Hatch Mansfield wines
Portfolio tasting. Limited time. I headed over to the helpfully arranged medal winners table.
The whites were all clearly texturally superior and improved with price bracket.
Interesting wines here were (in ascending price order):
Vina Real Barrel Fermented Blanco 2014 fresh, good fruit, harmonious and versatile
Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection Chenin Blanc 2014 fresh and crisp with herby cress
Joseph Mellot Pouilly-Fume Le Chant des Vignes 2014 fresh, aromatic and substantial
Domaine Ferret Pouilly Fuisse 2013 rich, ripe, oatmealy and flawless - will be good to come back to it in 5-10 years
Vidal Legacy Chardonnay 2012 a full-on expressive intense Chardie with pungent smokey toastiness and ripe fruit
I was somewhat less convinced by the reds - too many seemed to have grippy rather than ripe tannins, even those with almost a decade's age.
Those that showed the most supple tannins were (again, in ascending price order):
Kleine Zalze Cleefs Reserve Shiraz / Mourvedre / Viognier 2013 ripe, supple and floral
Jean-Luc Colombo Terres Brulees dark fruit, cool mint, inky pencil shaving
Grant Burge Balthasar Shiraz 2012 ripe intense blackcurrant and mint
After the tasting, we were invited to try a few glasses of Taittinger's 2008 Brut Champagne.
I couldn't help feeling I was participating in mass oenological infanticide.
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