Edinburgh Wine Club Meeting, 17th September 2009
The Empire Strikes Back







Ranking 1-3 and Best Value

Springfield Estate
Special Cuvee 2008
Sauvignon Blanc South Africa Waitrose £8.99 Grapefruit and mineral nose. A complex wine with high acidity in the mouth and a hint of passion fruit coming through. Refreshing and dry with a long Loire like mineral finish. BV & BW 3rd
Shearwater Marlborough 2008 Sauvignon Blanc New Zealand Waitrose £7.99 A fuller, more fruity, Sauvignon Blanc. Gooseberry and grapefruit on the nose, the palate a good reflection of the nose. The finish is clean and refreshing with long citrus flavours.
Coriole McLaren Vale 2008 Fiano Australia Great Grog £11.59 An elegant food friendly wine with a European feel. Refreshing and citrus with a bit of weight. The vineyard uses an old Roman variety of Fiano to create this interesting and subtle wine.
The Violinist 2007
Verdelho Australia
McLaren Vale
Great Grog £19.99 A powerful wine, quite overpowering at first but improved in the glass. Ripe and round, mouth watering flavours of tropical fruit with a creamy texture and long persistent fresh finish.
Te Mata Woodthorpe 2008 Gamay Noir New Zealand Great Grog £10.99 Only New Zealand Gamay Noir on the market, produced in the Beaujolais manner, should be drunk young and chilled. Laden with raspberries and cherries, soft and fresh with touches of spice.
Mission Hill 2003 Merlot Canada BC David Henderson £25.00 A big wine with aromas of spice, berries and cedar. The flavours include plums and figs infused with chocolate. The finish, soft tannins, short and disappointing.
The Boxer 2008
Shiraz Australia
McLaren Vale
Great Grog £19.99 Big nose of spicy fruit, cedar and tobacco. Opens up quickly for a young wine. Powerful but smooth, full bodied and complex, wonderful rich berry flavours in the mouth. Opulent layering finish. 1st
Magnotta Icewine 2004 Vidal Canada
David Henderson £20.00 Fresh aromas of apricot and pineapple. In the mouth tropical fruit followed by a bracing finish as swallowed, well balanced sweetness and acidity. 2nd