Newspaper article Manchester Evening News


Newspaper article Manchester Evening News


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LAST week I recounted some of my wine highlights of the year. One wine that I hadn't sampled by that stage however was the very wonderful South African chenin blanc (and eight per cent semilion), Cartology 2011 (pictured below, Pounds 23 The Wine Society).

This is wine-making couple Chris and Suzaan Alheit's maiden vintage made from very old bush vines selected from around the Cape.

Admittedly it is one of the most lauded wines of the year, but having tasted it over the festive period I really don't mind jumping on the bandwagon.

There is an alluring nose reminiscent in quality of other great oaked whites from Burgundy or Bordeaux. A honeyed aspect is cut through by the attack of bright apricot and quince.

On the palate it is revelatory; creamy with intense concentration and a finish that goes on forever.

We matched it to great effect with a walnut pasta sauce but I suspect it may find its true match in chicken liver parfait or roast chicken.

Another wine that I neglected to mention in my highlights was Les Deux Barriques Cairanne Cotes-du-Rhone-Villages 2005 only available at Damson restaurant in Heaton Moor. …

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