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Wine & Cheese Tasting in Clophill

Derek - Tue, August 23, 2016

Tasting at the Eco Lodges in Clophill

Saturday 20th August 2016

With Derek Smedley MW

Wine & Cheese

White Wines

Cropwell Bishop Blue Shropshire

Kloof Street Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2015

Mullineux Winery Swartland South Africa

Winemaker Andrea Mullineux

92 2016-20

Sweet fruit on the nose the palate has white peach and a hint of apricot rich fruit in the middle. The peachy fruit is underpinned by grapefruit a balancing freshness the back palate quite light but it finishes with ripe fruit.

Hawes Wensleydale Sheeps Milk

Pecorino 2015

Citra Vini

Terre di Chieti Abruzzo Italy

89 2016-19

Lemon freshness on the nose the start of the palate has a citrus mix but there is a richer feel on the mid palate grapefruit a hint of pineapple. Bright at the back the finish has lime and lemon freshness.

Belton Farm Medium Red Leicester

Tin Pot Hut Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Marlborough New Zealand

Winemaker Fiona Turner

91 2016-19

This is a classic Sauvignon from the south island with its crunchy, gooseberry nose herbal and fresh on the palate racy and fruity. The flavours are not overdone attractively fragrant with lots of grassy gooseberry on the fresh finish.

Red Wines

Mild Somerset Brie

Domaine Drouhin Pinot Noir 2013

Willamette Valley Oregon

Winemaker Véronique Drouhin

92 2015-21

Red fruits the nose is bright the start of the palate light. Ripe mulberry and wild strawberry give more mid depth sweet rich and fleshy but there is balance with cranberry freshness at the back bright and light on the finish.

Double Gloucester

Rioja Reserva 2010

Tempranillo 100%

Señorio de Uñuela Rioja Spain

Winemaker Maria Martinez Marin

90 2016-23

The nose is firm black fruit in character the palate has a mix of flavours fresh red fruits under the black. Hints of oak add complexity slightly nutty the back palate has fresh fruit the finish sweeter quite full with depth of flavour.

Colston Bassett Blue Stilton

Fleurs de Mai Syrah 2011

Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes

Georges Vernay

Winemaker Christine Vernay

93 2016-22

The nose has spicy black pepper excitement the start of the palate red fruited and fresh. Rich and ripe in the middle supple and generous the tannins are fine and well handles. Bright at the back the red fruits on the finish are spicy and peppery.

Seriously Strong Vintage Cheddar

Mount Horrocks Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Mount Horrocks Clare Valley South Australia

Winemaker Stephanie Toole

93 2016-25

Blackcurrants the nose has freshness the palate starts with firm black cherry the tannins structured but ripe. Depth in the middle the black fruits underpinned by dark chocolate a rich mix of flavours. Fresher at the back more of a bilberry influence the finish has depth lots of cassis.

Creamy Blue Mature Long Clawson Stilton

Noble Taminga 2010

Murray River New South Wales Australia

93 2014-20

There is lots happening on the nose the palate rich ripe fruited sweet with apricots and candied orange peel. There is enough mid freshness to balance and lighten but there is sweet fruit giving depth and richness at the back.

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