Meeting number 6 saw us back at Steve’s Fine wine and food on the 16th October 2013.
Summary of our progress so far can be found here, along with links to all our previous tastings.
We had only met for the previous tasting only 3 weeks prior and by now we are all becoming more chatty in our catch ups. Resulting in less and less notes taken at the end of the night, with far more conversation directed away from the wines and more about what we have been up to. A good sign to me as the group is really getting into a nice groove.
Onto the wines.
2010 Hugel Pinot Blanc. Alsace, France. $28
100% Pinot Blanc. Sometimes referred to as Weissburgunder in Austria.
Linear in structure. Mute nose. Spicy pears and peach with a crunch of green capsicum. Slight residual sugar. Refreshing wine. Drinkable.
2010 Ipso Facto Chenin. Margaret River. $32
100% Chenin Blanc.
Juicy pineapple. Asian fruits. Mangosteen, star anise in ginger syrup. Full bodied and a long aftertaste. Good.
2011 Quinta do Buble Godello. Monterrei, Spain. $45
Warm on the palate. Almonds. First few sips seemed to disappear off the palate. With time this got a bit better. Green tinges of nettles and salad. Not sure about this wine.
2010 Chêne Bleu Viognier. Vaucluse, Provence, France. $65
Fragrant nose. Chewy dried apricots. Floral, pretty nose. Excellent palate weight and beautifully structured. Long aftertaste finishes bitter sweet. Good acid finish and not flabby like a lot of Viognier I have come across. Excellent wine.
2009 Azienda Agricola Cos Frappato. Sicily. $42
Cloudy in appearance and looks a lot like a Pinot. Previously reviewed here.
This wine created a lot of discussion as many had heard about its “cult like status”. General conclusion is that most would have found this wine faulty if tasted blind. I still enjoyed it on the night. Think it’s a love it or leave it kinda wine.
2011 Blue Poles Teroldego. Margaret River. $30
I am led to believe that Blue Poles is one of the few producers of Teroldego in Australia.
Ripe and rich wine with good acid on the back end. Sarsaparilla and dense cherries. Fragrant and juicy. Most of the group loved this, as did I.
2008 Kir Yianni Diaporos Xinomavro & Syrah. Naoussa, Greece. $75
87% Xinomavro and 13% Shiraz.
Very dry and tannic. Bit rubbery on the nose, which blew off after a quick turn in the glass. Quite light in colour. Dried herbs, aniseed and structured. Wasn’t a fan of this.
2009 Olivi Pugnitello. Tuscany, Italy. $75
This wine was presented a few tastings ago, but was corked. The kind folk at La Vigna offered a replacement bottle without any questions. Re-presented this again to the group.
Aromas of roasting pan juice, sea salt and rosemary. Very big wine with a wall of tannin. Something still did not seem right about this wine, with a few in the group questioning if it was corked as well.
2010 Castello di Verduno “Bricco del Cuculo” Barbera d’Alba, Italy. $55
100 % Barbera
Good, easy wine that slips down nicely. Cherries. A good and fun wine. Very happy with this.
2008 Nada Fiorenzo “Manzola” Barbaresco. $110
Hmmm, didn’t write much down here. All that was scribbled down was that I love the wine and it was great drinking. Must have thought it was pretty good.
2010 Anima Negra “An”. Mallorca, Spain. $140
95% Callet and 5% Manto Negre and Fogoneu
Fragrant with sweet liquorice on the nose. Roasted middle eastern spices, pomegranate. Would be a perfect match with Mrs PWE’s slow roasted lamb shoulder served with cous cous salad and honey, minted yogurt. Excellent wine.
2009 William Downie Petit Manseng. Yarra Valley. $48
100% Petit Manseng.
Sweet, but without being overly so. Good acid finish. Very easy drinking. Not sure about the value equation, though.
Tally so far is 66 different grape varieties…. getting there.
Big thanks must go to the team at Steve’s Fine wine and food for organising the wines, food and for hosting us.