The Sour Grape

Tag: Single Varietal Wine

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…

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…

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…

Domaine Ferrandiere Pinot Noir Pays d’Oc 2013

The Languedoc isn’t the first place I’d look in France for Pinot Noir, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be found. This medium-light bodied wine has far more character and personality to it than most from Burgundy around the same price (£10). It has raspberry/black cherry aromas with a hint of toast from barrel ageing,…

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;…

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…

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…

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…

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…