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Wine of the Day • 21 September 2020

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2020 This is the Sauvignon Blanc that first put New Zealand on the world map. So much so the country became – wine wise anyway – synonymous with the French Loire variety (and later –  to a lesser degree – with Pinot Noir). Cloudy Bay is …

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CRAZY VALUE! 18 September 2020

Domaine Grande Bellane Cotes du Rhone Villages Valreas Cuvée Sans Soufre or “No Sulphur” 2019* Organically grown and without sulphur. Perfume of violets that seems endless. Dark – but still very primary – red/blue fruits including raspberries, berries and cherries. Intense, sweet natural ripeness of fruit. Equally ripe, rich tannins. Sensational fruitiness. Syrah (75%) Grenache (25%) blend. Winery advises to decant …

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Wine of the Day • 14 September 2020

Clandestine Grenache 2015* Many Southern Rhone varieties were planted in Australia a long time ago. Most, unfortunately, were yanked out in favour of Shiraz as that Northern Rhone variety became more fashionable. Even today, Grenache does not carry the same cache as Syrah. Those who kept the faith are finally being rewarded. …

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Wine of the Day • 7 September 2020

Mirae Sparkling Rice Wine This innovation is from Shaoxing, China. Whereas traditional Shaoxing Rice Wine is aged and light to dark brownish is colour, Mirae is colourless, spritzy, refreshing and medium-sweet. It tastes more like a Japanese Sake. The fruitiness reminds of winter melon. The burst of soft bubbles helps …

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Wine of the Day • 31 August 2020

Domaine Maurice Tremblay Chablis 2018  Pure unoaked Chablis is Chardonnay unplugged. This domaine wine is loaded with intense lime/lemon/Granny Smith appley fruit. The limestone/chalk minerality is fresh, persistent and round.  Medium plus bodied. Over delivers BIG TIME! Most of today’s consumers simply gravitate to the more southerly Cote d’Or at the …

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Wine of the Day • 17 August 2020

Patrick Javillier Les Clousots Meursault 2012 Patrick Javillier is one of the greatest producers of Meursault. A benchmark white Burgundy that you measure others against. I am utterly grateful to Ignatius Chan, Founder/Proprietor of Iggy’s the restaurant – one of the most knowledgeable persons in the world about Burgundy – …

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Wine of the Day • 10 August 2020

Jean-Luc Colombo Terres Brulees Cornas 2016 Stephane Soret cooked and served this at lunch yesterday. It paired brilliantly with the aubergine in tomato sauce, baked sliced potatoes and a huge piece of steak sprinkled with herbs. Jean-Luc Colombo is a much respected producer. The oenologist also cooks. Wife Anne – …

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Wine of the Day • 3 August 2020

Adami Vigneto Giardino Rive di Colbertaldo Asciutto 2018 Classy Prosecco from the hills of  Valdobbiadene where all the top vineyards are located. Entirely from glera, the nose is very pears: Anjou, Poire Williams and Nashi. Floral too, including acacia. The ripe fruitiness is balanced by freshness delivered via a creamy …

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Wines of the Day • 28 July 2020

Rapaura Springs Reserve Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019 Named for a spring that flows through the family-owned vineyard (see picture), this Marlborough sauvignon blanc is ultra aromatic. The perfume of green guavas jumps out of the glass. Rich and full-bodied, the texture is glycerol, oily and creamy. Very easy to pair with food, …

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Wine of the Day • 20 July 2020

Almaviva 2000 This is the third vintage of the joint-venture between Chile’s Concha y Toro and Baron Philippe de Rothschild SA, proprietor including of Chateau Mouton Rothschild. Almaviva – although it has an Hispanic ring to the name – is taken from the French play The Marriage of Figaro, which hero …

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