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Wine Tasting Video: Assorted Whites from India, South Africa, Argentina, France & Spain August 8, 2012 at 10:47 am

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Fratelli Classic White 2011, Maharashtra, India (contact Hallgarten Druitt)
Based on Chenin Blanc, and there is some of the pithy pear and apple flavour plus a touch of honey. Let down by a slightly burnt character and a so-so finish, but perfectly decent. C+

Fratelli Chenin Blanc 2011, Maharashtra, India (contact Hallgarten Druitt)
Quite rich yet with crispness, there’s a musky, gingery note here, with fleshy guava and pear notes set against fresher apple and citrus flavours. B(-)

Mooi Bly Chenin Blanc 2011, Paarl, South Africa (£8.99 The Real Wine Company)
Classic honey and apple of Chenin, with notes of tropical fruit too, but there’s also a fragrant, floral edge to add interest. Rich and rounded, but finishes fresh. B+

Dopff au Moulin Pinot Blanc 2011, Alsace, France (£11.90 Slurp.co.uk)
Friendly but confident style, with pear and peach fruit, a creamy/nutty yeast note, and hints of ginger and cinnamon to spice up the finish. S-

Castell de Raimat Xarel.lo/Chardonnay 2010, Costers del Segre, Spain (£9.99 Wine Rack, Amps Fine Wines, Noel Young, Wine Buffs, Hoults, The Wine Reserve)
A perky, honest mouthful, awash with soft ripe flavours – lychee, chirimoya, strawberry Mivvi Lolly – but also has a sharper nectarine bite to stop it all going too wobbly. B+

Las Moras Alta Mora Chardonnay/Viognier 2011, San Juan, Argentina (£9.99 Chalié Richards)
I struggle to find much beyond a smoky elderflower note here. Next… 0

Ridgeback Viognier 2010, Paarl, South Africa (£12.99 The Real Wine Company)
The apricot and peach kernel are classic Viognier, and there’s also a fresh citrus edge, but the large footprint of sweet toasty oak and slightly cloying finish let it down. B-

Torres Viña Esmeralda 2011, Catalunya, Spain (£7.99 Waitrose, Booths, Majestic)
A perennial crowd-pleaser, off-dry but never too sweet, and balancing the rise petal character of Gewürztraminer with the sappy citrus and grape freshness of Muscat to good effect. B
(Dear Torres, I put the word Esmerelda into the search facility on your website, it comes up with no results – why?)
(Dear Torres – again – have enrolled for spolling lessons…)

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