Wednesday, 7 September 2011


Sanchez Romate Fino Perdido
The Wine Society £7.95. B+

A minimally treated Fino, bottled when the flor layer is at its thickest in April; average age of 8yrs.
Golden in colour, quite deep for a Fino. Nose shows the characteristic nutty, green almonds (as opposed to roasted ones), green olives, some brine; and plenty of flor, biscuity tones. Palate has nice cleansing acidity, still very refreshing; intense Fino flavours coats the mouth, leading to a very long finish. This feels more mature and has more depth and weight than your typical Fino. Well made, great bargain.

Monday, 5 September 2011


Tasted Sunday, 04 Sept 2011.

2007 Robertson Winery 'Almond Grove' Noble Late Harvest Riesling. South Africa.
Cambridge Wine £7.99 (375ml). B+

On the nose, loads of candied / tinned peaches and apricots, acacia honey and sweet oranges; deep golden in colour. Full on the palate; nice acid going through keeping it fresh and lively, plenty of fruit; quite high in residual sugar maybe 80g/l+ but not cloying; thick and viscous on the mouthfeel, like drinking liquid marmalade (with bitter tang at the end, and all). Quite short finish, unfortunately. Brilliant with apple pie.

Sunday, 4 September 2011


Tasted Sunday, 04 Sept 2011. Both wines have been opened for 36 hours prior to tasting.

2009 Les Collines de Laure Syrah, Jean-Luc Colombo. Rhone Valley.
Cambridge Wine £9.99. B+(+)

A declassified Cornas. Nose has red berries, with some green leafy notes too; smells quite sweet actually.. On the palate, its soft and smooth, red cherries dominant throughout; really bright fruits to the fore, with nice vibrant acidity. The fact that its been open for two days has actually benefited this wine - I was told that it was rather tight and astringent when opened. Tannins really in the background and mellow. Would benefit from some bottle aging 3-5yrs.

2007 Vina Falernia Syrah Reserva. Elqui Valley, Chile.
Cambridge Wine £12.99. B+

On the nose, bags of sweet berries; some mint and green peppers showing; theres almost a burnt edge to it, smoky like; also plenty of oak on the nose; smells dense. Plenty of fruit on the palate, blackberries mostly; very extracted, with some bitter even tarry notes showing; woody and textured mouthfeel; heavy and lumbering. Needs more acidity for my liking, its a bit bogged down; big, no holds barred wine and plenty of fruit but maybe a bit too one dimensional?
The 2008 vintage of this wine won gold and a trophy at IWC 2011.


Tasted Friday, 02 Sept 2011.

2011 Arabella Sauvignon Blanc. South Africa.

Naked Wines £7.99. B+

Nose has mostly lime with touches of green notes maybe tomato leaves; grapefruit and passion fruit too, has some tropical character about it. Palate fat acidity, really quite wide and generous; clean ripe fruit through out, lemony freshnes, hinting at some minerality towards the end. Balanced and bright, this a well made, good value quaffer.

2010 Tesco Finest Steillage Riesling. Mosel Valley.
Tesco Wine £6.45. B

Lemon, quite fragrant with shite flowers dominating; unfortunately nose is a bit muted, not that expressive. On the palate its slightly off dry, perhaps 15g/l; acidity is a bit weird (and lacking, in my opinion); has the marmalade sweetness, with bitterness at the end. I know Mosel Riesling can feel and are supposed to be light, but this was bordering on the flabby and dilute end, somewhat disaapointing.