Tasting Table

21 January, 2011

Craggy Range Te Muna Road Vineyard Riesling 2010, Martinborough?Supplier: Louis Latour Agencies (£15.49)?A fresh nose of white apple, peach, apricot, lemon and lime with crisp high acid and a palate of stone fruit and lime. CB??Giesen Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Marlborough?Supplier: Ehrmanns (£8.99 promoted to £6.99)?A typical expression of Marlborough Sauvignon, with stony, gooseberry notes, lemon and ripe stone fruit. The palate is fresh with grassy flavours alongside ripe nectarine, apricot and melon, and the finish is zingy with minerality. CB??Waipara Hills Southern Cross Selection Pinot Noir 2008, Central Otago?Supplier: Free Run Wines (£12.99)?Rich, smoky wild fruits, ripe blackcurrant, raspberry and blueberry on the nose. Soft palate with ripe fruit, savoury spice and gently rounded tannins. CB

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English wine: a happy harvest for Christmas

All across England and Wales, vineyards are being harvested. Down winding country lanes come armies of welly-wearing conscripts wielding secateurs and buckets, ready to reap the rewards of our vines. Happily they come, their cheeks ruddy with pride. Half an hour later they’re crawling over muddy clods with lacerated hands, drenched in claggy juice and cold sweat, as if ploughing through an endurance race.

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