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A very carefully selected wine tasted by us that either punches above its weight or is particularly worthy of recommendation.

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Domaine Horgelus Sauvignon and Gros Manseng 2017

Forget Cloudy Bay, forget Pouilly-Fumé and Sancerre, this Horgelus Sauvignon/Gros Manseng blend costs almost half the price and delivers as much if not more. Typically it shows bright, lifted notes of lemon/lime, melon and grapefruit and a delicate herbaceous character. The Sauvignon Blanc element brings a classic nettle and elderflower zip, while the Gros Manseng gives a gorgeous tropical fruit depth. Endlessly quaffable. Drink from: the moment it's in your possession. Drink until: the bottle is empty.

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White - 12%
France - Gascony
Grape: Sauvignon blanc,gros manseng


Ciello Bianco Catarrato, Sicily 2017

We adore this white wine. It reminds us a bit of a spicy Viognier with peachy, apricot flavours, with a lovely hint of Sicilian lemon pith, with a nice salty tang, and some herbs. Unfiltered so it can be cloudy, but this is good! It's really extraordinarily good value. Like amazingly good.

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White
Italy - Sicily
Grape: Catarratto



Ortrugo Bonellii 2017

Ortrugo? No we hadn’t heard of it either, but turns out that this hidden gem of Emilia Romagna is downright delicious. Layers of lemon sorbet scrumptiousness make this a perfect party pairing – just throw in some crab canapes or a garlic prawn starter and you’ll be on the way to vinous heaven.

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White - 11.5%
Italy - Emilia romagna


Alphabetical White Vin Blanc 2017

Another Saffer wine that sits firmly in, if not at the very summit of, the unbeatable-value midweek bottle category. If you are in one of those households where someone likes Sauvignon but someone else has gone off it, and you can't agree on what to drink, then try this. It’s a quite blindingly good wine for the price and is made from the rich, Rhone white variety Roussanne. A bona fide charmer that will add a lovely bit of character to your Chrimbo lunch or dinner - a scent of stone fruits here, a soupcon of mountain herbs there, and just the right amount of fruit character to complement a mahoosive variety of festive foods.

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White - 13%
South africa - Western cape
Grape: Chardonnay,roussanne


AA Badenhorst Secateurs Chenin Blanc 2018

Secateurs Chenin and SWiG Wines – they go together like holly and ivy, like Morecambe and Wise, like Boxing Day morning and Alka Seltzer. Andrew Jefford, a man who often makes words about wine do what he wants them to do in Decanter magazine, describes it as “an excellent Chenin” and “a fine aperitif”. How right he is. Jancis Robinson MW declares it “just the job for a party white”. Bang on, your highness. Jamie Goode describes its fine pear fruit character as “haunting”. If you would like to be haunted by pears this Christmas, look nay further. As always, an outstanding, quintessentially Swigalicious wine - and exceptionally good value.

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White - 13.5%
South africa - Swartland
Grape: Chenin blanc


Petit Chablis Louis Moreau 2017

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White - 12%
France - Burgundy
Grape: Chardonnay


Sauvignon de Touraine, Domaine de la Rochette 2017

Think of a delicate, floral Sancerre and then think of a better, brighter, more huggable world in which that wine is close to half the price. That’s what our Fleur de Printemps Touraine gives you. It’s as pretty as a snowflake on Christmas morn, with elderflower and white floral notes that pirhouette over a core of lemon sorbet, while there’s an intense streak of minerality that belies this wine’s lesser known appellation. This is a Sauvignon Blanc that even the anti- Sauvignon Blanc brigade can warm to. An absolute winner with grilled fish. A slurp for you and a glug for the baking dish, which would adjust the right amount of zest and refreshment.

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White - 12.5%
France - Loire
Grape: Sauvignon blanc


Gutedel Weiler Schlipf, Weingut Claus Schneider, Baden 2016

For those of you daring to be different this Christmas, we bring you this delightful German curiosity. Here at Swig HQ we’re never ones to shy away from a weird grape variety, and this 100% Gutedel (known elsewhere as Chasselas) from our Baden Pinot Noir specialist, Claus Schneider, has jingled our bells good and proper. With crisp lemon with fresh green apple fruit, and a delicious core of minerality, it also has elements of hay and even almonds. It is wonderfully refreshing. Perfect for the adventurous Christmas bibber, and a fine pairing with any seafood.

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White - 11.5% - Organic
Germany - Baden
Grape: Gutedel


Stadt Krems Gruner Veltliner Lossterrassen 2017

SPECIAL 12 BOTTLE PRICE FOR NOVEMBER MONEY WEEK WINE CLUB - ONE MONTH ONLY 'There is a veritable ocean of Grüner out there and while it has certainly caught the eye of the UK consumer, I doubt that the average wine drinker realises that there is a gulf in quality from the lean, stripped, pithy wines bumping along the bottom of the wine pond and the serenely, gliding, stunners on the surface. A heavenly example of Austria’s most famous grape, it reeks class on the nose, palate and finish. It is Zen-like, captivating and refreshing and it doesn’t even break into a trot on the palate, such is its composure and confidence. A must for elite aperitif wine work!' Matthew Jukes, Money Week

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White - 12.5%
Austria - Burgenland
Grape: Gruner veltliner



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Buitenverwachting Chardonnay 2017

The winery’s name may sound like a high voltage warning sign posted on the perimeter fence of a German power station, but don’t let that put you off. This is one of the best value Chardonnays on the planet, a full-bodied, concentrated wine full of tangy lime marmalade, green pear, juicy nectarine and toasty oak flavours. You seldom find Chardonnays at this price with so much verve and complexity. Our brief is to find wines that punch above their weight and this could put a few of The Cape’s heavyweights on the canvas.

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White
South africa - Constantia
Grape: Chardonnay


Mas Cristine Le Grill White Cotes du Roussillon 2017

A delicious mix of sunkissed Roussillon Macabeu and Vermentino fruit, this is as fresh and fun a white as you could wish for, but which also offers more mouthfeel and complexity than its peers. There’s a bit of white peach, yuzu citrus, and a more-ish fleshiness to the palate. This would make a lovely apero or a dry white to complement a starter of smoked salmon with citrus dressing and horseradish cream. It’s worth noting what the winemaker says about this wine: “The 2017 is particularly good as the fruit that would normally go for our top Vermentino, Rock n’ Rolle, all went in here instead. Why? Well, winter 2017 saw our first frost in 60 years, and then, in the summer, the boar got to the fruit as well. There just wasn’t enough to bottle it on its own, so we added it to Le Grill.”

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White - 13.5%
France - Roussillon
Grape: Roussanne,vermentino,macabeu


Little Beauty Sauvignon Blanc 2017

This is the most succulent, juicy, complex Sauvignon from Marlborough we've had in ages. It avoids being pungent but has wonderful aromas and flavours that make you remember why we all once fell in love with New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. We have always done well with Greywacke but the volumes they’ve started to produce suggest it’ll be difficult for them to maintain the highest quality. So we started to look beyond to the next exciting producer – and there, like a guiding star over Bethlehem (which would make us wise men, so it must be right), we discovered Eveline Fraser’s Little Beauty. Eveline was the winemaker at Cloudy Bay back when it was good. Little Beauty is her own project, using a selection of the best fruit in some of Marlborough's prime vineyards located next to the excellent Dog Point. This is the most succulent, juicy, complex Sauvignon from Marlborough we've had in ages, and reminds you why we all once fell in love with New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.

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White - 13%
New zealand - Marlborough
Grape: Sauvignon blanc


Boina White, Portugal Boutique Winery 2017

Exciting things be happening in the Douro Valley. It’s no longer about Port and Bordeaux-imitating oaky, over-extracted table wines. Fresher, lower-alcohol wines showing off the region’s indigenous grape varieties now abound. They’re especially good at vibrant, mineral whites – as exemplified by this traditional Douro field blend (a co-fermentation of various interplanted white grape varieties) from one ofthe most exciting new names on the block. It has a core of stone fruits and green apple with the waxy, toasted nut intensity. On the palate, an almost Palomino-like, conference pear and white peach fruit profile, but what sets this apart from most wines at this price point is the intense minerality rounded off with a buttery finish and hint of toasted hazelnut. A serious festive winner!

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White
Portugal - Douro


Mas Cristine Blanc Cotes du Roussillon 2017

A field(s) blend of Marsanne, Roussanne, Grenache Gris, Grenache Blanc, Macabeu, Carignan Gris and occasionally a bit of Muscat Sec and Vermentino, it is fermented in both tanks and old oak. "2017 was absolutely brilliant for our whites - there is a jump and lift to them that brings a smile to my face, and balances the ripe, tropical notes that come from the Catalan sunshine with a bracing minerality and juiciness that brings it rushing from the glass. Age-worthy, but a delight in its youth, this is a rare wine that can pair with the most sublime of cuisine, think lobster with garlic butter, or just be enjoyed for itself."

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White
France - Roussillon
Grape: Grenache blanc,marsanne,roussanne,macabeu


Burja Zelen, Slovenia 2017

Ennui, is probably the most common sensation associated with the Christmas time. Avoid ennui entirely this festive season with a pure dose of vinous novelty in the shape of this extraordinary Slovenian white. This wine is not just a novelty,however, it’s a thrillingly, uniquely delicious wine. Zelen is a variety from the Vipava Valley in Slovenia. In the 1980s, there was only 1ha of it in existence. Now there’s around 80ha. ‘Zelen’ means ‘green in Slovenian – and indeed if wine made from this grape is left unfiltered, it will emerge with a distinct emerald green tint. Expect a delicately perfumed nose of white flowers, green apple, then jolts of grapefruit, lemon, apple and floral notes on the palate, and a racy, saline edge. This would be a wonderful wine to pair with oysters – or other shellfish for that matter. Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

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White - 11% - Organic
Slovenia - Vipava


Blank Bottle Rabbitsfoot, Stellenbosch 2017

Green-ness is fine for your Christmas tree, but not for your Sauvignon Blanc. Pieter Walser’s Rabbitsfoot is a ripe and exuberant interpretation of the variety made with fruit from Stellenbosch. It’s produced from only five rows of vines, grapes that are “usually eaten by the babboons”. Well not this year, my simian friends. Quoth Robin Davis: “It reminds me of a bit of Semillon on the nose, but it’s quite plump on the palate, although nicely taut. It’s aromatic, slightly grassy. Softer and more texture on the palate than Semillon. A bit of quince on the aroma, and paw paw, almost mango on the palate, and even white peach.”

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White - 14.5%
South africa - Stellenbosch
Grape: Sauvignon blanc


Keermont Terrasse White 2015

Alex Starey’s 2015 Terrasse Chenin-based blend was the top-scoring white blend in WineMag ZA 2017 report – a 95-pointer, no less. The backbone of this blend is Chenin blanc from a 46 year old un-irrigated vineyard called ‘Riverside’. This is complemented by Chenin from two younger vineyards and smaller proportions of Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc and Viognier. It’s probably the most elegant Terrasse we’ve seen from Alex yet – with many-toned floral and stone fruit aromas and a wonderfully textured palate. It offers a level of complexity you’d expect from wines at double the price, and should be enjoyed with that special person in your life. If that special person is you, all the better – twice the pleasure!

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White - 13.5%
South africa - Stellenbosch
Grape: Chardonnay,chenin blanc,sauvignon blanc,viognier


Blank Bottle Orbitofrontal Cortex 2016

Orbitofrontal Cortex is named after the part of your brain where conscious decisions are made. It's fair to expect great things with a wine made as the consciously selected best of the best....! On the nose, we have layers of sun dried hay, tonnes of sweet conference pears, baked apples, even some fresh crunchy green apple acidity. It's an intricately put together number, but no fear, if you like your whites with texture, crunch, ripe fruit and with a story, then this is for you.

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White - 12.5%
South africa - Western cape
Grape: Chenin blanc,grenache blanc,semillon,fernao pires,clairette blanche


Saumur Blanc, Les Fresnettes, Chateau de Targe 2015

As much a Christmas comfort as a pair of Rudolf slippers or the Muppet’s Christmas Carol on the box – there’s something absolutely ‘a point’ about a rich Loire Chenin at this time of year. Maybe it’s those lovely butterscotch and gingery spice hints. Whatever it is, it’s a winner. Chateau de Targé’s ripe and sumptuous 2015 has loads of texture and spice on the palate. It’s rich and toasty but not remotely overcooked, with plenty of mouthfilling buttery stone fruit and that signature zingy Chenin acidity. Class!

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White - 14.5%
France - Loire
Grape: Chenin blanc


BK Wines 'One Ball' Chardonnay, Kenton, Adelaide Hills 2017

Lordy lordington, this is a good Chardonnay. A serious Chardonnay too. Symphonic. One moment rich, expressive, and generously fleshy, the next minute exhilaratingly racy, with a gripping undercurrent of cool, fresh minerality. Fresh cashews, a hint of toast, melon, peach, cream and a saline touch - there’s a lot packed into this wine so decanting is recommended. We’re not allowed to fully disclose the origin of the cuvée name, other than to say that it is in homage to the grower that owns the single vineyard that supplies the fruit... we'll let you fill in the blanks. An eminently fine alternative to white Burgundy for your Christmas dinner table.

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White
Australia - Adelaide hills
Grape: Chardonnay


A A Badenhorst Family White 2016

A fine alternative to white Burgundy… Adi’s Family White is never less than headily, ecstatically delicious. There’s perhaps a hint more exoticism on the aromatic profile (it’s a Chenin-led blend including various proportions of Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Verdelho, Clairette Blanche, Viognier, Sémillon, Marsanne and Palomino), but there’s such an elegant, creamy toastiness and palateweight. It’s all supremely well balanced… white peach, yellow apple, heather and verbena notes which are still tightly coiled at the core and would open up with decanting. The Family White is Adi at his best – it’s one of the finest whites in South Africa, and a true Christmas cracker.

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White - 13.5%
South africa - Coastal region


Ladoix 1er Cru 'Les Grechons', Maratray-Dubreuil 2016

If we had to pick one white wine to see us through the many challenges and traumas of the Christmas period, it would be this yawningly gorgeous Ladoix prem cru. The 'Les Grechons' vineyard is an extension of the famous Corton-Charlemagne sites and so is the holy grail of Burgundy – but without the silly prices. It's one of those wines for people really in the know. Elegantly expressive, full of lovely rich stone fruit and melon character with hints of dried fruits and spice, toasted hazelnuts and hints of butterscotch. There's also a firm line of flinty minerality, and that delicious combination of texture, body and fresh acidity that the whites around Corton do so well. Fine enough to grace even the most fastidious Burgundy bibber's table.

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White - 13%
France - Burgundy
Grape: Chardonnay


Restless River Ava Marie Chardonnay 2016

If Santa manages to heave his bloated, blubbery carcass down the chimney this year, better hope he brings you a bottle of this nectar from Craig and Anne Wessels. We’ve been working with Craig and Anne for 3 years now, and from the start fully expected their Cabernets and Chardonnays to achieve cult status. So they have. Demand is always high and volumes are very low, but it’s Christmas and we wanted to make sure you had the chance to enjoy some. Restless River’s Chardonnay vineyards are some of the oldest the cool-climate Hemel-en-Aarde valley. Tiny yields and looong, slow maturation produces some extraordinarily concentrated fruit.

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White - 13%
South africa - Hemel en aarde
Grape: Chardonnay


Sorrenberg Chardonnay 2016

Along with Giaconda, Sorrenberg is the leading chardonnay producer in the Beechworth region. This is a wine that will bring the widest of smiles to any Chardonnay-lover’s lips. It has that winning combo of generosity and lightness of touch – gorgeous ripe peach, juicy pear and honeydew melon fruit, a backbone of grapefruit acidity interplaying with dried honey and creamy-mealy richness, and a thrilling persistence - all down to Barry’s skill at making oak (typically 25% new), lees (battonage a-plenty) and malolactic fermentation work exactly as he wants them to do. Ambrosia in chardonnay form.

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White - 13% - Organic
Australia
Grape: Chardonnay


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