Fortnightly wine spot (08/06/12)

Marlborough Gewurztraminer 2010 Allan Scott Family Winemakers

I really enjoyed this  New Zealand white wine. It has a multi-layered taste that changes from sweet to not too dry and a fresh citrus taste without minerality. Really nice indeed. I tried this wine with chicken and stilton (a strong-tasting cheese) and it went well. This wine retails at £15.

Clefs du Pontif 2009 Grenache Syrah

This French red wine is smooth, fruity, tasting of cherry. It’s evenly balanced in terms of Grenache and Syrah and goes well with cheese and meat dishes. It retails at £12 and is good value – every year I buy a few cases of this wine.

Fortnightly wine spot (15/05/12)

Kayena Vineyard Tamar Ridge Gewurztraminer 2008

I really enjoyed this Tasmanian white wine made from grapes grown in the Tamar Valley. It has a fresh, citrus, and lychee taste with a long finish. Very nice indeed. I tried this wine with roasted sea bream and it went very well. It retails at £10.

Penfolds Koonunga Hill Autumn Riesling 2008

This Australian dry white wine I thought was nice with a taste that reminded me of marzipan (in a good way). It retails at £10 and goes well with fish and chicken.

Fortnightly wine spot (21/04/12)

Yalumba Octavius Old Vine Shiraz 1994

This Australian dry red wine made from grapes grown in the Barossa Valley has quite a blackcurrant taste. I preferred it’s aroma which is wonderful and ‘full on’ and which reminds me of really good sherry, in comparison to it’s taste which I found to be disappointing. This wine retails at £90 and goes well with red meats.

Invivo Pinot Noir 2009

This New Zealand red wine made from grapes grown in Central Otago is ‘unfiltered’ and appears cloudy which is a bit startling at first sight. It has a ripe cherry taste and was nice and not too aggressive in taste. It retails at £17 and goes well with red meats.

Fortnightly wine spot (07/04/12)

Reichsrat Von Buhl Riesling Jesuitengarten Beerenauslese 1992

This vintage German white wine was dry, flowery and spicy in taste with a caramel end-taste. It was really lovely to drink and retails at £108. This wine goes well with meat as well as seafood.

Reichsrat Von Buhl Riesling QbA Trocken 2009

This German dry, white  wine is multi-layered and full in flavour tasting of apricots – delicious! This wine goes well with meat, cheese and seafood dishes and retails at only £11 which is extraordinary.

Fortnightly wine spot (23/03/12)

Saint Clair Pioneer Block 20 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2009

This New Zealand white wine is nice, dry with a citrus/lime taste. Bought at just under £17 which I thought was a bit over-priced for this wine.  This wine goes well with seafood.

Serre Alte Barolo Riserva 2004

This Italian red wine I thought was alright but nothing special, in fact it was a bit disappointing. A very dry wine with no real substance to it – a bit of a light-weight for a red wine. Bought at just over £21 which is very over-priced. This wine goes well with cheese and red meat dishes.

Fortnightly wine spot (10/03/12)

Amarone Della Valpolicella 2008 Pietro Sartori

This Italian red wine is full-bodied and I found it to be too dry for my taste. Bought at nearly £15.  This wine goes well with strong cheeses.

Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2007 Daniel Schuster

This New Zealand white wine has a delicious blackcurrant taste with minerality and a smooth, dry finish. Bought at £15, a must try as it has an ‘expensive’ taste. It goes well with chicken and seafood dishes.

Fortnightly wine spot (25/02/12)

Dom Perignon Vintage 2002 Champagne

Dom Perignon Vintage 2002 Champagne

I know this is a champagne rather than a wine but as I was lucky enough to recently try it, I thought it was worth reviewing. It is lovely, smooth, multi-layered, with a hint of vanilla. Worth drinking and needs no food to accompany it.


Chateauneuf du Pape 2006 Domaine du Grand Tintel

This delicious full-bodied French red wine has a taste of deep sweet cherries with peppery overtones. This wine goes well with meat and game dishes.

Fortnightly wine spot (11/02/12)

Chateauneuf du Pape 2009 Domaine de Valori

This French red wine I liked but found it to be too dry for my taste. Bought at just over £23.  This wine goes well with strong cheeses.

Chateauneuf du Pape 2009 Domaine Des Senechaux

This is a delicious French red wine. It has a distinct delicious almost caramel-like taste with a smooth and velvet finish and it’s not too dry. Bought at just over £28, a must try. This wine goes well with meat and game dishes.

Fortnightly wine spot (27/01/12)

Wilson Creek Almond Champagne, Temecula Valley, California

A champagne some might argue is not strictly a wine, however this is so delicious that I felt it should be included. I was lucky enough to try this on New Years’ Eve as friends brought this along from their travels.  This is a ‘must buy’ and is so, so lovely it’s worth drinking without any food. It has what I can only describe as a taste similar to that of the dessert a bakewell tart, although this description really does not do it any justice as it has such a great taste.

Wilson Creek Almond Champagne

http://www.wilsoncreekwinery.com/

 

Bardolino Classico 2010 Zeni

This Italian red wine I liked as a lighter red wine that is a perfect to drink with a lunchtime meal. Bought at just over £8, this is great value.  This wine goes well with meat as well as pasta dishes.