Great day out at the Oval yesterday, to watch the one day international between South Africa and England. I was with Justin Howard Sneyd of Laithwaites, and we were sitting on the first row of the OCS stand, which provided a great view, close to the action.
The game was enhanced with some lovely wine. First off, a Riesling from Donnhoff: the 2010 Norheimer Kirschheck Spatlese. This was off-dry but precise with lovely complex citrus and melon fruit.
Then some Felton Road. The Bannockburn Pinot Noir from 2010, which showed lovely balance of ripe cherry and plum fruit. Very stylish.
Next up, Justin’s own wine: Domaine of the Bee Les Genoux 2010. This was ripe but nicely poised with black cherry, plum and berry fruit, but also some nice savoury mineral characters. Quite serious.
And England won!
Donnhoff Norheimer Kirschheck Riesling Spatlese 2010 Nahe, Germany
8.5% alcohol. Very precise and off dry. Taut and mineral with citrus, lime and melon notes. Textured and really appealimh with lots of potential. 93/100 (£23 Laithwaites here)
Felton Road Pinot Noir Bannockburn 2010 Central Otago, New Zealand
Full flavoured for a Pinot but not heavy, with focused cherry and plum fruit. Bright with smooth texture and good acidity. Supple with a bit of spicy bite. Lovely wine. 91/100 (2011 is £30 from Laithwaites)
Domaine of the Bee Les Genoux 2010 IGP Cotes Catalanes, France
A field blend of mainly Grenache and Carignan. This is the best barrel, bottled separately. Lovely black cherry and plum fruit that’s ripe, but which also has aa grainy, mineral, savoury streak to it and good tannins. Lovely concentration and a nice savoury, mineral quality. 92/100 (£29 from www.domaineofthebee.com)