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Thursday
May052011

English Wine Producers Trade & Press Tasting - 2011

 

Thursday 5th May 2011

 

Thames & Chilterns Vineyards Association

 

2010 Bothy Oxford Dry

Grapes: Findling, Kerner, Huxelrebe, Solaris, Bacchus

This is meant to be a dry white and is not dry enough, really. Has a touch of bitterness and a very odd finish. Unfocused and lacking identity - too many grapes in the mix. Good wine-making, though.

 

2010 Bothy

100% Bacchus. Picked too young? Formaldehyde-green "freshness", very “chimique”. Good acidity.

 

2006 Stanlake Park Wine Estate Brut NV (sparkling)

Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. No dosage. Not bad.

 

2009 Stanlake Park Wine Estate Pinot Blush

Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and 2 others. Yes, it should be blushing, with embarrassment.

 

2009 Stanlake Park Wine Estate Madeleine

This is a nice, “understandable” grape. It has personality and the wine is well-made and expresses the grape in a focused and clear fashion.

 

2009 Stanlake Park Wine Estate Bacchus

This is a clear expression of Bacchus: solid, dry almost in a Pinot Grigio style but with its own personality. Good.

 

SPARKLING WHITES

 

Chapel Down Vintage Reserve Brut NV

Grapes: Reichensteiner, Müller-Thurgau, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay.

Les boules sont trop mousseaux en bouche. Inélégant et lourdes.

 

Three Choirs Classic Cuvee NV

(85% Seyval Blanc, 15% Pinot Noir)

Sal au nez et en bouche

 

2007 Brightwell Sparkling Chardonnay

Savonneuse et sal. Pas bien.

 

2003 Nyetimber Blancs de Blancs

100% Chardonnay. It’s ok> but boring and lacking any complexity. Very one-dimensional.

 

2006 Nyetimber Classic Cuvee

55% Chardonnay, 24% Pinot Noir, 16% Pinot Meunier. Not bad, well-made.

 

2006 Chapel Down

50% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay. Trop de dosage : too dosed, too sweet.

 

Stanlake Park Wine Estate Stanlake Brut NV

Had this at earlier and liked it. It’s tight, correct, good.

 

2004 Chapel Down Pinot Reserve

70% Pinot Noir, 30% Pinot blanc. Well-made, correct, but no more than that.

 

2009 Three Choirs Blanc de Noirs

100% Pinot Noir. Une manque de parfum, aucun nez ou bouche (lack of aromas or taste – nothing there.)

 

2006 Denbies Cubitt Sparkling Cuvee

100% Pinot Noir – ok, but again, these wine are lacking complexity, movement, texture.

 

2008 Ridgeview Knightsbridge Blanc de Noirs

63% Pinot Noir, 37% Pinot Meunier. This is interesting, has some personality.

 

STILL DRY WHITE

 

2010 Chapel Down Flint Dry

(Chardonnay, Baccus, Huxelrube, Pinot Blanc) There is nothing either dry nor flinty about this wine. Unfocused.

 

2009 Three Choirs The English House Dry

(40% Seyval Blanc, 20% Huxelrube, 20% Phoenix, 20% Madeleine Angevine) Nice.

 

2009 Three Choirs Midsummer Hill

(35% Seyval Blanc, 30% Madeleine Angevine, 15% Orion, 15% Muller-Thurgau)

Yes. This estate is doing something right.

 

2009 Three Choirs Estate Reserve Coleridge Hill

(40% Phoenix, 30% Madeleine Angevine, 15% Orion, 15% Muller-Thurgau)

Nice. I am enjoying these, but is that simply because they are the best of a boring bunch ?

 

2009 Brightwell Oxford Flint

100% Huxelrube. Nice.

 

2008 Brightwell Crispin

100% Reichensteiner. Better, it is interesting to get a chance to taste this grape on its own. I do not know it well at all. Dry, tight, focused.

2009 Chapel Down Chardonnay

Gross

 

2009 Chapel Down Pinot Blanc

Ok, harmless enough.

 

2009 Three Choirs Cellar Door Bacchus

Gross

 

2009 Brightwell Bacchus

Nicely done – lovely acidity.

 

2007 Stanlake Park Wine Estate Kings Fumé

100% Ortega. All goes terribly wrong here. The fault of the grape or the fault o the oak programme ? It is over-oaked, diluted and disguting. Is it a variety that can take oak if done properly ? This is a mess.

 

2009 Astley Veritas

100% Kerner. Interesting. Liked this.Unchaptalised.

 

2009 Biddenden Gribble Bridge Dornfelder

Not as nice as Brightwell’s. Has a very bon-bon cherry medicinal taste.

 

2010 Bolney Estate Pinot Noir

Nice, but no varietal character, at least not what one would expect. I’m all for variations on a theme, but show me a theme.

 

2009 Chapel Down Trinity

Pinot Noir, Rondo, Pinot Noir Precoce. Hideous. A dirty, diluted soup of smoked bacon.

 

2008 Bolney Wine estate Lynchgate red (Dark Harvest)

Rondo, Dornfelder, Triomphe. Austere, bitter, unyielding and non-interestring. Again, it these wines are not saying anything or communicating clearly … all gibberish and confused.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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