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An experimental blend of red Xynomavro and white Roditis, so no vintage date or appellation given. But experimental in another way, which the fantasy …

My own name on the label of a 40th magnum. Nuff said. Well almost. Real precision of the fruit component in a rich, complex, …

Writing a little from memory, as this was served at my 40th, alongside Zind-Humbrecht 2003 Windsbuhl Riesling from 3L D-mag. Mid-deep gold. Beautifully mature, …

Bought for a palate calibration on the morning of the Paper 1 MW exam, and a really good, balanced, elegant varietal Semillon – unusually …

Another highlight of the Odd Whites tasting. Really showed the crisply aromatic, yet light and delicate style of Treixadura, compared with the often oilier, …

A surprise finale to Richard Hemming’s JR.com Riesling blind tasting – a classically-styled Beerenauslese (albeit more fruit-forward), but from South Africa. Nicely-balanced acidity and …

A highlight of my 2nd Zenith wine tasting, showing a very aromatic wine – which it did to perfection. Classic Alsatian Gewürz, but remarkable …

Charlie Melton’s accidentally mis-translated Château-Neuf-du-Papes blend. Equal Grenache and Syrah, with 4% Mourvèdre. Mid ruby-garnet. Ripe, refined plum and ripe raspberry. Meat development to …

This was in our First Year Assessment: a cryo-extracted sweet Marlborough Riesling… So I needed to retaste it and understand why it was (apparently) …

The way to balance a whopping 244 g/L sugar? 11.5 g/L acidity! Quite a stunning wine in the sense of its balance at such …