Tasting Notes for the Afternoon's Wines
At this event we had four delicious wines clash against each other in a titanic struggle to decide who would take the crown as the greatest wines – is it to be the Old World classics, or the New World upstarts? Here’s a handy reminder of the wines we all enjoyed; you can purchase them by following the links in the headings.
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In the heart of Vouvray, winemaker Jean-Marc Gilet cultivates the 27-hectares of Ecocert certified organic vineyards, with an incredible 800m2 cellar carved out of freestone at the centre. This single vineyard, classic Chenin Blanc has attractive aromas of apple, grape and vine peach complemented by mineral overtones. Beautifully balanced with a lively and persistent finish.
New World: Swartland Winery 'Bush Vines' Chenin Blanc
Producing iconic and award-winning wines in the fashionable and dynamic Swartland region, this winery is WIETA compliant (committing to ethical trade) and manages its vineyards with limited use of herbicides, fungicides and pesticides. In this wine inviting aromas of orange blossom lead to a full, rich palate with spicy tones. The lush tropical fruit flavours are underpinned by beautifully integrated oak through to a long, butterscotch finish.
Old World: Domaine de la Dourbie 'Oscar' Rouge
Founded in 1781, there's no doubting this estate's 'old world' credentials! A small vineyard driven by the unique terroir of the Hérault valley in Languedoc-Roussillon, this stunning blend of Carignan, Cinsault, Syrah and Grenache is indicative of its approach. An expressive nose contains hints of lovely spice and smoke alongside rich red fruit aromas. The mouth is harmonious and well-balanced, with beautiful substance and a fresh finish. A juicy, crunchy wine to share!
New World: Larry Cherubino 'Apostrophe Possessive' Red
A former 'Winery of the Year' in the Great Southern region, Larry Cherubino focuses on making wines that are distinctive and speak clearly of their variety and vineyard site. This Counoise, Grenache and Shiraz blend oozes complexity, with earthiness, muskiness and subtle steeliness in harmonious balance. Notes of rose petal, musk and plum precede a medium-bodied palate with vibrant berry flavours and fine tannins, underpinned by a cleansing acidity.