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Our favourite wines from episode eleven

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The Township Winery Philippi Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Philippi, South Africa

Perhaps the greatest wine of the show. It’s delicious; a ripe and fruity Sauvignon with
gooseberries and citrus fruit. Perfect for a Saturday evening with a fresh salad. Yet each bottle changes lives. The wine gradually helps transform Gugulethu’s shanties into brick
built houses with and give the community new hope and dignity.

Southern Right Pinotage, 2012, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, South Africa

If you’ve had Pinotage before, forget everything you remember and start over. This vineyard lies 3km from the bracingly cold ocean, and was planted to ‘re-define’ South Africa’s national red grape. Mulberry, raspberry and a structure that feels more like a rich, toastily oaked Pinot Noir. I don’t like Pinotage, but I like this.

Maranges 1er Cru Nicolas Potel 2014, Burgundy, France

Be traditional, and do it in style with this silky red Burgundy from the lesser-known
Maranges appellation. It makes wines for drinking young, so don’t lay this down, but make the most of its raspberry fruit and the liquorice that is typical of the village. That’s certainly helped along by a spicy oak that brings out a wild, truffled character.

Palazzone Grek Grechetto 2012, Umbria, Italy

The herbal, nutty character of Orvieto comes from Grechetto, an ancient (Greek) variety that’s almost always blended with less interesting stuff. But now producers want to show off its concentration and savoury, fleshy flavours. Match it with meaty fish like cod and monkfish for a hearty treat.

Paolo e Noemia D'Amico Pinot Nero 2012, Umbria, Italy

A wine that shouldn’t work. Pinot Nero – Pinot Noir – is a cool climate grape, not one that loves the warm sunny hills of Umbria. But this is the magic of wine. The volcanic Calanchi canyons and soil keep this fresh and tangy, balancing the wines ripe, lush, almost Californian fruit. One of the great surprises of the wine show.

Anciano Tempranillo Gran Reserva 2004 Valdepeñas, Spain

This wasn’t the first time I’d used a mature Tempranillo from Valdepeñas to bait and switch in a wine tasting. Tempranillo has the elegance of mature Cabernet, especially with its natural affinity for oak aging. There’s a strawberries and cream aroma with savoury, leathery notes too. A great value wine.

Chateau Bahans Haut-Brion 'Le Clarence de Haut-Brion', 2006 Pessac-Leognan, France

Here’s a tip. The great wines of the world sit out of reach to all but the most wealthy. But their ‘second’ and ‘third’ wines (this is a ‘third’) are made with the same vineyards, by the same people. They’re often more approachable younger too, like this currant and cedar laden wine from the elegant 2006 vintage.

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