Three lovely Rieslings from Australia, New Zealand & Germany

We’re getting near the end of 31 Days of Riesling, but there’s still time for this lovely trio Exquisite Collection Riesling 2016 (made by Wakefield/Taylors), Clare Valley, Australia (£6.99 Aldi) Zesty youngster, all sleek and stony, with taut lemon and lime flavours, a richer apple-y candy floss character and even a hint of plum. Tasty […]

Four rosés from Spain & Chile

Torres Natureo Rosé 2016, Spain (£5.99 Waitrose, Ocado, Amazon, Bacchus Wines, Taylor’s Fine Wine) A fair attempt at making an alcohol-free wine, I’d probably finish a glass of this fresh, easy-going strawberry laden concoction, but I’d much rather have a decent cordial or a glass of citrus-infused water (the white version is better). 0+ Jean […]

La Croix de Chaintres Saumur Champigny 2015, Loire, France

Lovely wine – and at the time of posting 20% off at Waitrose, making it £9.59… La Croix de Chaintres Saumur Champigny 2015, Loire, France (£12.79 Waitrose) Lovely fresh and crunchy young wine, gushing with blackcurrant and black cherry flavour with a lightly roasted edge, a hint of tar and even a touch of violet. […]

Boya Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Leyda Valley, Chile

Boya Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Leyda Valley, Chile (£11.99/£9.99 if you buy 6 Majestic) Strikes an attractive balance between quite rich passionfruit and pineapple tropical character and tangier rhubarb and citrus freshness/greenness. One for lightly spiced Thai dishes. B+

Quinta Nova Unoaked Douro Tinto 2015, Portugal

Quinta Nova Unoaked Douro Tinto 2015, Portugal (~£13-15 Oakley Wine Agencies) Young, bouncy, Tigger-like wine, lots of dark fruit flesh pepped up by notes of ginger and orange peel, juicy and vibrant with punch and power, but supported by a framework of tannin and citrus freshness. Very tasty youngster. S(-)

Two Sparkling French Rosés from the Loire and Champagne

LaCheteau Crémant de Loire Brut Rosé NV, France (£14.99 Ocado) Young vibrant, style, with lots of rich creamy red fruit flavour and yeasty bite, can’t fault it for depth of flavour, but it’s not the most subtle of sparklers… B(-) Champagne Gremillet Rosé Brut NV, France (£24.99 WineTrust100) This is more like it, this is […]

CVNE Rioja Reserva 2012, Spain

CVNE Rioja Reserva 2012, Spain (£15.40 Majestic, Waitrose, Wholefoods, Wine Rack, Fresh and Wild, Eynsham Cellars, Islington Wine) Nicely structured young wine with lightly bitter herb-tinged red berry, orange peel and gentle vanilla spice flavours supported by fresh acidity and quite bold tannin. Young, chunky, quite tight-knit at the moment but very promising. S