Favourite wine of 2015: Decanter staff and columnists

Favourite wine of 2015: Decanter staff and columnistsTo celebrate 40 years of Decanter, 40 of our staff and contributors have chosen their favourite wine of 2015. Here our staff and columnists give their pick. From left to right: John Stimpfig, Sarah Kemp, Tina Gellie, Christelle Guibert, Amy WislockiJohn Stimpfig
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Achaval Ferrer, Finca Altamira, Malbec, La Consulta, Mendoza, Argentina 2008
Achaval Ferrer’s sumptuously elegant Malbecs are always like at first sip. But the one that completely blows me away is this 2008 Finca Altamira, first tasted at the winery in Mendoza. It has a gloriously intense, thrillingly hedonistic nose. Ditto the vibrant, fruit-soaked palate – reckon violets, graphite, ink, damsons and just-picked raspberries cosseted in cashmere tannins. And yet so savoury, long, balanced, complex and sophisticated. For me, this really has the ‘phwoar factor’ of pure spellbinding pleasure.
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Alc 14.5%
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Tarte a la tomate – Tomato tart recipe

Tarte a la tomate – Tomato tart recipeMost people tend to forget that the tastiest tomatoes you can find are as summer turns to autumn. It means they have had the chance to gorge up all the sun, which makes them deliciously sweet. Michel Roux Jr's tomato tart recipeTomatoes are so well loved and versatile that everybody seems to like them.
Tomatoes are well loved ingredients in salads, sauces and even in soups, but what about building them stand out in a summery tomato tart? A fresh and lighter alternative to pizza, with an abundance of flavour that you can share with friends and family around a glass of wine.
Michel Roux Jr tomato tart recipe
250g puff pastry
350g cherry tomatoes
6 small shallots
100grcrème fraîche
2 tbsp of mustard
3 tbsp of olive oil
5 herb leaves
15g pine nuts
30g Parmesan
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See photos of Decanter 40th anniversary lunch at Le Gavroche

See photos of Decanter 40th anniversary lunch at Le GavrocheSee the highlights from the Decanter 40th anniversary lunch at Le Gavroche, the first of the anniversary celebrations. Peter Gago of Penfolds with Angelo GajaClick the icon in the bottom right hand corner to see the images full screen.
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Jane Anson: Bordeaux 1975 tasting

Jane Anson: Bordeaux 1975 tastingThere is real charm in re-tasting what was arguably the last excellent vintage made in the ancient style, and Bordeaux 1975 is not as hard as you would reckon to get hold of, says Jane Anson. Chateau Lynch Bages vineyardThis Bordeaux 1975 tasting, done to coincide with Decanter’s 40th anniversary, is a look at how classic ancient school Bordeaux can age. I suggest opening the bottles just a small time previous to drinking to preserve the delicate aromas.
Château Gloria AOC Saint Julien 1975 – 88 points, Drink now. Read more

10 top Argentina Syrah

10 top Argentina SyrahArgentina Syrah is being made into a fresher, lighter style, that would please any Rhône lover - especially from the high altitude vineyards. Patricio Tapia picks the top wines to try.Argentina and Syrah
Malbec is not the only variety in Argentina now being made in a fresher, lighter style that is less biased with alcohol and less influenced by new oak. Syrah is also getting this treatment. Long offering very ripe and sweet wines, it is slowly delivering a fruitier and fresher face; Syrahs that are now more enjoyable for fans of the northern Rhône.
Of the more than 200,000 hectares of vineyards planted across Argentina, only 12,809ha are given over to Syrah, and more than 90% of these grow below the intense sun in Mendoza and San Juan. In lower (and therefore warmer) zones, the wines will usually feel too rich and sweet for Rhône lovers: there’s ample ripeness and juiciness but also a lack of acidity. For the best and most elegant examples you must climb the mountains.
In high-altitude vineyards, the warmth drops and the poorest soils allocate for more structured wines. The foothills of the Andes in San Juan, as well as in the Uco Valley or some parts of luján de Cuyo, are home to some of the best Syrahs in Argentina – more precise in their fruit and more vibrant in their acidity, sometimes with those spicy, mineral and savoury charcuterie or bacon stout tones that one tends to associate with northern Rhône examples. Read more

Italy wine harvest 2015 looking good, say producers

Italy wine harvest 2015 looking good, say producersWinemakers across Italy appear confident about the 2015 wine harvest, despite a summer heatwave that forced some to use emergency irrigation. Some Trentino vineyards needed irrigation against dry heat of 2015Italy wine harvest conditions ‘favourable’
The Unione Italiana Vini, which represents wine producers throughout Italy, reported ‘more or less negligible’ disease thanks to a ‘favourable climate throughout the season’, but reported ‘amongst highest July temperatures’ in the last few years.
An absence of rainfall also burned or dehydrated bunches in some vineyards, ‘requiring emergency irrigation operations.’
At Castello di Fonterutoli in Chianti, where the 2015 wine harvest is expected to end in two weeks, co-owner Marchese Francesco Mazzei said three weeks of heat provoked a halt to the vegetative cycle of his Sangiovese vines, but the sun and relieving rain at the end of August and September improved things.
‘We subdue have a link of weeks to go… but it looks to be like a pretty excellent vintage,’ said Mazzei of the harvest, which started on 7 September. Read more

New Accolade CEO says Australian wine must remember its roots

New Accolade CEO says Australian wine must remember its rootsAustralian wine should never forget where it came from while pursuing a more upmarket strategy, according to the newly appointed CEO of Hardys owner Accolade Wines. Paul Schaafsma, Accolade Wines CEOPaul Schaafsma, who takes over as Accolade CEO from John Ratcliffe this Thursday, praised Australia’s renewed focus on regionality and premium wines.
But he added: ‘I’ve always said it’s about balance: we need the engine room of the Australian wine industry to work. Our rationale for being in the UK started with being consistent in terms of flavour.
‘We can never forget where we came from. Having commercial wines that deliver that flavour and value is essential. But, there’s much more to Australia than that.’ Read more