Up until a few years ago I hadn’t even heard of Godello never mind taste it, now it’s one of my favourites whites, a richly flavoured, aromatic, intense wine from North west Spain.
Although it is now becoming widely available it still isn’t instantly recognisable by a lot of wine drinkers and when mentioning it to friends I get a confused “never heard of it, where’s it from ?”. Well, it’s from the Galicia in Northern Spain, this particular bottle from the Monterrei region famous for aromatic whites. The ‘Pazo Das Donas’ Godello is a fairly new addition to the Tesco Finest range and I must say what a pretty good addition it is.
One bit of advice, don’t over chill this wine, I found the flavour and aroma fairly muted when too cold but once warmed up slightly it turns into a different beast, I say beast because this wine has attitude.
Pale straw like colour, smelling tropical with ripe peaches (on the second day, the ripeness of the fruit aromas intensified, a little baked apples and strangely ripe mature cheese, bit like Gorgonzola)
Quite dry and fresh tasting, ripe peaches, lemons, spiced apples with an extremely long and zippy finish. On the second day the flavours seem to intensify and I enjoyed it more again when not over chilled.
Summing up this is an enjoyable, different , intense and slightly Burgundian flavoured white wine.
If someone asked me to describe this wine, the first thoughts that come into my head would be refreshingly vibrant, slightly sweet , floral and pretty, (bit girly , I know) but that just about sums this wine up.
The bottle in question is the Wine Society’s entry level Saar Riesling 2012. Described as Medium /off dry which I would disagree with, for me it was more like medium sweet although the sweetness wasn’t cloying or syrupy but surprisingly fresh and cleansed the palate beautifully.
Initially not too much aroma wise but the bottle was very cold, as the wine warmed up in the glass there was a hint of honey, pears and something flowery (don’t ask me to pin down the flower).
Taste – as I said earlier this was quite sweet with a medium finish. There was a little bit of toffee apple about it, honey lockets but with tingly acidity.
Paired it with Roast Pork and it complemented the dinner perfectly.
Alcohol level of 9.5% meant the bottle could be finished without reaching for the parecetamol.
Entry level it may be but overall it was very enjoyable.
Macedonian wine, not everyone’s first choice when browsing the shelves looking for a red wine to go with dinner but do yourself a favour and grab a bottle that mentions the Vranec grape.
I first tasted Vranec a few months ago and thought it was excellent , I’ve now revisited the grape and my thoughts are still that it’s a very decent drink. Vranec is the native red grape of Macedonia and it produces very dark rich full bodied wines.
This particular wine from M&S is called Tikves (most well known wine region in Macedonia). This is a blend of Vranec and Merlot and for £8.99 is well worth a try.
When poured the wine is strikingly deep purple in colour with aromas of ripe plums, blackcurrants, prunes and rich dark chocolate.
Taste – Not for the faint hearted, rich, velvety, bitter sweet jam and fairly tannic (for me pretty much what I like in a wine). It also boasts 14% alcohol but doesn’t feel like it (which can be a good or bad thing) because a lot of the bottle can disappear quickly without realising.
For me, Vranec will definitely feature a lot in my wine rack, so treat yourself and try this Balkan beauty, you may be pleasantly surprised.
Whenever you hear or see Penfolds what’s the first thing that springs to mind? is it the 80’s cartoon series Danger Mouse, for those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about it was a popular kids cartoon about a super hero mouse and his bumbling assistant Penfold. No, well maybe it’s just me.
Anyway the bottle in question is the Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet, (still hearing the Danger Mouse theme tune) . Although It’s been a while since I drank any Penfolds and I’d forgotten that they are, pretty decent wines.
This was the 2011 vintage which by all accounts wasn’t a great one (lots of rain) causing the wines to be a little less fruity in flavour. In the glass, very deep inky colour with muted aromas of dark ripe berries, a little floral, herby and smokey. Taste – Medium to full bodied, rich with some jammy sweetness but with a bitter liquorice finish and some pretty grippy tannins.
Needed some time in the glass to fully enjoy but never the less a pretty good entry level Penfolds and a definite buy again.
Languedoc Roussillon in Southern France home to this rustic and very drinkable, I know, sorry to use that annoying phrase again but it definitely applies to this bottle of Fitou. Can’t see on the bottle what it’s made up of but I assuming Carignan, Grenache and Syrah.
Rustic looking bottle, rustic wine, felt like I should be drinking this in a field somewhere leaning against a tree tearing off a chunk of bread and eating a lump of cheese, I settled for a beef stew instead and very nice it was too.
This Fitou had heady aromas of rich blackberries, tar and smoke. Initially straight out of the bottle it was very fruit laden with blackberries and blueberries, dry, slightly spicy, smokey and tannic. There was also a liquorice flavour which left quite a bitter finish, saying this it did pair very nicely with the food.
Second day, the tarry bitterness had sweetened slightly and it was much easier to drink without food.
Nothing subtle about this wine, the Carignan taking centre stage and I liked it, not a lot more I can say, except I only paid £5.99 for it and bought it as a 6 bottle get 25% off deal so what’s not to like !