Sunday, 10 July 2011. A small selection of wines tasted at Cambridge Wine Merchants, Kings Parade. Prices are retail by the bottle.
2010 Mont Rocher Old Vine Viognier
£7.50. A- (aromatics)
Incredibly aromatic, really leaps out of the glass at you; bags of sweet apricots, nectarines just all round white fruits; quite floral too, blossoms; really attractive nose. Palate is soft and rounded, could do with a touch more acid, but thats Viognier for you; white fruits still there. Slight pith and bitterness at the end to remind you its Viognier. Restrained, which is uncharacteristic of region, nice stuff - I would buy it just for its lively aromatics.
2009 Mount Brown Riesling, Waipara Valley
Classic limes and citrus on the nose, hint of kerosene perhaps even; straightforward. Palate is rounded, filled with citrus; touch of residual sugar, making it feel slightly off dry, but really covered by the refreshing acidity, minerally on the finish. Well made.
2009 Domaine de Cebene 'Le Bancels' Faugeres
Plenty going on in the nose: dark fruits, brambles and jammy at first; develops into a gamey and savoury note, like cured meats, even some leather; also herby / woody too. Palate is full of dark fruits with good extraction, really still some grip to this, acidity there too. Evident complexity, all components very together, I think this will develop nicely with age.
2006 Domaine du Grand Cres 'La Cadela', Corbieres
£9.99. A- (interesting)
Bright colour, not your usual deep ruby; this looks more like an extracted Pinot Noir. Attractive red fruit on the nose, red cherries and raspberries; quite floral, violets; theres some herby notes too; vibrant. Palate shows plenty of ripe red fruits; rounded and soft, not over extracted, no alcoholic burn either. Very unusual style, elegant and nimble; you could almost drink this slightly chilled for barbecues.