Wednesday, 30 July 2014

HV wines: The Perfume of Wine Dominant Fruit part 9/ take 1

We have arrived I think to the smells the most common in wine; Fruits. Yes you often read or hear people describing a wine where a bundle of fruits are mentioned in all forms and ways. Here I will take each smell separate and in their respective category to; we will start with "nuts", then "orchard fruit", followed by "citrus fruits", then "Berries" and "exotic fruits".
So as you can see quite a lot, so this dominant section will be divided into two takes.

Once you have this section under your belt you will see and discover a whole new world and hopefully get much better to grips with the perfume behind the wine.


Bitter Almond

The composition of the perfumer. Almond is the seed of the fruit of the wild almond " prunus amygdalus amara". Originally from Western Asia , the almonds are trees or shrubs much cultivated in California, around the Mediterranean basin and in Iran. By extension, one often speak of almonds for any seed remain bare of the flesh that surrounds it. Frequently used in pastry and confectionery, bitter almond is one of the principal components for the making of Macarons, a very famous French pastry, most likely originating in Italy. You find bitter almond also in marzipan and other turons. At high doses bitter almond is toxic.

Principal Components 


Bitter almond: Benzaldehyde, Benzylic alcohol, Furfural

Wine containing relevant notes of Bitter Almond
In general bitter almond is very discreet in wines, the smell of bitter almond it to notice in wines elaborated from grapes like; Altesse, L'arneis, Chardonnay, Clairette, Garganega, Lambrusco, Pinot blanc, Sylvaner, Terubego, Viognier. It appears also at times in Rose coming from Tavel, in sparkling wine such as Cava and prosecco. It makes its appearance in oxidative wines like Xeres, Marsala or the vin jaune from Jura.

Smells close to Bitter Almond
Hawthorn, Cinnamon, Toffee, Oak, Cherry, Green apple.


The composition of the perfumer. Hazelnut is the fruit from the common hazel "Corylus avellana". Originally from Europe, the Caucasus, and minor Asia. It is also named the edible seed contained in the fruit of the hazelnut. The smell of hazelnut is that of the seed not the shell. The term hazelnut contains a lot of homonyms. Besides the hazelnut fruit, it is also identified as a colour, or referenced to a similar sized and shape as the hazelnut or as the butter "hazelnut", or referred to a particular point in a fillet of beef, or to the renowned "cafe noisette" which is prepared with hazelnut milk.

Principal Components 


Hazelnut: Heptanolide, Nonanolide, Filbertone, Dimethyle pyrazines.

Wines containing relevant notes of hazelnut
Hazelnut can be relocated in many different styles of wine; sparkling wine, white wine, red wine, sweet wine....Some grape varieties are more distinguished to hazelnut then others, such as Carignan, Chardonnay, Doral, Fiano.....We need to site also Champagne, Cremant de Bourgogne, Banyuls and Pineau de Charentes.

Smells close to Hazelnut
Cacao, Coffee, Milk Chocolate, Nuts, Coconut, Toasted bread.


The composition of the perfumer. The nut is the fruit of the Walnut, a kind of tree in the "Juglandaceae family" principally originated from North America. They are also present in Europe and Asia, in the tempered regions and sub tropical.
In botanical language, the term Nut designed in general the dry fruit coming from a hard shell, holding just a single grain, like the Brazilian nut, cashew nut, coco nut, macadamia nut, or the Pecan nut. The Brazilian nut is one of the food element holding the most natural radio active without being harmful.

Principal Components 


Nut: Sotolon, Ethanal, Dimenthyl pyrazines.

Wines containing relevant notes of Nut
Nut is certainly one of the notes of development the easiest recognisable, the nut characterise white old wines, or old sparkling wines, but as well largely noticeable in the oxydative type of wines, such as madera, white port, and red port, Sauternes, ice wines, and le vin jaune (Jura). Some sweet wines like vino Santo or Tokaji, do not escape either.

Smells close to Nut
Cacao, Coffee, Quince, Lovage, Toasted bread, over-ripe apple.


The composition of the perfumer. Coconut is the fruit of a palm tree, the coconut tree "Cocos nucifera". Present in the humid inter-tropical zones of the world, but the coconut tree seem to be originating from Malaysia. They often think that the liquid found inside the coconut is coco milk as in fact it is coco water. In reality the coconut milk is extracted from the meat of the coconut. Coconut water serve as a reserve for the coconut tree so it permits its survival in areas often salt like at the border of the sea. The green coconut can reach sizes of more then half a meter in length and weight several kilos. Here we understand better why it is wise not to receive one on your head and mind your head whilst walking under the coconut trees.

Principal Components 


Coconut: Methyle gamma octalactone, Nonanolide, Gamma decalactone.

Smells close to Coconut
Apricot, Passion fruit, Mango, Mirabelle plum, Hazelnut, Peach.

Orchard Fruits


The composition of the perfumer. Apricot is the fruit of apricot tree "Prunus armeniaca". Originally from China, it is to day to be found on all continents. It appreciate first and foremost warm climates, so you will find them a lot in the Middle-East, like in Turkey, as well as Europe. The stone of the apricot often very bitter, holds inside Cyanhydric acid, which is poisonous.
The word apricot comes from the Arab "al barquouq" signifying "the early". For the reason that its flower appears very early in spring, and for the same reason why the Romans called it "praecoquum malum" or "early apple".

Principal Components 


Apricot: Gamma decalactone, Gamma undecalactone, Phenylacetate d'ethyle, Decanole, Eugenol

Wines containing relevant notes of Apricot
Very often present in Viognier, the smell of apricot is often detectable in wines made from grapes such as; Chardonnay, Chenin, Gewurztraminer, Muscat, Nielluccio, Pinot Gris, Rousanne, Savagnin blanc. In sweet wines, it can appear in wines like Sauterns and Tokaji.

Smells close to Apricot
Pineapple, Cinnamon, Cloves. Strawberry, Passion fruit, Jasmine, Mango, Plum Mirabelle, Coconut, Carnation, Peach, Peony.


The composition of the perfumer. Cherry is the fruit of the cherry tree, of which there are many different varieties coming from the wild cherry "Prunus avium". Originally from minor Aisa, it is present principally in the European regions with tempered climates, also in the Caucasus and Turkey.
Greeks and Romans dispute its introduction into Europe. The Roman general Lucullus, seemed to have brought it with him from a battle who was fought near the Turkish city of Cerasus, today known as Girasun. This city appeared to have given the name to the fruit. But the Greeks seemed to know the fruit for hundreds of years already. A cherry elixir, the Kirsch, very popular in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and France.

Principal Components 


Cherry: Benzaldehyde, Benzaldehyde cyanhydrine, Acetate de benzyle

Wines containing relevant notes of Cherry
Frequently appearing in red wines, cherry can sometimes hide itself in white wines, but as said very rare. Cherry is predominately present in red wines such as made from grapes like; Aglianico, Barbera, Bondola, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet-Sauvignon, Canaiolo, Gamay, Cinsault, Garanoir, Grenache noir, Malbec, Merlot, Nebbiolo, Pinot noir, Pinotage, Sangiovese, Syrah, Tempranillo, Trousseau.

Smells close to Cherry
Bitter Almond, Hawthorn, Cinnamon, Blackcurrant, Hyacinth, Jasmine, Narcissus, Water melon, Green apple.


The composition of the perfumer. Quince is the fruit of the quince tree "Cydonia Oblonga", a tree originally growing at the edge of the Caspian sea. Huge productions of quince in Turkey and China, but we also see it in Morocco, Iran, Europe and Latin America. In spite its very firm flesh, quince was tremendously appreciated by the Romans, who used as well for gastronomy as for perfumery. They called it "apple od Cydon"  in reference to the Cretan town of Cydon, who had the reputation to produce excellent Quince, from where the Latin name "Cydonia".
For the Romans as for the Greeks Quince was a symbol of love and happiness. The Romans dedicated it to Venus and the Greeks to Aphrodite.

Principal Components 


Quince: Butanoate d'ethyle, Ethanal.

Wines containing relevant notes of Quince
Refines and complex, the perfume of quince loves to play hide and seek in the Cremant de Loire (a sparkling wine from Loire), Champagnes, Jurancons, Monbazillacs, Sauternes, Tokaij's and Xeres. Grapes like L'Amigne, Chenin, Marsanne, Pinot gris, Sylvaner, reveal often the perfume of quince.

Smells close to Quince
Banana, Raspberry, Mango, Melon, Nuts, Pear, over-ripe apple, Green apple, Prune.


The composition of the perfumer. The fig is the fruit of the common fig tree, "Ficus carica". Originally from South-West Asia, this shrub grows in warm climates and in tropical and subtropical zones like Europe, Middle-East, North America. The fig is considered the oldest domestic fruit. Remnants of figs cultivation old for over 11,000 years have been found back in the Jordan valley in the Middle-East.
The expression half fig half raisin could have been linked to the Greek merchants of Corinth, who were delivering their raisins from Venice around the 15th Century. Figs were cheaper then grapes and they mixed them with the raisins to deceive their clients. From there a mixed feeling from the buyer totally understandable.

Principal Components 


Fig: Acetate de benzyle, Nonenal, Damascone alpha.

Wines containing relevant notes of Fig
Fresh or dry, figs are to be found back in wines, made from grapes like, Grenache noir, Merlot, Riesling, Semillon, Syrah, as well in Banyuls and Pineaux de Charentes.

Smells close to Fig
Box tree, Cucumber, Hyacinth, Narcissus, Melon, Jasmine, Water melon, Rose, White tobacco, Black tea, Green tea.


The composition of the perfumer. Mirabelle is the fruit of the Mirabelle tree "Prunus domestica syriaca". Originally from the borders of the Caspian sea, this shrub is especially cultivated in France, predominately in Lorriane and the north of Alsace.
The originality of the word "mirabelle" is subject of controversy. Certain people say it comes from Latin as "Mirabilis" signify "Beautiful to look at", others consider that it is linked to a noble Frenchman from the XV Century living in Metz named "Mirabel".
Then there are those that simply think that the name comes from the local provincial place called Mirabel, where the fruit has been cultivated in the XVII Century.

Principal Components 


Mirabelle: Gamma undecalactone, Delta  decalactone, Gamma dodecalactone, Gamma decalactone.

Wines containing relevant notes of Mirabelle
You will encounter Mirabelle and its accents of ripe fruits dried in the sun in wines made from grapes like Chardonnay, Freiburger, Kerner, Pinot Gris, Rulander, Viognier as well as Porsecco.

Smells close to Mitabelle
Apricot, Passion fruit, Mango, Coconut, Peach, Prune.

Green Olive

The composition of the perfumer. The olive is the fruit of the olive tree "Olea europaea" Originally from the borders of the Mediterranean basin, this tree is cultivated in the Middle-East as well even so that the Mediterranean production is much more important.
The olive is capable of growing very old, some specimen reached ages of several thousand years old. One of the trees the most cited in the Bible, the olive tree is also in the Greek mythology symbol of peace and hope, and it figures on the flag of the United nations.

Principal Components 


Green olive: Hexenol, Acetate d'hexenyle, Toluene

Wines containing relevant notes of Green olive
Green olive and its fruity facets and vegetal on the same time appear from time to time in wines made from Montepulciano. Mouvedre, Nerello, Mascalese, Pinotage, even in Xeres. Black olive can often be detected in red wines in particular the very ripe and concentrated ones.

Smells close to Green Olive
Redcurrant, Grass, Ivy, Carnation, Garden pea, Green apple.


The composition of the perfumer.Peach is a fruit coming from the peach tree "Prunus persica", originally from China. It has been introduced to all counties with a tempered climate, it is especially cultivated in southern Europe.
In the Chinese taoist tradition, peach contains a symbolic charge very important. Shoushen, god of longevity is often presented under the form of an old bold man, holding a peach in his left hand, the fruit of immortality. To chase the demons or bad spirits, it is costume today to decorate the house with a peach branch during the spring celebrations.

Principal Components 


Peach: Gamma decalactone, Delta decalactone, Gamma dodecalactone, Cinnamate d'ethyle, Gamma                undecalactone

Wines containing relevant notes of Peach
At the same time fruity and milky, peach completes in the bouquets of many wines issued of the grape such as, Chenin, Doral, Gewurztraminer, Grenache noir, Kerner, Marsanne, Pinot gris, Riesling, Rolle, Roussane, Torrontes, Ugni blanc......

Smells close to Peach
Apricot, Passion fruit, Mango, Mirabelle, Coconut, Prune, Raisin.


The composition of the perfumer. Pear is the fruit  of the pear tree "Pyrus communis", a tree findings its origins in the Middle-East. Cultivated principally in China, it is equally cultivated a lot in Europe and North America.
More then 4000 different varieties of pear exist, but only a few really dominate the market, such as the very aromatic Pear Williams. An elixir is made from it, with the particularity that very often a pear finds itself inside the bottle. For that and with a piece of branch attached, they introduce the pear at a very young age inside the bottle. It keeps on growing till they cut it loose from the branch.

Principal Components 


Pear: Acetate d'hexenyle, Acetate d'heptyle, Decadienoate d'ethyle, Ethanal, Acetate d'isamyle

Wines containing relevant notes of Pear
Certain pears are very aromatic, as other very discreet. However we find it back in Prosecco, or in wines made from; Altesse, Chardonnay, Chenin, Doral, Friulano, Gewurztraminer, Greco, Marsanne, Mauzac, Pinto gris, Riesling, Sylvaner, Viognier....

Smells close to Pear
Banana, Quince, Nut, Over-ripe apple, Green apple, Prune

Over-ripe Apple

Composition of the perfumer reminding the smell of over-ripe apple. Over-ripe apple is an apple that has past its stage of maturity and appeared wrinkled but without any rot. The cultivated apple tree "Malus pumila" is orginated from Kazakhstan. Principally planted in China, it is present in many tempered zones on all the continents.
Apple is the most cultivated fruit on the planet in tempered environments. There are more then 20,000 different varieties of apple. The most famous apple is maybe the one that fell on the head of Isaac Newton, which permits him to develop the theory of universal gravity.

Principal Components 


Over-ripe apple: Ethanal

Wines containing relevant notes of Over-ripe apple
Often a sign of evolution, you will find over-ripe apple in old sparkling wines or very old white wines. It might happen that you encounter it in young wines, or in Cavas and Champagnes, as well in wines made from grapes such as; Macabeu, Perdo ximenez, Palomino, Touriga national...

Smells close to Over-ripe apple
Quince, Raspberry, Nut, Pear, Green apple.

Green apple

The composition of the perfumer, of the green apple before its maturity. The apple is the fruit of the cultivated apple tree "Malus pumila" originally from Kazakhstan. Principally planted in China, it is present in the tempered zones of all continents. A very famous apple is liaised to the history of Switzerland. According to the legend, William Tell neglected to salute a hat placed on the top of a mast, to symbolise the authority of the Austrian Emperor. The bailiff took news of that, and Guillaume Tell was condemned to pull with a cross bow a flesh through a green apple, placed on the head of his son. Having succeed in doing so, this episode galvanised the Swiss in their quest for independence.

Principal Components 


Green apple: Hexanoate d'ethyle, Butyrate d'ethyle, Benzaldehyde, Hexenol, Acetate d'isoamyle.

Wines containing relevant notes of Green apple
Green apple present some fruity aspects but also some vegetal aspects on the same time. We frequently find back notes of it in Vinho verde, as well as many wines made with grapes of; l;Altesse, Chardonnay, Chenin, Gringet, Gruner Veltliner, Jacquere, Kerner, Mauzac, Muller Thurgau, Muscadet, Palomino, Riesling, Rolle, Sauvignon blanc, Verdejo....

Smells close to Green apple
Bitter almond, Banana, Quince, Redcurrant, Grass, Mango, Green olive, Pear, Over-rip apple, Prune, Rhubarb.


The composition of the perfumer. Prune is a dry plum, a fruit from the plum tree "d'Ente" but more known under "d'Agen" it is a variety from the plum tree "Prunus domestica"  originating from East Asia. You will encounter the prune d'Ente in France, United States, South America and Australia.
The expression "pour des prunes" (not translatable in English) seems to find birth during the crusades. In 1149, when the crusaders came back from their second crusade without any victory under their belt, they brought back roots of plum trees. So from there rose the term, which means to be taken for a ride, been mocked about.

Principal Components 


Prune: Ethanal, Gamma dodecalactone, Butanoate d'ethyle, Acetate d'isoamyle, Cinnamate, Gamme                decalactone

Wines containing relevant notes of Prune
In general indication of maturity or evolution. The facets of prune do reveal in red ports, reciotos, or in wines vinified of; Garanoir, Grenache noir, Malbec, Merlot, Mourvedre, Negrette, Nerello mascalese, Pinotage, Primitivo, Touriga nacional.

Smells close to Prune
Banana, Quince, Raspberry, Mango, Melon, Mirabelle, Nut, Carnation, Peach, Pear, Over-ripe apple, Green apple, Raisin.

So this is take 1 for the fruits you will discover in your wines, most likely the most important section in this whole series as fruit is what appears most prominent in wines. So enjoy en till next time.

Please do drink responsibly.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

HV wines: Decanter World Wine Award 2014 part 2

As you have noticed in part one, reporting all these wines into one blog, would have been to long to my likings and maybe a bit to much the plate could handle. All things presented in smaller portions are always so much easier to digest and so much better to appreciate.

So, today we arrive at the international trophies red, sweet, fortified and one rose.
Although the market has been buying and enjoying rose more then a decade ago, the wine with the biggest rise in production, it is still Champagne the drink most in demand according to the statistics. 

Anyway let us sit comfortably and cruise through the top awards in this years DWWA 2014 for red, sweet, fortified and rose.

International Trophy winners in red, sweet, fortified and Rose.

Falerina, Pinot Noir Reserva, Elqui Valley Chile 2013 (14%)
Pinot Noir under £15 $22.50 €18
 £14.99 $22.50 €18
A gorgeous summer berry nose with hints of raspberry comfit and wild herbs. The palate is juicy and refreshing, oozing crushed bramble fruits-classic and expensive. With an engaging personality, great concentration and an appealing roundness, this is a fabulous wine for the price. 

Greystone, The Brothers' Reserve Pinot Noir, Waipara, Canterbury, New Zealand 2012 (13.5%)
Pinot Noir over £15 $22.50 €18
 not available in the UK, Europe or America price about £41 $61.50 €49.20
A delicious wine with real presence, this is generous, rich and fleshy, with lots of bright redcurrant and raspberry aromas and concentrated plum, dark cherry and violet flavours. With an earthy character, smoky oak and an interesting savoury element, it's robust but with supple tannins, a silky-soft mouthfeel and a finish full of Christmas pudding spices. 

Hartenberg, Cabernet Sauvignon, Stellenbosch, South Africa 2010 (14.5%)
Red Bordeaux varietal under £15 $22.50 €18
£14.99 $22.50 €18
Bursting with blackcurrant, dark berries and plums, with plenty of fruit sweetness, this is a wine with no hard edges and a world away from some of leafy, great Bordeaux blend at this price level. Cedar notes on the nose lead to a rounded, smooth palate, with sweet tobacco, vanilla, spicy oak and genteel hedgerow touches. 

L'Ecole No41, Ferguson, walla Valley, Washington State, USA 2011 (14.5%)
Red Bordeaux Varietals over £15 $22.50 €18
 £62 $93 €74.40
Harmonious and dark-fruited, this shows the great brightness of the 2011, with a lifted, tangy, coppery element and great underpinning from herbal aloe characters. Appealing aromas of fine oak, pepper, earth and dark fruit lead to candied violet, bell pepper and sweet spice flavours, with a dry and savoury finish.

Spier, Creative Block 3, Coastal Region, South Africa 2011 (14%)
Red Rhone varietal under £15 $22.50 €18
Spier Creative Block 3, South Africa £14.29 $21.45 €17.15
Lovely complex nose of coffee and smoke over generous black fruit. Delicious pure and vibrant fruit on the palate, dried cherries, dark berries and violet hints, excellent balancing with layers of complexity. Fine-grained tannins and superb freshness with lingering dark fruit, and a savoury, smoky finish.

Chateau Cesseras, Minervois La Liviniere, Languedoc-Roussillon, France 2011 (14.5%)
Red Rhone varietal over £15 $22.50 €18
  £15.95 $23.95 €19.15
Rich yet elegant, with vigour, spiciness and intriguing aromas of fruit and flint. Peppery, rich dark berries, plums, floral hints and cherry brandy come together on a charming palate, with liquorice, black olive, fig, fennel and eucalyptus. Showing real brightness and vivacity, and plenty of southern garrigue characters.

Olarra, Erudito, Rioja Reserva, Spain 2009 (14%)
Red Spanish varietal under £15 $22.50 €18
 £14.90 $22.35 €17.90
Great value for money, this is a beautiful wine with a bubbly personality and lovely mocha aromas. Earthy, with lots of dimensions to the warm ripe, red fruit, the palate is plump and rounded, with well-integrated oak, coffee, dried figs and cream. Ageworthy, long and complete.

Mustiguillo, Pago el Terrerazo, Spain 2011 (14.5%)
Red Spanish varietal over £15 $22.50 €18
  £21.95 $32.95 €26.45
Marked by opulent, lavish fruit with underlying freshness, this has sumptuous aromas of vibrant sweet strawberries, blueberries and black cherries with inky violet notes. The fruit character follows to the palate, meeting red plums with bright kumquat acidity, dried fruit touches, chocolate, sweet spice, menthol notes and a hint of minerality on the finish.

Costarossa, Surani, Primitivo di Manduria, Puglia, Italy 2012 (14.5%)
Red Italian varietals under £15 $22.50 €18
 £10.99 $16.50 €13.20
Fresh and fruity, with a deep, brooding nose of black fruit. The rich, intense palate shows smoky, savoury notes of tobacco and bacon with juicy morello cherries, plums, dark chocolate and kirsch. It has lashings of flavour and a long, complex finish-what more do you need from primitivo.

Pianpolvere Soprano, Bussia 7 anni, Barolo Riserva, Piedmont, Italy 2007 (14.5%)
Red Italian varietals over £15 $22.50 €18
  £99 $148.50 €118.80
Soft and expressive, this shows prune and smoky bacon on a classic nose of black cherry and chocolate, which follows on to the palate, meeting a hint of tobacco and sweet spice. Powerful tannins but great structure, with lots of raisins, dates, red berries, blackcurrants and blueberries. Displaying both strength and finesse, this is a mature wine drinking now.

Fabre Montmayou, HJ Fabre Barrel Selection Malbec, Patagonia, Argentina 2013 (14.5%)
Red single-varietal under £15 $22.50 €18
 £13 $19.50 €15.60
Showing all the potential that Patagonia has to offer, this is a pure expression of Malbec, offering violets, cherries and spices. There's lovely purity on  the nose, with powerful blackcurrant fruit following through on the palate, meeting blackcurrant and graphite minerality. This has all the ripe energy you'd expect at this price-seductive with wonderful richness of fruit.

El Esteco, Don David Reserve Tannat, Salta, Argentina 2012 (14%)
Red single-varietal over £15 $22.50 €18
 £15 $22.50 €18
Slightly smoky and brambly, there's lovelty intensity to the generous sour cherry and blackcurrant aromas, with refined oak, finesse, elegant spice and tobacco. A soft, succulant palate shows juicy balsamic notes, dark fruit, strawberries, blueberries, prunes and pepper spice. Very concentrated and modern, this is opulent and terrific.

Morrison's, Signature, Valpolicella Ripasso, Veneto, Italy 2012 (13%)
Red blend under £15 $22.50 €18
 £8.99 $13.50 €10.80
Generous, juicy and uncomplicated, with lively fruit flavours of cherries and plums. Lifted aromas are traditional in character, with florals, fig, dates, strawberry jam, more cherry and plum, and a touch of pumpkin. The palate retains its sense of place and welcome restraint, with a very good texture, freshness of fruit and a nice touch of oak.

Zenato, Ripassa, Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore, Veneto, Italy 2010 (13.5%)
Red blend over £15 $22.50 €18
 £19.99 $30 €24
Generous round aromas of dark cherries, plums, vanilla and coffee- gorgeously chocolatey, ripe and succulent. Big graphite notes, mint and black fruits add to a rich palate, relieved by freshness and balanced by long, refined tannins and a savoury, spicy finish. Quite sweet and easy, but that's no bad thing.

Rose wine

Domaine de Rimauresq, R, Cotes de Provence, France 2013 (13.5%)
Rose over £15 $22.50 €18
 £15.99 $24 €19.20
A lovely combination of fruit and herbal aromas, with refined nutty scents, hints of walnut leaf and rummaged earth. The palate is masterclass in delicacy, with almonds, strawberries, green apple and a hint of salinity, but also good textural richness and strength. Keen and finely concentrated, with a long, lemony finish.

Fortified and sweet wines

Blandy's, Malmsey, Madeirs, Portugal 1988 (20%)
Sweet fortified over £15 $22.50 €18
 £220 $330 €264
Wonderfully warm and characterful. Gently high-toned aromas show fine, expressive notes of orange peel with a touch of rancio and underlying age and intensity. Classy perfumed spice on the palate, with huge focus adding to a richness of fig and raisin, burnt caramel, dried fruit, cappuccino and toffee. Fresh lime juice acidity, great poise and length.

KWV, The Mentors Noble Late Harvest, Walker Bay, South Africa 2012 (10.2%)
Sweet under £15 $22.50 €18
 not available in the UK, Europe or America.
A delicious elegant wine with a honeyed aroma and wonderfully rich, ripe fruit flavours of apricot compote, orange zest, papaya, lemon and lime. There's distinct brightness on the silky-textured palate, with lots of marmalade and notes of dried pineapple, warm spices and citrussy sauvignon aromatics. Zesty and lingering on the finish.

Inniskillin, Vidal Icewine, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada 2012 (9.5%)
Sweet over £!5 $22.50 €18
 not available in the UK or Europe. about £28.25 $42.40 €33.90
Lifted aromas of white flowers, tropical fruit and peach. This follows on to a rich and full palate of honey, pear and ginger notes, but with a lively spine of acidity keeping it fresh and bright. All this leads to an intriguingly long finish of citrus zest and spiced orange tea.

La Ina, Fino, Sherry, Spain NV (15%)
Dry Fortified under £15 $22.50 €18
 £13.79 $20.70 €16.55
A bone-dry, pure expression of fino that's a great example of the style. Fresh, bright, inviting aromas of almonds and a wonderful white floral character lead on to a salty, intense and tangy palate. Beautiful lemony freshness, banana notes, citrus hints and a slightly rustic edge on the finish.

Lustau, 30 years Old VORS, Armontillado Sherry, Spain NV (21.5%)
Dry fortified over £15 $22.50 €18
 £20 $30 €24
Sentational! Terrifically mature and intense nose of jamon, yeast and umami characters. This is a unique, savoury style you can only get from Jerez, and the intensity and lifted aromas follow on to the palate, showing bitter coffee, Calvados and green apples with lime zest. Lovely nuttiness, smoky oak and vanilla notes. very impressive.

So these are all the major winners. Beside them there are also the 158 regional trophies (best in show) followed by the gold silver and bronze medals in each respective category for type of wine, from the country the wine comes from. Don't forget the international winners have been judged against similar styles from all over the planet. Receiving this award is highly recognised throughout the wine market.

So as I already said to discover more of the other winners please refer to

Until next time please do drink responsibly.

Friday, 18 July 2014

HV wines: Decanter World Wine Awards results 2014 part 1

This competition seem to come around sooner this year then last year, but then on the other hand the guys and girls selected as judges for this competition are all pretty much holding a MW (master of wine) or are extremely well established in the world of wine, so they are used to judging wines and fast. This year entries have risen to an even higher level (15,007) to be precise and it seems not to stop, which is a good thing as there is no such competition anywhere in the world as the DWWA.

So let us hope that one day the big boys from Bordeaux, Burgundy, Bolgheri, Piedmont, napa and others add their weight to the competition.....then on a second thought, here they taste the wines blind, so would they really take the risk? 

The Judges

Here are a few names from the judging panel to give you an idea how serious this competition is being taken and how it is perceived by many as the global wine competition. 

1 Stephen Spurrier; award chairman, in the wine world from birth and a gentleman with great knowledge and observation. 
2.Gerard Basset; Guest vice-chair, OBE, MS, MW. On top of his world and a great advocate 
3.Stephen Brook; Specialised in Bordeaux, a contributor to Decanter since decades, writes columns for the magazine, wrote more then 30 books Bordeaux orientated of course. A man that knows his Margaux from his Le Pin. 
4.Jasper Morris; He is Burgundy perfectionist and buys wines for Berry Bross and Rudd, for those who do not know, pretty much the oldest wine establishment in the UK and also the most prestigious. 
5.Michael Hill-Smith; AM MW, first Australian to pass the rigorous Master of Wine examination in 1988. Michael is a wine consultant, occasionally wine writer, wine judge. In 2008 received the AM award for his contribution to Australian wines.
6.Richard Juhlin; Richard is a Champagne master and holds several books to his name regarding the bubble in question. He is also working on some tv series regarding drinks and restaurants in Europe, to be aired in the US and China. He holds also the record for the most Champagnes tasted, more then 8500 to date. 
7.Ch'ng Poh Tiong; Actually a lawyer by training but is amongst the wines for decades and is one of the figure heads for Middle East, Far East & Asia. The wine review is the oldest wine publication in Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and China. Writes columns for Decanter and other various well established wine bodies. 
8. Paolo Basso; Last year voted as best sommelier in the world and in 2010 best sommelier of Europe and already in 1997 best sommelier of Switzerland. His area of expertise is Piedmont and Switzerland. 
9.Andrew Jefford; Another long established gentleman who specialised in the wines from the regional France and especially Languedoc-Roussillon. Writes columns and broadcast about wines. 

In total for all the regions/countries set to taste, there are 27 regional chairs. They then select a team to work with, so overall there are about 224 judges for this competition.   

There are awarded 33 International Trophies, 158 Regional Trophies, 454 Gold medals, out of 15,007 entries. Since December last year anyone who desired to enter the competition could send their wines. More and more now see the impact of this competition and I truly believe that here and 2020 this competition will be seen as one of the if not the major competition to participate at.

So as there are 33 International trophies I have split the blog into two parts, white and sparkling and red, sweet/fortified and a single rose wine.

International trophy winners white Sparkling

Lawson's Dry Hills, Gewurztraminer, Marlborough, New Zealand 2012. (14%)
Dry aromatic under £15 $22.50 €18
     £12.50 $18.75 €15
A rich style with heady, exotic and very floral aromas showing good varietal characters and steely, mineral notes. The lemon-edged palate has lychee's, Turkish delight, apricot, rose petals and honeysuckle characters with an oily texture and lovely pear skin notes to finish.

Cruzat, Cuvee Reserve Rose Extra Brut, Argentina NV. (12.5%)  
Sparkling under £15 $22.50 €18
not available in Europe but price is about £14.10 $21.50 €17
Elegant, sophisticated and mineral, with delicate aromas of roses, brioche, red cherries, and spices. Generously red-fruited on the palate, with a touch of bread and spice, fine bubbles and the power to match a picnic of smoked salmon or charcuterie. Amazing value and showing waves of fresh fruits on the finish. 

Charles Heidsieck, Blanc des Millenaires Brut, Champagne, France 1995. (12%)
Sparkling over £15 $22.50 €18
£112.50 $202.50 €135
A wonderful pot-pourri of scent: acacia, honey and dried apricot plus a sensuous amalgam of secondary notes including dried exotic fruits and a touch of vanilla. A delightful fresh palate of apples, figs and a hint of gunflint. A backbone of ripe yet fresh acidity. Completely delightful. 

Mark &Spencer, Eclipse Riesling Bio-Bio Valley, Chile 2012 (13.5%)
Dry Riesling under £15 $22.50 €18
£8.99 $13.50 €10.80
Intense nose of white pepper, fresh  green apple, dried herbs, crushed stones and floral hints-complex and compelling. The palate is oozing with fresh lime drizzled with honey and cream. Its lifted minerals and expressive with a racy texture and amazing length. Really classy

Pewsey Vale, The Contours Museum Reserve Riesling, Eden Valley, South Australia 2008. (12%) 
Dry Riesling over £15 $22.50 €18
 £18 $27 €21.60
Beautifully fresh with toasty bottle-age complexity over a lime, citrus and green apple profile. Floral and aromatic, with a whiff of kerosene, a white truffle character and a glorious, generous palate of lemons and stony minerality which lead to a dry, fresh finish. A serious wine in any company. 

Paul Cluver, Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Elgin, South Africa 2013 (13.4%)
Sauvignon Blanc under £15 $22.50 €18
  £11.75 $17.65 €14.10
Made in a pure and appealing style, this has impressive varietal typicity, with cool green fruit and grassy herbaceous top notes. Good, broad fruits character on the palate that is juicy, punchy and flavoursome with a hint of oak and a dry finish. Really refreshing. 

Jean Paul Balland, Grand Cuvee, Sancerre, Loire, France 2012 (13.2%) 
Sauvigon Blanc over £15 $22.50 €18
£23 $34.50 €27.60
Understated, restrained and elegant with superb expression of fruit. A polished, floral nose shows a hint of oak spice and minerality fruits leading to a palate of yellow plums and flint, backed up by fresh acidity singing with mineral nuances. Great ageing potential.

Albert Bichot, Secret de Famille Chardonnay, Bourgogne, France 2012 (13%)
Chardonnay under £15 $22.50 €18

   not available in the UK $18.40 €14.10
Elegant and refined aromas of tropical pineapple and melon plus toasted aromas showing oak spice and smoky touches. The palate is fresh and richly textured, with good integration of oak and fruit. It's hard to see how a Bourgogne blanc could be much better then this.

Jordan, Chardonnay, Stellenbosch, South Africa 2013. (13.5%)
Chardonnay over £15 $22.50 €18
£16.30 $24.45 €19.60
A charismatic, generous wine, with an oatmeal and cashew edge to mandarin aromas. These lead on to a creamy, rounded palate of lemon meringue, vanilla, toast, cinnamon and hazelnut notes, plus apples, citrus and ripe nectarine fruit. Delightful and restrained, but with lushness and energy behind.

McGuigan, The Shortlist Semillon, Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia 2007 (11%)
White single varietal under £15 $22.50 €18

Not available in the UK, Europe or USA

A superb savoury nose with a fantastic spectrum of lemon, lime and blood orange and a sandstone minerality. An unctuous toasty edge with amazing flavours of lime marmalade and ripe juicy pineapple. Great texture and intensity with a long savoury, saline finish.

St-Jodern Kellerei, Heida Barrique, Valais, Switzerland 2012 (14%)
White single varietal over £15 $22.50 €18
  £33.45 $50.20 €40.15
A charming delicate wine with subtle elegance and complexity. There are lovely summer fruits  characters of ripe peaches, apricots, and papaya, exotic pineapple and mango as well some floral nuances, with a mineral lift. It's wonderfully taut with tension and richness leading to a long almond finish.

Domaine de la Vougeraie, Monopole, Le Clos Blanc de Vougeot, Vougeot 1er Cru, Burgundy, France 2011 (13.5%)
White blend over £15 $22.50 €18
 £72 $108 €86.50
A powerful wine that dances on the palate with layered orchard fruit, vanilla cream and spice. Brilliant chiselled, mineral aromas and earthy, peachy notes. Finishes with a beautiful mix of fruit and oak, and shows fabulous complexity.

Domaine Zinck, Portrait Pinot Gris, Alsace, France 2012 (13%)
Off dry under £15 $22.50 €18
 £12 $18 €14.40
Very complex, crystalline and delicate, with autumnal forest floor notes complementing the pure aromas of exotic and stone fruits, nuts, mushroom and cinnamon. Juicy, generous white and tropical fruits grace the palate, and a ginger spiciness, ripe citrus and discreet florals linger on the salty mineral finish. lovely exuberance without being over the top.

So here we are for part one of this DWWA awards, follow short part 2.

For sure I will try some of those wines, just for the way they describe them and for those who follow my series on the Perfume of wine, this is a very good test to see what they write about these wines is actually what's inside that bottle, so go and discover and enjoy.

Till next time please do drink responsibly.