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Wine Tasting Video: Six wines from FindWine.co.uk May 3, 2011 at 11:11 am

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A tasting of six wines from FindWine – nice sextet, and their videos aren’t bad either…

Monte Schiavo Pallio di San Floriano Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore 2009, Marche, Italy (£8.99)
Young, rich yet fresh wine, with juicy pear, guava and lychee flesh but also a stern, earthy, almost volcanic mineral edge; tasty now, but will get creamier and nuttier with age. S-

Some Young Punks Monsters, Monsters, Attack! Riesling 2010, Clare Valley, Australia (£15)
Off-dry style with a touch of sweetness and passionfruit/lychee juiciness offsetting the stern, steely citrus core. Interesting, classy and built more like a Rheingau Spätlese than a typical Aussie – and should age well. S(-)

Jurtschitsch Dechant Alte Reben Grüner Veltliner Reserve 2008, Kamptal, Austria (£17.99)
Is there some oak here? Certainly there’s a smoky, nutty edge that points to wood, but there’s also plenty of peachy grapefruit flavour and a rich earthy minerality – reminds me of Franken Silvaner, and is like a coiled spring, getting more intense and fruity the longer it’s in the glass. S(+)

Lou Caillou La Chapelle du Marin Côtes du Rhône 2007, France (£5.99)
Juiciness, bounce, vivacity, something smoky – oak? An honest gutsy glug, young and spicy, with vibrant raspberry and cherry characters and a slightly smoky/toasty note on the finish. B+

Aliança Dão Reserva 2007, Portugal (£6.99)
With its ashy aromatics and herby, tobacco-scented sour cherry and berry fruit, could only be Portuguese. Chunky rustic stuff, packed with flavour, but never resorts to bimbo jamminess – bring on the roast goat. S-

The Curmudgeon Shiraz 2008, Barossa Valley, Australia (£7.99)
Is there too much flavour here? Heaps of powerful dark plummy blackberry fruit backed up with smoky oak, leather and liquorice, it’s undeniably impressive, but I’m not sure how much of it I want to drink. B
(The Curmudgeon isn’t listed on the page linked to above, but it’s from the One Chain winery)

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Categorised in: Barossa, Clare Valley, Dao, Grenache, Gruner Veltliner, Kamptal, Marche, Rhône, Riesling, Syrah/Shiraz, Verdicchio

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