It was my turn to put on the wines for our local tasting group. I decide to serve blind varieties pairs. With three simple questions, variety, new or old world and preference.
Couple Number 1 : Laurent Miquel Nocturnes Viognier 2020, Languedoc, France v
Viognier Mon Grand Pere etait Limonadier 2020. Northern Rhone, France
Couple Number 2:Howard Park Miamup Chardonnay 2020, Margaret River, Australia V Blackbook Winery Clayhill Vineyard ‘Painter of Light’ Chardonnay 2019. Essex
Couple Number 3 :Zephyr 6 Marlborough Pinot Noir 2020, New Zealand V
Assmannshäuser ‘Rotschiefer’ Pinot Noir, Künstler 2019, Rheingau, Germany
Couple Number 4:Gluck & Bray Riverland Aglianico 2020 - South Australia V
Basilisco Aglianico del Vulture Superiore 2013 - S Italy
couple Number 5**:Plantagenet Great Southern Shiraz 2013 - Western Australia V
Crozes-Hermitage La Picaudières, Domaine Rousset 2016, Rhone, France
It was a great exercise. even the experienced tasters were challenged. It seemed that apart from the Pinot and the Syrah/shiraz guessing was universally off.
I hadn’t tasted the wines either so I came to them at least with a little challenge. I would happily drink any again, except for the Black Book Clayhill Chardonnay which is made in a natural wine way and had a cider note which I think a fault. The Danbury Ridge wines which I tasted last week are excellent and grown about two miles from the Clayhill. So these are the English/Essex wines TWS should stock.
Brief impressions, The Laurant Miquel is a great cellar defender at £6.99, the Pilon Viognier a Condieux ringer. The Howard Park always lovely, oddest guess was Riesling. Both pinots are stars the Zephr is only £13.50, complex but sweet, the spatburgunder more earthy and burgundy like. Aglianico is new to me as a grape, the Italian a star food wine, the Australian very much like a modern Claret, guesses included merlot. Buy the Planagenet if you have £30 to spare, you won’t regret it, sweet, mature and Grange was mentioned which is a compliment. The Crozes was dark, meaty, bretty, maybe a touch corked but I really enjoyed it.
have a great weekend.