Anthony Rose

Anthony Rose

Anthony Rose is the wine correspondent of the Independent and i newspapers and contributes to various other publications, among them Decanter Magazine. He was a solicitor in a previous incarnation but decided it was time to get a steady job. He is co-chair of the Decanter World Wine Awards Australia panel and has won a number of awards for wine writing. In 2014 he published The Tapas Bar Guide (Grub Street, £10.99), co-authored with Isabel Cuevas, a guide to tapas bars in the UK. Anthony spends far too much of his time nosing his way around the world in wine competitions, having judged in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Chile, California, Japan, China and France. He is fascinated by Japanese sake and is co-Chairman of the Sake International Challenge in Tokyo and teaches a consumer course at Sake No Hana in London (http://sakenohana.com/london/sake-classes). Anthony is also a published photographer and a founding member of The Wine Gang at www.thewinegang.com. Anthony lives in South London and in what spare time he has, he likes to cook, eat and drink the best wines and sakes he can afford on a wine writer’s budget.

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Penfolds, Bin 95, Grange 2012

A blend of 98% Shiraz and a leavening of just 2% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale. This latest Grange is a typical, deeply saturated ruby in…

Penfolds, RWT Shiraz 2014

I genuinely thought Peter Gago said ‘I love you too’ but no, the words, or rather letters, were RWT - no longer the Red Winemaking Trial of the initials, but…

Penfolds, Bin 389 2014

Peter Gago announced this as officially Australia’s most cellared red wine and it’s not surprising, because it synthesises the classic Aussie blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, here 53% and…

Sake: A beginner's guide & top recommendations

Scroll down for Anthony’s top sake recommendations If sake is an acquired taste, then the world is divided into two kinds of people: those who have acquired the taste and…

Dewazakura, Oka Cherry Bouquet NV

This sake is made from a combination of half Dewasansan and half Haenuki rice polished down to 50%. It has an inviting bouquet with a touch of almond nuttiness and…

Sohomare, Karakuchi Junmai NV

This stylish, moderate junmai (at 15% alcohol) doesn’t quite scream fruit like a Sauvignon Blanc - the clean, fresh aromatics are relatively restrained.

Henschke, Julius Riesling 2015

From a fine, balanced vintage, this Riesling comes from vineyards that go back to the 1950s. It shows an appealing fresh, subtle floral fragrance with enticing lime zesty notes...

Henschke, Louis Semillon 2014

Anticipated Eden Valley Semillon aromas of lemon meringue and vanilla with a hint of herbal nettle are followed by an opulent, spiced stone fruit quality...

Henschke, Tappa Pass Shiraz 2010

There’s a seductive sweet and spicy dark berry fruit fragrance on this pure Shiraz. A hint of tar and invitingly fine strawberry and blackberry fruits grip the tongue...

Henschke, Keyneton Estate Euphonium 2012

Formerly Keyneton Estate Shiraz, this 65% Shiraz, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc blend mingles Henschke’s own vineyards with growers Shiraz that doesn’t make Tappa Pass and…

Henschke, Abbotts Prayer 2010

A blend of 68% Merlot and 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, this wines fresh sweet cassis and cherry aromas combine a hint of cool climate leafiness with a cinnamon spice quality...