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 February 2014



Raffle wine:

 Vinexpo 2013 Press ReleaseFred Bell

Runamok 2012 Merlot, South Eastern Australia. Won by Mick Lalor

Wines Region Country Source Cost Comments
1. Littore Family Wines 2011 Idyll Fiano
Geelong, Victoria Australia Laithewaites £8 11.5% Showed an intense nose in the glass with lemon and peach. The palate was slightly viscous with a sweet centre and evoked much discussion; most agreeing it was a little light and short but good value for money.
2. (Berton Vineyards) 2011 The Optimist Marsanne Viognier
South Eastern Australia Australia Laithewaites £12 13%. There was a ripe, floral nose with some nuttiness. A heavy palate with an oily texture and a little sour acidity. Characteristics of both Marsanne and Viognier were noted, although some said they were not quite married.  A family resemblance to the Northern Rhône’s Condrieu came to the mind of some. 
3. Calabria Family Wines (Westend Vineyards) 2009 Saint Macaire
Riverina, New South Wales Australia Laithewaites £10 14%. The wine had a deep ruby colour and was full-bodied, if somewhat 1-dimensional and in need of more structure. Soft tannins surrounded by warm fruit, some blackcurrant and a little mint, but some found the acidity sour. 
4. Josef Chromy 2010 Pepik Pinot Noir
Tamar Valley, Tasmania Australia Laithewaites £20 13%. The wine was typical of cool-climate Pinot Noir; well-balanced with a savoury component, light-bodied with soft acidity,  slightly sweet tannin and a dry finish. Differences in tasting comments such as “a taste of rubber” and “sweet strawberries” eventually showed that the 2 bottles displayed variation, but the general quality was recognised in both.
5. Coorong Sounds 2012 Reserve Shiraz-Durif
South Australia Australia Virgin Wines £10  14%. Sweet, concentrated nose with some mint. Tarry, sweet fruit but the expected weight of Durif didn’t show through. Subtle tannins and acidity lacking “grip” with a touch of heat on the finish.
6. La Curio Wines 2010 The Nubile Grenache/Syrah, McLaren Vale
Fleurieu, South Australia Australia Laithewaites £23 14%. The wine had a red-fruit and cinnamon nose, fresh with refined acidity and tannin, smooth with good length, turning a little bitter on the warm finish.
7. Redheads Studio 2009 The Good Doctor's Tonic, Langhorne Creek
Fleurieu, South Australia Australia Laithewaites £29* 15%. A bold, powerful wine; deep and dark with black fruit and a spice rack of aromas and flavours - including mint (eucalyptus), fennel & cardamom – along with leather, chocolate and coffee.  The alcohol wasn’t obtrusive and tannins and acidity were balanced with the concentrated flavours and fruit, there was an agreed elegance to it.
8.  Redheads Studio 2010 t=O, McLaren Vale
Fleurieu, South Australia Australia Laithewaites £25 15%. Unashamedly New World, with a deep colour, intense nose, tannic grip and high heat (a sticking point for many in the room). Peppery fruit included brambles and spicy raspberry, while chocolate and toffee added to the palate. All agreed there were many different flavours going on in the glass and a long finish.
9. Pieri Wines 2010 Azzardo McLaren Vale Shiraz
Fleurieu, South Australia Australia Laithewaites £22 15%. A fruit driven wine with a big nose but a lighter palate and good balance; elegant with some plum, raisin and chocolate on a medium finish.

* £29 at purchase but priced above £40 now.

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