To see what wines we have tried so far you can check out my blog posts on the first (unofficial meet) along with our second, third and fourth meets (official meets). Back in July I caught up with some fellow Perth wine lovers and bloggers for the third official Wine Century Challenge Meet. This meet was held at the Trustee in Perth. The wines that we tasted this night seemed to have a trend of the nose and palate of the wine being very contradictory and polarised many of us at the tasting. Notes for the wines are under the categories of eye (E), nose (N) and palate (P) as usual for these tastings. For this tasting due to the low lighting at the Trustee I did not record eye notes for the wines.
2011 Domaine Tselepos Classic, Moschofilero, Mantinia, Greece, 12%. (RRP $30)
N: mineral, crisp stone fruits, herbs, and aromatic.
P: fuzzy, acidic, dry, and mineral.
2011 Arnaldo Caprai, Grechetto, Umbria, Italy, 13.5%. (RRP $33)
P: smooth, possible hint of oiliness, and a warming alcohol mouth feel.
2010 Abbazia di Novacella, Kerner, Alto Adige, Italy, 13.5%. (RRP $43)
N: peach, nectarine, fruity, slight fruit sweetness, with a hint of lemon/citrus.
P: acidic, smooth, mineral with a slight residual sweetness,.
This one received a double tick on the night. I really liked this one.
2011 Filip Castelcerino, Garganega, Soave, Italy, 12.5%. (RRP$35)
N: possibly oranges, mint, fresh summery notes.
P: dry, slightly fizzy, and mouth water inducing.
This one caused a lot of confusion on the night spurring comments such as “a lot going on” and “hard to understand”. May have to revisit this one on a quieter night when I can give it my undivided attention.
At this point in the night we had some shared entree dishes brought out. I was not overly wrapped with the polenta, I believe it is an acquired taste and after I had tried the pork nothing would compare with it. I would like to note that I am not a big fan of pork so for me to have gone back for seconds on the pork dish is a testament to how delicious it truly was! As we continued to nibble on the entrees we continued with the wine tastings so the following few wines were tasted with food.
2009 Marramiero, Pecorino, Abruzzo, Italy, 13%. (RRP $34)
N: candied stone fruits, and honey.
P: fizzy, zesty, with a honey sweetened finish.
This was the other white wine of the night to receive a double tick. I would happily have more of this wine.
2011 Feudi di San Gregorio, Greco di Tufo, Campania, Italy, 13%. (RRP $43)
N: apple, lemon, melon and pear.
P: fresh, acidic, smooth with a slight fizz.
2010 Planeta, Nerello Mascalese, Sicily, Italy, 13.5%. (RRP $50)
N: pepper, spice, sour cherry, earthy and had a sense of warmth about it.
P: spicy with a slight woodenness about it.
this wine reminded me of a Pinot Noir in many ways. I would suggest it to anyone who loves those and is looking for a different wine grape to try without being too adventurous.
2009 Argiolas Costera, Cannonau (Grenache), Sardegna, Italy, 14%. (RRP $40)
N: rich berries, hint of chocolate, earthy, warm with a possible hint of aniseed.
P: noticeable oak, dry tannins with a slight grippy texture.
2007 Tormaresca Masseria Maime, Negroamaro, Puglia, Italy, 14%. (RRP $45)
N: cherry, blackcurrant, oak, and earthy.
P: very dry tannins, heavy mouth feel, acidic, and some berry flavours on the palate.
2006 Gaia Estate, Agiorgitiko, Nemea, Greece, 14% (RRP $73).
N: blackcurrant, spice, oak, leather, cherry and an earthiness about it.
P: smooth mouth feel with a dry finish.
2008 Kir Yianni Diaporos, Xinomavro (87%) & Syrah (13%), Naoussa, Greece, 14.5%. (RRP $75)
N: spice, earthy, and a sense of ‘oldness’ or age on the nose.
P: very dry.
This wine was believed by some in the group to either be corked or on it’s way out. Over all it was a dud wine regardless, however we should have the chance to retry it again at a later wine tasting so I hope it was just this bottle rather than the wine itself.
2009 Olivi, Pugnitello, Tuscany, Italy. (RRP $75)
N: spice and old leather.
P: spicy and dry.
2008 San Marzano Primitivo di Manduria (Zinfandel), Puglia, Italy, 14.5%. (RRP $53)
This wine was unanimously viewed as corked by the group. Again hoping we will have the chance to retry this wine at a later date.
To end the night we all ordered a dish each and finished off the remaining wines with our meals. I ordered the gnocchi which was very filling and up there with one of the best gnocchi dishes I have had in Perth.
A big thanks to the Trustee for allowing us to host this Perth Wine Century Meet at their Bistro.