Tasting room: A round-up of our favourite wines from recent tastings

Imbibe Editorial

Imbibe Editorial

30 June 2017

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Wines of Alentejo Tasting

Casa Santos Jorge, Herdade dos Machados 2016, (seeking representation, casantosjorge.com

A strong gastronomic rosé, this salmon-coloured wine is made with Touriga Nacional. The nose has slightly tropical aromas of kiwi and passionfruit, leading to a creamy, buttery palate with good acidity, and fruity notes of strawberries and red cherry. A well balanced rosé with a long, fresh finish. IS

Susana Esteban, Aventura 2015, (Raymond Reynolds, info@raymondreynolds.co.uk)

A beautiful, rich wine with intense black cherry aromas, and a velvety texture. Ripe, jammy fruit and slightly confected strawberry notes on the palate. Oak, toast and spicy clove flavours add another layer of complexity to the jammy fruit, with lot of tannins, but the acidity to match. Great ageing potential. IS

Adega De Borba, Adega de Borba Grande Reserva 2011 (seeking representation, adegaborba.pt)

Trincadeira and Alicante Bouschet are blended together to make this is big, big wine. Strong tannins and a high abv are balanced with high acidity and fresh fruity flavours, with aromas of ripe red cherry and juicy fruits leading to a well-balanced palate with toasted oak, vanilla, tobacco and grassy, eucalyptus notes. Malolactic fermentation was carried out in new French oak barrels, giving the wine a lot of flavour complexity and a deliciously buttery, creamy character. IS

The Arts of Chablis Trade Tasting

Domaine de Pisse-Loup, Petit Chablis, 2014 (seeking representation, domaine.pisseloup@free.fr)

Grown in a soil of marl, limestone and fossilised oysters, this deliciously crisp wine has great acidity and salinity making it the perfect match for most seafood, generously drizzled with lemon. Stone fruit aromas of peach and apricot are matched with a complex and floral palate of creamy vanilla, buttered toast, white blossom, a slight salty salinity and fresh peachy flavours. IS

Alain Geoffroy, Chablis 1er Cru, Beauroy, 2014 (Grape Passions, grapepassions.co.uk)

Lots of green apple and citrus aromas of lemon and lime draw you in to this fresh, flinty and very crisp Chablis. Fruity, mouth-watering flavours of apple and pear are balanced with minerality and a grassy character. A warming dose of creamy buttery toast also shines through, leading to a long, smooth finish with great acidity. The perfect pairing for oysters, lobster and shellfish. IS

Domaine Jean-Paul et Benoit Droin, Chablis Grand Cru, Valmur, 2014 (Fields, Morris & Verdin, fmv.co.uk)

Everything you’d want from a Chablis with enticing aromas of freshly baked croissants and lemon curd, matched with good body and medium viscosity. The creamy, buttery texture delivers flavours of toasted brioche, fresh citrus and green apple, and peach or white blossom. Reminiscent of lemon meringue or key lime pie. IS

Hallgarten Highlights Tasting

Fratelli Chenin Blanc 2016, Akluj, India £7.79

Yep, India. Boutique operation Fratelli is emerging as the second-biggest quality Indian wine producer behind Sula – and this food-friendly Chenin shows why. A smoky gunflint nose leads to a textured palate where a touch of oiliness is balanced by lemon and grapefruit citrus, with real freshness on the finish. Super stuff. JS

Idaia Winery Gi Vilana 2016, Crete, Greece, £10.75

White Vilana is the most widely-planted grape on the island of Crete. This example comes from vines grown in limestone soils and has an interesting, distinctive herbaceous note on both the nose and palate. There’s a touch of beeswax to the aroma as well, followed by zippy grapefruit attack on the palate, some silkiness to the texture and a mineral backbone. Versatile food wine. JS

Piattelli Vineyards Grand Malbec 2014, Mendoza, Argentina, £14.99

Piatelli’s vineyards are certified organic and it has one of the few gravity-fed wineries in Argentina. This sustainable approach reaps rewards with this Malbec, which kicks off with a nose of black fruit, dried fruit and spice. The big, black-fruited palate is balanced by nicely judged tannins, followed by a big hit of spice to finish. Bring on the steak! JS

Santa Maria La Nave Etna Rosso Calmarossa DOC, 2014, Sicily, Italy, £29.98

Located on the western slopes of Mount Etna, boutique winery Santa Maria La Nave is one of the highest vineyards in Europe. Made with minimal intervention, wines are preserved by the naturally high levels of sulphur in the volcanic soils. Complex and layered, this boasts a generous black-fruited palate, with a finish that goes on and on. Well worth the price. JS


Tasting notes:

IS - Isabella Sullivan
JS - Julie Sheppard  

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