On the Independent online on Sunday, Terry Kirby, looked at which South African wines would improve if you weren’t to drink them now – an interesting idea.
Kirby suggested resting Bloemendal’s Suider Terras, 2014, on the rack for 10 years:
“Most Sauvignon Blanc is best drunk young and fresh when it is at its most vibrant…but not here. This already barrel-aged wine from a boutique winery can be drunk now, but is designed to develop even more in the bottle, so the limey, grassy acidity mellows into something structured and intense. Richer fish dishes are in order here, now or in the next decade.”
A little patience can go a long way…
Lebanese wine is as much of a mystery to some as Lebanese food. Evening Standard’s Nuria Stylianou has introduced readers to her four must try Lebanese wines, and the food from Arabica Bar & Kitchen to pair with them.
Stylianou describes the Château Ksara, Reserve Du Couvent, 2013:
“A medium-bodied red with Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon from Château Ksara. Lebanon’s oldest and largest producer in the Bekaa Valley, Château Ksara has been making wines since 1857, when the founding Jesuit priests created the country’s first dry red wine. Ruby in colour with vanilla spice, cassis, blackberries and plums with a herbaceous undertone, Reserve de Couvent is aged in oak for six months to add a little smoke to the mix. A match for lamb chops with za’atar – the blended spices and fresh rosemary complementing the herbal element of the wine.”
David Williams rounded-up his 20 Best Summer Wines in the Observer yesterday. An interesting and eclectic selection, which included the 2014 Fleurie from organic producer Grand Pré.
Continue reading In The Papers: A Racy Fleurie From Château de Grand Pré
Victoria Moore not only described Larry Cherubino as “a genius winemaker with name appropriate curly hair” (love that) in her Telegraph Weekend column, but also raved about his Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2015.
Continue reading In The Papers: Larry Cherubino in The Telegraph
“Just imagine how arid it would be without European wine at all,” writes Damian Barr in his Sunday Times column, which this week focusses on the impact of Brexit – or ‘Boozexit’ as he delightfully terms it – on the UK’s drinking habits.
Continue reading In The Papers: Gaia Wines in The Sunday Times
Following on from his top 100 Best Value Summer Reds & Rosés, Matthew Jukes comlpleted the picture in Saturday’s Daily Mail with his 100 Best Value Summer Whites and Sparklers.
Continue reading Berton’s Metal Label Vermentino Stars in Daily Mail Summer Wines Feature
It’s certainly the season (summer) for the broadsheet’s to publish their lists of the best summer wines, and this weekend it was the Daily Telegraph’s turn.
Continue reading In The Papers: Gerovassiliou & Georges Vernay in Telegraph’s 30 Best Wines for Summer
When it comes to English white wine, it seems that the only way is Essex.
Continue reading In The Papers: New Hall Bacchus
‘Staying In? Try a South African wine’, says John Wilson of the Irish Times. Couldn’t have put it better myself!
Continue reading Lismore a Big Hit With Irish Times Wine Critic
Three red wines from the Hallgarten portfolio made the cut in Matthew Jukes’ 100 Best Value Summer Reds & Rosés in Saturday’s Daily Mail.
Continue reading In The Papers: A Trio of Reds Listed in Matthew Jukes’ Top Summer Wines
In his Mail on Sunday column last weekend, Olly Smith raved about his favourite summer wines – ‘the sunshine wines that will light up any barbecue.’
Continue reading In The Papers: New Hall Bacchus Reviewed by Olly Smith
The Greek renaissance continues apace with David Williams in The Observer dedicating his feature to the wines of this ancient wine-growing country.
“The wines of Greece are quirky and highly individual,” he writes before heaping praise on Gaia’s Wild Ferment Assyrtiko and Domaine Gerovassiliou’s Malagouzia and Viognier.
Continue reading In The Papers: Gaia and Domaine Gerovassiliou