Kiran & Adam taste this month’s wine: Hannibal.
Wine dinner at Season Kitchen.
Matched brilliantly by Ben the chef from Hebden Bridge with a duo
of fresh Cornish Sardine and salted cod Brandade with sourdough.
A simply stunning wine , beautifully balanced long , crisp mineral with citrus and tangerine
Wish there was more of it !
If you’re lucky try Berry Bros
with black fruits, rich concentrated ripe blackberries , black cherries and cassis.
It has a lovely tone of herbs, tobacco and liquorice and importantly beautiful soft integrated velvety tannins .
Brilliant with searingly hot sealed organic ribeye.
Less oak than a Rioja and more fruit forward it is delicious.
Another top quality wine from the excellent Codorniu group and well worthy of the WanderCurtis July wine of the month .
Made from small parcels of outstanding fruit from the fittingly named Doctor’s Creek Vineyard , Block 14.
Medium Ruby, pronounced aromas of red summer fruits with much more complex notes of game, wet fur,earth, toast and a wonderfully perfumed floral note with warm spices including nutmeg textured by a buttery nose and texture.
Develops more complexity after an hour or so with a savoury meatiness which would complement new season lamb but this is such a fine wine it would go with almost anything .
I’ll be popping down today to get a case .
Available £22 or £17 for 2 at http://www.majestic.co.uk
I was lucky enough to try the whole Greywacke range last week at the New Zealand Trade tasting.
Somewhat unusually for me, being a dedicated Kiwiphile I found a lot of what was on offer
underwhelming. I consulted my recently downloaded ‘When Wine’ a biodynamic calendar for when wine drinks best
and found it to be a root day.
Now it may well be a load of nonsense but something was suppressed last week …
Until I was lucky enough to sample Greywacke . Kevin Judd is something of a genius . The expression and immaculate balance in his wines are secondary to none .
This Wild Sauvignon is special
Fermented entirely with naturally occurring yeast –
A delicate combination peach skin aromatics , citrus-blossom notes – a dash of lime cordial hints of fennel.
The finish is long and crisp the balance perfection.The Chardonnay and other wines equally brilliant.
Available at Majestic Wine
A multilingual polymath with a recent MBA and an interest in his families winery in the Friuli region of North East Italy.
This elegant Soffumbergo Bianco has fruit and flower aromas in a balanced blend of Friulano, Chardonnay and Malvasia, with a drop of Picolit.
I have tried the whole range of Comelli , the quality , vibrancy and freshness is clear throughout.
This wine was a delicious accompaniment to Vietnamese Spring rolls and coconut fish curry.
I was also fortunate enough to try the EOOS Picolit a native variety,Vino Santo with low production yields,with exotic aromas including apricot and orange blossom.
The Suffumbergo Rosso is equally impressive. Recommended buy.