Two unusual wines…



The above (Amigos 2011 Margaret River) was tasted blind. A very bright, yellow appearance with an appealing rich nose – lemon, oak, matchstick – which lead to a slightly off-dry taste, a limey acidity and a rich mouth feel. I could identify chardonnay and thought it was New World but couldn’t get any further. In fact, an unusual blend of marsanne, chardonnay and rousanne made by McHenry Hohnen in Western Australia. About £12 from Tanners.

Just the sort of wine I like – not dissimilar in style to the Chateau Pesquie last week – but after a while the full-on taste began to pall and we all thought the wine needed food. And a new label.

This week we were graced by the presence of two guest tasters – Amy and Liz –  and their views on the wines were gratifying similar to ours.

[Geoff: Very well-made wine, aimed, I suggest, to at those who like a fuller style of white. I think Hohnen knew their market with this. It was still good the following night and stood up to a spicy soup of big flavours. It probably would benefit from being decanted for at least an hour to round some of the acidity and develop a subtler style. It certainly was a ‘shouty’ wine


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