Leeuwin Estate ‘The Siblings’ Shiraz

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I’ve known about the greatness of Leeuwin Estate ever since I visited Margaret River back in 2001 but have never properly considered stocking their wines. Undoubtedly brilliant wines and world renowned, particularly the Art Series Chardonnay and Cabernet which are genuinely on a par with top Burgundy and Bordeaux but unfortunately their prices leave me shaking with fear. Leeuwin Estate is a benchmark Margaret River family winery with an outstanding international reputation for producing wines ranking with the world’s finest. One of the icon wineries of Australia, it has earned an international reputation for making wines that rank alongside the world’s finest. So imagine my joy when this great producer of wine brings out an entry level range that retains all of the hallmarks from this iconic grower. This Shiraz from the Leeuwin Estate Siblings range – £17 (which also includes an oaked Sauvignon Blanc Semillon) is sourced from estate and contract vineyards. A heady blast of creamy raspberry fruit...
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Herdade Sao Miguel Tinto

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Time to revisit my all-time favourite wine producing country, Portugal. It’s the varietals, styles, flavours and techniques that continue to interest me more than any other country in the world. My wine of the week is from a grower located in the Alentejo region in the very south of the country. Herdade Sao Miguel Tinto (£13) is a classic and a wine that really opened my eyes to the brilliance of what this region and country can offer. A complex blend of Aragonez, Trincadeira, Alicante Bouschet, Cabernet Sauvignon. That’s the thing with Portugal, they use varietals that most have never heard of but each come to party and show exactly why they have to be there. A modern Alentejo classic. The last three vintages of this wine have been on fire, with beautifully defined dark fruit (there always seems to be a generous lick of cassis in this wine, even when the Cabernet component is actually quite modest), just a...
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Ponte del Diavolo Pinot Grigio

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The spectacular summer continues to roll on and I’ve never been happier, I’ll take any excuse to crack into a bottle of refreshing crisp white wine. I must say, Pinot Grigio isn’t a wine I’d generally seek out but I recently tasted one and suddenly remembered how much I actually enjoy it. Ponte del Diavolo Pinot Grigio (£10) is made on the well-drained soils of Grave del Friuli is a style that is generally fuller than those from Verona. The Ponte del Diavolo wines take their name from the spectacular medieval bridge in nearby Cividale. The story goes that the devil struck a bargain with the townspeople, promising to make them a bridge in return for the soul of the first living thing to cross it. The cunning citizens sent a dog or cat across, depending on the variation of the story, thereby saving themselves and gaining a wonderful bridge. Light, bright lemon in colour with a lively, freshly cut...
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