IWC Gold Tasting 2011.
IWC Gold Medal winners tasting.
Lord’s Cricket Ground. London. 29/6/11.
Today Lord’s played host to the IWC Gold Medal Winners Tasting. This gave the opportunity for the trade and public to sample the big winners.
Besides the major winners, room was made to showcase other medal winners from around the globe.
Sponsored by nakedwines the Discovery Tasting was the real highlight of the day.
There were hundred of wines to sample from, and were probably unlucky to miss out on the big prizes.
Discovery Tasting. Table full of Sake.
The main point for showing these wines was to give trade representatives the opportunity to bring them into the UK. All these wines are seeking importers.
There were a couple of wines that I noticed, which surprised me, for not having any UK suppliers, Ramage La Batisse from Bordeaux, Clos de l’Oratoire des Papes from Rhone. I found myself continually walking back to this section. It was enjoyable.
To take me out of my comfort zone I took a look at some Sake. The last time I tried this I was about 17 and got it from a restaurant. Horrible. Really didn’t like it.
This time, after being given some encouragement from the lady at the table, I had my glass filled, then filled again, then again and again. Banished are the memories of 20 years ago. These wines were superb. No wonder they were winners today.
Sake wines I tried. Nice.
Gold Medal winning wines I tasted.
- Nest Egg Cabernet 2009. Adelaide Hills Australia.*
- Bird In Hand Shiraz 2009. Adelaide Hills Australia.
- Carmen Carmenere Gran Reserva 2009. Colchagua Chile.*
- Chalk Ridge Rose 2010. Dorking England.*
- Chapel Down Rose Vintage Reserve Brut NV. Tenterden England.
- Brouilly “Cuvee du Commandeur” 2009. Burgundy France.
- Domaine de la Combe au Loup Chiroubles 2009. Burgundy France.
- Domaine Franck Decrenisse Coteaux-du-Lyonnais “Mes Vielles Vignes” 2010. Burgundy France.
- Domaine Laurent Gauthier Morgon “Grands Cras” 2010. Burgundy France.
- Santenay Le Bievaux 2009. Burgundy France.
- Domaine de la Pousse d’Or Chambolle-Musigny 2009. Burgundy France.
- Domaine de la Pousse d’Or Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru “Les Feusselottes” 2009. Burgundy France.
- Domaine de la Pousse d’Or Volnay 1er Cru “Clos des 60 Ouvrees” 2009.* Burgundy France.
- Pierre Paillard Grand Cru Brut Rose NV. Champagne France.*
- Hacienda Monasterio Reserva 2005. Ribero del Duero Spain.
- Bottega Vinai Teroldego rotaliano DOC 2009. Trentino Italy.*
- Tengumai Yamahaishikomi-junmaishu Sake 2009. Ishikawa, Hakusan Japan.
- Nabeshima Tokubetsu Junmai shu NV Sake. Japan.*
- Junmai Daiginjo Chokaisan Sake 2010. Akita, Yurihonjo Japan.
- Jokigen Limited Daiginjo Sake 2010. Yamagata Japan.
- Dewazakura Aiyama Sake 2010. Yamagata, Tendo Japan.*
- Dewazakura Omachi Sake 2010.Yamagata, Tendo Japan.*
Wines from Daniel Lambert Wines LTD. Multiple winners.
Other Medal winning wines I tasted seeking UK importers.
- Weingut Leth. Gruner Veltliner Brunnthal 2009. Austria. Bronze Medal.*
- Kurow Estate Winery. Pasquale Alma Mater 2010. New Zealand.
- Sarl Jean Luc Baldes. Malbec Du Clos 2009. France.*
- Greystone Wines. Waipara Valley Riesling 2010. New Zealand. Commended.*
- Greystone Wines. Waipara Valley Sandy Dollar Pinot Gris 2010. New Zealand. Silver. *
- Greystone Wines. Waipara Valley Gewurztraminer 2010. New Zealand. Commended.
Wines marked with * denote Wines I really enjoyed.
Most gold medal winning wine suppliers and brief tasting notes can be provided upon request.