Wines in the Press – Part 1

It’s been a very busy few months with a number of our wines featuring in the press. There’s too many reviews to mention in one go, so here’s a selection and we’ll feature the reminder in part two coming soon!

16 Little Black Pigs Pinot Grigio

In The Daily Mail, Matthew Jukes featured our 16 Little Black Pigs Pinot Grigio 2012 describing it as “a superb PG with more succulent pear and lemon balm notes and palate silkiness than most Italian versions”. He continued: “In fact, it tastes like a top end Italian PG, from a decent vintage even though it is actually just a skilfully made Aussie glugger!”

The following week Matthew was impressed by our De Martino Legado Choapa Syrah 2010“This impressive syrah looks and smells and like the famous grape, but on the palate it is honed and succulent and there is no awkward tannin or oak and so you are left with a chocolate, five spice and blackberry wine which will romance your taste buds like never before!”

Anthony Rose reviewed a number of our wines following our Summer Press tasting.  He gave praise to our Wine Buyer Andrew Baker for “snapping up the briny, bone dry Bodegas Hildago La Gitana en Rama NV, he recommended “the peachy richness of the Atalaya do Mar Godello 2010 as a “terrific match for white fish”, he commented that the Domaine Andre Brunel Viognier 2012 “delivers the fragrance and peachy opulence of the condrieu grape”, while he said that the star of the show was “the magnificent 2010 Ridgeview Fitzrovia Rose 2010, an English eat -your-heart-out Rose Champagne like fizz with a delicate underpinning of toasty flavours”.

Andre Brunel Viognier

Domaine Andre Brunel Viognier 2012 also featured on Jacqui Morely’s hit list in her feature about Virgin Wines in the Blackpool Gazette. This is what she had to say about the wine.  “Satisfyingly crisp yet mellow with remarkable depth and balance for all the fruit intensity.  A treat of an aperitif or to add a bit of occuplence to seafood.  £10.99 is darn good value for the quality and the reputation of the man behind it – Brunel is one of the kings of Chateauneuf du Pape and rightly so.”

In the same article, Jacqui also featured The Black Pig Pinot Grigio 2012 which she described as “A really perky easy drinking aperitif or great with fish”, our Quinta de Vale Veados 2011 saying “It’s a big hitter from Portugal showing the strength of the under rated Touriga Nacional grape, robust and rustic in style, with a dash of syrah” and our Odfjell Old Vine Carignan 2011 which she summed up as “a Cinderella grape now taking centre stage, all cassis with hints of vanilla”.

Odfjell Old Vine Carignan 2011 was also featured in Mike Tipping’s “Why it’s worth choosing Chilean wine” article in the York Press.  Rating it 18 out of 20, he said “Smooth and juicy, this well made red is brimming with forward flavours of black cherry and blueberry, with hints if vanilla, coffee and some structure too”.

Pasion de Bobal

Meanwhile, David Williams in his article, “Three Perfect Bottles for a Barbecue Summer” in The Observer, featured our Pasion de Bobal 2010. There’s nothing vague about this big red – it’s like beaujolais on steroids”, he said.


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