EAT - DRINK - BE MERRY
The Wine Society October 2013
A really solid selection of wines (as usual from these guys), there’s some fantastic value and both the Society and Exhibition wines are really well priced. It’s also worth noting some interesting selections in wines from Romania and Uruguay.
Las Medallas Manzanilla (Spa) £7.50 86
Good dry clean salty nutty, top value, very drinkable
Zarcillo Gewertztraminer 2013 £6.25 (£5.85 wine without fuss) 90
Floral, aromatic nose, good structure, lovely elegant wine.
The Society's Saar Riesling £9.50 89
In a good way it smells of old lady's handbag, face powder and all that, lovely off dry Riesling, real depth and complexity.
The Ruins Organic Chardonnay Viognier (SA)£7.50 89
Little hint of cabbage on the nose, some creamy malolactic notes, soft, beautiful.
Cave de Turkheim Gewertz 2012 (Fra) £6.95 82
Floral aromatic nose, off dry, rose petal, orange blossom, pleasing
Society’s Chillean S Blanc 2009 (Chi) £6.75 83
Greengage, gooseberry, high acidity, very well made
Prince Stirbey Tamaioasa 2012 (Rom) £9.50 88
Cow parsley and honeysuckle nose, fresh acidity, good forward fruit, meadows and peach.
The Society's Exhibition Limari Chardonnay (CHI) £8.95 88
Zesty lime nose, good body and oaky structure, green apple.
Drac MagicTempranillo-Garnazxta-Syrah £7.95 rating 88
Real winter warmer, 14% alcohol, pencil box and black fruit! lovely soft tannins
Hilltop Malbec £5.95 rating 91
Blueberry nose, a smoky Beaujolais style, light and very drinkable
Weinart Carrascal £7.95 rating 89
Hint of leather on nose, big forward fruit palate, lots of wine for the money
Sabina Tempranillo 2012 (Ita) £5.25 86
Good rich, ripe concentrated fruit, great value
Dona Paulina Merlot 2012 (Chi) £5.50 85
Pepper, spice, good fruity merlot notes soft tannin, good
Chateau de Pena Cotes de Rousillon Villages (Fra) £6.50 85
Rich concentrated damson, blackberry, vanilla, ripe tannin, great
Bricco Rossa Suagna 2008 (Ita) £7.25 85
Cherry nose, some development, sweet cedar, good soft tannin
The Society's Exhibition Mendoza Malbec £9.95 89
Full on, powerful stuff, but retaining elegance, really well priced, I'd buy this at under a tenner
Blind Spot, Grenache Shiraz Mataro (Aus) £7.50 89
Pepper and plum nose, smoke, power and complexity, brilliantly priced, a bargain at the price
Blau Montstant (Spa) £8.95 89
Interesting nose, fruit and a hit of menthol, powerful, ballsy, long finish.
Teroldego Rotaliano, Cavit £6.95 rating 89
Cherry and plum nose, good spicy fruit palate, hints of cinnamon, great price
2011 Cara Nord Negre £9.50 rating 90
Enticing oaky nose, full body and ripe fruit top wine for the money
St Veran La Roche Chateau Beauregard (FRA )£11.95 92
Deep chalky mineral it's, good fruit, elegant body, this is a cracker, a little oaky structure, smashing wine, right up my street.
Botanica Chenin Blanc, Citrusdal (SA) £14.95 91
Vibrant fresh nose, complex, forward fruit, elegant, really well made, long complicated finish. Top stuff.
Mahi Twin Valleys Chardonnay (NZ) £15.50 92
Really clean lines, forward fruit, full on and elegant at the same time
Bourgogne Blanc, Maison Roche de Bellene £10.95 rating 90
Red apple and spiced apple pie nose, good fruit and minerality, well priced
Bacharacher Hahn Dry Riesling, Toni Jost £14.50 rating 93
Honey and mango nose, beautifully made, deep and complex
Catherine Marshall Pinot Noir £12.95 rating 92
Nice earthy nose, refined and complex herbs and red fruit, good house red for winter
The Society’s Exhibition Haut Medoc 2008(Fra) £13.95 88
Black pepper, cedar, deep rich black fruit, complex, developing well
Moulin a Vent Chateau Beauregard 2007 (Fra) £12.95 83
Top Beaujolais, ripe, fruity, good structure, great value
The Society’s Exhibition Rioja Reserva 2006 (Spa) £13.95 91
Showing development, cherry, cedar, tobacco nose, beautiful, complex
Atlantico Sur, Garzon Vineyard, Maldonado Tannat Merlot (URU) £12.50 88
Pepper and plum nose, goof forward fruit, really well made, long interesting finish
Saint Saturnin Bilbo la Reserve d'Or £10.95 rating 91
Bold ripe blackfruit, lovely soft integrated tannins, fab price (15%)
Monbazillac, Chateau Pech la Calevie £11.95 rating 91
Honey and raisin nose, sweet, floral, good acidity, smashing wine
Cayetano del Pino Palo Cortado Solera £13.50 rating 90
Lovely ripe rancio nose, nutty and deep, mouthwatering finish
The Society's Olorosso Dulce £10.75 rating 91
Lovely dream sherry, all the character of olorosso and a lovely dollop of sweetness
Norman Hardie Chardonnay, unfiltered £19.50 rating 91
Pricey but very well worth it, good mineral nose and defined Chardonnay character
The Society's Exhibition Victoria Shiraz £17.50 89
Shiraz as it should be, big, full on and concentrated. Complexity, good forward fruit and pepper, mouthwatering finish. A lot of wine for the price.
Hofstatter Mazon Pinot Nero 2009 (ITA) £22.00 89
Lovely aromatic smoky nose, ripe black cherry , a bit tannic but would go well with food, lovely long and complex finish
Dog Point Pinot Noir (NZ) £23.50 89
Good deep cherry and smoke nose, lovely interesting aroma, rich full fruit palate, mouth watering finish, costly.
Norman Hardie County Pinot Noir, unfiltered £19.50 rating 93
Tar and earth nose, soft chewy ripe red cherry, very good value at £20
Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico £16.00 rating 90
Rich,intense, over ripe grape, subtle and complex, balanced and elegant
1983 The Society's Vintage Port £49 rating 92
Ruby red, plum and damson intensity, good sweetness and a hint of Stilton