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Presenters: Geoff (1), Harry (2), Karl (3 & 6), Dave (4), Paul (5), Fred (7 & 8).    PDF
December 11th 2013 Minutes:
Wines Region Country Source Cost Comments
1. Bollinger NV Special Cuvée
France Jeroboams
12%. A biscuit nose (and taste), smoky with some baked apple. Very refreshing on the palate with light fruit and clean acidity.
2. Planeta 2009 Chardonnay
Italy The Wine Chambers
13.5%. A richly coloured, big wine with a smoky oak and buttery nose. A complex wine with a delicate, soft mid-palate, with a zesty finish that goes a little bitter - a somewhat confused style.
3. Rebenhof 2010 Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese Trocken Von alten Reben
Germany Cellar Door
13.5%. A concentrated, sweet, oily nose. Spicy in the mouth with a touch of spritz, almost tannic in texture with a long, lingering taste. Each sip added to the dryness but the fruit and alcohol also build, keeping balance.
4. Torbreck 2008 Woodcutter’s Sémillon, Barossa Valley
South Australia
Australia n/k
14%. Waxy with a floral/pollen aspect on the nose and a matchstick component (some said rubber). Herbal dryness on the palate, quite rich with preserved lemons, although still a delicate wine with a long, subtle finish.
5. Domaine Fond Croze 2000 Cuvée Romanaise Côtes du Rhône (Magnum)
France n/k
13.5%. There was some bricking to the colour with a volatile, savoury nose showing maturity and a touch of raisin. Light on the palate with developed secondary characteristics including a little mushroom. Gentle, light tannins with a touch of sweetness at the front and a very quick finish.
6. Heredad Ugarte 2004 Dominio de Ugarte Rioja Reserva (Magnum)
Spain Spanish Spirit
13.5%. A sweet and slightly savoury nose, thin at the front and quite light. Somewhat dry, lost its fruit, not as complex as expected by most.
7. St. Hallett 1996 Old Block Shiraz, Barossa Valley (Magnum)
South Australia
Australia n/k
13.5%. A lovely warm, spicy nose with some eucalyptus. Medium bodied but packs a punch at the edges, almost delicate complexity with soft tannins. Showing its age on the attack with a sour finish.
8. Quinta do Noval 1985 Vintage Port
Portugal Auction
20%. An autumnal colour in the glass with pronounced bricking. Quite a delicate nose, a touch of sweetness, a touch of spice but not overtly “Porty”. Sweet grape attack, the alcohol is quite integrated. This is a light, refined wine, elegant and restrained.

Raffle wine: Cascina Polsino 2010 Barbera d’Asti
Won by:
Elaine Orrick


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