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Weekend drinking thread [12th- 14th July 2019]


A lovely chilled out evening in our rented flat in Copenhagen, after a long day out swimming. Roasted some vegetables to go with pasta and red pesto, and opened this 2017 Frappato (brought from home):

Compared to other Frappato we like, this was a tad unusual - very perfumed, like a hit of violets, or pot-pourri, as well as black cherries, plums, clove and liquorice. On the palate it had pleasant bakewell tart, baking spices and damson notes. Lively acidity and smooth tannins, but an aftertaste which was a bit hard to pin down. Not unpleasant, but had nicer Frappato. Worked well with the food, mind you, so can’t complain!

Happy weekend, all! :sunglasses: :clinking_glasses:


Oh well, it was a nice rack anyway. :laughing:


@Robin63 - you may be interested to take a look at Tahbilk’s vintage maturity tables -
Tahbilk wine vintages

They reckon this wine starts entering its period of maturity after around 15 years.

Now it’s under screwcap, it really does go on maturing reliably well, despite the fact it is delicious from the word go. A bit of a marvel really!


Interesting chart. What happened in 1989?


Clearly I do need to buy more! Many thanks for this.


This arrived with my friend, and very nice it was too.


I’ve no idea to be honest. Presumably it was a poor year in Victoria as all the wines are showing as past it, and none of their premium lines were released.


Three this weekend. Firstly, TWS’s Chilean Pinot Noir.

Inexpensive PN is often so unrewarding. I surprised myself with this one which is neither harsh nor over-extracted. It actually has that lovely sapidity that PN always ought to have. To be sure, it’s no DRC at this price, but a good purchase by the society’s buyers - well done!

The Gauby is in a very nice place right now - it is very fragrant, complex and well balanced, and the carignan tannins have learned some good manners!

The Paulett Riesling is for this evening, and one of a couple of bottles I bought from the Society offered with 5 years cellar age on them. This is usually a good time to try Clare Valley rieslings, as they still have some youth, whilst showing some of the bottle-aged maturity they should ultimately come to. We’ll see.


Due to work commitments last night was my belated Birthday meal and we decided that we wanted happy Summer memories from January in Tasmania. This meant Scallop Pie and with that we had Devils Corner Sauvignon Blanc 2017 which we tasted at the vineyard and really enjoyed its green flavours. This bottle came from Loki Wine, Birmingham on a recent shopping trip.

In the glass this wine has a clear green tinged golden colour with good legs.

On the nose are primary flavours of sweet cherry, ripe gooseberry, papaya, pineapple, strawberry, coriander, parsley and freshly cut grass. Secondary flavours consisted of bread dough, and a rice pudding creaminess.

On tasting there is good mouthfeel predominantly focused on the tongue. The initial astringency giving way to a tart gooseberry & strawberry sweetness. There is a mild warming burn with lasting sweetness flavours, a hint of ginger spice before a pleasant parsley green finish.

I’m so glad that the green flavours we had in January still came through strongly tonight. This really is a good wine and went extremely well with the Scallop Pie. I wish the Society could stock a bit more of the Devil’s Corner range such as this wine and maybe even their Resolution Wines which offer a better ageing potential.


I couldn’t summon up the enthusiasm to go shopping and ended up having the same meal two nights running. So, to go with some hake from the freezer, white beans from a can and some broccoli that otherwise would have been binned here are my two ( so far )…

The L’Etoile ‘En Banode’ is a Savagnin / Chardonnay blend. I’ve little experience of wines from this part of the world but the ones I have tried have all impressed with their originality. The deliberately oxidative style is apparent on first sniff, pungent and complex it reminded me of a fruit, not flor, dominant Manzanilla. On tasting, its tangy flavour not only has depth and complexity but elegance too. Fresh, structured and balanced with a long distinctive salty nutty finish, this was thoroughly enjoyed.

The Bourgogne 2014 from J-P Fichet was another cracker. Lemon citrus, minerals and spicy vanilla oak on the nose. Similar impressions on tasting, zesty citrus fruit, minerality, spice and a creamy texture cut and balanced by refreshing acidity. For a ‘basic’ wine it has surprising tension too and punches well above its weight. Despite Burgundy’s poor reputation for value I think that this would stand comparison with any similarly priced Chardonnay ( £18 ) no matter where it came from.

Have lovely day everyone.


Sounds like a winning combo. Beautifully pink steak by the way


There were many many wines over the past few days in Bruges ! Here are some of them …


A bottle of this:

Not bad for £9, though a little perfumed for my tastes. Apparently predominantly Chardonnay, but the nose is super intense, ripe pineapple (almost dessert wine-like). Pineapple is joined by peach on the palate, bone dry, medium body and length, but not enough acidity to make it really sing. Interesting but don’t think I’d buy it again.

And a bottle of that:

First ever blaufrankisch and first wine from Slovenia and was very impressed. Bright red appearance, red fruit on the nose carries through onto the palate, where finally its age is hinted at with some leather and spice.

Evident, but smooth tannins (paired nicely with a flatiron steak), medium body and length, backed up with some acidity to suggest it would go another few years. Would buy again


After a very wet Saturday the sun was back out in Galicia today so a beach day and apero in a great bar

with views to the iles cies



Wines have been these as posted in the weekday thread

The Quinta de Couselo is from the O Rosal subzone of Rías Baixas so a more ripe Albariño with a little Caino Blanco, Treixaduro and Loureiro in the blend (thanks to Sarah Jane Evans “The wines of Northern Spain” for the information). That makes it broader on the palate and more floral with more stone fruit than a typical Albariño. Interesting to try but I prefer the linear, Saline notes of a 100% Albariño.

El probibido is great value field blend for 10 euros. Benefits from some air and very versatile. Lots going on here. Pomegranates, plums, cherry, earth. A pleasure to sip and enjoy.


£12.99 from Lidl

Now this wine is a lesson in expectations…

If someone poured me a glass and told me it was a Potensac, but without telling me the vintage, I’d say it was a bit of a disappointment. They’ve done better, for sure.

If someone poured me a glass and told me it was a 2013 AC Médoc, but without telling me the producer, I’d say wow, whoever made this did a damn fine job of a tricky vintage, especially that far away from the action.

And if someone poured me a glass and told me that it was a £12.99 claret from a supermarket, but without telling me anything else about it, I’d be perfectly happy with it.

So there you are.

Might buy the last few if they’re still there :clinking_glasses:


That was exactly my reaction to the 2013 Marquis de Terme! And I guess the reason why 2013 wine from smart Bordeaux properties is in Lidl for knockdown prices. We are pretty lucky that such poor vintages in most wine regions are now quite rare.


Had this last night with Steak Frites - perfect combo. Hint of cherries, vanilla and then tobacco - classic claret , couldn’t be anything else! It cost circa £16.99 and from Graves 2015 vintage.

In the past I have bought cheaper wines en primeur eg Caronne Saint Gemme 2016 for £90 which i’m now having to store until they are ready to drink - by the time I factor the cost of storage and then VAT and duty is it worth it when you can buy this ready to drink?! Not put my order in yet for this years Bordeaux en primeur, but this has made me think about my choices.


Positano wine, who would have believed it! When we were there the only things in evidence were lemons, Limoncello and chillis. And beautiful scenery obviously.


Paolini Frappato. sun dried tomatoes, violets loads of primary fruit. Lots of fun from Bristol’s fantastic Cork’s of Cotham. £8.99. Not quite as good as the society’s offering by Nicosia, but very nice and well priced.

Also this lovely Society rose, exactly the sort of wine I’d take if I had a house pink (far too addicted to trying new stuff!).


Friday night was a treat with Lilbert BdB Perlé:

Very pale. Very light. Almost still, with only very gentle bubbles, presumably from the low pressure. Hints of whipped cream on the nose. Yeast. Proofing dough. Lemon Meringue. Not at all acidic, but a slight sour twang which makes the mouth water. Excruciatingly nice blanc de blancs, crémant de cramant. Assemblage: 65% 2013, 35% vin de reserve; disgorged autumn 2017; dosage 5g/l. Love it.

This tonight, Henschke Johann’s Garden:

Silky Grenache (70%), Mataro(25%), Shiraz (5%) blend, which punches out bright juicy ripe raspberries first and foremost, slightly candied, on the nose and palate. Pepper and crushed green leaves. Beautifully clear crimson in the glass, medium body, but still quite alcoholic. Nice, but not particularly complicated. I’ve spent less for much better.

And, the glass stopper is novel perhaps, but “screwcap” is stretching it…