Wine Tasting Video: Malbec from France and Argentina

Cournon Lafleur Malbec Pays d’Oc 2012, France (£7.99 Majestic) Simple fresh young wine, plenty of dark, violet-scented berry flavour, and the earthiness of southern France, but I’m not sure whether it’s improved by the vanilla-tinged oakiness. B Viña Cobos Felino Malbec 2012, Argentina (£9.99-£13.99 Amps Fine Wines, Hennings Wine, Alliance Wine) A more restrained and […]

Wine Tasting Video: Tannat-based wines from South West France & Argentina

El Esteco Tannat 2011, Calchaqui Valley, Argentina (£7.49 Marks and Spencer) Plush, chocolatey and fleshy, offers New World sweetness and ripeness of fruit with Old World earthiness, just on right side of raisinny, with a meaty edge to its plummy blackberry flavours. B+ Domaine Chiroulet Côtes de Gascogne Grande Réserve 2009, South West France (£15 […]

Wine Tasting Video: Chardonnay from Australia, South Africa, New Zealand & Argentina

Nederburg Winemaster’s Reserve Chardonnay 2012, Western Cape, South Africa (£9.99 Tesco) Reasonably fresh with a touch of oak, but the lime jelly cube flavour is a bit simple and confected, and I taste processes rather than a place. C+ Viñalba Reservado Chardonnay 2012, Mendoza, Argentina (£11.99 Majestic) 14.5% alcohol, but it doesn’t show it. Starts […]

Wine Tasting Video: Torrontes from Argentina meets Viognier from the Rhone & Languedoc

Gimenez Riili Perpetuum Premium Torrontés 2011, Famatina Valley, La Rioja, Argentina (£10.95 Cupari Wines) I like the gingery spice, the confected lemon jelly cube character is OK, I’m not so keen on the washing up liquid note, C Mairena Torrontés 2011, Cafayate, Salta, Argentina (£10.95 Cupari Wines) A weightier, more floral version of the above […]

Wine Tasting Video: Red wines from China, France, Argentina & South Africa + Madeira + Chocolate

So why’s there a Madeira in among all these reds? The answer is chocolate… Changyu Cabernet Blend 2011, Ningxia, China (£9.90 currently not in the UK) Has the gentle leathery character and slightly figgy dark fruit of mature but not especially great Bordeaux, plus a slightly smoky note. OK, but ultimately a bit thin and […]

Wine Tasting Video: Assorted Pink (and Red) Sparkling Wines from France, Chile, Italy, Australia & Argentina

Louis Bouillot ‘Perle d’Aurore’ Crémant de Bourgogne Rosé Brut NV, France (£18.99 The Flying Corkscrew, The Guildford Wine Company, Richard Granger Wines, Dillies, The Food Company, Berits & Brown, Cornelius Beer & Wine, The Fine Wine Company, Ellies Cellar, Gwin Llyn Wines) Sweet fruit – red berry and apple – but also a more savoury/briny […]

Wine Tasting Video: Spicy reds from Australia, France, South Africa & Argentina

Benjamin Darnault Côtes du Roussillon Villages 2011, France (£10.99 Naked Wines) Soft, sweet and ripe, with hints of liquorice and black pepper, but it needs a little more freshness, and the fruit’s too jammy and baked for real class. B Virgile Joly Languedoc Saint Saturnin Paradise 2009, France (£15.99 Naked Wines) Fresh and vibrant young […]

Wine Tasting Video: Malbec & Bonarda from Argentina

Mairena Bonarda 2010, Ugarteche, Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza (£11.45 Cupari Wines) I like the sweet rich berry and blackcurrants fruit backed up by a savoury/meaty note, but I’m in two minds about whether that chocolate-wafer-biscuit-like oak is just a little OTT – some will love it. B+ Trapiche Broquel Bonarda 2009, Mendoza (£10.99 Tesco) There’s […]

Wine Tasting Video: Sweet wines from Australia, Argentina & South West France

Wirra Wirra Mrs Wigley Moscato 2011, McLaren Vale, Australia (£9-£10 per 50cl Slurp, Oxford Wine Company, Flagship Wines, Oddbins, Whalley Wines, Amps Fine Wines) Breakfast wine – think freshly crushed grapes and strawberries with topped up with Lucozade. Maybe could do with a little more zip, but alarming gluggable. B Domaine du Tariquet ‘Les Dernières […]

Wine Tasting Video: Chardonnay from Argentina, California, Chile, South Africa, India & Australia

Viñalba Reserva Chardonnay 2012, Mendoza, Argentina (£10.99 Majestic) Weighs in at 14.5% but it carries it well, with perky peach and plumper melon flavours pepped up by a slightly nutty note. Like a rounder Mâcon wine. B(-) Panamera Chardonnay 2011, California (N/A in the UK) Slightly stolid style, with not enough freshness to counterbalance the […]