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Top recommendations from our London Portfolio Tasting

Top recommendations from our London Portfolio Tasting

19th September, 2014

Top recommendations from our London Portfolio Tasting

Wine buyer Jennifer Docherty, shares some of her top recommendations for current drinking from our recent Portfolio tasting:


"I was really wowed by the balance and concentration of Domaine du Chêne’s Condrieu 2012. Their achievement of winning the Regional White Rhône Trophy over £15 as well as a Gold at the Decanter World Wine Awards is well deserved.

As a Riesling lover, I really loved Peter Lehmann’s Masters ‘Wigan’ Riesling 2009, which will be available from November. It has aromas of petrol and stone fruit with excellent weight and texture. I found it immensely appealing, especially given its price!

Axel Pauly’s single vineyard ‘Helden’ Riesling Trocken 2012 certainly merits a shout. Axel’s aim is to make Rieslings that reflect their region (Mosel), which are lively and “dance” on the palate. Helden is Axel’s best dry white and it is wonderfully concentrated and aromatic. 

Montes Outer Limits Sauvignon Blanc 2013 is delicious – full of nettles and capsicum, zesty with racy acidity. I was really impressed with this wine, it certainly stands out from the rest and uniquely is from Zapallar, Chile."


"Finca Villacreces Ribera del Duero 2009 is drinking very well now. Drink on its own or with food, it has such good structure, fine tannins and lots of black fruits. 

Heinrich’s Zweigelt 2012 is rich and enticing with blackberry, blueberry fruit and mouthwatering acidity. My tasting notes say: Where is the game? A fine example of Austria’s most widely planted red variety.

Two big and bold wines that I will be drinking this winter are the 2010 Mitolo ‘Serpico’ McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2009 John Duval ‘Eligo’ Barossa Shiraz. They are mesmerising on the nose with incredible concentration of fruit and smooth tannins on the palate. These wines are made for nights in, under blankets, in front of a fire with a hearty stew.

Les Terres du Roy Côtes du Rhône 2013 this beauty was selected and bottled especially for us. It is fruity, ripe, smooth and dangerously easy to drink."