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The "Portland Cellar" Case 2

The "Portland Cellar" Case 2

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Since we first opened our doors in Fitzrovia, way back in 2015, we've slowly been building a wine cellar of interesting, exciting and unusual bottles that, we think, fairly represent the broad spectrum of winemaking styles available today.

We are a broad church, never nailing our colours to one mast but, rather borrowing from every clan: orange wines, biodynamic, grand cru Burgundy and more all have a place in our book. 

Now, in a post-COVID world, our wine cellar is open. We've started picking out packs of favourite bottles. Sometimes with a theme in mind but, often simply a brace of delicious wines that take our (and hopefully your) fancy.

The Bottles

Clos des Plantes, Whaka Piripiri,  Loire Valley 2018

After working for New Zealand's Felton Road winery, Olivier Lejeune set up Clos des Plantes in Montbenault. A Chenin Blanc made with no additions or filtration. 

Grape: Chenin Blanc

Domaine Mouton, Cote Bonnette, Condrieu 2017

Rich and ripe with white florals and peaches. A wine with buttery texture and weight in the more traditional Northern Rhone style.

Grape: Viognier

Mullineux & Leeu, Leeu Passant, Franschhoek 2016

Chardonnay in a riper, statement style. Some new oak (30%) lends vanilla and smoke to a palate of ripe peach and apricot skins with spice and tropical notes. 

Grape: Chardonnay

Markovitis, Xinomavro, Naoussa 1999

Affectionately referred to as 'Chateau Pegasus' in our restaurants with a 1999 vintage that seems to stretch on forever (and somehow get fresher every year?). This has tart red fruit over leafy and red earth notes. Always a crowd-pleaser for those who appreciate a bit of age on their wines.

Grape: Xinomavro

Isole e Olena, Chianti Classico 2016

From one of the leading estates of the region. A masterful rendition of Chianti with a touch of Syrah lending a floral note over crimson fruits and velvet tannin.  

Grapes: Sangiovese, Canniaolo, Syrah

Dom. Zind Humbrecht, Heimbourg Pinot Noir, Alsace 2005

An even more so, the 2005 bottling has a touch more inkiness than it's Burgundian counterpart. Silky and dark fruited, age has given the fruits here some lift making this an extremely elegant wine.

Grape: Pinot Noir