Petit Verdot

Viñalba Malbec Bonarda 2016, Mendoza, Argentina (£9.99/£7.99 mixed 6 Majestic) Alluring, savoury, fragrant style, almost with a Pinot Noir-like character, with its sweet plummy attack and wild hedgerow fruit, lovely texture with a light briny edge to the finish. Great value. S- Clos de los Siete 2013, Mendoza, Argentina (£15.75-£16 […]

Two Argentine red blends

Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Margaret River, Australia (£59 Jeroboams) Absolutely delicious combo of richness and refinement, with intense, earthy blackcurrant, blackberry and plum set against notes of graphite, cedar and mint, with slightly vanilla-tinged oak hovering in the background, and a framework of juicy acidity and fine-grained tannins. Very […]

Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Margaret River, Australia

Altaïr Sideral 2014, Cachapoal, Chile (£20 Hanging Ditch) Desperately young wine, very Chilean in its blackcurrant intensity, and with the imprint of new oak still to the fore, but behind the currently shouty youthful flavours, there are notes of spice, tobacco and herbs, and enough of a backbone to support […]

Altaïr Sideral 2014, Cachapoal, Chile

Kaiken Terroir Series Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec/Petit Verdot 2014, Mendoza, Argentina (£9.99 Wholefoods, Fenwicks, Cornelius Beer & Wine) Rich, juicy and ripe, with dark plummy baked berry flavours and notes of, vanilla and marzipan. There’s also a smoky note, maybe from the Petit Verdot, that stays just about the right side of […]

Two Cabernet Sauvignon-based blends from Argentina

Encino Bierzo 2013, Spain (£13.99 Naked Wines) Starts off a bit stinky (something I’d say about rather a lot of Bierzo) but after a while and some judicious swirling, a juicy wild and spicy wine emerges, with soft berry and plum fruit pepped up with a hint of gingerbread. Good […]

Spanish reds from Bierzo, Tierra de Castilla & Montsant