Tasting Notes for SimonHea

(128 notes on 128 wines)

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Red
10/18/2020 - SimonHea Likes this wine:
91 points
Pronounced black fruits, mainly fresh but with a slight hint of raisin. Violets and dried herbs, smoke, meat, slight earthiness and touches of vanilla and clove too.
The (14%) alcohol is almost seamless and the tannins are huge but soft and ripe and work perfectly with food, the finish goes on and on.
White - Sparkling
10/10/2020 - SimonHea wrote:
82 points
Undemanding; plenty of ripe peach and yellow apple, no autolytic character, medium acidity and dosage at the higher end for Brut (8-9 g/l?)
White - Sparkling
10/9/2020 - SimonHea wrote:
85 points
Ripe fruit, medium + acidity, good autolytic depth but dosage at higher end of Brut - 9g/l?
Red
10/2/2020 - SimonHea Likes this wine:
93 points
Medium ruby with pronounced fruit concentration of black cherry, loganberry, blackberry, cassis, black plum, black olives, violet, liquorice, leather and hints of dried herbs, chocolate, coffee and smoke.
In the mouth; full bodied pronounced fruit intensity, all perfectly toned without a hint of flabbiness. Crisp acidity, firm but ripe tannins, so characteristic of Xinomavro, seamless (13.5%) alcohol and a finish that doesn’t stop giving.
Almost certainly the best wine I’ve drunk this year and worth 93 points of anyone’s money. This has at least 10 years life in it but with only one bottle left I haven’t got the patience to find out!
White
10/1/2020 - SimonHea Does not like this wine:
80 points
Too much alcohol @ 14.5% resulting in poorly defined flavours, everything just seems blown out and muddled
White - Sparkling
9/25/2020 - SimonHea Likes this wine:
85 points
No particularly complex but very nice.
Only light autolytic, biscuity, notes plus a little cream, otherwise ripe apple & pear, peach & nectarine and a little honeysuckle. Off dry, med+ acidity, med+ body and a fairly long finish.
It’s not quality Champagne but is a good and it’s better than cheap Champagne a lot of Cavas and most Proseccos
White
9/24/2020 - SimonHea Likes this wine:
90 points
Very pale lemon with aromas of yellow citrus and just ripe stone fruit, a little melon & mango, slightly floral and the faintest hint of ground dried ginger.
Beautifully crisp with high, but not tart, lemony acidity, a light touch of smoke & almond and a long almost saline finish. No dairy notes but the lees work adds body making the wine quite full in the mouth. Almost a Chabliesque tension; Cracking!
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Red
9/24/2020 - SimonHea Likes this wine:
90 points
At the darker end of pale ruby with quite a powerful nose of red and black cherries, strawberry, dried rose petals, violets and fresh vegetal, herby notes, from the stems.
In the mouth a slight petillance, the rose petals are more pronounced then there’s sour red cherry, just under ripe black cherry, blackberry, black tea, liquorice and a fresh, slightly resinous, herbal, steminess, a little vanilla and a touch of earth. Tannins have a ripe grippiness, there’s mouthwatering acidity and a nice slight bitterness on the finish. Really lovely
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Rosé
9/13/2020 - SimonHea Likes this wine:
85 points
Medium Salmon, medium intensity; strawberry, white peach, melon, grapefruit and a little white pepper.
Dry, medium acidity, medium (12.5%) alcohol, medium body, medium (+) intensity and a medium (-) finish.
Flavours as palate
Red
9/10/2020 - SimonHea wrote:
84 points
Pale ruby, with medium aromas of raspberry, black cherry, black plum, blackberry with hints of black pepper, leather & liquorice. Much more pronounced in the mouth with the same flavours as aromas plus a little tar. Dry, pretty high acidity, medium (+), firm but ripe tannins, medium (13%) alcohol, medium body, medium (+) intensity and a medium finish with a food friendly bitterness.
Nice enough and happy I tried it but doubt I’ll buy again and there are better wines around for the money.
Red
9/10/2020 - SimonHea Does not like this wine:
80 points
Pale ruby and slightly hazy being unfiltered, with light aromas and flavours of red & black cherries, loganberries and light hedgerow whiffs like hawthorne. Oak matured but no obvious aromas or flavours except maybe a hint of saddle soap.
Dry, quite high acidity, light, soft, tannins, medium (12%) alcohol, light body, light intensity and a short finish. Refreshing but nothing to get excited about.
White
9/1/2020 - SimonHea wrote:
79 points
Medium gold and quite light on the nose, lacking floral notes I would have expected.
Fully dry, medium acidity, medium (13.5%) alcohol is well integrated, medium body, medium intensity and a medium (-) finish. Aromas and flavours of red apple, stewed apple, bruised apple, lemon pith, grapefruit and just feint hints of peach and honeysuckle.

Zabibbo, better known as Muscat of Alexandria, from Arabic Zabib meaning raisins mostly meaning the raisining that would be used before making sweet such as Passito di Pantelleria. This is made from grapes with no obvious raisining.
White
8/8/2020 - SimonHea Likes this wine:
92 points
Really lovely food friendly wine.
Roast red apple & pear, ripe gooseberry, lemon meringue, cream, butter, cheese, caramel, smoke, clove and cinnamon. Dry, medium acidity, fairly grippy but ripe wood tannins. Pronounced intensity, full body and a long finish
Rosé
8/8/2020 - SimonHea Likes this wine:
82 points
Simple but very good, red berries with a little peach. Only 12% abv and soft in the mouth. Medium acidity, intensity and finish. Highly recommended for a sunny Summer lunch.
Rosé
7/29/2020 - SimonHea Likes this wine:
85 points
Medium salmon with a little orange.
A quite light nose of strawberry, raspberry, orange peel, cherry and some herbiness follows through to the palate.
Dry, high, tart and slightly sour acidity is certainly zippy but not out of place. 12.5% alcohol is seamless, body is medium and the finish is medium with a little pleasing bitterness.
Red
7/28/2020 - SimonHea Likes this wine:
86 points
I accidentally ’lost’ some bottles of this in a garage, with fluctuating temperatures for over a year, and didn’t have high hopes but it’s developed beautifully!
Medium on the nose with quite pronounced flavours of damson, blackberry, blackcurrant, bay leaf, black pepper, bacon fat and liquorice with hints of leather and dry earth. Quite high, firm but ripe, tannins, high (14.5%) alcohol but totally integrated, good acidity and a medium+ finish. Really lovely for £8!
I migh plan to ‘lose’ some more bottles.
Red
7/23/2020 - SimonHea Likes this wine:
91 points
Outstanding but needs more defined acidity. Concerned how this will age.
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Rosé
2019 Domaine Félines Jourdan Les Fruites Vin de Pays de l'Hérault Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
7/22/2020 - SimonHea Likes this wine:
82 points
Quite simple and the alcohol is fractionally overt but excellent for the money. Pale pink, but not Provence pale, strawberry, raspberry, peach, lemon and grapefruit. M- body, medium intensity with a M- finish. VGVfM
Rosé
7/16/2020 - SimonHea Likes this wine:
85 points
Really nice Summery wine.
Deep raspberry pink with quite simple but clean aromas and flavours of strawberry, raspberry, cherry & plum. 13% alcohol is well integrated and it’s fully dry with medium + acidity. Intensity & finish both medium
Red
7/11/2020 - SimonHea Likes this wine:
92 points
This is lovely especially with slow roast lamb shoulder.
90% Tempranillo & 10% Syrah from just outside the Ribera del Douro denominación so a VdlT (Vino de la Tierra).
Loads of roast black fruits; plum, blackberry, cherry and damson with sweet vanilla from French and American oak giving a lovely incense note. Quite full bodied, just medium (+) acidity, great intensity and a lovely long finish.
Red
7/2/2020 - SimonHea wrote:
80 points
Had hoped for more
Deep raspberry colour with quite a light and simple nose of strawberry, raspberry, red plum and maybe a touch of red cherry.
More pronounced on the palate with the same flavours as aromas but all quite muted. Dry, medium acidity, light, greenish, tannin grip, medium (13%) alcohol although a little warming, quite light body (M-) medium intensity and a medium, slightly astringent, finish.
Drinkable but certainly nothing to get excited about
White - Sparkling
6/24/2020 - SimonHea Likes this wine:
84 points
Fun and frothy for a hot Summer’s evening!
Carbonated, or as the French term it, Pompe Bicyclette!
Incredibly floral; rose, elderflower & honeysuckle with ripe yellow apple, ripe, juicy, pear and a touch of lychee.
Deep into off-dry territory, medium acidity, medium (12%) alcohol, M (-) body, medium intensity and a medium (-) slightly sugary finish.
Rosé
6/23/2020 - SimonHea Likes this wine:
85 points
Good value for what it is
Pale pink but darker than Provence wannabes, fairly intense strawberry, raspberry, peach, lemon and grapefruit. 13% alcohol is slightly warming but not too bad and the wine has a slightly bitter finish.
Excellent QPR
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White - Sparkling
6/19/2020 - SimonHea Likes this wine:
85 points
Quite straightforward with medium (+) nose of apple, pear, honeysuckle, jasmine and a hint of rich tea biscuit
Off dry, medium (+) acidity, medium (12%) alcohol, medium body, medium intensity and a medium (-) finish
Flavours of apple, pear, roast lemon, honey and hints of rich tea biscuit.
Quite simple but fun froth and good value for money
Rosé
6/16/2020 - SimonHea Does not like this wine:
80 points
I love a darker Rosé, or Rosato I should say, this is made from Gaglioppo, a grape grown in several Italian regions but most notably in Calabria; Italy’s ‘toe’. This one’s made from organic grapes and hails from Ciró, on the eastern side and is the heartland of Calabrian Gaglioppo.
Fairly simple, and slightly confected, but wonderfully summery, with aromas and flavours of rose, strawberry, raspberry and red plum. Straddling the dry / off dry fence, with medium (12.5%) alcohol (I would have preferred a little dryer but that would have bumped up the alcohol by at least +1%), medium acidity +, it’s medium bodied with medium + intensity and a medium finish. Good job!
Rosé
6/14/2020 - SimonHea Does not like this wine:
80 points
Pale pink with a hint of orange.
Medium intensity, simple aromas of strawberry, redcurrant, grapefruit, lemon
Dry, medium + acidity, medium, slightly overt (13.5%) alcohol, medium body, medium intensity with a medium (-) finish dominated by lemon juice.
Not enough body to effectively match with food and to alcoholic to drink on its own on a hot day.
Sadly a fairly poor Provence wannabe
Red
6/14/2020 - SimonHea Likes this wine:
92 points
Medium garnet, with pronounced aromas of violets, roast strawberry, raspberry, red & black cherry, blueberry, black plum
Vanilla, clove, smoke, anise
Prune, leather, tobacco, earth, balsamic, forest floor
Pronounced flavours as aromas with medium + acidity, soft, ripe, medium tannin, medium alcohol, medium + body and a long satisfying finish.
Truly astounding value for (£20) money!
White - Sparkling
6/12/2020 - SimonHea Likes this wine:
88 points
Tasmanian sparkler made in the same way as Champagne with the same grapes (Chardonnay & the two Pinots) but costs about half as much as the real thing and a lot better than a cheap Champagne.
The first thing that hits are lovely biscuity, bready aromas followed by yellow apple, ripe pear, lemon & lemon meringue and a hint of honeysuckle & cream.
Off dry with medium + acidity, flavours as aromas with medium intensity and finish.
White
6/11/2020 - SimonHea Likes this wine:
88 points
A lovely golden wine with good ripe aromas & flavours of
Red apple, peach, nectarine, honeydew melon, peach blossom, ripe lemon and slight grapefruit pith bitterness on the finish. There’s also a very slight bruised apple note suggesting a touch of oxidation which I can’t decide is welcome or not.
Some toast and biscuit with cream and a little hazelnut
Alcohol (13.5%) is a little overt & warming, acidity is medium. Intensity & finish are both medium +
Rosé
2019 Three Choirs Rosé Gloucestershire Rosé Blend (view label images)
6/9/2020 - SimonHea Likes this wine:
82 points
Perfectly decent on a grey Tuesday evening.
From Three Choirs Vineyard in Gloucestershire the wine is made from grapes known to perform quite well in an uncertain climate; Seyval Blanc, Phoenix & Rondo.
Nothing astounding but borderline dry / off dry, clean, crisp and refreshing with good acidity; strawberries, raspberries, red cherries, red currants, lemon, grapefruit & hints of elderflower. At just 11% abv perfect for an extended lunch as long as you don’t throw anything too demanding at it.
White
6/6/2020 - SimonHea Likes this wine:
90 points
Medium lemon
Pronounced aromas of peach, nectarine, apricot, red apple, melon, melon, mandarin
Cream, yoghurt, cream cheese
Smoke, hazelnut, toast
Flavours as aromas
Dry, M+ acidity, medium (13.5%) alcohol, M+ body, pronounced intensity, M+ (slightly bitter) finish
Outstanding
White
6/6/2020 - SimonHea Likes this wine:
93 points
Medium lemon with flashes of gold. Pronounced with aromas of
Peach, nectarine, gallia melon, lemon, roast lemon, grapefruit
Cream, yoghurt
Hazelnut, clove, toast, biscuit, butterscotch
Flavours as aromas
Dry, high acidity, medium (13.5%) alcohol, full body, pronounced intensity, long finish
Outstanding
Red
2015 Château de Pitray Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/3/2020 - SimonHea Likes this wine:
87 points
Super wine for the price with a really decent flavour intensity, no greenness, and a half decent finish.
Dry, M+ acidity, M+, firm but ripe tannins, (technically) high alcohol (14%) but beautifully integrated, M+ body, M+ intensity & medium finish.
Black plum, damson, raspberry, blackberry, red & black cherry, light vanilla, smoke, coffee & tobacco.
Outstanding VFM!
Rosé
5/31/2020 - SimonHea wrote:
86 points
Strawberry, raspberry, redcurrant, peach, lemon, grapefruit and a light touch of smoke
Dry, M+ acidity, medium alcohol, medium body, M+ intensity, M+ finish
Good but expensive for what it is
White
5/30/2020 - SimonHea wrote:
89 points
Pale lemon with a touch of straw.
Quite pronounced aromas of lime cordial, lime zest, lime juice, lemon and faint honeysuckle and petrol.
Dry, high (but not super high) acidity, Medium (12%) alcohol, medium body, M+ intensity and a medium finish just dominated by lime juice.
Same citrus flavours as aromas
Clean & refreshing with the intensity of fruit flavours balancing well with the acidity and the alcohol (albeit quite low) unnoticeable. A pleasant enough wine but little more. Very Good but only just.

Day 2: Slight petrol notes now appearing on the palate together with hints of white peach. Concentrated lime flavours still apparent but less dominant.
Rosé
5/24/2020 - SimonHea Likes this wine:
87 points
Negocient wine from bought in grapes. 60% Grenache noir, 30% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre
I’m a sucker for darker, fuller bodied, Rosé. This isn’t overly complex but it’s a really lovely mouthful.
Medium pink with a pronounced nose
Aromas and flavours of fresh & cooked strawberries, raspberries, red cherry, red plum, peach, rose petal, some roast lemon and a touch of grapefruit.
Dry, medium + acidity, medium ripe but firm tannins, medium (13.5%) alcohol (slightly overt on its own but would vanish with food), full body, pronounced intensity and a medium + finish. No secondary of tertiary development.
White
5/21/2020 - SimonHea Likes this wine:
89 points
Lovely!
Pale, on the verge of medium lemon with medium intensity
Dry, M+ acidity, high (just @ 14%) well integrated alcohol, M+ body, intensity & (slightly bitter) finish
Yellow apple, ripe pear, peach, pineapple, honeydew melon, roast lemon peel
Light flavours of toast,, biscuit, cream
Very good
Rosé
5/20/2020 - SimonHea Does not like this wine:
82 points
Darker colour suggests fuller flavour profile but not the case.
Very dry (<1g r/S?), high acidity, some drying tannin bite from the Tannat, medium (13.5%) alcohol, M+ body, intensity and medium finish dominated by lemon juice.
Aromas and flavours mainly red currant, lemon and grapefruit with hints of strawberry and white peach.
Not very impressive; sharp verging on tart and very acidic
Rosé
5/17/2020 - SimonHea wrote:
85 points
Very much made to jump on the Provence Rosé bandwagon
Pale salmon pink, medium nose of peach, strawberry, raspberry, yellow apple, pear, lemon & grapefruit
Dry, medium + acidity, low, firm but ripe tannin, medium (13%) alcohol, medium body, intensity and, slightly bitter finish.
Expensively packaged in a fashionable, slightly squat bottle, ooh; heavy bottle & big punt, must be good!
My Rosé last week was also from Montsant but it was more true to itself; darker colour, same range of flavours but with greater intensity with slightly higher alcohol and was half the price of this. Horses for courses, I suppose, but for me the winemaking is more important that being fashionable.
Rosé
5/10/2020 - SimonHea Likes this wine:
90 points
Lovely fruit from the Grenache with nice freshness from the Carignan.
Salmon pink but not super pale, a fairly pronounced nose with aromas & flavours of strawberry, raspberry, red plum with a hint of peach & ripe lemon and a faint touch of smoke.
Dry, high, crisp, acidity, no noticeable tannins, high alcohol at 14.5% but totally integrated and not overt in the slightest, medium + body, medium + intensity and finish.
A really lovely Rosé, not complex but lovely, round, fruit and the acidity sends a tingle down the spine.
Rosé
5/7/2020 - SimonHea Likes this wine:
86 points
A fascinating wine from Priorat in Catalunya, west of Barcelona and just inland from Tarragona.
Grapes are Garnatxa (Grenache) & the quite rare Picapoll Negre (Picpoul Noir) from very low yielding vines, at just 1kg per vine.
The wine is made in 3rd use French oak where it spends a short time on its lees before it’s bottled unfiltered and un stabilised.
Deep raspberry red, quite pronounced with aromas and flavours of strawberries, raspberries, red plums with faint hints of vanilla, toast, meat and a slight farmyard funk.
Fermented fully dry with medium + acidity, medium; ripe, drying, tannins, 13.5% alcohol is perfectly integrated and hardly noticeable, almost full bodied, full in the mouth with flavours that linger long.
Would be awesome with grilled Mediterranean fish
Rosé
4/30/2020 - SimonHea Likes this wine:
84 points
Very pleasant albeit quite simple.
Ripe, rich; strawberries, raspberries, red plum, faint hints of baking spice.
Ripe and full in the mouth with quite a long finish. Medium acidity and just enough residual sugar to put the wine in the dry but heading towards off dry territory.
OK on its own but better suited to food.
White
4/26/2020 - SimonHea Likes this wine:
86 points
Not complex but decent fruit concentration; yellow apple, pear & white peach and a touch of florality. Pleasant acidity. Medium finish
White
4/16/2020 - SimonHea Likes this wine:
89 points
Slightly funky; whole bunch pressing from old(ish) bush vines aged in various age oak of varying size with minimal SO2 only added at bottling.
Pale (almost medium) lemon, dry, high acidity, medium (13%) alcohol, medium (+) body, pronounced intensity, medium (slightly bitter) finish with aromas and flavours of quince, yellow apple, roast lemon peel, cream, yoghurt, toast, hints of vanilla and clove.
Red
2/26/2020 - SimonHea Likes this wine:
89 points
Lovely and definately a baby CndP being grown just 3 metres outside the AOC delineation.
Quite pronounced on the nose
Red fruits; plum, cherry, strawberry, raspberry and loganberry, slight jamminess
Smoke, cedar, tar, liquorice, black pepper, meat
Mushroom, leather
M+ intensity, M+ finish but with a little bitterness
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White
2/26/2020 - SimonHea wrote:
85 points
Not particularly complex but loads of sweet, ripe, peach, nectarine and yellow apple with just acidity to keep it interesting although does feel a tad sickly by the third glass.
White
2/16/2020 - SimonHea wrote:
86 points
I found this very austere with dominant green fruit notes and dominated by the high acidity
Lemon, lime, grapefruit, granny smith apple, pear and only light hints of peach, apricot, nectarine
Red
2/6/2020 - SimonHea Likes this wine:
89 points
Very good value for money. Concentrated black fruits matched with good acidity, plenty of brooding meaty flavours and a touch of black pepper. This wine gives many a Cornas a run for it’s money!
White - Sparkling
1/4/2020 - SimonHea Likes this wine:
88 points
Quite delightful, not complex but crisp, zingy and really refreshing!
Really intense pale lemon colour, fresh, crispy green and yellow apples (a few bruised ones in there), lemon sherbet, lemon meringue pie, a hint of digestive biscuit and a slightly bitter finish.
Sugar in the dosage would have ruined this wine!
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