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

 

Bodegas Sumarroca, Catalunya
Why Cava? It’s brilliant with shellfish and seafood, and we think it does as good a job as Champagne at much better price.

Bodegas Sumarroca make excellent Cava, generations of the Sumarroca family have devoted themselves to making it so. Their wines have bags of personality and character. Carlos Sumarroca, the owner, is one of Spain’s most important and awarded agriculturists. They practice sustainable farming, harvest at night and only use only free-run juice. Their winery is terraced along the hillside so that all movement of wine is gravity fed. All very technical, but it shows in the quality.

Brut Nature, Gran Reserva, 2013 
Fresh, complex aromas that mix with brioche pastry notes. Lively 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. Brut Nature is the driest expression of Cava.
Glass £6.95  |  Bottle £27.95

Brut Nature, Gran Reserva, 2013
An attractive bright pink colour. Inviting aromas of red fruit and strawberries combing with a delicate floral note. Soft and juicy fruit flavours, nice soft bubbles and a delicate finish.
Glass £6.95  |  Bottle £27.95

Nuria Claverol, Gran Reserva, 2011
Sumarroca’s top wine Nuria is a special bottle that is unique to the winery. Intense aromas with strong mineral and toasted notes, give this wine a highly individual character. Full favoured with the right level of complexity; from a highly fruity start to an intriguing fresh and minerally finish.
Bottle £46.00


WHITE

 

El Blanco de Lela del Mar, Bodegas Bastida, Spain
This is how to enjoy Mediterranean Spain in Inverness!! The beaches, the nightspots, the wine and of course how to play dominoes. Bright, ripe, tropical, a real fruit bowl of flavours- this has Lela’s unmistakable stamp of unalloyed fun. Fresh and delicious.
Glass £5.30  |  Bottle £19.95

Silga Verdejo, Alvarez y Diez, Spain, 2016
Spanish answer to Sauvignon Blanc – green fruit aromas, bright and zesty but with a lovely soft palate and finish.
Bottle £22.50

Grenache Blanc, IGP Pays d’Oc, Felicette, France, 2017
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 £24.00

Blanco, Finca Manzanos, Bodegas Manzanos ,Spain, 2017
Most of us think of red when it comes to Rioja. The fact is that the Riojans know how to make both! This one is an unoaked example with ripe, but subtle fruit, good balance. Delicious.
Bottle £25.00

Mavum, Pinot Bianco, Pinot Nero, Biscardo, Mabis,Italy, 2017
Pinot Grigio in disqguise – we found this stunning example that will satisfy and pleasantly please any Pinot Grigio lover.
Glass £6.80  |  Bottle £27.00

Sauvignon Blanc, Mayfly, New Zealand, 2017
Exquisite Sauvignon Blanc from one of the best Marlborough vineyards. Asparagus, white peach, elderflower…all that you expect.
Glass £7.50  |  Bottle £29.00

Verdelho, Quinta da Alorna, Portugal, 2017
From heart of the Tejo region in Portugal this wine we absolutely fell in love with – sweet apples, peaches, nectarines, dry and soft on the palate.
Bottle £26.00

Pecorino, Terre di Chieti, IGP, Feudo Antico, Italy, 2016
Small family vineyards in the heart of the Abruzzo region of Italy create this stunning wine. Minerally, nutty with uplifting aromas of green almonds and wild flowers.
Bottle £28.00

Picpoul de Pinet, Cuvée Caroline, Famille Morin, 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 £29.00

Albariño, Lembranzas, 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

Bianco Maggiore, Grillo, DOC , Cantine Rallo, Italy, 2017
In spite of coming from the warm part of Sicily, this wine tastes so amazingly fresh!! In fact this is one of Alfie’s favourites on this list.
Bottle £32.00

Mâcon-Villages, Domaine Fichet, France, 2016
Unmistakably Burgundian Chardonnay – this wine comes form unique vineyards with high content of limestone and chalk. Perfect balance between concentration, acidity and minerality with just a touch of oak. The complete package.
Bottle £33.00

Pinot Blanc, Cave de Ribeauvillé, France, 2016
Pinot Blanc – probably the friendliest food wine there is. Spending 6 months on lees (yeast left over after fermentation), with the rich ripe fruit used, the end result is this soft, off dry white that genuinely can accompany anything you are eating and add pleasure and excitement!
Bottle £37.00

Sancerre Blanc, Domaine Picard, France, 2016
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 £42.00

Charlène et Laurent Pinson, Chablis, Domaine Pinson, France, 2015 
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 £45.00


ROSÉ

 

Vale do Homem Rosé, Quintas do Homem, Portugal, 2016
Light pink colour, elegant and fresh – this wine is simply a bit of sunshine in a glass!
Glass £6.50  |  Bottle £25.00

B by La Grande Bauquière, Domaine de la Grande Bauquière, France, 2017
What is so special about Provence rosé? Exceptional terroir, set apart by its deep limestone and clay-sandstone soils, as well as deep soils composed of ancient alluvial deposits with small stones. Somehow this contributes to the classic style of delicate, yet powerful rosés – complex, ripe, full and delight to drink.
Bottle £32.00


RED

 

El Tinto de Lela del Mar, Bodegas Bastida, Spain
Vibrant, ripe, juicy red made with indigenous Spanish grape varieties. Try it slightly chilled! Seafood friendly.
Glass £5.30  |  Bottle £19.95

Pinot Noir, Calusari, Viile Timisului, Romania, 2017
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 £5.75  |  Bottle £22.50

Merayo Mencia, Bodegas y Viñedos Merayo, Castilla y León , Spain, 2017
Bags of fruit but without the strong tannic structure. Again it is great slightly chilled. Seafood friendly.
Bottle £25.00

Cabernet Sauvignon, IGP Pays d’Oc, Casse Noix, France, 2015
Black cherry, cassis and spice like pepper and cinnamon, cedar – this is a lovely example of Cabernet form the South of France. Not as full on as some of its Bordeaux counterparts.
Bottle £24.00

Tempranillo, Finca Manzanos, Bodegas Manzanos, Spain, 2016
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 £6.95  |  Bottle £27.50

Malbec, Man Meets Mountain, Mendoza, Argentina, 2017
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

Pinot Noir, Zephyr Wines, Marlborough, New Zealand
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


ENGLISH WINES

 

As Scotland hasn’t yet been able to make a truly decent or drinkable wine yet, we have decided to compensate for this failure, by stocking a selection of fantastic English wines instead. English vineyards are continuing to make strides on the international scene not to mention making some brilliant quality wines, which pair especially well with seafood.

Camel Valley was founded by ex-RAF pilot Bob Lindo and his wife Annie in 1989, in Cornwall. They have enjoyed phenomenal success, and have achieved quite a reputation within 2 decades.

Pinot Noir Rose, 2015 
A light rosé with intense strawberry aromas.
Bottle £35.00

Atlantic Dry, Cornwall, 2015 
A crispy fresh dry white wine with grapefruit and green fruit flavours and a honey finish. ‘Ansome!! Albourne Estate is a new boutique producer of exciting and distinctive single estate wines, located on the edge of the South Downs near Brighton. Their business is family run and all grapes are exclusively grown, sustainably produced and carefully hand blended on site.
Bottle £35.00

Bacchus, 2015
Showing pronounced aromas with loads of citrus, up front grapefruit and lime zest coupled with cut grass and gooseberry aromas. More delicate elderflower and tropical fruit (passion fruit, guava) notes open up on the palate. Super refreshing and crisp on the palate, brilliant alternative to Sauvignon Blanc.
Bottle £39.95

Cellar Selection, 2015
This wine is unique in their range being exposed to a touch of oak. Using barrel fermented Ortega grapes and a portion of Chardonnay, results in a complex, rounded and expressive wine.
Bottle £39.95

Truslers Hill, Sparkling Pinot Noir Rosé, 2014
This wine is unique in their range being exposed to a touch of oak. Using barrel fermented Ortega grapes and a portion of Chardonnay, results in a complex, rounded and expressive wine.
Bottle £49.00

Albourne Estate, Sparkling Blanc de Blancs, 2013
A traditional method sparkling wine, which is about elegance and finesse. Subtle yet delicious pâtisserie-like aromas of brioche, baked apple and almond. This complements the fresh fruit crispiness of the Chardonnay with notes of apple crumble, and on pouring displays a fine and delicate mousse.
Bottle £56.00


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