A Call My Bluff Wine Evening at Perkins.

Just as in Summer 2014, eight of the WING group had the pleasure of attending the latest of the Perkins Wine Series at the Carriage Hall on 1st October. This was an evening modelled on Call My Bluff. Five wines were served blind through the evening: 4 before a perfect duck dish, the last with – a staggeringly rich – chocolate and peanut tart…

It was a highly successful evening for WING, two Alumnae won first and second prize, and the whole table were, I think, within one correct answer of the winning score…

As each wine was served blind, Peter Bamford, David Bennett (disguised as Dionysius) and Jon Perkins each gave us their tasting thoughts and consequent identification of the wine. Only one was truthful, the game was to identify who that was….

The first wine was a light bubbly: with a light mousse, a hint of sherbet, oily hints, almost polish, on the nose with mango and mandarin fruit. A sweet light palate, clearly low alcohol, with a grapefruit acidity.
But was it: an Australian frizzante Muscat with some Gewurztraminer? A Muscato d’Asti? Or Spanish Muscadelle?

The second wine was white. Sulphur pungency at first, then nutty richness,palate is full and creamy – clearly Chardonnay with some oak influence.
But was it: South African? Californian – from Santa Barbera? Or White Burgundy from the Maconnais?

The third wine was red. Quite light and pale with a hint of oak, and plum fruit. Quite soft and forward and not so alcoholic, showing a hint of oak and light supple slightly rubber fruit.
But was it: A Canadian Pinot Noir from the North coast of Lake Ontario? A Beaujolais from Moulin-a-Vent? Or Valpolicella made by Allegrini?

A second red, the fourth wine, was a much deeper with obvious Syrah elements: dark, thick with plums, rhubarb and stewed fruit. Palate has hints of olive, spice and salty tannins – so obviously some Syrah that all 3 bluffers suggested it…
But was it: A Chilean Syrah from the Limari Valley? An Alentejo blend? A Tasmanian Syrah / Cabernet blend?

Finally, with dessert, a dark sweetie with caramel and botrytis hints, palate brimming with butterscotch and a slightly burning sweetness.
But was it: A Greek wine intensified by boiling down about 40% of the grape must!??A Tokaji from Hungary? Or a Late Harvest Jurancon?

The correct answers were: The Australian Muscat/Gewrurz; the Californian Chardonnay; the Moulin-a-Vent; the Chilean Syrah; and the Greek Boiled Wine (how did anyone guess that?).

Although not in the running for a prize I did adequately and have no need, unlike a year ago, to suspend my Corkmaster title – at least not on this account.

The ICC season starts this week, with Theme notes in a few days…

Until then……