Time flies...and a month had past since the three of us had last covered up bottles to try at our local eatery.
A table in the garden had been reserved...and thankfully the heavy rain cleared to give us a medium warm summer evening.
I only live round the corner...which as it turned out...was a big plus.
Volker's wine we had opened and tasted by the time Robert arrived.
It had a closed metallic smell and a not too forthcoming flavour.
Domaine Pierre André Chateuaneuf-du-Pape Blanc
It was better later with the food.
Maybe going through a stage of not wanting to be loved.
Robert arrived and his wine was tasted next.
While doing this I offered to go home and get another bottle as 'substitute'
for the Chateuaneuf-du-Pape Blanc.
Food was a Tapas plate.
Back in 10 minutes...I concentrated on Robert's offering.
Polish Hill Riesling 2013
Clare Valley, Australia
Now...you have to enjoy your moments of success in life...as around the corner...you are usually taken down a notch.
We guess the grape, country and so on.
Riesling I said, Robert nodded.
New World I said, Robert nodded
and I remember trying a version of this wine a few years ago.
Robert's look told me I was on to a winner.
Polish Hill I said and Robert nodded....then I made a guess at 2011 as it was very palatable.
2013 was the answer...you cannot be 100% correct Barry...and I enjoyed the compliments without overdoing it. Already the petrol tones are detectable. This is hovering at the moment...waiting to open and thrill you...minerals and slate. Lively...and not as austere as I remember previous vintages in their youth. Lovely.
Points 17.5 and potentially more...
I had insisted that my wine would be the last of the three whites...
Opened 2 hours before...
Hirtzberger Riesling Smaragd Singerriedel 2001
A bargain from Ebay.
What an great smell...creamy stone fruits. Some petrol...and a touch of quince.
The guys just took ages to guess the vintage...which is completely understandable. The mineral veins wrap this up nicely. Without them you would be looking maybe at a dessert-style wine. Citrus acidity...peach palate...long finish. Very lovely.
The red was also very good.
Kreuzberg Schieferlay Spätburgunder 2011
Earthy, slate...tobacco on the palate.