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CB5391 CB5391 Château de la Grave ‘Caractère', Côtes de Bourg 2015

"As good a £10 Claret as I've had in a long time, lots of fruit in a modern style that you normally have to spend a lot more to achieve and good structure too with interesting flavour development on the tongue. Preferable to the more traditional style of the Bel Air from the same case, to my taste buds."

Mr Ned Awty ( 19-Jan-2020 )

£9.50
CB5821 CB5821 Château Rose Gadis, Bordeaux 2018

"Black cherry; vanilla; at this price you've got to say this is breathtaking value; it will probably be unavailable next time I try to order it."

Mr Alexander Batteson ( 19-Jan-2020 )

£7.95
US8941 US8941 Bogle Vineyards California Merlot 2017

"Very full on red wine, jammy at first but this dissipates as the complex fruit cedar and smokiness come through. Nothing like a French Merlot, more like a Chilean but even more so. Sweeter then a Zin. Approach with caution, but good."

Mr Charles Stokes ( 19-Jan-2020 )

£12.50
MX19322 MX19322 Clearance Reds Case

"Seemed a good price for what was on offer, Vallee de l Argo, Shiraz, Doido all living up to expectations but struggling with the Carmenere-acidic & slightly fizzy-hoping just a one off!"

Mr Matthew Laws ( 19-Jan-2020 )

£89.00
AR3901 AR3901 Mendel Mendoza Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

"An excellent Cabernet Sauvignon. Complex and fruity. Very good value."

Mr Roland Russell ( 19-Jan-2020 )

£16.00
NZ11741 NZ11741 Dog Point Marlborough Pinot Noir 2017

"This is one of the finest Pinot noir I have tasted. Light and fruity. Terrific "

Mr Roland Russell ( 19-Jan-2020 )

£25.00
LE1051 LE1051 Chateau Musar 2012

"A very full bodied wine and easy to drink. A nice fruity taste but a little sweet to get 5 stars "

Mr Roland Russell ( 19-Jan-2020 )

£26.00
GR1361 GR1361 Black Kalavryta, Tetramythos 2017

"I agree with the reviewer who said "'Very Greek was the comment of those who shared my bottle, but I have to admit I was somewhat underwhelmed. Not that is was unpleasant; quite the opposite. But not very distinctive. " Reminds me of holiday wine - very ordinary. "

Mr Robert Purry ( 19-Jan-2020 )

£8.50
BG331 BG331 Young & Wild Broadleaf Melnik, Villa Melnik 2018

"I dont get it but I confess to not being an expert. To me its fizzy and rough but there we are. "

Mr Robert Purry ( 19-Jan-2020 )

£7.50
PW7861 PW7861 Bacalhôa Moscatel de Setubal Superior 2002

"This is a delightfully complex fortified muscat, with layers of nuts and dried fruits. Pretty good value at £20 for a full bottle and something that can be kept a while in the fridge to enjoy in small portions. "

Mr Nick Foster ( 19-Jan-2020 )

£20.00
SH441 SH441 Romate Maribel A Selection of Amontillado Medium Dry

"The Wine Society's description is spot on. I can see that for some, looking for a clean and simple taste, the complexity, weight and salt-caramel taste tones might be overpowering or off-putting; but if you are looking for "layer upon layer of diverse, delicious flavours and is a steal at the price" then you've found it all right. It has a resounding finish."

Mr Keith Evetts ( 19-Jan-2020 )

£9.50
SP14721 SP14721 Astobiza Txacoli, Alava 2018

"4* for quality but 5* for value. Really delicious with fresh tangy citric and floral flavours and with good weight and finish."

Mr John R Alpine ( 19-Jan-2020 )

£11.95
CS11052 CS11052 Half bottle of Château de la Commanderie, Lalande-de-Pomerol 2015

"This wine was the standout of the wine society 6 French red halves collection for me. I think the description by the wine society is spot on with this, 'lovely, easy-drinking fruity claret'. Maybe not profound, or particularly complex, but has a Pomerol like succulence, and nice freshness... nothing over-extracted - good wine to have in a half-bottles....ordered several more."

Mr Adrian Burgess ( 19-Jan-2020 )

£8.95
GE12371 GE12371 The Society's Ruppertsberg 2018

"Full of flavour and excellent value as always from the WS. Bought on a whim as not used to this style but pleased I took the risk!"

Mr Adam Bastock ( 19-Jan-2020 )

£6.95
PW7691 PW7691 M.O.B. Lote 3, Dão 2016

"I agree with other reviewers that it's quite subtle, but it's almost to the extent that it has no taste. I found it disappointing compared with other Dao reds."

Mr David Blake ( 19-Jan-2020 )

£10.95
SA14911 SA14911 Painted Wolf Pictus V Cape White Blend, Coastal 2016

"Really like this wine and the style. It has great depth and complexity without being over bearing. "

Mr Jake Capper ( 19-Jan-2020 )

£22.00
NZ11181 NZ11181 Mission Estate Hawke's Bay Syrah 2018

"Certainly it was fresh, the black currant was clearly evident and there was a lot going on in the initial mouthful but I felt it fell away, not to be unexpected as it isn’t an expensive wine after all. I ended up feeling it was too fresh and almost rustic in the finish and I have to say I didn’t overly enjoy the overall taste, it felt metallic and quite raw. The black pepper and olives references feel accurate but I think it needed slightly more weight which seems bizarre when talking through a Syrah. Unfortunately I have come across a couple of wine society choices like this recently where you can tick all the boxes on the nose but as you taste the wine it falls away and leaves not too much behind... I think it’s me !!!!!"

Mr Jan de Clare ( 19-Jan-2020 )

£10.95
NZ11181 NZ11181 Mission Estate Hawke's Bay Syrah 2018

"Certainly it was fresh, the black currant was clearly evident and there was a lot going on in the initial mouthful but I felt it fell away, not to be unexpected as it isn’t an expensive wine after all. I ended up feeling it was too fresh and almost rustic in the finish and I have to say I didn’t overly enjoy the overall taste, it felt metallic and quite raw. The black pepper and olives references feel accurate but I think it needed slightly more weight which seems bizarre when talking through a Syrah. Unfortunately I have come across a couple of wine society choices like this recently where you can tick all the boxes on the nose but as you taste the wine it falls away and leaves not too much behind... I think it’s me !!!!!"

Mr Jan de Clare ( 19-Jan-2020 )

£10.95
FC36631 FC36631 Merlot, Domaine du Bosc, Pays d'Oc 2018

"Well, you could say spicy, but for me the price is reflected in the price."

Professor Adrian C Freeman ( 18-Jan-2020 )

£6.95
SA15221 SA15221 Perdebee Shiraz, Darling 2015

"Sweet. Rich. Full. Amazing value for money. Will age I am sure. An astonishing wine to savour. "

Mr Angus Dunn ( 18-Jan-2020 )

£9.95
CE10421 CE10421 Tabalí Micas Peumo Carmenère 2015

"Awesome. Great value. Deep and tasty "

Mr Rupert Penry-Jones ( 18-Jan-2020 )

£13.50
US8311 US8311 Brazin Lodi Old-Vine Zinfandel 2016

"Excellent stuff. Blows away other Zin’s double the price tag."

Mr Steven Thomas ( 18-Jan-2020 )

£12.50
HU1451 HU1451 Szolo Tempo Tokaj Furmint 2018

"First vintage ever tasted from this winery... in a blind tasting I would have guessed this was a very entry level Mosel Riesling.... dry , refreshing acidity and very much on a citrus fruit sort of spectrum with lemon and lime pith and juice with some faint green fruit ( mostly green apple ) and floral notes ( generic white blossom) . Somehow elegant in its balance of fruit concentration and acidity but a little short in its finish. At this price level you can find far more characterful Furmint ...."

Mr Michele Altana ( 18-Jan-2020 )

£14.95
SA15061 SA15061 'Dirt Track' Sauvignon Blanc by Duncan Savage, Western Cape 2019

"Brilliant. Lovely bright and really tasty and full of fruit. An absolute winner. And also well priced. "

Mr Angus Dunn ( 18-Jan-2020 )

£7.95
FC35951 FC35951 Minervois La Livinière Cuvée Cantilène, Château Sainte-Eulalie 2016

"A fantastic wine. Lacks a bit on the nose but very very drinkable. "

Mr Hugo Taylor ( 18-Jan-2020 )

£13.50
IT27431 IT27431 Soave Classico Castel Cerino, Coffele 2018

"As an aperatife it was a little too acid with a long and earthy finish. However, paired with a mushroom and chestnut rotolo it became balanced and fruity (apples and pears) and very pleasant to drink. I presume the fact it is organic puts up the price; it's a wine I would recommend but there are better examples at less cost."

Mr Roger Brooke ( 18-Jan-2020 )

£9.95
RH53591 RH53591 Viognier Grès du Trias, Coteaux de l'Ardèche, Vignerons Ardéchois 2018

"Very nice example of Viognier. Honey, apricot and lychees. Carries the 14% very easily. Very food friendly. Recommended. "

Mr Tom Rodger ( 18-Jan-2020 )

£9.95
SA15251 SA15251 The Society's Cabernet Sauvignon-Cinsaut Cape Heritage Blend, Coastal 2017

"Did not like much. a bit too bitter for me."

Mr Alex Vaystikh ( 18-Jan-2020 )

£7.95
SP14411 SP14411 Navajas Crianza Rioja 2015

"Rather an old style Rioja. Especially good for a Crianza. Vaniila nose, decent fruit, oak and a bit leathery, decent length. Good value for money, especially if you hark back to old style. Just ordering half a dozen."

Mr Bill Davy ( 18-Jan-2020 )

£8.95
IT27161 IT27161 Incanto Merlot-Nero d'Avola Terre Siciliane 2018

"Ripasso style but without the heaviness. Too sweet and plummy for my taste but good value if you like the style."

Mr Colin Mitchell ( 18-Jan-2020 )

£6.50
SA13991 SA13991 ‘Dirt Track' Shiraz by Duncan Savage, Western Cape 2018

"This is much more typical syrah - minerality, spiciness and a bit of tannin - than sweet jammy shiraz, and none the worse for that (don't really understand Wine Society review.) Particularly enjoyable the day after opening and very good value for money."

Mr Colin Mitchell ( 18-Jan-2020 )

£6.95
MX19287 MX19287 A Dozen Spanish Whites Case

"Some lovely wines in this selection. We particularly enjoyed the Celler del Roure Cullerot Blanco. Would have ordered a case of it but sadly you don't seem to have any left"

Mr John Garnett ( 18-Jan-2020 )

£105.00
BJ8051 BJ8051 Trenel, Beaujolais-Villages 2018

"Delicious"

Mrs Annette Mills ( 17-Jan-2020 )

£9.25
SA14921 SA14921 A Fistful of Schist Reserve Chenin Blanc, Swartland 2019

"this is just amazing! too easy to drink - lovely on own and with most foods!"

Ms Fiona Pettitt ( 17-Jan-2020 )

£6.50
LO14911 LO14911 Anjou, Domaine Cady 2018

"Superb! One of the best whites I have had for a while. Just full of character. Great value."

Mr Simon Harris ( 17-Jan-2020 )

£9.50
LO15291 LO15291 Touraine Chenonceaux Rouge, Domaine de la Renaudie 2016

"Loire Cabernet franc not everyone's cup of tea but blend with Malbec gives lovely easy drinking without losing the fruit and aroma - recommended"

Mr Colin R McKelvie ( 17-Jan-2020 )

£9.95
AU20371 AU20371 Cullen Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot 2017

"Very unpleasant - returned case. "

Mr Graham Arnold ( 17-Jan-2020 )

£22.00
NZ10301 NZ10301 Wither Hills Marlborough Chardonnay 2016

"If you like Oaked Chardonnay this is a great choice at a very reasonable price"

Mr Rambaut Fairley ( 17-Jan-2020 )

£8.95
UR501 UR501 Atlántico Sur Garzón Vineyard Maldonado Marselan 2018

"I opened this wine yesterday, Thursday 16th January 2020 at a tasting with 14 other people. It had a marked oxidative character which I was surprised to find. The cork was in good condition and tight and so was not the source of this. Of course it might be a deliberate style favoured by the winemaker but that would surprise me. The alternative would be an issue at the winery. Of the 14; 5 disliked the wine, 6 were 'take it or leave it' and 3 liked it. Those 3 are all Wine Society members (unlike the others present) but none had tried it before."

Mr Will Parker ( 17-Jan-2020 )

£8.95
AU22111 AU22111 Full Moon Victoria Shiraz-Zweigelt 2019

"Very enjoyable. Seems to have more natural balance than many Aussie reds, which I find can be over-acidified to compensate for super-ripeness. This has got deep, spicy, plummy fruit and some nice, fine-grained tannins. Good value."

Mr Richard Holmes ( 17-Jan-2020 )

£8.95
SA15221 SA15221 Perdebee Shiraz, Darling 2015

"I'm really enjoying this wine. Great flavour and soft on the pallete. The perfect wine for my rump steak stir fry. Cheers, B."

Mr Bernard Mitchinson ( 17-Jan-2020 )

£9.95
GE12761 GE12761 Dr.Loosen Red Slate Riesling, Mosel 2018

"Excellent dry Reisling but with character. Well worth trying ... I'm on my third order!"

Mr John C Catton ( 17-Jan-2020 )

£10.95
IT25831A IT25831A Etna Rosso Fondo Filara, Nicosia 2016

"We had two bottles of this in our recent Great Savings Premium Italian Delights case. The first bottle contained a thin, pale orange liquid that tasted vile and the second one was, sadly, the same. Both went down the sink. Left bit of a hole in our New Year cellar. Oh dear, not a good start to 2020........."

Mr John Brocklesby ( 17-Jan-2020 )

£12.50
AU21731 AU21731 Yalumba FDR1a Eden Valley Cabernet Shiraz 2013

"This is the first time I have ever had a corked wine from the WS. This lovely wine is corked but if you can hold your nose before tasting it is lovely but that can be bearable for one bottle but not more. Yalumba is a great and old winery and Eden Valley a great growing area for wine . We have been to their HQ in Victoria and Eden Valley but not their vineyard. Sadly I cannot recommend this particular wine on offer."

Dr John M Forsythe ( 16-Jan-2020 )

£20.00
SP14361 SP14361 Parcelas Ecológico Monastrell, Yecla 2017

"Blackcurrant, blueberry and even glacé cherry on the nose with a very robust palate with a long but curious finish, somewhere between porty Xmas cake but (agreeing with the Prof) with a distinctly farmyard element. Not for me. "

Dr Philip Dodd ( 16-Jan-2020 )

£7.50
CE10771 CE10771 Viña Santico Carmenère 2018

"I’m no sommelier, but I love this wine. It’s like a sparkling red. It’s not sparkling of course, but it reminds me of a sparkling red I drank in Napa. A lively balance of sweetness and acidity. I know other reviewers haven’t liked it, but for me it’s mouth watering - literally."

Mr Chris Moore ( 16-Jan-2020 )

£5.25
BG351 BG351 Bulgarian Heritage Dimyat Orange Wine, Via Vinera 2018

"A decent mouthfull of wine for 8 and a half pounds. On the tame side of orangeness -nothing to scare the horses. It coped admirably with spicey chicken paprika"

Mr Andrew Buurman ( 16-Jan-2020 )

£8.50
PW7531 PW7531 Esporão Monte Velho Tinto, Alentejano 2018

"A refined wine, balanced, complex and understated, which is very good value indeed at the price. Continues the Baverstock tradition at Esporao, of good, well-made wines that never quite make it into the absolutely gorgeous category, probably because of the heat and terroir of the Alentejo."

Mr Keith Evetts ( 16-Jan-2020 )

£7.95
TU171 TU171 Hasandede Winehouse Vinkara 2017

"A disappointing wine. Whilst the smell and initial taste were pleasant enough, the aftertaste was not to my liking. Though I’m not familiar with this grape, I certainly won’t be rushing back. "

Mr Andrew Smith ( 16-Jan-2020 )

£8.50
FC36841 FC36841 Cahors, Château de Hauterive 2016

"Bought a couple of bottles in a sampling case. Excellent full bodies red. Just bought some more!"

Mr John G Fletcher ( 16-Jan-2020 )

£8.50

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