Summer Lunch 2017

The Summer Lunch of the HMWS will be held at the Pannal Golf Club on Sunday 6 August 2017



The summer tasting lunch will mark the end of the 26th ‘academic’ year of the Society. As always, the accent is on high quality ‘new’ wines that have not been served at a Society event before.

The caterer will serve a fish based starter, lamb for the main course, a light and fruity dessert and creamy blue cheeses other than Stilton to go with the Port. The cost of the event is £60 per person. It will be limited to 30 members of the HMWS and tables will be for ten. Wine allocation is 9 bottles per table. (members are free to bring their own extra wine if needed.) Own tasting glasses are not needed. A vegetarian/fish option is available.


  • 11.30 am. Champagne reception
  • 12.30 pm. Lunch & Blind Tasting
  • 04.00 pm. Carriages

The Wine List

1. Champagne Laurent-Perrier NV: This 50% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir 35 % and 15% Pinot Meunier blend has 20% reserve wines and a light dosage. It is cellar aged for 3 years. The grapes come from 55 crus. The high proportion of Chardonnay in the blend makes the wine light and crisp – an ideal aperitif. (Average UK price £38.40, average critic score 90/100, already sourced by the HMWS at £24.99 per bottle)

2. As Sortes 2014, Rafael Palacios

This is what Jancis Robinson MW wrote about 2011 As Sortes: “It is not cheap but I think it can easily hold its own against white burgundies selling at the same price. It had the structure and precision of a particularly fine Puligny-Montrachet but has its own very distinctive mountainous and, mineral character.”

Rafael Palacios makes this Godello in Valdeorras. This is how the Wine Advocate describes the wine: “The 2014 As Sortes blends Godello grapes from seven plots planted with old vines ranging from 40 to 96 years of age. The 2014s have a good combination of low pH and ripeness, so they should age beautifully. The must fermented in 500L French oak barrels with indigenous yeasts and matured in contact with the fine lees for some six months. It’s still very young, a little creamy from its upbringing, and it will be much better with one more year in bottle. Palacios tells me the weather conditions were somehow similar to 2011 with some rains before the harvest and a soft summer that allowed for a slow, perfect ripening of the grapes while keeping very good levels of acidity. That really shows in the wine, which has great precision, lace-like, very focused, with deep flavors and pungent, sharp acidity and minerality. It has a great combination of power and elegance. This should be a long lived As Sortes. 22,400 bottles produced and filled in May 2015.”

(Average UK price £38.40, average critic score 92/100, sourced by the HMWS at £28 per bottle)

3. Prats & Symington Chryseia 2012 en magnum

You would expect something quite serious from a joint venture between Bruno Prats of Chateau Cos d’Estournel and the Symington family. Chryseia is produced from the finest quality grapes from their two Upper Douro Valley vineyards, Quinta de Roriz and Quinta da Perdiz. Another property, Quinta da Vila Velha, which is privately owned by a member of the Symington family, also contributed some of its best grapes, as it has for every vintage of Chryseia. The 2011 was voted third best wine of the world by Wine Spectator in 2014.

The nose yields fresh berries, toastiness and notes of cardamom and mint. Silky and ripe palate with mineral notes and great length.

“… the vintage combine to create a wine that is long on charm and freshness, but not flesh and richness. Beautifully focused and rather intense on the finish… It may yet develop a little more and add some flesh and complexity. It is not the biggest, deepest or most powerful Chryseia, but it is one of the most charming.”- 91/100,   Mark Squires at, January 2015

(Portuguese red wine from Douro Portugal, made with Touriga Nacional and Touriga  Franca. UK magnum price from £119.00, average critic score 92, sourced by HMWS at £95.42 per magnum)

4. Warwick Estate Trilogy 2012 en magnum: A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc and 14% Merlot. Trilogy comes from the oldest, most established vineyards on Warwick Estate and spends 26 months in 225L tight grain French oak barrels of which 62 % are new. (Average UK bottle price is £22.80 and the average critic score is 90/100, sourced by the HMWS at £36.85 per magnum )

5. Blind Tasting

6. Graham’s Malvedos 2004

Malvedos (HMWS visit 2003)

As you approach Malvedos, either by road or river, the ancient Stone Terraces, known as Port Arthur, rise majestically above you like sentinels standing over the valley. This is the original Graham’s Quinta and is recognized as one of the finest estates in the Douro. The house at Malvedos is situated on a spectacular ridge surveying the river and the terraced vineyards that surround it. The entire property’s 89.2 hectares of vineyards hold the maximum ‘A’ grade classification. Situated on the North bank of the Douro River, the vineyards are predominantly South-facing, which makes for rich and ripe wines. Touriga Franca is the principle grape variety planted at Malvedos. Its thick-skinned berries thrive in the hot, dry conditions of the Upper Douro Valley. A year when the Touriga Franca ripens perfectly is almost always a year when exceptional Vintage Ports are made. The iconic Touriga Nacional is the second most prevalent variety at Malvedos. This is a low-yielding variety, whose grapes are, as a result, small, dark-blue and intensely aromatic. The story of the Touriga Nacional grape variety is perhaps the greatest success story of the Douro Valley and it began largely in the neighbouring vineyards, Graham’s own Quinta do Tua.

The wines from Malvedos form the backbone of Graham’s renowned Vintage Ports, while in most interim years they are bottled as the Quinta dos Malvedos Vintage Port. (Average UK price £36, sourced by the HMWS at £20.28 a bottle)


Smoked salmon and prawn roulard with horse radish cream lime dressing dressed salad leafs and ciabatta crisps
Slow braised lamb rump with crushed herb potato, pea puree, glazed carrot & asparagus with a mint and red wine filled ravioli jus
Vanilla Pannacotta with fresh strawberry mini curd tart and a chocolate brownie with white chocolate ice cream
Blue Cheeses with Port
Tea and Coffee with Mints


    1. Booth, J 
    2. Booth, P
    3. Botwright, I
    4. Botwright, E
    5. Cameron, A
    6. Cameron, S 
    7. Dias, Bernard
    8. Dias, Ramani 
    9. Greenwood, J
    10. Jos 1
    11. Jos 2
    12. Keddie, G
    13. Keddie, J
    14. Lyles, J
    15. Morris, D
    16. Morris, P
    17. Murphy, P
    18. Murphy, C
    19. Owen, G 
    20. Stables, J
    21. Stanier, T
    22. Stewart, A
    23. Stewart, E
    24. Wood, C

Provisional Table Plan

Table 1

  1. Cameron, A
  2. Cameron, S
  3. Dias, Bernard
  4. Dias, Ramani
  5. Jos 1
  6. Jos 2
  7. Keddie
  8. Keddie
  9. Stewart, A
  10. Stewart, E

Table 2

  1. Booth, J
  2. Booth, P
  3. Botwright, I
  4. Botwright, E
  5. Murphy, C
  6. Murphy, P
  7. Morris, D
  8. Morris, P
  9. Stables, J
  10. Wood, C

Table 3

  1. Greenwood, J
  2. Lyles, J
  3. Owen, G
  4. Stanier, T


Last updated 23 July 2017