The Sour Grape

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The Black Shiraz 2014

It’s been a while since I gambled on an Australian Shiraz, as quite a few of my friends struggle with the thick ‘heady’ weight of fruit and powerful American oak characteristics, (usually from a thorough oak chip ‘tea-bagging’) that typified the wines when they were at their most popular. However, time has moved on and…

Barahonda Monastrell 2014

Monastrell (Mourvedre) is a grape that seems to have found a new identity for itself in southern Spain, in much the same way as Malbec has in Argentina. For a long time Rioja and it’s signature grape variety ‘Tempranillo’ defined Spanish wine in almost every way, but there’s a lot more the country has to…

Castel Firmian Teroldego di Rotaliano Riserva 2012

Trentino in north-eastern Italy is an area mostly renowned for unleashing ‘Pinot Grigio’ on an unsuspecting world. However, it’s also the heartland for the ‘Teroldego’ grape variety, which makes dangerously moreish fruity wines. In the glass this has a deep ruby with purple rim, black cherry (Morello), Blackcurrant and purple flower (Violets) aroma. On the…

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…

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…

Villa wolf Pinot Gris 2012

This Pinot Gris has a bright pale straw colour with fresh subtle citrus aroma with a peaches and cream edge to it. There’s a surprising weight and buttery complexity to this wine, cut through with a sherbet lemon acidity that lingers before leaving a juicy clean finish. This wine is an exercise in balance and…

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…