• Giant Steps Sexton Chardonnay 2012

    … I think this is stylistically closer to the Arthurs Creek than the Tarraford. There's more stone than creamy augmentation and something green springs from the glass. . . The mouth is greater than the nose. . . The sensory impact on the tongue more telling and demanding than the scent which seems to belong something else. It's bitter and pith like…

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  • 29.9.14

    … I've sniffed and cooked with fresh and dried Bay leaves before, but never sequentially or with intent. The larger green leaves have a softness and roundness to the their scent, they seem more complete, though milder and warmer. More nutmeg and cinnamon and less point. The dried leaves are sharper and more focused - with menthol, eucalyptus, cloves…

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  • Last week

    … tablespoons) and riesling (250mls, see below for note). Roast for approx 90 minutes at 180 degrees C. 2. Mac Forbes EB04 2012 Tradition Riesling. 12%. Ardea seal. 91 days on its skin. Clear. Perfumed with the scent of musk and something exotic. My imagination says a harem - it evokes the East with its rose petals and orange blossom…

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  • Six wines to complement Masterchef Sophie’s recipes

    … this velvety, Valpol and the ripasso technique, which builds flavour and texture in the wine via partially dried grape skins from Amarone wines, has worked a treat. Unoaked and yet full and smooth with a cassis theme and loads of spice, this is an imposing and impressive wine. ‘Behind the Label’ – 2011 Chénas, Cuvée Vieilles Vignes, Hubert Lapierre…

    8 readers - Matthew Jukes
  • Six stunning wines matched to Janet Street-Porter’s recipes

    … in Australia. With awesome herbal freshness and aromatic citrus lift this is a beautiful accompaniment for the Grilled mackerel with gooseberry purée recipe. 2014 La Boheme, Act 2 Pinot Noir Rosé, De Bortoli, Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia (approx. £16.00, Planet of the Grapes tel. 020 7929 7224, George Hill Ltd tel. 01509 212717, Dike & Sons tel…

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