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Nottingham Wine Circle – tenth Jan 2023 |

Nottingham Wine Circle – tenth Jan 2023

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Kooyong, Faultline Chardonnay, 2018 – I’m an enormous fan of recent world, cool local weather Chardonnay and this was proper up my road. A variety of struck match and stylish oak on the nostril with lemon pith and melon depth on the entrance of the palate and a protracted end. A extremely lean, tight fashion and much like the wines of Kumeu from NZ which I’ve loved for some years. You could find bottles at round £30 from the wine society however some retailers are charging £35-45 for this. Pretty common enjoyment within the room

Pazo Barrantes, Gran Vino, Albarino, 2020 – Not usually a grape related to premium wines however they’re on the market! I’ve lengthy wished to strive Pazo Senorans Albarino Seleccion de Anada however this was a brand new identify for me. The nostril was actually not typical of albarino with some candy fruit and virtually floral Gewurtz notes. The palate although was signing with typical acidity from this grape and distinctive focus of inexperienced and yellow fruit with a contact of honey. Stability and wine making was spectacular although at round £40 you’d hope it might be….

Santenay, Gravieres, 1967 – A Wine Society bottling that was purchased as a curiosity. I had thought it was an mid-aged Bordeaux from a light-weight classic as I used to be getting a whole lot of blackcurrant and tomato notes, the fruit profile was nonetheless outstanding regardless of its age. I used to be actually fairly impressed with the way it had held collectively though there have been differing opinions on that within the room. On the crux of that it simply didn’t appear very ‘Burgundian’ which curiously could possibly be as a result of truth on this period they had been mixing Gigondas grapes from the Rhone with pink Burgundy! I can’t discover out any data or background on this observe however older extra discovered members of the group appeared certain it was a factor earlier than Gigondas obtained its on appellation in 1971

Liger-Belair, Moulin-a-Vent Vieilles Vignes, 2013 – I ought to point out lots of our tastings are blind and this and the following wine stumped the group. Gamay is usually maligned however this instance was a little bit atypical and other people had been struggling to determine it (other than me however I’m extra of a fan than most). Given its age and from a ‘poor’, cooler classic the focus was stunning. Subsequently the fruits had been a little bit darker than anticipated however the stability and tertiary meaty/savoury notes had been simply on the degree I take pleasure in. Liger-Belair are an enormous identify with lots of their Burgundy at £100+ however this felt a relative cut price at £30 though I don’t know if it was a consultant bottle.

Idda, Etna Rosso, 2019 – The wine I chosen to convey this night from a area I’ve been discovering over the previous few years. I believe Etna is unquestionably one to look at. Inevitably there are comparisons with wines from Piedmont and likewise ‘Burgundian’ lightness however I actually do suppose it’s its personal factor. This wine is a partnership together with Gaja whose Piedmontese wines go for £500+ so understandably has had loads of publicity with this new enterprise. Even in relative youth the sunshine pink/rusty color is kind of distinctive. The nostril while intense was a little bit candy with some wild strawberry and cinnamon. The palate was a little bit extra prefer it with traditional bitter cherry, with a touch of herby balsamic and actually fairly grippy tannin into a protracted end. It was satisfying however lacked a contact of complexity and extra of the savoury facet to different Etna Rosso’s I’ve had. At £35+ it appeared to be buying and selling off the identify and I’ve had higher wines for much less, try; Tornatorre, Cussomano, Pietradolce and Torre Mora.

Penfolds, Bin 28 Shiraz, 1996 – For me this was typical Aussie Shiraz however for these lovers of it there may not have been sufficient minty eucalyptus that’s the signature of this grape and terroir mixture. Possibly it was simply in the precise place and which have softened however the fruit remained with beautiful gentle blackberry and black cherry notes and a velvet end. Ingesting very properly, though based on the one who purchased this ‘was once low cost however now £30 a bottle!’

Chosen different wines/notes from the night:

Samuel Billaud Chablis 2019 – an huge identify and never low cost, satisfying however pretty one-dimensional yellow fruit given my expectations. My have suffered after the very expressive Albarino

Muga White Rioja 2022 – Younger and really recent. Nice worth for cash and versatile

Tondonia Reserva, Lopez de Heredia, 2004 – One of many nice makers in Rioja and often so satisfying and distinctive. It wasn’t badly flawed however on the very least an odd bottle because it undoubtedly wasn’t singing



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