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Sainsbury’s Primitivo (Episode 214)   Recently updated !

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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Herdade Dos Grous – Wine from Portugals Alentejano Region (Episode 213)

In this episode, we taste yet another fantastic Portuguese red wine, I don’t think we have found a bad wine from Portugual in all the wines Portuguese wines we have reviewed so far.

This wine is so well balanced it is really difficult to distinguish one particular fruit or dominate the flavour.

 

Here is a exert from the vineyard’s website explaining the grape and process the wine undergoes –

 

Herdade dos Grous Tinto

 

Grape varieties

Alicante Bouschet (30%)

Syrah (15,5%)

Touriga Nacional (20%)

Aragonez (35%)

Vinification

The hand-picked grapes are de-stemmed and then cooled down through thermal shock to 10°C.

After two days of cold maceration the wine ferments in small steel tanks.

The maturing takes place in new barrique barrels made from French oak.

Serving We recommend serving this wine with roast beef, chicken curry or spaghetti bolognese.

Ideal serving temperature is 14 to 16°C.

 

Barrique Barrels in case you are wondering is the name given to a particular shape and capacity of barrel.

A Barrique Barrell has a 225 litre or 59-gallon capacity.

The size, as in many things, is important as the smaller the barrel the more contact the wine has with the wood or oak.

A barrique barrel being much smaller than a hogshead barrel for instance that has a capacity of 300 litres or 79 gallons.

 

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Royal Fox Navy Strength Gin (Episode 208)

In this Gin Fun episode, we taste a fantastic Navy Strength Gin made in the little town, Skelmanthorpe, just outside of Huddersfield, where the actress that currently plays Dr Who, Jodie Whittaker, grew up!

Navy strength means that in the days of wooden warships if a barrel of gin was to split open and spill onto the gun powder casks the gun powder would still ignite because of the high alcohol content (57% Proof)!

On the nose, when neat, there is a definite orange scent, on the palette, the orange comes through just as much. Also for a gin that is 57% proof the gin is very smooth and hardly burns the mouth and throat at all.

When tonic is added the orange scent is still there, hardly dissipated by the tonic water. John M detected more of an earthy scent with the tonic added. The tonic makes it a “spot-on” Gin and Tonic. The flavour is softened but not compromised!

 

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Most Wanted – Pinot Noir (Episode 209)

In this episode, we taste a Pinot Noir produced in New Zealand by Most Wanted Wines.

It was purchased from Sainsbury’s for £10.00

New Zealand normally produces some great Pinot Noir so we were interested to see how this one compared.

This particular Pinot Noir was very light in colour or put another way very translucent.

On the nose or if you prefer the scent of the wine was again very light and didn’t have those earthy notes that many Pinot Noir wines have.

The taste was very light, a little cherry taste, quite juicy, with a hint of tobacco.

The conclusion we came to was that this was not the best Pinot Noir we had ever tasted but was a “nice” wine.

 

 

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Red Sancerre (Episode 210)

In this episode, we taste a Sancerre, but a special Sancerre in that it is a Red Sancerre.

Sancerre is world renown and by many is viewed to be the best Sauvignon Blanc in the world.

Red wine from the region is not however so well known and typically is made with Pinot Noir.

On the nose, this wine didn’t exhibit the normal forest floor scent for John L whilst John M could smell it very very faintly.

The Scent from the wine was very light but strawberry fruit could be detected.

On the taste, the wine seems very one dimensional, the taste of strawberry was present but in John M’s view the tannins were a little too heavy for the lighter tasted experienced with this wine.

Our view of this particular wine, (Sancerre Rouge Les Champs Clos Pinot Noir is available from Sainsbury’s for £11.50) overall was disappointing from it’s lack of complexity of taste given the price.

 

 

 

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Zaccagnni’s Ikebana – Montepulciano (Episode 212)

In this episode, we taste a Montepulciano purchased from a restaurant, Devour at the Dye House, ( https://devour.co.uk ) which is local to John L. The owner of the restaurant, Olivia, recommended this particular wine and, rather than tasting it at the restaurant, I decided to take it to the cellar to taste with John M.

We start of the video with John M making a faux pas by saying the wine we are tasting is made from the same grapes as the famous Amarone wine. After filming he remembered that in fact, the grapes used for Amarone are Corvina, Corvinone and Rondinella, not Montepulciano. Amarone is also made in the north of Italy in the Valpolicella Region whilst the wine we were tasting, Ikebana originated in the Abruzzo Region (Colline Pescaresi – Indicazione Geografica Tipica (IGT)). If you take a look at our website we will provide an illustration showing where both of these wines are produced.

The wine is produced using the same techniques as Beaujolais Noveau – carbonic maceration which is a process where the whole grapes are fermented in a rich carbon dioxide environment prior to being crushed. This results in the wine being fruity and very low in tannins.

The colour was a vibrant purple, on the nose a blackcurrant and flora notes could be detected.

The taste was light but incredibly delicious but light and very fruity. Given the lightness of the wine, the length was surprisingly long.

We both scored this very highly and John L preferred this wine to Beaujolais Noveau!

 

 

 

 

 

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Seedlip Aromatic Alcohol Free Distilled Spirit (Episode 207 – Part 3) 2

In this episode, we taste Seedlip’s Alcohol-Free Distilled Spirits.

There are three versions Dry, Bitter and Aromatic.

In this the third part of the episode, we taste the Bitter version, neat, with Tonic Water and with Soda Water.

The colour and opaqueness of this drink when neat immediately reminded John L of a glass of Punch.

A combination of smokey incense and chocolate and, when tasted, these flavours follow through.

This was by far John M’s preferred out of the three. in fact, he actually said ” I never thought I would Wow about a non-alcoholic drink!

With tonic added it seemed to have more of a “Christmassy” taste with the smokey taste still coming through.

Finally with soda water added the small was still sophisticated, with the cloves, smokiness and chocolate still coming through.

Highly recommended!

 

 

 

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Seedlip – Bitter – Alcohol Free Distilled Spirit (Episode 207 – Part 2)

In this episode, we taste Seedlip’s Alcohol-Free Distilled Spirits.

There are three versions Dry, Bitter and Aromatic.

In this the second part of the episode, we taste the Bitter version, neat, with Tonic Water and with Soda Water.

Although this one is called Bitter we found the initial taste was sweet with a bitter after taste when drunk neat.

When tonic water was added the taste seemed to blossom and reminded us of Campari which of course is a bitter drink.

With soda water added the taste was lighter but more bitter.

All in all, if you like bitter drinks this is one for you to try!

 

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Seedlip – Dry – Alcohol Free Distilled Spirit (Episode 207 – Part 1)

In this episode, we taste Seedlip’s Alcohol-Free Distilled Spirits.

There are three versions Dry, Bitter and Aromatic.

In this first part of the episode, we taste the Dry version, neat, with Tonic Water and with Soda Water.

What will the two John’s think of it?

 

 

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M&S Lock Keepers Shiraz (Episode 206 – Part 2)

In the 2nd part of this episode, we taste a Shiraz from Marks and Spencer – Lock Keepers Reserve 2018 produced in South Eastern Australia.

The price of this wine at the time of writing is £9.00.

The nose was much more subtle than the Shiraz we tasted in part 1 of this episode.

It was much more difficult to detect the aromas of this wine, plum was present and John M also detected some tobacco and some spice.

On the palate, however, this wine had a full-on taste on the palate.

It had an intense fruit taste but was also very soft and smooth to the palate.

 

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