Mystery is half the fun: Travaglini Cinzia

A: ruby but showing age with amber notes N: medium intensity with savoury herbs, tar and plums and cherries with earthy forest notes P: medium bodied with fine high tannins, flavours of sour cherry and herbs, savoury, tar notes, quite high acid making the wine tart. Rustic goodness. C: good quality wine of possibly 2013 vintage. An …

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Rockcliffe third reef Pinot Noir 2017

A: vibrant ruby N: medium intensity of red cherry, tar, wet earth floor aromatics with some herbal notes with sage and elements of cola P: medium intensity with high acid, medium tannins with a bitter back end of scorched pork skin, sour red cherry, tangy acidity, pencil shavings and cola notes. Spicy but short finish. …

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from the archives: Malbec Tasting 2017

Not too long ago I got the chance to attend the Malbec tasting of mostly Argentina versus a lonely Australian example. The variety of styles of one grape is incredible. This is also a great reinforcement of how well Malbec does at higher altitudes, and with more sunlight than native France allows. Malbec is very …

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…this is not champagne: Massoni Lectus

A: golden and petulant N: incredible richness even from a flute, medium+ intensity of caramelised peaches and figs, toffee and Chantilly cream with warm spices, think French vanilla and cinnamon. Freshly baked tarte tatin anyone? P: full bodied and again that richness fills the mouth with frothy. Its like drinking a cascade of frothy caramelised …

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Wild Earth Pinot Noir 2014

A: beautiful deep and bright ruby N: medium + intensity nose offering depth of flavours, dark forest fruits, cherry, sarsaparilla, earthy, blue flowers, blueberries and warm raspberry top notes with just a hint of meatiness. P: medium+ intensity with spicy savoury tartness from high acid and dusty tannin mouthfeel. Bright blue spectrum fruits with dried …

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What is Lladoner Pelut?

A grape variety Aka Grenache Poilu aka Velu Variant of Grenache Less susceptible to coulure than Grenache Noir More consistent and more vigorous than Grenache Noir Lower sugar levels at physiological ripeness Buds late and is very sensitive to growing conditions Officially and widely sanctioned in Languedoc and Roussillon France total 366ha Varietal expressions are …

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