Sunday, August 3, 2014

Spanish blind tasting night

After 8 months, I finally was able to join my Sommelier classmates and teacher's blind tasting gathering at a Central private club with Cantonese cuisine. Sorry for being ingenuous, not knowing the menu in advance made the scope too vast to have any food pairing. Nevertheless, I was so impressed with their raptness over each gathering.

Game rule in a nutshell. Each of us brought our wrapped bottle. The rest had to guess to our closest knowledge on grapes, terroir, vintage and location of the producing region.

Presentor then had to depict the stories behind this wine, the vineyard, style and the reason they selected the wine. At the end of dinner, all of us voted their favorite bottle excl. their own. One with most votes would be rewarded with a free meal of the night. Fair enough, just don't put too much cost to the bottle *grin*

Here are the selections of the night

1. Tondonia 1998 Gran Reserva
Rioja macabeo
Look: Golden yellow, slight tears. Clean
Nose: Chrysanthemum, buttery,elderflower, high acidity
Palate: vanilla, honey, oaky, long finish, waxy, end with acidity
Reserva: 24 maturation + 6 cask maturation
Price: $278 from Watson's Wine

2. Amma Albariño rais baixas 2012
Look: Lemon, clear, tears
Nose: Guava, pomergranate, peach, pear,mineral, aromatic
Palate: acidity med+; med dry.
Grape : Albariño from Rais Baixas
New version: late harvest
Price: ??

3. Tondonia 1999 Gran Reserva
Look: golden yellow , golden than 1st
Nose: buttery, sulphur, acid, chemicals,eucalyptus, 
Palate: oaky, plum, tingling poppy on tongue
Price: $298 

4.Corullon Mancia
Look:Garnet red, sentiment
Nose: Leather, peppery, red berries, 
Palate: black peppery, spicy, Thai spice, 
Grape: Grenache, Temperanillo from a village close to Priorat
Price: $468

5. Carmelo Rodero 2011 Crianza
Look: purple red, tears, clear
Nose: Oak, eucalyptus, red current, big body, pungent, jammy, chocolate
Palate: Mocha, tannin, chocolate, new oak, lengthy, vanilla,
(12mths maturation +24 barrel)
Grape: 95% temperanillo 5% Cabernet Sauvignon from Ribera du duero
Price: $480 

6. La Cima
Look: ruby, clear
Nose: celery, cherry, spice
Palate: tannin, candy, spicy, french oak 18mths, new, leathery, licorice
Grape: Mancia from Ribera sarca
The dog on the label is named Merlot
Price: from Vineyard for free

7. Tossals 
Look: Ruby, clear
Nose: fruity, cherry, sweet, red fruit
Palate: new world, Pinot noir, sweet, strawberry, mid length
Grape: Samso from Montsant
Price: ??

8. Psi 2010
2009 better Peter sisseck, 
Temperanillo 100%
Look: ruby, clear
Nose: chestnut, black fruit, leather, violet
Palate: Complex, med length, full body, asian spice
Grape: Temperanilla from Ribera del Duero
Price: 289 from Regis Wine

9. Enate 2013
Look: Lemon, clear
Nose: Light citrus, fruit driven
Palate: Med+ acidity new version Albariño
Grape: Sumatano Chardonnay 14% alc.; Single vineyard High altitude
House wine of 3 star Michelin restaurant in France
Price: $260

Best wine of the night was #4, case the votes were divided amongst 2 Tondonia. All are value for money. I will attempt grabbing some bottles as a decent weekend chillout wine.

Looking forward to next gathering...

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