Some more stunners from Cape Wine. Craven The Firs Vineyard Syrah 2017 Devon Valley, South Africa 12.5% alcohol. From a heavy clay outcrop: the clay gives some black fruit bass end even at low potential alcohol. Peppery and supple with black cherry and black pepper on the nose. Nice purity and elegance with amazing texture, purity and [...]
Some more thrilling wines tasted at Cape Wine. For me, these are very high ratings indeed! Leeu Passant Chardonnay 2016 Stellenbosch, South Africa Andrea Mullineux is trying to make this Chardonnay in an older, saltier style. She describes the winemaking as ‘death and resurrection’, and she allows juice hyperoxidation with no sulfites present, and then allows the [...]
A darn good German, the Leitz Eins Zwei Dry Riesling Trocken “3”. 100% Riesling from Johannisberg, Rheingau, Germany. The wine is fermented in stainless steel and has residual sugar of 5.5 g/L. The Leitz Eins Zwei Dry Riesling “3” has an SRP of $18 and can be found for as low as $14. Ready to […] The post Leitz Eins Zwei Dry Riesling “3” – Deliciously Easy appeared first on Reverse Wine Snob®.
So many good wines tasted over the last few days! I’m going to write up notes on some of my favourites, but really it seems unfair just to pick out a few of many. So I guess I’ll have to do this in parts, and because there are so many stunning bottles it might take [...]
At this very moment of writing, a guy on a plane is bringing me a bottle of wine. The wine is a Domaine Mugnier Clos de Marechale 2015 and I bought it for R1 250. This is more than double the price of the Kanonkop Paul Sauer of the same vintage, one of the most […]
By Jim Boyce | One of China’s most intriguing wine retailers saw change at the top this past month. CHEERS founder and key investor Claudia ...
A perfect match with spicy sausage pizza at a great price, the Pertinace Barbera d’Alba. 100% Barbera from Piedmont, Italy. The wine is fermented in stainless steel and then aged for six months in large Slavonian oak casks. Sample submitted for review. The Pertinace Barbera d’Alba is available for as low as $12. We’ve also […] The post Pertinace Barbera d’Alba – Impressive appeared first on Reverse Wine Snob®.
You can access the 134 wines that I reviewed as a text wine list with my complete tasting notes, scores, food matches. You can also see my wine reviews for September 1. If you are a Paid Member, you can add my wine picks to your custom shopping list with one click and access that list on your smartphone to find the stock for each wine in your closest LCBO store. These are just some of the benefits of supporting out wine community as a Paid Member. Inventory stock numbers are usually posted online a day or two before the […]
A wine that’s easy to jump into, the Cannonball Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet Sauvignon from California. The wine is aged 14-20 months in 45% new oak (80% French Medium Plus Toast; 20% American Medium Toast). It has just 2 g/L of residual sugar. Sample submitted for review. The Cannonball Cabernet Sauvignon has an SRP of $15 […] The post Cannonball Cabernet Sauvignon – A Juicy Good Time appeared first on Reverse Wine Snob®.
Put on by The Whole Bunch crew (a newly formed association of some of the Cape’s most exciting producers), this was a remarkable and thrilling tasting. The wines come from the cellar of Charles Winshaw, the grandfather of JP and Pierre Winshaw who hosted the tasting at Usana, their family farm. A short film of the [...]
By Jim Boyce | Little is written in English about Pigeon Hills (西鸽酒庄), a new project that might well transform China’s promising Ningxia wine region. ...
Kanonkop Paul Sauer 2015 has become the first South African wine to receive 100pts in the annual report on the South African wine industry by respected British wine judge, journalist and critic Tim Atkin MW. For his seventh South African report, which has just been released, Atkin tasted 1 986 wines from throughout the country, […]
The September 2018 issue of Wine Business Monthly is out and as usual it is full of interesting articles and useful information. As a wine economist, I have to admit that the first thing I look at with each new issue is the Retail Sales Analysis page, which presents recent U.S. wine market data as reported […]
Cape Wine began for many of us with a tasting of wines from the Old Vines Project. These wines were all made from vineyards aged 35 or over. It’s worth reading more about this interesting project, but for now my focus is on some of the excellent wines I tried. Here are my notes on [...]
….drink quality wine in a can. Estate vineyard wine in an ultra convenient format from Tangent Wines. We’ve discussed a lot recently about our growing admiration for canned wine and today we’ve got two more quality examples to add to the list! Samples submitted for review. Both wines have an SRP of $8 per 375ml […] The post Tangent Sauvignon Blanc and Rosé Canned Wine – Yes You Can… appeared first on Reverse Wine Snob®.
By Jim Boyce | The focus for many China wine observes has narrowed over the years. Talk once centered on whether “China”, a country of ...
So I’m back in South Africa. For the next few nights I’m staying in the lovely town of Stellenbosch in the lead-up to Cape Wine 2018, the tri-annual celebration of South Africa’s dynamic wine community. It’s great to be back here. I’m feeling a little jet-lagged. I flew in from New Zealand on Friday morning, then [...]
Of many wines there is nothing to be said. They are just wine. It’s foolish to say anything more about them, but still some people try. The world needs good cheap wine. When I was a kid, we used to go camping in the south of France and Spain, and there was a lot of [...]
A very satisfying Sicilian! The Donnafugata Sedara. Primarily Nero d’Avola along with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and a small percentage of other grapes from the hills of Southwestern Sicily, Italy. The wine is fermented in stainless steel and then aged in cement tanks for 9 months and then another 6 months in the bottle before […] The post Donnafugata Sedara – One Big Aroma appeared first on Reverse Wine Snob®.
When one thinks of Bordeaux, organic viticulture does not immediately spring to mind but one family in St Emilion are working to change that perception. I had lunch earlier this week with Hubert de Bouard (head of the family, his daughter Stephanie Bouard-Rivoal (Managing Director) and cousin, Thierry Grenier de Bouard (Deputy Managing Director) for […] The post Chateau Angelus and Organic Viticulture in Bordeaux appeared first on The Wine Sleuth.