Autumn is officially with us and it’s time to grab a glass or two to warm the cockles and enliven your tastebuds. The Partners in Vine return to regale you with tall tales of wines rocking the Mr Vine App, and what should be rolling into your wine drinking purview! Another month, another venue. The guys were really excited to head out to another fine, fine venue and put their tastebuds to work. Off to The Winemakers Club then, and their wonderful home under the Holborn Viaduct in London!
So whose wines were under the microscope this time? Back in the mix were Cadman Fine Wines and a new supplier to the table, WoodWinters Wines and Whiskies. Two very new suppliers proudly featured on the free App. As always, in no particular order – here’s a run down of the wines vying for the top 5:
Weighing in from WoodWinters:
- Sottano Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Mendoza, Argentina – 14%
- Luigi Maffini ‘Kratos’ Fiano IGP Paestum 2014, Campania, Italy – 13%
- Chateau Penin Bordeaux Superieur Tradition 2011, Bordeaux, France – 13.5%
- Tenuta Mara ‘Maramia’ 2012, Emilia-Romagna, Italy – 13.5%
- Chateau Penin Bordeaux Blanc 2014, Bordeaux, France – 12.5%
- Luigi Maffini ‘Kleos’ Aglianico 2012, Campagnia, Italy – 13.5%
And the Cadman collection:
- Bodegas Lopez Cristobal ‘Finca La Linde’ Tinto Roble 2013, Ribera del Duero, Spain – 13.5%
- Le Fonti Sangiovese 2012, Tuscany, Italy – 13%
- Domaine de Fondreche Ventoux 2013, Rhône, France – 14%
- Domaine Baron Sauvignon Blanc Vielles Vignes (Old Vines) 2014, Loire, France – 12.5%
- La Monacesca Verdicchio di Matelica 2012, Marche, Italy – 13%
- Jose Parente Verdejo 2013, Rueda, Spain – 13%
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Pass the bottle opener, lets get going – what made the top 5?
A very worthy fifth place. This Sauvignon Blanc is a luscious and interesting break from the norm. Relatively ripe, fruity and opulent for a Loire Sauvignon. Fans of Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand will get it immediately. Plenty of grapefruit and green pepper with a hint of smoke, not the most subtle, but VERY enjoyable! Fruit driven Sauvignon Blanc is a really great pairing for Moules Marinères, and it just happens to be Mussel season at the moment.
Le Fonti Sangiovese 2010 – £9.89
Two Sangioveses to bring to your attention this month, with this one perhaps not matching the brilliance of the Tenuta Mara (whoops, did we give something away?). Even so, this Le Fonti is a superb departure point for the beginner’s guide to Sangiovese – expressive cherry and herbal notes, crisp acidity, and an elegant lightness of touch. Not the most concentrated, but very very good for under a tenner!
Luigi Maffini ‘Kleos’ Aglianico 2012 – £14.00
Here’s another from expert winemaker Luigi Maffini, this time from the robust red Aglianico grape. With baked blackberry, blueberry and stewed plum fruits inlaid with cigar tobacco and cinnamon. In the mouth it has real presence and texture; full bodied, savoury and very dry. It’s a big black bull of a wine that needs hearty food to be best appreciated.
Tenuta Mara ‘Maramia’ 2012 – £41.00
The first vintage from this ambitious new biodynamic estate. Only making one wine, no expense is spared; they even serenade the Sangiovese vines with Mozart. Does it make a difference? Well it tastes superb so maybe! This is genuinely a fine wine that really speaks of its origin. A symphony of autumnal aromas like dried leaves and truffle spill from the glass, alongside red cherry and dark chocolate. It’s lively and tangy, robust yet refreshing, ethereal but long in flavour. A high price for sure, but this is delicious with real substance and interest.
Luigi’s back. Some say the white Fiano grape will be the next big thing in the UK, and classic examples like this one show why. An intense and persistent wine, with no-nonsense apple, pear and apricot aromas and a herbal twang. Starting off subtle, but finishing with a fresh, dry, mineral edge and a burst of flavour. Drink it all night, and you won’t get bored!