Here is an up to date list of our current popularity contest winners -
Friday – Lynn Russell of Martin Ulisse & THE David Mayfield – 4p-8p
Martin Ulisse – Veleta Vigiriega 2011 – 13.57 – 90 % Vijiriega, 10% Chardonnay . Two weeks in new french oak barrels . Vijierga–similar to an un-oaked Chardonnay, this Vijierga, nicknamed Viji, is far more complex and is a great white alternative. It is light-bodied with flavors of honey, pear, apple, white flowers and herbs creating a fresh, nutty palate with a smooth and slightly creamy finish. Very perfumed. White wild flowers, citrus blossoms, banana, green apple. Notes of cream and liquor. Palate – fresh with a gentle and wrapping smooth pass. Bitter citrus: grapefruit, cherimoya, passion fruit. Long, broad and persistent. Gentle elegant bitter finish. 2010 was $18.57.
David Mayfield – Marichal Unoaked Chardonnay 2012 – 15.57 – they produce a Chardonnay that is completely unoaked and does not undergo a malolactic fermentation. The resulting wine is a pure, mineral driven expression of Chardonnay–something that simply must be tasted. “we express in this unoaked Chardonnay the potential of our land, obtaining a well balanced wine, which presents on the nose, an attractive fresh fruit character. On the palate it is delicate but full bodied and consistent. It has the perfect balance between fresh acidity and ripeness.”
Martin Ulisse – Veleta Tempranillo 2007 – 12.57 – 90% Tempranillo, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot . Twelve months in American and French oak . A traditional Spanish red, similar to a Rioja, this medium-bodied Tempranillo is complex yet elegantly balanced. Ripened red fruits, white plum, licorice and spice fill the palate. 12 months in French and American oak gives an extra depth of flavor and a long lingering finish to this beautifully made Tempranillo. Nose – leather and licorice, flower nuances of lavender, mountains herbs: thyme and rosemary. Palate – very elegant, complex, full of red fruits, balanced, with gentle tannins. Finish – fresh pass that brings again the initial aromas. The 2005 was $14.57.
David Mayfield – Bodega Pizzorno Don Prospero Tannat 2011 – 14.57 – Tannat is to Uruguay as Malbec is to Argentina, or even Shiraz to Australia. It produces wines that are generally high in tannin and acidity. Uruguayan examples are usually softer, and this from Pizzorno is medium bodied, savory and ripe with forest fruits and plums. Serve with grilled lamb cutlets. This has been a hit at East End Wines since its debut. Ideally suited to the local terroir, Tannat creates wines of distinction with great body and tannic structure, and with intense color and aromatic finesse.
Bohigas Blanc Xarel-lo 2012 – 11.97 – Perfect for those who would like to try an exotic refreshing white wine that has moderate alcohol. This Catalan producer Bohigas has farming roots dating back to 13th century. The methods are organic (not yet certified). This 2012 Bohigas Xarel-lo Blanc de Catalunya (100% Xarel-lo) displays floral and mineral notes, soft acidity with bright peach flavors and an elegant finish. Xarel-lo is one of the three grapes used to produce Cava, it usually adds a smoky minerality to a blend. Pairs well with seafood and lightly spicy dishes.
Urbina Rioja Blanco – Viura – 2011 – 14.57 – The wonderful 2011 Blanco is made from the viura grape, & fermented & aged in stainless steel. The inviting nose of melon, apple, & pear is irresistible & leads you to a palate which is smooth-textured, flavourful & lively. Marvellous as an aperitif at the start of an evening’s entertaining – the concentrated flavours & zingy acidity will work wonders with a variety of seasonal canapés.
Valleoscuro Rosado 2012 – 10.57 – PRIETO PICUDO: Indigenous grape variety from the Benavente Valleys. It is an easily identifiable grape from its small cone shaped clusters, & deep purple/blue coloring. It produces clean wines with nice red fruit & great freshness. Nose: Clean & strong aromas with predominance of red fruit, such as strawberry, with hints of peach & blue flowers. Mouth: Fresh palate of strawberry with hints of sweet violets. Some hint of carbonic, very characteristic of the variety, & a nicely combined acidity, which leads to a round & harmonic finish.
Bodegas Bleda “Montesinos” 2010 Jumilla – 11.97 – Scent of cherries & blackberries, fruity on the tongue & well balanced with soft tannins. Food recommendation: perfect fit for everyday cooking, pasta, poultry, soups & salads The DO Jumilla has a vineyard area of 42 206 ha & produces mostly dark, full-bodied red wine. The soils contain a lot of chalk & organic matter, which prevented the phylloxera infestation in the region. She is one of the areas in Spain & Europe, where still ungrafted vines grow. The best grapes are vinified from the local Monastrell grape & aged in oak barrels.