Marcarini Lasarin Nebbiolo Langhe DOC, Piedmont 2012 $33 For an entry-level nebbiolo, ie not Barolo nor Barbaresco, this is stunningly good. It has a spicy, briary bouquet with crushed-rock and ferrous mineral notes, and turns dry and savoury in the mouth with surprising intensity and
Rafael Palacios Louro do Bolo Godello lias finas, Valdeorras, Spain, 2011 $36 The colour is bright medium-yellow and it smells creamy and nutty with a touch of spicy oak among the yeasty lees-derived aromas. Soft, rich and intense in the mouth, with density and fleshy texture.
Artadi Vinas de Gain Tempranillo, Rioja 2010 $69 This terrific red from the Rioja Alta is deep, bright purple red coloured and loaded with boysenberry and dark-cherry aromas, tinged with aniseed. It’s very ripe and intense in the mouth, concentrated, firmly structured and needs time.
Delgado Zuleta La Goya Manzanilla, Jerez $16.50 / 375ml Pale yellow colour and fresh, clean apple and flor yeast aromas: racy and lip-smacking fresh. Light and vital in the mouth, bone-dry, and very appetizing. Exactly what a manzanilla should be. Drink soonest: mine was bottled
If you’ve been out and about in wine bars recently you might have noticed a large clear container of red wine perched on the counter. It has a steel tube coming out of the top with a tap and a lump of cherry-wood for a handle. Scrawled on the demijohn is its name: Voice Of The People. You’ll see it in Balmain’s Riverview Hotel, Danks Street Depot, Firefly, Delicado, Fratelli Paradiso, Glebe Point Diner, Fix St James, and several other establishments.