of our Pick and Mix) Domaine La Chautarde is located near the city of Brignoles in Provence,and is a vast 245ha estate of pine and oak forests, olive groves, and vineyards covering 32ha. The soil type here is known as 'argilo-calcaire', which is a limestone-rich clay.A light, dry and fruity rosé, with strawberry, red cherry flavours accompanying more subtle flavours of watermelon and nectarine. Soft acidity and delicate juiciness make for a refreshed palate.Great on its own, or as a refreshing foil for 'pissaladière' (Provençale onion and anchovy tart).

This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter

Daily Wine Review - El Parador Crianza Date published: 08/04/14

Daily Wine Review - El Parador Crianza £7.49(When you buy at least two bottles) Outside the confines of staunchly traditional Rioja, winemakers are much freer to create wines such as this blend from neighbouring Navarra,combining Spanish grapes with Cabernet Sauvignon. In the Spanish tradition, it has undergone 12 months in American oak. Bright cherry red with garnet hues, this is a middleweight wine offering ripe cherry fruit accented with gentle vanilla and spice notes. Clean,smooth and well-integrated palate profile.Perfect accompaniment for simple lamb dishes, or cured ham.

This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter

New Additions to our Easter Pick and Mix!Date published: 08/04/14

We here in Majestic like to spoil you and these additions to our Easter Pick and Mix are a perfect example of this!

If you are a fan of fizz then look no further than our deal on Prosecco Corte Alta. It is now £6.66* a bottle. This aromatic and fresh Prosecco is ideal for any upcoming parties you might be hosting.

Wondering what to have with your roast Lamb on Sunday? Then look no further than the CUNE Reserva Rioja now a fantastic £9.33* a bottle. This is a really classy wine, packed with fruit and spice.

Finally two Majestic favourites are on a great deal. The LFE Gran Reserva Chardonnay and Gran Reserva Merlot are now an excellent £7.33* a bottle. Both are rounded and fruity wines, ideally suited to food or being drunk on their own. Why not try the LFE Gran Reserva Chardonnay with your roast Chicken? The LFE Gran Reserva Merlot is the perfect partner to home made burgers and a film.








*When bought with any two wines in the Easter Pick and Mix.

Daily Wine Review - La Serrana Tempranillo 2013, Vino dela Tierra de CastillaDate published: 07/04/14

Although best known as the backbone of Rioja's rich, oak-matured reds, Tempranillo also excels when vinified using more modern methods that preserve its supple, naturally jammy fruit character, creating some brilliant value everyday wines such as this.

Classic Tempranillo notes of dark cherry and blackcurrant are lifted by ahint of dried flowers and spice. Superbly balanced, the fruits of the forest flavours are perfectly complemented by soft tannins. Approachable and good value, to be drunk now with barbecues and steaks.

Daily Wine Review - The Ned Waihopai River Sauvignon Blanc 2013Date published: 07/04/14

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 and seafood.

This wine is open to try on our free tasting counter.


Daily Wine Review - Pétalos Bierzo 2011, Descendientes de J. PalaciosDate published: 06/04/14

One of 9 children of the owner of Rioja house Bodegas Palacios Remondo, Alvaro Palacio has broken away from Rioja to pursue an independent wine making philosophy. His holdings in Bierzo total only 30ha, spread across some 200 tiny, steeply-sloped vineyard sites.#

A broad spectrum of aromas gradually emanate from the glass, with blackcurrant and cherry being joined by savoury clove and liquorice notes. Smooth yet muscular tannins and a long, drying finish. An interesting alternative middleweight red, which will go well with full flavoured pasta dishes, charcuterie and hard cheeses or game.

Daily Wine Review - Côtes-du-Rhône 2012, Léon PerdigalDate published: 06/04/14

This is a classic blend sourced from several sites in the southern Rhône. It has been named in honour of Léon Perdigal, the first cellar master at Ogier's now famous cellars, when they were founded in 1859 inChâteauneuf-du-Pape.

The nose has intense aromas of red fruits and spice, with subtle pepper and garrigue notes. The spice-tinged red fruits continue on the palate, which is medium-bodied and has a pleasing length. Enjoy with all spiced Mediterranean dishes or barbecued meats.

This wine is open to try on our free tasting counter. 

Daily Wine Review - Petalos BierzoDate published: 05/04/14

Daily Wine Review - Petalos Bierzo £15.99(When you buy at least two bottles) One of 9 children of the owner of Rioja house Bodegas Palacios Remondo, Alvaro Palacio has broken away from Rioja to pursue an independent wine making philosophy. His holdings in Bierzo total only 30ha, spread across some 200 tiny, steeply-sloped vineyard sites. A broad spectrum of aromas gradually emanate from the glass, with blackcurrant and cherry being joined by savoury clove and liquorice notes. Smooth yet muscular tannins and a long, drying finish. An interesting alternative middleweight red, which will go well with full flavoured pasta dishes, charcuterie and hard cheeses or game.


This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter

SPARKLING SATURDAY! Date published: 05/04/14

Today, to celebrate the Spanish Tasting Week we will be opening a bottle of the Codorniu Raventos. This wine from the great Cava producers, Codorniu, is an interesting take on the traditional Cava blend. It has had the Champagne grape Chardonnay blended with the traditional Cava grapes. This gives the wine extra freshness and adds a wonderful note of citrus to the palate. Why not pop in store and try a glass? This is a wine not to be missed out on!

Codorniu Raventos - £7.99 a bottles(When buy any two wines in our Pick and Mix)


This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter

Daily Wine Review - Montecastrillo Ribera Del DueroDate published: 04/04/14

Daily Wine Review - Montecastrillo, Ribera Del Duero £7.99(When you buy at least two bottles)This wine is made by Finca Torremilanos, a family-run estate located at the eastern end of Ribera del Duero. Its 200 hectares of vineyards are spread across some 140 organically-farmed plots, including some which are over 100 years old. A fruit-focused and easy-drinking wine, with medium weight tannins framing a core of ripe blackcurrant and raspberry flavour, accented with hints of cocoa. Best enjoyed with barbecued chops.

This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter

Daily Wine Review - Leon Perdigal Cotes du RhoneDate published: 02/04/14

Daily Wine Review - Côtes-du-Rhône 2012, LéonPerdigal £6.66(When you buy any two wines in our Pick and Mix) This is a classic blend sourced from several sites in the southern Rhône. It has been named in honour of Léon Perdigal, the first cellar master at Ogier's now famous cellars, when they were founded in 1859 in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The nose has intense aromas of red fruits and spice, with subtle pepper and garrigue notes. The spice-tinged red fruits continue on the palate, which is medium-bodied and has a pleasing length. Enjoy with all spiced Mediterranean dishes or barbecued meats.

This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter

ProseccoDate published: 29/03/14

With spring in full swing and summer to follow it is time to think of a nice sparkling to have on those long summer evenings. So, today we are going to explore Prosecco an alternative to Champagne. 

Prosecco is an Italian sparkling white wine, generally a dry or extra dry wine. It is made from Glera ("Prosecco") grapes. Although the name is derived from that of the Italian village of Prosecco near Trieste, where the grape may have originated,DOC Prosecco is produced in the regions of Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia, traditionally mainly around Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, in the hills north o Treviso.

Unlike Champagne, its main commercial competitor, Prosecco usually is produced using the Charmat method, in which the secondary fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks, making the wine less expensive to produce. The rules for the DOCG Prosecco Valdobbiadene also allow the use of the Metodo Classico: secondary fermentation in the bottle.

Approximately 150 million bottles of Italian Prosecco are produced annually. As of 2008, 60 percent of all Prosecco is made in the Conegliano and Valdobbiadene area. Unlike Champagne, appreciated for its rich taste and complex secondary aromas, most Prosecco variants have intense primary aromas and are meant to taste fresh, light and comparatively simple. Which is a superb match for a war, summer evening.

Why not come in and explore our range of Prosecco we have plenty of offers and are always happy to advise and make suggestions of our own favoutites. 



Daily Wine Review - La Motte Shiraz 2010,FranschhoekDate published: 26/03/14

Hailing from sunny South Africa La Motte's Shiraz is made from grapes sourced from a number of different regions including Walker Bay, Franschhoek and Darling. The various climates and variety of soil types lead to unique contributions of flavour and structure.

With classic Shiraz aromas of spice, aniseed and clove leading to a palate of blackcurrant fruit and liquorice this is a wonderful wine. A full body with rounded, integrated tannins and a long, clean finish.

Excellent with game or roast beef.

Daily Wine Review - DB Reserve Chardonnay 2011, DeBortoli, South Eastern AustraliaDate published: 26/03/14

Now in its third generation of family ownership, De Bortoli was established in 1928 by Italian immigrants Vittorio and Guiseppina DeBortoli. 

Today, they make a wide range of wines from their extensivevineyards throughout Yarra, Hunter Valley and Riverina.

This is a lightly oaked Chardonnay that is well rounded and approachable. Aromas are of fresh peach and citrus, with soft touches of vanilla and almond are apparent. A middleweight palate with a lush texture. 

Drink immediately or over the next 2-3 years, with poultry or white fish.

The perfect temperatureDate published: 25/03/14

Different wines are best served at different temperatures depending on their style, and it can get pretty confusing! So here's a short guide of the most common wines and their ideal serving temperatures:

Medium/ full-bodied oaked white wines, such as a White Burgundy or Fume Blanc, are best served lightly chilled around 12°C.

Light/ medium-bodied white wines are at their best chilled around 7-9°C. For example a Muscadet, Pinot Grigio, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc or a Fino Sherry.

Sweet wines, including Sauternes or sweet Muscats are best served well chilled between 6-8°C.

The same temperature of 6-8°C applies to sparkling wines such as Cava, Champagne and Asti. The finest Champagnes, however, should be drank between 8-10°C.

When serving light-bodied red wines, they are best drank lightly chilled around 12°C.

Light/medium-bodied reds such as red Cotes-du-Rhone, Chianti, Barbera and Dolcetto should be served between 12 and 14°C.

As the reds get heavier in style, serving temperature generally increases. Medium to full bodied reds should be served at around 14 -18°C, and examples include Red Burgundy, Californian/Australian/Oregon Pinot Noir and ordinary red Bordeaux at the lower end around 14-16°C. 

The heaviest reds such as Argentine reds, Californian Cabernets and Zinfandels. Australian Shiraz/Cabernet and fine red Bordeaux have an ideal serving temp of 16-18°C

When chilling wines using an ice bucket, it should be filled up to three-quarters full with a mixture of ice and water to ensure the bottle is fully submerged.

Wines can alter immensely if served at their correct temperatures, and conversely, may not be enjoyed as much as they should be if drank when too warm or cool.


Muscat (Grape)Date published: 22/03/14

The Muscat variety of grapes of the species Vitis vinifera is widely grown for wine, raisins and table grapes. Their color ranges from white to near black. Muscat almost always has a pronounced sweet floral aroma. Muscat grapes are grown around the world. The breadth and number of varieties of Muscat suggest that it is perhaps the oldest domesticated grape variety, and there are theories that most families within the Vitis vinifera grape variety are descended from the Muscat variety.

Muscat grapes are one of the major varieties grown for table wine in Chile, and is a minor variety in California and Italy. In Italy, it is widely used in sweeter sparkling wines like Asti (wine). Their "grapey" quality makes many wines made from Muscat easy to identify. 

Muscat grapes are used to make a variety of sweet dessert wines in various parts of the world. Typically, these are fortified wines, though some sweet late harvest and noble rot wines are also made from Muscat grapes. Officially, Moscato is not classified as a dessert wine. Muscat is widely grown in Portugal and Spain, where the grape and the wines produced from it are known as Moscatel or Muscatel. Moscatels made in these countries are typically sweet and fortified.


Fine Wine of the Week - Rioja Reserva Viña Ardanza 2004, La Rioja AltaDate published: 22/03/14

Grapes: Tempranillo, Garnacha

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. Enjoy over the next decade as the richness and power will soften to spice and earth, augmenting game casserole or wild duck.

We currently have it on the tasting counter and its £18.50 when you buy two or more. 

Wine of the SummerDate published: 21/03/14

With the sun starting to come out and the weather getting noticeable warmer thoughts turn to long sunny evenings in the garden and why not treat yourself early with this amazing selection.

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! Unashamedly vibrant and summery, with a bright pink colour and a delicate balance of crisp acidity and soft, ripe summer fruit. A superb choice for any event, and the perfect match for canapés or seafood.

We currently have it in Magnum and Jeroboam size, so superb for any BBQ's or garden parties. 

2nd Wine of the DayDate published: 20/03/14

Vergelegen Cabernet SauvignonMerlot 2010, Stellenbosch

Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc 

Vergelegen, and outspoken winemaker Andre Van Rensburg, are widely recognised for producing some of South Africa’s finest wines. TheStellenbosch region produces excellent wines due to the Mediterraneanclimate and soils from at the foothills of the Cape Fold mountains.Aromas of ripe berries and plums beautifully enhanced by silky chocolate and coffee, with finely grained tannins, berry flavours and a complex spicy finish.Ideal served with pasta, pizza or stews.

Wine of the DayDate published: 20/03/14

Bourgogne Chardonnay 2012, Nicolas Potel

Made from a blend of grapes grown on mature vines in a number ofdifferent vineyard sites in the Mâcon, Côte Chalonnaise and the Côted'Or. Fermented and matured in stainless steel, no oak is used inproduction, maintaining the wine's elegance and minerality.The classically citrus-led nose also offers notes of marzipan and acaciaflowers. Initially straightforward and nicely rounded on the palate, withan almondy complexity on the finish.Serve alongside simple and subtly flavoured dishes such as comté cheesetart, chicken salads, fresh pasta or pâté.

Z = ZinfandelDate published: 19/03/14

Zinfandel is an exotic black grape variety of Croatian origin, cultivated predominantly in California that has tended to mirror the giddily changing fashions of the American wine industry. Zinfandel took firm hold on the California wine business in the 1880's, when its ability to produce in quantity was prized above all else. Many was the miner and other beneficiary of California's gold rush , whose customary drink was Zinfandel. At the end of the 19th century Zinfandel came to be California's claret equivalent  and occupied some of the best vineyard spots in the state. 

In 20th Century California, Zinfandel has occupied a similar position as Shiraz in Australia due to being the most planted grape variety which often as a result did not receive the respect that it needed. Zinfandel might not be quite the class of noble grape that Shiraz is, but it is potentially capable of producing fine wine when yields are restricted and the weather allows for a long growing season. 

Zinfandel has been required to transform itself into virtually every style and colour of wine that exists, but it is best when a red wine that is dry with a cellar life of 4-8 years.  These wines are rarely blended, however some are often blended with Petite Syrah. The Ridge Vineyards are excellent exponents of this practice.


Daily Wine Review - Robertson Sauvignon BlancDate published: 19/03/14

Daily Wine Review - Robertson Sauvignon Blanc £5.99(When you buy at least two bottles) In the warm and dry climate in the Robertson Valley lies this winery with the same name. It is further inland than most vineyards in South Africa,but the Breede River, running through it, provides a cooling influence for this classic Sauvignon Blanc. With a fresh aromatic nose, this is a crisp, dry wine with plenty of zesty gooseberry and green apple flavours. Superb with seafood and creamy pasta dishes.

This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter

Daily Wine Review - Gavi Araldica Date published: 18/03/14

Daily Wine Review - Gavi Araldica £6.66(When you buy any two in the Pick and Mix) Gavi is a small town and wine making sub-region in the far south-east corner of Piedmont, around 50 km 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

This wine is open and available on our tasting counter

Daily Wine Review - Rustenberg RM NicholsonDate published: 17/03/14

Daily Wine Review - Rustenberg RM Nicholson £9.39(When you buy any two bottles in our Pick and Mix) 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. Correctly cellared, this wine will continue to improve, and keep for 8-10 years.

This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter

Daily Wine Review - DMZ ChardonnayDate published: 16/03/14

From a mix of De Morgenzon's estate-grown grapes and grapes sourced from several other local vineyards, this Chardonnay is made using only the free-run juice, partially fermented in French oak, and aged in barrel for 10 months on its lees.

The wine is bright golden in colour, with a nose of clean tropical fruit, almonds and sweet vanilla. Peachy fruit on the palate is supported by delicate oak and subtle spice.

This wine is open to try on the tasting counter. 


Y=YeastDate published: 16/03/14

Yeast is a miscroscopic single-celled fungi with round oval cells. 

Yeast is vital to the production of wine, causing the fermentation process that transforms grape juice into the alcoholic liquid we all know and love. Sugars are used as an energy source by the yeast, with ethanol and carbon dioxide produced as major by-products of the reactions. 

Daily Wine Review - Robertson MerlotDate published: 15/03/14

Daily Wine Review - Robertson Merlot £5.99(When you buy at least two bottles) The Robertson Winery is recognised today as one of South Africa’s leading cellars and makes a classic Merlot. Further inland than most vineyards in South Africa, the Breede River running through the Robertson Valley provides a cooling influence.Rich, dark red in colour with juicy ripe plum flavours on the palate combined with sweet black cherry notes. Best served with roast chicken, beef or lamb dishes.


This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter

Daily Wine Review - Nicolas Potel ChardonnayDate published: 14/03/14

Daily Wine Review - Nicolas Potel Chardonnay £10.99(When you buy at least two bottles) Made from a blend of grapes grown on mature vines in a number of different vineyard sites in the Mâcon, Côte Chalonnaise and the Côted'Or. Fermented and matured in stainless steel, no oak is used inproduction, 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, withan almondy complexity on the finish.Serve alongside simple and subtly flavoured dishes such as comté cheesetart, chicken salads, fresh pasta or pâté.


This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter

Daily Wine Review - Vergelegen Sauvignon Blanc 2013,Date published: 12/03/14

Vergelegen Sauvignon Blanc 2013

This delicious Sauvignon Blanc is made with fruit grown in Vergelegen's own vineyards as well as from vineyards in the Elgin and Overberg regions. Grapes from Vergelegen's vineyard are planted on South and South-western slopes planted and 200-230 metres above sea level in granites or clay-based Clovelly soils.

A range of flavours are apparent in abundance: gooseberries, figs, elderflower and clean cut grass to name a few. This is a perfectly balanced wine with a racy acidity and mineral structure finishing elegantly and at length. Enjoy over the next two years with pan fried fish, pork chops or scallops.

This wine is open to try on the tasting counter.

X = XylemDate published: 12/03/14

The xylem is the principal water-conducting tissue in vascular plants. A single ring of xylem is produced by a plant every year (this is where tree rings come from).

The xylem of grape vines are unusually large and porous making the vine very water conductive and allowing or the growth of, relative to the size of the plant, very substantial fruit.


Daily Wine Review - Rustenberg Chardonnay 2012, StellenboschDate published: 11/03/14

Rustenberg has a wine-growing history dating back to 1682, when Roel of Pasman from Meurs, near the Rhine, recognised its wine-growing potential. Warm daytime temperatures give ripe, tropical flavours and 40% of the wine spends 12 months in new French oak.A beautifully balanced Chardonnay with rich fruit flavours enhanced byminerality and well integrated oak. The palate shows apricot and orange peel aromas with ripe citrus and stone fruit flavours.Lots of ripe, rich fruit and well-integrated oak make this a good matchfor rich, creamy poultry and fowl dishes. Can age for 5 years.

This is real quality wine for an excellent price especially when you buy 2 and save £5... making it £12.49 a bottle (multibuy) from £14.99


W = Whole Bunch PressingDate published: 11/03/14

Whole bunch pressing is a special white wine making technique. Unusually grapes do not undergo destemming and bunches of ripe grapes are pressed whole. The stems are used as conduits for the usually particularly viscous juice.

This process works best for very ripe grapes and would not be suitable if a period of skin contact precedes pressing since excess tannins could be leached into the wine from the steams. 

This technique is almost universal in the production of top quality sparkling wined and most other white wines from dark skinned grapes an in the direct pressing of botrytis affected clusters of super ripe grapes as in sauternes. It is also increasingly popular with some quality conscious producers of white wines in some wine regions since the juice that results trends to be low in phenolics and high quality. 


Daily Wine Review - Eguia Reserva Date published: 10/03/14

Daily Wine Review - Eguia Reserva £7.99(When you buy at least two) Bodegas Eguia is located in the heart of the Rioja Alavesa sub region, in the village of Elciego, one of the area's wine making hotspots. The traditional reserva style is achieved through 24 months' ageing in French and American oak and 2 years' cellarage before release. Beautifully deep ruby coloured, with subtle cedar hints to the rim. Thebouquet is an intense mix of dark fruit, toasted oak and clove aromas.The palate has weight yet an elegant profile. Match with a mature steak, or with a board of chorizo and manchego cheese.

This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter

V = Veuve Cliquot PonsardinDate published: 09/03/14

Veuve Cliquot Ponsardin is a champagne house as famous for its founder as it is for its wines. Nicole Barbe Ponsardin(1777-1866) married Francois Cliquot in 1798 with the wedding taking place in the cellars of their Champagne house as churches had not be reopened after the French Revolution. Francois Cliquot died in 1805 leaving Madame Cliquot in charge of the company. Madame Cliquot successfully steered the house through the dramatic years of French history at the beginning of the 19th century. She defied Napoleon's blockades and was able to set up an export market in virtually every Royal court in Europe for her champagne.  Madame Cliquot is also credited with inventing the riddling process called Reumage, and she even adapted a piece of her own furniture to allow for this riddling process. She also invented the yellow label used for her NV champagne. On her death the champagne house passed to her business partner Eduoard Werle, and the business remained in the Werle family until bought in 1987 by LVMH.  The house style of champagne is based on Pinot Noir, which is grown largely in their vineyards in Bouzy.  The house's Prestige Cuveé is La Grande Dame, which is named after Madame Cliquot.

Why not explore the wines of Veuve Cliquot? We have the following in store:

La Grande Dame 2004: £117(When you buy at least six bottles)

Veuve Cliquot Rosé: £50(When you buy at least two bottles)

Veuve Cliquot Vintage: £33.31(When you buy any two bottles in our Pick and Mix)

Veuve Cliquot NV: £36(When you buy at least six bottles)

Daily Wine Review - Rachel's Chenin BlancDate published: 09/03/14

Daily Wine Review - Rachel's Chenin Blanc £5.99(When you buy at least two in our Pick and Mix) From one of South Africa's original wine farms, this wine is named after Rachels fontein, the estate's water spring. This wine's fullness of flavour is a result of weekly lees stirring in a process called 'battonage', which produces a wine of greater depth and texture. Fruity, well-balanced and full bodied wine, distinguishable by its exotic mango and honey aromas. The palate has a core of tropical fruit flavours with hints of nuts and honey.Try this wine with fish stew and fresh herbs or other seafood-based dishes.

This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter

Daily Wine Review - Vergelegen Cabernet Sauvignon/MerlotDate published: 08/03/14

Daily Wine Review - Vergelegen Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot £7.33 (When you buy two or more wines in our Pick and Mix) Vergelegen, and outspoken winemaker Andre Van Rensburg, are widely recognised for producing some of South Africa’s finest wines. The Stellenbosch region produces excellent wines due to the Mediterranean climate and soils from at the foothills of the Cape Fold mountains. Aromas of ripe berries and plums beautifully enhanced by silky chocolate and coffee, with finely grained tannins, berry flavours and a complex spicy finish .Ideal served with pasta, pizza or stews.

This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter

Daily Wine Review - Rustenberg ChardonnayDate published: 07/03/14

Daily Wine Review - Rustenberg Chardonnay £12.49 (When you buy at least two bottles) Rustenberg has a wine-growing history dating back to 1682, when Roelof Pasman from Meurs, near the Rhine, recognised its wine-growing potential. Warm daytime temperatures give ripe, tropical flavours and 40% of the wine spends 12 months in new French oak. A beautifully balanced Chardonnay with rich fruit flavours enhanced by minerality and well integrated oak. The palate shows apricot and orange peel aromas with ripe citrus and stone fruit flavours. Lots of ripe, rich fruit and well-integrated oak make this a good match for rich, creamy poultry and fowl dishes. 

This wine is open and available to taste as part of our wines of South Africa tasting week

U = Undurraga Rose Date published: 06/03/14

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 zestyacidity provide an uplifting palate. Great for parties, as an apéritif, or with lightly spicy chicken skewers.

And currently £6.99 when you buy two from our Pick N' Mix range

T = TempranilloDate published: 06/03/14

Tempranillo is a black grape variety widely grown to make full-bodied red wines in its native Spain. Unlike more aromatic red wine varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot noir, Tempranillo has a relatively neutral profile so it is often blended with other varieties, such as Grenache and Carignan or aged for extended periods in oak where the wine easily takes on the flavor of the barrel.

Tempranillo is a black grape with a thick skin, the grape is very susceptible to inclement weather, contracting when there is a drought and swelling when there is too much humidity. The swelling has a negative effect on quality since it affects the colour of the wine. It grows best at relatively high altitudes, but it also can tolerate a much warmer climate .

Tempranillo wines are ruby red in colour, while aromas and flavours can include berries, plum, tobacco, vanilla, leather and herb. Often making up as much as 90% of a blend. Being low in both acidity and sugar content, it is most commonly blended with Grenache, Carignan, Graciano, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Blending the grape with Carignan makes a brighter and more acidic wine. Tempranillo is the major component of the typical Rioja blends and constitutes 90-100% of Ribera del Duero wines.

Daily Wine Review - Chateau Simard 2004, St EmilionDate published: 05/03/14

Daily Wine Review - Chateau Simard 2004, St Emilion £13.99(When you buy at least two) Château Simard is a 40-hectare estate located at the foot of the St-Emilion hill, on the sandy, gravelly soils typical of the area. It is managed by Alain Vauthier, co-owner of the famous properties of Ausone, Moulin-St-Georges and Fonbel. Brilliant ruby colour with brick-like hues. Aromas are predominantly of ripe berries, with hints of violets and earth. Elegantly structured on thepalate, well-rounded, with medium length.Drinking well now. Ideal with roasted rib of beef.

This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter

Daily Wine Review - Bellingham "The Bernard Series" ViognierDate published: 04/03/14

Daily Wine Review - Bellingham "The Bernard Series" Viognier £9.99(When you buy at least two bottles)Celebrating the legendary maverick founder of Bellingham, Bernard Podlashuk, 'The Bernard Series' is an homage to his efforts in placing South Africa on the wine making map. Hand picked grapes are fermented and aged in one year old French oak with 4% lees contact. Perfumed aromas of peaches, lychees, rose petal and spice are complemented by rich layers of fruit with spicy undertones of white pepper and cinnamon on the palate with a lingering and inviting finish. Will partner well with delicately flavoured, creamy seafood and poultry dishes. Enjoy over the next two years.

This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter

Sauvignon Blanc Date published: 03/03/14

Sauvignon blanc is a green-skinned grape variety that originates from the Bordeaux region of France. The grape originated in France, in the regions of Bordeaux and the Loire Valley. Plantings in California, Australia, Chile and South Africa are also extensive, and Sauvignon blanc is steadily increasing in popularity as white wine drinkers seek alternatives to Chardonnay. The grape is also a component of the famous dessert wines from Sauternes and Barsac.

Depending on the climate, the flavor can range from aggressively grassy to sweetly tropical. In cooler climates, the grape has a tendency to produce wines with noticeable acidity and "green flavors" of grass, green bell peppers and nettles with some tropical fruit and floral notes. In warmer climates, it can develop more tropical fruit notes but risk losing a lot of aromatics from over-ripeness, leaving only slight grapefruit and soft stone fruit notes.

The wine is usually consumed young, dry and sweet white Bordeaux, including oak-aged examples from Pessac-Léognan and Graves, as well as some Loire wines from Pouilly-Fumé and Sancerre are some of the few examples of Sauvignon blancs with aging potential.

We do have a lovely range of New Zealand Sauvignon's, and we have Brancott at £6.66 saving 33% as our best deal at the moment but why not come and explore.

R = RieslingDate published: 02/03/14

Riesling is a white grape variety which originated in the Rhine region of Germany. Riesling is an aromatic grape variety displaying flowery, almost perfumed, aromas as well as high acidity. It is used to make dry, semi-sweet, sweet and sparkling white wines. Riesling wines are usually varietally pure and are seldom oaked.

In cool climates, Riesling wines tend to exhibit apple and tree fruit notes with noticeable levels of acidity that is sometimes balanced with residual sugar. A late-ripening variety that can develop more citrus and peach notes in warmer climates. In Australia, Riesling is often noted for a characteristic lime note that tends to emerge in examples from the Clare and Eden Valley in South Australia. Riesling's naturally high acidity and pronounced fruit flavors gives wines made from the grape immense aging potential with well-made examples from favorable vintages often developing smokey and honey notes.

Riesling is a versatile wine for pairing with food, because of its balance of sugar and acidity. It can be paired with white fish or pork, and is one of the few wines that can stand up to the stronger flavours and spices of Thai and Chinese cuisine.

Q - QuincyDate published: 01/03/14

Quincy is a wine making area in the Loire. The majority of wine produced in the are are Sauvignon Blancs, they are usually dry and slightly racy the best example we have in store is the Quincy JC Borgnat at £9.99 when you buy two or more.

The area has a long wine making history and was very popular due to its proximity to river transportation, the only slight is many of the wines are less delicate than a Sancerre. However, it still would be a superb match for any Thai food. 

Daily Wine Review - Callia Bella MalbecDate published: 28/02/14

Daily Wine Review - Callia Bella Malbec £5.99(When you buy any two bottles of Malbec) 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 straight forward wild berry character, with hints of baking spices. Intense and generous on the palate, with plush tannins and good ripeness. Drink with pasta and meatballs in your favourite tomato and herb sauce.

This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter

Wine of the DayDate published: 26/02/14

Montenovo Godello 2012, Valdesil, Valdeorras £9.99 when you buy two or mor

Valdeorras is an appellation in an inland area of Galicia in northern Spain, which has become known for its quality white wines from the little-known Godello grape, which does very well in the region's moderate maritime climate and rocky slate soils. A youthful, green-tinged straw yellow wine, with a clean nose of grassy herbaceousness, and pear and pineapple fruit. Light in weight, yet with a palate-coating sense of texture. Perfect with Spain's simple fish tapas dishes, such as grilled sardines,octopus or calamares.

This is currently on the tasting counter and open to taste

P = PicpoulDate published: 26/02/14

Nestling in amongst the warm and red-biased appellations of the Languedoc, just a few miles from the Mediterranean coastline. The grape varieties grown are White, Noir and Gris with the White proving the most popular. Picpoulde Pinet is something of an unexpected find, offering a crisp and zesty white wine made from the rare Picpoul grape. The name comes from the high acidity which comes across with this youthfully pale lemon yellow, with a nose of lemon and lime fruit, and anintriguing blend of white blossom and green herb notes. Vibrant green apple fruit with a refreshingly dry and acidic finish.

Picpoul Villemarin = £6.99 when you buy to or more

O = Orange MuscatDate published: 23/02/14

From Brown Brothers Mystic Park Vineyard in Victoria this is an exciting blend of late-harvested Orange Muscat along with the little known Flora. A cross between Semillon and Gewürztraminer, Flora lends a distinctfragrance to the wine

.Aromas of orange blossom, fresh citrus and spice, with a textured and rich palate, a crisp acidity balances the sweetness of the palate and leads on in a zesty finish. A rich and rewarding dessert accompaniment.

Currently £7.49 when you buy two or more in a case of 6. 

N = Noble RotDate published: 23/02/14

Noble rot, Botrytis cinerea, affecting wine grapes. Infestation by Botrytis requires moist conditions. Grapes when picked at a certain point during infestation can produce particularly fine and concentrated sweet wine. Some of the finest Botrytized wines are literally picked berry by berry in successive circuits of the vineyard.

The most famous of the noble rot wines include the aszú of Tokaj in Hungary and Sauternes from France. The conditions needed to produce the conditions that produce the Noble Rot are very unique and each aszu that produces such wine has its own unique qualities that allow them to produce such a wine.

The placement of the vineyard has to be in a area that produces a early morning mist which holds the moisture in the air encouraging the growth of the fungus. Then it needs long warm days to encourage the growth of the fungus. Then as alluded to above the grapes need to be picked when they are ready and this has to be handpicked. The Noble Rot thus allows the production of such celebrated wines. 

Why not try something sparkling this weekend? - Lindauer Brut Cuvée NVDate published: 23/02/14

This blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir is one of our most popular sparkling wines and makes for a great alternative to Champagne.

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. The perfect apéritif, enjoy chilled.


Wine of the Week - Saintsbury Pinot Noir 2010, CarnerosDate published: 23/02/14

Saintsbury, established in 1981, are one of the most important producers of Pinot Noir in California. Working from a solar powered winery outside Napa they use grapes from the Carneros region to produce wines which aim to express both place and grape variety.

Gentleness and restraint are critical in the selection of the grapes and in the élevage, producing a powerful yet subtle wine very different from many other American wines. This is a wine that marries ripe red-fruit aromas with bitter black cherry and spice. Seasoning in Burgundy-made oaken barrels adds notes of cigar tobacco, mocha and vanilla. These flavours combine into a well rounded and textured palate with integrated tannin and a fresh, weighty finish.

This wine is drinking beautifully now and will continue to do so over the next 4 years partnering well with duck, lamb and game.

This wine is open to try on our free tasting counter. 


M = MalbecDate published: 21/02/14

Malbec is a purple grape variety used in making red wine. The grapes tend to have an inky dark color and robust tannins, and are known as one of the six grapes allowed in the blend of red Bordeaux wine. It is increasingly celebrated as an Argentine varietal wine. As a varietal, Malbec creates a rather inky red (or violet), intense wine, so it is also commonly used in blends, such as with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon to create the red French Bordeaux claret blend. 

In Argentina the grape is surging and has become a "national variety" of a sort that is uniquely identified with Argentine wine. Argentina’s most highly rated Malbec wines originate from Mendoza’s high altitude wine regions of Luján de Cuyo and the Uco Valley. These districts are located in the foothills of the Andes mountains between 800 m and 1500 m elevation.

 In Argentina, Malbec becomes softer with a plusher texture and riper tannins. The wines tend to have juicy fruit notes with violet aromas compared to a French Malbec, common in the Bordeaux region as a "rustic" version of Merlot, softer in tannins and lower in acidity with blackberry fruit in its youth.

With have a wide range of Malbec's from French to Chilean and most definitely Argentinean so why not come in and explore.  

L =LagerDate published: 21/02/14

Lager is a type of beer that is fermented and conditioned at low temperatures. 

The average lager in worldwide production is a pale lager in the a Pilsner styles. The officials of Plzeň founded a city-owned brewery in 1839, Citizens' Brewery and recruited Bavarian brewer Josef Groll (1813–1887) who produced the first batch of modern Pilsner beer on 5 October 1842. The combination of pale colour from the new malts, Pilsen's remarkably soft water, Saaznoble hops from nearby Žatec  and Bavarian-style lagering produced a clear, golden beer which was regarded as a sensation. 

The flavor of these lighter lagers is usually mild, and the producers often recommend that the beers be served refrigerated. However, the examples of lager beers produced worldwide vary greatly in flavour, colour, and composition.

Majestic do stock the original and now international protected pale larger Pilsner Urquall, so why not come in and explore.

K = KrugDate published: 20/02/14

K can only mean one thing in a wine company and that has to be Krug champagne. 

Krug Champagne is a Champagne house founded by Joseph Krug in 1843. It is based principally in Reims, the main city in France’sChampagne region and is one of the famous Champagne houses that formed part of the Grande Marques. Krug produces mainly Krug Grande Cuvée, supplemented by a non-vintage rosé, a vintage blanc, a vintage blanc de blancs and older vintages released as Krug Collection series. Krug utilizes all three Champagne varieties in their wines, Chardonnay, Pinot noir, and Pinot Meunier. 

All Krug Champagnes are bottled during a single session, thirty weeks after the harvest. Once bottled, they are kept in the House’s cellars in Reims. Since summer 2011, all bottles of Krug Champagne feature a KRUG ID located on the left-hand side of the back label, for Krug Grande Cuvées, the KRUG ID reveals the oldest and youngest wines that went into the making of the bottle, as well as the details and challenges of that particular season. For other Krug cuvees, the KRUG ID recounts the story of the year, the objectives behind the creation of the specific bottle or the behavior of the plots.

At the moment you would be saving 10% when you buy 6 each bottle costing £126

J = JerezDate published: 20/02/14

Jerez is the center of the sherry making industry. The name sherry is actually a corruption of the Spanish word Jerez, and the French call it Xeres all 3 names appear on every bottle of sherry produced.

The city itself is based in the south west of Spain in the state of Andalucia. The proximity to the Atlantic coast influences the climate and allows for the particular viticulture of the region to be consistent. Winters are mild and damp with little or no rainfall between June and October. 

Sherry itself is a fortified wine this means the alcohol contained is controlled and level at around 15%. At majestic we are lucky enough to have a set of sherry's that are produced only for ourselves, the Pedro's range, the prices are between £8.99 to £14.99. So why not come in and see for yourself. 

I = IsinglassDate published: 19/02/14

During the wine making process it is important to 'fine' a wine, a process whereby it is stabilized and clarified by removing many of the small particles suspended in the liquid. To achieve this an agent is introduced to which absorbs or bonds with the small particles.

One of the most important and traditional of such fining agents is Isinglass.

Isinglass is a protein obtained from the bladders of freshwater fish and has been in use for centuries. Its use has been regulated by various Governments since as early as the 17th century. 

Today Isinglass is falling out of popularity, and being replaced with none-animal derived products, due to an increased demand for vegetarian and vegan wines. 

Daily Wine Review - Viñalba Malbec-Touriga Nacional Reservado 2010/11Date published: 19/02/14

This is 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 todominate and leave a rich, long finish.The dense, full nature of this interesting blend make it open to a large array of dishes, but try with rich or spicy casserole.

This wine is open to try on our free tasting counter.

H = HermitageDate published: 16/02/14

Hermitage produces the the most famous wines of the Northern Rhone. It makes serious, long lived red wines and interesting full bodied dry white wine. The appellation is the size of a large Bordeaux estate and the wines produced command high prices. The appellation covers 326 acres and they are all on the extraordinary hill of Hermitage, which is a south facing slope with granite soils. The combination of this soil type and the south facing slope encourage ripening in the Syrah grapes. The hill is divided into Climats, with the best Climats being at the western end of the hill. Famous Climats include Les Bessards, Le Meal  and La Croix. Red and white are planted all over the hill, however the finest white wines come from vineyards higher up the hill. Producers such Gerard Chave will blend different Climats to give a more consistent style in each vintage, however other producers will label under one Climat. Like Cote Rotie, Hermitage wines are allowed to include 15% white grapes in the blend, however this is rarely done. 

Red Hermitage should be very deeply coloured and headily perfumed. They are extremely durable and have the ability to last two or three decades. Great producers to look out for are Chave, Chapoutier and Jaboulet. White wines vary, depending on the grapes used, or whether malolactic fermentation or oak has been used. They are usually full bodied and, like the reds, have serious aging potential.



Daily Wine Review - Pouilly Vinzelles Louis LatourDate published: 16/02/14

Daily Wine Review - Pouilly-Vinzelles ‘En Paradis’2012, Louis Latour £12.99(When you buy at least two bottles) Produced by the family-run company Maison Louis Latour, who are producing white and red wines from the finest of Burgundy to wines from outside the region of Burgundy. A clean, fresh wine displaying honey and stone fruit aromas. Sweet honey and floral characters are in abundance on the palate and create a fine and elegant complexity. A great wine and a great example of a Mâconnais wine. Perfect with seafood and chicken dishes.

This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter

Daily Wine Review - Wither Hills Sauvignon BlancDate published: 15/02/14

Daily Wine Review - Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc £6.66(When you buy at least two bottles) Established as recently as 1994, Wither Hills has since become one of Marlborough's best-known wineries. Now owning vineyards spread right across the region, this Sauvignon is blended from a range of parcels, to provide a snapshot of the Marlborough region as a whole. Alive with the intense aromas of gooseberry, guava and passion fruit. The palate is well balanced with mouth watering acidity and grape fruit flavours leading into a long finish of remarkable intensity.Superb with goat's cheese, as well as fresh oysters.

This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter

G = Grand CruDate published: 14/02/14

Grand Cru translates as "Great growth" in French.  In the Cote D'Or (The most famous area of Burgundy) a Grand Cru is one of 34 favoured vineyards in the region. Examples of Grand Cru areas would be Corton Charlemagne in the commune of Ladoix-Serrigny or Le Montrachet in the communes of Chassagne Montrachet and Puligny Montrachet.  In Alsace the term is a recent introduction and is given to specific vineyards of a specific quality. For example the Rangen vineyard in Thann or the Grand Cru vineyard of Rosacker where Trimbach produce their famous Clos Ste Hune Riesling. In Bordeaux , the words grand cru are usually applied to a specific property or chateau and depend on the region in which it is located. For example there is Grand Cru classification in the appellation of St Emilion.


Why not pop into the store and discuss the topic of Grand Cru with us? This is a subject close to our hearts!

Daily Wine Review - Muga ReservaDate published: 14/02/14

Daily Wine Review - Muga Reserva: £14.99 (When you buy two or more bottles) Founded by Isaac Muga Martínez and his wife, Auro Caño in 1932, in Haro, at the Western end of Rioja Alta. After fermentation the wine is aged for 6 months in large traditional vats, before 24 months in small oak barrels, and a further year in bottle before release. An enticing and complex nose of pain grille, pencil lead, and blackberry leads into an elegant wine with layers of flavour, fruit and sweet-spice with ripe and integrated tannins and a lengthy finish.This wine can age for up to seven years but is eminently drinkable now.Enjoy with roasted meats, Moroccan lamb or soft cheese.

This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter

Daily Wine Review - Château de Sainte Gemme 2008, Haut-MédocDate published: 13/02/14

This classic Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot is a wonderfully easy introduction to the world of Bordeaux wines.

Until 1962, Château Sainte Gemme was effectively part of Lachesnaye, but it was bought by the eminent Jean Boutellier who began to bottle the estate's wine as a brand in its own right. It is a 13 hectare estate on the border of St-Julien, close to Gruaud-Larose and Beychevelle.

An approachable, accessible, medium-bodied wine, with a ruby core of ripe red berry fruit, accented with plenty of black pepper, toast and vanilla notes, providing satisfying complexity and length. Drink now or over the next 2-3 years. Pair with red meat.

This wine is open to taste on our free tasting counter. 

F = FortificationDate published: 13/02/14

Fortification is adding spirit to the wine to produce stability and stop any further fermentation. It can create many styles of wine such as a sweet muscat or a dry sherry.

What affects the style of wine produced must significantly is when the spirit is added to the wine. The earlier the spirit is added the sweeter the wine is this is particularly typical in Australian Liquer Muscats. For Port style wines the fortification takes place during fermentation. This allows the natural sugar from the grapes to be maintained and allows a pre-ordained alcohol level to be reached. Many of the dry sherries the spirit is added at the end of the fermentation process.

The spirit used comes from a variety of sources and are usually governed by local or EU regulations, however there is a Portuguese monopoly on spirit used for fortifying port, based on the consistent quality produced over a number of years. 

E = EstufaDate published: 12/02/14

Estufa is a Portugese word which means "hothouse" or "stove" It is also a word which refers to the tanks used to heat wine on the island of Madeira. By heating the wine in these hot tanks it accelerates the development and maturation of the product. The heating process itself is referred to as Estufagem. The Estufas replicate the long tropical sea voyages of the 18th century which were originally used to produce Madeira wine. 

Fancy trying a wine that has benefited from an Estufa? Then why not try the 10 year old Malmsey by Henriques. It is currently £16.99 a bottle, and is available in store whilst stocks last.

Daily Wine Review - Luigi Bosca MalbecDate published: 12/02/14

Daily Wine Review - Luigi Bosca Malbec £12.99(When you buy at least two) Bodega Luigi Bosca was started in 1901, when the original wave of Italian winemakers had settled in Argentina, and is now in its fourth generation of family ownership. Vistalba is an important sub-region of Lujan de Cuyo, located at 990m above sea level.Deeply fruity, with a dark and voluptuous feel, this is a fine example of Argentina's trademark style. Tightly structured, it brings together subtle vanilla hints, firm tannins and well-judged acidity.Try this with seared venison loin.

This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter

D = DosageDate published: 11/02/14

Dosage is the final addition to a sparkling wine. It is used not only to top up the bottle but it also the determines the sweetness of the end product. In French this liquid is referred to as Liquer d'expedition and is made up of a mixture of wine and sugar syrup.  Due to the high acidity of Champagne even wines containing a high level of sugar can still taste dry. A substitute for this in a wine is extended bottle age. Therefore the longer the bottle is aged the less dosage is needed and vice versa. Some Champagnes are made with no dosage and are labelled as Brut Nature. The list below shows the varying levels of sweetness a wine can achieve depending on its dosage. All Champagnes have to be labelled as one of the following styles.

Brut Nature - Lowest dosage and driest

Extra Brut

Brut

Extra Dry

Sec

Demi- Sec

Doux - Highest dosage and sweetest style

Daily Wine Review - Alamos Cabernet SauvignonDate published: 11/02/14

Daily Wine Review - Alamos Cabernet Sauvignon £8.99: The Andes mountains dominate the western skyline in Mendoza. Cool evening temperatures in Catena’s high altitude vineyard, in addition to the exclusive use of free-run juice, emphasize the varietal Cabernet character in this quality red. A concentrated nose of plummy flavours and a palate jam-packed with ripe black fruit. A great, fruit-driven example of this classic variety. Drink this wine at room temperature, with meats and cheeses or enjoy on its own.

This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter as part of our wines of Argentina tasting week

C = CorkDate published: 10/02/14

One of the most important but underrated aspects of wine is the way it is transported and also sealed. Still 80% of wine produced and packed in glass still use corks.

Cork comes from a prime-subset of bark tissue that is harvested for commercial use primarily from Quercus suber (the Cork Oak), this is mainly found in southwest Europe and northwest Africa, still the montado landscape of Portugal produces approximately 50% of cork harvested annually worldwide.

But why use cork in producing wine stoppers, what are the benefits and also are there any negatives. The positives, the cellular structure of cork, it is easily compressed upon insertion into a bottle and will expand to form a tight seal. The interior diameter of the neck of glass bottles tends to be inconsistent, making this ability to seal through variable contraction and expansion an important attribute. It also can allow some oxygen to transfer which helps develop the wine during maturation but the amount is uncontrollable.  It also is a organic product and unlike plastic corks they are less harmful to the environment in terms of producing them. Negatives all corked wine bottle can become corked which has a characteristic odor of a damp cardboard and cork price is susceptible to global economies and thus can affect the price of wine.

Daily Wine Review - Paul Mas ChardonnayDate published: 10/02/14

A classic southern French Chardonnay based more specifically in the Languedoc. It has been produced in both Oak and Stainless steel barrels, adding great depth to the wine.

Has a wonderful balance of pineapple, quince, hazelnuts and some light toasty notes. It is nice and soft on the palate, but with a nice finish. It would be a perfect match with some good Stilton but will match very nicely with some seafood salad.

B = Botrytis cineraDate published: 10/02/14

Botrytis cinera is also known more commonly as Noble Rot. It is a vital component to produce the worlds best sweet wines. It is essentially a fungus that is produced in humid conditions. The tricky part is to delay the growth until the grapes on the vine are ripe.

The Botrytis cinera then needs humid misty mornings followed by warm sunny days this unique nature means that only a few areas in the world can create the conditions for the Botrytis cinera to develop.

A classic example of this is the Hungarian Tokaji one of the first wines to systematically classified and legally protected it is still seen as the pinnacle of the sweet wine world. It is in a unique position that allows the Tokaji production between two rivers and the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains it encourages Botrytis cinera to develop and with hand picking still in place the most suitable grapes can be picked.

Sauternes are another example where their unique position allows the growth of Botrytis cinera to develop, based on the West bank of Bordeaux the conditions are ideal for sweet wines to be produced.

A = ArgentinaDate published: 09/02/14

Today we will be looking at the wine producing country of Argentina. 

Argentina is the 5th largest wine producer in the world and with a history of 450 years of wine making, it is a new world wine country deeply rooted in Old World roots. The majority of vineyards sit towards the Andes and many sit above 600 meters above sea level. It is helped by a low rainfall and consistent temperatures. 

In the country the have a perfect combination of high-yielding vineyards, low labour costs and dry hot conditions, allow a high production of good quality fruit. The traditional grapes produced are Malbec originally used as a blending grape alongside other Bordeaux grapes, it is now a stand alone grape. It is one of the most popular wines to have with a good steak and very popular in Majestic. The other grapes produced are Bonarda and Torrontes both are growing in popularity through out the world.

The main wine growing region is Mendoza 70% of wines are produced there, it is the biggest wine growing region in the world. There are other regions but Mendoza is the clearly the most dominate. 

Argentinean selection:

Santa Ana Malbec 33% off when you buy 2 or more making in £5.99

Vinalba Gran Reserva £13.99 when you buy two or more

Catena Alta Chardonnay at £23.00

Daily Wine Review - Benegas MalbecDate published: 08/02/14

Daily Wine Review - Benegas Malbec £12.66 (When you buy any two bottles in our pick and mix) There is a long history of wine making in the Benegas family. It was the current winemaker's great grandfather who brought the first French vines to Argentina. From the high-quality Libertad Vineyards, fruit is picked at careful intervals according to ripeness levels.This wine balances the powerful style typical of Mendoza Malbec with the finesse of a European wine. Lots of dark cherry, blackberry and oaky spice, with a long and pure finish.The complexity, purity and power of this wine deserve a special dish, so drink with fillet steak with pepper sauce, or beef Wellington.

This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter

The Beauty of ChampagneDate published: 07/02/14

Champagne

Arguably the most famous of wine styles throughout the world. It's uniqueness comes from a number of factors the most obvious is the difficult climate having to deal with freezing winters, spring frosts and occasionally wet summers. Even in good years the grapes would struggle to produce a good still wine. 

Champagne is made of three separate grapes Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier. Each contribute individually to the overall flavour and texture of the wine. Another, unique aspect of Champagne is that it is utterly reliant on blending this allows the different houses to be produce a consistent quality of wine year on year. 

After the Champagne has been blended and topped up by liqueur de tirage, the wine goes through a second fermentation this takes 6 to 8 weeks to complete. In which time the famous bubbles are formed due to the dissolving yeast forming CO2. The yeast also leaves behind a sediment of lees. This continues to breakdown and add flavour to the wine. This breakdown lasts for 4 to 5 years. What happens next is the removal of any sediment through the process of riddling and disgorgement. Riddling is the process which the bottle is turned from a horizontal to a inverted vertical position, traditionally done by hand but now machines can control the pace and bulk of the champagne produced. Disgorgement is when the wine is frozen in the neck and then turned back to vertical. The cover is then removed and the pressure created removes the sediment, some wine is lost in this process but it is topped up by liquer d'expedition, then the classic cork and wire cage are added. The wine is now aged to allow the full integration of the liquer d'expedition, some champagnes do benefit from further ageing. 

Champagne is still considered a luxury item and it is very tied in with the up and downs of economic stability. There are a few different styles: Non Vintage (NV) the standard level entry champagne mix of years and rarely benefit from ageing, Vintage only from the best years, Rose, Blanc de Blanc is 100% Chardonnay this can be both NV and Vintage and finally Prestige Cuvee super premium wines a bit of a catch all term but usually the best parcels of wine and very top end.


  • Under £20: J de Telmont
  • £30 and under: Mumm Cordon Rouge
  • Personal: Ruinart 


Daily Wine Review - Medalla Real ChardonnayDate published: 07/02/14

Daily Wine Review - Medalla Real Chardonnay £7.99(When you buy at least two bottles) Sourced mainly from the Limarí Valley, the northern most 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. Balances well with oily fish such as baked sea bass, barbecued pork belly or roasted poultry.

This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter

Daily Wine Review - San Marco FrascatiDate published: 05/02/14

Daily Wine Review - San Marco Frascati £5.99 a bottle: The San Marco estate is one of the largest producers of Frascati wine. Located in the hills overlooking Rome, where the vineyards are on well drained,mineral-rich volcanic soils. Cold fermentation is used to preserve and intensify the delicate flavours of the grapes.The scent of fresh green apples and ripe white grapes, enhanced with distinctly floral tones. Light in feel, but with good concentration on the palate, and a balance between soft fruit and snappy acidity. A versatile lunchtime white, ideal with seafood platters or risottos. 

This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter

American Craft BeersDate published: 02/02/14

In light of Super Bowl Sunday, we have a couple of excellent American Craft Beers in store, not just for the Super Bowl but also to look beyond Europe for some tasty beers.

To start we have the Brooklyn Lager, as the name suggests they are based in Brooklyn NYC one of the most iconic suburbs of the city. It has a beautiful Amber Gold colour and a nice hoppy flavour. This is a perfect drink to help you through the couple of hours of Super Bowl joys.

We also have the Anchor Steam from the other side of the country in California. It is one of the last remaining breweries to produce California common beer, also known as Steam Beer, a trademark owned by the company. Again a really enjoyable beer to match any traditional american food to match your american evening.

Enjoy the game folks!


Transfer Deadline DayDate published: 31/01/14

As the most unimportant day in European football draws to a close, some of our best offers are ending as well.

Ned Sauvigon Blanc is currently on its last three days at £7.99, a classic of the Marlborough Sauvigon Blanc full of green fruits particularly gooseberries a wonderful starter or a good match with any white fish dish. 

Also we have on offer is some wonderful bargin hunt wines on a mix and match basis a 1994 Rioja and Argento Chardonnay will cost you £14.33, again these great offers are ending on Tuesday.

We also have some great champagne offers drawing to a close Bollinger at £30.00 when you buy a case of 6. If you are looking for a great deal we also have Heidsieck Gold Top at £19.99 when you buy just 2 or more.

We have many more offers in store come in and explore on this wet and windy weekend in our nice dry store.

Daily Wine Review - Ned Noble Date published: 31/01/14

Daily Wine Review - Ned Noble £9.99(When you buy any two New Zealand Wines) Botrytised grapes have been specially selected from amongst the vines of the Waihopai River vineyard to make this wine. The fermentation process takes a lengthy 6 months and extracts huge flavours from the shrivelled berries. Intensely sweet, yet balanced with a mixture of crisp citrus and fresh melon flavours, and as such, never cloys. Lingers long on the palate. An amazing match for gorgonzola or rich pâtés.

This wine is open and available to taste

Daily Wine Review - Bourgogne Pinot Noir Nicolas PotelDate published: 30/01/14

Daily Wine Review - Bourgogne Pinot Noir Nicolas Potel £8.99(When you buy at least two bottles): From grapes sourced across the Burgundy region, primarily from old Côte d'Or vines. Maison Nicolas Potel is a respected name in Burgundy,the Potel family having previously owned the prestigious Domaine de la Pousse d'Or in Volnay. A restrained nose of berry fruit, principally strawberry and blackcurrant,is followed by a soft-edged palate with lithe and supple tannins. Drink with all charcuterie and cold cuts, pasta dishes and tangy cheeses.

This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter

Daily Wine Review - Montes Alpha ChardonnayDate published: 29/01/14

Daily Wine Review - Montes Alpha Chardonnay £9.99(When you buy two) Aurelio Montes and Douglas Murray founded Viña Montes to pursue the making of premium wines in Chile. Barrel fermented using a mixture of Burgundian and native yeasts this Chardonnay is matured in French oak for 12 months.Aromas of banana and pineapple on the nose, with upfront mango and passion fruit on the palate, complemented by a buttery, creamy character to the palate. Hints of toffee on the after taste.Rich and fruity Chardonnays like this can work quite well with spicy dishes, and are classic partners to poultry in creamy sauces.

This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter

Daily Wine Review - Caronne St GemmeDate published: 28/01/14

Daily Wine Review - Caronne St Gemme £12.99(When you buy at least two bottles) The vineyard of Caronne Ste-Gemme is made up of 45 hectares planted on a mound of gravel with a base of iron-rich sandstone. Plantings consist of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot and the average vine age is 25 years. A bright nose of red fruit with a perfumed edge follows onto the palate with added nuances of smoke, black pepper and subtle oak. A well-rounded finish craves to be drunk now as an excellent accompaniment to roasts.

This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter

Daily Wine Review - ‘2 Up’ Shiraz 2012, Kangarilla Road, South AustraliaDate published: 25/01/14

Daily Wine Review - ‘2 Up’ Shiraz 2012, Kangarilla Road, South Australia

This beautiful full bodied 100% Shiraz is offered up by the vineyard of Kangarilla Road and produced exclusively from mature vines, contributing rich fruit characters so typical of McLaren Vale. Sourcing grapes from three regions this wine is then matured in French and American oak for 12 months. This is a truly vibrant Shiraz with rich blackberry fruit and hints of plum, dark cherry and spice. The long lingering finish reflects dark berry fruits and fine tannins.

Enjoy this full, fruity style now as an accompaniment to spare ribsslathered in barbecue sauce.

This wine is available to try on our tasting counter.

Friday Night FoodDate published: 24/01/14

To round off the working week going for some classic Friday night food and the wines that can be drunk with it:

Fish and Chips: Bouvet £8.99 when you buy 2 or more. This sparkling French wine compliments the saltiness of the chips.

Thai Curry: Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Spatlese 2002, £9.99 per bottle bit. German wine that compliments the spice of the curry perfectly.

Sausage and Mash: Cote de Rhone Vidal Fleury £7.99 when you buy to or more. This compliments any meat dish but for an easy drinking match this would be superb.

Pizza: Either take away or home made you can not beat the Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Grifone currently £5.99 when you buy two or more. The medium bodied wine will sit nicely alongside the strong flavours from the pizza and be easy to drink pre and post pizza.

This is just a few ideas for a Friday night what ever you choose, enjoy.

Daily Wine Review - Picpoul de Pinet VillermarinDate published: 23/01/14

Daily Wine Review - Picpoul de Pinet Villemarin £6.49: Nestling in amongst the warm and red-biased appellations of the Languedoc, just a few miles from the Mediterranean coastline, Picpoul de Pinet is something of an unexpected find, offering a crisp and zesty white wine made from the rare Picpoul grape.Youthfully pale lemon yellow, with a nose of lemon and lime fruit, and anintriguing blend of white blossom and green herb notes. Vibrant green apple fruit with a refreshingly dry and acidic finish.Drink with fresh oysters, whitebait or grilled sardines. 

This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter

The best match for Beef!(and not a Malbec in sight)Date published: 22/01/14

Following the food and wine matching of this week, I have decided to make some recommendations for Beef. Beef is one of of my favourite foods, whether it is a roast rib of Beef or a rib eye steak it is something that always makes me happy. This is why it is crucial to find the right wine match for it. Before I recommend some specific wines I am going to outline some principles that should be adhered too. Beef is a flavourful meat, so it  needs a flavourful wine. Full bodied reds are the traditional match, and my preferred match, but a full bodied white like a Pouilly Fuisse will work excellently as well! So ensure you wine has enough flavour to match the meat. With this in mind I have the following suggestions:

Chateau Batailley - Paulliac - £33: This is a great wine from Bordeaux. Hailing from Pauillac and dominated by the Cabernet Sauvignon grape this is a wine full of power and class. The strong flavours of cassis, black cherry and cedar will stand up to the most flavourful steak. The steak in turn will soften the tannin of the wine. This is a match made in heaven.

Galvo Garage D'Arenberg - McClaren Vale - £13.99(When you buy any two Australian wines): This wine is made in the traditional Bordeaux style using the traditional Bordeaux grapes. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot have all been blended to create a Bordeaux wine with some Australian oomph! Strong black fruit flavours combine with a hint of eucalyptus and spice. If you ever wanted to know what I have with my Sunday roast Beef, then you know now. This is a combination I cannot recommend enough!

Escarpment Pinot Noir - Martinborough - £17.59(When you buy any two New Zealand wines): When you have had your roast, if you have bought well you will have enough of a roast left to make roast Beef sandwiches the following day. This Pinot Noir from New Zealand is the perfect partner. Made in the style of the finest Burgundies this is a wine brimming with red fruit, perfume and wonderful acidity. The ideal wine to match with these cold cuts of Beef. The wine also has enough complexity to measure up to any mustard or horseradish you might be using.


P.s. Malbec is excellent with Beef as well. It is just not my prefferred option!

Daily Wine Review - Vina Pomal Reserva 1994Date published: 22/01/14

Vina Pomal Reserva 1994 - £8.33(When you buy two or more bottles) Viña Pomal is made by the famous Bodegas Bilbainas, from 100% Tempranillo grown only in the estate's own vineyard, matured in Bordeaux-style American oak barrels. The renowned 1994 vintage yielded wines of great body and depth, giving them excellent ageing potential. This wine displays all the hallmarks of graceful bottle ageing, with its mahogany tint, dried prune and raisin fruit, and earthy aromatics. Smooth and remarkably fresh the finish. A mature wine to enjoy now.

This wine is part of our Majestic Bargain Hunt. Enjoy 33.3% off all wines in the Bargain Hunt. Hurry, stocks are running out fast!


World WinesDate published: 21/01/14

Having focused on a particular country and type of red wine, we are going to look at a more expanded view and consider white wine today.

A classic opening to any meal for me is bruschetta, and what I enjoy most is how quick and easy it is to make; 

French stick cut into slices and put in the oven to lightly toast and brown off, Tomatoes cut up and put in a bowl of balsamic vinegar, olive oil and torn basil leaves, When the bread is done rub a lump of garlic over each slice it spread on a plate, and tip the tomatoes over the top spreading across the bread.

What goes well with such a delicious starter I hear you cry!

 Well I'm going to present 4 different options for you:

1. Ned Sauvigion Blanc a classic Marlborough New Zealand white wine, gooseberry flavours develop in the mouth after the original nettle and grass flavour finishing with minerality making you want another taste. Currently at £7.99 when you buy two or more.

2. Serena Pinot Grigio 2012, Banfi, a Italian wine for a Mediterranean inspired starter, not as acidic as you would imagine allows the flavours of the tomatoes to perfectly match with the wine. Also great to open before you sit down or whilst prepping the food, £7.49 when you buy to or more. 

3. Petit Chablis 2011, Domaine Louis Moreau, 100% Chardonnay which is un-oaked a very clean and refreshing wine which clears the palate for an extra bite whilst complimenting the flavours of the starter. This is a lovely entrance to Petit Chablis wine as well and at £11.99 when you buy two or more a nice addition to the trolley.

4. A choice which may appeal or outrage depending on your personal taste, I had the absolute pleasure of drinking Bollinger Special Cuvee NV with bruschetta. It was perfect in every way and £30 a bottle when you buy 6 saving £90 some people could argue that it you would hope it was. 

So there we have it 4 choices and a simple recipe.


Daily Wine Review - Chateau de Triniac Cotes du RoussillonDate published: 21/01/14

Daily Wine Review - Chateau de Triniac Cotes du Roussillon £6.99(When you buy at least two) 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.More than a match for a rich and spicy goulash.

This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter

Daily Wine Review - Pennautier Cabernet SauvignonDate published: 20/01/14

Daily Wine Review - Pennautier Cabernet Sauvignon £5.99(When you buy two or more) Members of the same family have owned the historic Château de Pennautier since 1620. Since the 1980s it has become one of the most significant producers in the Carcassonne area, making wines both from Languedoc grapes, and Bordeaux varieties such as this Cabernet. Cool fermented and matured only in stainless steel, this is a youthful and fruit-focused Cabernet, emphasising its ripe bramble fruit with lively acidity and supple tannins. An ideal partner for guineafowl or pan-fried duck.

This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter


Lamb and RiojaDate published: 20/01/14

Food and Wine, people have a good grasp of what seems to naturally go well together:

Rioja with Lamb, Malbec with Beef, Sauvignon Blanc with White fish or salads, Chardonnay with Chicken or again seafood and anything Italian with well Italian.

But there is so many options of wine and food combinations. We are going to explore this area throughout the week in more detail.

I am going to start with Lamb:

As mentioned Rioja is the classic combination with Lamb so let's try and narrow it down to a few wines we have in store and also an alternative that should be of interest. Spanish wine made in the region of Rioja North East of Spain in the Cantabrian mountains. Made traditional of a majority Tempranillo grape and with Garanacha its traditions relied on the skill of the blender to produce a wine across a number of vineyards, but we are seeing a progression to emphasis on vineyards and grapes within the region.

So the options in store at the moment we have: Lagunilla Reserva at £7.99 when you buy two or more, perfect with roast lamb very smooth due to its 24 months in American oak but with a quality spicy finish to the wine.

For a slightly higher budget: Rioja Reserva Muga is at £14.99 when you buy two or more. It has a great depth of flavor with a great finish to the length. It is also holding well for the next 6 to 7 years if you can resist.

And my alternative: for £7.99 a 100% pure Garanacha grape still in Spain the La Garnacha 2011, Salvaje del Moncayo. Perfect with grilled lamb cutlets, the flavors of this lighter style of wine match perfectly with the tender lamb and was certainly the highlight of my meal.

These are my personal choices and I am still exploring Rioja and Spanish wine, but that is the beauty of wine everyone has an individual taste, come in and explore!

Daily Wine Review - Paul Mas Syrah ViognierDate published: 17/01/14

Daily Wine Review - Paul Mas Syrah Viognier £8.99(When you buy at least two bottles) 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. Dark redcurrant and blackcurrant fruit, the viognier in this wine really stands out with its perfume qualities which give more elegance. Perfect with cottage pie, shepherd's pie, or Italian-style meatballs.


This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter


Daily Wine Review - Montes MalbecDate published: 16/01/14

Daily Wine Review - Montes Malbec £7.99(When you buy at least two bottles) This wine comes from some of Chile's oldest plantings of the Malbec grape, some of which are around 100 years old, in Colchagua Valley. It has been matured for just 6 months in French oak barrels, to add complexity and softness while maintaining the fruit character. A dark and intense ruby red, this wine brims with blueberry and raspberry fruit, with a subtle layer of vanilla, butterscotch and pudding spice aromas. Smooth and lightly savoury. Great with spaghetti bolognese.


This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter

New Cider! Burrow HillDate published: 15/01/14

New Cider! Burrow Hill Cider:

Our latest cider has just been delivered and is now in store. It is called Burrow Hill Cider and originates from Somerset.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. This is a Majestic exclusive line.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 this to our customers!


This cider is open and available to taste on our tasting counter

£18.00 for a case of 8 bottles

Daily Wine Review - Bollinger NVDate published: 15/01/14

Daily Wine Review - Bollinger Special Cuvee NV £30(When you buy a case of 6) - 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.

This is quite simply is the best NV champagne going in my opinion. It is a luxurious aperitif but it comes into its own when matched with food. Try partnering it with rich seafood dishes to see it at its best. Think grilled prawns in garlic butter, smoked salmon or lobster Thermidore. Pure food and wine matching heaven!

Daily Wine Review - Umbral MalbecDate published: 14/01/14

Daily Wine Review: Umbral Malbec - £8.66(When you buy at least two) The Cruz de Piedra estate is now in its second generation of family ownership. Established in 1973 by Sigifredo Alonso, the estate's vines are now mature, and produce excellent quality fruit in their location 1000m above sea level, where they are irrigated by snow melt. Deep ruby red in colour. The aromas are of ripe bramble and red fruits,with hints of pudding spice and delicate oak. Concentrated and juicy on the palate, with robust but fine-grained tannins. At its best with rare beef or lamb steaks, rubbed with garlic and rosemary.


This wine is part of the Majestic Bargain Hunt. Catch it whilst you can!

Taste and Explore: Sign-up for a Free Wine Tasting Event!Date published: 14/01/14

With a free tasting counter in all of our stores every day at Majestic is as an occasion to taste, learn and explore. But have you ever fancied something a bit more in depth or wanted to gain a fuller understanding of how to taste wine?

If so then our 90 minute Introduction to Wine Tasting course is for you! These are relaxed and informal free events held in store. With fully trained staff on hand to answer your questions these events are designed for all levels of knowledge.

We like to make sure everyone has plenty of space and their own chair so unfortunately places on each course are limited. Please do call us up and reserve a spot on 01730 262 424. However, if your chosen date is already fully booked do not despair! We are always adding new dates to our timetable and can be flexible to fit in with your specific needs. If you are part of a group of 8 to 10 friends we can even lay a course on just for you!


Tastings Dates:

You can always browse our upcoming tastings by looking at our 'Store Events' tab (in blue just above this article) but we've also jotted the next few ones down below:

January

Sunday 26th January, 3pm

Thursday 30th January, 6pm

February

Thursday 6th February, 6pm

Thursday 13th February, 6pm

Sunday 16th February, 3pm

Thursday 20th February, 6pm

Sunday 23rd February, 3pm

Thursday 27th February, 6pm


Daily Wine Review - Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2012Date published: 13/01/14

This blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon hails from the most noted region of Western Australia, Margaret River, an area which 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. A great match to lightly spiced, Asian-style seafood.

This wine is currently part of our 'Bargain Hunt' promotion and available at a special price of just £12.49 when you buy 2 or more bottles as part of a mixed case. 


Daily Wine Review - Anakena 'Tama' Vineyard Selection Syrah 2011, Colchagua ValleyDate published: 12/01/14

This singe-vineyard wine from Anakena is produced from specific plots, chosen for producing wines with specific varietal characters. The wine has 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.

Drink with rare or cured red meats such as carpaccio, or with roast venison.

This wine is currently part of our 'Bargain Hunt' promotion and available at a special price of just £6.66 when you buy 2 or more bottles as part of a mixed case. 

Daily Wine Review - Talinay ChardonnayDate published: 11/01/14

Daily Wine Review - Talinay Chardonnay £11.33(When you buy two or more) This Chardonnay comes from a small valley within Limarí. Located just 12km from the Pacific, the maximum average summer temperature here never exceeds 23.5ºC, allowing a long, moderate ripening season, endowing the wines with well-developed flavours.This modern cool-climate Chardonnay has an invitingly fruity character,offering citrus and tropical notes in abundance. A lush, creamy palate,with mouthwatering acidity and a forthright minerality. A great accompaniment for linguine with mushrooms in a creamy sauce.


Daily Wine Review - Montagny Vielles Vignes BuxyDate published: 10/01/14

Daily Wine Review - Montagny Vielles Vignes Buxy £8.99(When you buy at least two bottles)The Cave des Vignerons de Buxy is the result of collective enterprise and the work of 120 wine-growers and 40 employees. It was founded in 1931 with the collective aim of finding a solution to their problems relating to making, storing and selling wines.This Montagny offers ripe lemon aromas, accompanied by subtle hints of white blossom. More refreshing citrus flavours on the palate, and an elegant, steely dry finish. Drink now and accompany with salad or shellfish.

Daily Wine Review - Casabel Vinho TintoDate published: 09/01/14

Daily Wine Review - Casabel Vinho Tinto £5.33(When you buy at least two bottles) A blend of traditional local grape varieties, hand-picked from three estates in the region of Obidos, to the north of Lisbon. The grapes are fully de-stemmed, lightly crushed and following fermentation, the wine is matured for 6-8 months without oak. A fragrant and uplifting nose of cherry and raspberry, with touches of violet and pudding spice. The palate is a cascade of forest fruits framed by robust and persistent tannins. A real hit with herbaceous and well-seasoned and roasted red meats.

Daily Wine Review - La Plata Sauvignon BlancDate published: 08/01/14

Daily Wine Review - La Plata Sauvignon Blanc £4.66(When you buy at least two bottles) 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.Chill well and enjoy in its youth. Pair with some light salmon fishcakes.

Majestic Party ServicesDate published: 07/01/14

We here in Majestic like to make your life as easy as possible. Whether it is recommending the right wines for you, grabbing that heavy case of water or opening the door for you we like to do it where we can. With this in mind, I am going to run through the services we offer that(hopefully) make hosting a big event a real joy!

1) Free Delivery - As long as you buy 6 bottles of wine and they exceed £40 you are entitled to free delivery. This can be to a destination of your choice and at a time of your choosing. We will also unload the van at the other end and ensure the stock is put in a place you are happy with.

2) Free Glass Hire - We offer a range of free glasses for free to hire alongside your wine order. We offer champagne flutes, wine glasses, hi ball tumblers and pint glasses. All we ask is that you pay a £1 deposit per glass which is then refunded when the glasses are returned cleaned and(touchwood) unbroken!

3) Free Chiller Bin and Ice Bucket hire - It is important that white wine and fizz is served perfectly chilled at an event. We can enable you to do this by hiring chiller bins and ice buckets. They are a £15 deposit(Chiller Bin) and £10 deposit(Ice bucket)  to hire which is then refunded once they are returned. We also sell ice for them.

4) Expert staff and a wide range of products - Whether it is just a light quaffing white or something a bit fancier, we have it in our range.  We will always be more than happy to make recommendations to suit your budget. Prices start at £4.99 a bottle. If you let us know in advance we can also open wines for you on the tasting counter, which will help ensure you get the right wine for your event.

5) Sale and Return - As long as you use at least 6 bottles of your purchase we are happy to refund as many bottles as you like. All we ask is that the bottles can be resold(e.g.Are unopened and the labels are complete) and that beer and soft drinks are returned in complete cases.


With these points in mind, we hope that you decide to use Majestic Petersfield for your next event!

Daily Wine Review - Berberana Gran ReservaDate published: 07/01/14

Daily Wine Review - Berberana Gran Reserva £8.99(When you buy at least two bottles)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 andstrawberries. Smooth and full-bodied palate, with luscious fruit lacedwith vanilla, cloves and dried fruits.Roast meats, pastas, tomato dishes, barbecues and game.



Daily Wine Review - Brancott Estate Pinot Noir 2012Date published: 06/01/14

Daily Wine Review - Brancott Estate Pinot Noir 2012, Marlborough: £8.49 (when purchased alongside any other bottle of wine from New Zealand)

The fruit in this wine comes mainly from across Marlborough, with small amounts from other regions, creating a consistent benchmark Pinot. A variety of yeast strains, and ageing in a mixture of French and American oak are also used, further enhancing complexity.Bright red cherries and summer berries characterise the fruit,highlighted by aromas of dried herbs. The sweetness of the fruit is balanced by firm tannins and a streak of taut acidity. Drink this in its youth, with a mushroom risotto or pasta dish.

This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter

Daily Wine Review - Château Fourcas-Dupré 2004, Listrac MédocDate published: 05/01/14

Daily Wine Review - Château Fourcas-Dupré 2004, Listrac Médoc - £12.99 (when you buy 2 or more)

There have been vines planted on the site of Fourcas-Dupré since the early 18th century, but it is only since 1970 that the estate has taken on its modern identity, steadily improving its quality until it was awarded Cru Bourgeois Supérieur status in 2003. A rich and abundantly aromatic claret, full of meaty red fruit, accentedby hints of truffle, cedar and perfumed spice this is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Plenty of body and graphite-like tannins.Drink now or cellar for another 3-5 years. Best served with roast lamb.

Daily Wine Review - Château Fourcas-Dupré 2004, Listrac Médoc

Daily Wine Review - Côtes du Rhône Belleruche 2012, M.ChapoutierDate published: 04/01/14

Daily Wine Review - Côtes du Rhône Belleruche 2012, M.Chapoutier: £7.99 (when bought alongside any other bottle of wine from The Rhone) 

The Chapoutier family have produced wines in the Rhône Valley since1808. Michel Chapoutier, currently in charge, has combined traditionwith a dynamic, creative approach and makes some of the best wines ofthe region. A superb wine with rich aromas of dark fruit, earthy minerals and spice. A classic blend of Syrah and Grenache the Belleruche is soft and round on the palate with smooth tannins, rich blackberry and cherry fruit, hints of liquorice and a substantial finish.This wine can be enjoyed over the next several years and will superblypartner most rich meat dishes.

This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter


Daily Wine Review - Argento ChardonnayDate published: 03/01/14

Daily Wine Review - Aregento Chardonnay £6.00(When you buy any two bottles from the Majestic Bargain Hunt) 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.Enjoy chilled on its own or with lightly spiced Mediterranean foods.

This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter

The Majestic Bargain Hunt!Date published: 03/01/14

The Majestic Bargain hunt is back. This event sees many great bottles of wine discounted to a great price for you to take advantage of. The way it works is simple, anything included in the bargain hunt is 33% off when you buy any two bottles within the bargain hunt. This means you can mix and match different bottles to your hearts content in order to get the best deals! We have many different wines available under this offer from great party wines to magnums of Rioja. So why not pop down and have a look. This is an oppurtunity not to be missed!

Daily Wine Review - Gavi MontieroDate published: 02/01/14

Daily Wine Review - Gavi Montiero: £6.99(When you buy two or more bottles)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 naturalaffinity with the fresh seafood of the Ligurian coast.A pale golden colour, with characteristic aromas of lime zest andgrapefruit, along with subtle hints of fresh fennel. Bone dry and withmoderate acidity, it offers a clean and refreshing finish.To appreciate this wine fully, drink with any fresh white fish, served simply with herb butter.

This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter


Christmas Opening Hours - UpdateDate published: 20/12/13

With Christmas fast approaching, we here in Majestic Petersfield just want to refresh you of when we will be open for business over the coming two weeks:

Saturday 21st December: 9am - 8pm

Sunday 22nd December: 10am - 5pm

Monday 23rd December: 9am - 8pm

Tuesday 24th December: 9am - 5pm

Wednesday 25th December: CLOSED

Thursday 26th December: CLOSED

Friday 27th December: 10am - 8pm

Saturday 28th December: 9am - 7pm

Sunday 29th December: 10am - 5pm

Monday 30th December: 10am - 7pm

Tuesday 31st December: 10am - 5pm

Wednesday 1st January: CLOSED


If you are unsure about any of these times or have any questions, then do not hesitate to get in contact with team Petersfield on 01730 262 424.



Mike's guide to Christmas - White WineDate published: 17/12/13

Today I am looking at white wine, and will be looking to give you some great options to match with your turkey, fish dishes and a wine that goes brilliantly with itself!

Erdener Treppchen Riesling Kabinett 2007, Dr Hermann £9.99 - This offering from the Mosel is a rare gift, a wine that is excellent value and that goes well with itself! Grown on steep slate slopes this is a delicate and poised wine with lots of flavour. The nose is full of bright stone fruit and elderflower. The palate is off dry with refreshing acidity, there is a hit of apricot and white peach as well as a subtle mineral note. It is a dream to drink. This is the perfect wine to revitalise yourself with after lots of stodgy Christmas food!

Muga Blanco £9.99(When you buy two or more bottles) - White Rioja is a very undervalued wine. It can produce full bodied white wine packed full of fruit and spice flavours that are a match to most complex dishes. Such as Christmas lunch! Having been 100% fermented in new oak this is a wine complex enough to stand up to turkey and the trimmings. The nose is full of citrus and vanilla, whilst the palate is round and packed with lime flavours and a touch of toast. I cannot recommend this white wine enough.

Cloudy Bay Te Koko £27.99(When you buy any two New Zealand Wines) - This is a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc unlike anything you have ever had before. Produced using wild yeasts and having been aged in oak, it is then released after having spent three years aging in the bottle. This is a spicy and complex Sauvignon Blanc and will be a brilliant match to your fish dishes this Christmas, no matter how complex they are. The nose is packed with lychee, lime and a touch of toast. The palate is full bodied and creamy with a pleasing mix of tropical and citrus fruit as well as spice. This is also a wine that truly lingers on the palate!


The next job for me on this whizz through Christmas wines is Red Wine which will be following shortly!

Mike's guide to Christmas - Fizz!Date published: 16/12/13

What better place to start a guide to Christmas than by recommending some wonderful fizz that will get your festive season started with a bang!

Codorniu Reina Christina Blanc De Noir £9.99(When you buy at least two) Named after the Regent Queen of Austria this is a regal glass of fizz that is exceptional value. Made exclusively from Pinot Noir this is a vibrant style of fizz. The nose is a beguiling mixture of blossom and citrus fruits. On the palate there are flavours of brioche, lemon and green apple. This is a perfect aperitif but will also partner any fish dishes you might be having over the Christmas period.

Pelorus Rosé £17.99(When you buy two or more) From the famous Cloudy Bay vineyard this is a showstopping sparkling rosé. It is made from 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay. It is a delightful pale pink in the glass with a delicate and persistent mousse. The nose is a heady mix of summer berries and a subtle spice. On the palate there is a pleasing creamy texture and flavours of wild strawberry and cherry. This is a balanced and refreshing wine and would be a great match for any cured meats you are serving over this period.

Ruinart NV £35 For me you cannot beat Champagne. There are lots of great sparkling wines out there but they have yet to rival the intensity and power of Champagne. This Ruinart is the perfect case in point. Founded in 1729 it is a Champagne house that takes quality very seriously and this is shown in the wine. The nose is a heady mixture of butterred toast and spice. The palate is bursting with biscuit, lemon zest and brioche. It really is a great bottle and will make for a sumptuous aperitif or if feeling very extravagant, a great partner to a Lobster Thermidor. That is how I shall be enjoying mine!


I hope these suggestions have given you food for thought. Next on my list, the perfect white wines for the festive season!

Delivery Availability - UpdateDate published: 16/12/13

With Christmas fast approaching there is now increased pressure on our delivery schedule. It has meant that the following guarantees are now in place:

Delivery under Five Miles: We can still guarantee delivery before Christmas

Delivery Over Five Miles: Delivery could still be possible. Please do call in store and ask, however we cannot guarantee it. We would urge you to use our "Click and Collect" option if you want to be 100% certain of receiving your wine before Christmas. This is a great function and will mean that you can collect your wine in store without any fuss as we will have it ready and waiting for you when you arrive.

If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to get in contact with us in store on 01730262424 or PTF@majestic.co.uk 




Christmas Delivery DetailsDate published: 15/12/13

One of the great services we offer here at Majestic Petersfield is free delivery. If you pop into the store or give us a call we can quickly and easily arrange delivery to any part of Great Britain. With more than 200 stores scattered throughout England, Wales and Scotland we usually manage to send an order out to a recipient within 2 to 3 days. At Christmas our delivery schedules do, however, tend to be a little more busy than normal!

CHRISTMAS DELIVERY AVAILABILITY

Sadly we are no longer able to make any deliveries before Christmas Day as our van driver is fully booked. We are, however, open until 5pm on Christmas Eve so do pop in to see us and collect any wine you may need. We are rapidly selling out of many of our best selling wines so please call us in advance of your visit on 01730 262 424 to reserve the bottles you need.  

DELIVERY GUARANTEE

We will always do our utmost to deliver your wines at the time you need but over the Christmas period our normal guarantee of delivery within 7 days varies somewhat depending on how far the delivery address for your wine parcel is from the nearest Majestic Store (please see our store finder page: http://www.majestic.co.uk/stores ). Even after these dates we may well be able to deliver the wines to you though so please do call us for our latest delivery availability.

Less than 5 miles from a store?* Order by Monday 16 December for delivery before Christmas.

5 - 25 miles from a store?* Order by Sunday 15 December for delivery before Christmas.

More than 25 miles from a store?* You can still order Gift Solutions packs for delivery before Christmas(please see http://www.majestic.co.uk/gift-solutions), or order for click-and-collect until Christmas Eve!

*Distances are approximate and based on driving distance.


Fine Wine of the Week - Chateau Neuf Du Pape Domaine DurieuDate published: 13/12/13

Chateau Neuf- du Pape Domaine Durieu £20(When you buy at least two bottles) 

Domaine Durieu was established in 1976 by Paul Durieu and remains family-owned, now run by Paul's sons, Vincent and Francois. Unusually,Durieu de-stem their grapes to aid fruitiness, relying on fruit from low yielding vines to provide firm tannic structure.With typical Chateuneuf power, the wine delivers a fresh and spicy nose of red cherry embellished with notes of sage and wild thyme. The palate is equally powerful, with sinuous tannins and huge length.The classic match for a full-flavoured game pie. 

This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter

Daily Wine Review - Jermann Pinot GrigioDate published: 11/12/13

Daily Wine Review - Jermann Pinot Grigio £18.00(When you buy two or more bottles) Founded by Anton Jermann in 1881, the estate has been family-run ever since, with present winemaker Silvio Jermann taking over the wine making 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.

Daily Wine Review - Meursault PotelDate published: 09/12/13

Meursault Potel - £22.00 a bottle The commune of Meursault is located in the southern part of the Côte de Beaune, on an area of clay and limestone slopes, with a predominantly south-easterly aspect. The appellation is known for making a generous and 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.

This wine is open and available to taste

Christmas Opening HoursDate published: 09/12/13

Christmas Opening Hours: 

9th December- 13th December: 9.00am - 8.00pm

Saturday December 14th: 9.00am - 7.00pm

Sunday December 15th: 10.00am - 5.00pm

December 16th - Friday 20th: 9.00am - 8.00pm

Saturday December 21st: 9.00am - 8.00pm

Sunday December 22nd: 10.00am - 5.00pm

Monday December 23rd: 9.00am - 8.00pm

Tuesday December 24th: 9.00am - 5.00pm

December 25th and 26th: CLOSED

Friday December 27th: 10.00am - 8.00pm

Saturday December 28th: 9.00am - 7.00pm

Sunday December 29th: 10.00am - 5.00pm

Monday December 30th: 10.00am - 7.00pm

Tuesday December 31st: 10.00am - 5.00pm

Wednesday January 1st: CLOSED


If you have any questions regarding these opening hours over this period then do not hesitate to get in contact with team Petersfield on either 01730262424 or PTF@majestic.co.uk.



Daily Wine Review - Vina Ardanza RiojaDate published: 07/12/13

Daily Wine Review - Vina Ardanza Rioja 2004 Reserva £18.50(When you buy at least two bottles) 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 underfamily ownership, this is of the most sought-after bodegas.Complex and perfumed primary and secondary aromas of earth, spiceand red fruits with a long, elegantly structured medium weight body ofspicy tannins and layers of flavour.Enjoy over the next decade as the richness and power will soften to spice and earth, augmenting game casserole or wild duck.

This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter

Xmas Tasting Tutorials!Date published: 06/12/13

Xmas Tasting Tutorials!

Tomorrow in store we will be hosting two Xmas themed tasting tutorials. They will be at 12pm and 3pm and are FREE! These tasting tutorials are a fun and informal way to enjoy tasting some great wines. We often have many other wines open to taste so these events are the perfect way to get guided around our ranged. Tomorrow we will have the following treats open for you:

Vina Ardanza Rioja Reserva

Jermann Pinot Grigio

Gerard Bertrand Hospitalet

Nicolas Potel Meursault

Paul Thomas Sancerre "Comtesses"

Cloudy Bay Late Harvest Riesling

What more could you ask for from a tasting? We will also have an array of Bordeaux open to taste, as well as Chapel Down Brut, Sauternes, Port and Sherry! Petersfield Majestic really is the place to be this Saturday.


Fine Wine of the Week - Chateau SenejacDate published: 06/12/13

Fine Wine of the Week - Chateau Senejac £18.00(When you buy two or more) Located on deep gravelly soils in the village of Le Pian, Sénéjac is a 39-hectare property with vines averaging 35 years of age. The wine is fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel vessels, then aged for 12-15 months in 30%-new oak barrels.With a black fruit backbone and hints of graphite and mocha, this wine offers a sense of pedigree and opulence. Polished tannins and good balance make it immediately approachable.Drinking well now, but should cellar well for up to 10 years.

This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter

Daily Wine Review - Marquis De Pennautier ViognierDate published: 05/12/13

Daily Wine Review - Marquis de Pennautier Viognier £6.99(When you buy at least two bottles) Château de Pennautier has been in the Lorgeril family since 1620 .Nicolas and Miren de Lorgeril are the tenth generation of vignerons at this historic domaine .The nose reveals honeysuckle, fresh apricots and even a hint of sherbet.Crisp and fresh, with flavours following aromas of the nose and a well balanced lingering finish. An excellent apéritif, however also goes well with all manner of salads,quiches, and grilled fish.

This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter

Soon to be on the tasting counter; 120 MerlotDate published: 04/12/13

The 120 series Merlot, is far from a typical chilean merlot. It's been blended with Syrah to give it greater depth and complexity. Intense aromas of red fruits are present, accompanied by floral, vanilla and tobacco notes. There's a great feeling of volume to this wine. It has super-soft tannins and a typically chilean ripe fruitiness.

This is part of the 120 range, the name coming from the 120 soldiers that found refuge in Santa Rita's hacienda during the Chilean war for independence.

This wine is great with light red meat dishes or pasta.  


Soon to be on the tasting counterDate published: 04/12/13

The Matua Sauvignon Blanc is a great all-round Kiwi example of this grape variety. The word matua in Maori means 'head of the family'; a fitting name for this winery as it was part of the first wave of modern winemakers to make great Sauvignon Blanc in the mid 1970's.

With tangy flavours of grapefruit and gooseberry as well as hints of passion fruit and capsicum make this wine a good pairing for all sorts of fish and white fleshed poultry. Due to its dryness and high acidity levels it can also be enjoyed as a refreshing aperitif.  


Daily Wine Review - The Wirra Wirra Scrubby RiseDate published: 03/12/13

Daily Wine Review - The Wirra Wirra Scrubby Rise £7.99(When you buy any two Australian Wines) The Wirra Wirra cellars were constructed in the early 20th century by Robert Strangways Wigley, who also studied law and architecture, and played cricket for South Australia. 

Wirra Wirra is an aboriginal expression meaning 'amongst the gums'. A brilliant crimson with a purple edge, this is a youthful and vibrant wineoffering raspberry, cherry and blackberry fruit, lifted by hints of violet and spicy oak notes.Drink now or over the next 5 years. Best served with red meat.

This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter

Fine Wine of the Week - The Roaring Meg Pinot NoirDate published: 02/12/13

Roaring Meg Pinot Noir - £17.59(When you buy at least two bottles)

Mount Difficulty is a boutique winery located in Bannockburn in Central Otago. The Bannockburn area is internationally recognized as one of the few places in the world where the petulant Pinot Noir variety has found a home outside Burgundy

.This wine exhibits a lovely mix of red and black berry fruits with furthercomplexity gained from oak spice. These characters are balanced by soft tannins, balanced acidity and a fruit-driven finish.This is a cracking, complex wine to be enjoyed over the next five years. Enjoy with pork loin and peach chutney or rabbit casserole.

This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter

Christmas Port'sDate published: 01/12/13

Port

Having opened the first door of the advent calenders, we can fully turn our thoughts to Christmas tipples. A classic combination of Port and Cheeses is always close to the top of my list.

We have a solid selection in stock of Taylor's Port from the 2001 Quinta de Terra Feita through to the First Estate Reserve Port. 

One that has particularly caught my eye is the Late Bottled Vintage 2005/2007 for £11.99 matched with a big block of Stilton, perfect match for an early evening nibble having digested the main dinner. 


Something to look forward to personally but, why not come in and have a look at what takes your fancy.

SPARKLING SATURDAY!Date published: 30/11/13

Why not pop in today and join us for a glass of lovely English sparkling wine to celebrate our new store here in Petersfield?


Chapel Down Brut NV

Chapel Down are one of the biggest and best producers of wine in southern England. This blend of classic grape varieties from their Kent vineyards, vinified in the traditional method, is capable of giving Grand Marque Champagnes a run for their money.


Maybe not possessing quite as much yeast character as Champagne, this refreshing, zesty and balanced sparkling wine has fine bubbles that wrap around all corners of the mouth.


The ultimate drinks party sparkling wine, this stunning effort is the next best thing to a big-name Champagne.


Grape Varieties: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Meunier


SPECIAL OFFER £15.99


Craft Beer Open To TasteDate published: 29/11/13

This weekend we will be opening a selection of beers to taste. These beers comprise part of the craft beer revolution currently taking place and we cannot wait to showcase them with you. My favourite one is the Einstok White Ale from Iceland. From a brewery with an uncompromising approach to quality, this really is a beer that makes you sit up and take note. The brewery also has the motto "Drink. Conquer. Repeat" A rather amusing nod towards their Viking Heritage.  Below is a tasting note for the beer, and if this does not get you interested in the beer then why not pop down and try some on our tasting counter!

Einstok White Ale, Akureyri, Iceland 6x330ml £12.99 buy 4 cases of selected craft beer save £12 = £9.99

This beer is increasingly well-known due to its interesting style and unusual providence. It is a Witbier. Literally, witbier translates as white beer, not wheat beer. However it is part of the wheat beer family.Witbier is most often brewed in Belgium and Holland and differs by including coriander and orange peel in the brewing process. Continental Witbiers can be quite intense and heavy making them difficult to drink more than a glass. Einstok White Ale is not like that at all due to the water used. The brewery is in Akureyri, an extremely remote port in northern Iceland, facing north. The water comes from prehistoric glaciers on mainland Iceland and Arctic rainwater, filtered through untouched lava rock formations; they call it the purest water on earth. It transforms the profile of this white ale into something entirely different. It is an exceptionally elegant ale, carrying a lovely hint of the citric and coriander notes, and a softly weighted palate with a long finish.

This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter



RiojaDate published: 28/11/13

3 Great Rioja's on offer!! 

As an easy entry into the heart of Spanish wine why not start with the 3 Vina Eguia's? All 3 are 100% Tempranillo grape and can be drunk individually or as a perfect accoimpant to food.

Rioja Gran Crianza 2004, Viña Eguía

Eguia's level entry Rioja. Vivid cherry red in colour. The aromas show off the wine's oak ageing,with vanilla, coconut and balsamic notes coming to the fore. An elegant palate of ripe fruit framed by soft, polished tannins.The definitive accompaniment to tapas, especially those of red meat or cured cheeses.

Rioja Reserva 2008, Vina Eguia

The traditional reserva style is achieved through 24 months' ageing in French and American oak and 2 years' cellarage before release. The palate has weight yet an elegant profile. Match with a mature steak,

Rioja Gran Reserva 2004, Viña Eguía

Bodegas Eguía are located in Elciego in the Rioja Alavesa sub region 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. Drink with all slow-cooked lamb dishes, or with nutty-tasting cheeses.



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Free Seasonal Tasting

22 May 2014 (18:30 - 21:00)

Welcome to the Majestic Petersfield Summer Tasting! This is a free and informal event where we will be opening a dozen or so wines for you to taste. If you would like to attend then please email us on ptf@majestic.co.uk or call us in store on 01730 262 424. This promises to be an excellent evening and we look forward to seeing you then.

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Meet the team...

  • George Trainee Manager

    Having done 3 weeks at the Haslemere store, I have joined the new team at the Petersfield store. I seem to make base camp in Spain but looking to explore. I also follow my manager in craft beer appreciation and enjoy cider especially the range of Aspall.
  • Mike Manager

    Having worked the length and breadth of Sussex, I am very happy to call Petersfield home. Wine is a passion for me and it is one I am looking forward to sharing. I am partial to a good left bank Bordeaux or vintage Champagne. However, Mosel Riesling and our new range of craft beers are my current drinks of the moment!
  • Thomas Assistant Manager

    Formerly of the Chichester and Guildford stores I'm looking forward to getting to know the Petersfield area. I'm very partial to a nice white Burgundy or virtually anything produced in the Loire valley or The Rhone.

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