Cape Heights Shiraz 2015, Western Cape, South Africa (£5.69-£6.95 Rannoch Scott, D&D Wine, Worth Brothers, Connollys) Dark earthy chocolate, gentle generous berry and plum, very much in that soft warm earthy South African feel, with a bit of the Cape bake and a savoury plum/tomato edge. Maybe the finish is […]

Spicy reds from Australia, France, South Africa & Spain

Frares Priorat 2013, Catalunya, Spain (£13.00 Marks & Spencer) Plenty of burly plum and damson jam flavour plus dark berry flesh, but there’s still freshness form somewhere, despite the 15% alcohol. Add in warm dustiness, some smoky bacon and a wild, spicy element and you have a fascinating young and […]

Two reds from Priorat

More wines like this please Priorat Maius Classic Priorat 2011, Catalunya, Spain (contact Ellis of Richmond) Captures the warm dustiness of Spain, with dried herbs and a touch of raisinned fruit making their presence felt. But there’s also a fresher side, with red berry, plum and damson flavours, some rose-hip […]

Maius Classic Priorat 2011

Nearly very good, but suffers from the same problem as many Priorats… Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference Priorat 2011, Spain (£11 Sainsbury’s) I like the plump plummy berry notes here, and there’s also a fragrant herb-scented character breezing through the wine. However, some of the fruit seems to have been picked a […]

Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference Priorat 2011, Spain

Some Priorat can be a bit bloated and plodding: not this one… Torres Salmos Priorat 2011, Spain (£18.99 Waitrose, A lovely combination of exuberance and freshness, packed with plush berry, plum and damson, with an ever-so-slightly rustic raisinny note too, but there’s also an earthy coolness, presumably a product […]

Torres Salmos Priorat 2011