Hawkes Bay, NZ. 13%
Has charm and sophistication but lacks concentration and flavour. A bit disappointing for Coleraine.
Hunter Valley, New South Wales. 13.6%
Medium bodied, gentle, fruit oriented, natural fresh Shiraz. Needs time to build complexity which I’m sure it will.
A style that the Hunter does so well. I hope the commentators are right and this style is coming back into fashion.
Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux. 13.5%
Well I loved this. Georgeous Graves flavours in a loose knit accessible style. Very fine but drink now, or over the next 5+ years.
Quite a surprise, a very pleasant surprise.
Chinon, Loire. 13.5%
This 100% Cabernet Franc is the sort of high quality red wine associated with the Loire until recently when aided by global warming some producers turned up the ripeness and intensity. This is more luncheon claret. Not green but soft and charming.
Silly heavy bottle. Drink now.
Moulis-en-Medoc, Bordeaux. 13.5%
Just what you’d expect from this reliable producer in a good ripe vintage. Modern wine making with careful seductive oak tames the somewhat rustic tannins of Moulis.
Savennieres, Loire. 13.5%
Demi sec and all the better for it. For a start it lowers the alcohol. Most other Savennieres are 14.5% on the label. I even saw, but would not buy, one listed as 15.5%!
Good flavor and some charm. Drinking well now or over next 5+ years.
Fiefs Vendeens, Loire. 13%
85% Pinot Noir and 15% Cabernet Franc. It’s a fairly simple cherry Pinot upfront but backed by quite a lot of tannin and a savory finish.
Biodynamic, which is very popular in the Loire, as are stupid wasteful heavy glass bottles.