An assortment that I presented at an office tasting.
Very pale, yellow/straw.
Juicy, fresh, leafy nose of citrus fruit.
Medium bodied with intense lemon and gooseberry fruit. Fresh, warm and dry with crisp acidity and excellent balance.
Yellow/gold and viscous.
Rich, buttery nose of lemon curd - simple, with lots of alcohol, but lovely.
Full bodied and chewy, with piercing citrus flavours and hints of cream and oak.
Spicy and dry on the long finish with flavours of minerals and nuts coming through.
Bright, pale yellow/straw.
Slightly dumb nose with pithy, citrus, some charred oak and a hint of volatility.
Full bodied with rich citrus and oak flavours, plenty of alcohol, crisp acidity and a clean, mineral finish.
Very good now with food, will develop well for 3 to 4 years.
Deep garnet/red fading evenly to pink rim.
Spicy, slightly vegetal (cheesy?) nose of spicy plums and oak.
Medium bodied with developed flavours of woodshavings, cassis and plums.
Decent, dry finish.
Deep garnet/red to red.
Spicy, minty nose of plum pudding and alcohol.
Full bodied and alcoholic with spicy tobacco and plum/black fruit flavours.
Long and full with ripe tannins and a dry finish.
Good now and over the next two to three years.
Complex nose of wood smoke, raisins, sweat, leather and alcohol.
Rich, spicy and full bodied with firm tannins and a lovely, mouthcoating texture. Flavours of raisins and figs and a long fresh finish.
Needs a minimum of 2 to 3 years.