What, no weekday drinking thread yet?
I’ll come to the rescue, then…
Been to a NZ tasting yesterday, run by the Sussex Wine School. The aim was to show that – surprise, surprise- there is more to NZ than Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. So we tasted 8 mostly lovely wines, but the ones that stood out for me were:
This was quite a shock to both nose and palate. Nothing like what I expected. I had the other Greywacke, but there’s something about this wild yeast which adds another layer of complexity (sorry for stating the obvious!). The nose was yeasty, bready, with hints of herbs and passion fruit. On the palate it was weighty, a little sour and definitely more savoury than fruity. It reminded me a little of the Rotgipfler I brought to the BYOB last month. A wine that can definitely age a little further. Certainly not your ‘bog standard Marlborough SB’!
This Riesling was fantastic! A touch of kerosene/rubber on the nose, with a whiff of citrus and lime. Lime is also very much present on the palate, but there’s some ripe stone fruit there too, and a touch of apricot that was strangely reminiscent of a dessert wine. Lo and behold, the notes later stated that about 10% of the total volume had a ‘botrytis affected component’. It definitely added an extra dimension to this delicious wine.
Of the reds we tried, these two Pinot Noirs were cracking wines!
This one had a lovely nose with cherry and bramble fruit and a very discreet touch of oak, with sweet hints of vanilla. The mouthfeel was gorgeous and silky, the fruit was bright with just the right amount of acidity and the finish was long. A really elegant wine.
This one was a bit funky, with wild strawberries on the nose, dark cherries, but also mushroom/forest floor notes. Again, it had a lovely mouthfeel, with crunchy wild red fruit but was much earthier and more ‘umami’ on the palate than the previous one. It also had a lingering finish with a well-balanced acidity- I must get my hands on some!
Was less moved by a 2016 Trinity Hill Syrah (very short finish, despite lovely fruit), and although I enjoyed a 2014 Dog Point Chardonnay, it felt a little out of balance and had a distinct struck-match whiff, which I don’t dislike – but which was rather overpowering in this one. The fruit was quite tired tasting, if that makes sense…? Perhaps it wasn’t kept well, or maybe even coming to the end of its life, I don’t know.
All in all, it was a real fun tasting, with some new discoveries!
Happy Mittwoch, all!