Chateau Timberlay Bordeaux Superior 2015, Bordeaux, France 

Upfront this is all ripe blackcurrant from the merlot, the vast majority of the grapes in the blend at 85%. The good news is that this also makes for a softer and less tannic wine, meaning we can drink it sooner. There’s spicy notes and peppery notes too with a hint of red fruit from the little 5% cabernet franc, while the remaining 10% of cabernet sauvignon gives it structure. As it’s a lighter bodied wine, I’m looking for a grilled wild boar chop or roast pork, or even roast chicken rather than a hunk of BBQd beef on my plate. 

CSPC + 30072 $18 

Culmina Merlot 2015, Golden Mile Bench, Okanagan Valley 

Wow, just wow. You can tell from the weight and feel of the bottle that there’s going to be something special in there – and you’d be right. This is no shy and retiring wine; from the minute your nose gets anywhere close to the glass, you’re in the land of luscious and juicy, ripe black plums and mulberries. It’s a wine for exactly this time of year (it’s snowing while I’m writing this!). That pencil-lead aroma and flavour that I love is evident too, and on the palate you just don’t want it ever to finish – and lucky for you, it does have a very lengthy, silky finish. And to eat with it? Who needs to eat with a wine this good… although if you must, then do be sure to have a long-simmered lamb leg or casserole on the menu.  

CSPC + 795650 Around $58 

Emiliana Adobe Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Casablanca, Chile 

Without a doubt this was my first 2018 wine! And what a wine – mouth-watering, bracing acidity and that tell-tale pink grapefruit on the nose and on the palate. It’s just what you want if it’s warm where you are, or when you’ve had enough coffee for the day and need to refresh your taste buds. A fine example of Casablanca sauvignon blanc. And bonus – it’s fully organic with 5 different certifications. Bring on the goat cheese! 

CSPC +733159 $13 

 

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