Something different from the New and Old world and an all-time favourite…
1. Clos st Thomas 2006 ‘Les Gourmets Rouge’, Bekaa Valley – Lebanon
This has your typical Lebanese characteristics – full of farmyard notes followed by ripe fruits, and tobacco. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon / Syrah and Cinsault. This is an interesting tipple that would go well with a nice red meat roast to enhance those meaty farmyard flavours in the wine.
2. Domaine de la Chesnaie ‘2009’ Vin de Pays Rose, Loire Valley – France
Elegant, subtle and a beautiful baby pink colour. On the palate you experience notes of ripe strawberries and raspberries with an underlying woodiness that peaks through. Matched with a nice summer pasta dish, you cant go wrong.
3. Domaine des Caillots ‘2009’ Sauvignon, Touraine – Loire Valley
One of the nicest French Sauvignon’s i have had since the Pascal Jolivet Sancerre in 2007. Delicious notes of apple, melon, gooseberry and citrus. Light-medium body – cheap and cheerful.
4. Ken Forrester Petit! Cab Sauv/Merlot ‘2008’ , Western Cape – South Africa
Not bad for one of the cheaper range in the KF collection. The nose showed plentiful dark black fruit with notes of herbs and coal. The palate was drenched in blackberries, plums and a touch of wood and tobacco.
5. Wild Rock Infamous Goose Sauvignon ‘2009’, Marlborough – NZ
An all time favourite at an eye catching price point and always a star with any company – in this case a BBQ with South Africans! Vibrant, mouthwatering and chock full of tropical fruits, and fresh cut lime. Yum!