The Sour Grape

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Hilltop Pinot Grigio/Kiralyleanyka 2013

Gambling on a cheap bottle of wine is risky at the best of times; but paying under £5 a bottle (especially for a white wine), in today’s market… is asking for trouble! That said if you look a little left of field then anything’s possible, as this Hungarian blend shows. There’s a medium lemon colour…

Les Jamelles Reserve Mourvèdre Pays d’Oc 2013

This Pays d’Oc is more complex and layered than a wine of this price range has any reason to be. Consistently award winning year on year, this is a must try for anyone visiting the mighty Co-Op. Deep purple black colour with concentrated black fruits (Blackcurrant, black cherry), mingling with licorice, herbs and a hint…

Pintao Reserva Carmenère 2012

Bored of Merlot? Then try Carmenère … It’s fast becoming one of my favourite red grape varieties; especially as the quality to price ratio is still so high in Chilean wines. This has a dark purple black colour with a youthful purple rim and a huge earthy bramble blackberry and savoury bell pepper aroma. Intense…

Zenato Soave Classico Colombara 2013

Soave has had bad press over the years; mainly due to its inclusion in cheap ratty Chardonnay blends… the real thing, however, is a joy to behold. This little beauty has a pale yellow colour with an aroma of white blossoms and fresh crystalline nectarine stone fruits, which follow through to the palate with rounded…

Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages 2012

As with most Beaujolais-Villages, this is more ‘mouth than trouser’… But the aroma is as moorish as it is simple and the texture/finish of this wine are batting above its weight and closer by far to one of the Cru Beaujolais (Brouille or Fleurie). Bright translucent ruby coloured wine bleeding to pink at the rim with…

Piccini Chianti Classico 2009

Italians will speak all misty eyed about Barolo “the world’s greatest wine!” and who’s to say they’re wrong? But Chianti’s undeniably Italy’s most famous wine and humble pasta just isn’t the same without it. Fresh sour cherry and raspberry aromas mingle with the cedar wood, cigar box and tobacco leaf combo so evocative of Chianti.…

Carta Roja Jumilla Gran Reserva 2007

Jumilla is a Spanish wine region to the southeast of La Mancha and specialises in wines made from Monastrell (Mourvedre). Ripe plum and red cherry aromas with hints of vanilla lead this elegant wine. On the palate it’s full of earthy red fruits (plum/cherry) still surprisingly ripe and forward for a wine with this much…

Co-Op Australian Sparkling Wine Brut NV

This is a wine that wears its new world heart on its sleeve. A beautiful deep lemon colour with creamy/yeasty brioche aroma accompanying concentrated citrus, tropical & stone fruits (Lemon; pineapple; apricot; honey and papaya). Intense honeyed tropical fruit (pineapple and papaya) and white blossom on the palate with a long concentrated yeasty finish. An…

Truly Irresistible Barbera d’Asti 2012

Barbera is one of Italy’s hidden grape variety gems from the north-eastern region of Piedmont, often overshadowed by expensive Nebbiolo biased wines (Barolo & Barbaresco)… which is good for us as Barbera makes awesome wine and it’s a whole lot cheaper! Soft pastel black cherry aroma with a hint of spice; ripe black fruit (black…

Domaine Ferrandiere Pinot Noir Pays d’Oc 2013

The Languedoc isn’t the first place I’d look in France for Pinot Noir, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be found. This medium-light bodied wine has far more character and personality to it than most from Burgundy around the same price (£10). It has raspberry/black cherry aromas with a hint of toast from barrel ageing,…

Ara ‘Select Blocks’ Sauvignon Blanc 2011

This is a ‘Marlborough’ Sauvignon Blanc that’s a cut above the average. This single estate wine has the classic pale yellow colour with green tints and a rich gooseberry fruit aroma that you’d expect from the region; though there’s a good amount of lees stirred ‘yeasty’ complexity added on top. A fresh acidity, that’s perfectly in…

Morande Pinot Grigio Reserva 2009

This is Pinot Grigio but not as you may know it… with a golden yellow colour and aromas of fresh pineapple, toasted brioche and more than a hint of yeasty goodness. Full bodied glycerol texture that coats the mouth with peach and Papaya fruit and a balanced acidly that cuts through the weight of luscious fruit;…

Ravenswood Lodi old vine Zinfandel 2011

Ravenswood ‘Old Vine Zinfandel’ from Lodi is a dark ruby wine with a tawny brown edge and aromas of cedar box, tobacco leaf and intense black fruits (Black Cherry / Blackberry). Surprisingly Medium-Full bodied considering this is a blend of 77% Zinfandel & 23% Petit Syrah, but well balanced and with velvety tannins that serve…

Morgon 2013 Chateau de Pizay

Until recently I’d never really gelled with lighter red wines and found them, especially those from Beaujolais, to be ‘all mouth and no trouser’ so to speak… promising much and delivering little. Wines from Morgon helped me to realise I’d clearly tried the poorest of what Beaujolais has to offer and this is one of…

The Interlude Semillon 2013

Pale yellow with a honeyed ‘waxy’ citrus aroma, full/textured body and a fresh acidity to balance. This is a weighty wine with real depth to it; while still managing to be fruit driven and bright rather than confected or bogged down by oaky characteristics. Waxy lemon zest and a hint of freshly cracked almonds build…