(2023) The Monastrell (Mourvèdre) is grown in certified organic vineyards at 700-900 metres above sea level. Vines are bush-trained and unirrigated so yields are naturally low. A new optical sorting system uses a system of cameras and computers to select only fruit in excellent condition - an expensive sign of a quality-conscious producer. The wines spends four to five months in American and French oak barriques, second and third fill. It has a little hint of transparency on the rim, suggesting a wine that's not too heavily extracted. Aromas are of fresh berries and spices, a hint of something like pomegranate as well as richer aromas. In the mouth this is really juicy and mouth-watering stuff, the fruit is ripe and sweet, but there's plenty of acidity and a grainy hint of tannin, the barrel ageing adding just a warming undercurrent.  
(2023) An organic certified wine from granite and schist soils in the Alentejo, a big blend of Alicante Bouschet, Aragonez (Teempranillo), Syrah, Trincadeira, Cabernet Sauvignon and Touriga Franc. Having fermented each variety separately, the blend is aged 12 months in American (60%) and French (40%) oak barrels. A lovely nose, so fragrant with wild strawberry and black cherry notes, a potpourri of spicy, floral overtones and a creamy underlay of oak. In the mouth it combines sweet, ripe and glossy fruit with a bit of solid structure. There's an intensity here, a bittersweet concentration that dries the mouth with extract, tannin and acidity. This should soften over five or six years in the cellar, or match it to a  steak or something from the char grill now.    
(2023) A mixture of vineyards here, aged 18 to 40 years, and a mix of clones. The oldest blocks of fruit were fermented directly in oak barrels, other blacks transferred to oak after malolactic fermentation. Barrels came from both Bordeaux and Burgundy coopers, 47% new. Darkly hued, there's concentrated cassis and ripe black plum here, mint and cocoa in support. The palate here flows beautifully with ripe and juicy blackcurrant fruit, but the integration of the tannins and acids here, and indeed the creamy dark tones of the barrel, is excellent. That gives this a seamless character as it flows towards the finish. Highly drinkable.
(2023) Grenache, Cinsault, and Tibouren is the blend, typical of the Golfe de St Tropez where vineyards sit on red clay and limestone, with some elevation. Grapes are harvested at night to preserve freshness. It has quite an intense nose, of cherry lips and  strawberry, and a little suggestion of salty minerals. In the mouth concentrated and peachy, with small intense red berries and quite a decisive pithy acidity. Full flavoured and concentrated style, perhaps best with food.
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Angeline Vineyards has the knack of producing beautifully pitched wines, that are easy and approachable, without being dumbed down or inelegant. This has a delicious character, creamy and almond, with the merest hint of flintiness and very good fruit. The palate has succulence and fruit ripeness, very good texture and a ripe, lime or orange acidity, and a long, crisp, but creamy-textured finish.

(2022) A blend of Semillon, Sauvignon and Muscadelle, this opens with classic Botrytis notes, barley sugar and orange, leaf tea and lemon with a slick of vanilla. The palate has medium to full body, that hint of meatiness that Botrytis often lends, full glycerine sweetness and a fat, lemony thrust of acidity. Compete and expressive.
(2022) Another homage to Provence fro Paul Mas, this is pale salmon pink and pretty, with confectionery and floral-touched ripe red berry aromas. A pleasant hint of sweetness is subtle and helps cement this wine's sippable, crowd-pleasing credentials.
(2021) Hollick is one of the great names of the Coonawarra region of South Australia, famed mostly for its distinctive 'terra rossa' soils and Cabernet Sauvignon in particular. This is a wine that underwent an almost miraculous transformation with a little air and a little time: on first pouring a tasting sample there was a dustiness and rawness on the nose, some cedar and a suggestion of eucalyptus, but it felt shy on fruit. However, I suggest decanting this wine for a good couple of hours before drinking, as returning to it next day the fruit was much more to the fore, plum and cassis, sweet fruit building on the mid-palate. After initial misgiving, the wine seemed to blossom and become more smooth and fleshy. In the end, a very pleasing bottle. Note the stockist quoted has this on offer at £9.99 at time of review. Watch the video for more information.
(2021) Well, I loved this rosé in my big tasting of 2021's pinks I must say, made from 100% Gamay and from Beaujolais. Yes, it is fashionably Provence pale, but feels totally un-contrived unlike some. The vineyards are cultivated under the 'Terra Vitis' biological system (close to organic with a few allowances), and the wine opens with great succulence and delicacy: rose-hip, summer blossom and peach down are the notes, leading on to a palate where a zesty lemon acidity ensures a dry finish, but that's after the small redcurrant and peach fruit charms the mid-palate. A really lovely rosé this, great value for money, and one of my favourites of my extensive pink wine tasting. Watch the video for more information.
(2021) Around 85% of the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir here comes from vineyards close to False Bay in Stellenbosch, with the remainder from Robertson. This wine saw full malolactic and 12 to 15 months on the lees, and the dosage is 8.4g/l. It immediately his freshness, a dry citrus and Asian pear clarity, subtle biscuity richness too. The palate is zippy and fresh, a raciness to the mousse and acidity, but there is a fruit sweetness on the mid-palate keeping this crowd-pleasing and very easy to drink.