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Jordi Miró Garnacha Blanca Terra Alta DO

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Jordi Miro grew up helping out his family in the vineyard but decided that he would follow a different path and instead started working at a wine co-operative. Then within a short time, by 1999, he started his own vineyard and later built his own winery fully enmeshing himself within the region’s wine history. Terra Alta is literally, a high altitude Spanish region found south of Catalunya, between the borders of Aragon and the river Ebro.

This is a fresh, dry white that is ultimately Read More

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3 juicy reds!

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 Whatever the season, juicy reds are always on the menu! 

Here are three that are sure to please from the classic to the new …..

d’Arenberg Footbolt Shiraz 2015 is one of those wines that you keep coming back to year after year. It is an easy decision because you know it will be good drinking for its price tag. Lashings of rich, ripe blackberry fruit is livened up with plenty of pepper and liquorice. It has been rounded out with powdery tannins, and is fresh and long. A wine that makes friends wherever it goes. ($16 Australia / GB £13) 

Finca Constancia Seleccion 15– Fruit bomb alert: a plush fruity Tempranillo, Cabernet sauvignon, Syrah, Cabernet franc, Petit verdot and Graciano blend from Otero, Spain.  It is rich and exuberant.  A real discussion starter on a Saturday night. (GB )£11

Sons of Eden Remus Shiraz 2014 – Old vine Shiraz tends towards boldness without having an overwhelming palate weight and it offers a more intricate aromatic/flavour profile as well. The Remus is all this plus it has an element of elegance and prettiness too that is speaks of the Eden Valley. Lush blackberry, cherry, a garni bouquet of dried herbs takes on almost floral lilt. A long length of flavour leaves you wanting more. A good wine for the cellar too. ($65 Australia / GB £48)

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Taylors Estate | Wakefield Shiraz 2016

Wakefield-Shiraz-wmAustralia’s Clare Valley is known for its rich, spicy shiraz, immediately drinkable and irresistable. The Clare based Taylor family knows how to capture that lush velvetiness, while keeping the peppery, berry cherry fruit fresh and vibrant. The fuller body is rich and jammed packed full of intense flavour that fills the mouth and lasts long into the next sip. It has the intensity to match a plate of flavourful venison sausages or it is a delicious wine to drink curled up on the couch after dinner is done.

Look for the Taylors’ label in Australia and for Wakefield in Europe and the Americas.  This is a wine Read More

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Down the Lane Shiraz Tempranillo 2017

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Sitting amongst De Bortoli’s extensive wine range is the Down the Lane Shiraz Tempranillo.  This family certainly know how to produce wines that overdeliver on pleasure for the price you pay. This spicy red hails from Heathcote and is ripe and lush. There is also an interesting Pinot Grigio Arneis blend and a Gris de Gris Rosé.

There is plenty of sweet and spicy cherry, raspberry love in this bottle. It is well made with some balancing residual sugar (6 gram/litre) to flesh out the medium bodied, ripe fruit.   It is unashamedly Read More

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Donnafugata Bell’Assai Vittoria DOC Frappato Sicilia 2016

donnafugata-bellassaiFrappato is a one of my recent discoveries. The grape is one of Sicily’s many natives and is a lighter bodied red, this one hailing from Vittoria in the South East of the island. Donnafugata is the label of the Rallo family, who have made Marsala since the mid-19th Century.  Today, they make varietal wines showcasing some of Sicily’s most interesting native varieties.

Bell’Assai beguiling wine made from the Frappato grape with an evocative nose of wild herbs, cherry, rose, orange peel and spice. It is ever so smooth, very elegant and well balanced. Stainless steel all the way has left the ripe tannins soft and slippery. Read More

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