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 May 2016 


Presenter: Kelvyn Guest, Guest Wines

PDFRaffle wine: Chapel Down 2015 Flint Dry (Bacchus)
Won by: Geoff Cullen

Wines Region Country Source Cost Comments
1. Squerryes 2010 Brut
England Cellar Door
12% An overripe lemon rind nose with a sweet lemon, sherbet approach. A strong, sour-apple flavour goes into a short finish. This frothed and lost its sparkle quite quickly, turning into a pleasant, just-dry white.
2. Davenport Vineyards 2014 Horsmonden Dry White
England Cellar Door
11.5% A ripe nose of lychee and pear, very aromatic with a hint of nettle. Soft approach, light-medium bodied with some pear drops and herbal aspects.
3. Litmus Wines 2012 Element 20 Chardonnay
England Cellar Door
12.5% A typical oaked Chardonnay nose but not much else. A fresh approach with a sour-citrus edge and a soft middle, but there was a battle between the acidity and the oak and not enough fruit to bind them. It did improve in the glass developing a buttery/creamy aspect, but generally the opinion was of an over-oaked, unripe Chardonnay.
4. Furleigh Estate 2014 Chardonnay
England Cellar Door
12% This had a lightly sweet nose, difficult to discern but maybe a hint of banana. Textured and structured on the palate this was a fresh, dry wine with herbal edges and moderate length
5. Nyetimber 2010 Classic Cuvee
West Sussex
England Cellar Door
12% This had a yeasty-bready nose with a fine mousse and delicate flavours. Clean and dry on the palate there was good apple acidity and a long lasting, dry finish
6. Herbert Hall 2013 Brut Rose
England Cellar Door
12.5% Actually more of a blush (possibly in embarrassment) than a true Rosé this had an overtly fizzy nose with some red-berries and liquorice, On the palate it seemed tannic and extracted with bitter red-fruits.
7. Davenport Vineyards 2014 Diamond Fields Pinot Noir
England Cellar Door
12% Bottle variation: 1. A ripe, smoky nose with a floral twist. Soft tannins with a burnt-sweet edge and a caramel aspect. 2. A “blurred taste” with a much more leaner-greener aspect similar to Alsace Pinot.
8. Denbies 2014 Noble Harvest
England Cellar Door
10% A sweet, candied fruit nose with a ripe, syrupy approach. Botrytis flavours apparent on the mid-palate with a medium length finish. A good wine.

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