(2017) The 75th anniversary release of this wine (the 1942 was the first release) which blends Tempranillo with around 20% Garnacha from Ardanza's own vineyards. Three years ageing in barrel gives minty chocolate notes, tobacco spices and exotic Sandalwood over elegant berry fruit, just edged with a gamey, cedary touch. In the mouth it delivers a big, personality-packed mouthful of ripe, plush, expansive berry fruit, but the elegance is undeniable again, a certain firmness to the cherry acidity, a bite of bittersweet cocoa and plum, and the swirl of toast and smoke into the long finish. Classic and utterly delicious. For more information and food-matching suggestions, please watch the video.
(2017) KWV is one of the great old names of South African wines and spirits, but today is a very modern winery with a youthful winemaking team, access to great fruit, and some excellent wines. They are also part owned by a Black Empowerment business, so represent the modern South Africa too. This is exuberant, explosive stuff with fruity and bright aromas of stone fruits and red apple, before a palate overflowing with fruit - more of that nectarine juiciness - and a good bedrock of acidity to offset the ripe sweetness of the fruit. Watch the video for more information and food-matching ideas.
(2017) Another pale wine in the ProvenÃ§al idiom. this comes from the Languedoc and blends two local grapes to excellent effect. Delicately touched by pink grapefruit, redcurrant and raspberry on the nose, the creamy but light-bodied palate shows more delicate fruit - wild strawberries and raspberries - but a lovely freshness to the acidity to give it a shimmering, lacework finish.
(2017) This is a clever pink from Jonathan Maltus of ChÃ¢teaux Teyssier and Le DÃ´me, pretending to be ProvenÃ§al, when in fact it comes from Bordeaux and is a cast-iron Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Pretty in colour, light and bubblegum fresh aromas, cherry and strawberry, but a little more serious, mineral and gravel edge too. In the mouth the initial impression of approachable sweetness is joined by plenty of lemony acid, its modest 12.5% alcohol suggesting an element of early picking that has retained a bit steel at the core.
(2017) A RhÃ´ne blend of Syrah, Grenache and Carignan, this has a vibrant medium-deep colour and immediately fruity aromas of cherry and raspberry: definitely on the more vinous rather than strawberry/bubblegum spectrum. In the mouth a direct acid core sets the tone for a fairly serious, food-friendly pink, though there is a creaminess and touch of softer strawberry to the fruit too. Stylish and long.
(2017) A blend of Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah, this CÃ´tes de Provence pink is certified organic and has a pale peachy-pink colour. On the nose it has delightful fragrance: small red berries like redcurrants and a touch of downy peach skins, with the mineral hint of sea breezes. In the mouth it is both concentrated and elegant, certainly plenty of sweet and ripe fruit to fill the mouth, but that clarity of the acidity, that saline hint, all giving lovely gastronomic appeal too, finishing bone dry with plenty of verve and tang.
(2017) A delightful Rose this, mostly Pinot Noir with a little Pinot Meunier. One third of the blend is fermented in oak barrels for around six months before being transferred to bottle for its lees ageing. A pale, peachy-pink colour, small,Â delicate red fruits dominate the nose, leading on to a palate that is crystal clear, a foamy cushion of mousse and the raspberry-fresh combination of mouth-watering acidity and sweet fruit driving through to a lovely balanced finish.