The group met for a Sock Party hosted by Kim on Friday March 25th, Good Friday. So an Easter themed evening, with hot cross buns at the start and chocolate eggs (and bunnies) at the end, although strictly 48 hours early… A lovely evening, with regular other edible delights too and some very good wines….

Here are my notes:

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KRÖVER KIRCHLAY RIESLING AUSLESE EDELSÜß 2010   (Martin Müllen)    –   Kim
Some of us tasted this fabulous Auslese in November (see Nov 8 post) and this was still just starting diesel hints, with some floral elements and soft fruit and slatey mineral on the nose. Palate has dazzling warm precise acidity – with notes of orange, other citrus peel and perhaps more peach and a new hint of passion fruit, with lip-smacking food-demanding acidity high but supporting focused sweetness Great power, balance and complexity. Fab with the seasonal hot-cross-buns!

STANLEY ESTATE ALBARIÑO 2014        Ann
A rare New Zealand example of this grape from a single vineyard in the Awatere Valley. This had pear and grapefruit elements on the nose with a sharp attack on the palate, a chalky element with a more typical mineral note, slightly saline, later. Very structured and fine, with more fruit, peach, appearing later.

VIÑA SULPICIA ALBILLO MAYOR 2012         Sue
Made from 100 year old vineyards at an altitude of 900m. Pale with a greenish nose, then citric and peach notes. Similar flavours, fresh and dry on the palate with a some length…

CHÂTEAU D’EPIRÉ SAVENNIÈRES 2010               Anna
This wine is slightly dark with apple notes, both what you would expect from Chenin but also a hint of oxidation… underneath hints of warm citrus and plum skin. Palate has a sweeter fruit but very dry apple, citrus and herbs line and a sharp mineral base – richness actually under the searing structure, which prevails over the slight oxidation. Very good.

“LA REDONNE” CÔTES DU RHÔNE VILLAGES 2014 (JEAN LUC COLOMBO)       Yvonne
This is 70% Viognier and 30% Rousanne. High perfume hints and a soda quality, slightly dry fruit and nut elements too. Palate has some sweet peach flavours in a round flavoured wine, with a spicy (ginger?) slightly exotic finish.

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“JUBILEE” ALSACE PINOT NOIR 2007 (HUGEL)              John
Nose has red fruit and a perfumed hint. Palate has similar, with a fresh red fruit flavours running in parallel with the acid. Supple tannins and good depth of flavour. A very good Alsace PN…

SOUL TREE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2013     Mike
This had Cab Sauvignon blackcurrant and cedar but overwhelmed by… coal dust notes… Smoke or coke, whatever you call it, it’s hard to think sniffing this is typical Wine party activity… The effects on the palate linger and again offset (spoil?) some tea and thick black fruit which has a slightly carbonic tinge. Weird!

CAPE MENTELLE CABERNET/MERLOT 2011     Paul
Mulberry and dried fruit, with slightly woody and plum hints. Palate is cool with supple Merlot-like plump plums and a slightly stalky long acid line underneath. Some tannins too, a passable claret copy which, if from Bordeaux I would place on the right rather than the left bank. Good!

GUELE DE LA BOA COT 2006 (Merieau)     Laurie
Very pungent nose, farmyard and vegetal with lots of herbs and a citrus hint, and a dark fruit note. The palate is ripe and sweet, with a clean orange citrus acidity and a dry plum-skin finish. Quite clean and supple even and this age, and with some “lift” for a Malbec.

DE GRENDEL MERLOT 2012 (Cape)        Andrew
Berry and plum fruit, oak and cedar on the nose. Supple, maybe slightly soft, fruit on the palate with some structure and obvious but not too much oak. An obvious New World claret-style wine with a slightly grainy tannin finish, but a quite balanced version of that.

Thank you Kim for lovely Easter-Themed hospitality.

Easter Greetings to all my readers, until soon…..

 

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