members gathering at the tasting
The final meeting of the Society each year is traditionally not a tasting but a Christmas celebration during which good food and wine is enjoyed, but not marked, in a party atmosphere. John Sloggie welcomed 58 members to the tasting at the Restaurant Nau Nau in the Jávea Club Nautico and having chosen the wines for the evening introduced each one in turn
The first wine was Calamar Verdejo from DO Rueda 2016, a DO which will be visited on next May’s wine trip, although not to this Bodega. Calamar is a high-level Verdejo which year after year has won medals in international competitions. It’s made from a high percentage of grapes from very old vines grown in stony soil and its lees have been worked intensively by the winemaker to extract maximum aroma and flavour. The wine is Aromatic, herbaceous, fresh and elegant.
The second was was a Rosado – Pasion de Bobal from DO Utiel Requena 2016. After a meticulous selection of the best clusters collected from the highest level plot of the vineyards which are located in the Valencian municipality of Camporrobles at 900 meters above sea level. The wine is a bright light pink red colour with salmon-coloured touches. It has an intense nose with abundant touches of red fruit (currants, lemons and strawberries) and subtle memory of rose petals. On the palate it has good structure, tasty, broad and balanced. Its fresh acidity makes it an agile and lively wine.
The third wine, just for a bit of fun, was tasted blind and members were asked to guess the origin, the grapes and the year of the wine. Nobody got even near nay of the answers. The wine came from the Lebanon and was Chateau Musar Red 2006 a classical blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and Carignan. The wine had a deep ruby hue with lots of cherry, blackcurrant and cranberries on the nose. On the palate the taste was of hedgerow fruits with blueberries and cherries. It has an Alcohol by Volume (ABV) of 14%.
The final wine was El Regajal 2015 from DO Vinos de Madrid, located in Arranjuez on the Southern outskirts of Madrid. It is a Bodega first visited by the Society in 2008 and scheduled to be visited on the wine trip next May. Aged 15 months in Oak, it is a blend of Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Petit Verdot. An intense garnet red wine, on the nose it has the subtlety of floral touches mixed with the aroma of red fruit and rosemary. On the palate, the entrance is silky, with good acidity and the texture is stretched towards a very tasty finish. With this 2015 vintage, the Regajal wins in elegance without losing the characteristic power of its terroir. It has an ABV of 14.5%.
As is traditional prizes for the year were presented. A prize was given for the only two people who had a 100% attendance record during the year; Gillian Ashworth and Hugh Epsom. Then came the winners of the wine Taster of the year, first was Renate Pluis, runner up was Andrew Johnson and in third place came Keith Pacey
A Vote of thanks to John for the evening and for his two years of Presidency was proposed by Gaby Ferenczy.