Les Maskrey took us on a world wine tour with Waitrose wines.
Austria Grüner Veltliner - vol 12.5%, 2020, £10.49, on offer at £7.49
A pleasant, fresh, yet fruity wine.
Lareira – vol 13%, 2020, £11.99, on offer at £7.99
example of an albariño with a lovely zing.
Greece Tsantali – vol 14%, 2019,
A nice wine, rather soft for a cabernet sauvignon, more like a merlot.
South Africa Spier – vol 14%, 2020, £6.99
In comparison with the Tsantali this wine was much more characteristic
of a cabernet, with fuller body.
Portugal Gran Passo Classico – vol 14%, 2017, £7.99
A blend of 4 grapes including a syrah. A rich, tannic, inky wine. Most enjoyable.
Argentina Finca Lalande – vol 14%, 2020, £10.49, on offer at £7.49
A good example of a malbec. Rich in tannin.
Les introduced us to a varied selection of reasonably priced
wines and drew our attention to their special characteristics. It was most interesting to hear his personal tales about Portuguese vineyards, including the ones on the coast where the vines are grown among the sand dunes. Many thanks Les for presenting such
an informative tasting evening, particularly at short notice.
NB The Chairman’s Selection has been re-scheduled for the 2022-23 programme.