The Sour Grape

Tag: Table Wine (£6 to £9)

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…

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…

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…

Terres De Moraines Madiran 2012

The third Tannat based wine M&S have on their shelves at the moment is a classic French ‘Madiran’… though one closer to entry level for the region than the bottle of ‘Domaine Picard’ I reviewed here. In the glass it has a deep ruby/black colour with a pink rim and an inky earthy black fruit…

Pisano Cisplatino Tannat 2014

Looks like M&S has a couple more Tannat based wines for us to enjoy! The last wine was from Argentina and this next one is another South American export, this time from Uruguay. In the glass it has a deep purple black colour with a medium intensity aroma of earthy yet ripe black & red…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

Bouchard Aine & Fils Pinot Noir Vin de France 2013

Sometimes French Pinot Noir, especially from Burgundy can be designed to accompany food so much they become tangy by themselves… thankfully not so with this one! Pale ruby colour and a garnet rim full of red cherry, strawberry, Raspberry compote and soft vanilla aromas that join with the faintest hint of earthiness developing. On the…

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.…

Louis Bernard Reserve de Bonpas Cotes du Rhone 2012

Cotes du Rhone are usually fairly chilled out affaires, but this means business… A deep ruby purple colour with a soft pastel blackberry/black cherry and coffee cream aroma, intense inky berry fruit and garrigue herbs on the palate with an impressive charcoal minerality. Good concentration of fruit and a dark brooding depth that’s balanced with…

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…