The Morning Claret

Simon J Woolf & Friends on Wild and Wonderful Wines

Month: October 2020

Ronco Severo – Pinot Grigio 2018

Late harvested and wild fermented with a whole month of skin contact, this is a big character, but a lovable one. Full of juicy red fruits, nutty and quite assertive tannins. Good freshness, and great drinkability. The fruit has a Read more

JNK – Sv Mihael 2013

This white blend from Kristina Mervic (with five days of skin contact) is never my favourite of her wines, as it tends to show more oak influence than the others. That said, 2010 and 2012 were polished and enjoyable. This Read more

JNK – Jakot é 2016

A bit strung out on the nose, with a slightly gluey, wild berry note. What’s nice about this is the bright acids and fine tannins. The alcohol sticks out a bit, and overall there’s a lack of harmony about the Read more

Jo Ahearne Wines – Terence Patrick NV

Named after Jo’s father, whose elegance she says matches this wine. Although it lacks some freshness on the nose, the palate of this co-fermented red/white blend still feels pretty lively. Plavac’s leathery, pruney fruit dominates the flavour profile. There’s loads Read more

Ronco Severo – Friulano 2018

There’s a nice aromatic quality to the nose, with green plum and a hint of jasmine. Full of herb-tinged orchard fruits, green apple, citrus, yellow plum and more. It’s a ripe style but with loads of freshness and acidity, and Read more

JNK – Malvazija 2018

Typically on-point for this tiny winery in Sempas (Vipava valley). This is a lighter style with just three days of skin contact. Very herbaceous and citrussy on the nose, with some green plum and candied fruits. Attractive flavours of wild Read more

Ronco Severo – Schioppettino 2017

Green pepper and laurel on the nose – enticing and really typical aromas for this lovely grape variety. Silken fruit with ripe red berry compote and a subtle mocha hint. Great acidity and silky tannins. Elegant and refreshing, with a Read more

JNK – Rebula 2012

Kristina Mervic is one of those rare winemakers who holds her wines back from release until they’re really ready and showing their full character. She gets huge respect from me for that. Rebula is always pretty structured. But Kristinas’s reading Read more