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Felton Road, Block 2 Chardonnay 2013, Cental Otago, New Zealand

RIMG0146 We were lucky enough to be served this last night by Nigel Greening himself at our

Wine dinner at Season Kitchen.

Matched brilliantly by Ben the chef from Hebden Bridge with a duo

of fresh Cornish Sardine and salted cod Brandade with sourdough.

A simply stunning wine , beautifully balanced long , crisp mineral with citrus and tangerine

Wish there was more of it !

If you’re lucky try Berry Bros

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Legaris Reserva 2011 Ribera Del Duero

legarisFrom the Codorniu stable this fantasic Ribera Del Duero is packed

with black fruits, rich concentrated ripe blackberries , black cherries and cassis.

It has a lovely tone of herbs, tobacco and liquorice and importantly beautiful soft integrated velvety tannins .

Brilliant with searingly hot sealed organic ribeye.

Less oak than a Rioja and more fruit forward  it is delicious.

Another top quality wine from the excellent Codorniu group  and well worthy of the WanderCurtis July wine of the month .


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Saint Clair Pioneer Block Pinot Noir 2012 Marlborough , New Zealand


St Clair PinotThis delightful Pinot is a no brainer for our wine of the month and a fitting celebration for May day.

Made from small parcels of outstanding fruit from the fittingly named Doctor’s Creek Vineyard , Block 14.

Medium Ruby, pronounced aromas of red summer fruits with much more complex notes of game, wet fur,earth,  toast and a wonderfully perfumed floral note with warm spices including nutmeg textured by a buttery nose and texture.

Develops more complexity after an hour or so with a savoury meatiness which would complement new season lamb but this is such a fine wine it would go with almost anything .

I’ll be popping down today to get a case .


Available £22 or £17 for 2 at http://www.majestic.co.uk

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Greywacke Wild Sauvignon 2012

greywackeI was lucky enough to try the whole Greywacke range last week at the New Zealand Trade tasting.

Somewhat unusually for me, being a dedicated Kiwiphile I found a lot of what was on offer

underwhelming. I consulted my recently downloaded ‘When Wine’ a biodynamic calendar for when wine drinks best

and found it to be a root day.

Now it may well be a load of nonsense but something was suppressed last week …

Until I was lucky enough to sample Greywacke . Kevin Judd is something of a genius . The expression and immaculate balance in his wines are secondary to none .

This Wild Sauvignon is special

Fermented entirely with naturally occurring yeast –

 A delicate combination  peach skin aromatics , citrus-blossom notes – a dash of lime cordial hints of fennel.

The finish is  long and crisp the balance perfection.The Chardonnay and other wines equally brilliant.

Available at Majestic Wine


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La Rioja Alta , Vina Ardanza , 2005

ardanzaOld leather books,  slightly musty .

Black treacle ,  evolving , perfumed , lillies .

Mysterious, lots to give, reveals by degrees .

Stewed fruit length ++ and intensity increases with time.

Roast herb, complexity, vanilla overtones.

Another La Rioja Alta masterpiece !

Available at Armit wines.

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Comelli Soffumbergo Bianco 2012 -Colli Orientali del Friuli


comelli5It was a delight to meet the charming Filippo Comelli at a recent trade tasting in London.

A multilingual polymath with a recent MBA and an interest in his families winery in the Friuli region of North East Italy.

This elegant Soffumbergo Bianco  has fruit and flower aromas in a balanced blend of Friulano, Chardonnay and Malvasia, with a drop of Picolit.

I have tried the whole range of Comelli , the quality , vibrancy and freshness is clear throughout.

This  wine was a delicious accompaniment to Vietnamese Spring rolls and coconut fish curry.

I was also fortunate enough to try the EOOS Picolit a native variety,Vino Santo with low production yields,with exotic aromas including apricot and orange blossom.

The Suffumbergo Rosso is equally impressive. Recommended buy.