We had our second meet for a group of Perth wine lovers and bloggers attempting the Wine Century Challenge. We met at Steve’s in Nedlands like our first meet, the blog post for our first meet can be found here. While we sampled our way through the wines I adopted the method of nothing down what I saw (1), smelt (2) and tasted (3) in the wine.
Marq, 2011, Vermentino, Margaret River, Australia (RRP $27) – 11.5%
1. Clear and vibrant pale lemon coloured wine.
2. Crisp citrus, stone-fruits and sherbert.
3. Clean and refreshing on the palate with balanced acidity, dry medium finish.
Pere Ventura, 2011, Xael.lo, Penedes, Spain (RRP $20) – 12%
1. Clear and vibrant lemon coloured wine in the glass.
2. Slight sweetness (fruity), aromatic and stone-fruit (pears and apples).
3. Crisp acidity, sherberty palate (at the front of the mouth), melon, honey, flabby, medium very dry finish at the end.
First Drop, 2010, Arneis, Barossa Valley, Australia. (RRP $26) – 13.5%
1. Clear wine in the glass with no colour.
2. Musky, citrus, Nashi pears, slight sweetness (fruity).
3. Musk, crisp, residual sugar was possibly present, cleansing medium dry finish.
This wine showed great potential for the grape varietal however the wine was a little too old and had turned a little flat and tired. I would love to get my hands on a younger vintage of this wine as it was my favourite white wine of the night for the potential it showed.
Cour-Cheverny, 2011, Roantin, Cour-Cheverny, South West Loire (RRP $43) – 12% (no added preservatives)
1. Clear, dull yellow coloured wine in the glass.
2.Sweetness (fortified), stewed fruit (pear, apple), hint of oak – smelt more like a red wine than a white wine.
3. Dry, warm big mouth feel, nutty, lees, long finish on the wine – a perfect wine for the winter months.
Arancio, 2010, Nero d’Avola, Sicily, Italy (RRP $25) – 13.5%
this is a wine I had tried the previous week, and while I had been slightly impressed with it at home I think it impressed me more at the tasting. Perhaps it was the use of better glassware or being able to isolate the flavours that I hadn’t been able to place last time a little better being at a tasting.
1. Plum red coloured wine in the glass.
2. Berry fruits, vanilla, oak, spice, ash/smoke.
3.Tannins, vanilla (brought a softness to the wine), rich and dense wine, hint of raspberries and strawberries on the palate, warm short to medium finish, rounded finish (lack of acid in the wine).
Diemersfontien, 2011, Pinotage, Wellington, South Africa (RRP $35) – 14%
1.Brick red coloured wine in the glass.
2. Rubber, coffee, dusty, chocolate, oak, vanilla.
3. Tannins, meaty/gritty feel to the wine, very dry finish.
King River, 2011, Saperavi, King Valley, Australia (RRP $55) – 14.4%
1. I didn’t actually record anything for this I was too focused on the nose of the wine.
2. Floral (Violet and Rose), hint of spice, stewed sour red fruits (red apples and rhubarb), hint of sweetness, pomegranate, apple.
3. Stewed sour red fruits (red apple and rhubarb), a good amount of tannins present, refreshing, possibility of residual sugar, cleansing, medium to long dry finish.
Massena, 2010, Tannat, Barossa Valley, Australia (RRP $28) – 14.5%
1. Plum coloured wine in the glass.
2. Plums, oak, spice, ripe blackcurrant, tobacco, hint of sweetness.
3. Lots of fruit, tannins, smooth, warm, dry finish.
For those who want to see a different view on the challenge feel free to check out what Perth Wine Enthusiast thought of the wines. You can find the post on his blog here.
Anyone interested in joining us is more than welcome to! Our next meet will likely be in the next 4-5 weeks and will be occurring south of the river this time at Bad Apples Wine Bar in Applecross. Feel free to contact myself or Perth Wine Enthusiast if you wish to join us!
Until next time!