(2024) I very much enjoyed this 100% Trebbiano from Abruzzo, made in stainless steel and fresh as the proverbial daisy. Lime and blossom on the nose, a breezy whif of ozone freshness. In the mouth the fruit is ripe and sweet, but retains that citrus and cool, crisp Asian pear bite into a long, clean finish. (£8.99 MIX 12)
(2024) I rather enjoyed this unusual Sauvignon Blanc from RedHeads Wine, unusual because the fruit comes from Coonawarra, a territory normally associated with Cabernet Sauvignon. Unoaked, I liked the suggestion of lime peel and melon skin on the nose that added a certain savoury character rather than just overt fruit. Fruit is there, some gooseberry, grapefruit and just a hint of more tropical passion fruit, and the acid balance in this 12.5% wine is good.
(2024) "Has he gone mad?" I hear you ask. A cheap, sweet, fizzy wine from a little known wine corner of Spain? Well, its all about context here, and during 'Dry January' when many people are attempting to cut down, I'd rather drink this 5% alcohol confection than any number of de-alcoholised 'wines' on the market. Think Moscato d'Asti and you are in the right ballpark, with plenty of icing sugar and bon-bon charm but, crucially, the right level of balancing acidity and just £4.99 on a mixed dozen deal. Watch the video for more information and food matching ideas.
(2024) De-alcoholised wine, blended with grape must, and carbonated, the recipe does not inspire confidence. The product is pleasant enough in a generic way, a little bit sweet, fizzy and with herby aromas and flavours. I remain to be convinced that any zero alcohol fizz will replace a Sparkling wine on a like for like basis, but it is not unpleasant.
(2023) An agreeable, easy drinking Cava made from the classic varieties, from a company founded by two Belgian entrepreneurs who moved to Barcelona a decade ago specifically to create an organic Cava brand. The lively mousse subsides to reveal custardy apple notes, some toasted brioche. The palate is crisp, juicy, and very flavourful. It has a vivid personality and a finish balanced between the sweetness if the dosage and nice acidity. Just £9.99 as part of a mixed dozen from Laithwaites at time of review.
(2023) It's well over a year since I last tasted an early bottling of this 80% Merlot Bordeaux which was aged in both clay amphora and different sized barrels. Then I scored it 89/100 and commented on its smooth and fruit driven character, edged with bloody and gamy notes and spicy black fruit. This bottle shows the gamy side a little more, hessian and dried fruit, and hinting at pencil shavings. In the mouth it remains creamy and juicy, a slick of cassis over resolving tannins and nice cherry acidity.  
(2023) A nice rendition of mid-priced Malbec, sourced from a high-altitude vineyard in the Maipú sub-region of Mendoza. Here, fruit from 16-year-old vines is cold macerated before fermentation, and this wine does not see oak. It's a particularly smooth and juicy black-fruited wine, blackcurrant and blueberry and a pleasing little ashy or herbal lift. In the mouth plenty of bright fruit, creamy tannin and a juicy acidity into the finish.
(2023) Four Bordeaux varieties in the blend here, led by 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged in French oak barrels for 12 months. Blackcurrant on the nose, some eucalypt/menthol notes, and a smoothing sub-frame of the barrel. In the mouth it flows with really sweet, ripe black fruit, the 23% Malbec perhaps adding to the plush depth of the mid-palate. Tannins are suede-like, acidity is rounded but present, and the touch of vanilla and spice into the finish pleases. Mixed dozen price is £16.99.
(2023) From the 'Cru' of La Clape in the Languedoc, a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault. Breezy, crunchy, bold red fruits in the nose are appealing. Raspberry and garrigue lift. In the mouth there is bags of fruit, again it's the juicy, buoyant red fruit that drives this, though a sandy weight of tannin and plucky acidity does add a serious note. Quite spicy in the finish, this is a double thumbs up at the mixed dozen price of £12.99
(2023) An organic Cabernet Franc from Sainte-Foy-Bordeaux on the eastern edge of the Bordeaux region, it spent six months in older oak barrels. The surprisingly light 12% abv helps give elegance to the nose, with a buoyant fruit character and delicate florals, a little Beaujolais-like for me. In the mouth it is smooth and medium bodied, quite silky really and pleasingly easy to drink. Tannins are sweet and supple, acid is pert but gentle, and the wine drinks very nicely. £17.99 as part of a mixed dozen.