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Fourth Dimension Pinot Noir 2016, Adelaide Hills, Australia (£8.99 Aldi) A strange wine, seems like the fruit was decent, with gentle berry flavours and a touch of plum, but somewhere in the winemaking, there was a little too much extraction, which has given a lightly stewed note, along with a […]

Fourth Dimension Pinot Noir 2016, Adelaide Hills, Australia


Esporão Reserva Tinto 2014, Alentejo, Portugal (£19.99-£21.99 Cambridge Wine Merchants, Define Food and Wine, Tanners, Great Grog) It’s still a pup but this gentle giant has a very promising future. Rich, dark damson and berry fruit which veers towards the overripe but just stops in time, leaving bold flavours infused […]

Esporão Reserva Tinto 2014, Alentejo, Portugal


Seifried Grüner Veltliner 2016, Nelson, New Zealand (£14.99 Liquorice, Roberts & Speight, New Zealand Cellar, James Molden, Banstead Vintners, Trina’s Wines) No shortage of fruit here – apple, grapes and light peach – along with a lightly floral/confected edge, like the sugary bits on Turkish Delight. However, the slightly smoky […]

Grüner Veltliner from New Zealand & Austria



Château de l’Abbaye de Saint-Ferme Bordeaux Supérieur 2010, France (£10.95 From Vineyards Direct) Mellow mature Bordeaux red, not massively complex, but then it’s not a sexy appellation. But this scores for its plush (Victoria) plummy berry and bramble flavours, gentle cedary spice notes and light roasted character. Excellent value. S(-)

Château de l’Abbaye de Saint-Ferme Bordeaux Supérieur 2010, France


Not yer average bottles, so are these not yer average wines…? Freixenet Prosecco NV, Veneto, Italy (£12 Ocado) Gentle, friendly style with a toffee-like edge to the ripe green apple and pumice-stone flavours, not massively complex, but slips down easily. B Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Réserve “Floral Sleeve” NV, France […]

Can you, should you judge a wine by its cover?


Don’t let the screen-shot put you off, this is tasty wine… Alain Voge Saint-Péray ‘Harmonie’ 2015, Rhône, France (£18.60 Cru) One of those wines that’s not immediately fruity, although it has some nectarine/peach character, but where textural, salty, nutty and creamy notes are more to the fore – reminds me […]

Alain Voge Saint-Péray ‘Harmonie’ 2015, Rhône, France