26 October MS Walker Wines October 26, 2017By Rheebo General, Tasting Kathleens Wine Picks, Savour Wine & Cheese 0 Kathleens Wine Picks of the Week I trust this finds you warm and dry, on the couch with a dreamy book that takes you to far off places, with a trusted furry friend by your feet and a fire lit to warm the cockles of your heart. 2015 Dona Maria, Alentejano, Vinho Branco, Portugal ~ $18.99 According to history, this estate, with its tiles from the 18th Century and local marble, was once acquired by King João V and given as a present to a lady of the court, D. Maria, with whom he was madly in love. The estate and the wine currently produced here were named in her honour. The estate is also known as Quinta do Carmo because a few years after the construction of the house a chapel was built, dating from 1752, dedicated and consecrated to "Our Lady of Carmel". This is an attractive, soft blend of Arinto, Viosinho and Antão Vaz. A citrus and medium yellow color, it has aromas of matured tropical fruit and lime and a round and creamy palate with balanced acidity, which retains the tropical fruit found on the aroma. With white fruit flavors and a warm, ripe texture, it's crisp, fruity and ready to drink. 2016 Beyra, Reserva, Siria, Fonte Cal, Portugal ~ $17.99 The soul of this wine lies in the unique combination of the Síria and Fonte Cal native grape varieties, from vines planted in purely granite soils with quartz veins, in the Douro River's hydrographical basin, at an average altitude of 725 metres above sea level. Grown on granite soil that is shot through with quartz, this is the epitome of a mineral, structured wine. On top of that texture, the wine has great minerality, with ripe lemon and grapefruit, with vibrant acidity and great structure. 2015 Bastide Miraflors, Syrah, Grenache, Roussillon, France ~ $17.99 One of the most advanced wineries in the region, Jean-Marc and his wife Elaine are crafting "must buy" wines from the region of Roussillon. The Bastide Miraflors is a blend of Syrah and old-vine Grenache, and they are practicing organic with an average vine age of 55 years. A custom cuvee put together by Eric Solomon and Jean-Marc Lafage, this is from a Roussillon vineyard that resembles many Chateauneuf du Pape vineyards. The wine undergoes a long maceration of six weeks, and the result is an inky, blue, purple colored wine offering a big, sweet bouquet of blueberries, blackberries, acacia flowers, pepper and spice. This full-bodied, opulent, majestic dry red unleashes tremendous ripeness, richness and intensity. This wine is almost too good to be true. A blend of 70% Syrah and 30% Grenache that was brought up in concrete tanks (Grenache) and demi-muids (Syrah), the 2015 Bastide Miraflors Vieilles Vignes reminded me of a mini Syrah from California's Manfred Krankl (yes I just compared a $18 Syrah to Sine Qua Non). It's a ripe, sexy, heady beauty that exhibits a deep, purple color as well as killer notes of smoked meats, chocolate, blackberry and black raspberries. Deep, unctuous, open knit and layered, it continues to change in the glass, has a seamless and silky profile, and not a hard edge to be found. It's a sensational value that needs to be tasted to be believed." 94 points, Robert Parker 2015 Kanankop, Kadette, South Africa ~ $16.99 This succulent Cape blend of Pinotage, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc from South Africa's premier Pinotage producer shows ripe raspberries, black currant and mocha flavors on the nose, with hints of mocha, dark chocolate, blackberry and cinnamon on the palate. This wine has good length with a dry finish and can mature for a further 7-8 years. A distinctive smoky, earthy character makes this supple, full bodied red the ultimate grilling or tailgate wine. I call this the 'Go Pats Pinotage Blend' ! 2015 Torbreck, 'Woodcutter's Shiraz', Barossa, Australia ~ $21.99 One of Australia's leading wineries, Torbreck Vintners was founded by David Powell in 1994. He affectionately named his winery "Torbreck" after a forest in Scotland where he once worked as a lumberjack. Torbreck produces wines exclusively from the most revered vineyards in the Barossa Valley, home to some of the oldest vines and clonal material in the world, thanks to its freedom from phylloxera. Low yielding vineyards, all hand tended and hand harvested, open-fermented and basket-pressed, then matured in large-format, seasoned oak for 12 months. It has texture and complexity rarely found at its price-point. Red wines are produced from the classic Barossa varieties -Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro, using manual, traditional methods. Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2015 Woodcutter's Shiraz offers up notes of crushed black plums and black cherries with hints of tar, spice box and licorice. Unashamedly full-bodied, soft and well-balanced, it has a great concentration of ripe black fruit and baking spice flavors. Comment (0) Comments are closed.