The Champagne was in preparation for a tasting of 23 wines. These were some of the Wine Champions summer offer. The WS buyers put in their favourite wines, which they then taste blind and the best are selected to be the Champions.
The reds started with a couple of Chilean Pinot Noirs, which in contrast to their Sauvignon Blancs, I thought were decidedly unattractive. I had two preferred wines amongst the reds. Firstly the long flavoured, spicy and plummy 2007 Copertino Eloquenzia from Masseria Monaci (£6.75) – excellent value. The second was the considerably more expensive but nicely balanced 2006 Heinrich Shiraz-Mourvèdre-Grenache (£13.95) from Rolf Binder in Australia’s Barossa Valley with its long sweet, concentrated black fruits but with enough structure and acidity to give it complexity and avoid jamminess.
My particular thanks to Ewan Murray and Victoria Morrall for organising the event.