Beginning in Italy with Prosecco. Or not… Rivolto Zanotto Vino Bianco Spumante Extra Dry NV, Veneto, Italy (£10 Vino Beano) Fresh, satisfying fizz, not massively complex but scores for its dry caramel and green apple flavours, dangerously moreish… B+   And another Italian I didn’t film… Il Serraglio Saliceto Buzzalino […]

Sparkling Wine Round-Up

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

Blind Spot Chardonnay 2016, Yarra Valley, Australia (£9.50 The Wine Society) Restrained, refined style, slowly uncurls to reveal delicate pear, nectarine and melon fruit, a nutty cashew edge and a precise stony citrus finish. Lovely texture too, excellent value. S- Louis Latour Mâcon-Lugny Les Genièvres 2015, Burgundy, France (£13.99 FL […]

Two Chardonnays from Australia & France

Blind Spot Garganega 2016, King Valley, Australia (£8.95 The Wine Society) Nice creamy texture, lightly peachy with a hint of blood orange and an exotic blossom edge, rounded but refreshing, with a juicy finish. S- Blind Spot Barbera 2015, King Valley, Australia (£9.50 The Wine Society) Not a as successful, […]

Italian grape varieties, Australian origin

Tahbilk Marsanne 2014, Nagambie Lakes, Australia (£11 Armit Wines, Taurus Wines) With its floral apple crumble character, dry mineral zestiness and touch of honey, there’s plenty going on in this wine. Drinking well now, but from past experience of this wine, I know it’s going to give pleasure for several […]

Assorted Whites from Australia, England & Italy

Blind Spot Pinot Noir 2014, Yarra Valley, Australia (was £9.50 The Wine Society) Soft, gentle, quite mature and very moreish, this is made by the talented Mac Forbes, whose wines seem to have retained the freshness they’ve always had, but now seem to offer a little more joie de vivre. […]

Pinot Noirs from Australia, Austria & France