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 July 2012 

 18/07/12

Presenter: 

Vinexpo 2013 Press ReleasePaul Raven (standing in for Patrick Eyres of Bin21)

Wines Region / Country Source Cost Comments
1. Moss Wood 2010 Semillon
Margaret River, Western Australia
Bin21
£16.25 
Lees aged for 3 months but unoaked. Oaky (!) lemongrass nose which turns to lemon sherbet after a while. Textured on the palate, a little waxy with a bitter herbal finish. Maybe a little disjointed, would be interested to try again with some age.
2. Torres 2009 Fransola Sauvignon Blanc
Penedes, Spain
Bin21
£18.95
Creamy, sweet tangerine on the nose, although a little thin on the palate. There's tart citrus acidity at the front but a bitter finish and oak builds up on each sip until it gets tiring. Disappointing.
3. Nga Waka 2009 Chardonnay
Martinborough, New Zealand
Bin21
£16.99
Blocked malo-lactic fermentation. A big wine; full, "thick" nose with toasty oatmeal flavours, some honey and bright citrus acidity on the tongue. Warming on the finish at 14.5%, but not hot. Sharp edged but well integrated flavours, a very good wine, taking the group vote for best wine of the night.
4. Domaine Jean Sipp 2009 Gewürztraminer Reserve
Alsace, France
Bin21
£14.45
Flowery Turkish Delight (Rose Water) nose with a sweet lychee flavour. Light and sweet, maybe too much for the style and price, but very pleasant
5. Domaine Dit Barron 2011 Gilles Aujogues Brouilly
Beaujolais, France
Bin21
£12.00
The fermentation was started as carbonic and then finished as traditional. Light berry fruit with a little "bon bon" candy. The start and mid-palate are clean and fruity and promise much, but the finish disappoints as it turns dry, tannic and bitter.
6. Moss Wood 2009 Mornington Pinot Noir
Victoria, Australia
Bin21
£17.45
A likeable wine, floral nose with a little rubber. Clean and light with moderate fresh acidity. Not a concentrated wine but well balanced and generally liked, but maybe not at this price.
7. Diemersdal 2009 Private Collection
Durbanville, South Africa
Bin21
£15.99
A lovely Bordeaux blend with a lifted, fragrant nose of coffee, blackcurrant and chocolate. Big on flavour as well, well balanced and complex with coffee and hazelnuts and a caramel finish. Although drinking well now the acidity is a touch overpowering but give it 4-7 years. Superb, especially at the price.
8. Monte Zovo 2008 Terre di Verona Agricola Amarone di Valpolicella Veneto, Italy
Bin21
£28.00 A curious nose, blackcurrant coming through? Young, fresh fruity with good acidity and quite light, not showing the 15% alcohol. This is a very drinkable wine though not sure it justifies the price. The main issue is that it is nothing like what you expect from an Amarone!
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