Yesterday was the last day of London Wine Week, and by the looks of it a glorious sun-filled finale at the Wine Car Boot. We, however, made do with some cans of Magners in a car park.
Last Thursday we were very pleased to serve up some vinous delights to the team at It’s Nice That, and what could be a better match to their eclectic mix of art, design, music and publishing than an introduction the the what and why of wine blends.
First up was a classic Langudoc blend of Grenache, Marsanne, Vermentino and Rousanne. Well-balanced, with no particular grape making itself known, at 13.5% ABV is was a rich boozy mouthful – perfect with ripe soft cheeses – but not especially refined.
In contrast to that was the Evolution White ‘16th Edition’ blend of nine different grapes. Heavenly honeysuckle scents and a sweet but fresh palate, like tropical Chewits, this wine would be a great match for fragrant Asian dishes and fresh sushi.
So pleased were we with the Schild Estate GMS that we tried last Tuesday, it was no issue to try it again here as an example of a Rhone blend with added Aussie oomph. Rich, bloody and spicy, it divided the group, some saying ti was too bitter, others enjoying its guts.
Lastly, and the most expensive wine of the evening, was the Shiraz-dominated The Chocolate Block 2012 from Boekenhoutskloof, South Africa. Powerful but balanced, with blackcurrant juice and rich, smooth flavours.It was certainly the winner of the evening, and a beautiful example of the power for blends to be greater than the sum of their parts.
We drank up the remainder and headed to Duke’s Brew & Que for an astounding selection of pulled pork and beef ribs, plus a couple of pints. Many thanks to the It’s Nice That team for their hospitality, questions and enthusiasm – cheers!