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D’Oliveiras Terrantez 1977

D’Oliveiras, Reserva Terrantez, Madeira, Portugal, 1977 On terrantez styles According to Madeira Wine Guide (MWG) and BBR, there are two vintage terrantez styles, both are richly flavoured, but one is rather sweet and the other very dry, not unlike sercial. A differentiating characteristic, … Continue reading

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Cave de Rasteau VDN 2007

Cave de Rasteau, Vin Doux Naturel Rasteau (Ambre), AOC Rasteau, Vaucluse, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, France, 2007 On Rasteau VDNs There are 11 variants of this VDN, all based on grenache. This variety is bush pruned, and thrives on the south-facing dry … Continue reading

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Martinez Marsala NV

Martinez, Marsala Superiore Reserva, Dolce, DOC Marsala, NV, Sicily, Italy On marsala There is a bewildering (for the consumer) range of styles, and ageing requirements [1]: fine – minimum 1 year, including 8 months in barrel superiore – minimum 2 … Continue reading

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Moscatel de Valencia NV

Sainsburys Winemakers Selection, DO Moscatel de Valencia, Valencia, Spain, NV Moscatel is one of four sub-zones of the region of Valencia.  It is near-coastal at low altitude, with a hot climate, suiting the heat and drought tolerant muscat of alexandria, … Continue reading

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Chapoutier Banyuls 1986

M Chapoutier, AOC/AOP, Banyuls, 1986 A grenache noir dominant blend vin doux naturel, unfined, natural cork closure, 18% abv, Gauntleys,  £19 WSET style tasting note Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity tawny, showing tears. Nose: clean on the nose, of … Continue reading

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Campbell’s Rutherglen Muscat

Campbell’s Rutherglen Muscat, Rutherglen, Victoria, Australia, NV Muscat a petits grains rouge, locally known as Brown muscat; screw cap closure, 17.5% abv, widely available, 37.5 ml, about £13 Rutherglen liqueur muscat producers are an interesting case: they are organised into a self-regulating … Continue reading

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Dom. de la Rectorie, Banyuls, 2008

Domaine de la Rectorie, Cuvee Parce Freres, Banyuls Vin Doux Naturel, 2008. Blend of grenache noir, gris and blanc, fortified after a short maceration, aged in wood for one year.  Natural cork closure, 16.5% abv.  Weavers, Nottingham, £20. WSET style … Continue reading

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