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Sunday 17 July 2011

UK Wines - Part 1

I'm currently on holiday in the UK for a friend's wedding. I'm using it as an opportunity to catch up on - primarily - some old word wines. I'm going to try pop some notes up from those wines tasted on my travels - drinking permitting.

Benjamin Darnault Picpoul de Pinet 2010 12.5% £9.99
A new variety for me, an introduction I'm glad I've made  Pleasantly aromatic - apple and melon - crisp, almost zesty. Minerality through finish, generous acidic backbone, pleasantly dry.

Campo Viejo Rioja Crianza 2007 13.5% £5.24
Raspberry and cherry aroma, dusty earthiness. Silken and smooth, fruit (berry) finish, spicy.

Campo Viejo Rioja Reserva 2006 13.5%
More refined than the Crianza. Baking spices, depth, cigar box.  Silken, smooth palate flowing through to a moderately lengthy spice laden finish.

Yalumba FDR1A Shiraz Cabernet 2006 14% £20.75
Distinctly Cabernet aroma: leafy, dusty, cedary. Through the middle it delivers both plushness and power, the Shiraz adding oomph to the Cabernet's structure. Unmistakably Australian, deliciously divine.
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