R1 tasting
 
This weekend I have decided to go for a white Burgundy;  in everything but name.  The same grape variety, Chardonnay, french oak for the fermentation and cool climate vineyards with Burgundy like terroir.   The Multi Award Winning 2013 Undurraga TH Chardonnay, Limari, Chile.
Although the winery was founded in 1895 the comapany is always looking to progress and thus the introduction of the TH or 'Terroir Hunter' range - which seeks out wines which combine the best match of climate, soil and grape variety was launched.
 
Sleek and modern with attractive flinty and steely notes, fresh bread and citrus fruits. Dry, crisp and fresh palate with piercing acidity and vibrant minerality.
£19.99 p/b or 2 for £30

To warm your cockles this weekend I have decided to head down under and offer to taste a cracking example of 2012 McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon.  From the Thomas Goss vineyards which were originally established by their namesake who hailed from Totnes, Devon.   The tasting note from the Aussie wine critic James Halliday sums the wine up perfectly

91 Points, James Halliday   Australian Wine Companion 2015 Edition 
Bright crimson-purple, and the palate fulfils all of the promise of the colour; lush blackcurrant and black cherry fruit make a slightly unusual duo, but there can be no complaint about the outcome, gently savoury tannins tying a bow on the finish. Exceptional value.
£120 for 12 (£10p/b!!!), 2 for £25 and £14.99p/b