Margaret River


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


…including some biggish names that weren’t quite as good as I’d have hoped… Clotilde Davenne Bourgogne Blanc 2014, France (was £10.95 From Vineyards Direct) From vineyards close to Chablis, so the pert, minerally character and mix of crispness and creaminess come as no surprise. Lovely balanced style, excellent value, the […]

Four Chardonnays from four countries


The Society’s Exhibition Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (Frog’s Leap), California (£18 The Wine Society) On the subtle side for Napa, but still with no shortage of blackberry and blackcurrant flavours, with some vanilla and spice to back it up. Tasty now, but there’s freshness and ripe tannin here, so […]

A trio of Cabernet Sauvignon-influenced reds



Cape Heights Shiraz 2015, Western Cape, South Africa (£5.69-£6.95 Rannoch Scott, D&D Wine, Worth Brothers, Connollys) Dark earthy chocolate, gentle generous berry and plum, very much in that soft warm earthy South African feel, with a bit of the Cape bake and a savoury plum/tomato edge. Maybe the finish is […]

Spicy reds from Australia, France, South Africa & Spain


 João Portugal Ramos Vinho Verde Loureiro 2014, João Portugal (£7.99 Adnams) Fresh young style, with sappy citrus flavours and alight briny bite, maybe veers just a little towards the jelly on the finish, but otherwise good. B-     Leeuwin Estate Art Series Riesling 2013, Margaret River, Australia (£17.50-£19.99 Domaine […]

A pair of aromatic white wines from opposite sides of ...


Blind Spot Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Margaret River, Australia (£7.75 The Wine Society) They’ve done this really well. Some Margaret River SSBs can be too angular, but this sees the slightly catty/citrussy Sauvignon character in with a richer, muskier guava note. Great for this price, and no sign that it’s going […]

Four(-ish) Semillons from Australia