Mirabeau Pure Côtes de Provence Rosé 2016, France (£12.99 Mirabeau Direct, Waitrose, CellarVie Wines, Ocado) Juicy, fresh style, ever-so-slightly confected cranberry & peach aromas, but nicely textured and dry with an almost salty/sandy edge to the cooked apple and raspberry flavours. B+ Mirabeau Etoile Côtes de Provence Rosé 2016, France […]

Provence Rosé – not just for summer


Seven Springs Unoaked Chardonnay 2014, Overberg, South Africa (~£12 contact North South Wines) There’s a slightly bitter pithy edge and a lemony character here that reminds me as much of Semillon as Chardonnay. It’s still fresh and juicy, but it’s too rich to fall into the ‘pure’ camp and too […]

Chardonnays from South Africa & New Zealand


Half Cabernet, with Merlot and Tempranillo making up the balance Paso-Primero Tinto 2016, Somontano, Spain (£8.90 Tanners) No shortage of gutsy berry and damson flesh here, but the flavours veer towards the jammy and there’s a slightly drying edge of underripe tannin. Not so much that it’s unpleasant, but a […]

Paso-Primero Tinto 2016, Somontano, Spain



Seven Springs Syrah 2013, Overberg, South Africa (~£15 contact North South Wines) Ripe and juicy, with an almost savoury, cooked tomato character alongside more conventional blackberry, blackcurrant and plum, showing some leathery maturity, but still has a backbone of spicy tannin. S- The Restless Wine Merchant Shiraz 2016, Wrattonbully, Australia […]

Two Southern Hemisphere Shirazes


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


Lagar de Cervera Albariño 2016, Rías Baixas, Spain (£15 Armit) Classic bracing style, setting sappy green apple and citrus freshness against more exotic, fleshier peach/nectarine flavours, with floral aromas and a nutty, creamy character. Full in flavour, but medium bodied, with a clean, pungent finish. S- Casa do Capitão-Mor Alvarinho […]

Albariño meets Alvarinho