The Edinburgh Wine Club 

 Two Grapes from Different Countries

15 September 2016


Wine


Grape

Country

Supplier

Price

Comments

Ranking

1 Simonsig
2015
13.5%

Chenin Blanc

Stellenbosch, South Africa

Henderson Wines

8.99

Aromas of honey, peaches & wet straw; slightly reminiscent of a Chardonnay. Long mineral, flinty finish


2. Bogle
2014
12.5%


Chenin Blanc

Clarksburg, California

Henderson Wines

14.50

Lighter honeyed nose than 1. Concentrated fruit, plums easy drinking


3. Millton Te Arai
2014
13.5%

Chenin Blanc

Gisborne, New Zealand

Drinkmonger

17.50

Vegetable nose, hints of farmyards, lanolin and stationery cupboards (yes really!). Full and fresh, apple crumble with a tingly aftertaste.

Best white

4. Clos du Papillon
Savennieres, Domaine des Baumard
2007
14.5%

Chenin Blanc

Loire, France

Drinkmonger

25.95

On the basis of their pre-tasting test, the hosts were confident that this wine would be among the top wines of the evening. Sadly this bottle had gone past its best and lost most of its fruit and honeyed flavour. A great disappointment!


5. Mont Rocher
2014
13%

Malbec

IGP Pays DOc, France

Henderson Wines

8.25

Dark and spicy. Fresh and fruity but rather short in finish.


6. Zuccardi Series A
2014
14%

Malbec

Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina

Henderson Wines

11.50

Fruit aromas with hints of chocolate and minerals one taster suggesting liver. Soft tannins.


7. Domaine Bousquet
2015
14%

Malbec

Tupungato Valley, Mendoza, Argentina

Henderson Wines

14.75

Rich fruit, blackcurrants most detectable, hints of spice. Well balanced and rounded, voluptuous, even sexy!

Second best wine

8. Montes Alpha
2013

14.5%

Malbec

Colchague Valley, Chile

Henderson Wines

12.50

Complex aromas petrol, hot rubber, wet straw, flowers and vanilla were all detected. Fruity in mouth, smooth with soft tannins. Quite different in taste and aroma from the Argentinian wines.

Best value wine

9. Domaine Capelanel
2012
13%

Malbec

Cahors, France

Drinkmonger

14.95

Peppery, fruity, a hint of flint. A classic Cahors with an edge of sophistication compared to the South American wines.

Third best wine

10. Chateau de Chambert
2010
14.5%

Malbec

Cahors,France

Henderson Wines

18.50

Even more classic, almost black Cahors. Spicey, fruity nose with a hint of cedar shavings. Long, silky taste with soft tannins.

Best wine



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