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Sunday 31 January 2021

Cantine D'Alessandro Regio

Frizzante white from Puglia (IGT: Indicazione Geografica Tipica) made from a variety - new to me - called Verdeca. Retained with a minor amount of sugar (5%) adding body, not so much sweetness. 

Quite light aromatically, suggestions of citrus and stonefruit. The palate has a stone, minerally quality that seems to expand and grow across the palate. There's a touch of creaminess that builds presence. The light spritz makes this a good candidate for a light aperitif style. 89

Tasted on: Sunday 10th January 
Source: Sample
Alcohol: 12%
Closure: DIAM

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Monday 18 January 2021

Ballycroft Small Berry French Oak Shiraz 2018

Dare I say, but perhaps the least obvious rendition of the French small berry Shiraz I've had the pleasure of sampling, certainly compared to the overt and brazen American counterpart. 

Conveys a blueberry compote over chocolate aspect, and for all its depth there's a freshness and youthful presentation to it. 

As the vines with age impart their own mark on the wines of increasingly assured winemaker Joe Evans, there's a meeting of the minds with respect to their presentation. 92

Tasted on: Wednesday 13th January 
Source: Sample
Price: $ 49
Alcohol: 14.8%
Closure: Screwcap

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