A new age classic! Chateau Teyssier – Saint Émilion Grand Cru (2009)

During my recent obsession with Saint-Émilion Bordeaux's, I stumbled accross this modern style example from a prestigious 2009 vintage. This Chateau Teyssier represents a really interesting example of the classic Merlot / Cab Franc blend, typical of the area. Nicely aged yet still in its infancy, the Teyssier shows a bright glossy garnet in the … Continue reading A new age classic! Chateau Teyssier – Saint Émilion Grand Cru (2009)

Chapter 3 – Level up!

A balanced effort of academia and tasting sessions have developed my knowledge in the art of wine analysis, articulating flavours, varietal styles and grape varieties as well as an overall assessment of wines true quality. Variety is the spice of life etc... Following on from my studies I've been attending tastings a plenty, sampling a … Continue reading Chapter 3 – Level up!

Clos Villemaurine – Saint-Émilion Grand Cru (2002)

This ones a bit special, a Christmas present I was saving to stave off the new year blues. This classic merlot, cabernet franc blend is an excellently aged example of a Saint-Émilion Grand Cru. In the glass, this wine gives a brilliantly rich tawny appearance, dragging you in straight away with its elegant shine! A … Continue reading Clos Villemaurine – Saint-Émilion Grand Cru (2002)

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)

Chapter 2 – What next…

December in wine... The end to 2018 proved to be very busy, yet highly educational. The Christmas period provided many, many wine orientated event's, with great opportunities to connect with local enthusiasts, not to mention a great excuse to crack open a bottle or two. A number of local wine tasting events has introduced me … Continue reading Chapter 2 – What next…

Festive Reds! Block 18 – Cabernet Sauvignon (2016)

Block 18 - Cabernet Sauvignon (2016) When I sat down to write this ultimate instalment of my festive reds I had the perfect candidate in mind. A highly recommended full bodied Argentinian blend from the well renowned Mendoza region. I made my initial notes with the full intention of writing this up as festive red … Continue reading Festive Reds! Block 18 – Cabernet Sauvignon (2016)

Festive Reds! San Gregorio – Las Martas Garnacha (2014)

San Gregorio - Las Martas Garnacha (2014) For part two of my festive reds were off to sun-drenched Calatayud, Spain. With high altitudes and hot dry summers this region produces some fantastic big bold reds with juicy ripe fruits. Upon pouring you are greeted with a deep intense dark purple colour, followed by a strong … Continue reading Festive Reds! San Gregorio – Las Martas Garnacha (2014)

Festive Reds! Nero Grande – Appassimento (2016)

Nero Grande - Appassimento (2016)The first installation of my festive reds showcases this fantastic winter warmer from sunny southern Italy. A blend of Negroamaro and Primitovo present a deep ruby red shine, with the nose giving big ripe blackberries. The flavours do not disappoint, with bold dark fruit flavours complimenting creamy vanilla notes. The Apassimento … Continue reading Festive Reds! Nero Grande – Appassimento (2016)

Chapter 1 – Searching for inspiration…

The search for Inspiration can be a personal discovery, derived from the deliberate or accidental pursuit of fulfilment. For me, I have decided to begin this pursuit in the world of wine. For those who stumble across this blog, I hope to provide you with an insight of my journey throughout wine induced meditation, as … Continue reading Chapter 1 – Searching for inspiration…