Category: Tasting Notes

View all tasting notes by Ben Franks Wine. Includes: red wines, white wines, rose wines, dessert wines, sparkling wines, spirits, beers and cocktails.

Lismore Estate Reserve Syrah, Greyton, 2017

★★★★★ Pick! (how do my ratings work?) Hails from: Greyton, South Africa. Grapes: Syrah Winemaker Samantha O’Keefe has pioneered viticulture in the cool climate region of Greyton in Western Cape, …

Lismore Estate Syrah 2016

★★★★☆ (how do my ratings work?) Hails from: Cape South Coast, South Africa. Grapes: Syrah Winemaker Samantha O’Keefe makes my favourite South African Syrah, period. A mix of Greyton and …

Lismore Estate Pinot Noir 2017

★★★★☆ (how do my ratings work?) Hails from: Cape South Coast, South Africa. Grapes: Pinot Noir Winemaker Samantha O’Keefe sources the grapes for her Pinot from Stanford, Walker Bay and …

Terra Tangra Mavrud Blend 2016

★★★★★ Pick! (how do my ratings work?) Hails from: Thracian Valley, Bulgaria. Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Mavrud This comes from Terra Tangra, which is Bulgaria’s first and only organic vineyard …

Nico Lazaridi Magic Mountain White 2015

★★★★☆ (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 …

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 …

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. …

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 …

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 …