A fine wine tasting, Glasgow. I presented the wines blind, in pairs. Obligatory claret benchmark included.
Bright, pale gold.
Lots of spicy tropical fruit, new oak and alcohol on the nose.
Rounded and soft on the palate with ripe mango, spice, vanilla/oak flavours. Lots of sweet alcohol but still fresh.
A superb, opulent wine for drinking now.
Very pale straw.
Perfumed nose with tropical and citrus fruit notes, fresh and lively in spite of powerful oak and alcohol.
Ripe and fresh on the palate with masses of sweet alcohol, oak, grapefruit and orange peel flavours.
Good acidity and a long spicy finish.
Garnet/Red, pinking slightly at rim.
Inviting nose of vegetal rhubarb, black fruits, spicy oak.
Medium bodied and forward with plenty of alcohol, tangy fruit and spice flavours, good acidity and a good finish.
A very unusual wine - probably best now with grilled pork or chicken.
Deep red fading to a pinkish brown at the rim.
Dense, rounded plum and old-oak nose with plenty of attack.
Full bodied with heavy, roasted raisin fruit flavours and lots of spicy oak. Plenty of acidity and good tannins.
This isn't quite there yet but should be fantastic in a year or two.
Deep garnet/red colour fading to pink at the rim.
Still a bit closed on the nose but very promising with integrated aromas of brambles, plums and bitter cherries, alcoholic and brooding.
Dense, full bodied wine with masses of dark fruit - brambles, raspberries and black cherries. Well balanced with good acidity, ripe tannins and a long finish.
A young, lively wine that is showing very nicely now but will develop for a few years yet.
Very deep red paling slightly at rim.
A concentrated, unevolved nose of cassis, plums, cedar and coffee - this needs time but is very promising.
Full bodied with quite sweet, plummy, raisiny fruit, lots of smoky oak and ripe tannins.
This wine needs another 5 - 10 years but will be outstanding.
Deep blue/red fading to red.
Immature, brooding nose with stewed black fruits, wood smoke, tar and spicy oak aromas.
Full bodied, well rounded wine with superb mouth-filling velvety texture.
Warm alcoholic berry fruit and oak are balanced by good acidity and soft tannins.
Although a lovely experience now, this wine won't be anywhere near its potential for 5 or more years.
Deep purple/red fading to red/pink.
Deep, fleshy, rounded nose of fruitcake, cinnamon and cloves - very promising.
Very full, fleshy and mouth-filling with masses of alcoholic cinnamon and plum flavours. A long finish with plenty of furry tannin.
A huge wine that is very enjoyable now - much better to keep it a few years and let it develop though.
A young Pomerol, just to keep the tasters on their toes!
Deep garnet fading to an amber/red at the rim.
Brooding, dense, alcoholic nose with notes of stewed cassis, fruitcake, oak and green leaves.
Big, chewy, up front flavours of plums, fruitcake and spicy, smoky oak. Well rounded with good acidity and firm, underlying tannins. Outstanding.
Approachable now but 5 or more years will really bring out the class in this wine.
Opaque purple with purple/red rim.
Weird but exciting nose of jelly babies (no really!), mint and pepper - quite volatile and plenty of alcohol.
Full bodied with spicy, warm raisin fruit, smoked oak, tar and alcohol. Dry with firm tannins and a long, long finish.
This isn't as forward as some of the previous vintages but is very rewarding. Neither Rhone Syrah nor Oz Shiraz in style, but a fantastic, quirky wine that is rapidly building a cult status.
Keep it for two or three years anyway.