Boya Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Leyda Valley, Chile (£11.99/£9.99 if you buy 6 Majestic) Strikes an attractive balance between quite rich passionfruit and pineapple tropical character and tangier rhubarb and citrus freshness/greenness. One for lightly spiced Thai dishes. B+

Boya Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Leyda Valley, Chile

Boya Pinot Noir 2015, Leyda, Chile (£11.99 Majestic) Why is so much Chilean Pinot Noir blighted by reduction? This seems to have reasonable if a touch jammy soft berry flavours, but that rubbery reduced character is front and centre, and is still the main event two days after opening. C- […]

Three Southern Hemisphere Pinot Noirs

Same grape, quite different wines Marchesi Di Gresy Langhe Sauvignon 2013, Piedmont, Italy (£16.95 WineTrust.co.uk) Good mix of richness and freshness, with ripe apples and gooseberry flavours set against sappy, herby citrus and stony notes. Very attractive style, but needs food – Dover sole? S- Longavi Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Leyda […]

Sauvignon Blanc from Piedmont, Italy and Leyda, Chile

Nearly but not quite there… Morrisons Leyda Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Chile (£6.99 Morrisons) This smells crisp and zingy, with grassy citrus and greengage flavours in abundance, but there’s also an edge of smoky green pepper and elderflower that suggests some of the grapes were picked early to maintain acidity. OK, but […]

Morrisons Leyda Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Chile

Trentham Estate Pinot Noir 2014, Murray Darling, Australia (£10.99 Booths) It’s an OK glass of wine, with slightly jammy raspberry flavours and a touch of mint, but apart from the pale colour, I’d never have had it as Pinot Noir. C(+) Escarpment ‘The Edge’ Pinot Noir 2014, Martinborough, New Zealand […]

Pinot Noir from Australia, New Zealand & Chile

Louis Jadot Côte de Beaune Villages 2011, Burgundy, France (£16.75 Majestic, NISA, Constantine Stores, Bacchus Wine, Noble Green Wines, Village Wines, Cotswold Vintners, Eagle Wines, Partridges of Sloane Street, winedirect.co.uk) Typical young Jadot style, with great depth of plummy red berry fruit and an earthy undercurrent in a firm, tannic […]

Pinot Noir from Chile, Burgundy and California