Gran Familia Rioja Reserva 2012, Spain, NZD $21.95
Hesketh Wild at Heart Rosé 2017, South Australia, AUD $14
For many years I was a regular and enthusiastic buyer of Dry River wines.
I tasted the latest crop of Mazza wines, all of which are modestly priced, and found a lot to like.
My recent tasting of 100 grenache and blends, together with fringe Italian and Spanish varieties, yielded a stack of lovely drinking wines.
It’s always a pleasure to review Dry River’s new releases.
The world will be watching eagerly when Alvaro Palacios releases his first super-duper Rioja from the unfashionable southern part of the region, Rioja Baja, this year.
Muriel 2010 Rioja Reserva, Spain, $35.00 This was my favourite out of a trio of wines from the same stable; the more expensive Gran Reserva ($50) and less expensive 2012 Crianza ($25). It was a “Three Bears” experience. The Gran Reserva seemed too tired while
Annual Taste wine awards for Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sparkling Wine, Sweet Wine, Rosé, Pinot Noir, Reds other than Pinot Noir and New Varieties. For each group, Bob presents his top picks in the Under $20, $20 – $30 and Over $30 price brackets. Trophy Awards are also allocated to the overall Best Red, Best White, Best to Cellar and many other categories.
Tempranillo is a rapidly growing segment of the red wine market, which may not be very significant in terms of wine volume but the number of brands is substantial. And the quality of wine is improving fast. It’s now common for any given shiraz producer