(2018) Not a million miles away from that other great medium-sweet, gently sparkling wine style, Moscato d'Asti, here Torrontes presents a fragrant bouquet of wild flowers, nettle, orange and peach, before a palate that has plenty of sweetness and a light, gossamer mousse, before bright mandarin orange acidity balances the finish. Very unusual, great for Christmas morning with a mince pie, or with Thai cuisine.
(2016) Labelled as an "Exceptional Parcel Release," this top of the range Clare Valley Cabernet from Wakefield is produced in tiny, hand-numbered quantities (mine was #113) and was aged in a mix of new and used French oak for around eight months. I loved the nose, mixing the eucalyptus and minty cassis ripeness of the Cabernet with something much more savoury and olive-like, some balsamic notes too. In the mouth it is sumptuous and rich, the thick black fruit filling the mid-palate, but again it never loses that savoury freshness, a little meatiness and grainy tannin grip and good acidity extending the finish. It's a substantial wine that must have a decade or more of cellaring potential.

A fresh but fairly easy nose, soft apple fruit and a tang of lemons. The palate has an easy-going character too, with lots of biting, fresh-sliced apple offering fruit and acidity, but there is some Chablis saltiness too. A good wine with some genuine Chablis character.