Blind Tasting 2015


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The annual blind tasting of the Harrogate Medical Wine Society based on one of the practical papers of the year’s Master of Wine examination was held on Wednesday 2 September. In all, seventeen wines were tasted

 

Question 1
Wines 1 – 3 come from 3 different continents. Each wine is made from a different single, or predominant, grape variety.
For each wine:
a) Identify the origin as closely as possible
b) Identify the predominant grape variety
c) Discuss the method of production with reference to rose champagne
d) Comment on style, quality and potential to improve

The three wines were: 

  1. Altitudes Rose 2013, Ixsir, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon (Syrah and Caladoc – a Malbec/Grenache cross)
  2. Petit Rose 2015, Ken Forrester, Stellenbosch, South Africa (Grenache)
  3. Rose 2014, Chateau Miraval, Cotes de Provence, France (Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah, Rolle)

Champagne Pierre-Gimonnet Rose de Blancs Premier Cru NV was tasted when discussing method of production of Rose Champagne.

Question 2
Wines 4 & 5 come from two different countries. Each wine is made from a common single grape variety.
For each wine:
a) Identify the origin as closely as possible
b) Identify the grape variety
c) Discuss the method of production
d) Comment on style, quality and potential to improve

The wines were:

  1. Pinot Gris, 2013, Omero, Ribbon Ridge AVA of the Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA
  2. Red Rooster Pinot Gris 2012, Peller Family Estate, above Okanagan Lake on the Naramata Bench, just north of Penticton in British Columbia, Canada.

In addition to these, Pinot Gris 2002, Bernard Schiffit, Gran Cru Rangen, Alsace and Pinot Gris 1999 Gran Cru Vorbourg from Rene Mure were also tasted.

Question 3
Wines 6 & 7 are made from Pinot Noir. For each wine:
a) Identify the origin as closely as possible
b) Comment on winemaking
c) Discuss quality and maturity, with particular reference to the wine’s ability to improve
d) Comment on the commercial appeal

The wines were:

  1. Barda Pinot Noir 2013, Bodega Chacra
  2. Puy de Dome Pinot Noir 2013, Cave Saint Verny, Veyre-Monton

Question 4
Wines 8 & 9 come from two different countries. Each wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon.
For each wine:
a) Identify the origin as closely as possible
b) Discuss the method of production
c) Comment on style, quality and potential to improve

The wines were:

  1. Sandhill cabernet Merlot 2011, Peller Family Estates
  2. CABERNET SHIRAZ, TREVARRICK SINGLE CONTOUR 2007, Skillogalee, Clare Valley, Australia

Question 5
Wines 10, 11 & 12 are from the same country, but from three different areas.
For each wine:
a) Identify the origin and grape variety(ies) as closely as possible
b) Discuss the method of production
c) Comment on quality and maturity

The wines were:

  1. CASSIO DIONE IGT SALENTO ROSSO 2008, Candido, Puglia, Italy (Blend: Negroamaro 50%, Primitivo 50%)
  2. La Grolla IGT, Allegrini, Veneto (Corvina Veronese, Oseleta and Syrah)
  3. Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva 2001, Antinori

Chilled Pomares Branco 2014 from Quinta Nova, Douro was served on arrival and Baron de Ley Rioja Reserva 2010 accompanied the post-tasting supper of Guinea fowl, saute potato, mushroom and bacon followed by Lemon Torte. The event will be held at the Harrogate Masonic Hall on Wednesday 2 September

COMMENTS

  • “Members who “chickened out” of last night’s Blind Tasting missed an interesting and entertaining evening – not a test of our knowledge / ignorance but an excellent educational tutorial by Bernard (our own MW!). Of the numerous wines presented, I particularly enjoyed Ken Forrester’s Petit Rosé 2014 and, of course, Pièrre Gimmonet’s Champagne. A nice Baron de Ley Rioja Reserva 2010 complemented the nice supper. Thank you, Bernard, for another good HMWS meeting.” – Elma (Stewart), Harrogate
  • “Many thanks for a superb blind tasting yesterday evening, the late harvest Pinot Gris duo and the trio of Italian reds were a privilege to taste. Just a shame I couldn’t identify any of them!” – Ian Botwright, Ripon
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One thought on “Blind Tasting 2015

  1. Thank you Bernard for a very interesting and informative Blind Tasting on Wednesday evening. Obviously the South African Petit Rose’ and the Canadian Pinot Gris brought back happy memories ,we did find the Patagonian wine very good,,we didn’t identify it but one learns something new everyday hopefully. The Italian wines were superb . Once again thank you for increasing our knowledge and appreciation of wine. Best wishes Peter and Carolx

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