Whitaker (1&2), Geoff Cullen (3&8), Harry Rose
(4&5), Fred Bell (6&7).
|Region / Country
Bauduc 2009 Bordeaux Blanc
|House white of Gordon Ramsay Restaurant. Subtle
oak on the nose, rich perfume, good mouthfeel with
a sharp tang on the finish. Well integrated and
Winery 2009 Fumé Blanc
||Upper Galilee, Israel
|| Restrained nose. Sharp acidity at the front
with some oak complexity, but not a lot really
going on. A touch thin and tires quickly.
2009 Talinay Chardonnay, Camanchaca Vineyard
||Limari Valley, Chile
|D. Byrne & Co.
||Creamy on the nose, a little oak & smoke.
Citric acidity all the way through, lemon sherbet
but a touch artificial. Good texture, pleasant
finish once the acidity tapers off, oak integrated
|4. Albert Morot 2006 a Bataillère Aux
Vergelesses, Savigny les Beaune
||Enticing nose; subtle & dark, drawing you in
with fruit, herbs & tar. Lean at front, dry,
oaky tannins - rather austere but the mid-palate
expands and smoothes out into an elegant finish.
Fruit is a little lost.
Figuero 2006 "12" Crianza, Ribero del Duero
||Ribero del Duero, Spain
|The Wine Chambers
||A young wine with a menthol, herb nose. Deep
colour, green tannins with a spicy, savoury
acidity all the way to the finish. Not
over-extracted, a well made wine with a touch of
sourness, but needs mellowing.
Zapata 2008 Alta, Cabernet Sauvignon
|| So deeply coloured it stains the inside of the
glass! Dark fruit nose, candy sweet. A fruit burst
on the palate, blackcurrant and blackberry. An
instant gratification wine with plenty going on to
intrigue as well.
||Colchagua Valley, Chile
||Massive Cassis nose. A gentle attack, smooth
with good acidity. A minty aspect develops into
layers of flavour, complexity all the way through,
a superb wine at a great price.
Adams 2006 The Aberfeldy Shiraz
|Clare Valley, South Australia
|D. Byrne & Co.
|| A light nose, lifting with menthol & spice.
Cool on the palate, satisfying with gentle acidity
- clean but not harsh. Textured tannins with some
cocoa, drinking perfectly - a true vin de
contemplation, everything is in balance, a
precise, silky, seductive wine.