Wines

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At the River House we believe in using the very best in seasonal Scottish produce, which means showcasing what we think to be the best drink for the menu, wine.

The selection has been chosen to feature the best wines for the job, with a large selection of wines by the glass, with a particular focus on seafood-friendly wines: such as Cava,Sherry and, of course, light fresh aromatic whites.

This wine list is an ever-changing collection that will evolve with the seasons and with the menus. With this in mind, please look out for our blackboard wines, which have been sourced from limited parcels and small producers.

The crew are here to help you discover new favourites. If you fancy trying something new please don’t hesitate to ask for our advice. Or you can trust in our dedicated research and take a punt, as we love it all.


SPARKLING WINES

Blanc de Blanc, Grand Cru, Pierre Mignon, Champagne, France n/v
Pierre Mignon produces stylish Champagnes with a fresh, vibrant character, all of the wines are made within their own cellars where attention to detail and quality is paramount. Made from 100% Chardonnay, pale gold in colour with a delicate bead of bubbles. Aromas of pear, citrus fruit lead on to exotic fruits, then soft buttery and caramel notes with a hint of toast. The palate is refreshing supported by minerality then evolves into a creamy effervescence.
Bottle £65.00

Grande Reserve, Premier Cru, Pierre Mignon, Champagne, France
A crisp, well balanced champagne with citrus hints on the nose overlaid with touches of brioche and yeastiness. The palate is fresh, clean and lively with a creamy mousse and long finish.
Glass £8.95  |  Bottle £45.00

Prosecco Superiore Extra Dry, Giavi, Conegliano Valdobbiadene, DOCG
Brilliant pale yellow with greenish hues. Very fine and persistent perlage. Aromas of apple, pear and white flowers that complement notes of honey and chamomile. On the palate it is refreshing, balanced and smooth. Harvested by hand, the quality of the resulting wine is high, full of purity and freshness of fruit, making this very much a boutique wine.
Glass £7.50  |  Bottle £32.00

Cava Brut Nature, Gran Reserva, 2014
Pale yellow colour. Fresh, complex aroma that mixes pastry notes from the cava’s 36-month aging with light hints of fresh fruit from the base wine. Fresh and smooth on the palate, with very fine bubbles that perfectly complement the wine’s complexity. An elegant, serious finish, long and dry, bringing out the essential flavour of the cava.
Glass £6.95  |  Bottle £28.95


WHITES

Catarratto, Palazzo del Mare, Sicily, 2018
An abundance of tropical peach and pineapple aromas leap out of the glass. These flavours continue onto the palate joined by lovely ripe pear and lots of acidity to balance the ripe fruit.
Glass £5.30 | Bottle £20.00

Garganega, Casato Manin, Veneto, Italy, 2017
A citrus fruit bouquet which turns to delicate pear, toasted almond and white flowers on the palate.
Bottle £22.75

Viognier, Mont Rocher, Vieilles Vignes, France, 2017
A haunting honeysuckle and apricot aroma. Rich, almost unctuous palate that is somehow still dry, tangy and refreshing.
Glass £5.80 | Bottle £23.75

Grenache Blanc, IGP Pays d’Oc, Felicette, France, 2018
A proper hidden gem of Southern France – fresh, well balanced, minerally, exotic. All in one. And the name Felicette? It was the first ever cat in space. Want to see – check the label!
Glass £6.00 | Bottle £24.50

Pecorino Biologico, Feudo Antico, IGP, Italy, 2017
Dry, crisp and full flavoured, with a bouquet of flowers and pleasant ripe fruit finish. Perfect with seafood and salads.
Bottle £25.25

Grillo, Bianco Maggiore, Cantine Rallo, Sicily, 2017
Full of rich structure and coastal personality. A heady mix of citrus, grapefruit and tropical fruits, this is well rounded and complex with a long mineral finish. Perfect with Mediterranean seafood stews.
Bottle £26.75

Godello, Bodegas y Vinedos Merayo, Spain, 2017
Green apples and stone fruit, with traces of citrus and fennel. Mineral sensations envelop the wine and lend it great complexity and makes for a slight sweet feeling of overall harmony.
Bottle £27.75

Pinot Gris, Stoney Range, Sherwood Estate, New Zealand, 2017
The palate is light bodied, smooth, very refreshing with a lingering sweet finish. Extended lees contact gives this wine aromatic spice, flavours of poached pear and honeysuckle on the finish.
Glass £7.40 | Bottle £28.50

Picpoul de Pinet, Cuvée Caroline, Famille Morin, Languedoc, France, 2017
People call it a “designer Muscadet” reflecting the heritage of one of the classic seafood wines. This one comes from Languedoc, south of France.
Bottle £29.50

Albariño, Lembranzas, Galicia, Spain, 2017
And the seafood theme continues to Galicia, which is the home of Albarino. Delicate nose, exotic flowers, fresh acidity makes it a perfect accompaniment to most fish and shellfish.
Glass £7.60 | bottle £30.00

Sauvignon Blanc, Kukupa, Marlborough, New Zealand, 2018
New Zealand’s Kukupa enjoys a reputation for over indulging on fermenting berries, rendering it somewhat incapable of flight. It is the bon viveur of the avian world. The wine is deliciously crisp and aromatic, it overflows with gooseberry, guava and citrus fruit flavours.
Glass £8.10 | Bottle £32.00

Beaujolais Blanc, Domaine de la Couvette, France, 2018
If you could picture what a quintessentially small french vineyard should look like then Gautier’s property would come very close. They demonstrate their commitment by making a fully organic Beaujolais – An elegant unoaked Chardonnay that is supple, balanced and delightfully moreish with stewed apples and stone fruit flavours.
Bottle £33.00

Riesling, Zephyr, Marlborough, New Zealand, 2018
Not only does the Marlborough region produce great Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling is also perfectly matched to this region. A stunning and vibrant wine with aromas of ginger, green apple and mouth watering citrus lime. A perfect partner for seafood and salads.
Bottle £36.00

Sancerre Blanc, Domaine Picard, Loire, France, 2017
Another world classic from the Loire Valley. This comes from a small family producer. The nose is bright but gentle with hints of orange blossom. This is backed up by a robust body and structure.
Bottle £42.50

Charlène et Laurent Pinson, Chablis, Domaine Pinson, France, 2017
The Pinson Family are one of the longest established families in Chablis with records showing them as having been in Chablis since 1640. Charlène et Laurent Pinson practice ‘lutte raisonnée’, limiting the use of pesticides, turning over the soil and limiting yields to produce exceptional quality fruit. From this there is just a natural step to create one of the most memorable wines you will probably drink.
Bottle £46.00


ROSÉ

Edalo, Bodegas Contreras Ruiz, Condado de Huelva, Spain, 2017
Vibrant Ruby colour, red berries on the nose with hints of spice. Surprisingly weighty and fleshy and well-structured despite its youth with excellent balance between freshness and persistence.
Glass £5.95 | Bottle £24.95

Cuvée des Lices, Côteaux Varois en Provence Rosé, Ravoire et Fils, France, 2018
A fresh and balanced rosé that captures the spirit of the Cote d’Azur with its strawberry and white peach flavours. Crisp, bright and lively, it is real pleasure and the red berry fruits burst out of the glass, lifted by delicious acidity.
Bottle £32.00

Sancerre Rose, Domaine Picard, Loire, France, 2016
The Domaine Jean-Paul Picard et Fils is a family run estate cultivating 14 hectares of vines, all of which are situated on the slopes of Bué and are amongst the best sites in the Sancerre region. Salmon pink colour, with intense exotic fruit aromas. In the mouth this wine is dry, fruity and supple with hints of flora.
Bottle £42.00


REDS

Nero d’Avola, Palazzo del Mare, Sicily, 2018
Bags of ripe, plummy fruit, hints of spice and liquorice, red and cherry fruits, this wine is deliciously supple and juicy. The perfect partner for a variety of dishes.
Glass £5.30 | Bottle £20.00

Pinot Noir, Calusari, Viile Timisului, Romania, 2018
Not easy to find good value Pinot Noirs these days! This one comes from an old vineyard in Romanian mountains and offers all that you might be looking for – strawberry and cherry fruit, a bit of spiciness with elegant finish. Seafood friendly.
Glass £5.80 | Bottle £22.75

Merlot, Largesse, Languedoc, IGP Pays d’Oc, France, 2017
The nose reveals spicy plum and blackberries, followed by notes of vanilla and black pepper. The palate conveys the perfectly ripe fruit, great concentration and a backbone of round tannins. Supple and ripe this Merlot is a classy taste of the South of France.
Bottle £24.50

Tempranillo, Bodegas Manzanos, Rioja, Spain, 2018
Rioja as it should be – very much medium bodied with wild berry fruit, a bit of spice from oak. There is a reason why this is one of the most popular red wine styles.
Glass £7.10 |Bottle £27.75

Malbec, Man Meets Mountain, Mendoza, Argentina, 2018
This is the “big boy” – the full on, rich, spicy, fruity wine from the beautiful slopes from under the Andes. Most structured and full wine on our list – great with steak.
Glass £7.50 | bottle £28.50

Syrah, La Clarissa, Cantine Rallo, Sicily, 2017
The organic vineyards of Cantine Rallo in Patti Piccolo are similar to an amphitheatre, providing an enclosed microclimate that is aerated by the winds from the sea, warm in the daytime and cool at night. ‘La Clarissa’ is a great wine to if you love Sicilian wines of interesting character, from a cooler area of the island. This wine is seductive and well balanced. An intense bouquet and palate of mulberries and spicy notes like black pepper.
Bottle £33.00

Pinot Noir, Zephyr Wines, Marlborough, New Zealand, 2017
Pure elegance in the bottle. If you are a red Burgundy lover, you will enjoy this wine. It comes from the cool vineyards of Marlborough. Pinot with light colour but intense flavours!
Bottle £36.00


DESSERT

Pedro Ximenez, Spain 2015
Dark and rich, great with chocolate.
Glass £8.25

Mád, Tokaji (37.5cl.), St Tamas, Hungary, 2014
Vivid and lively late harvest wine, the natural sugar concentration is balanced by refreshing acidity. Floral, fruity intense aromas, touch of minerality and fresh fruity lingering finish.
Glass £8.25  |  Bottle £40.50

Val de Garrigue, Muscat de Beaumes de Venise, (37.5cl.), Rhône, France, 2014
A bouquet of exotic fruits, lychee, pineapple, notes of honey, on the palate this wine is a full and refreshing mix of peach and white flowers.
Glass £6.50  |  Bottle £30.50