Maipo



Really like this Perez Cruz Limited Edition Carmenère 2014, Maipo Valley, Chile (£13.99 Virgin Wines) Has the classic Carmenère notes of herbal coffee bean and dark berry fruit, but alongside the sweet core of brooding blackcurrant and blackberry fruit, there’s a vibrant freshness and a touch of spice too. Good […]

Perez Cruz Limited Edition Carmenère 2014, Maipo Valley, Chile


Marques de Casa Concha Merlot 2012, Peumo (Rapel), Chile (~£12 for current vintage) Impressive style, balancing plummy berry richness with fresh acidity and fine-grained tannins, plus just the right amount of toasty oak and notes of mint and chocolate to add further layers. Very tasty now, but still bags of […]

Two Marques de Casa Concha Chilean reds



Penfolds Bin 8 Cabernet Shiraz 2013, South Australia (£19.99 Waitrose) Was looking forward to this, but it started off showing a slightly overripe sweetness, like jammie dodger biscuits. A little more time and a more serious earthy liquorice edge emerged, although the jammy side remained. The following day, it was […]

Cabernet Sauvignon from Australia, Chile, South Africa & Spain


No videos for the next fortnight – I’m doing a catch-up of wines I’ve tasted in the last few months but which for some reason didn’t make it onto film (or SD card). So here goes… Chateau Tayac Margaux 2007, Bordeaux, France (£14.99 31dover.com) Gentle and juicy, now mature, but there’s […]

Some Bordeaux-inspired reds