Monday, 25 October 2010
Bishops Leap 09, Marlborough
Noel Young, £7.99. B+
Made by the folks at St Clair, this is a classic New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, bags of fruits - Gooseberry, tropical, leafy, green. Plenty of zing and fresh acidity running through, really fruit driven. Everything you'd want in a NZSB; decently priced, to boot.
Clos de Gat Har'el Syrah 03, Israel.
Quite spicy, plenty of heat and fruit. Settled, done its aging. Plenty of acid still though. Smooth, forward fruit, nice presence, good weight, lasts a good few seconds. Rustic feel, earthy, must. Very french, actually.
Roc de Lussac 07, Lussac St Emilion
Was on half price offer in Sainsburys a while back. Fruity stuff, straightforward. Nice, not very complex but certainly very drinkable. Probably merlot dominated, not very bordeaux in style
Escarpment Hinemoa Riesling 09.
Noel Young, £9.29 (375ml). B+
For a long time we could not get New Zealand dessert wines - hence why I picked this up at a recent visit. Supposed to be high residual sugar >100g/l but really doesnt feel like it. Plenty of acid still there, masking the sugaryness. Honey, citrus, touch of bitterness at the back too. Good for light fruit-based desserts; had this with a lemon tart and it was brilliant, the acidity coped well and added a nice layer of sweetness to the dessert.