Tasting table

18 May, 2007

Two sips from the southern Rhône and South Australia

Caves Saint-Pierre, 2006

Côtes-du-Rhône

Supplier: Thierry's

Apple and citrus notes burst from this pale gold, summer slurper. Clean and fresh on the palate with a subtle minerality. Great value for the around-£5 price point. RE

Shingleback McLaren Vale

Cellar Door Shiraz 2005

Supplier: Raisin Social

Lovely packaging and wine that's equally classy. A smooth, cool and velvety wine that has an elegance you might not expect. (I expected more viscosity.) Try it slightly chilled. GH




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Talking terroir

When Bordeaux was in fashion, it seemed almost logical that we should fetishise winemakers. Here were people responsible for brilliant acts of blending, across large estates and multiple grape varieties, including superstars such as cabernet sauvignon and merlot. These days, fashion has moved on and pinot noir is ascendant. As a result, the star of the winemaker has fallen and we find ourselves following a new star in the sky: terroir.

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