On Friday 22nd November WING members met for a Blind Tasting Party chez Kim.

Here are my notes:

CAVA BRUT 2014 (Marques del Norte)   –   Welcome Wine
Tell-tale gluey nose with a hint of pear and a slightly oxidised (over-aged?) note. Some apple on the palate with a dough note with a light but short-ish mousse. The wine has typicity and some length but slightly oxidised which re-emphasises the gluey note.

GRÜNER VELTLINER 2017 (Diemersdal)   –   Yvonne
From Durbanville, 25 kms. North-East of Cape town this wine has an immediate nutty nose with soft fruit following. Palate too is soft with spicy note and a fruit juice acidity and some mineral at the finish. Quite supple with a rich balance, more Chardonnay than the Grüner Veltliner it turns out to be. Surprisingly rich but very interesting.

As the name implies this is harvested late and although fermented to 14% is still off-dry. Some fruit on the nose, pungent honey and spiced apple, together with a herby – even fennel note, and tinges of marmalade. Palate has similar notes but is kept fresh by a long acid line. A wine kept interesting by its complexity, showing the ability of the Altesse grape to age.

TBILVINO QVEVRIS 2017 (Kakheti, Georgia)   –   Mike
A buried-amphora (qvevri) “orange” wine made from Rkatsiteli. The nose is very herby with some apple and sherry notes and a rich fruit element. The palate seems dilute by comparison, and is therefore a bit disappointing. Dry, slightly saline and simple.

On to the Reds:

MARANGES “LE BOIS DE CLEMENTINE” 2016 (Chevrot)   –   John
Dark red colour with a cherry and plum fruit note and a hint of farmyard and flowers. Palate has a muted hint of supple tannins with a deep note of plums and some complex secondary flavours – herbs, spice…. Rather rich for a Maranges and a whole notch bigger than the 2010 which was (and remains) subtler and a touch more elegant. This comes over as a mid-sized Côte de Nuits and makes up for that slight missing elegance with increased richness. Lovely!

Inky red with a chocolate and spice nose. Palate has tannin and red fruit and a slight woody twist, but little discernable vanilla. The palate shows a little sweetness from oak but the structure is firm and has a spicy (garam masala?) hint. Impressivly structured and pliant.

CARASCAL CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2013 (Weinert, Argentina)   –   Ann
Dark fruit with a woody (cedar?) note. Palate has a sweeter fruit and a fuller profile than most varietal Cabernet Sauvignon… but very balanced and quite supple even at this – relatively – young age.

PONTE CANAS 2014 (Mouchão)   –   Rob
This is an Alentejo wine made from Touriga Nacional and Franca plus Syrah. It shows a stewed fruit nose with some spice and wood. The palate has powdery black fruit and an olives and herbs counterpoint, plenty of acidity leading to a slightly saline finish. A food wine of character.

ABRAHAM & THE HERETICS PINOTAGE 2012 (Stellenbosch)   –   Sue
This is a Richard Kelly Wine – designed to appeal to non-fans of Pinotage, of which I number myself – I find many examples too big and too earthy. This has a sweet fruit nose indicating a New World wine – with a soft damson flavour. Palate is (only) slightly earthy, and the supple fruit is more on the Pinot side. If Pinotage can be subtle then this is… Rather enjoyable…

IS ARENAS RISERVA 2015 (Sardus Pater)   –   Kim
This is a Carignano del Sulcis DOP from Sardinia, where it grows in the South West corner on sandy soil, mitigating its normal watery vigour. This is classy with some floral notes to add to the slightly redcurrant tinged fruit that low-cropped Carignan can bring. It also has a herby element and darker, more dried fruit. The palate has these flavours too and is quite smooth but still has a slight lean-ness to its structure that maybe needs another year or too. Very classy indeed.

TERREMENT HAUT-MONTRAVEL 2007 (Château Puy-Servain)   –   Dessert Wine
Nose has a floral hint amongst the honey notes. Palate has warm sweetness with a butterscotch, slightly burning sweetness and a long widening orange marmalade finish. Balanced and delightful, though a little sweet for the Tarte au citron, would have perfectly matched a crème brûlée – but hey….

Thanks so much to Kim and everyone present for a wonderful evening, lingering over very good wines. It’s hard to pick top wine … I liked many… in fact only the Georgian Amphora wine disappointed.

À Bientôt