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Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Origin Pinotage

Pale with a bright ruby glow, when you pop your nose in the glass you get that sweet red fruits all mixed up with vegetal and slightly animal aromas tempting you in. Here, once more sweet fruits, fresh and zippy acidity. The animal nuances come through once more but there is a lack of layering, depth and complexity. Those red fruits are clean and juicy with a hint of zest on the edge but no real substance, I feel as though I have been promised much, then denied at the last minute. The cost is low, about £5 from Tesco's online, so should we expect more.......? I feel that I do! It is very young, 2012, so less than 2 years old, so maybe time will add character.
Score 76

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Old Renwick Road Pinot Noir 2011 from Marlborough in New Zealand

As expected, this Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand, is a fine tuned example. It is full of fresh strawberries, a tint of vanilla and oak and a crispness that you only get from careful making. At 13.5% it is well integrated and absolutely where it should be, warming but not spirited. Pale and transparent, a good sprinkling of vegetal undergrowth that draws you in and wraps you up in its silky texture - a wine to enjoy!
Score 89 and at under £9 at the mo (Tesco's), a snip.

Casillero del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva 2011 from the Valle Central in Chile.

This is a wine from the Concha Y Toro label, it is big and brambley, lots of freshening acidity but also a fine lick of vegetality. It is 13.5% but well balanced and juicy, an easy Sunday night wine. Cherry, espresso, black currant all mix together to produce a great accompaniment to a meal, but happy to consume it without! We visited the cellars of Casillero / Concha Y Toro when we were in Chile in 2006, I loved it then, and now is no different.
Score 86 but at around £5 on offer at Tesco's this is a great bargain - go buy!