Thursday, 27 August 2009

Grey day NZ Merlot

Driving home in the grey rain yesterday, I thought some wine was definitely in order.

An excellent red which is widely available and comes from the prestigious region of Hawkes Bay in New Zealand.

The same producers make Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc which is great. Classic stuff!

2008 Oyster Bay Merlot
Hawkes Bay, NZ
Rich juicy fruit, very smooth body with a touch of sweet vanilla/ spice. Altogether well balanced, has structure in the mouth and a lovely long aftertaste.

Friday, 21 August 2009

Train wines

Im passing this train journey with some wines! Two miniature bottles from the excellent range of minis at Marks and Spencers in Sheffield station.

2008 La Verchere Burgundy
Attractive light golden colour with sharp citrus and apricot. Complex with touch of dry oak and a quite a clean finish.
Marks and Spencers
250cl for £3.05

2008 La Chapelle De Guingay
Classic Claret Bordeaux.
A great value Bordeaux blend. Soft in texture with juicy berry fruit and a touch of spice complexity.
250cl for £2.75

Wednesday, 12 August 2009


2003 Vendemmia
Brunello di Montalcino

Beautiful bottle of wine from Montalcino in Italy. A lovely ruby red colour fading at the edges. 2003 was a great year in Italy.
An aromatic red fruit and cherry nose with savoury barn hint which is very elegant!
Very smooth, rich liquorice fruit, structured tannins and great length!

What a brilliant Italian wine. It actually reminds me of great Burgundy/ Pinot Noirs but shouldn't be compared. Its the best
Wine I've had all year!
From Non Solo Vino. Chesterfield.