Restaurant • Bar • Café • Wine Shop • Est. 1988
"This is one of the places where you can drink some real quality at a very reasonable price." - Neville Blech, The Top 100 UK Restaurant Wine Lists, 7th Overall, 2nd for Value.
"Mr Rowlands has put together a short, impressive and informed wine list...with ungrasping mark-ups."
Croeso i restr Dylanwad Da, detholiad arbennig o winoedd o bedwar ban byd gydag amryw ohonynt wedi eu mewnforio yn bersonol gennym.
Bellach mae trwydded ddiodydd gyflawn gan Dylanwad Da.
O ganlyniad, gallwch ddod yma i fwynhau y gwinoedd hyn pryd bynnag y byddwn ar agor, boed gyda bwyd ai pheidio a gallwch brynu gwinoedd i fynd gyda chi, un neu fwy o boteli.
Welcome to the Dylanwad Da list, an eclectic selection of wines from around the world, many of which I import directly myself (these are highlighted in blue).
We have a full drinks licence: you can enjoy these wines with food or just come in for a drink. You can buy bottles to take away - see the separate list in the bar for take away prices.
Mae gennym drwydded ddiodydd lawn. Golygir hyn eich bod yn cael dod i fwynhau'r gwinoedd, gyda neu heb bryd o fwyd yn ogystal a phrynu potel i fynd gartref.
Guy Allion, Sauvignon Blanc, Touraine, A.C. France, 2009 - from a small family producer in Touraine on the Loire, imported directly. Good quality fruit produces a light, dry wine with refreshing acidity and good length (12.5%).
Alpha Zeta, Chardonnay, Verona, Italy, 2009 - Produced by New Zealander Matt Thompson from selected parcels of grapes. Crisp fruit flavours, softened by a touch of oak give a creamy richness on the palate (13%).
Rüdesheimer Rosengarten Qba. Nahe, Germany, 2007 - a quality German wine produced in the Nahe region by a forward thinking Co-op. A fresh, lively, light, fragrant, medium wine with lots of fruit (8.5%).
Presagio, Rioja D.O.C. Spain, 2008 - an excellent value young, unoaked Rioja. Clear and bright, with a fresh nose of red fruits and herbs reflected on the palate, a touch peppery with good acidity and balancing tannins (13.5%).
All house wines £15.00/bottle £4.00/175ml
Chateau Rol Valentin, St. Emilion Grand Cru, 2002 - from a new small 11.5 ha estate only producing since the 1995 vintage. A lovely wine packed with the plumy fruit you would expect from a Merlot dominated blend, good use of oak with gentle, mellowing tannins. "By any standards a superb wine." - Robert Parker (13%) Halves only £19.50
Chateau Peyrabon, Haut Medoc A.C., 2001 - quite a large estate bordering Paulliac, producing reliable good-value wines. Now at its best, rich fruit, with full spicy character and supple tannins. (13%) £25.00
Chateau Lanessan, Haut Medoc A.C., 1996 - from a distinguished 46 ha. Cru bourgeoise superieur just south of St. Julien. A Cabernet Sauvignon dominated claret, fully mature, showing good development, with the distinctive dusty blackcurrant, cigar box nose, fruit and spice and good tannic structure. (13%) £25.00
Chateau Patache d'Aux, Medoc Cru Bourgeois, 2002 - always reliable, from a 90 acre estate in the northern Medoc. "Stylish, highly perfumed, medium bodied wine with very accessible fruit." Tom Stevenson. (12.5%) £23.50
Chateau d'Angludet, Margaux Cru Bourgeois A.C., 2000 - owned by the Sichel family, consistent and well priced. "Vividly coloured, medium to full bodied with excellent fruit, finesse and finish - classic Margaux" Tom Stevenson. (12.5%) £47.50
Chateau Grande-Mayne, Grand Cru Classé St-Emilion, 1998 - One of the best recent vintages from this top estate, now drinking well. Deep mahogany colour with a fine aroma, medium bodied with good balance, structure and finish. "This is excellent... an absolute delight to drink." - The Wine Doctor. Parker 93 (13%) £25.00
Chateau Margaux, Jeme Cru Classé, 1999 - "sweet, tarry, almost fudge-like edge to the fruit on the nose, which is showing some evolution. Ripe and full with lovely richness. Opening out beautifully. The palate shows wonderfully pure fruit that's developing some earthy, spicy complexity. Intense with impeccable balance. Lovely stuff." - Wine Anorak. Parker 95 (12.5%) £25.00
Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe, 1999 - a classic example from one of the very top producers, from a great vintage. Dominated by Grenache, with some Mouvedre and Syrah. Deep in colour with a warm, spicy nose, rich ripe red fruits, balanced by alcohol and tannin - big and gorgeous! (14%) £42.50
Beaune, 1ier Cru Les Bressandes, Jean-Claude Boisset, 2006 - Good depth of colour, it has a restrained nose with just a hint of spicy oak. On the palate the wine is concentrated, with silky tannins supporting intense, savoury, strawberry fruit. Very long on the finish, with slight spicy, bramble fruit flavours to the end. (13.5%) £37.50
Rolly Gassmann, Riesling, Alsace, 2004 - an excellent wine from the distinguished Alsace grower in Rorschwihr. A typical Riesling nose, fresh with zesty lime and a touch of oil. The palate is soft and off-dry but with zingy citrus flavours, wonderful balancing acidity and good length. (12.5%) £22.50
Le Haut-Lieu, Vouvray Demi-Sec A.C., S.A.Huet, 2002 - Noel Pinguet produces wines from Chenin grapes grown using Organic and Biodynamic principles, on sites that go back to Napoleonic times. A clear and bright pale straw colour, with a honeysuckle and lime nose, intense lemon/lime palate with honey overtones. Off-dry, excellent acidity and long finish. (12.5%) £26.50
L'Enclos, Savenniere A.C., Eric Morgat, 2003 - a tiny, classic but little known A.C. producing the world's greatest and longest-lived Chenin Blancs. A wonderful wine, pale gold with a pungent nose of citrus peel, almond blossom and a hint of honey, a complex palate of minerals, lemon zest and almonds, long and full-bodied. (14%) £25.50
Presagio, Vendimia Seleccionada, DOC 2005 - we have managed to get our hands on a new wine from Javier. A special selection of ripe Tempranillo, Mazuela and Graciano from old vines (50 years+), aged in American oak make it a step up from his Crianza wine on the main list, more intensity and length, a serious Rioja! (14.5%) £23.50
Amarone della Valpolicella, DOC, Provolo, 2004 - one of the classic Italian red wines, made with low yielding vines, the grapes dried for 4 months before fermentation and then a long maturation in large barrels. A wine of stunning concentration, full with rich, dried fruits, long with a hint of bitterness on the finish. (15%) £32.50
Barolo "Bricco delle Viole", DOCG, G. D. Vajra, 1997 - After a visit in 2001 I couldn't resist this wonderful wine. A warm vintage has suited the relatively high vineyards of Vajra's La Morra, producing an attractive, powerful but early maturing wine. (14%) £42.50
Mezzopane, Poggio San Polo, Montalcino, Tuscany I.G.T. 2000 - from a top quality area to the south of Chianti this is a stunning and intense wine. A blend of 80% Sangiovese and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, packed with black berry fruit, ripe and supple on the palate with plenty of oak in evidence. GOLD MEDAL International Wine Challenge 2004. (13.5%) £30.50
Redoma, Douro D.O.C. Niepoort, 1996 - a fine, mature table wine from a top Port producer. Old vines, unique Portuguese varieties go to make a concentrated, stylish wine "a complex amalgam of forest fruits, allspice and leather". (13.5%) £30.50
Rueda Verdejo D.O. Martivilli, Spain, 2009 - from Spain's new premier white wine region on high ground to the north-west of the country. Good selection and modern techniques produces a refreshing, lively, fruity, dry wine to match well with chicken and fish dishes. (13%) £15.50
Provolo, Costa del Monte, Verona IGT, Italy 2009 - from the same producer as our top quality Amarone, a lovely soft, light, easy drinking white. Basically a Soave from just outside the area, from the same Garganega grapes, fresh, slightly floral nose and citrus palate. (12.5%) £15.50
Roero Arneis, DOC, Vincenzo Bossotti, Piedmonte, Italy, 2008 - one of our exclusive imports, a unique, much sought after, Piedmonte grape variety. Straw coloured with an herbaceous nose: well rounded, slightly nutty palate with a clean finish. (13.5%) £16.50
Mâcon Azé, A.C. White Burgundy Sélection Prestige, France, 2006 - our new house Burgundy imported directly from a well-respected Co-op in the Maconnaise - great value. Clean, crisp, green apple fruit with good acidity and fine finish. The selection this year has just a touch of oak (10%), giving increased body and complexity. (13.5%) £17.50
Johann Topf - Grüner Veltliner, Wechselberg, Kamptal, Austria, 2008 - seen by Jancis Robinson as a top quality alternative to expensive white Burgundy, Grüner Veltliner is Austria's little known grape variety. A great example, very pale gold, subtle hints on the nose of typical grapefruit, lentil and white pepper, good texture and concentrated fruit on the palate, good acidity and a lingering finish. (13%) £19.50
Kim Crawford - Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand, 2008 - an example of what put New Zealand on the vinous map. Fresh, aromatic nose, crisp acidity and wonderful gooseberry/lychee fruit, with excellent length. (13.%) £19.00
Johann Topf - Riesling, Wechselberg, Kamptal, Austria, 2006 - another wine from our white wine specialist near the Danube in North-west Austria. Long and elegant, with a fresh, waxy, citrus nose, dry and crisp on the palate with a hint of honey and refreshing acidity. (12.5%) £20.50
Millton Vineyard - Chenin Blanc, Gisbourne, New Zealand, 2002 - from top Organic and Biodynamic producers James and Annie Millton. The result of hand-picked grapes, gentle pressing and 6 months in French oak is a dry wine with a tropical, slightly honeyed aroma, citrus flavours, crisp acidity and good length. (12.5%) £21.00
Catena Agrelo - Chardonnay, Mendoza, Argentina, 2006 - an excellent example of modern winemaking in the southern hemisphere. Light golden colour, a brilliant, fat mouthful of sunshine, good use of oak and a great long lemony finish. A real favourite of ours! (14%) £20.50
Kurt Hain, Piesporter Goldtröpfchen, Riesling Spätlese, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, 2005 - Decanter Magazine 5 Star - "Fresh, aromatic, good citrus. Superb balance and freshness, completely appealing, excellent expression, clean, concise". (8.5%) £20.50
Sancerre, A.C. Domaine Sautereau, 2008 - from a small family producer in the village of Crezancy just south of Sancerre in the upper Loire valley. The best Sauvignon Blanc grapes producing a typical, intense pungent nose and a wine full of citrus fruit. (12.5%) £21.00. 2005: half: £11.50
Chablis, Premier Cru - Les Fourneaux, A.C., Domaine Alain Gautheron, 2007 - the most northerly of the Burgundy vineyards, in fact 80 miles north of the Cote d'Or. From a small family producer in Fleys, with an immaculate modern cellar. This is a fine, full wine, with great length, steely dry, imported by us and thus a bargain price! (13.%) £22.50; 2005: half: £12.00
Leonardo - Chianti, D.O.C.G., Italy, 2009 - one of the most popular wines from the "Dan y Dylanwad" cases. A modern fruit-driven Chianti, beautiful fresh cherry/violet nose, red fruits on the palate - warm, smooth and soft. "Great Value Wine of the Year" - International Wine Challenge. (13%) £16.50; 2008: half: £9.00
Rioja Tinto Crianza, DO, Presagio, 2007 - another exclusive import by ‘Dan Y Dylanwad Wines' from a small family producer with an immaculate modern bodega. Careful grape selection and fermentation produce textbook Rioja - plenty of red and black fruit, with spice and vanilla from American oak and soft tannins. (14%) £17.50
Beaujolais Villages, A.C., Chateau Chassantour, 2008 - a fine example of how good Beaujolais should be - a lovely jammy Gamay nose, light and fruity, eminently drinkable! (12.5%) £17.50; half: £9.00
Red Burgundy, Cave D'Azé, A. C., 2008 - our new house Burgundy imported direct from a well respected Co-op in the Maconnaise, offering excellent value. Pinot Noir from an unusually hot summer gives good colour and a fine soft red fruit nose, strawberries on the palate with good acidity and structure with careful use of oak. (13%) £18.50
Barbera D'Asti, DOC, Vincenzo Bossotti, Piedmonte, Italy, 2006 - another Bossotti wine, very much his speciality. Clear, bright deep ruby/purple colour, with an intense nose, packed with red fruits on the palate (redcurrants/cherries) good acidity, tannins and length. Well matched to red meats, Italian-style cuisine and mature cheeses. (14%) £18.50
Langhe Nebbiolo, DOC, Vincenzo Bossotti, 2004 - the same grape variety used to make the great Barolo wines just to the south. This is an excellent example of the earlier maturing style of wine. Typically pale colour, intense nose of rose petals and violet fruit. Soft, but intense on the palate with a touch of tar and good length. (14%) £18.50
Crozes-Hermitage, AC, Domaine Les Chenets, 2006 - a fine example of French Syrah, imported directly by Dan y Dylanwad Wines. Deep, dark colour, rich spicy/peppery nose, juicy, dark fruits and herbs on the palate, with soft tannins and good length. (12.5%) £18.50; 2008: half: £9.50
Seghesio - Zinfandel, Sonoma County, California, 2007 - a family owned business that has been growing Zinfandel since 1895 and is undoubtedly one of the top producers in California. Chocolate and dark plum character on the nose, well judged use of American and French oak, rich, ripe black fruit on the palate. (15%) £24.50; 2008: half: £15.50
Catena Lunlunta, Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina, 2006 - another wine from this exciting Argentinian bodega using the same grape as in the famous "black wines of Cahors". Dark and lush, richly flavoured fruit intermingles with violet floral aromas and creamy oak. An excellent wine! (14%) £21.50
Kirnbauer, Blaufränkisch Goldberg, Burgenland, Austria, 2005 - a single vineyard wine from south-east Austria. Ruby red with delicate, warm, spicy aromas, lovely black fruit flavours, well integrated tannins and good use of French oak, giving structure and excellent length. (13.5%) £24.50
Chateau Musar, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, 2002 - a "big" wine, deep mahogany colour, intense floral cedary nose which gives way to a complex, developed palate, hard to find at this price. Bordering on a mixture of Rhone and Claret. (14%) £26.50; half: £14.00
Ata Rangi, Pinot Noir, Martinborough, New Zealand, 2007 - undoubtedly one of New Zealand's finest wines, a top Pinot in anyone's book. Seductive perfumes, a supple and velvety texture, superb balance and great length and complexity. (14%) £38.50
Chateau du Haut Perron, Sonnemot, Touraine Rosé A.C. 2009 - a beautiful pale salmon colour, a wonderful, light, fruity rosé with mouth watering acidity, from a blend of Cabernet Franc and Gamay grapes. One of our imports direct from France from the supplier of our house dry. (13%) £15.00
Charles Melton, Rose of Virginia, Barossa Valley, Australia, 2008 - basically a blend of Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon, a big, bold pink from Australia. Aromatic Grenache perfume on the nose, the palate is well balanced, with good mid-palate richness, with some light tannins making it a good match for food (13%) £21.00
La Grive, Moelleux, Vin de Pays de Jardin de la France, 2004 - our "house" dessert wine from Cedric Allion on the Loire who makes our house dry from the same variety. Here, late picked Sauvignon Blanc grapes make a lovely, light, fragrant, sweet wine. Why not compare? (12.5%) £17.50; 125ml glass: £3.80
Late Harvest Orange Muscat and Flora, Brown Bros. 2008 - the Australians take great pride in their dessert wines and this is a fine example. A luscious, sweet wine with complexity and balance, good grapey flavours and a strong blossom nose (9.5%). Halves only £13.00
Mount Horrocks Cordon Cut Riesling, Clare Valley, Australia, 2005 - a wonderful ‘Aussie' sweet from a top "boutique winery". The canes are cut and the grapes left to hang on the vine, producing fantastic concentration. "A wine of intense Riesling character: rich, full, complex palate and refreshing finish". GOLD MEDAL International Wine Challenge. (11.5%); half bottle £20.50
K+K Kirnbauer, Eiswein, Burgenland, Austria, 2008 - a stunning dessert wine from a resurgent Austria, made from frozen Welschriesling grapes, picked on the 21st December at -8°c. A golden rarity, wonderfully intense, sweet, honeyed pineapple flavour with balancing, mouth-watering acidity. (13%); half bottle £16.50
Royal Tokaji, Aszù 4 Puttonyos, Màd, Tokaj, Hungary, 1999 - irresistible after a trip to the winery in 2007. A unique and ancient style of wine, deliciously sweet with flavours of apricot, marmalade, honey and ginger, but with fantastic balancing acidity. A small bottle (25cl) but enough for 4 glasses as an aperitif, with dessert or even with cheeses. (10.5%) £15.50
Chateau Paizos, Esszencia, Sarospatak, Tokaj, Hungary, 1993 - Simply one of the world's legendary wines, made with the "free run" juice from the ndividually picked shrivelled grapes. So high in sugar that the fermentation has only reached 4.5%, stunning intensity, Robert Parker has scored it at 100/100. A tiny 10cl bottle that will allow four connoisseurs to try something truly unique! £32.50
Innocent Bystander, Mosacto, Victoria, Australia, 2010 - a half bottle of light, fruity fun! Made from Gordo and Black Muscat grapes, the fermentation is stopped to leave a lovely soft, grapey, sweet sparkling wine - try it with fruit desserts and meringues. (5.5%) half: £11.00
Bortolin Angelo, Valdobbiadene Prosecco Brut, DOC - our latest import from Italy, the increasingly popular sparkler from the north-east. A third generation family affair, they use traditional production techniques but with all the latest equipment. 100% Prosecco grapes from the heartland area produce a lovely soft sparkling wine with a good persistent mousse, beautiful floral/fruit aromas, a fresh, dry palate but with some residual sweetness. (11.5%) £18.50
Jean-Claude Raspail, Clairette de Die, A.C. - from a small family producer using "organic" practises in a little known area just off the Rhone Valley. A delicious light, sweet, softly sparkling wine made from mostly Muscat grapes. Lovely as an aperitif but is a great match with fruity puddings! (7.5%) £19.50
Jean-Claude Raspail, Cremant de Die, Brut Extra, A.C. 2001 - new this year from the same "organic" producer is their vintage Champagne-method sparkler. Made from 100% Clairette grapes, crisp, dry and lively, with added complexity coming from extended ageing on the lees. (Le Guide Hachette "Coup de Coeur" 2007) (12%) £20.50
Le Mesnil, Blancs de Blancs, Grand Cru, Brut, Champagne N.V. - our new house Champagne: “nutty, restrained, all Chardonnay fizz with remarkable elegance and length” - Tim Atkin, The Observer. (12%) £33.00; half bottle: £17.50
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