R1 tasting
 
Two very different wines for your drinking pleasure this weekend.  Now you may or may not know I have  a particular soft spot for the wines of Marques de Murrieta,  I find their Riojas sublime.  However they have an out post in Rias Baixas in North West Spain, the home of Albarino where the 2016 Pazo Barrantes Albarino is produced. This 12 hectare estate goes back to the 16th Century and provides the perfect atlantic influenced conditions for producing exquisite and complex Albarino.
94 Pts Robert Parker
 
£21.99p/b, £110 per six pack
 
We then head to one of the most dynamic wine producing countries; South Africa.  More importantly the Wester Cape.  It is from here that Trizanne Barnard finds the fruit for the delightful 2014 Bonfire Hill Extreme Vineyards Blend. She has a passion for making wines sourced from the most extreme vineyards and blending them to perfection. Trizanne seeks out grapes from wind-ravaged vineyards in Elim and the Overberg, from dryland bush vines in the warm Swartland, and from the cold, high slopes of the Piekernierskloof.
A decadent blend of Shiraz, Malbec, Pinot Noir, Barbera and Cinsault.
Come and taste for yourself how this concoction works so well as a blend.
 
£12.99 or £6 for £65