Two Kiwis to being with Seresin Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand (£17.99 The NZ Cellar, Wholefoods, Davy’s Wine Merchants, House of New Zealand Wines, Noble Green, Bon Coeur, Handford Wines, Hay Wines, Cheers Wine Merchants) 2015 Almost more Loire-like than New Zealand in style with quite precise herby stony […]

An assortment of white wines

…beginning in Portugal Quinta Nova Reserva Terroir Blend 2015, Douro, Portugal (£16.48 Portugal Vineyards) Smells like a port winery at vintage time, the air thick with heady aromas of berries, cassis, violet and herbs, buoyant, spicy dark fruit flavours in abundance and a backbone of citrus freshness and ripe tannin […]

A mixed bag of reds from around the world…

Estevez Pinot Noir 2016, Valle Central, Chile (£4.79 Aldi) Perhaps the oak is a bit clunky, and there’s a slight medicinal note, but at the price, it’s hard to complain about the gentle, every-so-slightly jammy, juicy strawberry-ish little number. C+ Parker Station Pinot Noir 2015, California (£13.50-£14.50 The Wine Society) […]

Two Pinot Noirs from Chile & California

The Society’s Exhibition Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (Frog’s Leap), California (£18 The Wine Society) On the subtle side for Napa, but still with no shortage of blackberry and blackcurrant flavours, with some vanilla and spice to back it up. Tasty now, but there’s freshness and ripe tannin here, so […]

A trio of Cabernet Sauvignon-influenced reds

Paumanok Prestige Cuvée 2012, North Fork of Long Island, New York State, USA (£18.49 Laithwaites) This smells like 10-year-old, mid-price red Bordeaux, with its gentle, slightly leafy blackcurrant and berry flavours. It tastes a bit younger, with a sweet, almost cola-like edge to the fruit, a lightly briny note, and […]

Paumanok Prestige Cuvée 2012, North Fork of Long Island, New ...

Edmeades Mendocino County Zinfandel 2013, California (£19.49 Partridges of Sloane Street, Remarkable Wines, Mr and Mrs Fine Wine, Italian Continental Stores, Telford Wines, SH Jones, Thomas Peatling, Wadebridge Wines, Aged in Oak, Vin de Bordeaux, Soho Wine Supply) Just what Zinfandel should be, with that balance between bold, ever-so-slightly jammy/baked […]

Edmeades Mendocino County Zinfandel 2013, California