De Bortoli Vat 4 Petit Verdot
Driven to Devon and back this evening in pretty grotty conditions to drop older son back at school. While there's no snow left here in west London, there's still plenty in the west country. In fact, there's a stretch of road from Tiverton to Crediton that passes through some spectacular English countryside, with beautiful rolling hills. In the late afternoon sunlight, with a thick coating of snow, the view almost compensated for the long drive: it was really special.
Tonight, a bit of an Aussie classic, this, from one of my favourite Australian producers, De Bortoli. It's one of their more commercial wines, but it's just delicious, with lovely sweet, pure fruit marrying almost seamlessly with spicy American oak to create something ripe, delicious and well balanced.
De Bortoli Vat 4 Petit Verdot 2006 South Eastern Australia
Lovely fresh, sweet, pure blackberry and plum fruit here with a nice spicy imprint from the American oak it's matured in. Nice purity with a lovely savouriness that makes it food friendly. It isn't the world's most profound wine, but it's delicious, well balanced and substantial. 14.5% alcohol. 88/100 (£7.99 Sainsbury)
I'm off to Sicily first thing in the morning. Don Goode will report back.