Here we go again, five expert panelists, 12 fantastic wines, and a new venue. This time the panel met in Brewer Street at MASH Steakhouse; their modern American-style setting is an awesome place to hold a tasting. Plus, they have an amazing wine list of their own you know!
This time the panel were sent wines from Red Squirrel Wines and Cadman Fine Wines. So good was the selection that 3 wines received an honorary mention even though they did not place in the Top 5! A Partners in Vine first…
So in no particular order, here is a list of the wines tasted:
Cracking wines from Red Squirrel:
- La Torricella Barbera d’Alba 2011, Piemonte, Italy – 14%
- Vinteloper ‘Odeon’ Riesling 2013, Clare Valley, Australia – 13%
- Vega Tolosa ‘Icon’ Bobal 2013, La Mancha, Spain – 13.5%
- Azienda Agricola Bruna ‘Maje’ Pigato 2014, Liguria, Italy – 12.5%
- Bauer ‘Asshole’ Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Pfalz, Germany – 12.5%
- Altavia Rossese di Dolceacqua Superiore 2010, Liguria, Italy – 13%
Cadman’s fine contribution:
- Domaine de Fondreche Ventoux 2013, Rhône, France – 14%
- Frank Bonville Blancs de Blanc NV, Champagne, France – 12.5%
- Jose Pariente Verdejo 2013, Rueda, Spain – 13%
- Fattoria Le Fonti Chianti Classico 2012, Tuscany, Italy – 14%
- Chateau Bel-Air La Royere 2008, Bordeaux, France – 14%
- Auntsfield Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Marlborough, New Zealand – 13%
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Delicate, fresh and perfumed this is a lovely example of the rare Pigato grape. Silken in texture and perfectly balanced, this is a great alternative to Pinot Grigio.
Bags of intense forest fruit flavour, this is a perky, juicy red that is easy to drink but has character and makes an impact. Fantastic value for money.
Just over a thousand bottles were made of this compellingly interesting wine. Naturally beautiful aromas of mandarin, mirabelle plum and flowers. It’s not cheap, but this is brave winemaking resulting in a unique style that some drinkers will adore.
Black cherry and cola on the nose, alongside coffee and cocoa – classic Barbera. Lovely concentration and a satin-soft, dry finish. A generous yet serious wine that’s just crying out for rigatoni with meatballs.
Unpretentious, old school claret with much to love: ripe and fruity, with spicy cedar, tobacco and blackcurrant. This blend of 55% Merlot and 45% Malbec from Blaye has plenty to keep it going for another five years or so, but is at a lovely stage to drink now – harmonious and complex but still with youthful power. Bordeaux lovers will lap it up.
Smells of freshly cut grass, fresh gooseberry and guava but has a sense of restraint; the flavours are pronounced but the wine remains elegant. Lovely round texture, a long, concentrated finish and wet foliage freshness. Very well priced to boot. It’ll go perfectly with an Asian tuna dish with a touch of heat.
Mostly Sangiovese with a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, this Chianti is somewhere between modern and traditional in style. It has detailed cherry, herb and leather aromas alongside coffee bean and tobacco leaf. Bright, vibrant and expressive this wine has a lovely sense of harmony and warmth. Engaging the brain as well as the tongue!
And the winner is…
This pure Chardonnay Champagne is grown on Grand Cru rated sites and the quality really shines through: brioche-scented exuberance, full and rich on the palate with a lovely soft fizz. Very easy drinking while keeping its class and character, this isn’t the driest Champagne but it’s beautifully balanced and could easily compete with many big brands. An impressive Champagne for the price, perfect for a special event or an indulgent evening with your other half!
So there you have it, Champagne rocking it this time with some strong runners up!