Many restaurateurs rely on one wine merchant to write their list and supply all their wines. Not Alison. To get the wine selection for Barley Bree just so, she uses six different suppliers, despite the logistical nightmare of persuading the likes of Corney & and Barrow to deliver to rural Perthshire.
A restaurant’s wine list must have something for everyone, and Alison puts a huge amount of effort into finding interesting, well-priced wines for her house range and at the lower end of the price spectrum. She prefers not to offer bottles that are available at the supermarket, to encourage customers to experiment. Due to limited availability we may run out of certain vintages from time to time but always have an exciting new one for you to try.
At the upper price range, Barley Bree’s wines are exceptionally good value. Alison is on a mission to persuade customers to try different wines and doesn’t think that special bottles should be out of anyone’s price range.
Her list also includes wines that are not big sellers. She loves them, and thinks they should be there, so they sneak in. Riesling, a highly unfashionable German white, is a good example. She even has a chardonnay – the white burgundy ruined by over-enthusiastic oaking and Bridget Jones. Unlike the overpowering Australian versions that given chardonnay its bad reputation, hers is from Bulgaria, a rising star in the Chardonnay world.
Despite being married to a Frenchman, Alison’s list spans the wine-producing world. It includes a southern French rosé from a vineyard where she used to work, and an arneis (it’s an Italian grape variety) from a winerie the couple visited in New Zealand. She loves nothing more than telling customers about the wines on the list, answering questions and helping with the final selection.
Whilst her background is in wine, Alison wants all the drinks on offer at Barley Bree to be of exemplary quality. Elgin-based Gordon and MacPhail supply the malts and other spirits, while independent Harviestoun Brewery near Tillicoultry, is responsible for the draught beers.
Our wines are available to purchase to take away.
Please ask for Prices.
Occasionally, we may have to substitute a different vintage to that shown on the wine list due to availability of stock from our suppliers.
All wines are sold in 75cl bottles, unless stated otherwise.
Wines by the glass are sold in 175mls measures, unless stated otherwise.
It is probably fortunate for our bank manager that we are quite limited with space here at Barley Bree, otherwise the wine list would run to many more pages. I hope you will find something to suit both occasion and taste. Enjoy browsing.
Champagne and Sparkling Wines
No celebration would be complete without some bubbles and if you find champagne too dry then try prosecco, which is softer and kinder to the pocket.
|Champagne by the glass||France||£ 12.50|
|Prosecco, di Valdobbiadene, Rizzardi
Gentle bubbles, fresh, fun, lovely with strawberries
|Jansz Premium, NV Cuvée
So good, you would think it really is champagne
|Delamotte Brut, NV
From one of the oldest champagne houses, a creamy, elegant wine
|½ bottle||£ 28.00|
|Delamotte Blanc de Blancs
Both rich & delicate, perfect with langoustines, grilled fish..
|½ bottle||£ 31.00|
Needs no introduction…
Aperitifs and Wine by the glass
|La Brouette, France||11%||£ 3.50||£ 5.50||£ 7.00|
|Chenin Blanc, S Africa||13.5%||£ 3.50||£ 5.50||£ 7.00|
|Sauvignon Blanc, NZ||13%||£ 4.50||£ 6.80||£ 9.00|
|Chablis, France||12.5%||£ 6.95||£ 9.75||£ 12.95|
|Borsao, Spain||13.5%||£ 3.00||£ 4.50||£ 6.00|
|Merlot, Chile||13%||£ 3.50||£ 5.00||£ 6.75|
|Shiraz, S Africa||14%||£ 3.50||£ 5.00||£ 6.75|
|Malbec, Argentina||14%||£ 4.50||£ 6.50||£ 8.75|
|Riscal Reserva, Rioja||13.5%||£ 6.50||£ 9.50||£ 12.50|
|Dry Sack fino||£ 4.50|
|Tio Pepe||£ 4.50|
Other aperitifs and cocktails
|Spirits served in 35ml measures|
|Gordon’s & Tonic||£ 4.50|
|Tanqueray & Tonic||£ 4.85|
|Bombay Sapphire & Tonic||£ 4.85|
|Botanist & Tonic||£ 5.45|
|Heather Rose Gin & Tonic||£ 5.45|
|Famous Grouse||£ 2.70|
|Smirnoff Vodka & Tonic||£ 4.15|
|Glass of Champagne||£ 12.50|
|French Martini||£ 8.50|
|Sancerre, Domaine Henri Bourgeois, 2012
Crisp and dry with lime and mineral notes.
|Colombard/Ugni Blanc, La Brouette, 2013
Fresh intense nose with crisp citrus finish, our house white because it is consistently gluggable.
|Muscadet sur Lie, Domaine du Manoir, 2012
Excellent example of this classic wine, perfect aperitif or with fish and seafood, fresh, dry and delicious.
|Picpoul de Pinet, Duc de Morny, 2013
Zesty white from an ancient Languedoc varietal.
|Petit Bourgeois, Sauvignon Blanc, 2012
Grown just outside the Sancerre boundaries, this is excellent value, aromatic with typical Sauvignon verve and flavour, a favourite producer of ours.
|Jurançon Sec, Chant des Vignes, 2012, Ramonteau
Rounded and structured with delicate citrus and exotic flavours, hints of honey. So delicious, even without food.
|Bourgogne Blanc, Les Sétilles, Olivier Leflaive, 2011
Grapes from Puligny and Meursault vineyards giving citrus and apple notes. Tip top!
|Montagny, 1er Cru Bonneveaux, 2011, Olivier Leflaive, Burgundy
1er Cru in all respects. Lovely minerality and concentrated fruit.
|Chablis, William Fevre, 2011
Textbook Chablis with mineral and lemon zest flavours. If you are an ABC person – this will change your mind…
|Saint Peray, Vieilles Vignes, Tardieu-Laurent, 2011, Rhône Valley
Blend of Roussanne and Marsanne, refined freshness.
|Saint-Aubin, 1er Cru Dents de Chien, 2011, Olivier Leflaive, Burgundy
Complex minerality, nicely balanced.
|Pouilly Fumé, de Ladoucette, 2009, Loire Valley
Lovely dry but rich style, perfect with fish dishes and poultry. Others love Marlborough Sauvignon, I prefer the French version – and this is a great example of a classic wine.
|Meursault, Clos du Cromin, 2011, Olivier Leflaive, Burgundy
Rich rounded style with tropical fruit and a lemon/oak finish.
|Chardonnay, Campo Fiorito, 2011
Ripe, fresh, with creamy notes. Very pure flavour
|Pinot Grigio, Rizzardi, 2013
Exceptionally good example of this grape variety which can sometimes be a bit bland. Lemon & almond notes, full of flavour, great as an aperitif or with fish and poulty.
|Gavi di Gavi La Meirana, 2013
Greengage, honeysuckle & lime. Complex, with a fresh finish.
|Riesling, Kabinett, JJ Prum, Mosel, 2011
Smoky and stony intertwined with lime fruit, elegant crips and zesty with great length – possibly the greatest grape variety in the world.
|Chardonnay, Deer Point, 2012
Unoaked style, easy drinking, melon & pear flavour.
|Albariño, Orballo, 2012
Floral, perfumed Galician white, perfect with seafood.
|Grüner Veltliner, Sepp Möser, 2012
Fresh and fruity, yet crisp, from Austria’s signature grape variety.
|Viognier, Smoking Loon, 2011, California
Ripe, luscious, peachy fruit, perfect with spicier dishes.
|Cross Barn, Chardonnay, 2012, Sonoma Coast
From influential winemaker Paul Hobbs. Great fragrance of pear, citrus, fresh & full on the palate with mineral notes, and layers of fruit flavour.
|Chenin Blanc, Simonsig, 2013, Stellenbosch
Dry, fruity, lovely aperitif and so full of flavour it is great with food too.
|Gewürztraminer, Delheim Estate, 2011
Lovely intensely aromatic nose, off- dry finish
|Sauvignon Blanc, Iona, 2013, Elgin
Seriously good. Do I need to say more? A really lovely Sauvignon – one of the best I’ve ever tasted.
|Viognier, Y Series, Yalumba, 2013, South Australia
Silky texture with apricot fruit, makes an excellent aperitif.
|Sauvignon Blanc, Kuki, 2013, Marlborough
Delicious crisp, dry and fruity.
|Riesling, Zephyr, 2012, Marlborough
Amazing, typical petrolly nose, dry, elegant, citrus fruit, very moresome.
|Sauvignon Blanc, Tonada, 2013, Central Valley
Crisp, fresh, dry.
|Chardonnay Reserva, Viña Mar, 2012, Casablanca Valley
Intense aromas, creamy tropical fruit flavour.
|Garnacha Rosado, Borsao, 2013, Campo de Borja, Spain
Dry, fresh, full of crunchy red fruit.
|Carte Noire Rosé, Les Maîtres Vignerons, 2013, Provence, France
Typical pale coloured Provencal rosé, close your eyes and dream of St Tropez… I do – I used to work at this winery many years ago.
|Cabernet Sauvignon, Domaine Saissac, 2011, Pays d’Oc
A fine, juicy Cabernet, ripe and sweetly fruited, from one of France’s most interesting wine regions.
|Chateau Maurel, Cabardès, 2011
Interesting blend of 4 grape varieties, plump red and black fruit.
|Cotes du Rhône, Domaine de la Janasse, 2011
Ripe, concentrated black fruit aromas and flavour, quite spicy on the palate, good with rich meaty dishes.
|Fleurie, La Madone, 2011, Duboeuf, Beaujolais
Typical offering of the Gamay grape from renowned producer. Light, fresh, strawberry fruit, great with cheeses, could be served chilled.
|Crozes Hermitage, Petite Ruche, Chapoutier, 2011, Rhône Valley
Spicy pepper and blueberry fruit.
|Coudelet de Beaucastel, Dom Perrin, Côtes du Rhône, 2010
This wine comes from a vineyard separated from the appellation of Châteauneuf du Pâpe by a single track. The Perrin family own the Beaucastel estate which is one of the top in this area.
|Beaune de Chateau, 1er Cru, Bouchard, Père et Fils, 2009, Burgundy
A fine example of good quality burgundy from Bouchard – a lovely wine.
|Nuits St Georges, Bouchard, Père et Fils, 2011, Burgundy
Boucahrd Père et Fils are leading producers, with amazing cellars in the vaults of the ancient Chateau de Beaune. Intense aromas of fresh berries and spice, developing into a full flavour, silky smooth.
|Château d’Armailhac, Pauillac 2005
Lovely, great balance, subtle, toasty, cassis.
|Château Les Carmes Haut Brion, Pessac –
Neighbouring the legendary Ch Haut-Brion, Les Carmes is a full, rich wine with classic flavours of tobacco, cedar and berry fruits. The tannins are ripe and sweet, and the wine is now opening up and drinking well.
|La Tunella, Cabernet Franc, 2011, Fruili Colli Orientali
Dry but smooth tannins, black cherries, chocolatey notes. Good scores from Jancis Robinson MW, immensely drinkable and easy to match with a variety of dishes.
|Teroldego Rotaliano, Riserva, 2009, Trentino
Excellent with traditional meaty dishes, it is rich and spicy with black cherry and blackcurrant fruit, an interesting and enjoyable wine. Made only in the best vintages and matured in oak for a long time.
|Pèppoli, Chianti Classico, 2011, Tuscany
From top producer Antinori, this is their flagship Chianti. Firm yet fruity, cherry and strawberry leaf notes with a whiff of tobacco.
|Munus, Rizzardi, Bardolino, 2011
Smooth, elegant wine form the Rizzardi family, winemakers for 600 years, single vineyard, ripasso style.
|Rioja, Vega Crianza, 2010||Half
|Borsao Seleccion Tinto, 2012, Campo de Borja
Highly rated by Robert Parker, and by us too! A blend of Garnacha, Syrah & Tempranillo.
|Navajas, Rioja Crianza, 2009/2010
Made in a very traditional style, with spicy, toasty aromas, and dry but juicy on the palate. Good with game and cheese.
|Castillo Perelada, 3 Fincas Crianza, 2009/2011, Emporda
Expert blend of varieties, making a full flavoured, complex wine, dark fruits, velvety tannins.
|Marques de Riscal, Rioja Reserva, 2008
Classic wine from long established producers.
|Psi, Ribera del Duero, 2010
100% Tempranillo, complex, herby nose, dry, but will open out with decanting, lovely chocolate and black fruit flavours. Made by genius wine maker Peter Sisseck, creator of Pingus – the wine – not the cartoon!
|Quinta Chocapalha, 2008, Vinho Regional Lisboa
Complex woody nose, juicy black fruit, good balance. Match with richly flavoured dishes, game, pigs head, beef cheek. Made by a husband & wife team
|Vranec, 2011, Tikvesh
Macedonia has a history of wine production that dates back to Roman times. Vranec is a local grape with great character and deep colour, cherry aromas with notes of roast coffee.
|Château Ka, 2011, Bekaa Valley
Blend of Cabernet, Syrah & Merlot, black fruit, smooth, cedary tannins.
|Zinfandel, Cline, 2010, California
Full-bodied, almost raisiny fruit, great character and flavour, this unique grape variety is more popular over here than it is there, where Pinot is king!
|Cabernet Shiraz, Simonsig Estate, 2012 Stellenbosch
Exceptionally good S African red with masses of flavour.
Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot, Buitenverwachting, Constantia, 2009
Complex aromas of cassis, plum & cigar box.
Pinot Noir, Mr P Knows, Iona, 2013
Dark cherry, strawberry and violet notes. Velvety tannins and silky smooth texture. Light modern style
|Moss Wood Pinot Noir, 2010, Mornington Peninsula
Very smooth and rather classy P Noir from the beautiful Mornington Peninsula, just a hop away from Melbourne. Ripe raspberry fruit, floral notes with great balance of tannin and acidity.
|Woodcutters Shiraz, Torbreck, 2012
Full flavoured shiraz with clean, vibrant fruit aromas and spicy, black fruit flavour.
|Pinot Noir, Martinborough, 2011, Murdoch James Estate
Soft and savoury, displaying true pinot character, very approachable, good with game, duck. We are the only place in the UK you can get this wine at the moment and when it’s gone it’s gone!
|Merlot, Sta Luz, 2013
Soft, plummy fruit, easy drinking.
|Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva, Perez Cruz, 2012
“One of the best Chilean Cabernets”, The Times.
|Malbec, Septima, 2012, Mendoza
Easy drinking, sweet fruited, dangerously drinkable, and pairs well with meaty dishes, and even game
|Malbec Corvina, Passo Doble, Masi Tupungato, 2011
A blend of Malbec & Corvina that has been dried ‘amarone’ style. Smooth with cherry & mocha tones.
|Dessert Wines and Ports|
|Muscat Blanc, Avondale, 2007, South Africa
Awesome organic dessert Muscat, super concentrated yet clean and balanced.
|Coteaux du Layon, Carte d’Or, 2012, Loire
A delicious Chenin blanc, goes with Foie Gras and is the perfect match for our beloved Apple Tarte Tatin.
|Vin de Constance, Klein Constantia Estate, 2007, South Africa
A world class wine, from one of the oldest wine estates in South Africa, 500ml bottle.
|Pedro Ximenez, 20 y.o. Williams & Humbert, Jerez, Spain
Velvety raisins and figs, seductively sweet. Try on its own or poured over vanilla ice cream!
|LBV, Grahams, 2007, Portugal
A Scottish family who have created one of the most revered port houses.
|Warre’s Otima, 10 yr old Tawny Port, Portugal
Aged in small oak casks for 10 years giving nutty aromas, walnut and strawberry fruit, served chilled.
All Dessert Wines and Ports served in 75ml measures