Happy Friday people!
Afternoon in the sunshine here. What are you drinking?
We started the weekend with a varietal tasting of Sauvignon Blancs: Pouilly-Fume vs Casablanca, Chile vs two Malborough, NZ. The new Coravin came into its own tonight. We’ll be having salmon accompanied with the Grove Mill for dinner tonight.
Tomorrow we’ll do a blind tasting to test what we (may) have learn tonight!
Large gin and tonic to kick off the weekend.
Better in a negroni, but the g&t just hit the spot after a hot and sticky train journey home.
Just picked this up from Waitrose (on offer). 100% influenced by @peterm. Not had a Pinotage for years.
Will report back at some point. Long week cheers all.
Relaxing with some Graticciaia after an afternoon at John Lewis looking at baby stuff.
Always a real pleasure to drink this - it shows how good a highly extracted wine can be. Never with food, though.
Kumeu River Hunting Hill 2009 in the garden pre dinner. Lovely lovely lovely .lemon and vanilla long and balanced. It’s great Chardonnay.
Now that sounds like a combo. Envious.
We had this with our meal ( spicy prawns with broad beans and broccoli .
This roussillon is a delight! Really nice and round, ripe, lovely melon.
First ever Bordeaux white here tonight, while we played Cluedo in the garden with the kids.
I wasn’t sure on the first glass, tasted a little like pub Savvy B, but once it warmed up it was much much better.
Simple evening for us. Fizzy Friday starts with full bodied, yeasty-malo champagne. Good value too
Then with pan fried sea bass fillets and jersey royals good old TWS Bordeaux Sauvignon
This is a completely new wine to me that I’m trying tonight.
Riveverse Langhe Nascetta 2016.
Feels like a rather mature, grown-up wine, with a rich, quite dense, mouthfeel and an aromatic herby flavour. Long finish. Combines very well with vegetable samosas and dried tomato and garlic pickle, leaving a very long, warm, spicy flavour in the mouth. More pleased than I expected with pairing, but only have this one bottle anyway.
Turbot véronique tonight, with Louis Sipp Grand Cru Kirchberg de Ribeauvillé Riesling 2013.
The label is quite (very) knackered from time in our fairly damp French cellar. Louis Sipp labels seem to cope with the humidity particularly badly. Fortunately the same is not true of the wine. Really fine and great purity of fruit; some petrol developing, but still intensely citrussy; airy, and long; bone dry and yet full bodied. 2013 was a particularly successful vintage for this wine - the remaining bottles have a long life ahead of them if I let them get that far (and the labels don’t fall off, so I know what they are).
I had the last glass of a bottle of the 2010 of this, tonight, and it was delicious. Lots of sharp fruit and just enough petrol hit. Good Riesling.
A couple of wines tonight, an entry level Sauvignon Blanc from Zorzal and a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from Decero. Both Producers have a growing reputation here in Argentina. The Zorzal made from grapes grown in Tupungato was pleasant and certainly better than most Sauvignon Blancs I have tasted here although Argentina has a long way to go to match the standard of Chilean wines made from the same grape variety.
Last night we had the much maligned Rizzi Langhe Nebbiolo 2017:
Well as far as I am concerned it was delicious and I’ll be buying more.
Whilst in the supermarket yesterday I noticed the Guigal CdR was on offer for £10 so I thought I’d buy a bottle as I’ve never tried it before. Once home I forgot about it in the car and when I went back a few hours later it had started to seep from the top . Not sure why - had the glass cracked slightly in the heat?
Anyway what else could I do apart from open it and decant it?!
It was certainly a “warm” wine. I put a third in the decanter and the rest of the bottle in the fridge. Definitely a hit of jam on initially tasting it, followed by a hint of olives. Left half of it and this morning it now appears to have opened up more. Doesn’t look like i’ve ruined it - but I won’t be leaving wine in a car on a hot day again!