Terrazas de los Andes Cabernet Sauvignon Selection 2010, Mendoza, Argentina

Very impressed by this wine from Moët’s Argentine stable – this wine is labelled ‘Reserva’ rather than ‘Selection’ in non-EU countries Terrazas de los Andes Cabernet Sauvignon Selection 2010, Mendoza, Argentina (£14.95 Saddleworth Wine Vault) Still has plenty of ripe juicy fruit – blackcurrants and berries especially – but there’s also a gentle herbal edge, […]

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 […]