The Sour Grape

Tag: Naturally Oaked (N)

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…

Mas Du Libian ‘Khazan’ Cotes Du Rhone 2013

Few wine regions in world consistently balance concentration of fruit with depth of character like the Rhone does at table wine prices. So it’s no surprise that the ‘Wine Society’ is able to routinely offer their members quality Cote-du-Rhône wines for a good price. This has deep ruby colour with a pink rim, ripe red…

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…

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…

Bodega Atamisque Catalpa Chardonnay Uco Valley 2012

Argentina, heartland for the Malbec revolution, has one aspect going for it above all other new world wine regions, altitude… lots and lots variable altitude. As a country, Argentina’s on the smoking hot side of the Andes, whereas Chile gets all the cooling ocean influence on the other. However, what Argentina has going for it…

Massif D’Uchaux Cotes Du Rhone Villages 2014

‘Cotes du Rhone Villages’ are a whole step up in quality from entry level ‘Cotes du Rhone’ and this example from Waitrose hales solely from the village of ‘Massif D’Uchaux’. In the glass it has a medium purple/ruby colour, with bramble blackberry and black currant fruit and a soft vanilla, pastel like minerality. Inky black…

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…

Truly Irresistible Barbera d’Asti 2012

Barbera is one of Italy’s hidden grape variety gems from the north-eastern region of Piedmont, often overshadowed by expensive Nebbiolo biased wines (Barolo & Barbaresco)… which is good for us as Barbera makes awesome wine and it’s a whole lot cheaper! Soft pastel black cherry aroma with a hint of spice; ripe black fruit (black…

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…