The Sour Grape

Tag: 14% ABV

M&S Barbera D’Asti 2013

This is a good value Italian wine from the northwest of the country will make a cracking mid-week pasta wine. In the glass it has a medium ruby colour with a pink rim and black cherry, black currant, blackberry fruit aroma with soft vanilla and a violet floral note. On the palate there’s a fresh…

Domaine Pichard Madiran 2008

I love wines made with Tannat and those from Madiran especially… they’re typically inky, weighty, earthy, beasts that serve as a separate food course entirely; they’re the Guinness of the wine world! If that sounds like a good thing to you then read on… otherwise I’d skip this, however good a wine it may be,…

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…

Montes Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

This dark ruby red wine (85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot), has intense vanilla and blackcurrant aromas and much more on the palate… with a side order of white chocolate. Tannins are noticeable but are well balanced with the intensity of fruit while still possessing some grip. There’s a long slow dry finish that that fades into…

Vergelegen Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot 2009

This Bordeaux blend (52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot), from Stellenbosch in the western cape of South Africa has a huge hit of mineral pencil lead and leafy Forrest floor (from the cabernet franc) on the nose to match its almost tawny colour. Distinct but well integrated tannins lead this medium…