The Wine Century Club

In late 2012, I saw a few posts floating around facebook about the “Wine Century Challenge”. Did a quick bit of research and decided that it’s something I wanted to partake in.

Essentially, the challenge is to try at least 100 different grape varieties.

Trying different grape varieties is a path I have been heading down for the last few years and has quickly become a passion of mine. In trying the wines and finding out about the more obscure grapes, I have come across many stories of passionate winemakers bringing these grapes back from the brink of extinction, often resisting pressure to rip out indigenous grapes in favour the international grapes.

A quick scan of the Wine Century Club application form showed that I had tried about 80 different varieties, but I didn’t really document my progress. So, I have decided to start from scratch.

I have gathered a few fellow bloggers and like minded wine lovers to tackle this challenge. Join us on our journey as we taste our way through some interesting wines and uncover some hidden gems. I also hope to show the Perth wine scene is exciting and offers some incredibly diverse wines.

Who are we? Gourmet Vicariously, Travelling Corkscrew, Michael Hartley (Wine Manager at Steves Fine Wine & Food), Tom Stransky (Wine Director at Bad Apples Bar), Anthea Marshall, Rachael Niall, Neil Viney, Mark Williamson (Founder of The Foodie Hub), Stacey Sheppard (Sales Executive at Untapped Fine Wines), Elizabeth Reed (On Premise Area Manager for Samuel Smith & Son) and me, the Perth Wine Enthusiast.

Please visit The Wine Century Club’s official page for more information.

OUR PROGRESS

White Grape Varieties Tried (50)

Albariño, Altesse, Arinto, Arneis, Assyrtiko, Biancolella, Carricante, Catarratto, Chenin Blanc, Erbaluce, Falanghina, Forastera, Furmint, Garganega, Garnacha Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Godello, Graševina, Grechetto, Greco, Gruner Veltliner, Kerner, Koshu, Loureiro, Malvazija Istarska, Moschofilero, Muscat de Frontignac, Palomino Fino (Listan Blanco), Pecorino, Pedro Ximenez, Petit Manseng, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Piquepoul Blanc, Pošip Bijeli, Rkatsiteli, Romorantin, Roussanne, Rufete Blanco, Sauvignon Gris, Scheurebe, Semillon, Silvaner, Tempranillo Blanco, Torrontés, Verdejo, Verdicchio, Vermentino, Viognier, Xarel.lo.

Red Grape Varieties Tried (51)

Agiorgitiko, Aglianico, Alicante Bouschet, Baga, Barbera, Blaufrankisch, Bobal, Cabernet Franc, Callet, Carmenere, Cesanese, Cinsaut, Dolcetto, Douce Noire (Bonarda), Durif, Frappato, Gamay Noir, Graciano, Grenache, Lagrein, Listan Negro, Malbec, Marzemino, Mencia, Monastrell (Mourvèdre or Mataro), Montepulciano, Nebbiolo, Negroamaro, Nerello Mascalese, Nero d’Avola, Pallagrello Nero, Pineau d’Aunis, Pinotage, Plavac Mali, Pugnitello, Refosco, Ruche, Rufete, St Laurent, Sagrantino, Sangiovese, Saperavi, Tannat, Tavkveri, Tempranillo, Teroldego, Touriga Nacional, Trousseau (Maturana Tinta), Xinomavro, Zinfandel, Zweigelt.

Total so far = 101

LIST OF WINES

Meeting 1

2011 Marq Vermentino. Margaret River. 11.5%.

2011 Pere Ventura Xarel.lo. Penedès, Spain. 12%.

2010 First Drop Arneis. Barossa Valley. 13.5%.

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

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

2011 Diemersfontien Pinotage. Wellington, South Africa. 14%.

2010 Kumkani Pinotage. Stellenbosch, South Africa. 14.5%.

2011 King River Saperavi. King Valley. 14.4%.

2010 Massena Tannat. Barossa Valley. 14.5%.

Meeting 2

2011 Mandoletto Catarratto. Sicily, Italy. 12.5%

2010 Benanti Biancodicaselle Bianco. Etna, Sicily, Italy. 12.5%.

2012 Vinteloper Pinot Gris. McLaren Vale. 14%

2004 Rockford Semillon. Barossa Valley. 11.5%

2007 Montana “Patutahi” Gewurztraminer. Gisborne, NZ. 14%

2009 Judge Rock. St Laurent. Central Otago, NZ. 13%

2008 Manso Ribera Del Douro. Spain. 14%

2012 Fall from Grace “Margarita” Montepulciano. McLaren Vale. 13%

2010 Bodega Mustiguillo. Finca Terrerazo. Vino de pago.  El Terrerazo, Spain. 14%

2011 First Drop Wines “Nacional” Touriga Nacional. McLaren Vale. 13%

2010 Bodegas Atalaya Almansa Alaya. Castilla-La Mancha, Spain. 15.5%

Dandelion Vineyards. Legacy of the Barossa. 30 year old Pedro Ximenez. 19%

Meeting 3

2011 Giró Ribot Muscat de Frontignac. Penedés, Spain. 13%.

2011 Sepp Moser Gruner Veltliner von den Terrassen. Kremstal, Austria. 12.5%

2010 Phinca Durmiente Rufete Blanco. Hormilla, Spain. 13%

2012 Michael Hall Roussanne. Barossa Valley. 13.5%.

2010 Phinca Encanto Rufete. Hormilla, Spain. 13%

2010 Castel Firmian Lagrein. Trentino DOC, Italy. 13%

2010 Castel Firmian Marzemino. Trentino DOC, Italy. 13%

2010 Zuccolo Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso. Friuli, Italy. 12.5%

2009 Agricola Querciabella. Chianti Classico DOCG, Italy. 13.5%

2004 Salvatore Molettieri Vigna Cinque Quercie Riserva. Taurasi DOCG, Campania, Italy. 14%

2008 Chalmers Sagrantino. Heathcote. 14.5%

Meeting 4

2011 Domaine Tselepos Classic Moschofilero. Mantinia, Greece. 12%

2011 Arnaldo Caprai Grechetto. Umbria, Italy. 13½%

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

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

2009 Marramiero Pecorino. Abruzzo, Italy. 13%

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

2010 Planeta Nerello Mascalese. Sicily, Italy. 13½%

2009 Argiolas Costera Cannonau. Sardegna, Italy. 14%

2007 Tormaresca Masseria Maime Negroamaro. Puglia, Italy. 14%

2006 Gaia Estate Agiorgitiko. Nemea, Greece. 14%

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

Meeting 5

2011 Ossian Quintaluna Verdejo. Spain.

2010 Juan Carlos Sacha “Ad Libitum” Tempranillo Blanco. Spain.

2010 Pazo San Mauro Albariño. Spain.

2009 Sant Josep Llagrimes de Tardor. Spain.

2012 El Porvenir Laborum Torrontes. Argentina.

2010 Catherine & Pierre Breton Chinon. France.

2008 Neo Tercer Motivo Roble 6 Meses. Bierzo, Spain.

2011 Aquitania Reserva Carmenere. Chile.

2010 Mi Terruno Reserva Bonarda. Argentina.

2010 Juan Carlos Sacha “Ad Libitum” Maturana Tinta. Spain.

2011 Mendel “Lunta” Malbec. Argentina.

2007 Vivanco Collection Parcelas Graciano. Spain.

Meeting 6

2010 Hugel Pinot Blanc. Alsace, France.

2010 Ipso Facto Chenin. Margaret River.

2011 Quinta do Buble Godello. Monterrei, Spain.

2010 Chêne Bleu Viognier. Vaucluse, Provence, France.

2009 Azienda Agricola Cos Frappato. Sicily.

2011 Blue Poles Teroldego. Margaret River.

2008 Kir Yianni Diaporos  Xinomavro & Syrah. Naoussa, Greece.

2009 Olivi Pugnitello. Tuscany, Italy.

2010 Castello di Verduno “Bricco del Cuculo” Barbera d’Alba, Italy.

2008 Nada Fiorenzo “Manzola” Barbaresco.

2010 Anima Negra “An”. Mallorca, Spain.

2009 William Downie Petit Manseng. Yarra Valley.

Meeting 7

2011 Quinta de Ameal. Vinho Verde, Portugal.

2012 Bodega Juan Matias Torres ‘Las Machuqueras’. La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain.

2012 Gaia Thalassitis. Santorini, Greece.

2012 Casa d’Ambra. Ischia Bianco DOC, Campania, Italy.

2011 Fattoria San Lorenzo ‘Le Oche’. Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico DOC, Italy.

2012 Ocone ‘Flora’. Falanghina. Taburno DOC, Campania, Italy.

2010 Grace Koshu. Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan.

2012 Puzelat-Bonhomme ‘La Terniere’. Pineau d’Aunis. Loire Valley, France

2011 Fronton de Oro Tinto. Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain.

2011 Thymiopoulos Vineyards ‘Young Vines’. Naoussa, Greece.

2009 Nanni Copè Sabbie di Sopra il Bosco. Terre del Volturno IGT, Italy.

2010 Enrique Mendoza ‘La Tremenda’. DO Alicante, Spain.

2008 Domaine Tempier Bandol Rouge. Bandol, France.

Meeting 8 – Notes coming soon.

2012 Fürst Löwenstein CF Silvaner Trocken. Germany.

2012 Antoniolo Gattinara Erbaluce di Caluso, Italy.

2010 Benjamin Darnault Dry Picpoul de Pinet, France. Piquepoul Blanc

2012 André Chatenoud Sauvignon Gris. Bordeaux, France.

2011 Chateau de La Mar, Marestel Le Verney. Roussette de Savoie, France. Altesse

2011 Szepsy Tokaji Furmint. Hungary.

2009 Pheasant’s Tears Rkatsiteli. Kakheti, Georgia.

2011 Markowitsch Blaufrankisch. Austria.

2011 Eldridge Estate Gamay. Mornington Peninsula. Gamay Noir

2013 Didi Cinsault. Seppeltsfield, SA. Cinsaut

2011 Damiano Ciolli Silene Cesanese. Olevano Romano, Italy.

2013 Faber Vineyard Donnybrook Durif.

Meeting 9 – Notes coming soon.

2013 Pheasant’s Tears Tavkveri Rosé. Kartli, Georgia.

2013 Wills Domaine Block 9 Scheurebe. Margaret River.

2013 Prova Regia Arinto. Lisboa, Portugal.

2008 Matošević Alba Robina. Istria, Croatia. Malvazija Istarska

2012 Blato 1902 Pošip. Korčula, Croatia. Pošip Bijeli.

2012 Krauthaker Graševina Mitrovac. Kutjevo, Croatia. .a.k.a Welshriesling

2012 Heinrich Zweigelt. Burgenland, Austria.

2012 Bruno Giacosa Dolcetto. Italy.

2013 Filipa Pato & William Wouters “Post Quercus” Baga. Bairrada DOC. Portugal.

2013 Cascina ‘tavijn di Nadia Verrua. Ruche di Castagnole Monferrato DOCG, Italy.

2009 Dingač Vinarija Dingač. Potomje Pelješac, Croatia. Plavac Mali.

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