Sean Thackrey – Pleiades XXVII. The chefs special!

This is one of the most interesting reds I've tasted! An experimental, non-vintage blend from unorthodox California winemaker Sean Thackrey.This example is the 27th release of what Thackrey describes as the "Chefs Special". Never standing still, The Pleiades is an ever changing blend of varieties sourced from growers throughout Napa Valley, Marin County and Mendocino.This … Continue reading Sean Thackrey – Pleiades XXVII. The chefs special!

The Chocolate Block 2018 (Boekenhoutskloof)

This wine has been on my radar for a while now, but only recently have I taken the plunge and picked up a bottle. A Southern-Rhone style blend, slightly tweaked with each vintage to take full advantage of seasonal variations, The Chocolate Block is full of new world character from South Africa's Swartland region. Considering … Continue reading The Chocolate Block 2018 (Boekenhoutskloof)

Domaine Maby – La Fermade Lirac (2015)

Here we have a wonderful example of a Southern Rhone red from the sometimes overlooked Lirac AOC. Often overshadowed by heavyweight neighbour Chateauneuf-du-pape, Lirac wines can offer great value for money, whilst still packing the big, bold yet elegant flavour profiles expected of the Rhone region. A vibrant ruby appearance paves the way for a … Continue reading Domaine Maby – La Fermade Lirac (2015)

Tinpot Hut – Hawkes Bay Syrah (2013)

I first tried this wine at a local tasting event and it completely stole the show. Needless to say, I picked up a bottle and have finally got around to giving this wine the attention it deserves. This is a fantastic Rhone style Syrah from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. A vibrant solid ruby to the … Continue reading Tinpot Hut – Hawkes Bay Syrah (2013)