A tasting at Downing College Cambridge. Assorted new arrivals presented by Katie MacAuley
Pale, bright, clear.
Fresh, floral nose with traces of oak and honeysuckle.
Rounded and fresh in the mouth with citrus and mineral flavours, good acidity, good balance and a long, dry finish.
Bright, deeper yellow/gold.
Fresh forward nose with a fair amount of alcohol, aromas of apricots and hazelnuts - attractive.
Medium bodied with good acidity and alcohol, honeyed citrus fruit, dry finish.
Very pale, even colour with a light spritz.
Fresh floral nose of elderflowers and nettles, soft and alcoholic.
Lively and fresh on the palate - herbaceous with citrus fruit appearing and lasting through the long dry finish.
Very elegant - lovely as an aperitif.
Bright, pale gold.
Up front Chardonnay nose with lots of old oak - big and spicy.
Big, citrussy Chardonnay palate with plenty of oak and alcohol. Good acidity and a long dry finish.
Still young but will develop over the next few years. Very good.
Even, pale, straw/gold.
Slightly dumb nose - hints of apricots and oak, fresh with plenty of alcohol.
On the palate, fat, rich, mouth-filling citrus and mineral flavours, well integrated oak, long, spicy, dry finish. [Decent Chassagne ?]
Young, ruby/red to pink at rim.
Open, attractive nose - minty and herbaceous with hints of plums.
Very young with juicy, spicy fruit, slightly green with traces of smoky, old oak.
Still quite tight - could do with some time. [Cool climate Cabernet Franc?]
This would be lovely lightly-chilled with ham.
Deep, purple/red, pinking at rim.
Tangy forest fruits with animal fur/vegetal notes on the nose.
Medium to full-bodied with lots of alcohol, ripe brambles and black cherries, spicy old oak, good acidity and dry, furry tannins.
Excellent finish. [Barbera - about UKP 13?]
Opaque purple/red - deep red at rim.
Brooding nose of dense black fruits, tar and mushrooms.
Very full bodied, with ripe tannins and high acidity masked by stewed black fruit and a trace of cedar. Very young and thick with a long, long dry finish. Needs lots of time but will be superb in 5+ years.
[Big Oz Shiraz ? Oh the shame of it!]
The wine opened out dramatically with a bit of breathing - much bigger and softer than the notes suggest - could be drunk with pleasure now.
Pale, bright orange/gold.
Forward, fresh nose with aromas of vanilla, cream and marmalade.
Creamy and soft on the palate, piercingly sweet but clean with a good acidity and a lovely, velvety texture. Long finish.
[I guessed right on this one - quite a distinctive wine]