November 2014 Meeting - Letchworth Festival revisited

November 2014 Meeting - Letchworth Festival revisited

November’s meeting was hosted by Mike & Alison, and explains the wines on our stand at the Letchworth festival wine tasting. The wines were: ...

PAINTED WOLF ROSALIND PINOTAGE ROSE, PAARL 2013 (Wine Society)

Grape:  Pinotage

Origin:  The grapes for this wine were sourced from a single block of Pinotage in the Paarl region, picked especially for making rosé. A fine, fruity wine with bright cherry and strawberry aromas, and a fresh lingering finish.

Taste:   

  • Fresh and bone dry (1 of 9)
  • No oak influence

Enjoy:   Great with fish and salads

Price:    £7.25

 

BOSCHENDAL SAUVIGNON BLANC 2013, COASTAL REGION (Majestic Wines)

Grape:  Sauvignon Blanc

Origin:  Boschendal vineyard is on the slopes of the Groot Drakenstein Mountains.

Taste:   

  • Dry white with crisp acidity
  • Clean lingering finish
  • Tropical fruit, citrus and herbs

Enjoy:   Superb as an aperitif or with seafood

Price:    £8.99

 

ROBERTSON WINERY CHENIN BLANC 2013, WESTERN CAPE (Majestic Wines)

Grape:  Chenin Blanc

Origin:  Warm and dry Robertson Valley is further inland than most SA vineyards but the Breede River provides a cooling influence giving a Chenin Blanc of excellent character.

Taste:   

  • Dry white with excellent character and consistency
  • Light straw colour with firm structure and acidity
  • Crammed full of pineapple melon and apple

Enjoy:   Seafood, salmon, roast chicken or pork

Price:    £4.99

 

PARCEL SERIES SHIRAZ 2012, WESTERN CAPE (Majestic Wines)

Grape:  Shiraz

Origin:  Exclusive to Majestic Wines from one of SA’s most well-established producers. Hand harvested from vineyards in Paarl Darling and Stellenbosch, the grapes are cool fermented before maturing in second fill oak barrels.

Taste:   

  • Full spicy red wine matured in French & American oak barrels
  • Predominantly mulberry and plum
  • Strong liquorice character
  • Hints of coriander and spice

Enjoy:   Great with BBQ

Price:    £8.99

 

PARCEL SERIES CABERNET MERLOT RESERVE 2012, WESTERN CAPE (Majestic Wines)

Grape:  Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

Origin: Exclusive to Majestic Wines this wine is hand harvested and fermented in traditional open tanks. Matured for 18 months in oak barrels.

Taste:   

  • Ruby-garnet red wine matured for 18 months in French & American oak barrels
  • Rich cassis and red cherry
  • Smooth tannins
  • Hint of minerality

Enjoy:   Great with slow-cooked beef or lamb   

Price:    £9.99

 

Paul Cluver Riesling Noble Late Harvest, 2012 (Paul Cluver)

Grape:  Riesling

Origin: The vines were planted in 1987, making them 25 years old for this vintage. Fermented and matured for eight months prior to blending, stabilizing and bottling.

Taste:   

  • Full and impressively rich but with superb balance, the result of elegant Riesling acidity. The aftertaste seems to linger forever.
  • Complex, yet elegant with slightly more perfumed, floral notes and with hints of ripe peaches and pineapple.

Enjoy:   The perfect way to end a meal, or enjoy with flavoursome cheeses.

Price:    £13.49