(2024) Very attractive nose with something green and herbaceous - nettle maybe? - orange rind and a hint of juicy ogen melon. The palate has a fat limey fruit core, really very good acidity, but the hint of ripeness and nectarine sweetness fills out the mid-palate. The juicy, lemony and delicately saline finish is beautifully done. Very good value this one.
(2024) A wine from the Eden Valley, made in a joint project between Jeffrey Grosset, famed for his iconic Clare Valley Rieslings, and Robert Hill Smith of the Yalumba family of wineries. Waxy and floral, its flits around Paraffin and minerals, a squirt of lime. The palate has a certain richness, a hint of peach but big core of citrus. Despite being bone dry and having all that lemony thrust of fruit, there's a certain weight and extract here that makes it feel relatively rounded and full.
(2023) Closed with the 'Vinolock' glass stopper, this is a blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah and opens with lots of floral and rose-hip lift, a very summery and delicate bloom of berry fruits and lifted notes. Lovely fruit on the palate, quite intense in this house's style, but I like the softer approach here, the acid nicely pitched and the whole picture about delicacy and enjoyment. Classy, approachable stuff.
(2022) From 25-year-old vines on clay and limestone soils, this is a powerful rendition of Sancerre at 14% abv. That fat and generosity is apparent, the nose full of a confit lemon fruitiness, hints of peach and a leafy green herb aspect, but it has definition too. The palate has so much ripeness that it tastes a little sweet, and that butts agains the acidity somewhat. There's no faulting the plump and approachable charm of the wine, but not sure it is my favourite Sancerre style.
(2022) It's several years since I last tasted this cuvée, and I note that 10 years ago the price was the same then as it is now. It's a gently French-oaked Chardonnay, with delicate aromas of nectarine and nougat. In the mouth nectarine again, and ripe Ogen melon, the rosy red apple acidity balances nicely with easy-drinking appeal. A very cleverly made Chardonnay, even a whisper of flint in its character, designed to be crowd-pleasing, which it surely is, at a very modest price. Watch the video for more information.
(2022) From the coastal part of the Aconcagua Valley. Very cool on the nose, a touch of cool herbs and flint and crisp apple and citrus. The oak adds just a little almond touch. Zesty on the palate, lots of bursting lemon and orange, then the palate is quite lean. There's a pleasantly pithy dryness to this that's far removed from 'golden' buttery Chardonnay style. Long and lean, the fruit edged with sweet, Ogen melon ripeness and the oak adding just a touch of creaminess. With 50% of malolactic blocked, it retains bite and freshness. Watch the video for more information and food-matching ideas.
(2022) Sourced from vineyards across the Chablis region, and made in stainless steel without oak influence. This s a very juicy style of Chablis, plenty of lemon peel and ripe apple fruitiness, small hints of herbs and flowers adding charm. It's rounded and relatively creamy for Chablis on the palate, but a zinging burst of lemon and lime acidity and hint of salts braces the quite long finish.
(2022) Gamay from vineyards in the south of Burgundy and Beaujolais, weighing in with a hefty 14% alcohol. It has a fragrant cherry fruit nose, something a little firm too, like graphite or perhaps a twiggy briar character. The palate has that firm edge too, perhaps the alcohol adding to the slightly firmer nature. For me, the charm of the fruit on the nose just lacks a little on the palate, but especially with food, that structural element comes into its own.
(2022) Cabernet Franc along with some Grolleau and Gamay, from the very traditional Loire appellation of Rosé d'Anjou. It's quite a vibrant and slightly deeper salmon colour, the nose not giving much except a vague citrus and hint of redcurrant. Sweet on the palate - too sweeet for me - with Eton mess flavours and though there is acid, it's a style that might work with - Eton mess - but certainly requires a sweet tooth. If you fancy it, look out for promotions and discounts.
(2022) For a couple of quid more I'd go for the Etoile I must say; absolutely nothing wrong with this creamy and red berry, raspberry filled wine, but stacked against the Etoile, it is a little harsher in its phenolics and just lacks the delicate prettiness.