Tasting at the Eco Lodges in Clophill
Saturday 20th August 2016
With Derek Smedley MW
Wine & Cheese
Cropwell Bishop Blue Shropshire
Kloof Street Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2015
Mullineux Winery Swartland South Africa
Winemaker Andrea Mullineux
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
Terre di Chieti Abruzzo Italy
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
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.
Mild Somerset Brie
Domaine Drouhin Pinot Noir 2013
Willamette Valley Oregon
Winemaker Véronique Drouhin
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.
Rioja Reserva 2010
Señorio de Uñuela Rioja Spain
Winemaker Maria Martinez Marin
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
Winemaker Christine Vernay
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
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
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.