On Friday 21st August WING members met for the Sock Party tasting, hosted by Carrie & Laurie. A long and enjoyable evening with a dozen interesting wines…

Here are my notes:

Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt Ockfener Bockstein Riesling Kabinett 2008    (Welcome Wine)
Slight hint of diesel at first, although it grows with time, subtle notes of apple blossom, elderflower and honey – but all understated. Light palate although an oily texture with dashing lip-smacking acidity, supple, moreish, long, with a final shot of honey.

Alaia Txakoli 2013 (Getariako Txakolina)   (Yvonne)
This Basque wine is made from the Hondarrabi Zuri grape, and is spritzy with grapefruit and a perfumed hint on the nose. The palate echoes the nose with strong, dry grapefruit acidity, sharp dashing and spritzily refreshing – a fabulous aperitif.

“The Opportunist” Sauvignon Blanc / Riesling 2011 (One Chain)   (Paul)
From the Adelaide Hills, this wine is pungent at first calming to show hints of diesel, green leafy notes and finally tropical hints. The palate shows peachy fruit with a warm, slightly green tinged, acid line. Another refreshing wine….

“Ghost Corner” Semillon 2012 (Nieuwoudt – Elim, S. Africa)         (Ann)
Another pungent start, then a herby and gooseberry aroma with a sharp, nettle, accent. Palate has a pithy citric acidity, with a warm, rather “gluey”, oily fruit. A little young as it opens later showing a balance of richness and grip.

Jurancon Sec 2009 (Castera)    (Laurie)
A sappy nose with emerging perfume, nutty (Almond?) hints and a caramelised apple note. Surprisingly high acidity with quince fruit and an increasingly nutty spirity finish. Continued to develop despite its bottle age.

“Les Caillottes” Sancerre Rosé 2014      (Sue T)
Very farmyard, pinot-ish nose persisting well. Sweet strawberry fruit and herby acidity making a refreshing balance, and only the merest hint of confectionery at the end. Good.

“Tyrannasaurus Red” 2013 (Furleigh Estate)           (Kim)
This wine is made, on the Jurassic Coast, Dorset, from: 75% Pinot Noir & Précoce (an early ripening PN mutation), 25% Rondo, 5% Triomphe. It has a pale fruit nose with a touch of cardamom, some vanilla and a rubbery hint. Palate has immediate fruit and a linseed, rather quick, finish.

Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru “Les Vergelesses” 1999 (Rollin)       (Carrie)
Slightly baking-soda twist on a sweet red cherry fruit nose, spirit and wood hints later. Palate warm cherry fruit too with vegetal and herb tones. Quite long and refined with good integration and still with a slight, but typical P-V, touch of green freshness.

Barolo 2006 (Fontanafredda)             (John)
Dark in colour, with hints of vanilla and dried fruit and a spirity lift, showing a touch of perfume. The palate has quite a sharp balance, and a lovely velvet texture but the plum fruit gives way to a savoury flavour…

Chateau St. Roch “Chimères” 2010 (Roussillon Villages)       (Anna)
Very fragrant nose, floral hints with peppery notes, dried fruit hint. Sharp acidity with red- and black-currant fruit – well developed soft tannin and pleasurable integration.

San Antolin Navarra Reserva 2004             (Mike)
Graciano with Merlot and Cabernet: this has sweet oak and soft plum fruit. Palate has a satisfying tannic balance with sharper fruit (form the Cab?) driving the wine forward.

Yakut Öküzgözü-Boğazkere 2013 (Kavaklidere) Anatolia, Turkey   (Sue Mc)
Powdery nose with a high perfume note, palate has a damson jam fruit with a grainy tannic warmth offsetting, supple warming wine…

A very enjoyable evening in which, I suspect, objectivity diminished with time. Although one index of quality is to see which wines had least left at the end of the night… On that basis the 5 top wines were: the Barolo; the P-V; the Riesling; the Rosé and the Jurancon… make of that what you may!

Thank you everyone for coming,

Until next time…