Telmo Rodriguez ‘LZ’ Rioja 2009 (Tempranillo, Graciano and Garnacha), or, While my guitar gently drinks

I love a good Rioja, so this one had a lot to live up to. And with no oak influence this one was a bit of a risk, no matter how good the reputation of the wine maker is. But I needn’t have worried, the Tempranillo grape is in safe hands here. Finely crafted dried…… Continue reading Telmo Rodriguez ‘LZ’ Rioja 2009 (Tempranillo, Graciano and Garnacha), or, While my guitar gently drinks

Water Wheel Petit Verdot 2008, or, Your next summer blockbuster

Now this is a HUGE wine. Entirely lacking in subtlety, this wine may find its detractors in the same way the next Transformers movie won’t appeal to those after more finesse in their entertainment. But if you’re after big berry flavours, a nose like a recently felled tree and full, grippy tannins then this is…… Continue reading Water Wheel Petit Verdot 2008, or, Your next summer blockbuster

West Cape Howe Tempranillo 2008, or, Pass me the marshmallows

Tempranillo has always been a Spanish favourite, and one of my own too, so Gavin Berry (the WCH MD) had a lot to live up to with this one. And it does so just brilliantly. I tend to like the earthy notes of the Rioja variety, all woody and dry suits me just fine thank…… Continue reading West Cape Howe Tempranillo 2008, or, Pass me the marshmallows

The Stump Jump GSM 2008, or, Nan’s fruit loaf

OK, so I’ll admit, I drank this one blind and thought to myself: ‘hmmm, light, fruit driven. Bit of complexity… Must be a pinot’. Oh, how wrong (did I mention I’m not a master sommelier?!) But understandably so, I’d say. It’s an enjoyable wine that’s light-bodied but still has a fair amount going on in…… Continue reading The Stump Jump GSM 2008, or, Nan’s fruit loaf

Di Giorgio Family Lucindale Sparkling Merlot 2006, or, It does exactly what it says on the bottle

They say you should never judge a book by its cover or, by the same token, a wine by its label. But that, my friend, is a fallacy. Of course you can! If I can judge a person purely on what type of jeans they wear (which I do) then surely that 3 inch piece…… Continue reading Di Giorgio Family Lucindale Sparkling Merlot 2006, or, It does exactly what it says on the bottle