Archive for January 24th, 2014

January 24, 2014

Badenhorst Secateurs Chenin Blanc, 2012

010This is not a wine review.  I meant to post this in December 2013.  It is simply my 2013 favorite wine label.  No “Punch in the Face” wit, no hip design, an honest reference to the work involved in the field (we call them pruning shears in North America, not a very fine name for wine), a painfully retro olde worlde motif.  It was like the Huguenots drew it on scrap a couple centuries ago and the “vision” at the consultancy firm for the makeover didn’t work out.


Oh, by the way, a fantastic Chenin, if that’s your thing.


January 24, 2014

Filón Real Garnacha, 2011

095Velvet.  Easy drinker.  Lovely violet, vanilla, black cherry.  A ludicrous 15 per cent alcohol but uber-palatable.  Very food friendly.  A touch over our price bracket but worth it.  The Spanish really now how to get things done.


Price: $24.99 at Everything Wine.


Market Liquidity: Like curling up beside a warm fire.

January 24, 2014

Bianchi Roble Chardonnay, 2012

105Blacch.  One of us actually did a spit take although I won’t point any fingers.


The worst wine we’ve drunk in years.  It’s inexpensive—so let’s give it a pass in some respects—but this is god awful at any price.  It has an innocuous nose, an empty bouquet on the palate and the most shockingly grotesque finish: A mix of petrol and yard waste.  Astonishingly disappointing.


Price: $16 at Everything Wine.


Market Liquidity: Not even for risotto.