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Leeuwenkuil Bushvine Cinsault 2016

Cinsault is a grape that tends to be resigned to blends in France as it softens out tannic grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon etc. But it can make fantastic lighter wines all by itself if given the opportunity and right conditions. In Swartland – South Africa, the grape has found something of home away from home…

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…

Fresquito Montilla-Moriles PX 2014

This is an unusual wine by any stretch of the imagination. The producer had effectively made an amontillado style sherry using the ‘Pedro Ximénez’ grape variety (PX)… and instead of stopping the fermentation early by adding brandy (which is what usually happens with Sherry), they’ve allowed it to ferment the ‘usual way’. I won’t bore…

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…

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…

Tesco Finest Gewürztraminer Alsace 2013

This Tesco Finest wine is a solid example of Gewürztraminer (Girdle-Trimmer), full of personality and closer to ‘dry’ than ‘off dry’. Pale straw coloured with intense rose petal, lychee and pineapple aroma. The palate is full of peach, apricot, pineapple and lychee with a viscose lees aided texture and a long Rose Turkish delight finish.…

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…

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…

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc 2013

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc 2013 has an aroma of peach that literality hits you in the face as soon as the bottle is opened, combining with a little green house tomato spice on the nose and a stony breath of minerality. Fresh vibrant fruit and acidic intensity hit the Palate with elderflower blossom and gooseberry…