Domaine de Frégate Bandol Rosé 2015

Continuing the rosé discussion, this is a delicious and savoury Bandol rosé from Domaine de Frégate and a blend of 50% mourvedre, 25% grenache and 25% cinsault.  Salmon in colour, it has aromatics of spice, with undertones of salt and Turkish delight.  The palate is full bodied, with a fresh saline character from its vineyardContinue reading “Domaine de Frégate Bandol Rosé 2015”

Some Clare Valley wines; Kilikanoon Blocks Road Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 and Annie’s Lane Rosé 2016

Blind wine tasting practice is underway; 8 months to go.  These two wines presented typically for their varieties and price points.  Sometimes classification by grape varieties can confuse when the grape varieties present so differently in different regions (witness pinot noir in Burgundy v its new world expressions).  This case was the opposite.  The grapeContinue reading “Some Clare Valley wines; Kilikanoon Blocks Road Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 and Annie’s Lane Rosé 2016”

Molino Loco Yecla Monastrell 2013

I spotted this on a restaurant by-the-glass list, and thought I’d give it a go.  “Loco” I vaguely recalled as meaning crazy in Spanish, so my hopes were not high but then nor was the price.  Yecla as a wine region more or less drew a blank so that added to its appeal.  It turnsContinue reading “Molino Loco Yecla Monastrell 2013”

Mitchell Harris Wines Pyrenees Mataro 2013

The release notes refer to a “rare find in the Pyrenees”.  That’s what I was thinking too, as I haven’t seen a lot of mataro (aka mourvèdre) in these parts.  A cooler climate, more elegant, expression of this grape variety is being chased.  And this goal seems perfectly plausible in the temperate Pyrenees.  It’s aContinue reading “Mitchell Harris Wines Pyrenees Mataro 2013”

Chateau D’Anglès Grand Vin Rouge 2008

The appellation of La Clape is situated within the wider Languedoc region on the Mediterranean coastal ranges near Narbonne.  The region experiences very high average annual sunshine hours, and the elevations are up to 200 metres.  It is well suited to syrah, grenache and mourvedre style wines, and the 2008 grand vin rouge here fromContinue reading “Chateau D’Anglès Grand Vin Rouge 2008”

Teusner Dog Strangler Mataro 2008

I felt this to be rather gamey and meaty for a shiraz, which of course, it isn’t.  Off to a flying start then.  It’s in fact rather good, as most Teusner wines tend to be.  And instead of shiraz, this is a mourvedre (aka mataro in some parts including the label) which typically expresses itselfContinue reading “Teusner Dog Strangler Mataro 2008”