October Wines of the Month: Reyneke Organic Chenin/Chardonnay/Sauvignon 2010 & Torbreck The Woodcutter’s Shiraz 2009

September is an intensive month in the London tasting calendar so it’s no easy task to single out my October Wines of the Month, but here they are:

Reyneke Organic Chenin/Chardonnay/Sauvignon 2010 (WO Coastal)

South Africa’s white Chenin based blends excite me and the Reyneke – in its maiden release – is a worthy addition to the fold.  First it’s different.  Instead of going down the Swartland Rhone with a twist route, in cooler Stellenbosch Johan Reyneke has blended his Chenin with Sauvignon and Chardy.  Second, it comes in under a tenner.  Third, while it’s dried honey edge points towards a hands off approach, the fruit is deliciously pristine. Well groomed by oak, a muscular mid-palate shows rich, ripe peach and exotic mandarin.  A smart, sleek, poised wine.  13% abv.  £9.50 The Wine Society.

Torbreck The Woodcutter’s Shiraz 2009 (Barossa)

Torbreck’s Dave Powell is the man behind The Laird, Australia’s most expensive wine but, make no mistake, plenty of love, care and attention is lavished on each and every wine including this, his entry level Shiraz.  It’s a joyous affair with classic jube notes to its fleshy red and black fruits which are, less classically, lifted and layered with damask to nose and palate.  A fluid, perfumed, heady beaut.   Watch this space for my report of a fantastic tasting navigating the ins and outs of the Barossa presented by Powell.  £16.95 at Wine Direct

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