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fruits, black cherry and hints of chocolate, herbs and spice. There's also a welcome dash of creamy vanilla and a long finish. There's no shortage of flavour and quality making it good value at PS11.50.

fruits, black cherry and hints of chocolate, herbs and spice. There's also a welcome dash of creamy vanilla and a long finish. There's no shortage of flavour and quality making it good value at PS11.50.

For PS8.20 a bottle, Arbouse Cotes du Rhone Villages-Massif d'Uchaux 2012 is a cut above most reds from this well-known but sometimes lack-luster French wine region.

For PS8.20 a bottle, Arbouse Cotes du Rhone Villages-Massif d'Uchaux 2012 is a cut above most reds from this well-known but sometimes lack-luster French wine region.

An impressive nose of dark fruit, herb and leafy aromas leads to flavours of dark fruit, spice and a fair amount of tannin. If you like your wines spicy, you'll probably like this.

An impressive nose of dark fruit, herb and leafy aromas leads to flavours of dark fruit, spice and a fair amount of tannin. If you like your wines spicy, you'll probably like this.

Priorat in Catalonia is one of only two Spanish wine regions to qualify for the country's top DOCa wine classification - the other being rioja. It has a reputation for powerful reds with the main grape variety being garnacha, the Spanish name for the French grenache grape.

Priorat in Catalonia is one of only two Spanish wine regions to qualify for the country's top DOCa wine classification - the other being rioja. It has a reputation for powerful reds with the main grape variety being garnacha, the Spanish name for the French grenache grape.

Argeles, Priorat, Agnes de Cervera 2009 (PS13.40) lives up to the billing with a super-star aromatic nose that can be enjoyed from feet away.

Argeles, Priorat, Agnes de Cervera 2009 (PS13.40) lives up to the billing with a super-star aromatic nose that can be enjoyed from feet away.

Made from a blend of garnacha, carinena (the French grape carignan) and cabernet sauvignon, the aromas are dominated by red fruit and vanilla from spending eight months in oak barrels. The taste is equally intense with red fruit and vanilla Made from a blend of garnacha, carinena (the French grape carignan) and cabernet sauvignon, the aromas are dominated by red fruit and vanilla from spending eight months in oak barrels. The taste is equally intense with red fruit and vanilla IN THIS age of supermarketdominated shopping, it's heartening that there's still room for independents who survive because they do what they do well.

IN THIS age of supermarketdominated shopping, it's heartening that there's still room for independents who survive because they do what they do well.

They often deliver a personalised alternative service and crucially they offer variety - something different from the global wine brands that dominate swathes of our supermarket shelves.

They often deliver a personalised alternative service and crucially they offer variety - something different from the global wine brands that dominate swathes of our supermarket shelves.

Established in Shrewsbury in 1842, Tanners Wine Merchants remains family-owned and independent. It has had a long time to get things right - a fact acknowledged by a string of national and international awards in recent years.

Established in Shrewsbury in 1842, Tanners Wine Merchants remains family-owned and independent. It has had a long time to get things right - a fact acknowledged by a string of national and international awards in recent years.

With five shops in the West Midlands and Wales, it's a regional high street player but a national presence online and offers free UK delivery for orders of more than PS90.

With five shops in the West Midlands and Wales, it's a regional high street player but a national presence online and offers free UK delivery for orders of more than PS90.

So I asked Tanners to recommend six wines it felt showcased what the company's all about. Sadly they didn't send me one of their PS600 bottles of Chateau d'Yquem - Tanners has a hugely impressive fine wine range among its 1,000 plus selection.

So I asked Tanners to recommend six wines it felt showcased what the company's all about. Sadly they didn't send me one of their PS600 bottles of Chateau d'Yquem - Tanners has a hugely impressive fine wine range among its 1,000 plus selection.

However they did send a more modestly-priced case of two whites and four reds brimming with flavour and character and not a single scent of leather.

However they did send a more modestly-priced case of two whites and four reds brimming with flavour and character and not a single scent of leather.

Ampelo Primitivo/Merlot Tarantino 2012, right, hails from Puglia - on the sun-drenched heel of Italy. Following in the footsteps of Sicily, Puglia has dragged its wine-making out of the dark ages in recent years with stunning results. The Ampelo is a youthful concentrated mix of dark Ampelo Primitivo/Merlot Tarantino 2012, right, hails from Puglia - on the sun-drenched heel of Italy. Following in the footsteps of Sicily, Puglia has dragged its wine-making out of the dark ages in recent years with stunning results. The Ampelo is a youthful concentrated mix of dark fruits, black cherry and hints of chocolate, herbs and spice. There's also a welcome dash of creamy vanilla and a long finish. There's no shortage of flavour and quality making it good value at PS11.50.

fruits, black cherry and hints of chocolate, herbs and spice. There's also a welcome dash of creamy vanilla and a long finish. There's no shortage of flavour and quality making it good value at PS11.50.

For PS8.20 a bottle, Arbouse Cotes du Rhone Villages-Massif d'Uchaux 2012 is a cut above most reds from this well-known but sometimes lack-luster French wine region.

For PS8.20 a bottle, Arbouse Cotes du Rhone Villages-Massif d'Uchaux 2012 is a cut above most reds from this well-known but sometimes lack-luster French wine region.

An impressive nose of dark fruit, herb and leafy aromas leads to flavours of dark fruit, spice and a fair amount of tannin. If you like your wines spicy, you'll probably like this.

An impressive nose of dark fruit, herb and leafy aromas leads to flavours of dark fruit, spice and a fair amount of tannin. If you like your wines spicy, you'll probably like this.

Priorat in Catalonia is one of only two Spanish wine regions to qualify for the country's top DOCa wine classification - the other being rioja. It has a reputation for powerful reds with the main grape variety being garnacha, the Spanish name for the French grenache grape.

Priorat in Catalonia is one of only two Spanish wine regions to qualify for the country's top DOCa wine classification - the other being rioja. It has a reputation for powerful reds with the main grape variety being garnacha, the Spanish name for the French grenache grape.

Argeles, Priorat, Agnes de Cervera 2009 (PS13.40) lives up to the billing with a super-star aromatic nose that can be enjoyed from feet away.

Argeles, Priorat, Agnes de Cervera 2009 (PS13.40) lives up to the billing with a super-star aromatic nose that can be enjoyed from feet away.

Made from a blend of garnacha, carinena (the French grape carignan) and cabernet sauvignon, the aromas are dominated by red fruit and vanilla from spending eight months in oak barrels. The taste is equally intense with red fruit and vanilla Made from a blend of garnacha, carinena (the French grape carignan) and cabernet sauvignon, the aromas are dominated by red fruit and vanilla from spending eight months in oak barrels. The taste is equally intense with red fruit and vanilla supported by a dash of plum and chocolate and some acidity to finish.

supported by a dash of plum and chocolate and some acidity to finish.

At PS7.40, Principe de Viana Garnacha Tinto Roble, Navarra 2012 is unlikely to disappoint. Hailing from Rioja's neighbouring region and crafted from vines more than 40 years old, it's packed with blackberry, plum and spice.

At PS7.40, Principe de Viana Garnacha Tinto Roble, Navarra 2012 is unlikely to disappoint. Hailing from Rioja's neighbouring region and crafted from vines more than 40 years old, it's packed with blackberry, plum and spice.

So to the whites and two of the merchant's own-label offerings.

So to the whites and two of the merchant's own-label offerings.

Tanners Mosel Riesling 2011, right, is made by one of the German region's oldest family-owned producers Max Ferd Richter. An intense lime and gunflint mineral nose gives way to a lovely off-dry flavour of peach and lime. At PS10.95, it's fairly priced and the quality is undeniable.

Tanners Mosel Riesling 2011, right, is made by one of the German region's oldest family-owned producers Max Ferd Richter. An intense lime and gunflint mineral nose gives way to a lovely off-dry flavour of peach and lime. At PS10.95, it's fairly priced and the quality is undeniable.

Finally, Tanners White Burgundy, Bourgogne Chardonnay 2011 hails from the region's southern vineyards of Cotes Maconnais which have a reputation for producing good wines for the buck. At PS9.90, however, this left me a little disappointed.

Finally, Tanners White Burgundy, Bourgogne Chardonnay 2011 hails from the region's southern vineyards of Cotes Maconnais which have a reputation for producing good wines for the buck. At PS9.90, however, this left me a little disappointed.

Inviting aromas of melon, apple and currants lead to a crisp, austere palate that would struggle in comparison to many other chardonnays at the price. It is however all a matter of taste.

Inviting aromas of melon, apple and currants lead to a crisp, austere palate that would struggle in comparison to many other chardonnays at the price. It is however all a matter of taste.
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