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‘Hallo-wine and Bonfire night Tasting’, Thursday 3rd November 2016

Hallo-Wine” and Bonfire night tasting!!! A tasting of wines that have that Smokey Autumn feel as well as a little Horror movie feel!

Thursday 3rd November

‘Amity” Gewürtztraminer 2008, “ Sunnyside Vineyard”, Willamette, Oregon

Willespie “ Margaret River” White, 2011, Western Australia

Mehofer “ Organic” Zweigelt-Cabernet 2013, Wagram, Austria

Kabminye “ Irma Adeline” 2003, Barossa Valley, South Australia

Riberach, “Anti-These” 2006, Riberach, Roussillon

7-9pm, 22 Ritherdon road, London, SW17 8QD

Please book in advance: simon@whirlywine.co.uk  0208 672 2572

£20 per head for five 75 ml tasting glasses plus snacks.

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Whirly Wine tasting – 25th Feb

The first Whirly Wine tasting on 25th February went down a storm with my wholesale clients! These included ‘Hakkasan Restaurants‘, ‘The Palmerston‘ in Dulwich, Balham’s ‘Lambert’s‘ and ‘The Exhibit‘, ‘The Hood‘ Restaurant on Streatham High Road and ‘The Begging Bowl‘ in Peckham.

The outstanding wines of the day were the Willespie Margaret River Red 2010 and White 2011 and Jean Michel Sorbe’s Quincy 2014. But to be honest, all 20 wines shown on the day were showing extremely well.

Don’t worry if you missed out, Whirly Wine’s is constantly sourcing exciting, individual wines from small producers from all over the world consequently we will be hosting another trade tasting at the end of the summer.

Mr Whirly

Here is the list of the wines tasted:

Bernard Remy NV, Allemant: “ Carte Blanche”, NV Brut: £18.30

“ Lemoss” Vino Frizzante Bianco, Non Filtrato, Ca di Rajo, Treviso: £7.50

“Domaine de Prevote”, Amboise. Sauvignon Tourraine, “ Les Tonnes Barils” 2014: £8.95

Jean Michel Sorbe, Quincy, Cher sur Loire 2014: £15.00

Luc Percher, Cour- Cheverny, Loire, VSIG Blanc,  Organic and Bio ,“ Racines” 2010: £13.25

Villa de Puppi, Friuli, IGT Venezia Giulia, Sauvignon Blanc 2014: £11.90

Luc Percher, Cour- Cheverny, Loire sur Cher,  Organic and Bio, VSIG Blanc 2012: £11.90

Veyovis, 100% Verdejo, Rueda, 2014: £9.45

Perusini, Friuli Colli Orientali, Friuli, Pinot Grigio 2014: £13.50

Perusini, Friuli Colli Orientali,  Friuli, Ribolla Gialla 2014: £13.60

Lillypilly, NSW, Australia, “Tramillon’ 2014: £10.30

Villa de Puppi, Friuli, IGT Venezia Giulia, Taj Blanc ( 100% Fruilano) 2014: £11.95

Graziano, Montevolpe, Redwood valley, Mendocino, USA,  Tocai Friulano 2013: £13.45

Willespie. Margaret River,  Western Australia, Margaret river white 2011: £11.90

Graziano, Redwood valley, Mendocino, USA, Chenin Blanc 2011: £13.40

Luc Percher, Cour- Cheverny, Cher sur Loire, “ Mosaique” 2011: £13.25

Zivo, Eola Amity Hills, Willamette valley, Oregon, USA, “ Whole cluster Project ” 2009: £32.90

Perusini, Friuli Colli Orientali,Friuli,  Refosco 2013: £13.95

Cobaw Ridge, Macedon ranges, Victoria, Australia, Shiraz- Viognier 2003: £25.00

Meloso, de calvo Arroyd, Tempranillo 2014, Ribera de Duero: £9.20

Graziano, Montevolpe, Redwood Valley, Mendocino, USA, Sangiovese 2010: £13.75

Willespie, Margaret river, Western Australia, Margaret River red 2010: £11.90

Velenosi, Marche, Italy, “Rosso Piceno Superiore” 2010: £24.75

Passing Clouds, Bendigo, Victoria, Graeme’s blend 2010: £15.95

Willespie, Margaret River, WA, Cabernet 2001: £45.80

Spring Mountain, Napa, USA, Organic Napa Cabernet 2009: £65.00

Graziano, Montevolpe, Mendocino, USA, Late Harvest Tocai Fruilano 2011: £16.45

Lillypilly, Leeton, NSW, Fiumara 7: £16.25

Austria

Austria: Wagram

“Mehofer”, Neudeggerhof, ( certified Organic wines)

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My first wines from this country and what a find they are too!

I visited the vineyard in April 2013 and it was a lovely experience indeed. Stephan is a young winemaker, taken over the mantle from his father a few years ago of a family business established early in the Eighteenth Century ( do have peek at the film on You tube link on the ‘Why Whirly” page)

What amazed me was the quality, balance and structure of the wines given that six months earlier they were only grapes on the vines. They have great acidity and freshness with low alcohol levels too ranging between 10.5% and 12.5%. These are beautifully structured wines, full of joy and clarity and they know exactly what direction they are going in!

P1000224A picture of the vineyards of Mehofer from the gentle undulating hills above the valley near Neudegg

I will write in more details soon about these wines and give you more detailed tasting notes, but below are the wines I have imported from Stephan Mehofer, all the whites are 2012 and the Zweigelt is a 2010 vintage.

Mehofer Klassik Weib
2012 Wagram Gruner Veltliner Klassik: £7.95

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Mr whirly says: “ really fresh and young Gruner Veltliner with hints of green apple. Wonderful value for an Organic Gruner. ”

2012 Wagram Riesling Klassik: £10.50

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Mr Whirly says “ Another delight from Stefan Mehofer, young fresh Riesling ready for drinking now.

Mehofer Lagen

2012 Wagram Roter Veltliner Riesmein:

Mr Whirly says: “ much fuller than the Gruner this is the red version of that grape. Fleshy with red apples and a little Strawberry” : £10.95

2010 Wagram Zweigelt-Cabernet Sauvignon: £10.95

Mr Whirly says: “ A lovely `Autumn wine, smokey wild strawberries on the nose with some lovely farmyard essences too. The Cabernet gives the wine a little weight but this is a light red almost like a Pinot Noir or Gamay.”

P1000229A picture of Stephan in the “road” cellar that runs underneath the courtyard of his 18th century family home