4th Wine Century Meeting

We headed into the city for our 4th gathering of the Wine Century group on the 10th of July 2013. Follow these links to see what we tried on our first, second and third gatherings. We were fortunate enough to secure the magnificent The Trustee as a venue for our tasting and dinner that followed.

Working in conjunction with La Vigna we were able to find a good range of interesting Italian and some Greek wines for our tasting. For those of you that don’t know, La Vigna is a wine shop in North Perth that specialises in Italian wines and is well worth a visit.

The Trustee

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WHITE WINES

Domaine Tselepos Classic Moschofilero

2011 Domaine Tselepos Classic Moschofilero. Mantinia, Greece. 12% RRP $30

Moschofilero grape.

Lemon tang. Crisp. Very enjoyable. Lovely minerals. Pretty. Dry lychee. Holiday in a glass. Musky. Good acid. As it opens, gets more aromatic and floral.

Arnaldo Caprai Grechetto

2011 Arnaldo Caprai Grechetto. Umbria, Italy. 13½% RRP $33

Grechetto grape.

Firm. Chalky. Bigger wine. Rose petal. Needs food. Dried almonds and Limestone.

Abbazia di Novacella Kerner

2010 Abbazia di Novacella Kerner. Alto Adige, Italy. 13½% RRP $43

Kerner grape.

Almonds and Macadamia nuts. Some residual sugar here. Whiffs of gorgonzola and gruyere puffs. Yeasty. Very good length. Like alot. Again, good acid.

Filip Castelcerino

2011 Filip Castelcerino. Soave, Italy. 12½% RRP $35

Garganega grape.

Smokey, yeasty. Bread crumbs. Ginger. Different wine. Slightly oxidative style? Don’t know why, but it reminds me of Chicken Stir Fry.

Marramiero Pecorino

2009 Marramiero Pecorino. Abruzzo, Italy. 13% RRP $34

Pecorino grape.

Salty almonds. Fino like characters. Good linear structure. Hints of white balsamic dressing along with orange peel. Clean and crisp and I liked this a lot.

Feudi di San Gregorio Greco di Tufo

2011 Feudi di San Gregorio Greco di Tufo. Campania, Italy. 13% RRP $43

Greco grape.

Honeyed. Lovely acid tang. Lemons. Beautiful. Honeydew and Melons. Very good and crisp.

REDS

Planeta Nerello Mascalese

2010 Planeta Nerello Mascalese. Sicily, Italy. 13½% RRP $50

Nerello Mascalese grape.

Very Pinot like. Light. High toned acids. Sour cherries. Struggled with this. Was hoping for more depth to this wine.

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2009 Argiolas Costera Cannonau. Sardegna, Italy. 14% RRP $40

Grenache is referred to as Cannonau in Italy. Has 5% Carignano, 5% Bovale blended in.

Chinotto. Herbal, coffee liquor and some aniseed medicinal notes as well. Non aggressive and is plush on the palate. Needs some better tannins and acid to pull it together.

Tormaresca Masseria Maime Negroamar

2007 Tormaresca Masseria Maime Negroamaro. Puglia, Italy. 14% RRP $45

Negroamaro grape.

Earthy, black pudding. Touch of iodine. Bacon fat and mushrooms. Sweet fruit, but very savoury. Dried herbs. Short finish. Broad wine with not much acid drive. Good “drink now” style. Not quite worth the $$.

Gaia Estate Agiorgitiko

2006 Gaia Estate Agiorgitiko. Nemea, Greece. 14% RRP $73

Agiorgitiko grape.

Meaty and kinda reminds me of the Chateau Clinet I had recently. Liked this alot. Bright acids and deep black plums.

San Marzano Primitivo di Manduria

2008 San Marzano Primitivo di Manduria. Puglia, Italy. 14½% RRP $53

Zinfandel is referred to as Primitivo in Italy.

Big, rich and ripe. Perhaps a touch flabby. Ripe plums and apricots. A voluptuous, very giving wine. I enjoyed it.

Towards the end of the tasting, we all ordered dinner and my slow braised beef rib and gnocchi was absolutely delicious.

Slow braised beef rib and gnocchi

Slow braised beef rib and gnocchi

All in all, a very good tasting where the whites were very well received. The reds, on the other hand polarised opinion. We are now up to 42 different grape varieties.

Two of the reds were corked and La Vigna readily agreed to provide replacements, without wanting to check themselves. Excellent stuff and what you expect from a quality retailer.

Big thanks to La Vigna for helping with the wine selection, The Trustee for hosting us and to Rachael Niall for helping to organise.

Summary of our progress to date can be seen here.

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.

6 comments

  1. gerrad callahan

    whens no.5 and can i come?

  2. Anthea Marshall

    This was a fabulous night with a stellar cast of people and wines!!!!

  3. talkavino

    Nice range of wines! Thanks for sharing!

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