The fanfare and drum-rolling may have settled down since the first Partners in Vine Tasting but there is still reason to make a lot of noise!
Last time the Panel sampled a ‘mixed bag’ of goodies, with a quirky bottle or two. For the second tasting, things got even more eclectic, with three of the Mr Vine suppliers providing some lip-smackers for sampling back at 10cases on Endell Street.
Here are your 14 lip-smackers, a terrific blend of old and new world – click on the wines to see more:
The Oxford Wine Company
- Hacienda Los Haroldos Malbec 2013, Mendoza, Argentina – 13%
- Ondine Cabernet Franc 2010, Darling, South Africa – 14.5%
- Domaine La Serre Picpoul de Pinet 2014, Languedoc, France – 12.5%
- Domaine du Haut Peron Sauvignon Vieilles Vignes 2013, Loire, France – 12%
- Chateau Peychaud 2012, Cotes de Bourg, Bordeaux, France – 13.5%
- Chateau Dereszla 2013, Dry Tokaji, Hungary – 14%
Hard to Find Wines
- Rainbow’s End Mystical Corner 2012, Stellenbosch, South Africa – 14%
- Cavalli Black Beauty Shiraz 2012, Stellenbosch, South Africa – 14%
The Real Wine Company
- Anarkos Rosso di Puglia 2013, Italy IGP – 13%
- Chateau d’Or et de Gueules ‘Les Cimels’ Red 2011, Costières de Nîmes, France – 13.5%
- Weingut Josef Brundlmayer Classic Zweigelt Rosé 2014, Austria – 12%
- Junta Momentos Malbec Reserve 2011, Curico Valley, Chile – 13.5%
- Weingut Martin Kohl Zweigelt Classic Red 2013, Niederosterreich, Austria – 13%
- Weingut Josef Brundlmayer Grüner Veltliner Loessterrassen 2014, Kremstal, Austria – 12%
We won’t go through every single wine on here, but why not get yourself onto the Mr Vine app and find the wines for yourself – each one has a great tasting note accompanying it!
As per usual, here are the Top 5 as decided by the Partners in Vine…
Belying the traditional label, this red wine proves that you can’t judge a book by its cover. There’s an intense acidity to it, helped along by plenty of perky, crunchy red berries and piquant (pleasantly sharp) spice. The Panel recommend you serve this one slightly chilled and enjoy on a balmy summer’s evening.
“One vine in every three grown in Austria is Grüner Veltliner… produc[ing] rich, aromatic wines.” – Jancis Robinson
This is a great introduction to the Grüner grape. Pithy and citric with a green apple tang and a characteristic whiff of white pepper – this wonderful white also carries vibrant lime juice acidity. Stunning refreshment through a clean mineral finish. It’s great with a loin of pork and bitter green veg, or with soft cow or goat’s milk cheeses.
If you love classic Sauvignon Blanc, this is right up your street! It shows a soft fruitiness, with fistfuls of gooseberry, kiwi and green pepper. This will go perfectly with Mediterranean vegetable dishes and smoked seafood.
A very appealing nose. Blackberries, cedar wood, and Havana cigars and bags of concentrated dark fruit flavour all on display here. The salient point with this wine is value when you consider how difficult it can be to find value in Bordeaux wines. This bucks that trend with aplomb through its impressive flavours. This is a thoroughbred. You should drink it with your Sunday roast beef.
This is a dry Tokaji. This is fantastic. Bursting at the seams with honeyed apricot, notes of baklava and rosewater flavour. It’s rich, ripe and lush but remains truly vibrant; a jewel of a wine from outside the mainstream. Sip as a great chilled aperitif accompanying some tasty appetisers and impress your friends with your flagrant disregard of the mainstream!