The Edinburgh Wine Club 

January 21, 2016

 Guess The Theme!

(All the wines have a connection with the name George!)

WINE

APPELLATION or REGION

GRAPE

COUNTRY

PRODUCER

SUPPLIER

PRICE

COMMENTS

Ranking 1-3; Best White; Best Value

1/.Muscat Sec 2014

13%

Cotes de Thongue,

Herault

Muscat Sec.


France

Domaine de Saint
Georges
d’Ibry, Abeilhan

From the vineyard

7 eu

Good fruit, light and soft, and long flavour with pleasant oily aftertaste. Pineapple for some, and fragrant and floral for others. Like Gewurtztraminer at end, with a hint of spice.


2/.Nisia 2013

13%

Rueda

Verdejo old vines.


Spain

Bodegas

Jorge OrdoĖez,

Malaga

Cru

£14.50

Chardonnay type nose which gives expectation of sweetness in the taste. But palate is rather different, with lots of lime and citrus, and ends a bit like Chenin Blanc. Very dry – almost smoky.


3/. Lucindale Sauvignon Blanc 2015

12.5%

Limestone Coast, South Australia

Sauvignon Blanc.


Australia

Family

DiGiorgio,

Coonawarra

From the winery

18 Au dollars

Very pure acidity, with very impressive length of flavour. Floral, cantaloupe, lemon – and without harshness. Touch of mint on the nose.

Best White;

Best value

4/.Orovela

Cuvee Chandrebi

2006

12.5%

Kakheti

92%Saperavi; 8%Cab. Sauvignon

Georgia

Orovela Winery and Distillery,

Khorkheli

The Georgian Wine Society (also Waitrose)

£12.99

Bouquet was the best feature – very intense, horticultural, cabbage, spice. On palate liquorice, earthy, pomegranate juice, but didn’t last. Very astringent. Disappointing overall. A couple of years past its best?


5/.Megas Oenos

2010

13.5%

(PGI) Peloponnese,

Nemea



Aghiorghitiko (St George’s grape) 80%, Cabernet Sauvignon 20%

Greece,


Domaine

Skouras

Wine Society

£18.50

A lovely wine. Very strong on nose – plums. Very smooth palate of rich fruitiness, not much tannin, with a hint of coconut and a touch of sourness. Technically well made. Reflects the softer and sweeter character of Cabernet Sauvignon grown in a southern climate.

2nd

6/.

Chateau Tour de Pas St-Georges 2007.

12.5%




Saint-Georges-Saint-Emilion,

Bordeaux

65% Merlot, 35% Cabernet

Sauvignon

France

Delbeck Vignobles,


The Cardinal’s

Cellar

£19.49

By George a good wine! Lovely bouquet. Very dark. Red fruit, such as ripe raspberries, with flowers such as lavender. Syrupy, with soft, ripe tannins. Not bitter – transfused. Some spice and cedarwood, and a hint of minerality.


7/. The George, Cabernet Sauvignon

2010




Yarra Valley,

Victoria

Cabernet Sauvignon

Australia

Yering Farm

From the cellar door

27.5 Au

dollars

A wine of a very deep colour. Bouquet of damson jam, with some pepper and spice and liquorice. The palate is sweeter and softer than the nose suggests – lots of fruit, silky.

3rd

8/.

Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru

Les Damodes

2004


Nuits-Saint-Georges

1er Cru

Les Damodes,

Burgundy


Pinot Noir

France


Domaine

Jean Chauvenet

Wine Society

£37.00

A particular pleasure to have a Burgundy of this age. The marked bouquet attracted epithets ranging from “sublime” and “sensational” to “cabbage” and “Brussels sprouts”. There were light cherries on the palate, with a light, long finish. The tannins had faded with age, and it was quite sweet, quite rich.

1st

9/.

Lucindale Botrytis

Semillon 2011

12%

Limestone Coast,

South Australia

Semillon

Australia

Family

DiGiorgio,

Coonawarra

From the winery

20 Au

dollars

Another range of epithets for the nose: from ripe apricot and asparagus to Swarfega, WD40, and cutting oil….despite that everyone liked it. On the palate tremendous fresh acidity initially – then dissolves into richness of ripe fruit. Very long finish. Orange zest with apricot underneath, and a hint of nuttiness. Noted that initial freshness was important for a dessert wine to avoid it being too cloying.




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