Kathryn & Matt hosted a Sock Party for WING members on Friday February 24th. Our first visit to their new house. A small but select group attended, giving us time to savour the wines, which merited that attention…

Here are my notes:

FERRARI PERLÉ BLANC BRUT 2009 (TRENTO DOC)       Welcome Wine
This Chardonnay Sparkler has quite a Champagne-ish nose with just a hint of apple/gluey tones – to suggest another origin – among the bready citrus aromas. The palate had a dashing acidity across a firm mousse with citrus leading into a long fruit-skin bitter hint finish. Classy!

MAC FORBES “RS7” STRATHBOGIE RANGES RIESLING 2014         Laurie
RS7 here refers to the Residual Sugar. The wine is from a cool vineyard at over 600m elevation with deep decomposing granite soils. The range is set 100 km N of the winery in Yarra Valley, Victoria. The grower has an old world attitude having worked with Dirk Niepoort. The wine shows the beginning of restrained diesel on the nose with some nutty hints and a prickle of acidity. There is a hint of sweetness on the palate, but it just frames a long line of acidity and mineral dryness, a restrained peachy middle with a more dried fruit, warm long finish. Very good, and probably – in the spectrum between old and new world styles – nearer the old world!

KITTMEIR GEWÜRZTRAMINER 2015 (ALTO ADIGE DOC)           Matt
Another high altitude wine – grown at 300m-500m near Caldaro (Kaltern in German). First notes are grapey with a slightly bitter, grappa hint, a warmer floral hint emerges with time. The palate has freshness and a lightness over a deeper base of oily fruit which turns warm and slightly bitter at the end. A fresh, food-friendly Gewürz, rather supple!
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PASSIMENTO BIANCO 2015 (PASQUA – VENETO IGT)       Yvonne
Made from dried Gargenega grapes, this has a floral first note that soon broadens to show deeper pear/peach fruit that grows towards the tropical. The palate has a fine acidity, with a succulent sweet plum fruit with citrus peel and herby accents…

BOLNEY “LINTNER’S RED” 2013            Sue Mc
This Rondo red shows herby and cardamom leafy notes. Palate is very herby – green even – with a laurel leaf quality more imposing than the plum fruit elements – needs food!

TRAVAGLINI GATTINARA 2011       Kathryn
A dark wine with light floral elements and later hints of spice and tar. Very Nebbiolo, when you know what it is, and the palate has smoothness  and supple plum fruit inside its tannic frame. This is a northerly site for Nebbiolo and this shows elegance and evolution for a warmish year. Good!

CANTINA DI NEGRAR AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO 2011     Rob 
Rich prunes, leathery and grainy nose. Palate with sweet prune fruit, and oily feel and a bitter plum skin twist, building to alcoholic warmth at the finish – a very correct Amarone and great with the pasta salad….

Thanks to Kathryn and Matt – and of course Fintan – for a lovely evening in their new home.The wine selection turned out to be a dominated by Italy, all good – but my favourite was the Gattinara,

Until next time…

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