Sunday, 17 July 2011


NV The Society's Saumur Brut, Gratien & Meyer
The Wine Society £8.75. B+

Loads of citrus, some apples and pears on the nose, with floral touches, smells inviting. Palate is crisp and refreshing, fruit is just right, nice acidity and fine (Champagne-like) mousse. This is everything you'd want in an aperitif, so easy drinking; corking value.

2008 De Grendel 'Winifred' Viognier Semillon Chardonnay

Ripe white fruits on the nose, sweet peaches; sweet vanilla notes too, I'm guessing from some oak treatment, along with roasted shaved coconuts; lovely nose. Palate is white fruit dominated, textured mouthfeel, almost creamy, quite thick for a white wine; the viognier and semillon really combining well to produce nice body and width. Acidity just right. Full, very pleasing.

2002 Niederhauser Hermannshohle Riesling Spatlese, Gutsverwaltung Niederhausen Schlossbockelheim

Light gold in colour; so much lemon zest on the nose, very bright, slight whiffs of kerosene and petrol. Palate is so lively, filled with candied lemons and orangepeel, acidity still bracing, really keeping it refreshing; off dry, perhaps 20-30g/l but really doesnt feel it because of the nervy acidity, keeping everything taut and in tension. Seriously good.
Only 8.5% abv, went down a treat with a passionfruit pavlova.

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