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what am I drinking today: bonnievale cab shiraz 2010 by wineknownothing on SoundCloud

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What am I drinking today: Caoba Torrentes, Los Haroldos

In todays ever increasing or should I say broadening wine market “new world” countries always seem keen to find that destintive style or varietal that aliwys them to stand out from the crowd. New Zealand has sauvignon, Australia has shiraz , South Africa has pinotage ( I did listen to a very eloquent podcast recenty that preached the virtues of chenin as the national grape of SA?) . Similar to South Africa Argentina has two candidates for its defining grape the red malbec or the white torrontes. As you might suspect until very recently Argentinan torrentes was thought to be the galician torrentes due to the number of migrants from that part of Spain. Today however with the use of csi style  dna fingerprint technology it is actually a crossing of muscat of Alexandria with mission ( a Spanish variety introduced by catholic migrants to produce sacremental wine) so is considered as Argentinan. So how does this national grape fare?
I got this one from addisons wines
a midlands based merchant.

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Great aroma and a bunch of fruit flavours with good acid balance there’s no oak here with lovely crisp finish this is a bargain and one I will definatly have again!

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What am I drinking today: Caoba Torrentes, Los Haroldos

In todays ever increasing or should I say broadening wine market “new world” countries always seem keen to find that destintive style or varietal that aliwys them to stand out from the crowd. New Zealand has sauvignon, Australia has shiraz , South Africa has pinotage ( I did listen to a very eloquent podcast recenty that preached the virtues of chenin as the national grape of SA?) . Similar to South Africa Argentina has two candidates for its defining grape the red malbec or the white torrontes. As you might suspect until very recently Argentinan torrentes was thought to be the galician torrentes due to the number of migrants from that part of Spain. Today however with the use of csi style  dna fingerprint technology it is actually a crossing of muscat of Alexandria with mission ( a Spanish variety introduced by catholic migrants to produce sacremental wine) so is considered as Argentinan. So how does this national grape fare?
I got this one from addisons wines
a midlands based merchant.

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Great aroma and a bunch of fruit flavours with good acid balance there’s no oak here with lovely crisp finish this is a bargain and one I will definatly have again!

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Happy Birthday, Woody!

gotta love woody “especially the early funny ones” -stardust memories cool

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Yesterday, December 1, was Woody Allen’s birthday. He turned 78 years old. I’ve made it abundantly clear that I’m a huge Woody Allen fan. It all started halfway through college when I wrote about him for one of my film classes. I quickly became hooked on his writing, films, and humor, and I ended up writing a 50+ page paper about him, his life, and his films and writing. It was one of my favorite papers to write, and it never once felt like ‘work.’ He is a fascinating man and if you haven’t seen one of his movies, you’ve got a lot to choose from. Get started! I’m almost jealous if you haven’t seen any of his work because that just means you get to discover and watch his talent for the first time. With over 50 films, there are so many to enjoy. Having thoroughly enjoyed his recent…

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What am I drinking today: Intipalka tannat 2012

Pisco Pisco!! that’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Peru ( notwithstanding the dispute with Chile over the provenace of the term) .For people of my generation Paddington bear would be the most recognizable Peruvian export , not a source of top quality table wine. I have read many an article predicting the next big thing in the wine world and a good many have mention this south American paradice as worthy of the moniker and if this wine is typical of what they can produce I would concour!
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In its ancestral home of Madiran in the south west  of France tannat has a reputation for an almost untamable tannic monster but here in the South”valley of the sun” its a very different story .
The winery has been family run for 3 generations and at the turn of the century invested in a major modernization program .
Well that’s the background what of the wine? well its definatlly worth the wine http://rudewines.co.uk. Deep colour bags of ripe fruit aromas its in the mouth where this wine really packs a punch. A beautiful structure of well rounded tannins, lots of fruit flavours almost velvetyfeel and a long finish. Its a knockout!

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What I am drinking today: Bonnievale Cellar, cabernet shiraz 2010

when I first started drinking wine before the birth of the rainbow nation ( much in the news after the sad death of Nelson Mandela) South African wines were largely absent from the supermarket shelves, least that’s how I remember it. Scince then there has been an explosion of imports so much that many shelves will be reserved for wines of south Africa. it has developed a reputation for steely dry wines from chenin blanc and has its own signature red varietal in pinotage.
  I have always been unsure of buying wines from here unless I was sure of the ethics of the  producers. Farming and land rights is a delicate political issue, an approch you can argue doesn’t help the wider economy economy so harms all.
I got this wine as part of an introductory case from new merchant rude wines  http://www.rudewine.co.uk . It comes from Bonnievale Cellar’s premium range. Its from Robertson a district of the breed river valley.

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its a blend of cabernet sauvignon and shiraz ( pictured above) very much a new world marriage. The great vine of the medoc and the star of hermitage began their courtship in Australia , hence the Australian synonym, and I must say they make a very complimentary couple!
As soon as it hits the glass you get the deep purple colour with aromas of spicy dark fruit. I definatly got a tell tale hint of pepper so often seen with shiraz but also some ripe fruit and vanilla from some oak treatment . The finish was quite smooth all un all a very pleasant drop definatly one to have again.

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