Drinking Outside The Box

With Simon Woods – wine for people who have a life

Naked Wines Reds Part 2 May 14, 2010 at 9:05 am

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Part 2 of my look at a selection of wines from Naked Wines – Part 1 is here.

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Monowai Pinot Noir 2006, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand (£10.99 www.nakedwines.com)
The berry fruit’s a little stewed, but overall this is plush, velvety and relaxed wine with a hint of coffee – Pinot for Shiraz lovers. B+

Manley Pinotage 2006, Tulbagh, South Africa (£11.99 www.nakedwines.com)
Has some of the berry flesh of Pinot Noir, along with a sandy, savoury edge, warming and quite full but not overripe, but let down by a slightly muddy finish. B-

Vicien Syrah Reserve 2006, Catamarca, Argentina (£10.99 www.nakedwines.com)
The jammy dodger fruit is OK, but this is let down by rather crude smoky bacon/toasty oak, which dominates and dries out the finish. C+

Moerbei Sable 2008, Stellenbosch, South Africa (£9.99 www.nakedwines.com)
There’s toasty oak here too, but it’s in balance with the pippy plum and blackberry flavours, young and a touch alcoholic, but good. B

Blackwood Ridge Shiraz 2008, Central Victoria, Australia (£9.99 www.nakedwines.com)
Bold and fleshy wine with buxom bramble and blackcurrant flavours, touches of licorice and oatmeal, and a warm finish: just a bit too hot & jammy for real class. B(+)

Ladies Who Shoot Their Lunch Shiraz 2007, Strathbogie Ranges, Australia (£15.99 www.nakedwines.com)
Big but quite subtle, showing plush blackcurrant, blackberry and plummy fruit, some licorice and leather and also minerally complexity, good now but built to last. S(-)

Categorised in: Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, Pinot Noir, Pinotage, South Africa, Syrah/Shiraz, Victoria

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