Weekend Drinking Thread [6 to 8 September 2019]

Dull and grey Friday calls for a ripe and soothing red, so we opened this 2017 Barossa Shiraz (with some Grenache) from the Magpie Estate called ’ The Scoundrel’:

What a lovely wine! Like a warm and loving autumnal hug. Medium ruby in colour, the nose is quite intense with ripe blackcurrants, plums, dark cherries but also a whiff of tobacco, menthol notes and black pepper. I also got a smell of wet slate, but the other half thought I was just trying to sound obscure. Perhaps! :thinking:

It’s welcoming on the palate too; similar fruit as the nose, but there is also some jalapeño and dark chocolate. We loved the smooth mouthfeel, which the husband thoughts was like a feeling of a bar of chocolate melting in the mouth. The menthol notes on the finish round it off nicely. Value for money box ticked (£11.50).

Having this with some veggie chillie - welcome autumn! :fallen_leaf:

Looking forward to hearing what you’re drinking this weekend :clinking_glasses: :grin:



More autumnal drinking. This is a good solid claret drinking well know, but the 2020 drink by date is very conservative, the wine is still vigorous and fresh with only a hint of maturity. Good with a veggie cottage pie.

Berry fruits, licorice root, a hint of cigar box and leather, everything one could wish from a claret at this level!


Need a holiday after a few long weeks at my new job. Ready for a week in the Cotswolds…


I can see some blue sky so it must still be summer! Watching the test match highlights which absolutely requires some sort of drink, and going for the

A bit surprisingly what first came to mind on smelling it was pear drops and flowers. And we haven’t got to the bit where the wickets start to disappear suddenly! So, so far so good.


This is definitely one of my all time favourite Albarinos! I love the purity of its fruit, and its saline finish. A bargain, for under a tenner. Hope you enjoy it! :+1::grinning:


Two wines this weekend, started with a glass of Kanonkop Paul Sauer 1995. Still some fruit, lively acidity and all in all a wine drinking superbly now. Let’s just say, If I bought a case on release, I would be a happy chappy right now. Also Coravinned the 2001 Montus, tastes a bit older, but in a very good way, enough to convince me to pull the trigger on the 2018 EP…


In Spain visiting a friend who has settled here. A visit to an excellent country restaurant threw up some mature gems from López de Heredia. Hard choice but we really pushed the boat out as you rarely see Tondonia Blanco GR in shops or restaurants.

This tasted very youthful for a 38 year old wine. Multi layered, complex and ethereal. The kind of wine that is a real experience. Perfecto.


These two for later on

We really like the wines of La Clape. The Rouquette vineyard was close to where we stayed a couple of years ago and this is one of their top cuvées in memory of grandpere.

The Riesling will be pared with charentais melon and ham.

Hope you all have a great weekend.


This tonight:

First bottle from a WS mixed case delivered yesterday of mixed Albariño/Alvarinho wines (which I admit to having forgotten buying :grinning:) it’s fairly typical Rias Baixas with very crisp acidity and an almost Chablis style aroma but a bit fuller body than Chablis would likely have. 2015 vintage from the back label which also gives bottling date. Looking forward to the other 5 (including one bottle too tall for the fridge door shelf!)


The weather seems to dictate our drinking choices, so a lovely bit of sunshine today – and all I want is some Rosé! Thankfully still got a few bottles lying around, so decided to open this 2018 Zweigelt from Waitrose:

It’s from their new(ish) ‘W’ range, where they introduce lesser known grapes; there’s a País, a Marselan, a Petit Manseng and a few other interesting ones (none of which will be ‘new’ to people on this forum, however).

I really like rosé made from Zweigelt – there’s a pleasant spiciness to it which I enjoy. Shame they are not that easy to find. This one is made by Rabl, and for £8.99 delivers fruity notes (strawberry, raspberry maybe even some pomegranate) which are enlivened by a fresh and spicy (white pepper, we reckon) aftertaste. Quite a long finish, too. The fruitiness/floral notes on the nose (there’s some rose petal there) belie its savoury palate. This should be a lovely food wine. Recommended!

Making baked trout with some roasties to go with it.

Prost! :clinking_glasses:


Autumn, Saturday, cool evening, kids asleep… it’s Chave o’clock.


Glad the weather is rose-like down your way. Further along the coast here in Southampton we are feeling the autumnal chills. All quite cool and un-rose like.


Happy weekend everyone! House move chaos nearly finished (hopefully), so to celebrate having somewhere to sit down inside we’re having this St Jo:


From a mixed case bought as a bin end punt a couple of years ago, this is delicious. Lovely rich dark fruit and herbal nose, densely flavoured with blackcurrant, liquorice and clove, but medium bodied (12.7% abv) and fresh acidity making it very easy to drink. Great with and without food- we’re having (Waitrose) confit duck leg and (allotment) green beans and sweetcorn.



Ha! Well perhaps I’m just clutching at straws… :blush:

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Just enjoyed a modest claret from a fairly good vintage with sirloin steak and béarnaise sauce. It had all the blackcurrant and pencil shaving notes and a long finish. The management changed hands a few years ago and the quality of this estate is even higher than when this wine was made.


These two last night to celebrate our 12th anniversary

The Nyetimber is already a firm favourite with us. Not had the St Jo before but it was fantastic and great VFM at £17. Glad I picked up my full allocation of 6 bottles. Paired very well with lamb chops.


Wine group get-together last night, to taste one of each the eight crus from April’s Explore Beaujolais 2017 mixed case.

It confirmed that cru Beaujolais represents great value for money across the board, and that Morgon Côte du Py is my favourite among them. Some brief notes:

The Society’s Exhibition Fleurie, 2017

Cherries and a hint of rose on the nose. Fruity, refreshing and a bit of spice. A good start, but struggled in comparison when coming back to it later.

Domaine du Moulin d’Eole, Chiroubles, 2017

Quite a lot more structure than the Fleurie, red fruit, a good acidity. and some minerality.

Trenel, Saint-Amour, 2017

Black cherries on the nose, and maybe some sloe. Smooth, quite fleshy and fuller body, with a bit of grip to finish.

Domaine Durand, Brouilly Pisse Vielle, 2017

The bretty and barnyardy nose seemed very appropriate, given the name. It did dissipate, to leave something a bit sweeter and with less acidity. Smooth enough, but came up a bit short.

Stéphane Aviron, Chénas, 2017

Red currant and some herbs on the nose. A good structure, rounded acidity, griottes and soft tannin. Quite a hit, especially at the price.

Pavillon de Chavannes, Cote de Brouilly Cuvée des Ambassades, 2017

I tried this at the March press tasting, and my notes coincide pretty well. Lots of cherries on both the nose and palate. Balanced, fairly simple, very drinkable.

Jean-Marc Burgaud, Morgon Côte du Py, 2017

Altogether more serious. A little brett again, but that soon went. Currants, black cherries, quite a lot more acidity, length and intensity, and more minerality. Probably could do with another two or three of years in bottle to knit together. My favourite.

Domaine du Moulin d’Eole, Moulin-À-Vent “Les Thorins”, 2017

Ripe and ready - darker fruit, a bit of tannin, a bit of liquorice and very satisfying.

A very pleasant evening, and finished off with Mrs Robertd’s cold chicken pies.


Yesterday with lunch in Alicante a very unusual, atypical monastrell that was a modern, light on its feet example from a small producer. Unfortunately no photos and unlikely to be exported.

Today North West Spain

Albariño but aged in manzanila barrels. Unfortunately this had a bit of cork taint. Medium bodied and maybe better with some age. Interesting and a good match with lightly battered calamaries.

With aged Galician beef this Mencia was great. Veronica Ortega is fairly new to wine making but this was intense and likely to be better with a year or two. But right now it is excellent as it is. Serious mencia. Muy bueno.


Last night we decided to compare a Chilean and Argentine Cabernet Sauvignon. The Chilean wine was classically full of pure blackcurrent fruit whilst the Argentine was more restrained.

The 1865 Single Vineyard was from Alta Maipo (higher part) in Chile and is produced by SAN Pedro. The Zuccardi comes from Valle de Uco - also at a higher altitude in Mendoza. The fruit from the Zuccardi is from two areas - Tupungato (1225m) and La Consulta (1060m).
I preferred the Zuccardi to the SAN Pedro - I thought it more interesting although perhaps it could have done with a little more fruit. My notes were:
1865: clear and bright. Red rim, slightly darker red centre. Clean nose. Intense black currants. Soft vanilla. Clean palate. Sweet fruit. Soft tannins. Perhaps lacked some of the promise of the aroma. Medium finish.
Zuccardi: clear and bright. Red rim with hint of age. Deep red centre - opaque. Clean nose. Restrained black fruit. Hints of tabaco and vanilla. Clean palate. Dry. Firm tannins. Good acidity. A food wine. Medium finish.


Romate Fino Perdido in the last of the summer sunshine in the Cotswolds