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

Julie Sheppard

Julie Sheppard

09 March 2016

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:

Bodega 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!

Shannon 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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