Friday, 10 December 2010
Noel Young Christmas Tasting
Dandelion Vineyards 'Wonderland of the Eden Valley' Riesling 10, Australia.
99 yo vines, highly unusual for whites. Lime zest, citrus there, plenty of lifted fruits, tropical, some touch of petrol. Fresh, really racy, bone dry pretty much. Nice stuff.
Forrest Estate 'The Doctors' Gruner Veltliner 10, NZ.
2 yo vines, first plantings in NZ. Some mineral, white stone fruits, apricots, white pepper. Theres a nice sweetness, its actually off dry, 8 g/l, gives it some fatness and body, very drinkable. Some marzipan, almond. Short finish unfortunately. Really weird style.
Domaine Robert Denogent Pouilly Fuisse 'Les Reisses' 08, France.
Mineral, oak, really developed nose, quite funky, definitely some yeasty tones. Nice proper acidity, fat, full, and lingers for a long while; citrus, plenty of lemons. Excellent balance, consistent in the palate.
Moutard Pere et fils Prestige Rose Brut NV, Champagne France.
Auburn, golden, orange salmon colour. Nose is so fruity, strawberries really jump out, raspberries, red fruits, so forward. Palate is again fruit driven, attractive, drinkable, not the most sophisticated of champagnes, but hey, that's not what they were trying to aren't.
Juan Gil Petit Verdot Jumilla 09, Spain.
Young vines 4 yo. Violets, touches of green capsicum, fine wood, fruit is red cherry, not dark and extracted stuff. Not tannic, light style, almost burgundian. Cheerful.
Domain Grange Cochard Morgon Vielles Vignes Les Charmes 09, Beaujolais France.
Rustic, farmyard, quite floral and lifted actually, violets, sweet cinnamon. Fruit is ripe, still good tannic structure, cherry, plums, darker berries. Good example of what Beaujolais can achieve in a good year. Will keep at least another 3 years.
Ernie Els The Big Easy 09, Western Cape, South Africa
Blend of Shiraz, Cabernet, Gremache, Mourvedre and Viognier. Plenty of red fruits, some white pepper, some smoke, tar. Vibrant lively palate, quite green, dark fruits, not heavy. Drinks so easily, not particularly tannic but still with some structure, nice stuff.
Schubert Pinot Noir 'Block B' 08, Wairarapa, NZ.
Rustic, farmyard, dusty, floral, lifted, woody, some spice, pepper, star anise. Such a lovely complex nose. Fantastic fruits, ripe cherries, nice acidity carrying everything together. Gorgeous now, will definitely keep a few years.
Paul Clover Noble Late Harvest Riesling 09, South Africa.
£12.50 (375ml). A-
Honey lime, passion fruit, tropical, candied apricots. Marmalade, can smell the botrytis. Palate is light, sugar should be roundabout the 100 g/l mark, balanced by lots of acidity to keep it from cloying. Fresh, zippy.
Seppeltsfield Grand Muscat
£16.75 (500ml). B+
Raisins, really sweet nose, PX style. Full on the palate, sugar treacle, golden syrup. Diabetic sweet. Will go well with mince pies, Christmas puddings etc.