Grant Burge Summer Chardonnay

I'd say 95% of the time the wine bottle back label is a waste of a moments read. In this instance I read as a post bottle finishing curiosity. The wine itself weighed in much higher than my expectations, with lovely creamy, lemony and fine butterscotch aromas. In the mouth the acidity is mouth tinglingly good with complex flavours of lemon grass and sweet pear. Really enjoyable. The flavours recede slowly like the moment of peace at the end of a massage.  Very pleasant all round.

Hence I bothered to read the back label. This wine is a blend of grapes picked from from two different high altitude vineyards located in the Eden Valley and Adelaide Hills.

The rest of the label is par for the course but pretty accurate. Overall it is a well made wine and one that I'd quietly smile at if I saw served during someone else's dinner party or even my own!

£15.99 Eagle Wines, Le Canon Wines, Partridges of Sloane Street,North & South Wines, Field & Fawcett

Nick Breeze
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As COVID-19 conspires with the grimmest of winds and rain to force a societal retreat behind our own front doors, the word ennui springs to mind. The muddle of displeasure is pierced when Natalia hands me a large bulbous glass of a liquid I do not recognise.

 

 

Britain’s lamentable exit

On the eve of Britain’s official departure from the EU, my partner and I decided to explore a small town on the Italian Riviera where thewintry cold doesn’t feel so much like cold war bite.

I had warned my significant other that I would be having an inverse departure party, a release of the sanity valve if you like!

 

Sitting inside the ancient castle walls inside the town of Soave, a short drive from Verona in northern Italy, the unique slightly almond aroma of the indigenous grape, Garganega, rises gently from my glass. The castle sprawls up the side of an extinct volcano that gives the region its variant soil structures that mark out the better quality of Soave wines.

 

Tanisha Townsend decided to move to Paris 4 years ago after regularly passing through the city en route to the world’s most famous vineyards. In fact, it was about 2 years ago at the Printemps de Champagne Bouzy Rouge tasting in Reims that I saw (who we shall now refer to as) GirlMeetsGlass chirpily speaking to her web followers on Snapchat.

 

The cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, the final resting place of Saint James, rises out of the landscape, infested with antiquity. The rambling steep streets give way to shafts of dramatic light, emblazoned chapels, and tightly packed tapas bars, dusty, as old novels pressed together in antiquarian bookshops.

 

Driving into the Entre-Deux-Mers region from the north, the vineyards roll out like a bright green deep-pile carpet across the undulating land. It’s hard not to be excited about tasting wines with so much heritage, as we head to Chateau-Sainte-Marie to meet with 5th generation owner, Stéphane Dupuch. 

 

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