Grapes


Two wines from the same stable, both lovely but quite different in style… Torre de Oña Rioja Reserva 2012, Spain (£22 Armit) Currently showing some youthful oakiness, but it’s in balance with the gushing red and dark berry, apple and orange peel flavour and hints of spice. Powerful and persistent, […]

Two excellent Riojas



Estevez Pinot Noir 2016, Valle Central, Chile (£4.79 Aldi) Perhaps the oak is a bit clunky, and there’s a slight medicinal note, but at the price, it’s hard to complain about the gentle, every-so-slightly jammy, juicy strawberry-ish little number. C+ Parker Station Pinot Noir 2015, California (£13.50-£14.50 The Wine Society) […]

Two Pinot Noirs from Chile & California



Altano Douro White 2016, Portugal (£8.50-£9.99 Tanners, The Wine Society, winedirect.co.uk, Auriol Wines) Like a herb-strewn Sauvignon Blanc bolstered by some spicy, grapey notes and with hints of woodsmoke, vanilla and [pretentiousness alert] carbon steel, really interesting youngster. S- Esporão Reserva Branco 2015, Alentejo, Portugal (£13.99-£15.99 Cambridge Wine Merchants, Field […]

Two Portuguese Whites – Douro & Alentejo


Grand Mayne Côtes de Duras Rosé 2016, South West France (£10.64 from the vineyard) A gush of juicy plum (fresh and tinned) and berry flavour, supple texture, not massively complex but really lovely punchy pink wine. B(+) Grand Mayne Côtes de Duras Merlot/Cabernet 2015, South West France (£10.64 from the […]

Two wines from Domaine du Grand Mayne, Côtes de Duras


Didn’t quite get this in there before the end of 31 Days of Riesling, ah well… Leitz Dragonstone Riesling 2015, Rheingau, Germany (£13.99 Ake & Humphris, Asda Online) Classic sweet-and-sour Riesling, with tense, minerally grapefruit and lime notes set against richer guava and pineapple, a light honeyed sweetness, and a […]

Leitz Dragonstone Riesling 2015, Rheingau, Germany