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Neil Phillips

Neil Phillips

49 days ago

Neil scored this wine: 89/100

Not often you see Basque wines here, so a delight. Medium+ aromatics with aromas of white grape jelly, Meyer lemon zest, hint of fresh herbs. On the palate, zippy acidity, lemon, lime and pear juice. Lovely summer wine, and would be fab with fish & chips I reckon. Tasted September 2019.

1945 Old Vines

El Esteco 1945 Old Vines Torrontés 2018

Calchaquí Valley, Argentina
49 days ago

Neil scored this wine: 92/100

Nose is subdued by some Torrontes standards; white pepper spiciness with acacia, mint, pineapple, mandarin peel. Round and structured on the palate, mid+ acidity and beautifully balanced. Fruits and herbal characteristics in equal portion, with a long savoury finish. Drinking well now, but am looking forward to see how this is in another 3-5 years. Tasted October 2019.

Domaine Du Tariquet Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Côtes De Gascogne, Midi I.G.P., France
49 days ago

Neil scored this wine: 86/100

An entry-level offering from Tariquet in Gascogne, this is a classic SB that offers somewhat of a cross between New Zealand and the Loire. Lots of vibrant tropical fruits, with fresh grassy notes and lifted herbal aromas. On the palate still loads of fruit, with a slight savoury note. Good value. Tasted September 2019.

Leaning Post Rosé 2018

Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada
101 days ago

Neil scored this wine: 91/100

Pale- to medium salmon in colour, with a slight orange hue. Nose of wild strawberries, crabapple, mandarin, and a slight whiff of forest floor adds complexity. On the palate lots of fruit, but balanced with savoury notes: strawberry, cranberry, rhubarb, candied orange peel and even a hint of green olive. Medium-plus finish ends with a savoury and salty note. This is a flexible rose for a variety of dishes. (Blend of Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc.) Good value for the quality. Tasted July 2019.


Sibling Rivalry Pink 2017

Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada
202 days ago

Neil scored this wine: 86/100

Medium-deep salmon colour. Lots of juicy strawberry and pink grapefruit on the nose. Pleasing strawberry and cherry on the palate, with medium acidity and a hint of balancing sweet. Tasted May 2019.

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