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Cecchi Sagrato Chianti Riserva 2012

Cheap Chianti, like Valpolicella, was exported to the UK in droves throughout the 60’s and 70’s, becoming synonymous with ‘plonk’… so it’s no wonder its taken a while for that reputation to fade enough for it to be taken seriously again. After a period of exile from our shelves, Chianti has started to make a…

The Society’s Claret Nv

Another benchmark staple of The Wine Society is ‘The Society’s Claret’. Like their White Burgundy reviewed here, it’s a blend made up each year with the assistance of the Society’s wine buyers from recommended parcels of wine provided by Mason Sichel. Unlike the White Burgundy, however, this is non-vintage wine as some of the parcels…

The Society’s White Burgundy 2014

This great value un-oaked Chardonnay from southern Burgundy’s Macon region is something of a calling card for The Wine Society. Each year one of their wine experienced wine buyers travels down to the region to oversee the selection of wines and the overall blending process that goes into creating this classic icon of their range.…

Château Fourcas-Dupré Listrac-Médoc 2006

Just because the Bas-Médoc region of Bordeaux sits to the north of the larger and more prestigious Haut-Médoc, doesn’t mean fantastic wines aren’t to be found there. If anything far better wines can be found at a lower price point than from the south, as this wonderfully earthy, inky, complex wine shows. It has a…

Adega De Pegoes Colheita Seleccionada Setubal 2014

One of the best Portuguese white wines I’ve tasted to date. It has a pale lemon colour with clean fresh lemon, apple/pear and cream aroma upfront; developing more tropical fruit aromas as it warms a little. Clean acidity, ripe Lemon, grapefruit and pineapple on a textured palate. The finish is long and complex with layers…

Chateau Haute Galine Minervois 2014

A one off bottling for the Wine Society, blended together after a good harvest in 2014 left the producer with plenty of high quality wine left over. It has a deep ruby colour with Purple rim; intense inky aromas of bramble blackberry, blackcurrant and a lick of vanilla with a faint edge of brooding minerality…

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…

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…

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…

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…