Flavour of Wine tasting, part of the Cambridge Science Festival 2011.
Tasted Saturday, 26 March 2011. Led by Luke Webster.
2007 Moscato Frizzante, Contine Volpi Piemonte
Cambridge Wine, £9.50. B
Sweet green grapes, white flowers, apples, desert pears, lifted, smells bright. Palate full on sweetness, lightly sparkled, not much acid, basically slightly alcoholic sparkling grape juice, nothing complex, and at 5.5% abv, very gluggable. Drink chilled on a hot summer's day.
2008 Gewurztraminer Reserve, Cave de Hunawihr, Alsace
Cambridge Wine, £12. B
White tropical fruits, white floral, rose petal, daisies, whiffs of citrus, lemon, lychees, correct. distinctly off dry, good acid, but feels rather flabby, white fruits dominate, peaches, nectarines. Generous mouthfeel, not enough structure unfortunately.
1997 Piesporter Goldtropfchen Riesling Spatlese, Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt, Mosel
Greenish gold. Sweet, petrol and kerosene there, white flowers, some citrus, lemon meringue, zesty and tang, honeysuckle. high acidity still, lively, vibrant, nicely textured, plenty of citrus. Also off dry, maybe 20-30 g/l. Slightly strung still, has developed well, will still keep.
NV Manzanilla Pasdaa 'Pastrana', Bodegas Hidalgo
Nice flor nose, yeasty, bread, touch of salty, iodine, almonds, nutty. Clean, fresh, nice nerve of acid, nice toasted, plenty of drying tones, crying out for seafood and tapas. Good linger.
2008 Esporao Reserva Tinto, Alentejo
Cambridge Wine, £16. B+(+)
Warmth, compote, jammy, there is some green notes, attractive purple ruby colour, plenty of dark berries and violets, sweet spice and vanilla. Is there some cabernet and merlot in here, the greenness and woody speaks. Plenty of fruit, some astringent tones, full red, extracted and hot. Structure and balance ok, fruit driven, cheerful.
2001 Amarone della Valpolicella 'Bosan', Cesari
Cambridge Wine, £48. A-(+)
Dark but verging on bricky, depth. Jammy, compote, cooked, dark chocolate, violets, woody, berries. Full, depth, cassis, dark berries leads the charge then the high acidity takes over and caries it home. At the back the sweet ripe red fruits make a comeback. Lasts a good while. Tannins have softened out, lovely velvety textured. Brilliant, drinking well now but with bright future shad.
2004 Malmsey Madeira Colheita, Blandy's
Cambridge Wine, £20. A-
Raisin, oxidation, treacle, honey, a touch of flor, dried fruits, walnuts, dried figs, light coffee and chocolate. Full mouthfeel, full on sweet, still plenty of acidity, doesn't cloy. Vibrant, lively and racy, very attractive.
2002 Tokaji Aszu 5 Puttonyos, Patricius
Cambridge Wine, £30. A-
Deep golden. Honeyed complexity, botrytis so evident, treacle, lifted floral, acacia, honeysuckle, daisies, almost chocolate and coffee. Racy acidity, lively citrus, clementines, touch of bitter marmalade, honeyed, candied white fruits, tinned peaches. Lingers so long, well balanced, no cloy. Gorgeous.