Welcome back! The Partners in Vine liked 10 Greek Street so much that they went back for more, this time towards the end of June to try another 12 wines. Fresh from holding a live tasting at the Mr Vine Wine Theatre at the Taste of London in Regent’s Park, the team were eager to get stuck in to another smart collection, some from as far away as Argentina and Australasia, with a smattering of Europeans representing the Old World. The wines were provided, as always, by two of Mr Vine’s excellent independent suppliers – this time it was the turn of Wine2drink and Wineman who sent some really lovely stuff!
The wines sent by Wineman are available on the Mr Vine App in cases of 12:
- Berton Vineyards The Black Shiraz 2014, South East Australia – 14.5%
- Berton Vineyards The White Viognier 2014, South East Australia – 13.5%
- Dona Paula ‘Paula’ Malbec 2014, Altamira, Argentina – 14%
- Berton Vineyards Metal Label Vermentino 2014, South East Australia – 12%
- Michael Torino Don David Torontes 2013, Salta, Argentina – 14%
- Domaine Des Cigalounes Lirac 2012, France – 15%
And here are the wines from Wine2drink:
- Bodegas Merayo 2013, Bierzo, Spain – 13%
- Nardi Giordano Prosecco Superiore D.O.C.G Extra Dry 2012, Veneto, Italy – 11%
- Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Marlborough, New Zealand – 13%
- Magpie Estate Riesling 2014, Eden Valley, Australia – 12.5%
- Calusari Pinot Noir 2013, Viile Timisului, Romania – 12.5%
- Mas de Daumas Reserve de Gassac Blanc 2011, Languedoc, France – 13%
Remember, these great bottles are available on the Mr Vine App, but you can also purchase them online by clicking on them.
Domaine Des Cigalounes 2012 – £11.56 (per bottle in a case of 12)
After the two champion Liracs tasted last month, here’s another one that really hit the spot. A blend of 60% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 15% Mourvèdre, this has blackberry, hung game and dense black cherry on the nose in abundance. It’s loaded with local garrigue (wild Mediterranean herb) character which provides a herbal lift to the ripe, potent fruit. A complete and delicious foodie wine that’s like having several courses all at once – drink with a hard French cheese like Comté or goat’s cheeses.
Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc 2013 – £16.00
There are so many New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs on the market that these days it’s rare to find one that really stands out. This one however, made by Kevin Judd, former winemaker at Cloudy Bay, is exceptional. There’s vivid asparagus, cut grass, aloe and gooseberry flavour, but it’s not overblown like some of its compatriots. Fragrant, crisp, balanced and incredibly long, this is a very accomplished New Zealand Sauvignon.
A blend of 25% Viognier, 25% Chardonnay, 25% Petit Manseng, 15% Chenin Blanc and 10% of various other varieties from one of the Languedoc’s best producers. Aromas of fuzzy white peach and a heavy perfume of white flowers floats from the glass. It has a creamy, lush mouthfeel, impressive purity of fruit and a soft, floral, dry finish. Nicely balanced and refreshingly different. Great value for under a tenner. Give it a go with a mild, creamy curry – perhaps something South-East Asian.
Calusari Pinot Noir 2013 – £7.50
This is made by Cramele Recaş a winery in western Romania now owned by Bristolian Philip Cox. It has classic Pinot Noir character, plenty of ripe redcurrant and earthy cherry fruit. It’s lighter on its feet than many French Pinots at this price, and very easy to drink. An interesting find and a great reminder of the quality and value to be found in Romania.
Magpie Estate Riesling 2014 – £11.00
Great fruit purity – salt, lime and orange blossom – as well as a flinty character. Long, dry, lean and lip-smackingly fresh; a laser-sharp thirst-quencher. Good value too. It’s even got a beautiful label. Definitely one to drink all by itself!