Highlights: Bosman Nature & Sun Grenache Noir 2020 Wellington, South Africa

Saw this on the shelf in Waitrose Canary Wharf today and it caught my eye. Supermarket ranges are so big that they can’t show everything at press tastings, so it pays for journos like me to wander the aisles a bit and see what’s on shelf. Also: this is how your readers experience wine, I say to myself, and if I’m to be useful as a guide, I need to be relevant. Also: normal people pay for their wine, and when as a wine journalist you pay for a bottle it helps you understand value for money a bit better. Anyway, I’ve been impressed what Bosman have been doing of late, and this is a lovely expression of Grenache. It reminds me in style of the Chasing Rabbits wine they do in partnership with Indigo Wine: a lighter, fresh, elegant expression of this variety which is doing really well in South Africa.

Bosman Nature & Sun Organic Grenache Noir 2020 Wellington, South Africa
13.5% alcohol
£11.99 Waitrose
From organically farmed bush vines, this is a lighter coloured Grenache with some bricking on the rim. Lovely aromatics of red cherries, cranberries, some spice and a hint of tea and iodine. The palate shows lovely sappy red berry fruits with amazing elegance: there’s a silky richness to the cherry and strawberry fruit on the mid-palate, and then fine spices kick in on the finish. Such purity and drinkability. It’s really elegant in style, but there’s a bit of substance, too. Very exciting to see this on a supermarket shelf. 92/100