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.
2011 Domaine Tselepos Classic Moschofilero. Mantinia, Greece. 12% RRP $30
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.
2011 Arnaldo Caprai Grechetto. Umbria, Italy. 13½% RRP $33
Firm. Chalky. Bigger wine. Rose petal. Needs food. Dried almonds and Limestone.
2010 Abbazia di Novacella Kerner. Alto Adige, Italy. 13½% RRP $43
Almonds and Macadamia nuts. Some residual sugar here. Whiffs of gorgonzola and gruyere puffs. Yeasty. Very good length. Like alot. Again, good acid.
2011 Filip Castelcerino. Soave, Italy. 12½% RRP $35
Smokey, yeasty. Bread crumbs. Ginger. Different wine. Slightly oxidative style? Don’t know why, but it reminds me of Chicken Stir Fry.
2009 Marramiero Pecorino. Abruzzo, Italy. 13% RRP $34
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.
2011 Feudi di San Gregorio Greco di Tufo. Campania, Italy. 13% RRP $43
Honeyed. Lovely acid tang. Lemons. Beautiful. Honeydew and Melons. Very good and crisp.
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.
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.
2007 Tormaresca Masseria Maime Negroamaro. Puglia, Italy. 14% RRP $45
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 $$.
2006 Gaia Estate Agiorgitiko. Nemea, Greece. 14% RRP $73
Meaty and kinda reminds me of the Chateau Clinet I had recently. Liked this alot. Bright acids and deep black plums.
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.
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.