What we have been tasting and recommend
Here we discuss what we in the office have been drinking and our running reviews. Naturally we all love wine and take every opportunity to make sure the products we list are consistently to standard.
On a recent trip to The Isle of Skye we tried the Au Bon Climat Wild Boy Chardonnay, made from grapes grown in the Santa Barbera region with home caught, home made fish & chips. The fish in question was pollock and the oils and richness of the Chardonnay perfectly balanced the oily nature of the lightly beer (Isle of Skye IPA) battered fish. The wine is golden straw colour with a wonderfully attractive nose revealing notes of citrus, ripe stone fruit, toast and smoky hints. The palate is rich and creamy in texture with concentrated layers of ripe fruit and harmoniously integrated oak. All in all a great Cali chardonnay, especially for the price.
Whilst away, we decided to take a bottle of the Greywacke Riesling having tried the previous vintage which we loved, and the new vintage which had been recommend by the UK rep. Greywacke has long been a favourite, with the winemaker Kevin Judd becoming somewhat of a legend in his field. He is one of Marlborough’s pioneering winemakers originally studying winemaking at Roseworthy and moving to New Zealand in 1983. He notably became the founding winemaker at Cloudy Bay overseeing 25 vintages. However in 2009 Greywacke was established as his own brand and label and has gone from strength to strength ever since. The main focus is in Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, but they have also produced in limited releases chardonnay, pinot gris, riesling and gewurztraminer.
The Riesling for us was absolutely perfect, an organic concoction of stone fruits; mandarin, white fleshed peaches and crisp apples, touched with lemon blossom and honey. Slightly off dry in style, the wine provided an excellent pre meal wine and went on to pair fabulously with some local Dunvegan Crab. The sweetness was balanced perfectly by the zesty acidity.
The Pol Roger 2004 was a special treat to celebrate and anniversary and was drunk overlooking a coastal inlet on the northwest side of Skye. The setting was prefect and the wine certainly did not disappoint. Pol Roger held on to this release much longer than most other houses and after tasting it, we can see why they chose now to share this fantastic wine.