Malbec World Day, 2014

Malbec World Day, 2014
Although native of South West France, Malbec has become synonymous with Argentina and is their most widely planted grape variety, particularly in Mendoza. April 17th was chosen to commemorate this day as this was when Argentinian president, Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, officially began his mission to transform Argentina’s wine industry back in 1853. Any excuse to open a few nice bottles ...

Caliterra Tributo Carmenère, 2010

Caliterra Tributo Carmenère, 2010
The last time I had this wine it was from the 2009 vintage and I was amazed at how good it was, especially for the price, so much so I declared I had to buy more. Which I did, and the first sip of my new batch of 2010’s had me wincing and shaking my ...

Isla Negra Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva, 2012

Isla Negra Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva, 2012
Ok, I guess I’m going to have to admit to actually drinking this wine after originally buying it from the Tesco express around the corner with the sole purpose of pouring half if it into my bolognaise sauce! I took a swig as I glugged it into my cooking pot – a bit rough, but ...

EQ Pinot Noir, 2008

EQ Pinot Noir, 2008
I’ve been drinking too much young wine recently, mostly in the name of research. So I thought it was time to drink one of the many wines in my cellar that are actually ready (or even overdue!) for drinking… And this EQ Pinot is definitely ready – about 5 years cellar age on a bottle ...

Leyda Chardonnay Lot 5, 2010

Leyda Chardonnay Lot 5, 2010
Another one-off bottle recommendation from The Good Wine Shop in Kew, and again they have proven their worth, despite the dodgy label!  At the end of the ‘Kloof Friday Swim tasting about a week ago Chef Barrie opened a bottle of Pinot from the Leyda valley, jeez it really had a unique style – burnt ...

Corralillo Winemaker’s Blend, 2007

Corralillo Winemaker's Blend, 2007
One of the mighty Matetic EQ’s little brothers. This bottle was left over from a case I bought as part of a mixed six-pack that I was selling on last year. Unfortunately a couple of bottles broke during transit, so I kept the bottles that had labels stained by the spillage. Amongst other things this ...

Caliterra Tributo Carménère, 2009

Caliterra Tributo Carménère, 2009
Whilst I had no initial inclination to decant this, it was a little tight after being opened for a short while, so i ignored (or was that forgot??!) my own advice from January and decanted it. I tasted it again after only half an hour and realised this wine is now coming towards the end ...

Matetic EQ Syrah, 2008

Matetic EQ Syrah, 2008
This bottle was harsher than any of the previous bottles I’ve had, it’s from a new batch bought at the bankrupt stock shop in Surbiton, which might explain it. However it gradually mellowed into the more familiar smooth, rich, spicy, sumptuous drink I remember. Share this:FacebookTwitter

Cimarosa Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva Privada, 2011

Cimarosa Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva Privada, 2011
After my friend Evan discovered this at Lidl for under £4 and proclaimed its greatness, we had to try it out on a Friday night swim tasting. It was good – complete and easy to drink. …although it turns out it was £5.99 at normal price. Light bodied and fairly basic, great value for £4, not so ...

Caliterra Tributo Carménère, 2009

Caliterra Tributo Carménère, 2009
Plum and date gazpacho soup! Lovely and nicely integrated fruit, vanilla … and ageing. This bottle was already well developed after just a short decant & appeared to degrade as we drank our way through. So no long decant for this wine in future… Share this:FacebookTwitter
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