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Vina Errazuriz with Magui Chadwick May 11th 2017

The Errazuriz Estate was founded in 1870 in the Aconcagua Valley in Chile.

It is widely considered as the premier family wine estate of Chile.

We tasted seven of their premium wines presented by Magui Chadwick

Magui is the daughter of Eduardo and the Sixth generation of the family involved in the wine business.

This was a great opportunity to try many different varietals and discover the excellent quality of wines that Chile produces.

 

 

Aperitif: In the garden

Single Vineyard Pinot Gris 2015

Starter: Goats cheese Arancini

Aconcagua Costa Chardonnay 2015

Aconcagua Costa Pinot Noir 2015

Main Course: Steak with Chimichuri sauce

Max Reserva Carmenere 2014

Max Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Don Maximiano 2014

Dessert:Rarte Tatin and Zabaglione ice cream

Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc

 


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Champage Gosset dinner. It’s not about the bubbles, but they help!

Ahead of our Champagne Gosset wine dinner in the club room at Fredericks Odilon de Varine chief wine maker & deputy MD talked to Kiran about his wine making approach.

There followed another memorable wine diner with each course of the menu designed to complement the wines.

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Highlights included the way the toasty & nutty notes of the Grande Reserve were complimented by the pan fried herb gnocchi with Pecorino sauce and the way the Bream, mushrooms and cream worked with the superbly refined and complex & yet fresh Celebris 2004. Matches made in Heaven!

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Champagne Gosset with Odilon de Varine Chef du Caves February 23rd 2017

 

Champagne Gosset on Thursday February 23rd 2017

 

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Gosset is the oldest known producer of wine in Champagne, its origins going back to 1584.Situated in the tiny Grand Cru village of Aÿ, 5km from Epernay, Gosset’s famous neighbours include Bollinger. However, production is much below that of the larger houses, at around 1.3 million bottles per year.All Gosset champagnes are ‘recently disgorged’, normally with a high proportion of Chardonnay.

Along with a fabulous matched dinner we tasted some of their best Champagnes and rounded off the evening with  a glass of Cognac Frapin VSOP.

Aperitif -Gosset Grand Rosé NV is blended from 56% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir, and 9% red wine from Ambonnay

Starter – Gosset Grande Réserve NV is blend of several vintages, powerful, and biscuity, made of 46% Chardonnay, 44% Pinot Noir, 10% Pinot Meunier, it is ideal with food. Packaged in the “Bouteille Ancienne” characteristic of the Gosset range with deep red labellingGrand Blanc de Blancs Brut NV made exclusively from the best parcels of chardonnay

Main – Champagne Gosset Grand Millesime 2006 one of the finest vintage Champagnes produced by GossetChampagne Gosset Celebris 2004 It is the top cuvée, only produced in the best vintages.

Dessert – Champagne Gosset Petite Douceur

Digestif – Cognac Frapin VSOP

We were very lucky to have Cellar Master Odilion De Varine presenting these fabulous Champagnes .

 

 


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Wines of Vidal, New Zealand with Hugh Crichton. Friday October 7th 7.30pm

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Vidal Wines of Hawkes Bay was founded over 100 years ago .

They produce pure varietal wines which New Zealand is famed for.We tasted

Vidal Estate Chardonnay 2014

Reserve Chardonnay 2015

Legacy Chardonnay 2014

Estate Merlot / Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Reserve Syrah 2013

Legacy Syrah 2011

Menu
Wild mushroom risotto
Sirloin steak, Padron peppers, hand cut chips, peppercorn sauce
Selection of cheese from The Cheese Plate (with quince jelly)

Hugh Crichton , (Vidal’s head winemaker since 2006 who has previously worked at Chateau Soutard Grand Cru Classe in St Emillion and Donnafugata in Italy) had us all totally captivated , his passion clear for all to see . The quality of the wines shone through.

Wine of the night

Legacy Chardonnay 2014 -This is right up there with top Premier Cru Burgundy and has the awards to show for it.

Complex , toasty, smoky, beautiful crisp acidity with a long finish and lush mouthfeel .

 


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Bodegas y Viñedos Codorníu Raventós

A tremendous evening of wine and tapas with Codorniu Raventos at Iberica Marylebone.

Oscar Urrutia presented the wines and gave us an insight into three of Spain’s most important regions, a super opportunity to compare and contrast.  However some common feature ran through all the wines: the high standard of the winemaking and their superb value! IMG_5005

Here are the tasting notes:

 Anna de Codorniu Blanc de Blancs Reserva, NV.

A fresh sparkler with citrus & ripe stone fruits and a nice touch of toasty pastry made with chardonnay by the champagne method.

 Vina Pomal Rioja Blanco, 2014. 70 % Viura and 30 % Malvasía.

Nose a little subdued. Citrus notes, nice mouthfeel and a touch of toast from the American and French barrels the wine was aged in. Not particularly long.

Legaris Roble, Ribera del Duero, 2014. 100% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo).

Roble wines are intended for earlier drinking and with less oak and bottle aging tend as in this case to be more fruit focused. Balanced with nice high altitude freshness there is never the less a lick of coconut and vanilla that adds interest.  Very drinkable & great value!

Scala Dei Garnatxa, Priorat, 2014. Grenache.

Fresh red fruits on the nose, I loved the bright crunchiness that the high acidity gives this wine, great balance, and definite mineral / stoney notes no doubt from Priorat’s famous licorella slate. A superbly made wine, one of my favourite wines of the evening.

La Vicalanda Reserva, Bodegas Bilbaínas, Rioja, 2010. 100% Tempranillo from the Rioja Alta region.
This wine was wine of the month recently and for good reason. Lovely smoky, toasty notes on the nose then dark fruit, blueberry & cherries, smooth soft round tannins on the palate, more fruit and tasty hoisin and balsamic savoury flavours.  Long and very delicious.

Legaris Reserva, Ribera del Duero, 2011. 100% Tinto Fino 

Aged for 18 months in French oak barrels, 50% new and 50% old, then a further 2 years in the bottle before being released. This wine is definitely the roble’s big brother, darker and more powerful with concentrated dark fruit, combined with toast & coffee on the palate. Full bodied with firm but ripe tannin and great length.

Scala Dei Prior, Scala Dei, Priorat, 2013. Cabernet, Grenache & Syrah.

Dark colour from the cabernet and Syrah, Black fruit, pepper, spice & herbs on the nose, More concentrated dark fruit in the mouth, with forward mouth coating tannins and very full body, good overall balance and very long. Needs decanting or a few more years of bottle age to really unfold its many layers.oscar 02

Septima Tardio, Mendoza, 2103, Argentina 100% Gewürztraminer.

This is a late harvest wine made 1,050 metres above sea level in the Southern hemisphere. Lovely floral notes mixed with an interesting whiff of vanilla and smoke on the nose.  Sweet dried & exotic fruits on the palate, again with a lick of vanilla from the American oak barrels, rich without being flabby, linger nicely.


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Wines of Kleine Zalze, Stellenbosch, South Africa with Anthony van Schalkwyk . Fredericks, March 10th 2016

South Africa’s wine making history stretches back to the 17th century. The  Cape’s current wine scene is dynamic,  the quality and value of South African wine is outstanding, producing many different styles of wine.

We presented the range of Kleine Zalze award winning , lively full bodied terroir driven wines with a three course matched menu at Fredericks on Thursday 10th March .

We were delighted to welcome Kleine Zalze Vice President of Sales and Marketing Anthony van Schalkwyk who talked us through the following wines

•         Sparkling Methode Cap Classique NV

•         Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection Chenin Blanc 2014

•         Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection Shiraz Mourvèdre Viognier 2012

•         Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Chenin Blanc 2014

•         Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Cabernet 2010

•         Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Pinotage 2009

•         Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Shiraz 2010

 

For anyone interested  a Cape Winelands experience Kleine Zalze  lodge has breath-taking views of the Stellenbosch Mountains, surrounded by 120 hectares of vineyards and the championship ‘De Zalze Golf Course’.

 


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A Taste of Spain with Codorniu Raventos at Iberica Marylebone

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We brought in the New Year at Iberica in Marylebone a fabulous tasting from the excellent portfolio of Codorniu Raventos , presented by the charismatic Oscar Urrutia , their fine wine manager.

Codorniu  is best known for their Cava, however they own 10 wineries and 20 prestigious brands in the best wine regions including Rioja and Ribera Del Duero: Codorníu, Raimat, Legaris, Bach, Scala Dei, Abadía de Poblet, Bilbaínas Winery, Nuviana, Artesa and Séptima in Argentina.

Codorniu Raventos are the oldest family business in Spain and the 17th oldest in the world. With more than 460 years of history dedicated to creating wines and cavas

 

Aperitif  

Cava from Codorniu or Bilbainas

Starters       

Vina Pomal – Rioja viura and malvasia fermented in barrelspain

Legaris Roble:  young, fresh Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero                      

Scala Dei Garnatxa: Young Grenache from Priorat

Manzanilla olives
Bread with olive oil
Spanish cheese selection with quince
Toasted bread with tomato
Selection of cured meats

Mains    

La Vicalanda Reserva:  Classic Rioja Alta Tempranillo

 Legaris Reserva: Ribera del Duero Tempranillo concentration and fresh fruit

Scala Dei Priorat: A fanatastic example of what Priorat can offer. 

 

Warm endive salad
Valdeón cheese & caramel coated hazelnuts (v)
San Simón cheese dip,toasted bread, sun blushed tomatoes & rocket (v)
Potatoes with spicy brava sauce (v)
Fish & chips with mojo verde sauce
Padrón peppers with Maldon salt (v)
Ibérica’s serrano ham croquettes
Seared cod with Vizcaína sauce
Fried chorizo lollipops with pear alioli sauce
The Ibérica burger with secreto pork loin & Piparra peppers
Creamy black rice with squid, prawns and alioli sauce

Dessert

Septima Tardio, which is a Gewurtztraminer from  vineyards in Mendoza.

Caramelised Spanish rice pudding
Chestnut crème caramel, coffee soil & chocolate ice cream

Kiran & Adam taste Prior Scala Dei 2013 December’s wine of the month.