The Sour Grape

Léon Perdigal Cotes Du Rhone Blanc 2014

A blend of Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Roussanne & Viognier with clear signs of a deft touch in both it’s blending and handling in the winery. I’ve been searching for good go-to white for all occasions this summer and this really stood out at a recent Majestic tasting. Spicy grapefruit and white peach aroma, with…

Piccini Memoro Rosso NV

The idea behind Piccini’s ‘Memoro’ was to blend classic regional grapes from the 4 corners of Italy; the result is unusual to say the least, but works remarkably well, creating a darker earthier wine than I’d expect from Italy. 40% Primitivo (air dried appassimento style) from Puglia; 30% Montepulciano (aged 12 months in Oak) from…

Montes Twins Malbec/Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

If you like your reds with a bit of vanilla goodness to them then this 50/50 blend of Malbec/Cabernet Sauvignon is well worth a try and fantastic value for money… A bright ruby coloured wine with ripe blackcurrant raisin fruit, vanilla and white chocolate aromas. Rich concentrated Blackcurrant leads the attack on the palate; rich enough…

Montes Alpha Chardonnay 2012

The Montes Alpha Chardonnay is great example of oaked chardonnay from Chile. Tropical banana, pineapple, apricot and butter cream aroma. On the palate lemon and mango fruit are balanced with butter, hazelnut and almond that build as the finish lengthens. This is a fresh balanced wine that nonetheless, that stays with you long after each…

Tesco Finest Gewürztraminer Alsace 2013

This Tesco Finest wine is a solid example of Gewürztraminer (Girdle-Trimmer), full of personality and closer to ‘dry’ than ‘off dry’. Pale straw coloured with intense rose petal, lychee and pineapple aroma. The palate is full of peach, apricot, pineapple and lychee with a viscose lees aided texture and a long Rose Turkish delight finish.…

Viñalba Malbec-Touriga Nacional Reservado 2012

Argentina loves to play around with International grape varieties, especially those known for producing big hearty red’s. Here the producer has blended together Argentina’s adopted classic ‘Malbec’ with Portugal’s predominant Port grape ‘Touriga Nacional’… resulting in a beast of a wine! Deep purple black Port colour with rich concentrated black fruits (plum, blackberry, blueberry), red…

Louis Bernard Reserve de Bonpas Cotes du Rhone 2012

Cotes du Rhone are usually fairly chilled out affaires, but this means business… A deep ruby purple colour with a soft pastel blackberry/black cherry and coffee cream aroma, intense inky berry fruit and garrigue herbs on the palate with an impressive charcoal minerality. Good concentration of fruit and a dark brooding depth that’s balanced with…

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…