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 July 2012 



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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
£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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