We had a mostly Mediterranean Evening with, of course, some Southern Hemisphere wines to compare and contrast; it threw out some very pleasant surprises……………
A pale lemon wine with citrus (lemon) & herbaceous aromas, floral notes too and maybe a little vanilla in the background. Dry, medium-high acidity levels, medium-bodied and a slightly less complex palate of lemon, nectarine and honey, however it is very flavoursome and finishes with good length.
Price Category: II Rating: Very Good
This is a delightful unoaked Chardonnay with a great structure. It proved very food-friendly with the Italian fayre on offer tonight. Very good value for such quality.
2.Sixty Drops, (Sauvignon Blanc), 2010, Guest White Wine, Marlborough, New Zealand
Pale-medium lemon in colour. Aromas of rose petals & honeysuckle, peach, and hints of minerality – reasonably complex in fact. The wine is dry with high acidity and is light-medium bodied. The palate of acacia honey and tropical fruit salad flavours, kiwi & lychee in particular is very untypical of NZ Sauvignon Blanc but no less pleasant as a result. It has a medium length finish.
Price Category: II Rating: Good
A pale gold wine with vegetal aromas, reminiscent of hay, apples & spicey pear are in there too. Dry with medium acidity, medium bodied and a palate of honey, butter, creamy, apple & pears again, bananas too and almonds in the background. A medium-long finish.
Price Category: II Rating: Good
This is a reasonably rich Chardonnay and very much a food wine. There wine rested on the lees (yeast cells) for a short amount of time and this has really added to the creaminess and smooth structure. Really suited the rich & creamy flavoursome dishes on offer tonight.
A medium-ruby coloured wine. Aromas of red cherry, tobacco, and meaty notes. Dry with high acidity and medium tannin levels. Medium-bodied and a palate of cherries, liquorice, cloves and cinnamon spiciness – yummy – short to medium finish.
Price Category: II Rating: Good – better with food
A very typical Italian “food-friendly” wine. Good levels of acidity providing the perfect match to pasta and/or tomato dishes. Indeed we enjoyed it very much more as an accompaniment to food. It is clearly a very well made wine and at this price deserves a place on anyone’s dinner table.
A pale ruby wine, aromas of cherry, cigarette ash and petrol? (not looking good so far…) Dry, medium-high acidity, low tannin levels and light-medium bodied. Wow – a complex palate of cherry, strawberry, blackcurrant – summer fruit pudding in a glass in fact. There is also a background roast vegetal smokiness along with spicey notes, finishing med-long in length. A really very pleasant palate despite the bouquet!
Price Category: II Rating: V Good
A very elegant wine – quite rightly so – this is one of the top ten“Cru” village names in Beaujolais from a quality producer.
6. Pigreco, (Merlot/Sangiovese), Robert Cipresso, IGT, Tuscany, Italy, 2008, MYR86
A medium-purple colour wine. Fabulous aromas of red & black cherry, plum, cloves & cinnamon – xmas cake anyone? – smokey background. A dry wine with medium acidity levels and medium but approachable tannins. They cherry and plum followed through to the palate and even more intense xmas cake flavours; very rich yummy flavours indeed. Finishes in a medium-long length. Wow a great wine to finish the evening.