Matthew Clark’s Discover, Love, Inspire tasting: our picks

Drinks: Wines
Location: France, South Africa, Spain

Matthew Clark’s portfolio has been growing, with 250 wines added in the last year. The agent’s Discover, Love, Inspire tasting yesterday offered a perfect opportunity to explore these new wines. Here are some of our favourites:

IMG_5109Bodega Goianea, Bat Gara Txakoli Uno 2014, Arabako Txakolina, Spain, £11.61
Fresh, mineral aromas with a tiny hint of hazelnut. The mineral notes carry through to the palate where they are paired with some ripe citrus for a mouth-filling texture. A precise lemon note cuts through the finish to cleanse the palate. Brilliant food wine.

Château La Gordonne, Verité du Terroir Rosé 2015, , Côtes de Provence, France, £13.55
Kicks off with a classic Provence rosé nose of fresh strawberry. There’s a real juiciness to the palate, which is packed with creamy red fruits balanced by fresh acidity.

Shannon Vineyards Semillon 2015, Elgin Valley, South Africa, £12.09

Yes: Semillon from SA. And it’s pretty good too. Fresh, zippy, lime aromas with a hint of vanilla lead to a super-fruity palate (more lime, plus ripe gooseberries) with crisp acidity and lovely freshness throughout. Delicious!

IMG_5104Shannon Vineyards Mount Bullet Merlot 2012, Elgin Valley, South Africa, £23.71
The big brother to Shannon’s Semillon, this top-of-the-range Merlot offers up attractive red and black fruit aromas, especially damson, plus some spice. Good acidity gives a lovely freshness to the palate, with some crisp red fruit notes, but still with that Merlot plushness.

Abbots & Delaunay Boréas Faugères 2013, Faugères, Languedoc-Roussillon, France, £15.61
We’re a bit in love with this Grenache/Syrah/Mourvèdre blend. Tight and quite structured aromas of red fruits, with a touch of blackcurrant and chocolate, open up to a smooth and seductive palate: elegant and long with lush blueberry fruit.

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