|Here are the notes from the wine tasting on 12th April 2016, at The Coach, Edenfield|
1. Victor Berard Chablis - France - 12.5%
This is an unoaked Chablis
See: Light gold
Smell: Floral, mineral (oyster shell), buttery, slightly smoky
Taste: Green apple, lemon, honey, leaf, long slightly buttery finish, good acidity
Food Matches: Oysters (classic!), seafood, fish (especially with a white sauce), herby salads
Chef matched it with: Individual Fish Pie garnshed with lemon
2. Mirror Lake Sauvignon Blanc - New Zealand - 12%
This is a classic, unoaked SB blended from wine estates throughout Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand.
See: Pale gold, green hint?
Smell: Lemon, lime, gooseberry, grass, herbs, passion fruit
Taste: Fresh, fruity, crisp, dry, citrus, passion fruit, mouthwatering from good acidity
Food Matches: Canapes, herb salad, vegetable dishes, soft cheese, goat's cheese, seafood, fish, crab cakes, Asian cuisine with citrus dressing, Thai green curry.
Chef matched it with: A soft, herby, Goat's Cheese Crostini with sun dried tomatoes and olive oil
3. Brancott Estate Pinot Noir - New Zealand - 13%
Pinot Noir mainly from the Marlborough region, but small amounts from elsewhere in NZ. A variety of yeast strains are used, and ageing uses both French and American oak to add complexity to the wine.
See: Beautiful cherry red
Smell: Cherry, soft red fruit, wild raspberry, strawberry, jammy, dried herbs, vanilla, Bakewell tart (?)
Taste: Red cherry, raspberry, strawberry, smooth tanins
Food Matches: Lamb, mushroom risotto, arancini, pasta with tomato sauces
Chef matched it with: A Fresh, Dressed, Herb Salad
4. Paternina Banda Azul Crianza Rioja - Spain - 13%
The top selling Rioja brand in Spain (but not the largest producer). 75% Tempranillo, 25% Garnacha aged in American oak barrels for 12 months. A modern style Rioja.
Smell: Black cherry, liquorice, musk
Taste: Red and dark berries, vanilla, spices, fruity finish
Food Matches: Steak, lightly barbecued food, Chorizo dishes, spicy paella
Chef matched it with: Individual Chorizo Pizzettas
5. Robert Mondavi Woodbridge Cabernet Sauvignon - USA - 13.5%
Classic Californian barrel aged Cabernet Sauvignon.
Smell: Plums, herbs, cedar
Taste: Blackberry, tobacco, toasty, caramelisation, smooth
Food Matches: Grilled lamb chops, barbecued ribs, Bolognese pasta
Chef matched it with: Robert Mondavi's own recomendation of a caramelised onion dip with crusty bread.