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Welcome to the Imperial Hotel drinks menu & wine list
There's an extensive choice when you're considering what to drink at Imperial Hotel. Quench your thirst with a soft drink, beer, cocktail or cup of tea. The choice is yours. We're renowned for our superbly curated wine list, Nick's particular baby. It features superb wines from around the world, all tasted by Nick to ensure they've earned their place on our list. If you'd like any help choosing, simply ask.
To view our drinks menu and wine list in full, simply click on the title, and the full list for that section will appear.
Breakfast, Earl Grey, Green, Super Fruits, Peppermint, Chamomile & Decaffeinated
Espresso topped with hot milk & foam
Espresso diluted with hote steamed milk, topped with a dash of foam
Espresso diluted with a dash of hote water
Warm frothy milk, marshmallows & topped with chocolate dust
Cafetière of coffee
Cafetière of decaffeinated coffee
Hot Chocolate (why not add whipped cream on top)
Liquer Coffee (please ask for selection and prices)
Strathmore Still or Sparkling Water
330ml small bottle / 750ml large bottle
200 ml Fruit Juice babies
J20 (please ask for flavours)
Carbonated Soft Drinks
Bottled Coke (200ml)
Bottled Diet Coke (200ml)
Diet Coke / Lemonade Half / Pint
Fruit Juice & Lemonade Half / Pint
Draught Beer & Cider
Stella Artois Lager 4.86%
Becks Vier 4.0%
Woodforde's Wherry 3.8%
East Coast Bitter 4.0%
Norfolk Adder Cider 4.5%
Bottled Beer & Cider
Old Speckled Hen 500ml
Kopparberg Fruit Cider 500ml
Becks Blue (Non Alcoholic)
Aperol, Prosecco and a splash of soda in a balloon glass filled with ice
Silver Tequila, fresh Orange Juice & a generous splash of Grenadine over ice, garnished with an orange wheel
Vodka, Cointreau & cranberry juice with a squeeze of lime
Vanilla Espresso Martini
Absolut Vanilla Vodka, Tia Maria, espresso coffee, garnished with a coffee bean.
Crème de Cassis topped with Prosecco.
SeedLip "Pink G & T"
Seedlip Grove 42 non alcoholic spirit, which is zesty with an uplifting spice, with aromatic Fever Tree tonic over ice with a lime wedge
Gin - let the fun beGin
Bombay Sapphire 25ml
Soft juniper aroma finished by earthy and slight peppery notes
Gordon's London Dry 25ml
Instant citrus aromas creating a dry, fresh experience
Gordon's Pink Gin 25ml
Gordon's balanced with the sweet taste of raspberries, strawberries and the tang of redcurrant
Good hint of liquorice and a slight spice with a long, tingling finish
Very floral with a slight spice and lingering flavour
Bullards Norwich Dry Gin 25ml
Infused with Tonka beans, with a light yet warming feel and strong citrus notes
Bullards Strawberry & Black Pepper Gin 25ml
The sweet aroma of fresh strawberries contrast with initial warming black pepper and juniper and lemon on the finish.
This list is only a short beGINing - please ask for specials and other gins we have in stock. The range changes monthly!
Life Happens - Gin helps!
Schweppes Tonic or Slimline
Schweppes Bitter Lemon
Schweppes Orange Juice
Fever-Tree Tonic or Slimline
Fever-Tree Elderflower, Mediterranean or Aromatic Tonics
Did you say Gym? I heard Gin! Don't forget...
Lemon slice, lime wedge, orange wheel or cucumber stick ....
Famous Grouse Whisky
Martini Extra Dry
Harveys Bristol Cream
Taylor's Crusted Port
Nick says: "Having spent much of my working life involved with wine, either in sommelier competitions during and after university, or over the 36 years that I have worked here, I have tried to create a wine list that includes good wines from around the world."
"I am often asked what my favourite wine is, and my answer would be that I really do not have one. There are so many great wines made in the world that it depends upon the occasion, on what I am eating, and the time of year. At Imperial Hotel, I have chosen some fantastic wines from both individual family producers to large winemaking companies. They all have their place on our list and I have tasted them all. I am a great believer in 'drink what you like, when you like,' and wine is all part of the occasion of dining out. The more you enjoy what we have to offer at Imperial Hotel, the better the wine will taste. I hope you enjoy our selection and that you have a delicious meal. If you would like to discuss a particular wine or need some help with choosing, please feel free to ask."
"I have selected a range of House wines from around the world that offer a variety of grape types to suit many dishes, and which are all available by the glass or the bottle. You might also like to try our local, English, award-winning Winbirri wine from Norfolk. And just a note about changes to listed wine vintages - when stocks of present vintages are exhausted, we aim to offer the most suitable alternative vintage. Several wines are vegan - please ask for more information if this is something you're interested in."
All house wines are priced at £24.95 per bottle.
If you prefer to drink by the glass prices are:
£4.90 per 125ml
£6.75 per 175ml
£8.85 per 250ml
700 2022 Pinot Grigio, Delle Venezie (Italy). Straw yellow in colour with golden reflexes. The bouquet is ample with floral and fruity notes. The wine is full, pleasant and well-balanced.
706 2022 Sauvignon Blanc, ME by Matahiwi Estate, Wairarapa, New Zealand. Pale lemon in colour, this Sauvignon Blanc is vibrant with aromas of fresh limes and gooseberries with a juicy lingering finish.
708 2022 Chardonnay, The Home Farm (Southeast Australia). Generous aromas of passionfruit & mango, with hints of honeycomb and vanilla oak. The palate is rich and creamy with peach and sweet citrus flavours that lead to a long finish.
711 2021 Pinot Grigio Blush, Belfiore (Italy). A pale salmon pink rosé delicate floral aromas and hints of apricot and pear.
339 Blush Zinfandel. A salmon pink rosé wine, with hints of strawberries & raspberries. A medium-sweet style for those who prefer wine not too dry.
712 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon, Altitudes Reserva (Chile). An attractive red colour, with hues of purple. Rich berry aromas, with well-integrated sweet spices. Medium to full bodied with a good structure and lingering finish.
714 2021 Malbec, La Bonita, Reserve, Mendoza (Argentina). This Malbec is full of ripe dark plum fruits, sweet tannins, chocolate and mocha.
716 2018 Merlot Reserva, Gran Araucaria (Chile). A fine complex wine with dry fruits, truffle and spice. Its tannins are mellow and soft with a silky after taste.
718 2019 Shiraz, Explorers, Limestone Coast (Southeast Australia). Deepest dark red with vibrant garnet hue. The aromas are powerful and complex with a wealth of fruit. It has a rich and full palate with soft flavours of plums, mulberry, and a hint of vanilla. This is complemented by spicy tannins and a long finish.
All priced by the bottle.
2 2019 Château de Fontenille. £31.50. From the Entre-Deux-Mers region this red Boredeaux with a blend pf 80% merlot and 20 Cabernet Sauvignon is well structured and full bodied with characteristic plush red fruit flavours and smoky, cigar-box notes on the palate.
8 2019 Pomerol, Jean-Pierre Moueix. £40.50. An accessible, supple and classic wine bottled by the company that own Chateau Petrus the 2019 has smooth tannins with ripe fruits and floral note.
9 2019 Corney and Barrow Saint-Emilion, Grand Cru, Chateau Barrail. £40.50. An appealing well balanced wine with elevated perfumed notes with a luscious bramble character, hints of spice and clean minerality.
10 2019 Château La Courolle, Saint-Émilion. £31.00. The very aromatic nose is incredibly flattering, harmoniously combining vanilla and wild strawberries. The mouth is supple with silky tannins.
11 2019 Château Macquin, Saint-Georges-Saint-Emillion. £33.00. This wine is a deep ruby red in colour, with alluring aromas of ripe red cherry, cassis and a hint of liquorice. The palate is full-bodied with silky, ripe tannins. Concentrated flavours of ripe red fruits, tobacco and graphite are balanced by a lifted acidity. (Vegan)
14 2018 Château Barrail du Blanc, Grand Cru Saint-Émilion. £43.50. This tiny estate always produces tender, 'heart on sleeve' wines; but with grip and the ability to drink young and age well. Deepest ruby in colour, the nose is red fruit, dark and earthy. The palate by contrast is silky on entry, with generous, sweet flavours, a succulent, medium-weight concentration and excellent, fresh length.
16 2014 Château Dutruch Grand Poujeaux, Moulis Cru Bourgeois Supérieur. £41.00. Château Dutruch is a satisfyingly rich, structured, classical claret offering real quality and character with some good bottle age and really drinking well
18 2010 Château Langoa Barton, Saint Julien. £98.50. Exceptionally fragrant this year, this Ch. Langoa Barton wine displays enticing aromas of both red and black fruits. The fruit continues strongly on the palate, but the wine retains a very fine elegance, while the tannins and acidity imbue it with an excellent structure, and there is excellent persistence and length on the finish.
19 2018 Chateau Haut-Bages Liberal, Pauillac, Grand Cru Classé. £85.50. Pretty blackberries, blueberries and violets with some crushed-raspberry aromas follow through to a full body with wonderfully crafted and pure tannins that intertwine wonderfully with the blue fruit and blackberries. Long and endless. A triumph here. From biodynamically grown grapes
21 2018 Chateau Branaire-Ducru, Saint Julien, Grand Cru Classé. £109.50. This year, the wine sees a little more Merlot in the blend than usual as did the Petit Verdot. It is quite a voluptuous style for Branaire, which comes from the last-harvested plots on clay. The core of the wine remains typically Branaire: perfumed, discrete and sculpted. Blend: 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot
French Country Wine
22 2014 Seigneurie de Crouseilles, Madiran. £31.50. Château de Crouseilles Madiran expresses beautifully the distinctive aromas and flavours of the Tannat grape. Silky on the mouth with rich ripe notes of blackcurrants, complimented by hints of fresh black pepper and cloves. This savoury wine is generous and has wonderfully ripe and sweet tannins. To pair with grilled meat and matured cheeses.
40 2021 Beaujolais -Villages, Dominique Morel. £29.00. Delicate cherry perfumes with red berry fruit flavours and fresh acidity makes this is a great example of Beaujolais.
42 2020 Fleurie, Dominique Morel. £35.50. Classic Cru Beaujolais with an excellent Gamay nose with hints of fruit and toffee. However there is enough structure on the palate to give the wine body and finesse.
46 2020 Pinot Noir Bourgogne Rouge, Louis Jadot (France). £38.50. An oak-aged Burgundy with a deliciously concentrated Pinot Noir character, cherried fruit and soft tannins.
50 2018 Aloxe Corton, Domaine Chevalier 1er Cru. £75.50. An opulent and ripe red wine with flavours of strawberry fruit. Wonderfully expressive and powerful in the mouth it finishes with soft silky tannins and an animal richness so typical of Pinot Noir.
58 2012 Hospices de Beaune Premier Cru Cuvée Maurice Drouhin. £121.50. Black cherry red in colour. Luscious development in oak with classic earthy farmyard aromas. Hints of blackcurrant on the palate with a secondary taste of saddle leather. Very seductive quality wine with years of potential life.
62 2020 Savigny Les Beaune, Dominode, Premier Cru, Chanson. £59.10. Intense in colour with an inky, almost smoky nose packed full of blueberry and damson fruit, some super-silky, ripe tannins but with a vibrant, juicy finish.
64 2020 Pernand-Vergelesses, Les Vergelesses, Premier Cru, Chanson. £54.30. This site has produced a wonderfully lip-smacking wine full of succulent berry fruit, a mix of both red and darker black fruits adds to the interest but with a lovely juicy damson finish.
66 2019 St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil Les Graviers, Domaine du Bourg, Loire. £34.00. With its warmer climate, red wines from the Loire make great wines. This wine is generous, ripe red and forest fruit on the nose, with a refreshing acidity and delicate mineral finish on the palate.
Rhône & South of France
70 2020 Côte du Rhône, Les Terres du Roy. £29.45. Ripe aromas of jammy dark fruit, cherry, liquorice and spices with very mellow tannins and crisp acidity.
72 2021 Crozes Hermitage, Maison les Alexandrins. £41.00. Aromas of ripe black cherry, violets and blackberries, notes of tobacco and sweet spice combine with silky, well-integrated tannins
76 2020 Châteauneuf Du Pape, Closerie de Vaudieu ’Château de Vaudieu’. £47.45. A stunning example of what this well-known region does so well - berry, liquorice and black pepper on the nose, ripe tannins with cassis and herb character to finish.
78 2012 Cornas, Les Mejeans, Jean-Luc Colombo. £49.50. Grapes from the foothills of Cornas are employed to make this intensely fruity and fresh wine. Shows raspberry, blackcurrant and blackberry with floral hints as well as some coffee and spice notes. Aged for a year in one and two-year-old barrels.
All priced by the bottle
Italian Red Wine
100 2020 Chianti, Poggiotondo. £33.00. This organic wine is deep red in colour. The nose is elegant with a blend of ripe dark fruits and a hint of earthiness. The palate has supple, velvety tannins with flavours of spicy, sweet dark cherry and wild hedgerow and a soft mouthfeel leading to a long complex finish. (Vegan)
104 2018 Poggio Al Moro, Enrico Santini, Bolgheri, Tuscany. £33.00. Rounded and savoury with silky tannins, presenting a nose rich in plump, ripe cherries and berries and delicate spice. A blend of cabernet sauvignon, sangiovese, merlot all 30% and 10% syrah.
106 2019 Amarone Della Valpolicella, Alpha Zeta. £53.25. Deep and intense with dried cherries and blueberries, complemented by spiced autumn fruit compote and savoury cherry fruit character.
114 2020 Primitivo di Puglia, A Mano. £27.75. This wine is deep red in colour. On the nose, there are intense aromas of ripe dark fruit, especially raspberries and cherries, with spicy notes of cocoa, lavender and liquorice. On the palate, it is youthful and full-bodied, with a great concentration of ripe, rounded fruit and full tannins. It is a very elegant, fresh and complex Primitivo.
116 2018 Barolo Corino, Del Comune di La Morra, Piemonte. £65.00. This wine is bright garnet in colour. It has delicate aromas of red cherries, liquorice with a hint of smokiness. The palate is intense showing notes of dried raspberry jam, mushrooms and tar. Medium bodied, this wine has lifted aromatics and bright fruit.
Spanish & Portuguese Red Wine
119 2021 Mas Oliveras “Oak-Aged Tempranillo” Bodegas Roqueta, Catalonia Spain. £25.45. A wonderful wine with juicy fruit characters with hints of liquorice. Soft and approachable with depth and structure, fine tannins and fresh acidity.
120 2016 Rioja Crianza, Reserva Eguren Ugarte. £31.45. A superb and complex Rioja, 80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano. This wine has had 24 months oak ageing and a minimum of 18 months in the bottle. This Rioja produced by Eguren Ugarte is deep, smooth and concentrated with that lovely balance between vanilla oak and gentle fruit flavours.
122 2018 Quinta de Chocapalha Tinto, Estremadura, Portugal. £33.50. This wine was aged for 18 months in two & three year old American oak. A deep plum ruby colour, this offers rich cherries & blueberries on the nose, sweet, delicately spiced & concentrated with a floral lift. The palate mirrors the aromatics presented on the nose. Fine and rounded & supported by ripe, well integrated tannins.
124 2017 Bobal, Cien Y Pico, En Vaso, Manchuela. £34.00. A vibrant nose which shows abundant fruit, along with chocolate and earthy notes. Blackberries, blackcurrant and cinnamon spice, along with cocoa and mulberry on the palate. It is soft with juicy tannins, and an uplifting fresh fruit finish.
126 2011 Valudero, Reserva, Ribera Del Duero, Spain. £61.45. I bought this wine en primeur and then had to wait for 4 years to get to the hotel. The wait was worth it. Made from a low yielding variety of the Tempranillo grape. Then aged in American and European oak barrels for 30 months and then a further 18 months in the bottle before release. It is deep purple in colour. Aromas of blackberry, violets and cedar with hints of coffee. Elegant, smooth textured with excellent depth and long finish.
127 2013 Dalmau, Rioja, Marques de Murrietta. £111.00. Dalmau Reserva is a red wine from the D.O. La Rioja produced by the Marqués de Murrieta winery. This wine is a blend of Tempranillo (79%), Cabernet Sauvignon (15%) and Graciano (6%). Dalmau Reserva is aged for 19 months in French oak barrels from Allier and is refined for another twelve months in the bottle.
All priced by the bottle
Lebanese Red Wine
128 2016 Château Musar, Gaston Hochar, Bekaa Valley. £66.50. This iconic wine uses 3 varietals of cabernet sauvignon, cinsault and carignan. Gives a crimson colour with generous red and black fruits. The palate has the red fruits combined with Christmas cake spices, figs and dates. Good acidity and silky tannins with a great finish.
South African Red Wine
135 2018 Pinotage, Rhebokskloof Vineyards, Paarl. £31.00. The wine shows complex dark fruit flavours with notes of blackberry and hints of soft oak spices. The rounded tannins fill the palate and nuances of dried fruit flavours linger on the after taste.
136 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot Nelson’s Estate, Paarl. £38.00. This rich, chocolaty Bordeaux style blend is made at Nelson family wine estate, on the seaward side of the Paarl Mountain. Its proximity to the ocean gives relief from warm daytime temperatures, bringing a fresh elegant acidity to the wine itself.
137 2018 Shiraz, Nelson Estate, Paarl. £41.45. Alan Nelson's Shiraz is a perfect example, with silky dark fruit, rich mocha notes and a smoky finish.
138 2017 Chakalaka, Spice Route, Swartland. £31.50. Aromas of blackberries and figs, combined with notes of nutmeg, dark chocolate and pastry. Well-structured with rich tannins, a balanced acidity and a long, lingering finish.
English Red Wine
Winbirri vineyards are situated in Norfolk. Lee Dyer, the owner and winemaker was thrilled to win the top award for his Bachus wine in 2015.
604 2018 Signature, Winbirri Vineyards, Surlingham, Norfolk. £31.50. This bold red, is bursting with rich plum and dark berry fruits. Spicy with notes of coffee and blackberries and slightly toasted having been aged in oak.
All priced by the bottle
North and South American Red
150 2021 Malbec, Amalaya, Calchaqui Valley. £29.00. An intensely fruity wine, packed with flavours of red berries, raspberries and plums as well as touches of spice and chocolate.
154 2020 Merlot, Fog Mountain, California. £31.50. This medium bodied Merlot has soft tannins and flavours of black cherry and chocolate, complemented by notes of cinnamon and vanilla.
156 2019 Zinfandel, Deloach Vineyard, Heritage Collection, California. £31.50. This typically Californian wine is full bodied and rich with spice. Flavours of ripe strawberry, raspberry, and blackberry blend nicely with notes of blackcurrant and molasses.
158 2017 Purple Angle, Montes, Colchagua Valley. £83.50. Aromas of blackberries and figs, combined with notes of nutmeg, dark chocolate and pastry. Well-structured with rich tannins, a balanced acidity and a long, lingering finish.
Australian and New Zealand Reds
166 2018 Shiraz, Dandelion Vineyards, Barossa Valley, South Australia. £30.50. Intense crimson with youthful purple hues. Generous, mouth-filling sweet blackberries, raspberries and plums cover the palate with lashings of sweet spice. Firm but fine tannins and dark chocolatey nuances continue throughout the lengthy palate with a youthful finish.
168 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Jester, Mclaren Vale, South Australia. £34.00. Deeply coloured, with ripe black fruits, bramble, tobacco leaf, menthol and dark chocolate notes. Ripe tannins and mouth-watering acidity frame this rich, full bodied wine.
174 2016 Syrah, Elephant Hill, Hawkes Bay, North Island. £37.50. Elephant Hill is a leading light in the Hawkes Bay region, Seductive black fruit, cracked pepper and spice. An elegant, rather than powerful Syrah, more in common with the Northern Rhône than the New World.
176 2021 Pinot Noir, ME by Matahiwi Estate, Wairarapa, New Zealand. £33.50. A vibrant Pinot Noir with lifted dark plum and cherry aromas, with a generous fleshy palate complimented by hints of spiced oak.
All priced by the bottle
200 2020 Chardonnay Bourgogne Blanc, Louis Jadot. £36.50. A round buttery Chardonnay from one of Burgundy’s leading houses. Full of balance, depth of flavour and finesse.
208 2021 Chablis, Guillaume Virgnaud. £46.50. This wine is pale yellow in colour with youthful reflections. The nose marries ripe citrus notes of lemon and lime with delicate floral aromas. On the palate, it is well-balanced with a great intensity of flavour.
210 2020 Montagny 1er Cru Olivier Leflaive Bonneveaux. £56.00. Ripe, yet refreshing, dry white, packed with Chardonnay fruitiness. From the top producer.
211 2021 Macon Villages, Domaine Perraud. £35.50. Lively citrus acidity and flavours of fruit salad including melon, peach and a hint of pineapple. Minerally and long on the finish.
212 2020 Saint – Véran, Domaine Corsin. £38.00. A beautifully clean and crisp wine with excellent fruit.
214 2020 Chassagne-Montrachet, Cuvée Prestige, Capuano Ferreri. £76.50. Beautiful golden colour of strong intensity, fine and complex, with intermingled aromatic notes of baked bread, white peach & honey, with a nice potential for aging.
216 2020 Pernand-Verglelesses, Les Caradeux, Premier Cru, Chanson. £59.50. A focused, lemon-tinged white, whose linear profile and lively acidity corral the citrus, stone and spice notes on the lingering finish.
218 2017 Meursault Village, Domaine Alain Chalet & Fils. £62.00. Exotic, intensely mineral notes appear on the nuanced bouquet. Energetic, vibrant and beautifully layered freshly cut flowers, crushed rocks and vibrant citrus notes.
244 2020 Vouvray, Domaine Sylvain Gaudron. £31.50. Dry white wine with a light yellow colour and golden tint. This wine has a bouquet of white flesh fruits (quince) and flowers (acacia). Supple and long in the palate, it is a very refreshing wine.
248 2020 Sancerre, Chateau de Thauvenay. £42.50. A calassic Sancerre, the nose displays aromas of white flowers and subtle citrus notes with a core of refreshing acidity on the palate, enhanced by a stony mineral freshness, bright citrus and stone fruit notes and a long, saline finish.
250 2021 Pouilly-Fumé, Les Chaumierres, André Figeat. £34.50. André Figeat sealed his fate as a vigneron when he fell in a vat of pressed juice at age 2! Now the family winemaker with state-of-the-art equipment, André selects Sauvignon blanc grapes from individual sites according to their character. Fossil-rich, flinty soil gives this zesty, mineral Pouilly-Fumé its characteristic smokiness.
270 2019 Gewurztraminer Reserve Cave de Hunawihr, Klevner. £35.50. The Gewurtztraminer is picked at optimum ripeness, giving the final wine layered flavours of rose petals, lychee, mango. The wine is full-bodied yet refreshing with crisp acidity, and a rose-petal perfume on the finish.
272 2021 Riesling, Reserve, Cave de Hunawihr, Klevner. £35.50. This wine is an elegant straw yellow in colour with youthful tints. The nose is complex with aromas of citrus, pear, white flowers and a touch of minerality. The palate is lively and is bursting with citrus flavours. The finish is long and refreshing.
278 2019 Pinot Blanc, Klevner. £29.90. A blend of micro-parcels from the Hunawihr vineyards, the Pinot Blanc grapes are selected individually to ensure the very best quality. On the palate, the wine is rich and silky, a lovely bouquet of lemon and pear continues on the long finish.
282 2011 Riesling, Trimbach, Cuvée Frederic Emile. £75.00. Delicious with fish, poultry and veal and sea scallops. Traditionally served in Alsace with goose and pork and with Alsacian meats. Very attractive already, quite powerful nose. Full bodied wine with intensity, depth and beautiful mineral flavour. Rich, ripe acidity in the palate. Great personality and finesse. Full of charm already, will develop for another 20 years.
All priced by the bottle
302 2020 Piesporter Michelsberg, Qualitatswein, Schmitt Sohne. £25.00. Flowery, smooth and gently fruity medium Mosel, with a refreshing acidity.
304 2018 Rheingau Riesling Kabinett, Schloss Schönborn, Rheingau. £31.50. An exciting blend of exotic and orchard fruit, vibrant and elegant, with floral notes and fine mineral character.
323 2021 Fiano, Zensa, Puglia. £28.25. This wine produced with organic grapes, fresh and floral with hints of mango, apple and hazelnuts. Well balanced with a crisp refreshing acidity.
324 2020 Soave Classico, Pieropan. £33.00. A fresh and expressive Soave, with classic white flower, almond blossom and a touch of citrus. Long and fragrant, it has a hint of fine almond pastry on the finish.
330 2021 Albariño, Silandeiro, Rias Baixas. £32.50. ‘Silandeiro’, is a Galician word meaning silence, referring to this wine’s subtle aromatics and depth. Lifted aromas of lemon peel, white peach and honeysuckle entice on the nose. The palate is refreshing and elegant with a silky mouthfeel and juicy stone fruit tempered by lively acidity and a saline finish.
333 2021 Verdejo, Duquesa de Valladoid, Rueda. £28.45. Pale lemon in colour. Clean and bright aromas of green apple, lemon, lime and pineapple shine through on the nose. On the palate, a vibrant acidity, characteristic of the Verdejo variety, carries the aromas onto the crisp and balanced finish.
All priced by the bottle
360 2020 Goats Do Roam, Fairview, Charles Beck. £26.00. Vibrant pale lemon-green in colour with attractive white blossom, peach and apricot aromas. The stone fruit profile continues onto the juicy palate which is medium bodied with well-balanced acidity. (Vegan)
361 2021 Sauvignon Blanc, Nelson Estate. £31.50. This Sauvignon Blanc scooped the coveted Gold Medal at the Michaelangelo International Wine Awards. Green peppers blend with greengage and yellow plums, lifted by a refreshing acidity.
365 2021 Chardonnay, Nelson Estate. £32.45. Their estate Chardonnay is the fruit of the finest and oldest vines. Concentrated and deeply-flavoured, this wine is rich and creamy Chardonnay with subtle oak flavours.
Winbirri vineyards are situated in Norfolk. Lee Dyer the owner and winemaker was thrilled to win the top award for his Bachus wine in 2015.
600 2022 Bachus, Winbirri. £34.50. This grape could be known as the sauvignon blanc of England. An elegant nose of grapefruit, passion fruits and floral characters, Tropical fruits backed with a clean crisp finish.
All priced by the bottle
Australian and New Zealand
374 2022 Sauvignon Blanc, The Frost Pocket, Marlborough, New Zealand. £34.00. Deliciously crisp and fresh packed full of vibrant and long-lasting lime, gooseberry and tropical fruit flavours.
378 2020 Chardonnay, Three Lions, Plantagenet, Western Australia. £30.50. A delicate and pure fruity style of Chardonnay, bursting with stone fruit and lemon blossom aromas. Lively flavours of grapefruit and lemon meringue are balanced by a subtle richness, while nervy cool climate acidity brings length and just a hint of minerality.
380 2019 Pinot Gris, The Lane, Adelaide Hills, South Australia. £32.00. From this rising star estate; The Lane - fine white flower aromatics, peaches and cream palate, balanced by attractive minerally acidity.
382 2021 Semillon, Mount Horrocks, Clare Valley. £37.00. Made from organically-grown grapes in Watervale in the Clare Valley, this 100% barrel fermented Semillon is well balanced, intense and long. Citrus peel and green apple, baked pear and hazelnut praline, with a creamy texture, finishing dry..
385 2021 Sauvignon Blanc, Cloudy Bay, Marlborough, New Zealand. £49.50. The iconic wine from the South Island of New Zealand produces an elegant aromatic wine with appealing fruit and crisp acidity.
390 2017 Riesling, Dandelion Vineyard, Eden Valley. £36.00. Star bright in colour, the appearance of this Riesling foretells the pristine and unalloyed quality of its fruit. Wonderland boasts classic Riesling aromatics of citrus zest, lemon foliage and hints of dragon fruit flowers. On the palate it is an attractively textural Riesling, displaying the variety’s intense purity. Bone dry, its structure and length is underpinned by austere acidity. (Vegan).
DESSERT WINE & PORT
500 Botrytis Semillon Peter Lehmann Masters, Barossa Valley. £18.50 (375ml). Available by the glass @ £6.00 (125ml). On the nose, there are intense aromas of apricot, honey and butterscotch. On the palate, the flavours continue with notes of toffee and lemon marmalade. Deliciously luscious and balanced with natural acidity, this is a dessert wine with the highest of pedigree.
502 Muscat de Rivesaltes (vdn) Jean-Marc Lafage. £26.00 (375ml). This wine has intense, fresh aromas and flavours of grapes, rose petals and ginger. The sweet summer fruits are beautifully balanced by a refreshing finish.
504 Pacherenc Du Vic-Bilh Saint-Albert. £36.00 (750ml). Golden yellow in colour with bright tints. On the nose are aromas of peach jam or orange marmalade. In the mouth, the balance between sweetness and freshness leaves a suave, lively taste that leads to a lovely long finish.
506 2021 Domaine Laguilhon, Jurancon. £36.00 (750ml). Lively golden in colour, this luscious wine shows expressive notes of exotic fruits, such as mango and pineapple, and hints of honey blossom combined with a vivid acidity, which gives a refreshing finish and a beautiful balance.
508 2022 Fairview La Beryl Blanc, Paarl, South Africa. £40.00 (500ml). A bold and assertive dessert wine with aromas of ripe apricot, citrus peel and honey. On the palate well balanced between lucsious textures and mouthwatering acidity.
All priced per bottle
1980 Dows Vintage. £77.50.
1990 Smith Woodhouse Crusted. £77.50.
Grahams LBV. £31.50.
All priced by the bottle
399 N.V Champagne Boizel, Cuvée Brut. £55.00. £10.25 per 125ml glass. Boizel a 5th generation family champagne house always make some of the most precise, elegant and expressive Champagnes. The perfect celebration Champagne, Brut Réserve is generous and fruity, while maintaining an effortless lightness of touch. A pinot noir-dominant blend, it also has an irresistible touch of brioche on the palate, rounding out the flavour beautifully.
400 N.V Taittinger Brut Reserve. £59.00. Expressive peach, white flowers, brioche and vanilla pod. The palate is lively, fresh and in total harmony. This is a delicate wine with flavours of fresh fruit and honey.
408 N.V Moët and Chandon, Brut Imperial. £78.50. Exuberant dry Champagne from the biggest (and best known) producer of the region.
422 Guy de Chassey, Grand Cru, Brut. £61.00. An exceptional, Grand Cru Champagne from traditional, family-run house. The De Chassey family house is located in the village of Louvois which has 100% Grand Cru status. Hand-made at every step from a tiny 11 hectares of vines, this finely structured blend has a bit of everything: zesty apple and citrus fruit, balanced by richer, toasted brioche flavours.
425 N.V Boizel Rose. £67.50. Delicately pink Champagne, underpinned by the warm notes of pinot noir, rounded by 30% pinot meunier and lifted by 20% chardonnay. The secret to this deliciously full and fruity pink Champagne is the addition of very ripe pinot noir to the final blend.
427 2012 Cuvée Dom Perignon. £270.00. The complex nose combines floral (white flowers) and fruity (apricot, plum) aromas with a beautiful minty freshness and subtle smoky notes, leading to a tasty minerality. The precise and generous palate reveals a lively effervescence. Over the course of the tasting, the palate exudes aromas of ginger, tobacco and toast, leading to a tighter finish with good persistence.
606 2015 Vintage Sparkling Reserve, Winbirri, Norfolk, UK. £49.50. Delicate and complex aromas of white peach, blossom and spice. The palate has finesse with wild strawberry, citrus fruits and a hint of brioche, leading to a seductive creamy balance.
430 N.V Codorniu Brut Cava, Spain. £28.00. Fresh dry complex wine with hints of dried fruit.
434 N.V Asti Spumante, Martini Italy. £28.00. Exuberant, medium-sweet Italian sparkling wine, full of rich fruitiness of ripe Muscat grapes.
437 N.V Prosecco, Ville D’Arfanta. £28.00. A classic elegant wine, rightly evanescent. Intense aromas of fruit with a rich scent of apple, lemon and grapefruit. Full-bodied with a harmonious taste.