Lovely weather for government approved cycling of late ( legs good, bum hurts ! ). Unfortunately, in these parts, there wasn’t a lot in the way of visible fauna but plentiful bluebells, everywhere, offered some compensation.
Wine-wise, pretty much full speed ahead here, not quite wine factor 10. but the pedal remains close to the metal.
Leftover from the weekend and finished yesterday…
… an Eden Valley botrytis Riesling 2017. Marmalade, apricot, lime zest and a floral note on the nose. Flavours match the nose but with a touch of something unidentifiably exotic too . What surprised was how understated it was on tasting, delicate and elegant, beautiful balance, a light but expansive finish that’s hard to resist. It tasted like cold sweet tea when paired with gorgonzola crackers though !
This went down well too…
…a glorious easy drinking example of Loire Chenin 2017 from Domaine de la Noblaie in Chinon. Broad orchard fruit flavours, a doughy bready texture and delicious acidity to balance. Knocks spots off most Vouvray Sec for the money ( £12.50 ). If TWS offer the 2018 vintage I’ll buy again in greater quantity.
Enjoyed with an Ottelenghi chicken satay recipe from a recent edition of the weekend Guardian…
…although I was using leftovers and had to improvise. Skin-on chicken thighs worked well, his recipes for sambal and satay sauce to accompany were wicked ( no other word for it ! )
…the Peter Lehmann ‘Margaret’ Semillon 2012 also opened to pair with it worked well too. The lemongrass and lime zest notes in the wine chimed perfectly with the same ingredients in the dish. Definitely a combo I’d be more than happy to hve again.
Apologies for, maybe, an overly long post but I guess it’s just a sign of the times !
As always, all the very best.