Tuesday, 25 January 2011


Matetic Coralillo Syrah 09 Chile
Oddbins £16.99. B+(+)

Fragrant, expressive Syrah on the nose, dark fruits, quite brooding. Palate is full, textured, thick, offering good depth and intensity. The dark fruits and a touch of mint shows too; nice acid keeps it fresh, otherwise would be rather cumbersome. Good presence overall, shows well.

Kimbao Cabernet Sauvignon Carmenere 08 Chile
Naked Wines £8.99. B+

Rather green and leafy on the nose; maybe some woody notes and burnt tar, charred. Palate is surprisingly soft and approachable, mostly dark red fruit showing through; smooth, not tannic, slips through. Perhaps a simple wine, but still gives pleasure. Less clunky than when I had this last year.

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