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Sainsburys House Claret (Episode 221 – Part 3)

In this episode, we try to find some good quality wines for under or around the £6 mark which are freely available in UK Supermarkets.

In the second part of this episode, we taste Sainsbury’s House Claret wine which is a name typically the British give to Bourdeaux wines.

French wines, as we often mentioned, because of the high-quality reputation, tend to be priced higher than wines from other countries, so the price of this wine at £5.00 is even more remarkable.

To the sight, the wine looks a very deep ruby and looks to have more viscosity than the previous wine we had just tasted in Part 2 (Kourtaki’s Retsina)

On the nose, the aroma is very distinctive of French wine, it has blackcurrant, spice and even strawberry!

On the palette, we were very pleasantly surprised, for the price point for a French wine we were fearing the taste would be wanting but this wine far exceeded our expectations.

The fruit flavour came first through, to begin with, followed by the tannins at the end which just last for a very short burst.

There is hardly any length, but for a quaffable wine, this is excellent value!

 

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Kourtaki Retsina (Episode 221 – Part 2)

In this episode, we try to find some good quality wines for under or around the £6 mark which are freely available in UK Supermarkets.

In the second part of this episode, we taste a Kourtaki Retsina wine from Greece which is available from the Sainsburys chain of supermarkets at the price of £5.75

John M had not tried this wine and John L had tried this style of wine a long, long time before when on holiday when in Corfu.

John L’s recognition was not very favourable, but he was keen to taste it again given the length of time since he last tasted it to see if his tastes had changed.

To the sight, the wine looks very much like an oaked Chardonnay, a golden yellow colour with a splash of green.

On the nose, the aroma is very distinctive and unlike any other wine we have tasted which we assume is as a direct result of the resin.

On the palette, the taste was also unique which was something we felt was a ”marmite” taste you either did or did not like it, there is no in-between!

 

 

 

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19 Crimes Cabernet Sauvignon (Episode 216)

In this episode, we taste another of the 19 Crimes Wines from South East Australia, this time their Cabernet Sauvignon.

These wines each depict a criminal deported to Australia for a crime committed in the UK, quite often for something like unauthorised fishing.

On the nose, we smelt Black Cherry, a touch of vanilla and a “Jammy” smell probably promoted by the full-on fruit notes.

On the palate, the wine had a great mouthfeel, with a lot going on the glass giving a complex combination of flavours and then finally leaving an after taste of cherries.

We mentioned in the video that another YouTuber, John from HillBillySelectReviews, had reviewed this wine with two of his pals and interestingly they also detected black cherry and Jamminess on the nose. They also came up with a hint of chocolate and raisin on the palate.

If you want to take a look at their review you can see it at – https://youtu.be/I0PAXFMZY70

 

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Burgundy’s Maison Chanzy Bouzeron Clos de la Fortune Monopole (Episode 215)

This wine was kindly given to us by some friends – John and Matthew – thanks, guys!

The wine is made from the Aligote grape which is grown in the Burgundy or Bourgogne.

We both loved the wine it is a very classy wine which for white wine is very complex on both the nose and palate.

Straw in colour, melon, peppers and even Weetabix on the nose!

On the palate, the melon is still very much present with a touch of honey and green peppers.

The wine has great complexity and a great length for white wine.

Hopefully, this link will help you find out where you can source this wine local to you

https://www.wine-searcher.com/find/maison+chanzy+clos+de+la+fortune+bouzeron+cote+chalonnaise+burgundy+france

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Sainsbury’s Primitivo (Episode 214)

This wine from Sainsbury’s own brand – Taste the Difference is a wine well known to John M, but not to John L – have you heard of it? Let us know in the comments section.

The wine was available from Sainsbury’s at £7.00 at the time of recording.

 

On the nose, John M felt the smell reminded him of a damp dog which wasn’t meant to be a derogatory comment!

Also, a spiciness was detected that reminded John L of stewed apple and Rhubarb and apple crumble for John L.

On the palate, the taste is very fruity at first then the tannins kick after which a liquorice taste kicks in. Perhaps a wine that is best eating with a great Italian pasta dish.

 

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Aldi Australian Shiraz – Revisited (Episode 206 – Part 1)

Shiraz is the signature grape for Australia, so we are expecting great things.

This particular Australian Shiraz is from Aldi’s own Exquisite range and costs at the time of writing £5.70p.

John M managed to smell Cherry, eucalyptus, chocolate and coffee on the nose while John M only managed to smell cherry!

John M, however, was not able to get anything but the cherry on the taste and so was left slightly disappointed.

He, was, however, impressed by the balance of tannins in this wine.

John L felt this wine would be a good introduction to Shiraz for those that did not like their reds too powerful.

 

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Ervideira Vineyard – Interview (Episode 196 Part 3)

In this part of the episode, we visit the Ervideira vineyard and talk to one of the owners who is the vineyard’s winemaker.

He begins by explaining the history of his family’s vineyard – he is one of the fourth generation now running the vineyard.

They have a fantastic range of 25 wines which are all top-flight – they focus on quality rather than volume.

They also have quirky wines such as the 30,000 bottles wines that are stored underwater at a depth of around 30m in Portugal’s and Europes largest lake which, when you compare to exactly the same wine stored above water, taste significantly different.

 

 

 

 

 

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Yellow Tail Merlot Wine Review (Episode 184)

In this video, we taste a Yellow Tail Merlot. This wine is available around the world is grown and produced in Australia. the winery is still run by the same family that started the business back in the 1950’s having emigrated from Sicily.

Priced at around £7.00 in UK supermarkets, it will be acceptable to most peoples pockets.

You must excuse John L’s schoolboy humour in this video but what is wine about if it is not about enjoyment!

This wine is ideal for those looking to add red wines to their list of wines to drink.

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