Wine Reviews

It’s been a busy couple of months on the wine reviews front.  Here’s a summary of our wines that have been hitting the headlines.

Vina Leyda Gewurztraminer

Wine Relief has been the talk of the month and we’ve had many a mention of our Wine Relief wines.  First off, Jamie Goode reviewed our Vina Leyda Gewurztraminer Reserva 2010 in the Sunday Express saying “This impressive Gewurztraminer is dry but with a lovely grape and rose petal sweetness along with a hint of lychee.” David Williams wrote about the same wine in The Observer saying: “It doesn’t have that fat, oily texture or the heady rosewater perfume you often find in Gewurztraminer.  It’s more incisive and fresh, with apricot and a cleansing pink-grapefruit zestiness”, while, Olly Smith featured our Perez Cruz Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva 2009 in the Mail on Sunday.

Our Fincas del Sur Malbec 2011 was included in The Guardian’s Word of Mouth Blog – Ten of the best wines to buy for Wine Relief.  The review said “Malbec looks like replacing Rioja as everyone’s favourite red and this sumptuously lush example from Argentina’s Familia Zuccardi shows why.” Finally, The Magnificent Crowing Cockerel Grenache Syrah Mourvedre 2009 was one of Matthew Jukes’ five best Wine Relief wines of the year.   He said of the wine: “The aromas are crazy and the cacophony of flavours keep your palate on its toes.  This stunning wine is a true Wine Relief star on account of its comedic stance and joyous air”.

The Magnificent Crowing Cockerel

The same wine was also topic of conversation for Fiona Beckett in her “Beastly Bottles” article and described how this particular wine “is named after South African winemaker Adi Badenhorst’s flock of exotic chickens”.  She went on to say “Apparently he wanted to call it The Massive Cock but this was overruled by his importer” giving quite an insight into the conversations that were had during the making of this wine!

Meanwhile, in France magazine, Sally Easton tasted our Domaine les Grands Presbyteres Muscadet Sevre et Maine Sur Lie 2011 saying “It’s crisp, with a tangy, orange pith attack and stony core, with almond blossom, pear flesh and pear skin notes on the palate”.  She went on to say that “the wine is ideal as an aperitif or accompanying fruits de mer”.

Finally, Tim Atkin talked in Woman and Home magazine about The Charter Limestone Coast Single Vineyard Merlot 2009 in his column “Delicious Down Under” where he described the wine as “light, grassy and refreshing, with sweet oak, a lift of acidity and smooth fine grained tannins”. Birds with Bottle, Mel and Sandra, also reviewed the wine in their online video about Wines for Winter Stews describing it as “glorious” and “a perfect match for dark meats and sauces”.


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