Meet the Osborns

by Tim Atkin
There can’t be many world-famous wineries founded by teetotalers, but d’Arenberg in McLaren Vale is one of them. Despite working in the industry as company secretary at Thomas Hardy &...

Do New World wines age?

by Tim Atkin
What’s the difference between a New and an Old World wine? Twenty-seven years ago, when I started writing about the subject, the distinction was clear-cut. The received wisdom was that...
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2010 Bellingham The Bernard Series Roussanne, Paarl

( £9.99 down to £7.49, 14.5%, Sainsbury's )

There ought to be much more Roussanne planted in the hotter areas of the Cape than there is, given its suitability to such a climate. This one from Bellingham’s excellent Bernard Series is dry, and creamy with a smoky, spicy undertone and a herbal, refeshing finish. Let’s hope it’s an inspiration to others. 

BuyDrinking window: 2012-15Similar Wines: £5-£10, 86-90, South Africa, White, Roussanne
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2011 Crozes-Hermitage, Alain Graillot, Crozes-Hermitage, Rhône Valley

( £19.25, 12.5%, Yapp Brothers )

Alain Graillot and his son, Maxime, make some of the best value wines in the northern Rhône Valley, often on a par with more expensive fare from nearby Hermitage. This blend of mostly Marsanne with 20% Roussanne is a stunner: aromatic, mealy and very complex, with notes of brown toast, fresh flowers, oatmeal, peach and citrus fruit. The oak is very subtle, while the finish is long and staisfying. It will age nicely too under screwcap. 

BuyDrinking window: 2012-17Similar Wines: £10-£20, 91-95, France, White, Marsanne, Roussanne