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Grati Villa di Vetrice Chianti Rufina Riserva 2012

Grati Villa di Vetrice Chianti Rufina Riserva 2012

97/100 (how do my ratings work?) Hails from: Tuscany, Italy; Grapes: Sangiovese Deep cherry red colour with a nose of cooked black cherry, sponge, vanilla, cassis and leather. Needs at least an hour to open up. Grati’s Chianti Riserva is textually smooth, succulent and medium bodied. Leads with flavours of sour cherry, raspberry-like tartness and ... Read More
Nico Lazaridi Magic Mountain White 2015

Nico Lazaridi Magic Mountain White 2015

88/100 (how do my ratings work?) Hails from: Drama, Greece; Grapes: Sauvignon Blanc Nico Lazaridi is today a large, innovative winery with vines in Drama and Kavala (Macedonia). The 80 hectares of vineyard at Drama are surrounded by mountainous land and Sauvignon Blanc & Semillon thrive here, as they do in Bordeaux. “Magic Mountain” is ... Read More

Lismore Estate Syrah 2014

★★★★☆ (how do my ratings work?) Hails from: Greyton, South Africa; Grapes: Syrah/Shiraz This is winemaker Samantha O’Keefe’s first vintage of varietal Syrah from the rocky and remote region of Greyton. Deep coloured but elegant with a perfumed nose. It’s spicy, seductive and full of warm ripe berries. Unlike most South African takes on Syrah ... Read More

Semeli Mantinia Nassiakos 2016

★★★★☆ (how do my ratings work?) Hails from: Mantinia, Greece; Grapes: Moschofilero When I got into wine, Moschofilero was one of the first really exciting white wine grapes I tasted. I had always found the “mineral” quality about a wine review a little confusing, but there’s no other way to describe this style from Semeli’s ... Read More

Fox Gordon The Dark Prince Nero d’Avola 2016

★★★★☆ (how do my ratings work?) Hails from: Adelaide Hills, Australia; Grapes: Nero d’Avola I like what Fox Gordon are doing very much. Founded in 2000, the winery makes unexpectedly fabulous wines in the Adelaide Hills and Barossa Valley from Italian and Spanish varieties like Fiano, Tempranillo and Nero d’Avola. Their ominous title Dark Prince is 100% ... Read More

Chateau Viramiere Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2011

★★★☆☆ (how do my ratings work?) Hails from: Bordeaux, France; Grapes: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon Family owned for six generations, Chateau Viramiere have built a reputation on intense and deep St-Emilion reds. Crimson coloured; ripe red cherry aromas. The 2011 is plummy and layered with grippy tannins and a savoury finish. Perfectly yummy, just ... Read More

Ktima Gerovassiliou Chardonnay 2015

★★★★☆ (how do my ratings work?) Hails from: Epanomi in Macedonia, Greece; Grapes: Chardonnay Beautifully made Chardonnay with a respectful nod to White Burgundy but uniquely Greek. Evangelos Gerovassiliou is the winemaker behind this range of international varietal wines and the Malagousia indigenous variety. He focuses on low yield crop, which enhances the concentration, and then ... Read More

Waitrose Manzanilla Light Dry Sanlucar de Barrameda NV

★★☆☆☆ (how do my ratings work?) Hails from: Sanlucar de Barrameda; Grapes: Palomino Lemon pithy sherry with a welcome salty twang. It’s not special but it’s a good entry level Manzanilla and a good option for those who want to explore the exciting world of dry sherry. Dry Sherry made by: Waitrose Drink now. Tasted: August ... Read More

Waitrose Romanian Pinot Noir 2016

★★★☆☆ (how do my ratings work?) Hails from: Dealu Mare, Romania; Grapes: Pinot Noir The Waitrose range always manages to punch above its weight. This varietal Pinot Noir is from Romania’s most exciting wine region, the Dealu Mare. The style is light bodied with a warm fruity nose and an easy-going palate. Perfectly satisfying, especially ... Read More