The results from the first ever tasting of the
Wine Explorers project, which has so far seen over 2,250 wines tasted
after a 180,000km journey, have been announced.
It began in January 2014 as a three-year adventure to scour the globe
– from Peru to Ethiopia to South Korea with many points in between – to
uncover the most obscure winegrowing regions.
A 100% Koshu aged for six months in French oak, then two years in bottle. Judges found this a “delicate and subtle” wine with complex notes of vanilla and acacia and a slight smokiness. A food pairing of fish and beurre blanc was suggested.
A 100% chardonnay aged for six months in French and American oak, the wine had a fresh nose with some floral notes, with pleasant acidity on the palate. A wine that “displays some personality”, judges said, suggesting a pairing of tagliatelle with salmon.
A 100% noble-rot Vidal, was judged a “beautiful wine – dense, rich and sweet but still harmonious” with a “pretty nose” of pineapple, apricot and mango”. A pairing of vanilla ice cream and hazelnut feuillantine was suggested.
A majority Colombard blend with small amounts of Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin, this was ”a very aromatic wine – light and pleasant – that seduced by its ‘drinkability’,” the judges said.
A 100% noble-rot Riesling which the jury described as ”undoubtedly an unusual wine”.
1 – Cuvée Violette 2012, Le Vieux Pin, CANADA
A 100% Syrah aged for 14 months in a combination of new and old oak barrels (19% new).
This was found to be “a wine full of elegance and finesse” with green pepper notes on the nose with herbs, olives and blackcurrant. On the palate, slightly herbaceous with a tapenade and red berries profile. A veal chop was suggested as a pairing.
2 – 5 Estrellas 2009, Casa de Piedra, MEXICO
A blend of Tempranillo, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache and Cinsault, aged for 12 months in French and American oak.
Judges said this blend had a “lot of finesse”, with a complex, earthy nose, and notes of black olive and plum that would pair well with Chili con carne.
3 – Kerubiel 2005, Adobe Guadalupe, MEXICO
A blend of 38% syrah, 16% Cinsault, 16% Grenache, 6% Tempranillo and 3% Viognier.
The blend was described as seductive and very well made with dense structure and intense notes of jammy plum, strawberry and gooseberry.
4 – Le Grand Vin 2012, Osoyoos Larose, CANADA
Merlot-dominant with some cabernet sauvignon and small amounts of Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec, aged for 20 months in French oak barrels (60% new, 40% of one wine).
Judges found a nose of spices and wild herbs, combined with ripe black fruits. The wine showed “remarkable density and length” and suggested a pairing of roast lamb.
5 – Pinto Bandeira 2014, Vinícola Aurora, BRAZIL
A 100% pinot noir aged for six months in French oak.
The wine showed a nose of modern Pinot Noir, woody, judges said, with ripe and fruity with notes of blackcurrant, precise extraction and long length. A pairing of white meat or marinated tuna was suggested.
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