Wine Century Challenge Meeting #1.

First meeting of the Wine Century Club – Perth Chapter occurred on the 20th February 2013 down at Steves Fine Wine & Food in Nedlands. Big thanks to Michael for tracking down some unique wines for us to try.

Marq Vermentino 1 Marq Vermentino 2

2011 Marq Vermentino. Margaret River. 11.5% RRP $27

Vermentino grape.

Apples and apple skins. Hint of ginger, lime and Pomelo. Very refreshing and clean. Nicely balanced acid. Zesty, talc. A good “hot day” kinda wine. Really liked this.

IMG_1735 Pere Ventura Xarel.lo 2

2011 Pere Ventura Xarel.lo. Penedès, Spain. 12% RRP $20

A blend of 85% Xarel.lo & 10% Parellada.

Oily, salty and quite long on the palate. Savoury and quite a textural wine. Lemon rind, honeysuckle and honeydew. Has quite a big mouthfeel. Only let done by quite a flabby finish. Touch more acid would have lifted this wine. Wondering what this would be like paired with some sardines.
First Drop Arneis 1 First Drop Arneis 2

2010 First Drop Arneis. Barossa Valley. 13.5% RRP $26

Arneis Grape.

Seemed a touch flat and mute. Hint of residual sugar is evident. Spicy notes are evident. Not sure what’s going on here as I have loved this wine previously. Maybe getting a bit old? Lost it’s Mojo?

IMG_1739 Oliver Lemasson Cour-Cheverny Romorantin 2

2011 Oliver Lemasson Cour-Cheverny Romorantin. Cour-Cheverny. South West Loire. 12% RRP $43

Romorantin Grape.

Wow! What an interesting wine. Looking down at my notes and I have scribbles everywhere around this wine.

A touch cloudy on appearance. Seems to be made in a slight oxidative manner.

Sauerkraut, asparagus, stewed whole apples are the first descriptors that are apparent. Follows through with Sherry like notes, nutty toasted almonds and bath salts.

Finishes with a real cheesy, leesy taste.

Has a lovely chewy acid balance that gets the mouth juices flowing.

Sounds weird, I know! But this is a thoroughly tasty and interesting wine and my wine of the night.

A highly recommended and drool worthy wine. Just drink this with an open mind.

Apparently the Romorantin grape is only grown in the Cour-Cheverny Appellation of the Loire Valley in France and its plantings are dwindling. I say bring back the Romorantin!

Feudo Arancio Nero d’Avola 1  Feudo Arancio Nero d’Avola 2

2010 Feudo Arancio Nero d’Avola. Sicily, Italy. 13.5% RRP $25

Nero d’Avola Grape.

A juicy wine. Turkish delight, dense red fruits. Slippery on the palate. Hints of graphite and ash. The wine falls away quite quickly on the back palate and is a bit lacking in acid. Bearing in mind the price, this is a good, solid BBQ style wine. Happy and juicy.

Diemersfontien Pinotage  IMG_1745

2011 Diemersfontien Pinotage. Wellington, South Africa. 14%. RRP $35

2010 Kumkani Pinotage. Stellenbosch, South Africa. 14.5%. RRP $20

Both from the Pinotage grape.

Oh dear! Where do I begin? Over the years I have heard from quite a few people that Pinotage is not very pleasant.

Common theme of rubber, meaty and funky gym change room aromas. The first Pinotage was also burdened by excessive oak and had that “burnt coffee with vanilla milkshake thrown in” taste.

Tick the Pinotage off on the list of grapes and it’s time to move on.

King River Saperavi 1   King River Saperavi 2

2011 King River Saperavi. King Valley. 14.4% RRP $55

Saperavi Grape.

A very pretty wine. Pomegranate, sweet must and violets. One of the prettiest, most beautiful wines I have ever had. Sour cherries, tomato leaf, apricots, brambly rhubarbs. Grows and changes in the glass all the time. Hint of lemongrass. Has a great energy. Love this. An excellent wine that is full of intrigue.

Massena Tannat 1   Massena Tannat 2

2010 Massena Tannat. Barossa Valley. 14.5% RRP $28

Tannat Grape.

Deep red in colour. Currants, deep red fruits and quite syrupy. Grippy tannins. Dense. Sweet fruits. Not a bad example of the variety.

All in all, a great start to the challenge. Time to start planning the next one.

About Perth Wine Enthusiast

Casual observations of a Perth wine enthusiast. I am a recently turned 40 husband to a wonderful wife and father to 3 fantastic children. When work and family are not occupying me, my thoughts frequently turn towards two of my other passions in life, wine and food.


  1. Fabulous! Once I joined, I hope to start a chapter, too…

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