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Native & alternative wines.

We're an award-winning online wine merchant, drinking outside the box since 2012.

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Nou gaan ons braai!

Discover the memorably spectacular wines of Albert Ahrens from diverse terroirs across South Africa's Western Cape

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The vineyards where it all began

Red Squirrel started life as an importer of solely Ligurian wines, not least the scarce, beautiful wines of Bruna.

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New Zealand with a difference

Get to know the revolutionary Loveblock wines of Erica & Kim Crawford from Marlborough and Central Otago

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Spotlight on... Vinteloper

We have been working with David Bowley since the beginning of 2014. Vinteloper has grown from a one-man band with neither winery nor vineyards, become a multiple Pinot Palooza champion, then David acquired a vineyard of his own in 2018.

Devastatingly Vinteloper was one of the vineyards worst affected by the recent Adelaide Hills bushfires, and our hearts go out to David, his family and his team.

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Wine of the Week by Albert Ahrens

Every week we highlight here a wine that we're particularly enjoying right now. At the very end of 2019 we received a small parcel of new vintages from 'grape scout' South African winemaker Albert Ahrens, and this Cabernet Sauvignon & Cinsaut blend from Stellenboscvh is one of his very best.

Ahrens Family Bottelary Seventy 2017 - Red Squirrel Wine
Ahrens Family Bottelary Seventy 2017 - Red Squirrel Wine
Ahrens Family Bottelary Seventy 2017
Ahrens Family Bottelary Seventy 2017 - Red Squirrel Wine
Ahrens Family Bottelary Seventy 2017 - Red Squirrel Wine
Ahrens Family Bottelary Seventy 2017

Ahrens Family Bottelary Seventy 2017

£54.00

Ahrens Family Wines

 Origin

Bottelary, Stellenbosch, WC, South Africa

    13.5%
Cabernet Sauvignon 60%Cinsaut 40%
   

Albert drives up to 40,000km every year between a plethora of vineyards in the Cape, sourcing only the very best grapes for his growing range of tiny-batch wines. One of the early voices of the Swartland revolution while winemaker at Lammershoek, Albert has remained quietly and confidently under the radar building his own projects, while also gaining experience abroad in Priorat, the Rhône valley and Champagne.

This red from the Bottelary hills, north-west of Stellenbosch, is absolutely bonkers good. It's a re-enactment of the old-school Stellenbosch blend so prevalent in the 1960s and 1970s: old-vine Cabernet Sauvignon (backbone) combined with the traditional workhorse grape Cinsault (juiciness).

Naturally fermented and matured in old, tight-grain, 225-litre French oak barrels for 18 months. The aim is gentle micro-oxygenation rather than adding overt oaky flavours. The end result is deliciously distinctive. Herbaceous aroma, reveals ripe blackcurrants and umami savouriness, very smooth with refined tannins and long finish. A wine to lodge in the memory big time.

 

Bestselling red wines

Can't decide? These are the red wines our customers have bought the most lately, why not try them yourself?

Pas d'Histoires Le Rouge 2018
Pas d'Histoires Le Rouge 2018 - Red Squirrel Wine

Pas d'Histoires Le Rouge 2018

From £14.00

Le Plan des Moines La Borde Côtes du Rhône 2017
Le Plan des Moines La Borde Côtes du Rhône 2017 - Red Squirrel Wine

Le Plan des Moines La Borde Côtes du Rhône 2017

From £17.00

Domaine Martinolles Pinot Noir 2018
Domaine Martinolles Pinot Noir 2018 - Red Squirrel Wine

Domaine Martinolles Pinot Noir 2018

£11.00

Clos Rocailleux Classique Gaillac Rouge 2014
Clos Rocailleux Classique Gaillac Rouge 2014 - Red Squirrel Wine

Clos Rocailleux Classique Gaillac Rouge 2014

£16.00

Haywire Canyonview Pinot Noir 2014
Haywire Canyonview Pinot Noir 2014 - Red Squirrel Wine

Haywire Canyonview Pinot Noir 2014

£44.00

Vinteloper SH/16 Adelaide Hills Shiraz 2016
Vinteloper SH/16 Adelaide Hills Shiraz 2016 - Red Squirrel Wine

Vinteloper SH/16 Adelaide Hills Shiraz 2016

From £37.00

Haywire White Label Pinot Noir 2016
Haywire White Label Pinot Noir 2016 - Red Squirrel Wine

Haywire White Label Pinot Noir 2016

From £31.00

Tocco Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2017
Tocco Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2017 - Red Squirrel Wine

Tocco Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2017

£17.00

Valdonica Saragio 2014
Valdonica Saragio 2014 - Red Squirrel Wine

Valdonica Saragio 2014

£34.00

Haywire White Label Gamay 2016
Haywire White Label Gamay 2016 - Red Squirrel Wine

Haywire White Label Gamay 2016

From £31.00

Bruna Bansigu Rosso 2017
Bruna Bansigu Rosso 2017 - Red Squirrel Wine

Bruna Bansigu Rosso 2017

£25.00

Eschenhof Holzer Wagram Zweigelt 2017
Eschenhof Holzer Wagram Zweigelt 2017 - Red Squirrel Wine

Eschenhof Holzer Wagram Zweigelt 2017

From £15.00

Combel-la-Serre La Vigne Juste Derrière Chez Carbo 2017
Combel-la-Serre La Vigne Juste Derrière Chez Carbo 2017 - Red Squirrel Wine

Combel-la-Serre La Vigne Juste Derrière Chez Carbo 2017

From £19.00

Bellwether Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Bellwether Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 - Red Squirrel Wine

Bellwether Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

From £40.00

Eekhoring Rooi 2018
Eekhoring Rooi 2018 - Red Squirrel Wine

Eekhoring Rooi 2018

From £12.00

Vinteloper "If Life Gives You Lagrein" 2017
Vinteloper

Vinteloper "If Life Gives You Lagrein" 2017

From £18.00

Laventura Rioja La Nave 2017
Laventura Rioja La Nave 2017 - Red Squirrel Wine

Laventura Rioja La Nave 2017

From £19.00

Marsilea Bobal Joven 2018
Marsilea Bobal Joven 2018 - Red Squirrel Wine

Marsilea Bobal Joven 2018

£16.00

Combel-la-Serre La Cuvée Château 2016
Combel-la-Serre La Cuvée Château 2016 - Red Squirrel Wine

Combel-la-Serre La Cuvée Château 2016

From £22.00

Convento da Vila Tinto 2018
Convento da Vila Tinto 2018 - Red Squirrel Wine

Convento da Vila Tinto 2018

From £11.00

September 2019

Merger with The Knotted Vine

In the summer of 2019, Red Squirrel merged with fellow small specialist The Knotted Vine and created the Graft Wine Company, a supplier to some of the UK's top restaurants, bars and merchants. We still offer many of our wines to the public here online.

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July 2019

Named 3rd best drinks supplier in the UK

We were honoured to be voted by leading industry professionals the third best drinks supplier to the on-trade this year.

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December 2015

Nutkin wine bar pops up in Haggerston

For a few weeks at the end of 2015, we teamed up with a number of chefs - including the brilliant Smoke & Salt (pictured) - to launch Nutkin wine bar in east London.

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2013 to 2014

At a market near you...

Red Squirrel popped up selling wine at markets and wine festivals across the country.

August 2012

It all began in Liguria

Red Squirrel was created as an importer and online shop by Nik Darlington in summer 2012 after visiting producers in the little-known Italian region of Liguria, wines we still have to this day.

Judging the best burgers in London, with wine of course.

We put our tastebuds to the test and reveal the best burger in London, and what wine to drink with it. You're welcome.

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