Tasting table

30 November, 2007

What the OLN imbibers have been sampling this week

Maison Mau Merlot, Vin de Pays

de l'Aude 2006, France

Supplier: Freixenet

This medium-weight red has blackberry fruit on the nose, but

lacks any distinguishing character

on the palate. EE

Marqués de Monistrol Vintage

Cava Rosé Brut 2004, Spain

Supplier: United Wineries

Hints of apricot mingle with subtle red fruits on the nose of this elegant cava. It is well balanced with a light, peachy flavour and a refreshing, dry finish. EE

Palandri Vita Novus Cabernet Sauvignon 2004, Australia

Supplier: Palandri

Black cherry and spice on the nose are joined by hints of smoke. A full-bodied wine with lots of blackcurrant on the palate and noticeable tannins, but a smooth, lingering finish. EE

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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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