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Wineseek October Tasting The Wash Up

9 November 2018
On Wednesday evening the 17th October we tasted all the following wines, it was a terrific line up.
Thanks to all who attended and made it another fantastic evening.
The wine of the night was the Avignonesi Rossi di Montepulciano 2016, a seriously stupendous wine.

*Yarrabank Cuvee Brut - made using 'Methode Traditionnelle' from chardonnay and pinot noir grapes, it's not hard to see the French influence here, a super sparkling.
*Marchand and Burch Rose 2017 - pinot noir, minimal settling, the juice ferments naturally in older French oak. Savoury, crisp, dry and delicious.
*Tenuta Ulisse Terre di Cheiti Pecorino 2017 - aromas of peach, apricot and grapefruit on the nose. Floral with ripe almost melon-like fruit. Flinty and clean with crisp acidity.  
*Tenuta Porconero Fiano 2017 - aromas of preserved lemon, along with a mineral, almost crystaline, purity. Flavour-wise, the wine is typical of what's expected of this variety. Flavours of lemon and lime combine with a mineral-like acidity and a long finish.
*Tenuta Maccan Fruili Grave DOC 2017 - fine, delicately intense, characterised by notes of fruit and flowers. Fresh, dry and long finishing - this is super good.
*Howard Park Miamup Chardonnay 2017 - bouncing from the glass with fruit notes of mixed citrus , melon, peach and apricot. The palate exudes fleshy primary fruits, layered with cashew, lemon butter and brioche along a mineral texture and fresh citrus acidity.
*Boat o Craigo Pinot Noir 2017 - richly textured and full-flavoured pinot. Plum and black cherry fruits have largely hidden notes of earthy spices that make this a spectacular wine now and for years to come.   
*Paxton Grenache 2017 - light to medium bodied wine with a soft, juicy mid palate with a pleasant influence of whole bunch and stalk, plum richness and elegant tannin.
*Avignonesi Rossi di Montepulciano DOC 2016 - aromas including strawberries, raspberries, blood plums and cranberries with hints of rosemary and thyme. A burst of fruit on the palate leads into velvety tannins balanced by a fresh acidity and a long lasting, delicately spicy finish.
*Tenuta Ulisse Unico Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2016 - the bouquet suggests red fruit, rose petals and hints of wet spices. It is soft and warm to the palate with notes of red prune, cherry and blueberry which are intertwined around a lively tannic theme.
*Viberti Giovanni Langhe Nebbiolo DOC 2015 - a ruby-red wine showing plenty of fresh fruit and substance on both the nose and the palate, soft tannins, and the power which is typical of nebbiolo. A younger style of nebbiolo that can be enjoyed now or to 2020.
*A.T. Richardson ‘Chockstone’ Shiraz 2016 - a rich and inviting wine, loaded with intense blackberry and chocolate flavours combined with black pepper spiciness and hints of game that are typical of this vineyard.

Cheers, Michael @ Wineseek

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