Really enjoyed last night’s tutored tasting in the grandeur of Cutlers Hall, Sheffield - One of the most enjoyable and informative tasting events I’ve been to.
While Etienne Terblanche couldn’t make it, Jo Locke MW was an excellent stand-in and the smallish audience enjoyed a super evening of very interesting wines and wine chat, courtesy of Jo, Miles Mossop and Sebastian Beaumont, who were hugely entertaining, informative and almost improbably young to be such experienced winemakers.
The Thistle & Weed Chenins were both delicious and you could really tell that the ‘Brandnetel’ was the more serious, ‘linear’ wine, but both were lovely drinks.
My personal favourite was this complex, elegant and nicely restrained Chenin which has just 12.5% alcohol:
The reds were also fantastic, with a tasty Pinotage, a spicy and delicious Mourvedre and the intriguing (and a little young still) Tempranillo-Alicante Bouschet
However, for me the most delicious red was this Bordeaux blend which is everything I would wish from a Claret, but almost never seem to get. It has one of those noses where you are happy to keep sniffing and enjoying without even bothering to drink any!
Really smooth with very well integrated tannins, theoretically one year before it’s ready to drink, so even more impressive.
Finally, the delicious ‘Kika’ sweet botrytised Chenin-Blanc, named after Francesca - the youngest daughter of Miles Mossop and his wife.
This was gorgeous - lovely apricot and orange flavours with enough balancing acidity to keep it refreshing. Reminded me of a mini Trockenbeerenauslese. A half dozen straight into Reserves!
All the wines were superb and I am so glad I made the effort to go, even the two hour return journey and a heavy rain shower in the last ten minutes walk up our street didn’t detract from such a good event. Thanks to all who made it happen #WonderfulEventsTeam