Last October’s Out The Box tasting is the gift that keeps on giving – not only was it a brilliant tasting in itself, a chance for seven top importers to show off their wares to the trade – but since the event there have been numerous write-ups of the tasting and the wines in the wine press.

Following reviews from The Buyer, and Wide World of Wine – not to mention Joe Wadsack’s ringing endorsement on Twitter of Ministry of Clouds’ Grenache – The Wine Gang have just published their review of the event, highlighting their favourite wines.

They picked out a dozen faves, four of which are from The Knotted Vine – we’ll certainly take that 33.3% hit ratio! Below are the wines from TKV that they enjoyed on the day.

Koerner La Corse Red 2016, 92 Points
Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia, 12.2%
This is a real find from Australia’s Clare Valley – just check out that alcohol level. Paying homage to Corsica (hence the name) this blend of Sangiovese, Malbec, Grenache and Sciaccarello has a gentle funky spice with oodles of cheery cherry and plum fruit personality.

Ministry of Clouds Riesling 2016, 92 Points
Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia, 12.5%
We’ve long been fans of this crystal clear, bright and super-fresh Clare Riesling, which strikes just the right balance of lemon, grapefruit and lime, flintiness and frisky acidity with being satisfyingly juicy so even though it’s taut it’s also generous with fruit. Delicious.

Cossetti Grignolino d’Asti 2015, 90 Points
Asti, Piedmont, Italy, 12.5%
A family concern run by three sisters, this very local grape (and new to our website’s repertoire of varieties) has produced a seriously charming and pretty unoaked Grignolino with a juicy weight to the flavour as well as a tingle of tannin and a subtle mushroom earthiness.

Armas de Guerra Godello 2016, 88 Points
Bierzo, Spain, 12%
There’s no holding back with this producer name, translated as ‘weapons of war’. This relates to their constant battle to maintain a healthy vineyard while being as low intervention as possible. The local Godello is their white grape of choice and it possesses a more nutty richness than you find in your average fruit-driven Godello, nonetheless it still packs a zesty punch.

Read the full article on The Wine Gang’s website (subscription required).