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    Tasting: Wine

    Anne Krebiehl MW: The thinking behind Deutz new 100% Pinot cuvée

    In order to launch its entirely new 100% Pinot Noir cuvée, Hommage à William Deutz Parcelles d’Aÿ 2010, Deutz CEO Fabrice Rosset took Anne Krebiehl MW through an extraordinary tasting that included six back vintages of top cuvée Cuvée William Deutz, including a 1988 that showed the full gastronomic potential of the wine.

    Tasting: Wine

    Why the Australian Women In Wine concept divided the room

    The recent Australian Women in Wine tasting in London was an opportunity to celebrate women winemakers and their wines out of the shadows of the often macho, male-dominated wine scene in Australia. But is pigeon-holing wines according to sex a good idea or not? Chris Wilson found the room divided between the Ayes and the Nays.

    Tasting: Wine

    Out The Box: perfect for buyers building a wine list from scratch

    After the success of the Dirty Dozen make way for the ‘Magnificent Seven’, another collective of small independent wine importers calling themselves Out the Box that is hell-bent on discovering exciting, new, ‘out-there’ wines as well as interesting takes on the classics. Read why Chris Wilson thinks this was the perfect wine tasting for anyone wanting to start a complete wine list from scratch.

    Tasting: Wine
    Penfolds Collection Long Read

    Peter Gago launches Penfolds Collection 2017 to the world

    The launch of the new Penfolds Collection is always an unmissable date in the diary as we found out again when we went to see newly-decorated Peter Gago at London’s Liberal Club, pacing the floor like a seasoned stand-up comic, offering up delightful insights into winemaking, Grange 2013 and the whole damn thing.

    Tasting: Wine

    Tasting Bordeaux’s Malartic-Lagravière: a tale of two decades

     For the past 20 years the Bonnie family has been transforming Malartic-Lagravière on Bordeaux’s Left Bank into a force to be reckoned with. During an epic lunch The Buyer tastes a range of vintages in the company of Jean-Jacques and Véronique Bonnie including the latest 2015 and 2016 wines plus vintages going back to a 1961.

    Tasting: Wine

    Chris Wilson’s 12 greatest hits from Dirty Dozen 2017 tasting

    The Dirty Dozen tasting this year was once again staged in Phonica, the Soho record store, much to the delight of vinyl junkie Chris Wilson who also has a taste for the old vino – particularly wines that challenge the status quo. On side A, Chris has six whites to recommend to the on-trade, on side B six reds that will also knock your socks off.

    Tasting: Wine

    Sue Hodder and 60 vintages of Wynns Coonawarra Black Label

    Wynns Coonawarra Black Label is recognised as one of Australia’s most collected and cellared wines and yet it has always had the most modest of price tags. Roger Jones attended a 15-vintages vertical to celebrate 60 years of this most iconic Australian wine.

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    ABS tasting proves once again that diversity is a theme in 4th quarter

    It’s almost October and the busiest time in the UK wine industry calendar is well under way. With many importers already showing off their wares, Justin Keay sees a growing trend towards diversity within their portfolios – as if the younger agencies the scene have forced the big boys into showing they haven’t lost their edge. It’s a theme that is evident at the colossal ABS tasting.

    Tasting: Wine

    Which Cru Bourgeois du Médoc wines to buy from 2015 vintage

    2015 is a very special vintage in Bordeaux and it’s getting better every time we look at it. Last Thursday saw the 271 Cru Bourgeois du Médoc wineries showing off their wares at the annual London tasting and there is nothing but good news, especially for the sommelier, with many wines able to serve so soon after bottling.

    Tasting: Wine

    How Elunda Basson is elevating Cap Classiques at Pongrácz

    At a lunch tasting at London’s new eatery Oystermen, Victor Smart meets Pongrácz winemaker Elunda Basson and finds out how she is trying to improve people’s perceptions of South Africa’s Méthode Cap Classiques. Basson believes that, unlike proseccos and cavas, the Cap Classiques have the ability to stand toe-to-toe with Champagne.



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    • Not all old vine Semilln comes from South Africa Thishellip
      Not all old vine Semillón comes from South Africa. This is sourced from 70 year old vines in Rio Negro, Patagonia. The cool, dry climate allows the fruit to mature slower, bringing a depth of flavour to the wine without losing acidity. Complex nose, vanilla, citrus, slightly oily texture - flavours of guava, yellow stone fruit and honey.
    • Top notch South African Pinot that has a classic savouryhellip
      Top notch South African Pinot, that has a classic savoury profile. Inviting floral, red and black fruit nose with just a hint of sous bois, bags of fruit flavour, kept in check by firm acidity giving the wine good overall balance (30% whole cluster). Bit of smoky oak and a lifted, sweet creamy edge on the finish. Served with new season grouse.
    • From Basilicata one of Italys smallest regions comes this 100hellip
      From Basilicata, one of Italy’s smallest regions comes this 100% high altitude Aglianico del Vulture grownnin volcanic soils. There are intense flavours of morello cherry, black plum, balsamic, but unlike some Aglianico (esp. from parent group Feudi di San Gregorio) the tannins are surprisingly supple. There is good acidity too (13.5%abv) although it is still very much a food wine. Good it’s had a year in the bottle esp. at the price (£12 ex tax)
    • New top of the range Chardonnay from this relative newcomerhellip
      New top of the range Chardonnay from this relative newcomer in NZ’s Hawke’s Bay. The influence of Puligny Montrachet is evident in the tension and the breadth, the nose has brioche notes from the heavy toast of just 25% new oak, the palate is lovely and clean, that manages to have volume and strength of flavour but freshness and balance. Very impressive for such a young wine.
    • Not available in the UK yet but hopefully this willhellip
      Not available in the UK yet but hopefully this will change. An amber wine made in a qvevri in Georgia from the Kisi grape. As you’d expect with a low intervention, long skin contact wine it has a deep golden colour with profound, stony texture. The nose is complex: nuts, fenugreek, sweet apricot, floral, putty; the palate is layered, semi-rich, semi-sweet, semi-dry with notes of caramel, the finish is dry almost dusty, with a hint of cream. Surprisingly approachable. A highlight of a recent trip to Georgia.
    • 1st vintage for a rising new wave South African hellip
      1st vintage for a rising ‘new wave’ South African - made from 60 yo Chenin Blanc vines this is a stunner and one of the hits of this week’s SA tasting in London. It comes across like a Huet Demi-sec with great precision and balance between opulence and fresh acidity. There are layers and layers of flavour - peaches, floral, nuts. Superb