Yet again a double posting: the notes from the June Sock Club, held at Yvonne’s (with the usual excellent hospitality) on Friday 27th June; and the WOTM for July.

9 WING members (including Sue who wasn’t drinking but still thoughtfully contributed a bottle of wine as well as her own bottle of grape juice…) met on June 27th. Here are my notes on the Wines:


Canard-Duchêne Brut Champagne nv            (Welcome Wine)
Some bottle stink, then gluey and yeasty notes. The palate has a sherbety moose with a honey and nettles (!) finish. Frothy, idiosyncratic and interesting.

Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Riesling Spätlese 2001 (Dönnhoff – Nähe)        (Laurie)
Obvious Diesel, limey nose, backed with peach, elderflower and honey. The palate has honey sweetness and lemon and peach fruit with a long mouth-watering acidity. Typical and very good.
BTW Farr have the 2012 for £25.

Cairanne “M&A” CDR Blanc 2009 (Berthet-Rayne)        (Paul)
Slightly oxidised example, but not masking wood, apples blossom flavours. Rich, long and with slightly gluey edge and warm, slightly stoney, finish that speaks of Southern Rhone. An equal blend of Roussanne, Marsanne, Clairettte and Bourboulenc.

Earth’s End Riesling 2013 (Central Otago, NZ)        (Sue)
Diesel nose, with big fruit flavours. The palate has good acidity and sweetish limey and pineapple fruit, a gingerish warmth near the finish. A good New World Riesling and a nice foil with the Nähe wine. Good.


Brouilly 2007 “Le Vieux Roi” (Louis Chevalier)              (Rob)
Very pale. Quiet nose, with rubbery notes and plummy fruit edging through later. Fresh dry palate with a raspberry fruit and a mineral tone emerging. Very interesting example, carrying its age very well.

Quinta Da Lagoalva De Cima 2004 (Ribatejano)       (Anna)
Fresh fruit nose, with hints of cardamom and floral notes, lovely. Supple fruit with a long line of acidity and a coffee-tinged tannin backbone. Complex, satisfying and lovely!

Quinto do Seival 2005 (Fronteira – Brazil)       (Yvonne)
This is a blend of Touriga Nacional, Alfrocheiro and Tinta Roriz, from the southern area of Fronteira near the Uruguayan border. It showed notes of spice and slightly over-ripe black fruit. The palate showed aromatic herbs, black fruit and supple tannins. A good surprise, better than straight comparison with the previous wine makes apparent.

Cabernet Franc Reservé 2011 (CIDIS) (La Côte, Vaud, Switzerland)              (Kim)
Slightly woody nose, red fruit and germolene. Palate has raspberry fruit, supple tannins and a slightly, but only slightly, leafy acidity. Good

Angove Bin SC13 Shiraz/Carignan 2013 (South Australia)       (Mark)
Spicey black fruit nose. Palate has supple blackberry and some spice, with soft tannins and a lift towards the finish (provided by the Carignan?). Little of the tell-tale gummy saltiness of Aus Shiraz, and better for that IMO.

Côtes du Rhone Villages Plan de Dieu 2012 (Chautemps)        (Kathryn)
A black fruit nose, with plum accents. The palate repeats the nose with soft plums and blackberry fruit, both spice and alcohol warmth in a slightly short but emphasised finish.

Thank you again Yvonne, for hosting a lovely evening – and for the photographs!

After the aberration of the previous week, Corkmaster earned his title back. Of the 9 wines to guess, Corkmaster got the country correct with first guess 3 times, and with second guess another 3. Even better were guesses of the grape(s) in each wine: 4 correct with first guess, 2 more with second guess. Corkmaster is re-instated!


Wine of the Month for July
Sainsbury’s Winemakers’ Selection Petit Verdot 2013 (South Australia) 13.5%  £5

The July topic is Riesling. So I thought a bold and spicy red might fit the bill for Wine Of The Month.

Petit Verdot is a minor grape in Bordeaux’s Left Bank blends, where there is about 1/50th as much as Cabernet Sauvignon, It is used almost a “seasoning” (at 2% to 5%) in red blends there, adding weight and colour.

However, there is about twice as much in Australia and California where it is occasionally made as a varietal wine.  I thought it might be interesting to see how it tasted on its own.

The wine is a vivid purple. It has a  slightly “cheesy” first nose, sharp fruit and a later floral note, in a recognisably Bordeaux-ish package.

The palate has dark, plummy, sloe fruit with grainy, almost coffee, tannins and a broad acidity. The finish is sharp – sour cherry – with some length, and develops a spicy warmth. Overall rather rustic.

With food (cheese and olive bruschetta) the acidity and most (but not all) the tannins drop out and a sweeter, black cherry, note is added to the later palate.

After time the floral note goes, and is not replaced by any developing flavour.

This wine isn’t entirely one dimensional, but it’s not really complex either. This is a rustic quaffing wine, with some length that goes well with something like pizza. Simple, but great value.

Ratings: Quality: 13/20     Value: 16/20