Laithwaites have unearthed a gem here. It’s a wine that surprised me: I’m not a fan of Zinfandel normally, but this is really elegant and utterly delicious, and it’s at a good price. It was sourced by well known consultant and ex-LVMH dude Dr Tony Jordan, and Laithwaites aren’t allowed to say which winery it comes from. But there’s only one producer I can think of in Western Australia who makes Zinfandel, and Jordan used to be involved with them – Cape Mentelle. So it could be them.
Laithwaites Limited Release Margaret River Zindandel 2010 Western Australia
Very sweetly perfumed with notes of cherry and plums, as well as hints of juniper and mint. Lovely fresh, elegant palate with bright cherry fruit and subtle tea notes. Really precise with lovely freshness. Quite Pinot-like even, with plenty of elegance. 91/100 (£8.99 Laithwaites here)