Tim Atkin | Master of Wine

Tim’s Tasting Notes


2010 Santa Carolina, Herencia Carmenère , Los Lingues & Peumo, Colchagua & Cachapoal Valley

£63.67, 14.8%, Desoutter & James

Some may baulk at the hefty, body-builder bottle, but there's no denying the balance, freshness and sheer class of this polished Carmenère from Chile. It's ripe, textured and not remotely vegetal, with fine tannins, subtle use of oak and notes of mint, cassis and damson. The sort of wine that makes you see Carmenère in a new light. 





2004 Vinyes dels Aspres, Bac de les Ginesteres, Emporda , Empordà

€25 (37.5cl), 14.5%,

Savoury, spicy, complex, mature, espresso notes with some sun-dried rancio complexity and Tokaj like acidity. Hazelnut and dried fruits, with complexity that builds on the palate. Complex, Sherry-like notes. Superb.




Castillo Perelada, Ex Ex 9, Empordà 2010/2011, Empordà

€50, 14.5%,

Ex ex stands exceptional experiences, apparently, with this being the ninth release under this label. Aromatic, alcoholic and eucalyptus-perfumed, this is a revolutionary blend of Sangiovese and Nero d’Avola with bright acidity, medium tannins and good structure, with vanilla oak adding an extra layer of flavour.




2009 Terra Remota, Clos Adrien, Empordà , Empordà

€40 , 15%,

A rich, slightly figgy blend of Syrah and Grenache with spicy oak, firm tannins and notes of rosemary and thyme. Rich and dense, with a slightly drying finish.  The alcohol is a little marked on the finish.




2005 Castillo Perelada Finca Garbet, Empordà

E100, 14%, El Celler Petit

Unusually for Finca Garbet, this is made from 100% Syrah (normally it contains some Cabernet). It's a very impressive wine: wild and smoky, with freshness and minerality, well integrated tannins and a long, balanced finish. Very Syrah, with notes of iodine and liquorice and a firm finish. The only question mark is over the price.