Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Margaret River, Australia (£59 Jeroboams) Absolutely delicious combo of richness and refinement, with intense, earthy blackcurrant, blackberry and plum set against notes of graphite, cedar and mint, with slightly vanilla-tinged oak hovering in the background, and a framework of juicy acidity and fine-grained tannins. Very […]

Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Margaret River, Australia

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 […]

Three lovely Rieslings from Australia, New Zealand & Germany

This is the Spring Into Summer Case from Tesco Wine By The Case which I’ve been sent to review. It’s £54 for one of each of the bottles, the estimated bottle prices below are those where the wines aren’t available individually. Valtier Utiel-Requeña Reserva 2009, Spain (~£9 Tesco) Some mature […]

Tesco’s Spring Into Summer red collection

Wakefield 80 Acres Cabernet Shiraz Merlot 2015, South Australia (£6.99 Aldi) Vibrant young wine, combining leafy, minty, oily blackcurranty Cabernet flavours with some earthy spice from Shiraz and a touch of plummy berry from Merlot. Ripe and juicy, but always fresh, very tasty. S- Wakefield 80 Acres Shiraz Viognier 2015, […]

Two Brilliant Value Reds from Wakefield

Blind Spot Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2016, Yarra Valley, Australia (£10.95 The Wine Society) Pale and gentle, with a herbal-scented rose hip character alongside the fresh and lightly cooked strawberry flavours, fresh but persistent, could happily take a light chill on a summer day. S- Santa Rita ‘National Gallery’ Pinot […]

Two affordable Pinot Noirs from Chile & Australia

Errázuriz Max Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Aconcagua Valley, Chile (£14.75 Waitrose, Vino Wines, Hailsham Cellars, Partridges, Village Wines) Rounded and full but with a herbal freshness, this packs in plump, plummy berry and cassis flavours with a hint of eartniness and a touch of smoky oak, yet manages somehow to […]

Cabernet Sauvignon from Australia & Chile