Drinking Outside The Box

With Simon Woods – wine for people who have a life

Wine Tasting Video: Sparkling Wine from England, France, Australia & Chile February 19, 2014 at 5:10 pm

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Hattingley Valley Classic Cuvée 2011, Hampshire, England (£29.99 Avery’s, Dalling & Co, Wine Utopia, Liberty Wines)
Tangy young wine, refined and elegant with cooked green apple and pear flavours, touches of slightly uncooked cake-mix (if you never spooned some out of the bowl, you’re wrong) and a crisp, nutty finish. I really like this, but I just wish they’d been able to release it a little later to give it more time to soften. S-

Simonnet-Febvre P100 Blanc de Noir Crémant de Bourgogne NV, France (£15-£16 Whole Foods Market, Forth Wines, Wine World Honiton, Private Cellar, Amazon.co.uk)
Simple, sherbetty style, crisp apple flavours but also a slightly cheesy note in the background, OK but not fine. B(-)

Tyrrell’s Pinot Noir Chardonnay Brut 2009, South Eastern Australia (£16.99 www.vintagemarque.com)
Rounded and confident wine, balancing toasty, yeasty Marmite-like richness with gentle citrus and apple flavours, and adding some nuttiness on the finish. S-

Miguel Torres Chile Cordillera Brut 2012, Curicó, Chile (£12.99 Taurus Wines, Telford Wines, Winos, Saddleworth Wine Vault, www.vintagemarque.com)
Lots of flavour here – redcurrant, apple, citrus and pear – but also a savoury saline edge to add freshness. Content to be a rounded honest simple sparkler, and as such, does it’s job well. B+

Miguel Torres Santa Digna Estelado Rosé 2012, Secano Interior, Chile (£12.49 Hoults Wine Merchants, In the Pink, Trina’s Wines, www.vintagemarque.com)
There’s a savoury, almost sandy note here alongside the plum, redcurrant and apple flavours, plus a crisp finish. B

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