Not quite midweek, but not quite weekend either…in this case I had Sat-Monday with friends at the Test match and out for dinner in London every night.
First night at Caravan, Bankside, we had a carafe of this:
Riesling, Kabinett Trocken, Brand, 2016, Pfalz, Germany - described as off dry with tingling minerality, definitely the latter, but I would have said it was pretty dry! It was excellent and converted the avowed non German Riesling drinker in our party.
We then had a carafe of this:
Le Expressio Del Priorat, 2016, Cataluña, Spain - it was lovely, a slightly lighter version of some of the more heavyweight Priorat. Two of our group thought it was a Portuguese red and I can understand why.
Finally I got in a bottle of this:
Mourvedre, Qaisar, Tim Martin, 2015, Swartland, South Africa
This was my ‘off the wall’ selection from curiosity. I didn’t really like it - took a couple of mouthfuls before deciding it wasn’t flawed just not to my taste. Very medicinal I thought…and I didn’t get the Bandol type taste I was looking for. My two companions liked it though, or were being too polite…
Sunday night was at Andrew Edmunds - we had a bottle of this:
Excellent - quite mature now, refreshing but with a long aftertaste.
Followed by this (2012) :
and a half bottle of this - same producer, different wine and vintage.
We commented on the marked differences between the two - the 2015 was altogether fuller and richer - it had some Syrah in the blend unlike the 2012. The difference a vintage makes…
We concluded with a 50cl bottle of this with cheese and chocolate dessert (one of us).
Excellent - black Grenache, dense, a little drier than port, and a good all round choice for what we ate.
Monday night we were at the Cork and Bottle for final dinner - an old favourite of mine. We had an Alsace Pinot Gris
which was enjoyed by all with some nibbles.
which we thought was a decent all round choice with the differing food we had. Not as unusual as Musar, 55% Syrah, and a certain pleasing sweetness to it.
Smith Woodhouse 1998 to finish with some cheese…
A great weekend/early week - now in detox!
What was my favourite? Toss up between the carafe of Riesling and the Gigondas 2015. All enjoyed though except the Mourvedre which I tried to like but couldn’t…