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% £10.99
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.