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

And still another of the catch-up-on-tasting-notes posts (see intro HERE if that doesn’t make sense) Cantina Bolzano Eisacktaler Isarco Silvaner 2011, Alto Adige, Italy (£10.20 Mondial Wine) There are some apricot and ripe citrus flavours here, but it’s one of those wines where fruit takes second place to other characters. It reminds […]

An assortment of whites plus a lone rosé from Italy, ...

Another of the catch-up-on-tasting-notes posts (see intro HERE if that doesn’t make sense) Casa Silva Cool Coast Pinot Noir 2012, Paredones, Chile (£15.95 Avery’s, WoodWinters, Fullers Brewery, Vesuvio, Stainton Wines, The Wine Tasting Company, Roberts & Speight, Peter Graham Wines, Portland Wine Company, Duncan Murray Wines) I tasted this around this […]

Three Pinot Noirs plus a close relative

Three very different rosés Arndorfer Rosa Marie 2014, Austria (£17.99 Caves de Pyrene) On the red wine side of rosé, with plump strawberry flavour – fresh and cooked – alongside the peppery Parma violet character from the Grüner Veltliner, and with a bite of tannin on the finish. Fascinating. S- […]

Rosés from Austria, Greece & France

An excellent trio… Landhaus Mayer Riesling 2013, Lower Austria (£13.99 Naked Wines) Clean and brisk like a mountain stream, with a stony note alongside the tangy, herb-scented lime and lemon flavours, just a hint of jelly-like confection, but overall, this is light in body, full in flavour and very tasty. […]

Rieslings from Austria, Australia & Alsace

Groszer Wein Blaufränkisch 2012, Südburgenland, Austria (£15.90 per litre Newcomer Wines) Lots of juicy ripe plummy berry and blackcurrant here, with earthy, meaty notes adding a savoury wildness, and herbs coming through in the finish. Tasty and slightly naughty. S(-) Groszer Wein Blaufränkisch ‘Vom Riegl’ 2012, Südburgenland, Austria (£22.90 per […]

Three Blaufränkisch-based reds from Groszer Wein in Südburgenland, Austria