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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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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 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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what I am drinking today: Petit chablis , Alain Geoffroy 2012

Chablis just at the north west of the bulk of the burgundy region, almost far enough away to be thought of a region on its own. It shares with burgundy the claim to be thought of as the spiritual home of chardonay, as all the wines of the top four ac’s  grand crumbles premiere crumbles chablis and petit chablis are all 100% chardonnay . Blending is permitted in basic ac bourgogne. It is also hotbed of discussion of that particular French concept of terroir – simply stated wine is an expession of place and particularly soil. Purists believe that chablis shoud only be grown on the kimmeridgean clay and not on the similar portlandian soil which was largely given the lesser petit chablis appelation . The lines have been blurred recently. Unlike aussie and other new world charrdonnays chablis does not tend to see any oak, its the flinty mineral character the producers crave. This style is becoming much more common style as the fashion for big oaky wines has become passe
This example from Alain Geoffroy is light golden in colour with a lovely floural aroma ,you definatly get the minerally elements with some citrus flavours good acidity and a long finish. Top notch stuff!

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