Vina Labarta 2008. Rioja Crianza, Spain.
Good example of simple Rioja Crianza. Dark berries and fruits tempered by nice use of oak, creating a smooth and enjoyable palate. It is easily likable and will do well specially with a hearty meal. As one expects from laithwaites, good wine but not memorable.
Long Terrace Chardonnay 2009. Australia.
Nice ripe white fruits showing; citrus, tropical fruits, quite zesty too. Its fresh, juicy and generally very pleasant. Nothing wrong with it but can't say I'll be buying another bottle,.