July Tasting at MASH

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!

mash bar

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:

Cadman’s fine contribution:

Remember you can find these wines on the Mr Vine app, and buy them! Download the app here.

If you don’t yet have the app, fear not! You can click on the wines above and you’ll be taken to a purchase-point online.

Honorary mentions

Azienda Agricola Bruna ‘Maje’ Pigato 2014 – £13.50

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.

Vega Tolosa ‘Icon’ Bobal 2013 – £53.94 as a case of 6

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.

Vinteloper ‘Odeon’ Riesling 2013 – £24.99

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.

5th Place

La Torricella Barbera d’Alba 2011 – £15.99

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.

4th Place

Chateau Bel-Air La Royere 2008 – £19.35

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.

3rd Place

Auntsfield Sauvignon Blanc 2014 – £12.15

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.

2nd Place

Fattoria Le Fonti Chianti Classico 2012 – £14.50

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!

1st Place

And the winner is…

Frank Bonville Blancs de Blanc NV – £26.09

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!bonville winner

So there you have it, Champagne rocking it this time with some strong runners up!

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