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Wine Tasting Video: Assorted whites from France, Australia and South Africa July 14, 2011 at 11:40 am

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Uploaded this video to YouTube a while ago, but forgot to post it here – it’s the second installment of a set of 12 whites I tasted in late June (the first installment is here)

Tyrrell’s Old Winery Semillon 2009, Hunter Valley, Australia (£8.39 Remarkable Wines, Charles Steevenson Wines, EH Booths, The City Beverage Company, The Wine Shop)
Quite open, forward and fleshy for young Hunter Semillon, already shows the honey, honeysuckle, lime zest and custard characters that age brings, along with creamy vanilla and mineral notes, pure and clean, a good mix of rich & bracing. S-

Coteau Chatrie Vouvray Sec 2009, Loire, France (£10.99 Virgin Wines)
Typically gawky young Vouvray, with the classic bruised apple and creamy nutty character. I like the style and it’s only going to get better over the next 2-3 years, but I miss the spine of minerality. B(+)

Springfontein Unfiltered Terroir Selection Chenin Blanc 2010, Walker Bay, South Africa (£12.96 Private Cellar)
This initially seems rather oaky, but the overt toastiness calms down, allowing the ripe grapefruit and lemon, and cooked apple fruit to shine, and a richer honeyed edge to emerge. Seems to get steelier and more serious the longer it’s open, with the minerally backbone coming more to the fore – should last well. S

Les Vignes de Bila Haut Côtes du Roussillon Blanc 2010, France (£9.00 Blackrock Wines, Butler’s Wine Cellar, Last Drop Wines, Wimbledon Wine Cellar)
Manages to combine weight and freshness very successfully, with dense peach, pear and custard apple flesh pepped up with an earthy mineral edge and citrus zing. S(-)

Vidal Fleury Côtes du Rhône Viognier 2010, France (£9.95-£11.49 Francis Fine Wines, Quaff Fine Wine Merchant, Hailsham Cellars, Thorold Wines Ltd, Peckhams, Wadebridge Wines, everywine.co.uk )
Quite subtle for Viognier – too subtle? Does have some of the nutty peach kernel edge, but I miss the plush side of the grape. B

Chapoutier Domaine des Granges de Mirabel Viognier de l’Ardèche 2009, Rhône, France (£13.00 Alfred the Grape, Daylesford Organic, Guildford Wine Co, Tivoli Wines)
Rich, overblown style, with very ripe peach and apricot characters, an exotic floral/nutty edge and a whack of buttery malo character. Can’t fault the intensity, but even though it does slightly calm down with time, it’s still just too big for its own boots, with the alcohol showing on the finish. B

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  • Kate Sweet says:

    The Old Winery Semillon from Tyrrell’s is 11.5% ABV. I’ll check on the Vidal-Fleury CDR white and sit on the naughty step for a while……

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