Decanter Nov-2018

Published by TI Media Limited The world’s best wine magazine. It is simply the “wine bible”. Every month it provides recommendations on the world’s finest wines and tells you where you can find them. From top Bordeaux to the best value wine on the shelf, Decanter guides you through a maze of wine to help you find the right wine for you. It also offers interviews with leading wine personalities, in-depth guides to the wine regions and the latest wine news.

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california cabernet 2015

‘While it’s not a year for accountants, winemakers are both giddy and relieved at the quality and concentration of their wines’ NEARLY 650KM SEPARATE California’s northernmost quality Cabernet Sauvignon region, Lake County, and Santa Barbara County’s Happy Canyon appellation in the far south. What are the chances of near-mirror vintage conditions throughout a state that is larger and more diverse than many countries? Well, in 2015 that chance was nearly 100%, with the vast majority of producers using very similar words to describe the vintage. Those words were: ‘early’, ‘one of the coolest Mays on record’, ‘fifth consecutive year of drought’, ‘low-yielding and low-case volumes’, ‘more labour required’, ‘meticulous sorting’. While it’s not a year for accountants, winemakers are both giddy and relieved at the quality and concentration of their wines, which are…

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tasting notes decoded

Pomegranate Pomegranates are said to originate from the Middle East, but today their juicy seeds are found in drinks and sweet or savoury dishes around the world. Their tart taste can be compared to that of sour cherries or cranberries. Pomegranate can sometimes be expressed by fuller-bodied rosé wines, when their red fruit character combines with high acidity. Spanish rosés often display these characteristics, as with the Pyrene Rosado 2016 from Somontano – a blend of Tempranillo, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Or in this issue’s ‘Value red Burgundy’ feature (see p23), Tim Atkin MW highlights Domaine Truchetet’s Vieilles Vignes Bourgogne Rouge 2016, with its ‘intense raspberry and pomegranate fruit flavours’. You can also find pomegranate notes in red wines with vibrant acidity and a ripe red fruit flavour profile. This could include Cinsault…

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decanter retailer awards 2018

The judging panel Peter Richards MW is chairman of the Decanter Retailer Awards, an awarded writer and broadcaster Fiona Beckett is a contributing editor for Decanter and a wine correspondent for The Guardian Andy Howard MW is a regular Decanter contributor, DWWA judge and runs wine consultancy Vinetrades Peter Ranscombe is a freelance journalist, wine columnist and drinks blogger for Scottish Field magazine Matt Walls is a wine writer, author and editor of The London Wine Guide app The special awards ceremony was held on 20 September at OXO2 Tower Wharf on London’s South Bank. Our gratitude goes to González Byass for providing its Cava Brut Nature Reserva by Vilarnau, Lusco Albariño and Finca Constancia, Entre Lunas Organic Tempranillo. Look out for coverage in our next, December issue. Outstanding Retailer of the Year Winner The Wine Society A fair few names were in contention for…

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hooke’s top 10 from the adelaide hills

Daosa, Blanc de Blancs, Piccadilly Valley 2012 93 N/A UK A powerful, oak-tinged wine which has spent five years on lees following fermentation and ageing in seasoned foudre. Coconutty, toasty Chardonnay fruit aromas with creamy lees influences. Crisp and very dry to taste thanks to low dosage, it’s refined and long with refreshing acidity to finish. Drink 2018-2022 Alcohol 12.5% Deviation Road, Loftia Vintage Brut 2015 93 £24.99 (2012) Berkmann A blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay. The colour is light rose-gold and it has aromas of toffee apple, meringue and smoky vanilla. Open-knit and full palate with apple and yeast-developed flavours. The acidity is fresh and crisp, cleansing the finish and aftertaste. A wine of superb purity. Drink 2018-2022 Alc 12.5% Tapanappa, Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2016 97 £39-£46 Edencroft, Hailsham Cellars, Lay…

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the world of tinazzi

We were so poor that we were just about to sell the chairs”. This is the startling recollection of company president, Gian Andrea Tinazzi, about the beginning of his career, when he was only 18 years old and, together with his father Eugenio, had started to produce wine in a tiny basement in the village of Cavaion Veronese, not far from Verona. Gian Andrea was very young but he was already driven by a strong entrepreneurial spirit. 50 years after its foundation in 1968, Gruppo Tinazzi has grown into an established business with cellars and estates in Veneto and Puglia. The family involvement is still fundamental: Gian Andrea’s children, Giorgio and Francesca, now assist him in the enterprise. Tinazzi’s roots in the Veneto region: Bardolino and Valpolicella Despite its expansion towards the…

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beyond sugar

The impression of sweetness in a wine isn’t just down to how much residual sugar and acidity it has. The following list of factors can also play a role: Oak Ageing in contact with oak can release sweet-tasting compounds into the wine. It can also impart flavours that are associated with sweetness, such as naturally occurring vanillin, or caramel or coffee flavours produced from toasting the oak over a flame. Ripeness The flavours of very ripe grapes – overripe, jammy or dried fruits – can prompt us to think of the sweetness that would usually accompany these flavours in nature, even if the wine which contains these flavours has been fermented to dryness. Alcohol Alcohol can taste sweet (as can glycerol), so a wine with a high alcohol content can taste slightly sweet even if it…