Monday, 13 June 2011


Saturday, 11 June 2011

2008 Ferngrove Riesling, Frankland River, Western Australia.
Oddbins. B+

Plenty of lime on the nose, rosewater, some lychee and mango, very tropical and lifted, slight touch of kerosene. palate carries through the citrus fruit, there's a mineral edge to this as well; quite subdued mid palate, a light wine. Acidity fresh and lingering, almost bone dry. Lip smackingly clean; nose better than palate.

2007 One Chain 'The Opportunist' Shiraz, Mclaren Vale.
Cambridge Wine £8.50. B+ good value

So much red fruit on the nose, dark berries; with touch of mint and eucalyptus; pastilles and wine gums. Palate is fresh, fruit driven, dark cherry and berries; tannins are quite soft, rounded mouthfeel, not overbearing; slight alcoholic edge at the end, the 14.5% abv shows just a bit too much. Drinking well now, easy to drink and approachable.
2004 Carta Roja Monastrell Gran Reserva, DOP Jumilla.

A rather pale hue. Nose is of sweet red fruits, more on the currants and cherries; definitely sweet oak and vanilla, but integrated. Palate is dominated by crunchy red fruits; some heat and cooked notes too, also woody tones. Mid palate a bit weak, not particularly interesting but perfectly drinkable.

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