Naked Wines Reds – Part 1

A dozen wines from Naked Wines arrived on the doorstep – here’s what I thought of the first six…

Château Lagrave Cissan Listrac-Médoc 2005, Bordeaux, France (£12.99
Gentle, tender claret, with touches of gravel, tobacco and cedar to its blackcurranty fruit, and a refreshing finish. S-

Ocaso Malbec 2007, Mendoza, Argentina (£8.49 – doesn’t seem to be on the site at the time of posting)
Just what you want from Malbec, juicy but never descending into jamminess, with lush, almost oily blackcurrant and blackberry flesh, a touch of vanilla and a fragrant, violet-tinged finish. S-

Parrot Valley Cabernet Franc 2008, Coastal Region, South Africa (£9.99
There’s a touch of the South African smokiness but it’s in balance with the fragrant, leafy blackcurrant and cherry flavours, while the finish shows a dainty, almost chalky freshness. S(-)

J H Pacas Cabernet Sauvignon 2004, Coastal Region, South Africa (£12.99
Nicely mellow and mature, but still with some freshness to with the ripe (but not overripe_ black fruit flavour, and some tannin too. Tasty, but just a little simple. B+

Belfield’s Blend (Merlot/Cabernet) 2006, Elgin, South Africa (£11.99
Toasty oak is the first thing you notice, but then a wild, almost meaty, mealy edge comes through, along with plummy blackberry and blackcurrant, while the finish shows a herby, feral edge – nice wine. S

Kimbao Cabernet Sauvignon Carmenère 2008, Central Valley, Chile (£8.99
An honest, juicy wine, with leafy, minty blackcurrant pastille fruit tinged with the exotic herb and coffee bean of Carmenère. Just a tad simple B(+)

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