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Exciting additions add a new dimension to the Liberty Portfolio Tasting

20th September, 2013

Exciting additions add a new dimension to the Liberty Portfolio Tasting

Last Tuesday The Oval Cricket Ground once again hosted a fantastic London Portfolio Tasting with record attendance!  Arranged by varietal and with many new wines and vintages on show there was much to explore. Also in attendance were our new Madeiras, craft beers, cider, gin and vermouth which proved to be a huge draw for many who shared our opinion that these are welcome additions to our portfolio. We would like to thank everyone who came along for making it such an enjoyable day!  

As the day drew to a close, David Gleave MW shared his thoughts on the highlights of the day which can be viewed on this short video: https://vimeo.com/74948497  

Following the tasting, Liberty Wines’ buyer Jennifer Docherty put together some of her particular favourites which we have included below. If you would like any more information on any of these wines then please get in touch.  

"The 2010 Littorai Hirsch Vineyard is a testament to how well Littorai wines are made. At three years old, it is developing nicely and you can clearly see that it is a fine wine with poise and with a long life ahead but at the same time offers drinking pleasure now.  

Orben 2008 is a Rioja reserva. It is intensely fragrant, concentrated, with racy acidity and fine structured tannins. Drink now or age. This Rioja deserves a place on wine lists among the more well-known ‘premium’ Riojas such as Viña Tondoni or, Marqués de Riscal due to its quality and precision. It will no doubt be able to age like some of the best Riojas.  

Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret’s Hautes-Côtes de Nuits ‘La Croix’ 2011 will be on my next staff order it is tasting so well now. It has all the characteristics that you want in a red Burgundy, perfume, clean, pure ripe red fruits with hints of spice and violets, smooth tannins, brisk acidity and a fine finish.  

Hunawihr’s Riesling Grand Cru Rosacker 2011 was sublime. It was ripe, with aromas of dried apricots and hints of honey and white flowers. I always appreciate the roundness and weight of Alsace Rieslings and this one is especially balanced with its racy acidity. The complexity and the longevity of this wine offers outstanding value.

The Boisset Mâcon-Igé Château London 2011 was delicious. If this wine was given to me blind, I would not be in Mâcon, I would be in Beaune due to the elegance and refinement on this wine. It had hints of melon and white peach, seamlessly balanced and drinking perfectly now.

I have been seeing lots of Rueda on restaurant by the glass wines lists and our Rueda from Vetus is very good in comparison because it has good intensity of flavour where others are citrus and neutral. Vetus’ Rueda is lightly aromatic with hints of dried herbs, grapefruit with refreshing acidity. Rueda’s can be drunk on their own or with starters.  

Altos Las Hormigas Malbec 2012 is outstanding value. It has a elegance, perfume and depth that often is lost in Malbec-masked by oak or alcohol spice from high alcohol levels. The 2011 Valle de Uco Malbec (available from November) should not be over-looked. It’s incredibly concentrated and will develop beautifully.  

We are due for a Beaujolais revival, the wines are charming. Domaine Les Tours de Montmelas 2011 has juicy fragrant fruit and spice and Domaine de Gry-Sablon’s Fleurie is bursting with red fruits in addition the floral fragrance that is undeniably Fleurie.  

David Sautereau’s Sancerre Rosé 2012 was on show with its subtle label changes. 2012 was a riper vintage in the Loire, compared to the 2011 which reflects well in this Pinot rosé giving it ripe red fruits-very appealing.  

Viña Punto Alto’s Punto Niño’s Pinot Noir ticks all the boxes of a Pinot Noir at this price point. I am increasingly impressed with the Pinot Noirs coming out of Chile at their respective price points, they are becoming more refined.  

I was delighted at how well the Nativa organic wines were tasting. I tasted the new 2013 organic Sauvignon Blanc and it had both citrus (lemon lime) and tropical passion fruit aromas and a lingering finish. A lot of Sauvignon’s finish short-especially at this price point, but this one lingers before fading. The organic Carmenère 2009 was really stunning. Carmenère is such a difficult grape to grow but lovely when made correctly. Carmenère is a late ripener and it is important to pick it at the right time when the grapes are ripe(not herbaceous) which is unfortunately at the expense of losing acidity.  

Castaño Monastrell and Hécula Monastrell are so consistently good because they offer that lifted fragrance and depth that you would expect in finer wines and not wines at these price points. They are truly some of the best Monastrells that I have ever tasted coming out of Spain.   Both the Castillo de Tomàs Verdejo and Tempranillo are hitting their stride and tasting very well-round and fruity and tasting above their price point.  

I was able to taste some Italian reds briefly at the end and thoroughly enjoyed (and will be ordering) Marina Coppi Barbera Castellania and the new Vigneti del Salento ‘I Muri’ Salice Salentino. I thought both of these wines offered incredible value for money and can’t wait to have the Salice Salentino with some hearty winter fare.”              

Jennifer Docherty: Wine Buyer, Liberty Wines