Tim Atkin | Master of Wine

Tim’s Tasting Notes

Christmas Countdown

88

2014 Santa Ana Malbec, Mendoza

£5.99, 12.5%, Majestic

Aromatic, attractive and showing all the exuberance and fruit sweetness of Mendoza Malbec at its most appealing, this is all about fruit rather than power, alcohol and oak. There’s enough tannin and structure here to partner a Christmas roast or a thick steak.

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90

2011 Vin de Corse Porto Vecchio, Domaine de Torraccia

£13.95, 12.5%, Yapp Brothers

A four-way Corsican blend of Grenache and Syrah with local Nielluccio and Sciacarello, this is savoury-sweet and complex with a hint of the unshaven rusticity that’s often a feature of the local wines. An unusual French wine that speaks with an Italian accent.

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90

2012 Thymiopolous Jeunes Vignes , Naoussa

£12.50, 13.5%, Oddbins

Oddbins pioneered Greeek wines in the UK and continues to do a great job of promoting its individual, invariably good value wines. Try this pale, complex Xynomavro, which tastes like a cross between a red Burgundy and a Barolo. The tannins need food to show at their best.

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93

2011 Les Blancs Manteaux, Domaine de la Noblaie , Chinon, Loire Valley

£13.50, 13%, Haynes, Hanson & Clark

The “white coats” in the name refers to the limestone soils that give this remarkable Cabernet Franc its refreshing minerality. Pure, almost transparent winemaking allows the terroir to speak. Grassy, elegant and refined with a long, polished finish and filigree tannins.

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89

2012 Asda Extra Special Dão

£5, 13.5, Asda

A tasty, appealingly priced blend of Touriga Nacional, Jaen and Tinta Roriz (aka Tempranillo), this tastes as good as it looks. Floral, fresh and lightly oaked with subtle red fruit flavours and tangy acidity that refreshes the palate. A total bargain. There aren't many red wines this good selling for a fiver or less. 

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