The Sour Grape

Tag: 13.5% ABV

Greco Sannio 2014

When it comes to un-oaked white wines, hard as it may be to believe, there’s a whole world of incredible options out there that have nothing to do Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio and Italy’s literally bursting at seams with them. Two of my favorite varieties from the sun soaked south of the country are…

El Esteco Tannat 2014

As much as I like Tannat, you don’t often see much of it around as it’s among the more obscure grape varieties to have originated in Bordeaux, but it is making something of comeback. Not only have the big French strongholds of the grape (Madiran, Saint Mont) in the south west of the country, been…

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…

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…

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…

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;…

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…