Tatsting with Ed Fancourt from Boutinot

Tasting of samples

Montresor Lugana 'Campo Valentino' 2012, Italy
Lovely lemon sherbet and pear nose, lots of green citrus fruit on the palate, fairly crisp but rounded still. It’s pleasant but doesn’t rock my world!

K-Naia 2012, Spain
100% Verdejo. Pretty lemony nectarine nose, lots of weight on the palate, lively ripe but fresh fruit, clean and spritzy.

Sepp Moser Gruner Veltliner ‘Von den Terrassen’ 2012, Austria
Almost yeasty style aromas, other than that fairly dumb on the nose. Very waxy on the palate, tangy but not at all pretty like Gruner can be. Strange.

Lauca Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Chile

Zorgvliet Silvermyn Sauvignon Blanc 2012, South Africa
Really not offering anything on the nose but the palate is vibrantly fresh with lots of herbaceous flavours. It’s a restrained style of Sauvignon with a nice creamy feel. Not for Marlborough lovers but you could easily drink more than one glass!

Zorgvliet Sauvignon Blanc ‘Single Vineyard’ 2012, South Africa
Minerally whiffs, again fresh on the palate but with much more intensity and concentration. Green fruit, crisp and fresh but with a lime peel texture lingering on the finish. Perhaps a little expensive?

Lauca Chardonnay 2012, Chile
Almost dirty nose and it doesn’t get much better on the palate. It’s pretty bland but with some clumsy overripe banana characters in the background. Sorry!

Gladstone Vineyards Pinot Gris 2010
Ahhh, a beautiful change from the previous wine! It smells delightful; hints of biscuit and a touch of floral combined in a fresh aroma. Instantly attractive on the palate with a streak of lush sweetness running through balanced by great acidity. Its pretty and weighty with hints of sweet spice but still vibrantly fresh – a wine that keeps you on your toes!

Gladstone Vineyards Viognier 2011
The purity of peach puree on the nose is remarkable, dried apricot aromas too. It is seriously classy kit with oodles more pure peach and apricot flavours, pretty, floral and lovely concentrated length. Gorgeous loveliness!

Silvermyn Cabernet Franc Rose 2012
Soft strawberry and cream perfumes, but drier than expected on the palate. Rounded but fairly dull.

Syrah ‘Les Belles Granges’ (Cave de Tain) 2011, France
Mellow nose of blackberry, raspberry and soft cherry fruit. Really quite pretty with splashes of pepperiness, quite lovely and easily drinkable. It works and it’s in balance. Fab little BBQ wine!

Chateau de Blissa Cotes de Bourg 2011, France
Blackcurrant and some hints of green pepper. Nicely put together with peppered blackberry and chewy yet friendly tannins. Great value for less than £10!

Senorio de Sarria Crianza 2009
Lifted minty blackberry pie aromas, lots of herbaceous flavours on the palate with sweet fruit and a dollop of green pepper. Juicy and rich, drinkable and able to stand up to the BBQ!

Lauca Merlot 2011, Chile
Lots of blackberry aromas, with a rich blackberry and pepper laden palate of good weight but it’s a little too stalky for my liking.

Lauca Carmenere 2011, Chile
Pongy nose and really sulphurus throughout. Not good.

Domaine du Petit Metris Clos de Midion Anjou Villages 2011, France
Single vineyard Cabernet Franc, deeply coloured. Mixture of tobacco, green pepper and blackcurrant aromas, chunky with big structure and some rich blac fruit coming through. Very interesting but definitely a marmite wine!

Sassaiolo Rosso Piceno 2010, Italy
Montepulciano/Sangiovese blend. Unmistakably Italian on the nose, inky, pencil lead shavings and lots of herbiness. Striking grip on the palate, smokiness, lots of chewy tannins and rich ripe fruit, roasted nuts. Only to be drank with food!

Boutinot Cairanne ‘La Cote Sauvage’ 2010, France
It simply smells of class! A sheer delight – combining elegant sweetly spiced ripe berry fruits, supple texture and the herbiness you’d expect from the Rhone. Lots of weight but so fresh and beautifully balanced.

Gladstone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010, New Zealand
Lovely savoury notes of mushroom and pretty Pinot fruit on the nose. Earthy and spicy on the palate with heaps of opulent Pinot-perfect fruit. This is a fabulous Pinot that despite its £21 price tag, still makes you want to buy a case! (As a Pinot girl, I guess I’m a little biased…)

Silvermyn ‘Argentum’ 2010, South Africa
A Merlot, Cab Franc, Petit Verdot, Cab Sauv mix. Blackberry jam nose that leads you into a juicy blackberry fruit driven palate with some leafiness and well-built structure. Really like this!

Gladstone Vineyard Auld Alliance 2010, New Zealand
It’s got a nose of many dimensions; almonds, exotic spice, and dark fruit but the palate is verging on clumsy with much too juicy fruit and not enough structure. May be a faulty bottle!

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Posted on 02/05/2013
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