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(2019) Grenache Blanc aged in older oak, and barrel-fermented. Much more natural in style, a lightly nutty and a nice savoury character to this - nice texture to, in a mouth-filling wine balancing ripe fruit with a good acid structure, just rounded-out by the creamy oak. No UK retailer at time of review.
(2013) The latest in the Liberator series made by British MW Richard Kelly in conjunction with top but unnamed winemakers is a blend of Chenin, Viognier, Chardonnay and Clairette. It's a big white with its 14.5% abv, and only 210 cases were made so don't hang around if you fancy it. There's a golden hue to this obviously aged wine and a delicious hint of gentle and controlled nutty oxidation on the nose. fresh, yeasty and bready, the dry nut husk appeal and an apple freshness combine to intrigue. On the palate it has huge power and sweetness (the alcohol no doubt helping) with spices and vanilla marrying to abundantly ripe and sweet fruit of Ogen melon, apple and ripe and juicy pear. Long and focused by its clean acidity, this is nutty, mineral yet honeyed stuff that is delicious and charming.
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