I seem to be drinking a lot of Sauvignon Blancs from New Zealand lately and on the whole they have been pretty decent but this particular offering from Chile although very different made a real pleasant change.
This is the ‘Errazuriz Aconcagua Costa Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2011’. The first thought that comes to mind when seeing the bottle is elegance with it’s hand written label and the elegance theme carries on through the aroma and taste.
Lovely pale straw colour with intense tropical fruit aromas not exactly leaping out of the glass like New Zealand SB’s but the smell is kind of thick, not a proper wine tasting term I know but that is my first reaction when sticking my nose in the glass, there was also a little whiff of herbs and lime.
Taste -Lots of stuff going on complex flavours, mild acidity, lush & rich mouth feel but not cloying, slightly sweet, tropical fruits again, passion fruit, lychees, limes, even sweet peppers.
Bought a case of this in Tesco’s recent ‘Big wine clearance’ sale and got them for around £6 a bottle, normally retailing for around £12 – £13, now I wished I had bought more as I really enjoyed this, made a real change from SB’s I’ve been drinking lately, enjoyed it more on the second day, even more intense. Top Stuff !
My Rating 8.5/10 Corks
Tesco Clearance Sale
An elegant looking bottle with its (Vitral) multi coloured stain glass window emblem but is it an elegant wine? not quite but saying that it is still a very nice drink.
This is the Chilean Vina Maipo Vitral Syrah 2012 and is their flagship wine from a producer famed for its Syrah.
As I said earlier the bottle looks great and the wine when poured is a lovely dark purple with aromas of blackberries, dark ripe plums and a little wood smoke.
Very juicy in the mouth with a bitter sweet taste, some tannins evident along with spice and a hint of dark chocolate.
Drinking this with food it was very pleasant and went down pretty good with the steak we were tucking into, My wife and son had a glass each and they would soon tell me if they didn’t like it but they both said it was very nice, good enough for me.
If you’re looking for a decent enough everyday Syrah/Shiraz you won’t go much wrong with choosing this especially when on offer as I did.
My Rating 7.5/10 Corks
After a bit of a disaster with my last bottle it’s was time for something more reliable and who better to turn to than the consistently good and excellent value for money, Trivento.
The bottle I went with was the Syrah, Malbec Reserve 2010 and having already tasted quite a few of their range from the entry level Malbecs through to the excellent Golden Reserve I was hoping that this bottle would fit the bill.
When poured it was very dark purple in colour, strikingly dark actually with aromas of ripe sweet plums with cherries giving it an almost Kirsch like flavour. There was also an earthiness there, vanillary oak and some smoke. Taking a sip the dark fruits dominate mixed again with a little earthiness, the tannins are noticeable and grippy, stewed prunes come through and there’s a little smokiness in the background.
This was a very enjoyable glass of wine, full of character and some depth of flavour and although Trivento is a large commercial player and is widely available the quality of their wines for the price are very good and I have never been disappointed.
I turned to Trivento as I knew it would be reliable and the fact that it happened to be at the front of my wine rack and easy to get to but unlike my last bottle of wine which I tipped down the sink, the only time this got near the sink was to rinse the empty bottle and wash the glass.
My Rating 8/10 Corks
Various around £8
Ever started a book and struggle through the opening pages only to eventually give up after reading much more than you should have done.
I used to but with millions of books out there if what I’m reading doesn’t hold my interest within a few pages I move on to the next one, why waste your time with something you’re not enjoying, life’s too short to read a bad book.
Life’s definitely too short to drink bad wine, although wine maybe slightly different in that you can’t pass it on or donate it to a charity shop, it’s either persevere or tip it down the sink. Thankfully I haven’t had to do this very often but I have and this is such an occasion.
The bottle in question is the ‘Blason de Bourgogne Cote Chalonnaise Pinot Noir 2012’, bought at half price and during a recent 25% off six bottles promotion, luckily it amounted to a cheap bottle of wine.
I won’t dwell too long on why I didn’t like it only to say that it lacked any kind of nose, it was thin, watery, slightly bitter and lacked any sort of flavour, maybe it was just a bad bottle, who knows so Glug, Glug, Glug it went down the sink, as the Late Ian Drury said ‘What a Waste’.
Hey, it’s only my opinion, you may well enjoy it but………………
My Rating 3.5/10 Corks
Morrisons around £9.99
Hands up everyone who has tasted Lebanese wine?, Mmmm, looking around I don’t see many arms being raised. If you haven’t, then perhaps you should and you may be pleasantly surprised.
My first introduction to wines from the Lebanon was a couple of years ago when I tasted the stunning Bordeaux like Chateau Musar and their second wine, although less stunning still decent Chateau Hochar Pere et Fils from the Bekaa valley region close to Beirut.
Okay, these wines are a little on the pricey side but now there seems to be more and more affordable bottles appearing on the high street shelves from this ancient wine making country.
This particular bottle the ‘Chateau KSARA Clos St Alphonse 2010’ from M&S, is made up of Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon and is very French in style (Rhone meets Bordeaux).
Smokey, very vegetal in aroma with ripe plums and cherries . Taste wise the first thing that is noticeable is it’s quite tannic, saying that it still has a nice mouthfeel with no harshness, smokey wood, a hint of cloves come through along with tar and slightly bitter dark fruits.
It may not be a Chateau Musar then you’re not paying Musar prices and at around £10 it’s very good value and I enjoyed it immensely.
My Rating 7.5/10 Corks
M&S around £10
Carmenere, the forgotten wine of Bordeaux, not to everyone’s taste but if you’re having a carnivores barbecue with lots of red meat and spicy fare, this cheap offering from Chiles Central valley and brought to us via the Wine Society will fit the bill perfectly .
Having only paid £5.75 for this particular bottle , the Lascar 2013, I didn’t know what to expect but I found it to be a reasonably nice, if slightly sweet drink and everyone who tried it agreed .
Sticking my nose in the glass there was a pronounced earthy aroma, it was very vegetal with leather and tobacco, reminiscent of Merlot but with attitude.
On first sip it was on the sweet side but not overly so, medium bodied, juicy ripe blackberries with some cherry like flavours. The earthiness comes though along with smoke and tobacco and a little spice. Someone commented that the taste didn’t last long, I kind of disagreed and thought it had a reasonable length.
I seen a lot of positive reviews for this wine saying that it tastes far more expensive than it is and on the whole I think it does. As I said earlier, great barbecue wine, inexpensive and no one disliked it including non wine drinkers even if they only had a sip.
My Rating 8/10 Corks
Wine Society £5.75