WSET Level 3

London

Tasted April 7, 2010 - July 21, 2010 by G_Talbot with 1,420 views

Introduction

Course No. AC1006 - Advanced Certificate Course Wednesday Evenings

Flight 1 - Tasting Technique (4 notes)

White
2008 Domaine La Haute Févrie Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine sur lie France, Loire Valley, Pays Nantais, Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine sur lie
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Appearance: clear, pale, lemon, watery rim, thin legs.
Nose: clean, light - medium (-), youthful, lemon, lime, green apple, floral notes.
Palate: dry, high acidity, medium alcohol (12%), medium (-) - medium body, medium (-) - medium flavour intensity, lemon, lime, green apple, medium length.
Conclusions: good, at peak / drink soon.
Quoted Price: £8.99
White - Sweet/Dessert
2000 Oremus Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos Hungary, Tokaji
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Appearance: clear, deep, amber, pale lemon rim, legs.
Nose: clean, pronounced, developing, honey, apricot, tropical fruit.
Palate: sweet, high acidity, high alcohol (12%), medium (+) body, pronounced flavour intensity, honey, apricot, medium (+) - long length.
Conclusions: very good - outstanding, ready to drink, but can develop further.
Quoted Price: £26.99
Red
2008 Château de Varennes Beaujolais-Villages France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Beaujolais-Villages
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Appearance: clear, medium, purple, ruby rim, petillance, legs.
Nose: clean, medium (-) to medium, youthful, strawberry, candy, floral perfume.
Palate: dry, medium (+) - high acidity, medium (-) to medium tannin, medium alcohol (12.5%), medium body, medium flavour intensity, strawberry, candy, medium length.
Conclusions: acceptable - good, at peak / drink soon.
Quoted Price: £8.99
Red
1998 C.V.N.E. (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España) Rioja Imperial Gran Reserva Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Appearance: clear, medium, garnet - tawny, pale garnet rim, legs.
Nose: clean, medium (+), developing - fully developed, cedar, tobacco, pepper (biltong?).
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, medium (+) tannin, medium (+) alcohol (13%), medium (+) body, medium (+) flavour intensity, cedar, pepper, medium (+) length.
Conclusions: very good, ready to drink, but can develop further / can keep.
Quoted Price: £19.99
Comments:

Flight 2 - Wine Making (4 notes)

White
2009 Enate Chardonnay Somontano 234 Spain, Aragón, Somontano
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Appearance: clear, medium (-), lemon, legs.
Nose: clean, medium intensity, youthful, lemon, peach, stony.
Palate: dry, high acidity, medium (+) alcohol (14%), medium body, medium flavour intensity, green apple, medium (+) length.
Conclusions: good, ready to drink, but can keep.
Quoted Price: £10.99
White
2007 Enate Chardonnay Fermentado en Barrica Spain, Aragón, Somontano
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Appearance: clear, medium, lemon, legs.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, developing, vanilla, pineapple, peach.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, medium (+) alcohol (13.5%), medium (+) body, medium (+) flavour intensity, vanilla, toast.
Conclusions: good, ready to drink, but can develop further.
Quoted Price: £16.99
Red
2007 Delas Frères Crozes-Hermitage Les Launes France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Crozes-Hermitage
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Appearance: clear, medium (+), ruby, legs.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, developing, oak, medicinal, black cherry, pepper, floral notes.
Palate: dry, medium acidity, medium tannin, medium alcohol (13%), medium body, ash, vegetal, pepper, medium length.
Conclusions: good, ready to drink, but can develop further.
Quoted Price: £13.99
Comments: Fruit on the nose not as apparent on the palate.
Red
2006 Chateau Reynella Shiraz Basket Pressed Australia, South Australia, Fleurieu, McLaren Vale
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Appearance: clear, deep, ruby, legs.
Nose: clean, pronounced, developing, blackcurrant, chocolate, jam, vanilla.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, medium (+) tannin, medium (+) alcohol (14%), medium (+) body, medium (+) flavour intensity, blackcurrant, jam, vanilla, medium (+) length.
Conclusions: very good, ready to drink, but can develop further.
Quoted Price: £14.99

Flight 3 - France - Burgundy and Alsace (6 notes)

White
2006 Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 1er Cru Mont de Milieu France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis 1er Cru
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Appearance: clear, medium (-), lemon-green, wide watery rime, thin legs.
Nose: clean, medium, developing, mineral, green apple, citrus.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, medium alcohol (13%), medium body, medium flavour intensity, stony, minerality, lemon, medium (+) length.
Conclusions: very good, ready to drink, but can develop further.
Quoted Price: £22.95
White
2007 Domaine Patrick Javillier Puligny-Montrachet Les Levrons France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Puligny-Montrachet
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Appearance: clear, medium, lemon, watery rim, legs.
Nose: clean, medium (+), developing, banana, oak, vanilla, pineapple.
Palate: dry, medium acidity, medium (+) alcohol (13%), medium (+) body, medium (+) flavour intensity, oak, smoke, spice, long length.
Conclusions: very good, ready to drink, but can develop further.
Quoted Price: £39.00
Red
2007 Domaine De La Chapelle Des Bois Fleurie France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Fleurie
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Appearance: clear, medium, purple - ruby, legs.
Nose: clean, medium, youthful, red fruit, strawberry, candy / bubble gum, violet.
Palate: clean, medium acidity, medium (-) tannin, medium alcohol (13%), medium (-) body, medium flavour intensity, spice, red fruits, medium length.
Conclusions: good, at peak / drink soon.
Quoted Price: £11.00
Red
2003 Domaine Jean Grivot Vosne-Romanée France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Vosne-Romanée
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Appearance: clear, medium (+), garnet, legs.
Nose: clean, medium (+), developing, earthy, mushrooms, vegetal, green pepper, gamey, leather.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, medium (+) tannin, medium (+) alcohol (13%), medium (+) body, pronounced flavour intensity, gamey, spice, oak, cherry, long length.
Conclusions: very good, ready to drink, but can keep.
Quoted Price: £36.00
Comments: clearly a very hot vintage, bringing out a much bigger wine than you would usually expect from the Côte de Nuits.
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White
2004 Trimbach Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile France, Alsace
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Appearance: clear, medium (-), lemon-green, petillance.
Nose: clean, medium (+), developing, petrol, rubber, citrus, green apple.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, medium alcohol (12.5%), medium body, medium (+) flavour intensity, lots of fruit, citrus, medium (+) length.
Conclusions: very good, ready to drink, but can develop further.
Quoted Price: £30.00
Comments: A fine example of Riesling being a great interpreter of its terroir.
White
2006 Domaines Schlumberger Pinot Gris Kitterlé France, Alsace, Alsace Grand Cru
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Appearance: clear, medium (+), gold, legs.
Nose: clean, medium (+), developing, stone fruit, honey, banana, marmalade.
Palate: medium sweetness, medium acidity, medium (+) alcohol (13.5%), medium (+) body, medium (+) flavour intensity, honey, stone fruit, medium length.
Conclusions: very good, ready to drink, but can develop further.
Quoted Price: £23.00

Flight 4 - France - Bordeaux and South-West France (6 notes)

White
2008 Château Saint-Jean-Des-Graves Blanc France, Bordeaux, Graves
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Appearance: clear, pale, lemon, legs.
Nose: clean, medium - medium (+), youthful, savoury lees, citrus, no oak.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, medium alcohol (12%), medium body, medium flavour intensity, green and cooking apples, medium length.
Conclusions: good, ready to drink, but can keep.
Quoted Price: £7.99
Red
N.V. Sainsbury's Claret France, Bordeaux
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Appearance: clear, medium (+) - deep, ruby, legs.
Nose: clean, youthful, medium (-), red fruit, plum.
Palate: dry, medium acidity, medium tannin (that sticks out due to wine's simplicity), medium alcohol (12.5%), medium body, medium (-) flavour intensity, red plum, cherry, medium (-) length.
Conclusions: acceptable, at peak / drink soon.
Quoted Price: £3.85
Comments: a simplistic wine where in the race between fruit dwindling and tannin softening, the fruit is almost certain to lose.
Red
2004 Clos Triguedina Cahors France, Southwest France, Cahors
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Appearance: clear, deep, ruby - garnet, legs.
Nose: clean, medium (+), developing, ripe blackberry, smoke, vanilla, prune?.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, medium (+) tannin, medium (+) alcohol (13.5%), blackberry, new and old oak, long length.
Conclusions: very good, ready to drink, but can develop further.
Quoted Price: £17.00
Red
2005 Château de Fonbel France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Appearance: clear, medium (+), garnet.
Nose: clean, medium (+), developing, muddled red and black fruit.
Palate: dry, medium (+) alcohol (13.5%), medium (+) body, red and black fruit, medium (+) length.
Conclusions: very good, ready to drink, but can develop further.
Quoted Price: £25.00
Red
2004 La Réserve de Léoville Barton France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Appearance: clear, medium (+), garnet, legs.
Nose: clean, medium (+), developing, black fruit.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, medium (+) tannin, medium alcohol (12.5%), black fruit, cassis, medium (+) length.
Conclusions: very good, ready to drink, but can develop further.
Quoted Price: £22.00
White - Sweet/Dessert
2001 Château Coutet France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Barsac
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Appearance: clear, deep, gold, legs.
Nose: clean, pronounced, developing, dried fruit, tropical fruit.
Palate: sweet - luscious, high acidity, medium alcohol (14%), full body, pronounced flavour intensity, dried apricot, mango, long length.
Conclusions: very good - outstanding, ready to drink, but can develop further.
Quoted Price: £40.00
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Flight 5 - France - Loire, Rhone and Southern France (5 notes)

White
2008 Domaine Masson-Blondelet Pouilly-Fumé Villa Paulus France, Loire Valley, Upper Loire, Pouilly-Fumé
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Appearance: clear, pale, lemon-green, petillance, legs.
Nose: clean, medium (+), youthful, green apple, lime, flint, green bell pepper.
Palate: dry, high acidity, medium (+) alcohol (13%), medium body, pronounced flavour intensity, green apple, lime, mineral, medium (+) length.
Conclusions: good, ready to drink, but can keep.
Quoted Price: £14.99
White
2008 Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec Le Haut-Lieu France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Vouvray
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Appearance: clear, medium (-), lemon, legs.
Nose: clean, medium (+), developing, honey, stone fruit, steely, mango?.
Palate: dry, high acidity, medium alcohol (13.5%), medium body,medium flavour intensity, citrus, lemon, stone fruit, mineral, long length.
Conclusions: very good, ready to drink, but can develop further.
Quoted Price: £18.49
Red
2006 François Villard St. Joseph Reflet France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, St. Joseph
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Appearance: clear, deep, purple, legs.
Nose: clean, medium (+), developing, tobacco, spice, black fruit.
Palate: dry, high acidity (although initially judged lower due to tannin level), high tannin, medium alcohol (13%), medium (+) body, medium (+) flavour intensity, leather, pepper, cedar, spice, pure blackberry, biltong, long length.
Conclusions: very good - outstanding, ready to drink, but can develop further.
Quoted Price: £34.95
Comments: only just starting to develop, impressive for a 4 year old wine.
Red
2005 Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Appearance: clear, medium (+), ruby, legs.
Nose: clean, medium, developing, cherry, toffee, liquorice, smoke, oak.
Palate: dry, medium acidity, high tannin (grainy), medium (+) alcohol (14.5%), medium (+) - full body, medium (+) flavour intensity, pepper, red fruit, cherry, smoke, medium (+) - long length.
Conclusions: very good, ready to drink, but can develop further.
Quoted Price: £19.99
Red
2007 Domaine du Grand Arc Corbières Cuvée des Quarantes France, Languedoc Roussillon, Languedoc, Corbières
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Appearance: clear, deep, purple, legs.
Nose: clean, medium (+), developing, ripe dark fruit, blackberry, floral, cedar, perfume.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, high tannin (unpleasant), medium (+) alcohol (14.5%), medium (+) body, medium (+) flavour intensity, black plum.
Conclusions: good, ready to drink, but can develop further.
Quoted Price: £9.99

Flight 6 - Germany, Austria, Hungary and Greece (6 notes)

White
2008 Kendermann Riesling Germany, Rheinhessen
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Appearance: clear, medium (-), lemon, petillance, legs.
Nose: clean, medium, developing, tropical, stone fruit.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, medium alcohol (12.5%), medium (-) body, medium flavour intensity, citrus, stone fruit, medium length.
Conclusions: good, at peak / drink soon.
Quoted Price: £6.99
White
2007 Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt Josephshöfer Riesling Kabinett Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Appearance: clear, medium (-), lemon-green, petillance.
Nose: clean, medium, developing, petrol, stone fruit.
Palate: medium-dry, high acidity, low alcohol (8.5%), medium (-) body, medium (+) flavour intensity, pineapple, stewed fruit, medium length.
Conclusions: good, ready to drink, but can develop further.
Quoted Price: £13.99
Comments: the sweetness in this wine coming from the adding of sussreserve, not from fermentation being stopped early.
White - Off-dry
2004 Schloss Lieser Niederberg Helden Riesling Auslese Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Appearance: clear, medium, lemon, petillance.
Nose: clean, medium (+), developing, petrol, tropical fruit, honey.
Palate: medium sweetness, high acidity, low alcohol (7%), medium body, medium (+) flavour intensity, honey, tropical fruit, peach, red apple, long length.
Conclusions: very good, ready to drink, but can develop further.
Quoted Price: £17.49
White
2008 Loimer Grüner Veltliner Austria, Niederösterreich, Kamptal
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Appearance: clear, medium (-), lemon.
Nose: clean, medium (+), developing, mineral, grapefruit.
Palate: dry, high acidity, medium alcohol (12.5%), medium body, medium (+) flavour intensity, grapefuit, citrus, long length.
Conclusions: very good, ready to drink, but can develop further.
Quoted Price: £11.29
White
2009 Szõlõskert Mátra Mátra Mountain Unoaked Estate Bottled Hungary, Felső-Magyarország, Mátra
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Appearance: clear, pale, lemon.
Nose: clean, medium, youthful, artificial banana, pear.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, medium alcohol (12%), medium (-) body, medium flavour intensity, banana, pear, unpleasant finish, medium length.
Conclusions: acceptable (just), at peak / drink soon.
Quoted Price: £5.49
White
2009 Boutari Moschofilero Greece, Peloponnisos, Mantinia
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Appearance: clear, pale, lemon.
Nose: clean, medium, youthful, floral, lemon-orange, ripe grapefruit.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, medium alcohol (11.5%), medium (-) body, medium flavour intensity, citrus, medium length.
Conclusions: good, at peak / drink soon.
Quoted Price: £9.99

Flight 7 - Spirits and Liqueurs (6 notes)

Spirits
N.V. Johnnie Walker Black Label United Kingdom, Scotland
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Nose: Smoky, peat.
Palate: alcohol (40%), very smooth due to 12 years (minimum) of aging.
Quoted Price: £24.99
Spirits
N.V. Jack Daniels Old No. 7 Brand USA, Tennessee
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Nose: tropical fruit, banana, vanilla (new american oak), dessicated coconut.
Palate: alcohol (40%), tropical fruit, banana, vanilla, quite harsh and burning finish.
Quoted Price: £23.99
Comments: At least 51% maize
Spirits
N.V. Gordon's United Kingdom, England, London
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Nose: lemon, grapefruit.
Palate: alcohol (37.5%), lemon, grapefruit.
Quoted Price: £13.99
Comments: clarity a result of charcoal filtration.
Spirits
N.V. Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin United Kingdom, England, London
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Nose: grapefruit.
Palate: alcohol (40%), grapefruit, coriander.
Quoted Price: £21.25
Spirits
N.V. Martell Cognac VS France, Cognac
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Nose: caramel, vanilla, floral notes, orange, almond, sweet spice.
Palate: alcohol (40%).
Quoted Price: £20.99
Spirits
N.V. Rémy Martin Fine Champagne Cognac VSOP France, Cognac, Fine Champagne Cognac
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Nose: pronounced caramel, apricot.
Palate: alcohol (40%).
Quoted Price: £31.99
Comments: complexity arises from the use of a pot still, as well as the terrior and judicious use of oak.

Flight 8 - Italy (6 notes)

White
2008 Vignale Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie Italy, Delle Venezie
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Appearance: clear, pale, lemon-green, watery rim.
Nose: clean, medium, youthful, citrus, floral notes.
Palate: dry, medium acidity, medium alcohol (12%), light - medium (-) body, light flavour intensity, citrus, medium (-) length.
Conclusions: acceptable - good, at peak / drink soon.
Quoted Price: £4.49
Comments: clearly from very high yielding vines.
Red
2005 Massolino Barolo Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Appearance: clear, medium, garnet, legs, watery rim.
Nose: clean, medium (+), developing, black fruit, damson, herbaceous, dried fruit, gamey, prunes.
Palate: dry, high acidity, medium (+) tannin, medium (+) alcohol (13.5%), medium (+) body, black fruit, long length.
Conclusions: very good, ready to drink, but can deveop further.
Quoted Price: £31.00
Comments: aged in large old oak barrels.
Red
2008 Vignale Valpolicella Italy, Veneto, Valpolicella
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Appearance: clear, medium, ruby, legs.
Nose: clean, medium, youthful, sour cherry.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, medium (-) tannin, medium alcohol (12%), medium (-) body, sour cherry, medium (-) length.
Conclusions: good, at peak / drink soon.
Quoted Price: £4.99
Red
2005 Allegrini Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Italy, Veneto, Valpolicella, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Appearance: deep - opaque, purple, legs.
Nose: clean, pronounced, developing, sour cherry, chocolate, raisin.
Palate: dry, high acidity, high tannin, high alcohol (15%), full body, pronounced flavour intensity, ripe and sour chery, dark chocolate, long length.
Conclusions: very good, ready to drink, but can develop further.
Quoted Price: £43.00
Red
2005 Il Molino di Grace Chianti Classico Riserva Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Appearance: clear, medium (+) - deep, garnet, legs.
Nose: clean, medium (+), developing, red fruit, mixed herbs, gamey.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, medium (+) tannin, medium (+) alcohol (13%), medium (+) body, ripe fruit, raspberry, dried fruit?, medium (+) - long length.
Conclusions: very good, ready to drink, but can develop further.
Quoted Price: £24.00
White
2009 Inycon Sicilia Fiano Italy, Sicily, Sicilia
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Appearance: clean, pale, lemon-green, water-white rim.
Nose: clean, medium (-), youthful, lime, stone fruit, floral notes.
Palate: dry, medium acidity, medium alcohol (12.5%), medium body, peach, medium length.
Conclusions: good, at peak / drink soon.
Quoted Price: £6.49
Comments: no malolactic fermentation, but did rest on its lees for a period.

Flight 9 - Spain and Portugal (0 notes)

Did not attend this evening.

Flight 10 - USA, Canada and Chile (6 notes)

White
2008 Frog's Leap Chardonnay USA, California, Napa Valley
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Appearance: clear, medium (-), lemon, legs.
Nose: clean, medium (-), developing, pear, banana, biscuit.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, medium - medium (+) alcohol (13.5%), medium (+) body, medium (+) flavour intensity, cirtus, vanilla, coconut, biscuit, medium (+) length.
Conclusions: very good, ready to drink, but can develop further.
Quoted Price: £15.99
Red
2006 Ridge Geyserville USA, California, Sonoma County
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Appearance: clear, deep, purple, legs.
Nose: clean, pronounced, developing, black fruit, medcinal, dark chocolate.
Palate: dry, medium (+) - high acidity, medium (+) tannin, medium (+) alcohol (14.5%), full body, pronounced flavour intensity, cedar, blackberry, coffee, black pepper, jam, long length.
Conclusions: very good, ready to drink, but can develop further.
Quoted Price: £21.99
Red
2007 Frog's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon USA, California, Napa Valley
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Appearance: clear, deep, ruby, legs.
Nose: clean, medium (+), developing, blackcurrant, mint, floral notes, vanilla, tobacco.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, high tannin, medium alcohol (13.5%), medium (+) body, medium (+) - high flavour intensity, black cherry, vanilla, medicine, cinnamon, long length.
Conclusions: very good, ready to drink, but probably needs time to develop.
Quoted Price: £25.99
White
2009 Montes Sauvignon Blanc Reserva Chile, Casablanca Valley
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Appearance: clear, pale, lemon, petillance, legs.
Nose: clean, medium, youthful, elderflower, passiofruit.
Palate: dry, high acidity, medium (+) alcohol (13.5%), medium body, medium (+) flavour intensity, citrus, gooseberry, medium length.
Conclusions: good, at peak / drink soon.
Quoted Price: £6.99
Red
2008 Baron Philippe de Rothschild Escudo Rojo Chile, Maipo Valley
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Appearance: clear, deep, ruby, legs.
Nose: clean, medium (+), developing, ripe red cherry, candy, toast, cedar.
Palate: dry, high acidity, medium (+) - high tannin, medium (+) alcohol (14%), medium (+) body, pronounced flavour intensity, cedar, black cherry, candy, medicine, long length.
Conclusions: very good, ready to drink, but can develop further.
Quoted Price: £9.99
Red
2007 Terra Andina Carménère Reserva Chile, Rapel Valley
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Appearance: clear, opaque, ruby, legs.
Nose: clean, pronounced, developing, spice, black pepper, eucalyptus, cedar, black fruit, dark chocolate.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, medium (+) tannin, medium (+) alcohol (14%), full body, pronounced flavour intensity, smoke, eucalyptus, black cherry, medium (+) - long length.
Conclusions: very good, ready to drink, but can develop further.
Quoted Price: £10.99
Comments: a wonderful wine for the price point.

Flight 11 - Argentina and South Africa (5 notes)

White
2009 Faldeos Nevados Torrontés Argentina, Mendoza
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Appearance: clear, pale - medium (-), lemon, legs.
Nose: clean, medium - medium (+), youthful, mango, elderflower, passionfruit.
Palate: dry, medium acidity, medium (+) alcohol (13.5%), medium body, medium flavour intensity, candied melon, mango, pineapple, citrus?, medium length.
Conclusions: good, at peak / drink soon.
Quoted Price: £7.49
Red
2007 Terrazas de Los Andes Malbec Reserva Argentina, Mendoza
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Appearance: clear, deep, purple, ruby on the rim, legs.
Nose: clean, medium - medium (+), developing, black fruit, blackberry, black cherry, cedar.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, medium (+) tannin, medium (+) alcohol (14%), medium (+) body, medium (+) flavour intensity, oak, red cherry, black fruit, medium (+) length.
Conclusions: very good, ready to drink, but can develop further.
Quoted Price: £13.99
White
2009 Arniston Bay Lighthouse Collection Chenin Blanc/Colombard South Africa, Western Cape
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Appearance: clear, pale, lemon-green, legs.
Nose: clean, medium (-), youthful, citrus, waxed apple, aromatic and floral notes.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, medium (-) alcohol (10%), medium (-) body, medium flavour intensity, citrus, apple.
Conclusions: acceptable, at peak / drink soon.
Quoted Price: £4.99
Red
2007 Southern Right Pinotage South Africa, Cape South Coast, Walker Bay
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Appearance: clear, deep, ruby, legs.
Nose: clean, medium (+), developing, cedar, hay, biltong, leather, smoke, tar.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, medium (+) tannin, medium (+) alcohol (13.5%), medium (+) body, medium (+) flavour intensity, rich red fruits, gamey as on nose, medium (+) length.
Conclusions: very good, ready to drink, but can develop further.
Quoted Price: £13.99
Red
2007 Warwick Estate Trilogy South Africa, Coastal Region, Stellenbosch, Simonsberg-Stellenbosch
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Appearance: clear, deep, ruby, legs.
Nose: clean, medium (+), developing, oak, red and black fruits, herbaceous.
Palate: dry , medium (+) acidity, high tannin, medium (+) alcohol (14.5%), medium (+) body, pronounced flavour intensity, blackberry, plum, oak, long length.
Conclusions: very good, ready to drink, but can develop further.
Quoted Price: £16.99

Flight 12 - Australia and New Zealand (7 notes)

White
2009 Skillogalee Riesling Australia, South Australia, Mount Lofty Ranges, Clare Valley
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Appearance: clear, pale, lemon, legs.
Nose: clean, medium, developing, a little oily, citrus, stone fruit.
Palate: dry, high acidity, medium alcohol (13%), medium body, medium (+) flavour intensity, slightly oily, ripe lemon, medium length.
Conclusions: very good, ready to drink, but can develop further.
Quoted Price: £12.00
White
2003 Brokenwood Sémillon ILR Reserve Australia, New South Wales, Hunter Valley
92 points
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Appearance: clear, medium (-), lemon, watery rim, petillance, legs.
Nose: clean, pronounced, developing, almonds, toast, lemongrass.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, medium (-) - medium alcohol (11.5%), medium body, medium (+) flavour intensity, toast, citrus, medium (+) length.
Conclusions: very good - outstanding, ready to drink, but can develop further.
Quoted Price: £24.00
White
2008 Vasse Felix Chardonnay Margaret River Australia, Western Australia, South West Australia, Margaret River
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Appearance: clear, pale, lemon.
Nose: clean, developing, lime, stone fruit.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, low tannin, medium alcohol (13.5%), medium (+) body, medium (+) flavour intensity, vanilla, lime, peach.
Conclusions: good - very good, ready to drink, but can keep.
Quoted Price: £10.99
Red
2008 Hardys Stamp of Australia Shiraz-Cabernet Australia, South Eastern
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Appearance: clear, medium (+), ruby, watery rim, legs.
Nose: clean, medium (+), developing, blackberry.
Palate: dry - off-dry, medium acidity, medium (-) tannin, medium (+) alcohol (14%), medium (-) body, blackberry.
Conclusions: acceptable.
Quoted Price: £4.30
Red
2006 Penley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Phoenix Australia, South Australia, Limestone Coast, Coonawarra
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Appearance: clear, opaque, developing, legs.
Nose: clean, pronounced, developing, menthol, eucalyptus, blackcurrant, spice from new oak.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, medium (+) tannin, high alcohol (15%), full body, pronounced flavour intensity, menthol, blackcurrant, long length.
Conclusions: very good, ready to drink, but can develop further.
Quoted Price: £12.50
White
2009 Esk Valley Chardonnay New Zealand, North Island, Hawke's Bay
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Appearance: clear.
Nose: clean, medium, youthful, green apple.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, low tannin, medium (+) alcohol (13.5%), medium (+) body, medium (+) flavour intensity, flavours, medium (+) length.
Conclusions: very good, ready to drink, but can develop further.
Quoted Price: £9.29
Red
2008 Wild Earth Pinot Noir New Zealand, South Island, Otago, Central Otago
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Appearance: clear, medium, ruby, pale rim.
Nose: clean, medium, developing, spicy oak, red cherry, herbaceous.
Palate: dry - off-dry, medium acidity, medium tannin, medium (+) alcohol (14%), medium body, medium (+) flavour intensity, red fruit, medium (+) length.
Conclusions: good - very good, ready to drink, but can keep.
Quoted Price: £18.50
Comments: overall just so much riper than a Burgundy.

Flight 13 - Sparkling Wines (6 notes)

White - Sparkling
N.V. Deinhard Riesling Lila Brut Germany
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Appearance: clear, bright, lemon, watery rim.
Nose: clean, medium (-), developing, citrus, mineral, petrol.
Palate: off-dry, high acidity, medium alcohol (12.5%), medium (-) body, delicate mousse, medium flavour intensity.
Conclusions: good, at peak / drink soon.
Quoted Price: £8.99
White - Sparkling
N.V. Montana Chardonnay Pinot Noir Brut Cuvée New Zealand
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Appearance: clear, pale, lemon, watery rim.
Nose: clean, medium, youthful, banana, apricot.
Palate: off-dry, medium acidity, medium alcohol (12%), medium body, creamy mousse, medium flavour intensity.
Conclusions: good, at peak / drink soon.
Quoted Price: £8.99
White - Sparkling
N.V. Freixenet Cava Cordón Negro Brut Spain, Cava
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Appearance: clear, pale, lemon-green.
Nose: clear, medium (-), youthful - developing, bread, apple, steely, green fruit, quite austere.
Palate: off-dry, medium (+) acidity, medium alcohol (12%), medium body, creamy mousse, medium (-) flavour intensity, green apple, medium length.
Conclusions: good, at peak / drink soon.
Quoted Price: £7.99
White - Sparkling
N.V. Jean-Claude & Didier Aubert Vouvray Pétillant Reserve France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Vouvray Pétillant
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Appearance: clear, pale, lemon.
Nose: clean, medium, developing, bread, ripe red apple.
Palate: off-dry, medium (+) acidity, alcohol (12.5%), medium body, creamy mousse, medium flavour intensity, medium (+) length.
Conclusions: very good, ready to drink, but can keep.
Quoted Price: £13.50
White - Sparkling
N.V. Pol Roger Champagne Brut Réserve France, Champagne
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Appearance: clean, medium (-), lemon.
Nose: clean, medium, developing, bread, over-ripe apple.
Palate: off-dry, high acidity, medium alcohol (12.5%), medium body, delicate mousse, bread, yeast, medium (+) length.
Conclusions: very good, ready to drink, but can develop further.
Quoted Price: £32.00
White - Sparkling
2000 Pol Roger Champagne Vintage Brut France, Champagne
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Appearance: clear, medium (-).
Nose: clean, medium, developing, lemon, apple, bread.
Palate: off-dry, high acidity, medium alcohol (12.5%), medium body, delicate - creamy mousse, bread, yeast, long length.
Conclusions: very good, ready to drink, but can keep.
Quoted Price: £44.00

Flight 14 - Fortified Wines (6 notes)

White - Fortified
N.V. Emilio Lustau Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Puerto Fino Spain, Andalucía, Jerez-Xérès-Sherry
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Appearance: clear, pale, lemon, legs.
Nose: clean, medium, fully developed, yeast, toasted almond, hint of green apple.
Palate: dry, medium acidity, fortified alcohol (15.5%), medium flavour intensity, flavours, light almond, green apple, slightly bitter finish, medium (+) length.
Conclusions: very good, at peak / drink soon, ideally with less than 3 months in the bottle.
Quoted Price: £10.49
Comments: amazingly youthful colour, due to the protection from oxygen provided by the flor.
White - Fortified
N.V. Emilio Lustau Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Amontillado Los Arcos Seco - Dry Spain, Andalucía, Jerez-Xérès-Sherry
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Appearance: clear, deep, brown, legs.
Nose: clean, medium (+), fully developed, yeast, caramel, toffee.
Palate: dry, medium acidity, fortified alcohol (18.5%), medium (+) body, yeast, caramel, medium (+) length.
Conclusions: very good, ready to drink, but can keep.
Quoted Price: £9.99
White - Fortified
N.V. Emilio Lustau Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Don Nuño Dry Oloroso Spain, Andalucía, Jerez-Xérès-Sherry
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Appearance: clear, deep, brown, legs.
Nose: clean, medium - medium (+), fully developed (deliberately oxidized), walnut, toffee, caramel, treacle.
Palate: dry - off-dry, medium acidity, high alcohol (20%), medium (+) body, medium (+) flavour intensity, caramel, toffee, nuts, long length.
Conclusions: very good, ready to drink, but can keep.
Quoted Price: £9.99
Red - Fortified
1985 Taylor (Fladgate) Porto Vintage Portugal, Douro, Porto
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Appearance: clear, medium (+)- deep, garnet, legs.
Nose: clean, medium (+) - pronounced, developing, ripe blackfruit, black cherry, some dry fruits.
Palate: medium-sweet, medium acidity, medium tannin, fortified alcohol (20.5%), medium (+) - full body, pronounced flavour intensity, ripe blackcurrant, black cherry, damson, long length.
Conclusions: outstanding, ready to drink, but can develop further.
Quoted Price: £60.00
Red - Fortified
N.V. Berry Bros. & Rudd Porto "William Pickering", 20 Year Old Tawny Portugal, Douro, Porto
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Appearance: clean, pale - medium (-), tawny.
Nose: clean, medium (+), fully developed (deliberately oxidizied), prune, figs, dates, caramel.
Palate: medium-sweet, medium (+) acidity, medium (-) tannin, fortified alcohol (20.5%), pronounced flavour intensity, liquorice, caramel, toffee, long length.
Conclusions: very good, ready to drink, but can keep.
Quoted Price: £24.00
White - Fortified
N.V. Henriques & Henriques Madeira Malmsey 10 Years Old Portugal, Madeira
WSET Systematic Approach - Group
Appearance: clear, deep, brown (it is a white), legs.
Nose: clean, pronounced, fully developed, treacle.
Palate: sweet, high acidity,fortified alcohol (20%), pronounced flavour intensity, treacle, caramel, prunes.
Conclusions: very good, ready to drink, but can keep.
Quoted Price: £22.00
Comments: benefits from the caramel, heat and acidity found in all Madeira. due to the nature of its aging, virtually indestructible.

Flight 15 - Blind Tastings (4 notes)

White
2009 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc New Zealand, South Island, Marlborough
85 points
WSET Systematic Approach - Blind
Appearance: clear, pale, lemon, pale rim.
Nose: clean, medium intensity, youthful, citrus, stony, mineral.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, medium alcohol (13.5%), medium body, medium (+) flavour intensity, citrus, green fruit, stony, mineral, medium (+) length.
Conclusions: good - very good, at peak / drink soon.
Quoted Price: £18.99
Comments: a wine that tasted blind probably does not live up to its price point.
White - Off-dry
2003 Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt Scharzhofberger Riesling Spätlese Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer
WSET Systematic Approach - Blind
Appearance: clear, pale, lemon, legs, pale rim, petillance.
Nose: clean, medium intensity, developing, lemon, apricot.
Palate: medium-dry, high acidity, medium (-) alcohol (8%), medium (-) body, medium (+) flavour intensity, lemon, apricot, honey, medium length.
Conclusions: good, ready to drink but can develop further.
Quoted Price: £15.99
Red
2005 Château Batailley France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
WSET Systematic Approach - Blind
Appearance: clear, deep, ruby, legs.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, developing, blackberry, pepper, tobacco, cedar.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, high tannin, medium (+) alcohol (13%), medium body, medium (+) flavour intensity, blackberry, pepper, cedar, medium (+) length.
Conclusions: good, ready to drink, but can develop further.
Quoted Price: £39.00
Comments: ashamed to say that I completely messed up the identity of this wine during blind tasting and was left surprisingly unimpressed with its overall quality.
Red
2007 Grant Burge Shiraz Filsell Old Vine Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Barossa Valley
91 points
WSET Systematic Approach - Blind
Appearance: clear, opaque, ruby, legs.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, developing, black fruit, blackberry.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, high tannin, medium (+) alcohol (14.5%), medium (+) body, medium (+) flavour intensity, black fruit, blackberry, jam, medium (+) length.
Conclusions: very good, ready to drink, but can develop further.
Quoted Price: £15.99
Comments: classic Barossa shiraz, this one took me home.
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