A slightly after the fact blog post, this. It’s basically all about Sunday, which was a remarkable day on many accounts, and topped with some nice wines.
First of all, the rugby World Cup Final. A splendid game, tight and exciting, with the right team winning. Wish I’d stayed on a few more days for the final, but it wasn’t to be. There will be a lot of sore heads in New Zealand right now: Monday was a public holiday.
And I can’t let the momentous game at the Theatre of DreamsTM go unremarked upon. City absolutely stuffed United on United’s own home turf. 6-1. Who’d have thought it?
Sunday was also remarkable for the weather. It was 20 degrees and sunny, and this in late October. Sweet as, as my Kiwi friends would say.
We lunched at my sister’s in Gerrards Cross, and brother-in-law Beavington pulled out some appropriately nice wines.
Seven Springs Sauvignon Blanc 2010 Overberg, South Africa
I really liked this the first time I tried it, and its appeal has persisted. Lively aromatics with lovely grapefruit and citrus fruit. Fresh, pure, aromatic and lively. Lovely fruit purity. 90/100
Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc 2010 Marlborough, New Zealand
Distinctive stuff with a pronounced green pepper/herbal edge to the ripe, boldly flavoured fruit on the palate. Real gooseberry characters, with lots of interest. 89/100
M Lapierre Morgon 2009 Beaujolais
I was really interested to try this, from Marcel Lapierre’s final vintage. It shows ripe yet elegant raspberry and cherry fruit. Beautifully judged with a bit of savoury, grippy structure under the elegant fruit. Nice black cherry fruit here. Fine and expressive. 91/100
Château Suduiraut 1997 Sauternes
Golden bronze colour, this is rich and powerful with apricot, honey, crystallized fruits and marmalade notes. Intense, sweet and very rich. Some creme brulee character, too. Fabulous. 94/100