(2021) Family-owned Yalumba are big on sustainability, and now have a small range of organically certified wines, including this Bordeaux blend. Very deep in colour, some mint and eucalypt, some of the Cabernet leafiness is there, but also a strawberry and plum softness of fruit from the Merlot. In the mouth it tastes relatively sweet, but there is depth of flavour, cassis and cream, and creaminess of texture too, the tannins very soft and the acidity quite cherry-like to give an easy-drinking picture. It's a bit of a barbecue banker this with it's attractive charm but a bit of intensity. Watch the video for more information.
(2021) An unoaked blend from Navarra, this has a generous dark berry fruitiness, a little tug of tobacco spice too. In the mouth it's a sweet and juicy, gluggable drinker. There is a welcome touch of grippy and rustic tannin and some dry, cherry-pit acidity to add a bit of austerity against the sweet fruit.
(2021) Unoaked, but aged for three months on the lees, this Albariño is part of a new brand from one of Galicia's co-operative cellars. It has a very charming and bright nose, a touch of glacé pineapple and ripe pear fruit, but that yeasty quality from the lees adds interest. In the mouth loads of zinging citrus fruit, again it has the precocious brightness, lots of vitality and good balancing acidity. Deliciously sippable.
(2021) A new wine for this label, this Malbec comes from an organic certified vineyard in Agrelo, and is also Fairtrade certified, ensuring a higher standard of pay and conditions for the vineyard workers. It is 'oaked', having spent nine months in contact with organic oak staves inside the tanks. Vibrant purple in colour, the nose has the slight lift of Parma violet so often shown by Malbec, some charry notes, and solid black fruit. In the mouth a big, rich and velvetty mouthful of wine with its 14.5% alcohol, copious and sweet, with chocolate from the tannins and cherry from the acidity giving extra smoothness and richness. One for a casserole, steak or barbecue.
(2021) The blend is 70% Semillon and 30% Sauvignon Blanc, the fruit organically grown and the wine fermented with wild yeasts. There is a crisp gooseberry, nettle and lemon character on the nose, vivacious but not pungently green. In the mouth, a lovely style and balance here, with more of the gooseberry sharpness to the fruit, a little infill of juicier peach, but the finish tight and nicely defined by citrus and green apple bite of acidity to leave a mouth-watering finish.
(2021) Apparently there's a little bit of Malbec in the blend here, which perhaps adds just a hint of more black fruit to the otherwise buoyant, juicy red berry aromas and flavours, a pastille quality to the character, the nose all about the fruit with just a background whisper of vanillin oak. In the mouth the fruit surges forward again, very sweet, smooth and juicy, quite chocolaty, with a bite of more tart raspberry to the acidity. So fruit-filled, but with a bit of heft and 14% alcohol to give it red meat, or even curry-matching credentials.
(2020) Aged for 18 months in used oak barrels,this Cabernet has just a smattering of vanilla over direct, ripe, clean blackcurrant fruit. In the mouth a nicely juicy fruit-filled mid-palate has more of that blackcurrant and damson plum, a touch of chocolate, smooth tannins and a balanced, easy-going finish. Great if you are lining up beef or venison for Christmas, or with hard cheeses too and even better, it is reduced to £7 in Tesco until 2nd January 2021.
(2020) From the genuinely cooler coastal region of Limarí, this is fermented and aged 12 months in Burgundian oak barriques. Oak aromas, however, are tempered and refined, with delicate hazelnut and honey, just a hint of toast lightly spread with lime marmalade, a more ripe and exotic fruit just hinted at on the nose. On the palate there really is a welter-weight of fruit ripeness and juicy sweetness, again that lightly toasty and spicy creaminess from the barrel, but the acid is precise and mineral, leaving this with a lip-tingling freshness against the still sweet fruit.
(2020) Argentina does Cabernet Franc very well as a rule of thumb, this from two vineyards at 950m and 1,120m elevation, fermented with wild yeasts and spending 12 months in oak barrels. Plush, deep and filled with polished black fruit, there's a tug of earthy spices too, then the wine surges across the palate with sweet-edged blueberry, damson and black cherry, smooth and silky with its oak-polished tannins, and the acidity nicely judged. A serious bottle of wine at its £10 offer price in Tesco unil 2nd january 2021, even better if you buy before the 16th December in England with the 25% off six bottles deal. Could take on roasted fowl, game or beef. Maybe decant this one for an hour before serving just to open it up some more.
(2020) Fermented in stainless steel with "a short maturation in French oak," fruit is sourced from both the Limestone Coast and Grant Burge's Barossa homeland. Fruit is to the fore, melon and apple, just a small suggestion of oak, the wine quite crisp in the finish with pear-drop hints always in the background. I have to say it's a wine that feels just too 'manufactured' - constructed in Australia to be commercially appealing, bottled here in the UK, and I'll expect to see it 'on promotion' at £7 or £8 fairly regularly.