It’s seriously frosty out there and I needed some warming up. I opted for a sunshine wine Condrieu Les Ravines Niero 2002 from Berry Bros & Rudd.
Pale gold in colour with thick and gloopy legs, it looks warming. It smells quite floral, with honeysuckle and more direct honey. It’s dry with a medium acidity and quite a full body and a good slug of alcohol. It tastes like dried rather than fresh apricots and some toasted almonds and strangely, but not unpleasantly, dried flowers.
It has a soft, long finish. It’s not an economy wine, and I felt it didn’t live up to the £20 price tag, possibly as it may be just a smidge past it’s best and starting to tire.