Reviews

A 9-post collection

The wines of Henry Fessy (Beaujolais, France)

Few domains in Beaujolais are fortunate enough to own vineyards sites in more than a couple of villages. Henry Fessy however boasts an impressive 70 hectares spanning nine of the ten named crus as well as plots in AOC Beaujolais, AOC Beaujolais-Villages and AOC Beaujolais Blanc. Since the late 19th »

The wines of the Loire Valley's Michel Redde et Fils

I've just had my first encounter with the wines of Michel Redde et Fils, one of the oldest wine growing families in the Loire Valley. Covering 42 hectares in the communes of Saint-Andelain, Pouilly-sur-Loire, and Tracy-sur-Loire, they are able to depict the classic terroirs of flint, marl and limestone this »

A truly magical Passerina by Massimiliano d'Addario

Natural wines still divide opinion in the wine trade; many resent the implications that all other wines are unnatural, while others are left frustrated at the amount of faulty bottles that end up being poured unceremoniously into the sink. Yet when a natural wine is good there is surely no »

Smolnik Temjanika 2013 ageing well

So, Temjanika is one of the most exciting white grape varieties grown in Macedonia; its fragrant aromas of peach, melon and white blossom, combined with racy acidity make it impressively food friendly; add its sunny fruit flavours into the glass and you have a winner. There is perhaps no better »

First thoughts on Tavkveri

I've just tasted my first glass of Tavkveri, the red skinned Georgian variety found predominantly in the centre of the country, particularly around the village of Kartli. With five years of age to it now, the 2011 by Pheasant's Tears is well worth looking out for. It has matured into »

Sangiovese - Vinificato in Bianco

Sangiovese has as many critics as it does admirers. Chianti for example can be seen as quintessentially Tuscan, attractively rustic and brimming with vibrant cherry. The Bordeaux faithful however may dismiss it as tartly acidic and lacking character. Vino Nobile likewise is famed for its luxurious, jammy concentration of red »

Stobi Winery's 2014s show impressive quality

I was on the road in Macedonia in September 2014, travelling through regions such as Skopje, Veles, Tikves and Stip. At the time I noted the challenging vintage conditions facing producers. Heavy rains fell for an extended period and left growers looking to pin point the right picking window. The »

Stellenbosch WO Syrah 2013 by Jasper Raats

A few notes on a very honest and hard to find authentic wine from South Africa's Stellenbosch region - This 2013 Syrah is produced at the acclaimed Longridge estate and produced under the personal guidance of acclaimed winemaker Jasper Raats. It is labelled under his signature collection. Longridge make up »