Wine Reviews

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Red Wines

White Wines

Aurelius Barolo
Baron De Ley Rioja
Belisario Sangiovese Merlot
CJ Pask Chardonnay
CJ Pask Sauvignon Blanc
De Martino Carmenere
Gran Tempranillo
Olivares Jumilla
Marius Bodegas Piqueras
Mud House Pinot Noir
Ravenswood Zinfandel
Yellow Tail Shiraz
Boschendal Sauvignon Blanc
CJ Pask Declaration
CJ Pask Cabernet Merlot Malbec
Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2008
Explorer Conchay Toro 2007
Lourensford Sauvignon Blanc
Mud House Sauvignon Blanc
Mud House Pinot Gris
Pato Torrente Chardonnay
Villa Maria Gewurztraminer
Yellow Tail Pinot Grigio


 lourensford-sauvignon-blanc

Wine - Lourensford Sauvignon Blanc

Vineyard - Lourensford

Region - Stellenbosch South Africa

Price - £8 Portland Wine

Year - 2008

Tasting Notes:

A more yellow/golden colour than most Sauvignon Blancs. Nose is fresh, clean, minerally and of green fruit. Taste is fuller than normal Sauvignon Blancs with a slight effervescence, mineral, tropical fruit (guava). Would go very well with Thai food, meaty fish or chicken.

Rating - 8/10

 

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 pato-torrente

Wine - Pato Torrente Chardonnay

Vineyard - Pato Torrente

Region - Chile

Price - £5

Year - 2007

Tasting Notes:

Pale, light colour. Nose is crisp dry not fruity, slightly citrus. Taste is a typical chardonnay. Not a great wine, would go with fist and chips

Rating - 3/10

 

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 ravenswood

Wine - Ravenswood Zinfandel

Vineyard - Ravenswood

Region - California USA

Price - £9 Sainsburys

Year - 2006

Tasting Notes:

Ruby Red Wine, nose is of red fruit. Taste is light, low tannin but string alcohol, medium to long length, red fruits slightly metalic. Would go well with red meat pasta dishes, pork or ostrich.

Rating - 6.5/10

 

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 marius-bodegas

Wine - Marius Reserva Bodegas Piqueras

Vineyard - Bodegas Piqueras

Region - Almansa Spain

Price - £6 Portland Wine

Year - 2005

Tasting Notes:

Ruby Red Wine. Nose is smokey slight black cherry. Taste is of black cherry, very slight tannin, short to medium length. Food that would go is rump steak, meaty tapas or sausage casserole. Plonk but good for the price.

Rating - 6/10

 

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 explorer-conchay

Wine - Explorer Conchay Toro Gewurztraminer

Vineyard - Conchay Toro

Region - Maule Valley, Chile

Price - £6.50

Year - 2007

Tasting Notes:

White Wine, lighter in colour than most Gewurztraminers. Nose is typical of the grape. Taste is a little sharper than most Gewurztraminers. Good with Oriental and Indian food.

Rating - 8/10

 

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 olivares

Wine - Olivares Jumilla

Vineyard - Hoya De Santa Ana

Region - Jumilla, Spain

Price - £7.50

Year - 2006

Tasting Notes:

Red wine purple/ruby colour. Nose: slight smokey, slight black fruit. Taste: low tanin, black fruit. Food: pork, meaty pasta dishes, chorizo/tapas.

Rating - 7/10

 

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 de-martino

Wine - De Martino Carmenere

Vineyard - De Martino Estate

Region - Maipo Valley Chile

Price - £8.50 (Oddbins)

Year - 2006

Tasting Notes:

Red Wine purple in colour. Liquorice nose, slightly fruity with hint of bark. The taste is of blackberries with minimal tanin and medium in length. Goes well with Venison or Beef Casserole.

Rating - 7/10

 

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 villa-maria

Wine - Villa Maria Gewurztraminer

Vineyard - Villa Maria

Region - East Coast New Zealand

Price - £9.50

Year - 2007

Tasting Notes:

White Wine with a yellow colour. Nose is of peardrops and a typical Gewurztraminer. The taste is peardrops and tropical fruits, slight lychee but not as floral as some Gewurztraminers also has a little effervescence. Good wine with Indian Food.

Rating - 8/10

 

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 Aurelius-Barolo

Wine - Aurelius  Barolo

Vineyard - Aurelius

Region - Asti Italy

Price - £12 approx

Year - 2001

Tasting Notes:

Red Wine, Slight brown colour.

Aromas of red fruits, no oak. Medium bodied, taste is high in tannin, fruity and rich with medium length. Good with Venison

Rating - 8/10

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 Cloudy-Bay

Wine -Cloudy Bay  Sauvignon Blanc

Vineyard - Cloudy Bay

Region - Marlborough New Zealand

Price - £18 approx

Year - 2008

Tasting Notes:

White Wine, light in colour.

The aromas is of citrus fruits with a hint of pear. The taste is a fresh citrus and peardrops. The wine has a medium length, light in colour but rich in taste. This is a very well known wine which is like a typical Sauvignon Blanc but with more intense taste and length than most. Overall a good Sauvignon Blanc but you pay the price.

Rating - 8/10

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 Belisario

Wine -Belisario Sangiovese Merlot

Vineyard - Belisario Cooperative

Region - Matelica Italy

Price - €6 approx

Year - 2007

Tasting Notes:

Red Wine, purple in colour.

Nose has a red fruit aroma, the taste is a surprise with a slight effervesence with tastes of red fruit. The wine has medium tannin and would be good with red meat pasta dishes. Overall a good table wine.

Rating - 7/10

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 Baron-De-Ley

Wine - Baron De Ley Rioja.

Vineyard - Finca Monasterio.

Region - Spain

Price - £10 approx (Tesco)

Year - 2004

Tasting Notes:

Red Wine, purple in colour.

Fruit nose with a hint of oak. Black fruit and oak taste with slight tannin, medium bodied and would go well with pork or duck. An average wine which is a little pricey for what you get.

Rating - 6/10

 

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 gran-tempranillo

Wine - Gran Tempranillo

Vineyard - Carinena

Region - Spain

Price - £3.49

Year - 2007

Tasting Notes:

Cheap red wine with a cheap looking label. The wine has aromas of dried fruits (raisen) with a small hint of oak. The taste is short in length as you would expect from a wine this price and has hints of red fruit (cherry) and a small amount of tannin. It would be good with red meat pasta dishes. This wine is better than we were expecting and for the price is excellent value.

Rating - 6/10

 

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 boschendal-sauvignon-blanc

Wine -  Boschendal Sauvignon Blanc

Vineyard - Boschendal

Region - South Africa

Price - £5 Special offer price

Year - 2008

Tasting Notes:

White wine which has a more golden colour than a normal Sauvignon Blanc. The nose is of citrus fruits and has strong aromas typical of new world Sauvignon Blancs. The taste is mineral with a hint of tropical fruits and a mango aftertaste. It would be a good wine to have with fish dishes, not a bad wine. 

Rating - 7/10

 

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