Today was the Enotria tasting, held at ‘Altitude 360′ on the 29th floor of the Millbank Tower. I’d never been here before, but it’s a stunning location with views across London in all directions.
Enotria are a major agency business with a broad portfolio that’s particularly strong in Italian wines, but is becoming strong across the board. I began with three South African estates: Thelema (high quality, refined whites and reds), Tokara (brilliant whites) and Glen Carlou (disappointing). Then I had an Australian segue, with Skillogalee from the Clare Valley (brilliant Riesling and Gewurztraminer, but reds that were a bit too minty). Then off to Italy, where I tried through two stunning line-ups: Jermann and Anselmi. I went back to Australia for Langi Ghiran, whose Riesling (from Great Western and Henty fruit) impressed, but by this stage the tasting was getting pretty crowded and the red wines a bit too warm, so I called it a day.
The London views, from top to bottom: (1) looking up towards the Houses of Parliament and the London eye; (2) Westminster Abbey in the middle, with the Post Office tower and Centrepoint sticking up in the background; (3) the tower of Westminster Cathedral sticks out left, with Wembley Stadium central in the far distance; (4, below) Lambeth Palace in the foreground, and then the City of London with the Barbican visible left – showing how much of a kink there is in the Thames.