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 December 2011 



Vinexpo 2013 Press ReleaseDavid Whitaker (1&2), Harry Rose (3&4), Geoff Cullen (5&6), Fred Bell (7&8)

Wines Region / Country Source Cost Comments
1. Clos D’Yvigne 2009 Princesse de Clèves
Bergerac, France
14%. Sauvignon Blanc (50%), Semillon (30%) and Muscadelle (20%).  “very rich with acidity” “exotic” “cloying on finish” “thick wine” “very good aperitif” “good start”
2. Au Bon Climat 2006 Hildegard, Santa Maria Valley
California, USA 
13.5%. A blend of 55% Pinot Gris 40% Pinot Blanc and 5% Aligote. “bit of oak” “toffee caramel aftertaste” “very enthusiastic wine making” “massive wine but well balanced” “long” “concentrated tropical fruit”
3. Valdipatta  2007 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 
Tuscany, Italy
Wine Chambers
14.5%. “morello cherries” “tannic” “medium weight” “burn on finish” “~nice~ aromatic nose” “dry”
4. Tommasi  2008 Valpolicella Ripasso 
Veneto, Italy 
Wine Chambers
13%. “raisins, currants” “fresh tasting” “lack of structure” “sweetness” “light tannins” “a good example”
5. Vignerons de Caractère  2007 Eloquence,  Gigondas
Rhône, France
Cellar Door
15%. A blend of 75% Grenache 25% Syrah. “blackcurrant” “mocha” “liquorice” “good structure” “uncomplicated” “bramble” “does what it says on the tin”
6. Petaluma 2008 Shiraz Adelaide Hills   
South Australia 
14%. “well structured” “brooding” “spicy” “vanilla” “grown-up ribena” “on young side” “elegant tannins” “toothy wine”
7. Geoff Merrill  2005 Cabernet Sauvignon
McLaren Vale,  South Australia 
Piper Wines
14.5%. “mint chocolate” “black fruits” “balanced” “fresh fruit on aftertaste” “amazing acidity” “beautiful wine”
8. Smith Woodhouse 1985 Vintage Port     
Douro, Portugal 
Fred's Cellar
20%. “raisins, figs” "needs more time” “marzipan” “silky smooth ” “marmite wine” “intense” “savoury”.

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