Four nice wines at Scotch: Hermit Ram, Equipo Navazos, Bornard, Vajra

Four lovely wines enjoyed at Scotch Bar, Blenheim, the other night.

Equipo Navazos La Bota de Florpower NV Jerez, Spain
This is an unfortified flor-aged wine from the 2012 vintage. It’s really distinctive and lovely: tangy and bright with hints of cheese and some spicy salty notes. Weighty and mineral. Complex and nutty with lovely acid. 92/100

Philippe Bornard Ploussard Point Barre 2015 Cotes du Jura, France.
A delicious lighter-styled natural red. Sappy, bright and focused with cherries, herbs, spice and some fresh raspberry as well as a hint of undergrowth. Fine grained and a bit grippy but also really fresh and detailed. 93/100

GD Vajra Barbera d’Alba 2011 Piedmont, Italy
Now with a few years under its belt, this is lovely. Supple and fresh with sweet dark brambly fruit and some leather notes. Quite grippy with nice tannins and some herby notes. Savoury and delicious. 92/100

The Hermit Ram Sauvignon Blanc Skin Fermented 2017 North Canterbury, New Zealand
New release of this wine. Grippy and bright with a saline edge to the citrus fruit and some fine herbal notes. Grippy and focused. Lovely stuff. 92/100

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