Tasting – our Autumn Fine Wine Plan selection

Those of you who are already members of our excellent Fine Wine Plan are very likely to have seen our latest offer on their doorstep in the last couple of days. In order to properly launch new fine wine plan offers at the office, we normally get the wines over and have a tasting session, partly so we can discuss the merits of the various wines confidently, and partly because it is rather nice to look forward to a tasting!

Fine Wine Plan Tasting
Paula, one of our Fine Wine Plan experts, shares her thoughts on this latest selection:

“Without being biased, this is an excellent offer with a great, diverse selection. The 2009 Soter Mineral Springs Ranch Pinot from Oregon is a stunning example, with wonderful structure, dark fruits and aromas and flavours of lavender and thyme. Quite approachable now but it will evolve over time.

The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino “Vigna Paganelli” Riserva from Il Poggione is very promising but a bit of beast at the moment, my personal thoughts are to lay it down and forget about it for ten years – the structure of firm and fine tannins and very precise acidity make this a very serious wine indeed.

The 2009 Awatea Cabernets/Merlot from Te Mata in Hawkes bay represents fantastic value for a stunning wine, with its nose of dusky bramble, sweet cherry and tobacco aromas and its quite soft and rounded palate. The tight tannic structure which will unfold over time, and a nice kick of white pepper on the finish is a lovely flourish.

The 2009 Elston Chardonnay, also from Te Mata in Hawkes Bay, is very sophisticated and precise. Again such great value for a wonderful Chardonnay. Honestly, this impressed me more than most of the Chardonnays I tasted at the NZ house tasting last week (blog post on that tasting to follow!).

With regards to the 2001 Imperial Rioja Gran Reserva from CVNE, what can I say… I LOVE it! I think when we tasted it a few weeks ago it really benefited from being in the decanter. Having tasted it again straight from the bottle, it was a little closed but opened up a lot the next day, so it is definitely advisable to decant. Once it has opened up, it is SO seductive, absolutely beautiful and very approachable, but like most top quality Riojas, it will definitely stand the test of time – Brilliant for its balance of power and finesse.

Finally, the 2011 Vouvray Demi-Sec Le Mont from Domaine Huet showed really well, rich, full and fat but with beautifully fragrant, floral fruit and laser-like acidity. Great wine, let us hope the new winemaker for Domaine Huet is as switched on as Noël Pinguet.”

You can find out more about our monthly-subscription fine wine plan here. Exclusive quarterly offers are only one of the many advantages!

Paula Hunter

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