Wine tasting: the tree gets caught up in vines

Wine tasting: the tree gets caught up in vines
Written by Edward Fraser

This was a team night to remember, or not in some cases… 

Regardless, the biggest and best part of the evening was spent learning about the world’s most wonderful drops as our very own Chairman, Ray Andrews, hosted the entire team. We learnt about how to taste, what notes to look out for and how some wines can be so similar and so different all at the same time.

Here are the evening’s photos - I was there but behind the lens. The wines we tasted are below.










The wines were split into into five pairs:

The same grape from different countries

We tried the Sauvignon Blanc from both France and New Zealand.

The wines:

  1. Touraine Sauvignon Blanc ‘Les Hauts Lieux’
  2. The Terraces Marlborough Sauvignon


Arguably the world’s favourite grape

We tasted the differences in Chardonnay, with and without oak barrelling.

The wines:

  1. The Wine Society’s White Burgundy
  2. Wither Hills Marlborough Chardonnay 2012


Different mouth feel

The wines were picked for their light to full bodied differences.

The wines:

  1. The Wine Society’s Beaujolais-Villages
  2. Blau, Montsant 2012


One country, different styles

High-end big hitters, we tasted the Claret and Burgundy.

The wines:

  1. Bourgogne Pinot Noir Vieilles Vingnes Maison Dieu, Domaine de Bellene 2008
  2. Chateau Charmail, Haut-Medoc 2008


The contest of age

Two Spanish wines that had 10 years difference between them.

The wines:

  1. Sabina Tempranillo, Navarra 2013
  2. La Rioja Alta, Vina Arana Reserva, Rioja 2005




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