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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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Whittakers Original Gin (Episode 204)

In this episode, we taste another Whittaker Gin, this time their original.

On the nose, the smell of lemon immediately shone through!

Neat the taste was spot on “classic” gin!

The tonic does make the gin much more subtle on the nose, but has it has a significant change on the taste, but still giving that quintessential gin and tonic taste.

In our opinion, this would make an ideal gin for someone just getting into gin or trying to! 🙂

This wine and the rest of their range can be found at: –

https://www.whittakersgin.com/

 

 

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Lusus (Portuguese) Wines Interview (Episode 201)

We have the great pleasure of interviewing Alexis and Claire a husband and wife team who have just set up their new venture Lusus Wines.

Luses Wines only sells Portuguese Wine from vineyards hand-picked (s to speak) by Alexis and Claire.

Many of the wines they offer are from small artisan vineyards where an inordinate amount of care and pride goes into producing some of the best wine to come out of Portugal.

 

Included in the Lusus catalogue is wine from Quinta da Casaboa who we interviewed in Episode 174 (https://youtu.be/vjcyLunyDws) and 196 (https://youtu.be/5yHJ1regwkw)

We discuss what prompted Alexis and Claire to start this new venture, how they selected the wines they are now selling as well as many other subjects.

 

Find out more about the wines Lusus offer at their website https://www.lususwines.co.uk/

 

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Whittaker’s Navy Strength Gin (Episode 199)

In this episode, we taste a Navy Strength Gin created by Whittakers in North Yorkshire.
At 57% proof, this gin is so smooth.
It is a very complex gin in terms of taste with many flavours developing as you hold it in your mouth. Absolutely beautiful!
With tonic added the gin still holds it’s character, the tastes change slightly but it still tastes so delicious!

Well worth a try!

 

 

 

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Barossa Ink Australian Shiraz Review (Episode 198 – Part 3)

In the last part of this episode, we taste an Australian Shiraz, available at the time of writing for £8.00p.

Given that Shiraz is the signature grape of Australia we are expecting this particular wine to be the most powerful of the three tasted in this episode.

The mouthfeel of this wine is so silky and velvety.

John M was slightly disappointed that the tannins were not very strong.

John L however really enjoyed this Shiraz as he doesn’t like tannins as much as John M.

The main flavour is black cherry with a small amount of blackcurrant coming through.

The tannins were much milder than was expected by John M.

 

 

 

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Whittakers Winter Solstice Gin (Episode 202)

In this episode, we taste some more Whittakers gin. This time, having already tasted their Summer Solstice Gin, we taste their Winter solstice Gin.

On the nose, the fragrance is definitely of orange with John M getting a whiff of cinnamon.

On the taste with the gin just neat, Star of Anise and Cinnamon are present with the orange being only slightly detectable.

With tonic added the taste of winter and the holiday season still remains.

 

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https://www.whittakersgin.com/

 

 

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Tesco Finest Chilean Shiraz (Episode 198 Part 2)

In the second part of this episode, we taste a Chilean Shiraz (Limari Valley)from Tesco’s Finest range which at the time of writing cost £8.00

On the nose, it obviously smells of blackcurrant and also has a hint of eucalyptus.

On the palate, the blackcurrant can only just be found as most of the flavour is full of cherry.
Great value give one a try!

 

 

 

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Boschendal 2017 South African Shiraz (Episode 198 – Part 1)

In this episode, we taste some Shiraz from South Africa, Chile and Australia.

In this, the first part of the episode, we taste a Shiraz from South Africa – Boschendal 2017

This wine was purchased from Tesco at £7.50

This Shiraz has cherry and blackcurrant flavours. also surprisingly for John M, there are also Strawberry flavours.

John M feels this particular wine would be a good introduction to Shiraz for those who have not tried it before or those who have tried it before and found it to be a little too heavy.

 

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Tim Atkin – Master of Wine – discusses Ribera del Duero & Beginning your Wine Journey (Episode 197)

Winemastery has the great honour of interviewing another Master of Wine Mr Tim Atkin.
Tim gave a master class in Ribera del Duero wines in Manchester recently and kindly agreed to be interviewed by WineMastery to offer advice to you on Ribera del Duero and beginning your wine journey.

Tim explains the similarities and differences with other Spanish wines such as Rioja.

He also explains the different qualities of wine available form the region and what to look for when buying,

He explains why he believes that even the layman can appreciate good quality wine, as well as how visiting wine regions can enhance your appreciation of wines from that area.

 

 

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