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 April 2012




Vinexpo 2013 Press ReleaseDavid Whitaker


Region / Country




Mayu (Falernia) 2011 Pedro Ximenez Elqui Valley, Chile Asda £5.00 Tropical fruit nose. Very acidic and packs a punch at the front, finishing fast.
McWilliams (Mount Pleasant) Elizabeth 2005 Hunter Valley Sémillon
New South Wales, Australia Tesco £9.50 Strong, oily nose. Good texture, dry around the edges, it falls off into a sour finish.
Penfolds 2006 Bin311 Tumbarumba New South Wales, Australia Waitrose £16.99 A toasty oak nose. Clean on the palate there was citrus crispness, with a touch of caramel in the mid-palate, finishing quiet then a strange resurgence of heat.
Cono Sur 2008 20 Barrels Pinot Noir Casablanca Valley, Chile Morrisons £18.19 Improved quickly in the glass. A dark berry nose with some smoky liquorice and creamy blackberry - almost  ash-dry yet also a little sweet. A little disjointed.
Roda 2006 Rioja Reserva Rioja, Spain Sainsburys £24.99 A brooding wine, deep and dark in the glass. A scaffolding of oak and tannins, suggesting too much youth, but a good foundation of fruit. Needs a little more time to open up. Winner of the Decanter Regional Trophy 2011.
M. Chapoutier 2009 Les Arènes Cornas N. Rhône, France Sainsburys £25.99 A lovely wine with a focussed, fresh nose and dark fruit. Smooth and creamy, good acidity, firm tannins with chewy fruit and a focussed finish. Drinking very well.
Château Aydie (Famille Laplace) 2007 Madiran South West France Waitrose £13.49 "A good Madiran is structured like a nuclear shelter built into a Swiss mountain."- Tannat is designed for food, and food alone. Very tart with sour acidity along with the obligatory tannins. A little light.
Vergelegen 2005 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Stellenbosch, South Africa Morrisons £17.59 Green Bell Pepper. Enough said! Apparently in Cabernet-Sauvignon it indicates canopy vigour.
D'Arenberg 2007 The Feathered Dinosaur McLaren Vale, South Australia Tesco £19.99 "Over the top from Down Under"! Definitely Cabernet Sauvingon, this was big, bold and tannic.

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