Tasting table

08 January, 2010

Invivo Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough, New Zealand (rrp £11.99)?This is the second vintage from boutique wine brand Invivo, which?has teamed up with industry consultant Angela Mount. It has?a crisp, gooseberry nose, with fresh green apple notes and subtle tropical flavours. Well-balanced and medium-long finish.

NC??Viñalba Selección Torrontés?Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza (rrp £7.99)?This is the latest edition Viñalba?– a joint venture between Buckingham Schenk and Mendoza-based Domaine Vistalba, which is owned by Hervé and Diane Joyaux Fabre. Very pale, floral and stonefruits on the nose. Elegant, with lots of apricot on the palate. Medium finish.

NC??Isabelo Pinotage 2008?Imbuko Wines, South Africa?(rrp £4.99)?A very worthy winner of Off

icence News’ trophy for Best Overall Fairtrade Red Wine. A complex nose of sweet plums, fresh black fruit and spice, followed by full, ripe berry flavours on the palate, combined with an underlying sweetness of banana and vanilla. Firm tannins?and a smooth, long aftertaste.


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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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