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Cleef’s Classic Shiraz-Viognier 2014


When Nicholas Cleef first purchased Kleine Zalze in 1695 his vision was that Stellenbosch had the potential to produce world class wines. I’m sure if he When Nicholas Cleef first purchased Kleine Zalze in 1695 his vision was that Stellenbosch had the potential to produce world class wines. I’m sure if he

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Cleef’s Classic Shiraz-Viognier
were around today he would be pleasantly surprised at how far, not only Stellenbosch, South Africa has come.

March 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

Cleef’s Classic Chenin Blanc 2015


South Africa has long been known for their Chenin Blanc. At one point two thirds of the white coming out of this country was Chenin.
South Africa has long been known for their Chenin Blanc. At one point two thirds of the white coming out of this country was Chenin.

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Cleef’s Classic Chenin Blanc
Cleef’s comes from the Stellenbosch estate of Kleine Zalze, and named after founder, Nicholas Cleef, who continues that legacy of producing great wine from the Loire based fruit via the Coastal Region of South Africa.

March 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

Colombo & Fille Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2014


Wine making runs deep within the Colombo family, a clan of winemakers whose wines I have loved in the past with patriarch, Jean-Luc Colombo’s broad range of Rhone wines. This white Cote du Rhone produced by Jean-Luc’s daughter, Laure Colombo shows that she has inherited her fathers skills as a fine wine producer.

March 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

Baroncini 1489 Chianti Riserva 2012


The number, 1489, emblazoned across the top of the label here is in reference to when the Baroncini family first planted their vines in San Gimignano, Tuscany, Italy.

March 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

Te Awa Left Field Albariño 2015


But, surely not!? Albariño is from Spain…I hear you cry, or maybe not. I love advocating the unusual so when me and my colleagues discovered this gem from New Zealand … Continue reading

March 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

Le Prieuré de Saint – Céols Menetou – Salon 2014


In the Loire we are more familiar with the names of Sancerre, Pouilly Fumé and Touraine but what about Sancerre’s buddy next door, Menetou – Salon? The Eastern region of … Continue reading

March 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

Le Chapelle de Marin Cotes du Rhône 2014


  This is a new addition to Warren Wines range and at £6.99 it offers quite a lot. A blend of 60% Grenache Noir, 20% Carignan, 10% Mourvedre and 10% … Continue reading

March 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

Hancock & Hancock Cabernet – Touriga 2014


We have a slight oddity in this wine and that is the addition of Portugal’s great Port grape, Touriga. Touriga is a small, dark, tannic variety that adds some weight … Continue reading

March 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

Chandon Argentina Launches in the UK


  Moёt & Chandon’s first venture outside of France goes all the way back to 1959 where the then president of Moёt, Count Robert Jean de Vogüe, along with oenologist, … Continue reading

May 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Harpers – Mike Matthews recent Top Three wines reviewed


On a recent research mission to the offices of Harpers Wine & Spirit, I was asked to come up with my top three recently tasted wines; which were to be … Continue reading

October 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

Harpers – Mike Matthews on Stevens Garnier’s Portuguese portfolio


Portuguese wines are good, fact! I’m not entirely sure why I tend to ignore them at trade events. My eyes were first opened up to the greater possibilities of Portugal‘s … Continue reading

May 17, 2013 · 2 Comments

Mike Matthews – Les Deux Cesars 2010 – justgreatwine.co.uk


Brits Charles and Rose Simpson bought Domaine Sainte Rose in the Languedoc region of France back in 2002. Following on from Charles’ successful career in Pharmaceutical marketing with GlaxoSmithKline and … Continue reading

December 17, 2012 · 3 Comments

Mike Matthews – A Profile of California’s King of Zin – Joel Peterson and Ravenswood Wines


California has been a hotbed of great wine for many years now, even if somewhat misunderstood. The massed produced styles of Gallo’s Rosé have dominated supermarkets and High St outlets … Continue reading

December 4, 2012 · 4 Comments

Mike Matthews – Spier Winery: A coalition between Art & Wine


How would you describe a wine tasting, what goes on? If you’ve never been to a tasting, what do you think happens? I suppose you could say that it’s simple! … Continue reading

November 9, 2012 · 2 Comments

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