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Midweek drinking thread [9-12 September 2019]


#1

My first wine of the week is quite an interesting number from Adi Badenhorst

Slightly cloudy, slightly oxidised, lacking in acidity… everything a white should not be… yet it works. Glad I have another bottle to try in 5 years :wink: Testament to the strength of the L&W South Africa range.

What are you drinking this midweek?.


#2

“Don’t drink and walk on the road you may be killed”, sounds ominous!

Half of this lovely subtle Macon.


#3

Love that wine :yum:


#4

Eto’d Chave St Jo from Saturday (2013 offerus) has turned into a meaty, savoury bruiser with increasingly bracing acidity as it sits in the glass. If I’d known it would be this good and how fantastic £10/bottle would seem by now, I’d have bought a lot more back in 2015


#5

This must be the nicest Maratheftiko I’ve tried:

From visit to the winery during trip to Cyprus at end of May. Not a bad start to the week at all…


#6

Never found a maratheftiko that really convinced me. When I visited Esousza a couple of years ago, they agreed it probably worked best in blends.


#7

Long and difficult day at work, so was looking forward to Wine O’clock!

The husband is making some beef stroganoff, so I decided to open a 2016 Kékfrankos made by Koch. Got it from Quaff in Brighton a while back, as we love wines made from this grape. This one is no exception; great nose - floral (pot-pourri), peppery, with cherries and blueberries as well as a touch of pencil shavings, not unlike a Chinon.

Lovely on the palate too; fairly light (maybe medium minus on the body-meter), with lively acidity and chalky tannins. Pleasantly ‘chewy’ mouthfeel. Fruit is definitely on the hedgerow/wild berries/cherries spectrum, and it also has lovely smoky and peppery/spicy notes, which we like. According to the husband this wine is ‘grey’. This synesthesia thing is baffling to me!

This bottle will not last long, I can feel it! :ok_hand: :grin:


#8

Casserole with this juicy, fruity mencia. Pretty decent value for £11.50. Took a while to open up, a bit riper fruited than other mencias I have had. Cherry fruit and an almondy hint (almost like a valpolicella!)


#9

Lovely, but not nearly as good as the 2016.


#10


A glass of this … pleasant slight oak evident, was sufficient as a back up from my corked bottle :neutral_face:.


#11

I always enjoy Mr Inbar’s multi-perceptual, alternative tasting notes! :+1:


#12

Slightly off topic but how is this producers name pronounced phonetically? :wink:


#13

I’m sure I don’t know what you mean…! :blush:

Incidentally, it’s probably easier for a Hebrew/German/Welsh speaker to pronounce it correctly, with that mighty chhhhh guttural sound :slight_smile:


#14

In Hungarian it is much less guttural… but definitely h rather than k… :wink:


#15

Is it a German surname, originally? We have lots of them in Israel - but they may well be Hungarian in origin, I guess!


#16

It is German in origin, but so is the Queen and you would not use the German pronunciation in her case…


#17

Ouch! don’t remind her. Saxe-Coburg Gotha doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue.


#18

Don’t forget the Scots, they do a great line in “that mighty chhhhh guttural sound”!


#19

Yer right! I should have said ‘Celts’ :flushed:


#20

100 Montanhas 2015 from the wonderful Bodegas VidAs, “viticultura heroica” from the mountains of Asturias. 100% Carrasquin , a grape unique to the Narcea valley. Lovely fresh and crunchy mountain wine and extremely well made.

This totally overshadowed the TWS Julian Schaal SA Chardonnay. Dull wine lacking any distinction.