A small (but doubtless extremely select) group met for Sock Club at Kathryn’s (thanks for the hospitality) on Friday 31st.

Here is the Wine List with some comments from me… Other members of Sock Club: please feel free to amplify….

Morrison’s Champagne Brut nv (Welcome Wine)
This had a lemony nose with hints of apple and a slightly “gluey” note that I find more often in Cava. Rather a dry palate with a slightly creamy (Chardonnay?) finish, and more typical Champagne structured palate. Maybe a little light in fruit but good value.

Gruner Veltliner Alte Reben “Oberfeld 1” (Petra Unger) Kremstal DAC 2012 (Kathryn)
Oily nose with hint of green vegetal tones. Palate is surprisingly rich, with an interesting oils / minerals balance. Long and satisfying but without some of the character (grapefruit and pepper?) that sometimes accompany this grape. Big for an Austrian Wine but good!

Valdesil Montenovo Godello 2012 (Valdeorras, Galicia) 2012 (Kim)
A slightly recessed nose with nutty and peach flavours emerging slowly. Very clean and dry palate finishing with a mineral twist. Richness and a tight structure that maybe need a bit of time to integrate, classy though!

Main Divide Riesling 2011  (Pegasus Bay) Waipara Valley NZ (Sue T)
Oily, nutty petrol nose. Lovely subtle lime citrus acidity, and slight residual sugar balancing well. Lovely minerality, off dry, zingy, long and fabulous.

Château Méaume Bordeaux Superior 2007 (Mike T)
Dark, slightly meaty nose – some wood – and old fruit notes (damson?). Palate has dark fruit, supple tannin and some plum skin bitterness. The wine seems evolved – especially the tannins, with a grainy chocolate quality – and certainly seemed over 10 years old. An effect caused by 6 years aging at the Château before bottling?

Gran Clos Priorat 1999 (J. M. Fuentes) (Laurie)
Bramble fruit, with a sharp note and a herby warm note (leaning slightly to the menthol…) on the nose. The palate has warmth and well integrated fruit and acid, and grainy tannins and an impression of gentle power. Long with a dark, slightly porty, finish. This wine is 55% Grenache, 35% Carignan and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon from very, very old vines and has lovely balance and complexity.

I’ve tried looking for a more recent vintage of this wine, but the last exact comparison seems to be the 2005 (Humble Grape – £38). Later vintages I can find all have a special cuvee name (“Les Mines” or “Solluna”) which involve Merlot and are cheaper. Have they stopped making and/or distributing the straight GC? If any readers can throw any light on this I’d be grateful!

Thank you again Kathryn for hosting!