Drinking Outside The Box

With Simon Woods – wine for people who have a life

Wine Tasting Video: English fizz, Albarino, Chateauneuf, Carmenere & Ausbruch July 22, 2011 at 11:04 am

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Coates & Seely Britagne Rosé NV, Hampshire, England (£27.95-29.95 Coates & Seely, Lea and Sandeman)
Fresh, lively young wine with lush gentle strawberry flesh and a touch of sherbet balanced with taut appley acidity. Would benefit from a little longer on the lees, but still very tasty. S-

Brandal Albariño 2010, Rías Baixas, Spain (£8.95 The Wine Society)
Also a pup, but beyond the pear-drop notes that speak of cool fermentation (and which will dissipate with time), there’s the zesty tang of citrus fruit, floral, spicy overtones and a pithy mineral finish with a touch of pumice stone. S-

Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf du Pape 1994, Rhône, France (see Wine Searcher for stockists)
Mature but still full of life, wonderfully spicy and herby, with vigorous berry, damson and fig fruit, touches of roasting game and a rounded, voluptuous finish. And as for brett? Well, there’s the savoury meatiness, but none of the bandagey barnyard character. G

Casa Silva Los Lingues Carmenère Gran Reserva 2009, Colchagua, Chile (£10.95 Wine Rack, Barrels & Bottles, Bayley & Sage, D.Byrne, Frank Stainton Wines, Michael Jobling Wines, Arthur Rackham, Peckhams, Andrew Darwin Fine Wines)
Boisterous young wine, lots of toasty oak which give the vanilla/coffee/chocolate notes, but there’s also a wealth of joyful vibrant hoisin, blackberry and blackcurrant flavours. B+

Feiler-Artinger Ruster Ausbruch Pinot Cuvée 2001, Burgenland, Austria (see Wine Searcher for stockists)
Oh yum, honeyed rich apricot, bonfire toffee and marmaladey maturity, soft but fresh, like crème brûlée in a glass with crystallised oranges on top – delicious. G(-)

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