Wednesday 2nd December 2020

(online, via Zoom)


"As You Like It: Any Port in a Storm"

A presentation by Peter Hampton


Douro Terraces

There was a good virtual attendance at this meeting, with a total of 25 people in 15 Zoom windows.


The presentation was intended to be informative and interesting but without being too long-winded!  An outline of the types of port available was covered (Peter has stored his presentation notes here,in case anyone would like to see them).

Members were then encouraged to tell us all about what they had chosen to drink, and why.


A summary of who drank what, with their comments, follows, in the order they were asked:-


  • Derek & Liz A. ~ Taylor’s 10 y.o. Tawny.  Fruity and nutty. £15ish.
  • Stuart & Sue W. ~ M&S Rosé Port.  Lovely chilled fruity aperitif, £9.50 for 50cl.
  • Trevor & Daphne K. ~ Quinta do Crasio LBV 2010. 4yrs in barrel, 6 in bottle, decanted, £14 for ½-bottle, Gt.Western Wine, Bath.
  • Mike & June W. ~ Symington, Quinta do Vesuvio (Upper Douro), vintage 2009, lovely bramble, chocolate, vanilla hints. £28/btl en primeur.
  • Roy & Amanda K-U. ~ Dow LBV 2011, bottled after 6 years, plum, damson, nutmeg. £15-20 Harrods.
  • Claire H. ~ Graham’s LBV 2015.
  • Trevor & Kim H. ~ Warre’s Warrior (Ruby Reserve). Smooth & fruity. £17 online. Also Graham’s 10 y.o. Tawny. £20ish Excellent with food, such blue cheese – and cake!
  • Dennis W. (visitor) ~ Croft, Quinta Rueda 2002, en primeur
  • Philip M. ~ Dow, £11. Also Tesco White Port (Cockburn)
  • Tracie & John B-B. ~ White port – great in cocktails. Also a Taylor’s LBV, £10.
  • Anne P. ~ prefers Madeira so - Henriques & Henriques Madeira.
  • Chris & Sharon H. ~ Taylor’s 10y.o., Also Andresen LBV 2007
  • Ken & Mabs W. ~ Taylor’s Select Reserve. Ruby, £10.50 red. to £7.50
  • Georgi G. ~ Taylor’s 1st Estate Reserve. Full, rich, sweet, caramelly & fruity.
  • Peter H. ~ Taylor’s 10 y.o. Tawny


As apparent from the above we covered a wide variety of ports in our own selections!

A Happy New Year to all Members, past, present and future.


Looking forward to Stuart's "Christmas Leftovers" presentation in January!



PGH, Dec.2020



Chardonnay Vineyards at Puligny Montrachet

Wednesday 4th November 2020

(online, via Zoom)


"As You Like It: Chardonnay"

A presentation by Claire Hillyard.


The 'Zoom' meeting was attended by 13 people, about 25% of membership.


Claire's notes are shown below, and these are followed by details of the wines tasted by attending members, together with their comments. Thanks to all who supplied this information.

The evening was All About Chardonnay. (AAC not ABC!!) and it was great to have an opportunity for us all to discuss our favourite/chosen wine.

Chardonnay is of course most famous as the grape of white wines from Burgundy and these are my wines of choice. (As well as Champagne of course!)

They tick all the boxes:

• There is a wine for all occasions - from the elegance of Puligny-Montrachet and Meursault, reserved for special days to the wines of the Maconnais for that every day tipple.

• There is a wine to suit each and everyone’s pocket too. You can enjoy a lovely Burgundy for under £10 but spend a lot more and not be disappointed.

• There is a wine for most, if not all, palates - from steely Chablis to citrusy Macons to the more complicated nutty overtones of the fine wines of the Cote de Beaune - a plethora of flavours!

This evening I have chosen a couple of wines from the Maconnais, as I think they taste good and are reasonably priced.

But before I go on to talk about them, I thought this was as good a time as any to look back at the mixed fortunes of the chardonnay grape: "the rise, fall and rise again of Chardonnay"!!

Round about the beginning of the 80s, when varietal labels began appearing on bottles and pubs starting serving wine by the glass, chardonnay was all the rage. However, with its success came the Australian over oaked stuff which flooded the market and gave rise to its naff reputation in the 90s and beyond. And what made matters worse, Bridget Jones declared it to be her favourite wine and one of the wives in the TV programme Footballers Wives was actually called Chardonnay! So the writing was on the wall - it became decidedly uncool with many of wine drinking public, who incidentally seemed unaware that Chablis was 100% Chardonnay!!

Also, during this time, Sauvignon Blanc, especially from NZ, became the new kid on the block and many switched to this supposedly more sophisticated wine along with another little upstart enjoying rocketing sales - Pino Grigio!

However, as one wine connoisseur said ‘people will get bored with the

overpowering flavours of Sauvignon Blanc and come back to the ubiquitous subtleties of Chardonnay.’ Too true!

And that’s exactly what’s happening - now, after years in the wilderness, the wine is finding favour again – Chardonnay is back, thanks in part to an Australian-led charge and a tweak to the wine’s taste to suit palates seeking a less oaky flavour. Thank goodness for that! One of my sons lives in Western Australia and there in Margaret River we have enjoyed some very nice Chardonnays - quite delicate and a far cry from that ‘in your face’ Jacobs Creek! Also chardonnays from Chile, notably Santa Rita Medalla Real, are achieving high praise - less oak seems to be the way forward. Wines from both countries have the quintessential characteristics of the chardonnay grape - but in my opinion, are not quite Burgundy!!

My recommendations are:

Macon Villages from Majestic (£13.99/9.99 for 6 mixed case) and Saint Veran again from Majestic (£16.99/£14.99 for 6 mixed case)

Mâcon-Villages 'Les Roches Blanches' 2019, Louis Jadot

Origin: Louis Jadot is considered by many to have one of the finest winemaking reputations in Burgundy. To retain the fruity character of grapes picked from some of the best Mâcon villages, this Chardonnay is completely unoaked. It's a fresh, clean white with bright notes of green apple, pear and slightly pastry-like complexity finished by a swooping mineral finish.

Grape: Chardonnay

Saint Véran 'Haute Cuvée' 2018 Rijckaert F. Rouve, Burgundy

Origin: Jean Rijckaert is renowned for creating fantastic white Burgundy.

Under his guidance, Florent Rouve, who began making wine in Jura at just 16 years old, has created this exceptional Saint-Véran. Aged for up to 15 months in small oak barrels, it's rich and round with gentle oak influence and a fine, succulent texture.

Claire Hillyard, Nov.2020




The wine we drank at this month’s meeting was the

Maycas del Limari Chardonnay Reserva Especial 2018. 

It’s from the Wine Society and costs £12.95 a bottle. 

The grapes are raised on limestone soils and are fermented briefly in 228-litre and 600 litre barrels, only 20% new, “leaving a tiny hint of oak” according to the Wine Society, though we didn’t detect it at all. 


We  like Chilean wines, but this promises more than it delivers. In the glass it looks delightful, clear, bright, light golden. On the nose there is plenty of citrus fruit. so one has high hopes as the glass approaches the lips only to be disappointed. Yes, there are some lemony citrus notes, but the predominant impression is of green apples. The finish is either "refreshing" or more simply "sharp" as there is too much acid to balance the fruit and the hint of minerality; and it's short. There's really not much to recommend this wine and for a pound or two more one could have a decent Macon, lifting chardonnay to a whole different class.

Mike Webber, Nov.2020



Trevor is not keen on Chardonnay so tasted:

Hardys Crest Shiraz, 2017, 14%. £7 from Tesco.

Deep ruby/purple in colour with a bright crimson rim.

A bouquet of intense, ripe raspberries and  black cherries with overtones of vanilla and spice. Perfect for lamb shanks.

Trevor Henry, Nov.2020



My chardonnay was:

Louis Latour Macon-Lugny 2018, 13% abv, Majestic, £10.99 (mix-6 price, down from £14.99)

Production notes:

The village of Lugny is quite high up and with a mild climate. Grapes are from 30-year-old vines grown on clay & limestone soil.

Yield is 50 hectolitres per hectare, mechanically harvested. Fermented in stainless steel vats, with malolactic fermentation allowed. 8 to 10 months aging in stainless steel. (So no oaking).

Wine notes:

Pale gold colour, notes of honey & white fruit on the nose. Apples, lemon curd, toasted citrus in the palate, with rich dryness and rounded mouthfeel. Beautiful balance of fruit, acid and alcohol, with good length.

A lovely example of very reasonably priced white Burgundy - a lot of character, and a distinctive and typical French Chardonnay which should prove a perfect introduction to those who think that they don't like white wine in general and chardonnay in particular…!

Peter Hampton, Nov.2020 



On the coast south of Adelaide is McLaren Vale. The climate is warm enough to guarantee lush, chocolatey reds from shiraz, grenache and cabernet, while its strong maritime influence invests elegance in chardonnay, viognier and marsanne.

 McLaren Vale (South Australia) known mainly for Shiraz, Cabernet sauvignon, Merlot, and of the whites Chardonnay. The Adelaide Hills area east of the city are cool and provide the perfect ingredients for lemony sauvignon blanc and chardonnay.


WS notes. Apple and peach-scented, dry, rounded, unoaked and crisp, adding up to a great-value white and a classic Australian blend.

Notes on the bottle. A famous watering hole in the heart of Australia’s premium grape-growing area is the inspiration behind these easy-drinking expertly made wines, (also shiraz,cab-sauv) which embody fruit-focussed characterful Australian winemaking at its best. This juicy white fused Chardonnays appley bounce with the palate filling softness of Semillon, rounded off by a lovely citrusy zing. Enjoy lightly chilled.

£6.50 The Wine Society 13%



I bought this wine from the Wine Society last week particularly for the Wednesday evening and it accompanied a baked Dover for dinner.

Nose/aroma  was medium intensity fresh citrus and delicate fruit.



Lemon, not harsh citrus, apple, melon and honey that continued and as the lemon being a high note mellowed slightly, the dry and predominantly chardonnay with its flintiness became more prominent blended with the fruitiness of the Semillon’s citrus and tropical fruits. The lack of oakiness in the taste was refreshing.   This was a very pleasant and easy drinking wine, going well with delicate fish or just a late afternoon aperitif.


Overall. Unpretentious and pleasant. 

The blend of chardonnay and semillon works well and the wine will last for a couple of days easily. It is rare for The Wine Society to come up with a wine under £10.00 that is of lesser quality. At £6.50 & 13% abv, extremely good value and although I tend not to go for Aussie wines any more, would not hesitate to restock. Remember it for the next summer.


Julia Cornborough Oct 30th 2020


The wine we drank was not unfamiliar to us as its one we enjoy and that is the Macon -Villages 2018. The wine from Waitrose was on special offer at £9.99 a bottle against the normal price of £11.99.


The wine is made from chardonnay grapes, grown in the Maconnais region in south of Burgundy. This wine is unoaked and is an excellent example of modern white, Burgundy.

It is crisp and dry with fresh citrus and peach flavours, displaying a hint of minerality true to its origin.


We normally drink the wine slightly chilled with fish, seafood chicken or white meat. Whilst we recommend this wine we also enjoy a Chablis Premier Cru or a nice Montrachet!


Geoff & Lynne Jones, Nov.2020


There was convivial chat at the end of the meeting - We hope that there will be even more attendees at the next few meetings in order to maintain contact between WWS members whilst we are still unable to gather together physically!

Note - the next meeting will be via Zoom on Wednesday 2nd December at 19:30, "Any Port in a Storm".  Notifications will be sent by EMail.


If any members have suggestions to broaden the appeal of meetings, either in subject matter or meeting format, the committee would be pleased to receive these.

Peter Hampton, 14th November 2020



Wednesday 7th October 2020

(online, via Zoom)


"As you like it: Merlot/Merlot blend”

A presentation by Trevor Henry


This was the first of several online events planned at the end of 2020 and start of 2021 to keep us all entertained learning about and enjoying wine whilst we are not able to meet physically. The first was presented by Trevor Henry, “As you like it Merlot/Merlot blend”, with members asked to also present on the wine that they had chosen on the night. Everyone enjoyed the night and I think enjoyed being able to participate in the conversation.

A special night was had by Georgina Gillet who had a “rush” of family and friends (within the rule of 6) over to enjoy dinner and the wine.


There was a good ‘turnout’ for this event – many attendees have passed on their notes, and these are shown below (in no particular order):


 Trevor Henry:  Artusi Merlot:  12% £6.75 from the co-op. A modern, fruity style of Merlot from Italy’s Veneto region –  Features mellow body and oodles of ripe fruit. I found myself tasting red fruit, plum and blackberry. Good with, beef, pasta, lamb, game. Occasion: BBQ, Sunday lunch


Mike Webber: Chateau Moncets from Lalande de Pomerol 2010, bought en primeur from the Wine Society in 2011 and laid down until quite recently, though the Society’s drinking window is 2015-2022. The vineyard is on the border with Pomerol proper. It is 70% merlot, 20% cabernet  franc and 10% cabernet sauvignon.  20% of it was aged in new oak barrels before blending.  Alcohol is 13.5%. Great depth and complexity of flavour with lovely soft tannins.  Still plenty of fruit – all the flavours one associates with the three grapes in the blend and overlaid with notes of vanilla. I am happy to say that I still have two bottles!

David Hopkins: Triade from Puglia Italy, from Waitrose price unknown as it was a gift but I'm guessing at least £10/12. A blend of Primitivo, Negroanaro and Nero di Troia grapes. Full bodied soft and supple. Most enjoyable on its own but no doubt a great accompaniment to red meats and Italian food.

Claire Hillyard: Chile - Montes single vineyard selection - Merlot 2018 (14.5 % ) Majestic Wines price £9.99. Intense favours of ripe red fruit such as strawberry, plum and cherry abound. Twelve months in oak barrels adds a spicy note and provides the structure that allows the wine to develop in bottle. This will be perfect with nice pink roast lamb.

Roy King-Underwood: Domaine du Grand Mayne 2017 Merlot Cabernet List price £10.65. There is a UK shop in Hampshire that organises delivery

Stuart Warnock: Esprit de Puisseguin 2018


Peter Hampton: Chateau Pey La Tour, 2015.  Appellation Bordeaux Controlee, part of the Dourthe estate.  14.5% abv. 90% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet   Sauvignon. Purchased in 2018 from Waitrose at £7.50 per bottle (after 25% 6-bottle discount). Vineyard lies a few miles East of Bordeaux, between the Dordogne & Garonne rivers. Ripe & Fruity.  Gentle tannins, Plum & red-fruit aroma. Nice long finish. Very good value, good with simple meat or cheese dishes.

Georgina Gillet: 2018 Chateau Pey La Tour (same as Peters but different vintage)at 15 % vol I thought would be much too robust for me but the fact that I tasted my first glass whilst eating (I very often sample wine whilst preparing food) I enjoyed the dense full fruit flavour and found the wine rich and smooth. In fact have been back to Waitrose to replenish stocks at special offer price!

Julia Cornborough: Wine Society’s Portuguese Old Vines in Young Hands 2017 red priced at £5.95.  it is comparable with a merlot although slightly lighter, thus going well with light meat, fish and cheese, the latter being evidenced during the meeting munching on my Devon goat cheese. The wine comes from the Douro Valley and the WS notes are as follows

Formed in 1955, this revitalised co-op is in the town of Vila Real in Portugal’s Douro valley, situated in the north-east of the country.

It sources its grapes from 1100 growers across the region, using native Douro grape varieties like malvasia fina for whites and tinta roriz (tempranillo), touriga franca and touriga nacional for the reds.


The grapes for the Old Vines in Young Hands wines we buy come from gnarly old vines grown on ancient terraces. By contrast, the winemaking team is the youthful, dynamic and talented Rui Madeira and Luis Cortinhas, part of a generation of winemakers who have been revolutionising Douro wines since the beginning of the 21st century.

They use these traditional grape varieties to make fresh, balanced and easy-drinking wines, and this modern approach has clearly paid off – they’ve already won a plethora of awards from across the world.


I had the red a few months ago as a one-off to sample and I am happy to have half a case in the garage! My en-primeur days have long gone of cases of Claret, hoping I will reach the age to enjoy it as Mike said last evening. I can really recommend these for everyday drinking at a good price.


Trevor Henry, Oct.2020


Saturday 18th  July 2020

(online, via Zoom)

"Table in the Garden"


Usually in July members and guests are able to enjoy the delights of an evening cheese and wine party at Pamphill Village Hall but sadly this year due to Covid19 restrictions this had to be cancelled. The committee decided that to try and fill this void they would organise a “table in the garden” ZOOM event for members and guests to meet up in a “host's” garden (subject to restrictions). On a beautiful sunny afternoon in July approx. 30 members and guests sat down to enjoy a glass of wine and chat about the wines consumed. The table hosts included Peter Holguette, Trevor Knott, Trevor Henry, Chris Holding, Roy King-Underwood and Geoff Jones.


A variety of interesting wines were shared and discussed.

For example, at Roy's table, a reserva Cava, a Chilean Païs and a superb white Burgundy were among the wines shared by socially-distanced  Roy & Amanda King Underwood, Stuart & Sue Warnock, Claire Hillyard, and Peter Hampton.


If any hosts would like the attendees at their table and the wines they tasted added to this report (if you can remember them - I have to admit I couldn't remember all those we had) then please let me know - thanks!


Peter Hampton, Aug.2020

Wednesday 3rd  June 2020

(online, via Zoom)

"Sauvignon Blanc - Why Pay More?"




In a change to our published programme, where our meetings in April and May have both been cancelled due to the Covid-19 restrictions, the WWS committee decided that for June we could try an ‘online’ meeting, using ‘Zoom’ technology, where members could join in on-screen.

Accordingly, members were invited to purchase any, all, or none of three different Sauvignon Blanc wines at three price points.  The Co-Op was selected as a supplier as there are numereous Co-Op stores in the Wimborne area and this would make it easier for members to source the wine for tasting.

Members were then invited to sample the wine(s) and make any comments they felt appropriate.


The time approached – 19:30 on Wednesday 3rd June, when we would normally have been meeting physically at the Allendale Centre – and I awaited the ‘join meeting’ requests on my Zoom screen in the comfort of my own home!

In the end, most of the committee and some members ‘attended’ on-screen, but turnout was not really very good – 10, in fact.  Thank you very much for your support to those that did ‘attend’.

Peter at his untidy desk tasting the Sancerre

It actually went pretty well … we all had something to say.

The wines, plus our comments, were as follows:-


(1) ‘Lime Tree’ Sauvignon Blanc, S.E. Australia, 12.5%, Co-Op, £5.35

This was a simple and basic wine as you might expect given the price. Very pale lemony colour, the nose had certain typical Sauvignon Blanc characteristics, such as the slightly leafy, lime and gooseberry notes, which were reflected in the taste, but it was very short-lived, fading quite quickly from the palate. It could be described as ‘balanced’ but this was largely because there was not much of anything! It was generally felt to be very much a ‘glug and forget’ style, which might suit a barbecue on a hot afternoon, but by no means memorable. I scored it about 6/10.


(2) Yealand’s Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand, 12.5%, Co-Op, £9.50*

Quite a similar colour, with a slight greenish tinge. A much more intense NZ Sauvignon Blanc nose, with citrous, green pepper and gooseberry aroma to the fore.

This again was typical for what it was – an up-front grassy acidity, with the gooseberries prevailing. It seemed a tad acidic for the amount of fruit but did at least have a decent length. I scored it 7/10 on the first pass – though see later comment!


*Though Andrew Skinner said he’d seen it for £7 in Sainsbury’s, which is perhaps significant…


The above two wines were both shipped to the UK in tanks and bottled here (like many of the wines imported from the new world).



(3) ‘Les Côtes’ Sancerre, Eastern Loire, France, 12.5%, Co-Op, £15


A whole different ball-game. You can spend quite a bit more than £15 on Sancerre so this is actually at the lower-end of Sancerre prices, but nevertheless it had so much more going for it than the previous wines.  A similar pale-lemony colour, with light fragrant nose. In the taste we found that, along with the grassy, gooseberry tones there were pleasant lemon-peel notes, and minerality - a kind of stony flintiness which reflects the terroir and gives the wines loads more character, in my opinion. Lovely fruit-acid balance and good length. I scored it 8/10.

This was definitely everyone’s favourite. (It’s a bit of a pity we didn’t have more NZ Sauv.Blanc fans attending as this might have engendered some lively differences of opinion…!)

So, the answer to the (not rhetorical) “Why Pay More?” question at the top was – You pay more to get a much more interesting quality wine!  I guess this is sort of self-evident but at least we were able to experience it directly and discuss our reasoning!


And now, something we’ve not done in a report before …

Having kept some wine in the glass from the first two tasted, we went back and re-tasted these:


(2) Yealand’s Marlborough Sauv.Blanc.

After the quality and character of the Sancerre, this wine tasted completely different from earlier. Now, it seemed hugely unbalanced, with massive acidity swamping any fruit character – in fact, it has to be said, it was almost undrinkable.  This was quite a revelation, and suffice it to say that I would not recommend that anyone ever taste these wines in this order! So only 4/10 on tasting this 2nd time around!


(1) Lime Tree Australian Sauv.Blanc.

This virtually disappeared. Nothing really to say here, other than it was … wine.

[Fran & I used it in a marinade for some barbecue meat subsequently and it did OK for that…!]


As we had also used the meeting for social chat we ran out of the first tranche of Zoom-time (limited to 40 minutes) but restarted another session before finally calling at a night!


Geoff & Lynne did a draw for those participating this evening - thank you! - Winners were Sue Warnock, Marion Eldrett, and yours truly.

Prizes will be distributed in due course!


A very pleasant time was had by all.


We may try something similar again, but I’m not entirely sure how we can present it to encourage more members to participate.


I’ll keep the WWS website updated with any news and proposals.  

Looking forward to seeing everyone 'for real' as soon as possible.

Report by Peter Hampton,  June 2020

Wednesday 4th March 2020

"The Wines of New Zealand"

Presented by

Nigel Gilling, Liberty Wines



Geoff Jones welcomed Andrew Skinner to the Committee, then Nigel Gilling of Liberty Wines presented 'New Zealand' to the 35 attendees. The country today has around 700 wineries and 1,800 wines.


[Liberty Wines own presentation notes document can be found HERE]


The general wine report (1,2,3 white, 4,5,6 red) follows:


Wine 1 – Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc (Tinpot Hut) 2019 (NZ). Sauvignon Blanc grapes. Crisp apple and grapefruit. Light minerality, dry. Ripe rather than sweet. Score: 8

ABV 13%, Liberty Wines, £13.99


Wine 2 – Marlborough Pinot Gris (Framingham) 2018 (NZ). Grapes: Pinot gris. Alsace style. Bramley. Light, sweet, smooth. Score: 7

ABV 14%, Liberty Wines, £15.99


Wine 3 – Hawkes Bay Chardonnay (Trinity Hill) 2016 (NZ). Grapes: Chardonnay. Flinty mineral. Creamy pineapple. Score: 6

ABV 12.5%, Liberty Wines, £16.99


Wine 4 – Marlborough Pinot Noir (Ribbonwood) 2016 (NZ). Grapes: Pinot noir. Dark red berry nose. Relatively smooth, but a bit thin and skinny. Score: 6

ABV 13%, Liberty Wines, £17.99


Wine 5 – RUA Central Otago Pinot Noir (Akarua) 2018 (NZ). Grapes: Pinot noir. Richer red, more balanced. Sirop. Score: 7

ABV 14%, Liberty Wines, £19.99


Wine 6 – Hawkes Bay Syrah (Trinity Hill) 2017 (NZ). Grape: Syrah. Deep red. Dark fruit nose. Score: 7

ABV 12.5%, Liberty Wines, £16.99


Note, Liberty Wines are merchants for trade only; their offerings are available through New Forest Wines in Ringwood.




The raffle winners this month were Ken Wood, Andrew Skinner and Mike Staddon.




Chris Holding

Wednesday 5th February 2020

"Tastings - on the theme of Love"

A Presentation by WWS Member

John Billington-Beardsley

Geoff Jones presented a ‘bottle of thanks’ to former Chairman Peter Eldrett at the start of the evening. Four prospective members were also welcomed. Then impresario (and recently-joined member) John Billington-Beardsley presented “Tastings on the theme of love (very loosely)” to the 45 attendees. In his presentation John linked each wine to a romantic event in his descriptions & narrative.


The general wine report (1 fizz, 2 rose, 3 white, 4-5 red, 6 Madeira) follows:


Wine 1 – Cremant du Jura (Jura,France). Chardonnay grapes. Mid-pale lemon colour. Apple, pleasant fizz. Score: 6

ABV 12%, Aldi, £8.49


Wine 2 – La Terrasse (Pays D’Oc) (Paul Mas). Grapes: Grenache / Syrah / Cinsault. Pale, peachy hints. Light, modest and dry. Long; not much fruit. Score: 5

ABV 13%, Sainsbury’s, £10.00


Wine 3 – Doudet-Naudin (France). Grapes: Chardonnay. Mid lemon hue; citrous nose; Sweetish, hint of rhubarb, oily. Score: 5

ABV 13%, Co-op, £7.25


Wine 4 – Dogajolo 2017 (Carpineto, Italy). Grapes: 70% Sangiovese / Cabernet, others. Deep red, chewable, good first impression, dark red-fruit.  A little thin. Score: 6.5

ABV 13%, The Jolly Vintner Too, £13.50


Wine 5 – Burlesque (USA). Grapes: Zinfandel from old vines. Mid-dark red. Good dark-fruit nose, a bit leafy; fruity, spicy, hints of sloe & damson. Blackcurrant sirop. Soft tannins, Good finish. Score: 8

ABV 14.5%, The Jolly Vintner Too, £10.00


Wine 6 – Madeira (Henriques & Henriques, Portugal). Grape: Malmsey + many others. Treacle and prunes; hints of honey & caramel. Very pleasant. Quite smooth. Score: 8

ABV 19%, The Jolly Vintner Too, £12



The raffle winners this month were Roy King-Underwood, Marion Eldrett and Andrew Skinner.




Report & notes by Chris Holding

L-R: Bag-in-Box (BiB) - decanted; pouch; can; pouch; can; flat plastic postable bottles in their boxes

Wednesday 8th January 2020

"Lost Your Bottle?"

A Presentation by Committee Member

Peter Hampton


Peter Hampton presented “Lost your bottle?” to the 39 attendees, in which he asked “Must good wine only come in a bottle?”

The statistics are that the glass production and wine-related transportation areas account for around 68 percent of the overall carbon footprint of the wine industry in its current form. New methods of wine packaging are becoming more visible in the market, so who better than our illustrious crew to road-test a few of them.


Note, a majority of wine is purchased for "immediate consumption" (i.e. from 'now' up to about a week ahead), so these alternative methods of packaging wine are significant in the marketplace.  For wines for longer-term keeping (i.e. from a few months up to several years), due to the way they mature, glass bottles (with cork closure) would probably be more appropriate. 


The general wine report (1-2 white, 3 rose, 4-5-6 red) follows:


A different dispense for our pourers!

Wine 1 – Abtei Himmerod (Abbey) 2018 (Berncastel-Wittlich). Riesling grapes. Fruity and penetrating; a fine mineral note and a long final acidity.  Score: 4

ABV 12%, Amazon, £24.99 (3 litre Traditional Bag-in-Box) (= £6.25/btl)


Wine 2 – Pheasant Gully 2018 (S.E. Australia). Grapes: 55% Semillon / 45% Chardonnay. Crisp with modest acidity and sweetness. Score: 6

ABV 12.5%, M&S, £12.50 (1.5 litre Foil Pouch = 6-month shelf life)


A fresh and zesty Australian white wine with fruity flavours of lemon and oranges with a crisp dry finish.


Wine 3 – Mirabeau Classic Rosé 2018 (Provence). Grapes: 60% Syrah / 40% Grenache. Summer fruits on the nose. Mouthfeel is light and turns to raspberry. Score: 7

ABV 12.9%, Waitrose, £3.49 (250 ml Aluminium Can) (= £10.50/btl)


Many of us thought that this was good enough to take on a summer picnic.

[Also available in glass bottle from Waitrose].


Empty pouches

Wine 4 – Cotes du Rhone Villages 2018 (Southern Rhone). Grapes: 60% Grenache / 40% Syrah. Cigars and vanilla. Smooth. Thin but satisfying. Score: 7.5

ABV 13.5%, M&S, £17.00 (1.5 litre Pouch) (= £8.50/btl)


Also available from M&S in glass bottles.


Wine 5 – Francis Ford Coppola ‘Diamond Collection’ 2017 (California). Grapes: Pinot Noir. Vanilla with a hint of aluminium*! A good finish, as above. Score: 7.5

ABV 13.5%, Amazon, £22.49 (4 x 250 ml Cans) (= £16.87/btl)

Fruit-forward and nicely textured. Quite expensive but very good!

Available in bottle in the USA, but only in cans from Amazon UK.


Peter with postable bottle

Wine 6 – Brisa Tempranillo 2018 (Carinena). Grape: Tempranillo. More vanilla. A darker red. A bit of fizz. Score: 8

ABV 13.5%, Inspiring Wines, £13.50/btl (Flat Pack postable ‘letterbottle’)


[P.H. note:

An imaginative new concept - a full 75cl bottle flat enough to go in a cardboard box and through a letterbox. I'm not sure if it was really worth £13.50 a bottle but if they can expand on the idea and try it with a wider variety of wines from around the world this could take off!]



The raffle winners this month included Trevor Knott and Georgina Gillett.



* Notes & report by

                                       Chris Holding








We could also have tried these - "Minivino" - available from Sainsbury's (& McColl's) for about £2 each, plastic with a foil rip-top & plastic lid.

Italian Merlot - tried this at home - not much cop! Handy for picnics I suppose.

Peter H.


4th December 2019

Christmas Dinner at Merley House, Wimborne

We had a superb meal here.  A welcoming 'forest' of lit Christmas trees in the reception area was a charming idea.

The food was excellent, and all tables brought an interesting selection of their own wines to share with co-diners.

To take our table as an example, we were able to taste, at appropriate moments of the evening, amongst other things - an English Sparkler, a Sancerre, a 1er-cru Montagny, a good bourgeois-growth claret, a cracking Sauternes, & a S.African Constantia dessert wine.


Overall a thoroughly enjoyable evening with good food, good wine & good company.


I think we may well be coming back here in December 2020!


Some photos from the night are on our Gallery page here.


Incidentally - the Christmas Quiz was a 'hidden-word' passage containing a number of wine-related terms, which I have saved in our Google-Drive area in case anyone is interested ... follow this link to the QUIZ


PGH Dec.2019




Roy starts his presentation...


6th November 2019


Portuguese Wines

A Presentation by our Treasurer,

Roy King-Underwood


Now Roy's getting going...


New Chairman Geoff Jones welcomed one and all, reminding us of the Xmas Dinner at Merley House on Wednesday 4th December and that the first New Year meeting is on Wednesday 8th January for obvious reasons, which everyone obviously pointed out (hecklers)!



With 46 attending and Treasurer Roy King-Underwood presenting on Portuguese Wines, the stage was set for a wonderful evening, and it didn’t disappoint.  Roy’s hidden talent for foraging a great selection of quality wines has to be applauded (else he’ll put the fees up!).


Society members discuss the wines




The general wine report (1-2 white, 3-4-5 red, 6 dessert) follows:


[Tasting notes by Chris Holding]


Wine 1 – Quinta de Azevedo 2018 (Vinho Verde region). Loureiro / Alvarinho* grapes. Bright with aromatic citrus notes. A little light. Score: 5

(*=Albariño in Spain)

ABV 11.5%, The Wine Society, £9.50


Wine 2 – Planalto White Reserva 2017 (Douro). Grapes: Malvasia Fina / Voisinho / Gouveio / Codega. Delicate & aromatic with pear and melon. Fruity and with a finish. Score: 7

ABV 13%, Majestic Wine, £6.99 (x6 mixed)


Wine 3 – Al Ria Tinto 2017 (Algarve). Grapes: Touriga Nacional / Tinta Roriz* / Syrah. Vanilla nose, quite smooth. Spicy notes and unassuming. Score: 7.5

(*=Tempranillo in Spain)

ABV 14%, The Wine Society, £7.95


Wine 4 – Agenda 2016 (Dão). Grapes: Touriga Nacional / Alfrochiero / Tinta Roriz. Herby and spicy with red fruits. Smoother than no. 3 with pleasing nose, and holds well. Score: 8

ABV 13%, Majestic Wine, £7.99 (x6 m)


Some members enjoy a picnic whilst waiting for the pourers...!

Wine 5 – Ramos Reserva 2017 (Alentejano). Grapes: Trincadeira / Aragonez / Syrah. Ruby with pudding spice and good length. More rounded and full, long finish. Score: 8.5

ABV 14%, Majestic Wine, £7.49 (x6 m)


Wine 6 – Adega de Pegoes 201x (Setubal). Grape: Moscatel. ("Muscat of Alexandria") Sweet dessert wine, whose marmalade colour darkens to gold over time. Raisin-y, notes of orange peel/marmalade.  Golden colour.

Orange, a little like ‘Cointreau light’. Score: 8

ABV 17.5%, The Wine Society, £8.95/bottle*


*Generally dessert wines come in 375 ml or 500 ml bottle sizes.


The raffle winners this month included …. Me!!!




Chris Holding




 7 pm for 7.30, on WEDNESDAY 4th DECEMBER 2019. 

Bring own wine. Cash bar for aperitifs & digestifs.


2nd October 2019



Followed by presentation by Dorset Wine Company, Dorchester

on the theme "Italian Wines"




AGM Minutes


Minutes are stored on WWS Google drive here:- CLICK HERE


The AGM  closed at 8.00pm


Italian Wines – presented by The Dorset Wine Company.


Following the 2019 AGM approx. 30 members of the Society were pleased to welcome Elliot Knott of The Dorset Wine Company for an interesting and informative Italian Tasting.

Unfortunately, there was no suitable “nose” available on this occasion, but the list below of those wines tasted will hopefully offer a flavour of the evening:

2018       Fiano, Mezzogiorno, Puglia         13.5%    £8.99

2018       Mito Soave DOC, Monte Tondo 12%        £11.99

2018       Sibiliano Grillo, Cantine Europa, Sicilia  12%        £8.99

2018       Barbera d’Asti DOCG, Cantine Povero    13%        £9.99

2018       Sangiovese Toscana IGT, Caparzo             13%        £10.99

2018       u…Passipiento, Baglio Gibellina, Sicilia 13.5%    £10.99


Geoff Jones, Oct.2019


Next Meeting: Wednesday 6th November, Roy King-Underwood presents "Portuguese Wines".





4th September 2019


"Organic Wines"

Presented by WWS Members

Andrew Skinner, Georgi Gillett and Trevor Henry

This was an intriguing and informative session.  Between them, the presenters covered a variety of wine styles and price points, and we were given a brief overview of the definition of Organic Wine. This varies around the world: for example, the USDA, U.S. department of Agriculture, bans addition of all "sulfites" (sic), including imported wines, to wines defined as 'Organic'.  The E.U. does permit sulphite addition - and in fact, naturally-occurring sulphites appear in most wines anyway!


The wines we tasted were as follows:


(1) Giol Perla Frizzante Rosato.  Lightly sparkling rose wine from the Vento region of Italy, using 5% Merlot & 95% Glera (the Prosecco grape).  11% abv.  £10.95, from The Village Vine, Ashley Cross.

Wine has low sulphur (and is also vegan).

Pale salmon-pink, slightly off-dry. Pleasant red-berry and pear hints, but without a huge amount of character. 6/10

(2)Organic Pinot Grigio delle Venezie. 12% abv. £5.99 from Aldi.

Mid lemon/pale gold colour. Leafy pear hints. Pleasant dry finish with toucvh of lemon and vanilla. Nice length. Good value. 7/10

(3) 'Domaine Begude' Etoile. Chardonnay, Limoux, France. 13.5% abv. £13.99 from Majestic.

A 29ha vineyard; rocky/limestone, 300m altitude.

Pale/mid-lemon. Perfumed. Pleasant mid-dry; little/no detactable oak. Fragran. Nice mouthfeel. 7.5/10

(4) 'Terra Tangra' 2016, Bordeaux-style red from Thracian Valley, Bulgaria. Made with Cab.Sauv./Merlot/Mavrud (a native Bulgarian grape). 14% abv. £10.50, from The Village Vine, Ashley Cross.

Dark maroon-red - no purple -deep, dark berry-fruit nose. Gently tannic, good fruit/acidity balance and nice length. Very appealing. 7.5/10

(5) Torro Loco Bobal, 2016, organic red from Utiel Requena, near Valencia. 12.5% abv, £4.99, Aldi.

Mid-red. Pleasant light & spicy red using the local speciality grape Bobal. Fruity, easy-drinking, and very good value! 8/10

(6)'Domaine Begude' Esprit 2017. Pinot Noir, from Limoux. 13.5% abv. £15.99, Majestic.

Rich ripe & spicy, and darker than one would expect Pinot Noir to be. Good depth & length, agreeable 'farm-yardy' notes. A "non-standard" P/N, and none the worse for that; good fruit.  Possibly a bit one-dimensional. 7.5/10


All these wines were pretty good, and for those determined to buy organic wine there would be no odd or unpleasant surprises.  How they would age is another matter - it might be interesting to see how they behave after another 5 years or so.


Tasting notes by Peter H.


Next Meeting - AGM, Wed.2nd October

+ Presentation from Dorset Wine Company, Dorchester




7th August 2019


"Fine Wines"

Presented by Stuart Warnock


This was a popular presentation, attended by over 50 members and guests – so it was a good thing that Stuart had bought 4 bottles of each of the wines for tasting; there was enough to go round!


As we have a limited budget for wines for presentation at meetings, it was decided that we could reduce the number of wines from 6 to 5, in order to ensure a high enough quality.



Peter Eldrett, WWS Chairman, included in his introduction a reference to a query he had made to Decanter magazine a couple of months ago, in which he had asked simply if there was a definition of “Fine Wine”.  The reply – published in the magazine, as editorial staff thought the reply would be of interest to readers – was interesting (and rather non-specific), but implied that most wine could be classified as “Fine”, “Good”, “Fair” or “Poor”, and that “Fine Wine” would be a wine which one greatly enjoyed and would happily buy and consume again.  No specific reference was made to cost – this is not always an indication of quality (but it is certainly a good start).


The 5 wines presented were, in this order, as follows:


(1) Chateau Pouilly 2015 (Pouilly Fuissé).  15½% abv., Costco, £16.20/btl.

100% Chardonnay.

This wine could be considered as an ‘entry-level’ fine wine. The Pouilly Fuissé appelation (in Macon, South Burgundy) produces some lovely White Burgundy, at a significantly lower price than the (rightly) famed appelations of  Montrachet and its environs.

This wine was a pale mid-lemon/straw colour, crisp & aromatic, vanilla notes from light oaking. Full-bodied, with honeysuckle/honey notes, lightly citrous, with a lovely long finish.  Most attendees liked this a lot. I know I did (I scored it 8/10). And at that price, superb value too.


(2) Terras Gauda 2017 (Rias Baixas ‘O Rosal’). 12½% abv., Costco, £11.98/btl.

70% Albariño,20% Caiño Blanco,10% Loureiro, all local (Galician) grape varieties.

Stainless steel tank fermentation for freshness, using natural yeast.

Pale straw colour. Citrus & peach on the nose. Crisp, light, tropical fruit & grapefruit notes. (Producer's tasting notes mentioned Bay Leaves & Mint - yes, but we weren’t sure we could detect Mint). Nice refreshing summer white. 7½/10.


(3) ‘Turkey Flat’ Rosé 2018. Barossa Valley. 13½% abv., Costco, £10.78/btl

100% Grenache.

Destemmed fermentation, unfiltered, stainless steel tanks.

Salmon pink. Floral/red berry nose. Strawberry & cherry on the palate, and a good length.  Pretty good … but many of us felt that it was not sufficiently better than slightly cheaper characterful rosés from (say) Provence.  It was, however, much better  than cheap mass-produced Californian big-name brands! I scored it 7/10 at most.


(4)  Domaine de Valmoissine 2016. Louis Latour, Var. 13½% abv., Costco, £9.58/btl

(or Majestic, £13.99 reduced to £9.99 currently)

Approx 100% Pinot Noir.

Louis Latour … but it wasn’t red burgundy! The Var region is in S.E.France, near the Côte d’Azur.  Ideal Pinot Noir growing conditions; 500m above sea level but lots of sunshine and cool at night.  Lovely Pinot Noir mid-red colour – ruby, no purple. Red fruit, cherry, plum, berries. Low/silky tannins. Oak-fermented and 10-12 stainless steel ageing. Fruity, juicy, slightly earthy.  Excellent … and again, at his price, a quality French Pinot Noir well worth seeking out.  8/10


(5) Chateau Batailley, Pauillac, Grand Cru Classé, 5th growth. 13% abv., Costco, £36/btl.

(Much dearer elsewhere – e.g £60 at Harvey Nichols!)  Castèja family-owned. The chateau is named for the battle which took place on the site in 1453 (in the 100-years war).

70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot.

We had to finish with a classic … thank you Stuart.

Dense & purpley-red. Rich, ripe, blackcurrant & nettle-leaf;  some dark chocolate & blueberry notes, background forest floor and cedar. The tannins are sweet .  Good to drink now, but plenty of ageing potential: drink it over the next 25 years!  9/10


What an evening and what a fine way to finish it.


Tasting notes by Peter H.


Raffle prizes were won by Mike Webber, Daphne Knott and Trevor Henry.


Next WWS meeting: 4th September, Organic Wines. Andrew Skinner et al.



But before then – note, WWS visit to English Oak Vineyard, Lytchett Matravers, 11:00 a.m. Wednesday 21st August, £12 a head.

Tour & tasting to be followed by a picnic on-site (bring your own).


PGH, Aug’19


3rd July 2019


Cheese & Wine at Pamphill


A lovely Dorset summer evening ... good food, good wine, good company.

Attendees were offered a great selection of local cheeses, including Dorset Blue Vinny, accompanied by salads, pickles, cold meats and artisan bread from Le Petit Prince in Wimborne.

We all brought our own wines to share and as a result we were able to sample a wide variety of (mostly summer) wines.

We finished with a selection of our own desserts.

During the course of the evening attendees undertook our Summer Quiz, which presented a number of mildly cryptic clues to solve. For a selection of photographs taken at the event use the Gallery tab above or follow this link.





5th June 2019


"English Wines"

Presented by Roger Marchbank


A whopping 54 attended this evening on English Wines, presented by Roger Marchbank, proprietor of Coach House Wines and a Director of The New Forest Marque. Before the presentation of the wines, Roger spoke about the English wine industry, noting how it is changing and improving rapidly.  There are over 600 vineyards in the UK, producing over 5 million bottles a year, of which two-thirds is sparkling. Around 1 M vines (2 M bottles) were planted in 2018. French champagne houses Taittinger and Vranken-Pommery Monopole now have English wine projects in Kent and Hampshire. Pommery’s Alresford vineyard will be maintained via robotic control - representing a significant capital investment. With land prices for vineyards in similar terroir being about 10% of those in the Champagne area their interest is understandable!


The general wine report (1-2 white, 3 rose, 4-5 red) follows:


Wine 1Beaulieu 2018. Bacchus grape. Bright, appley nose. Zesty, flavoursome. Score: 7

ABV 11%, Roger Marchbank, £9


Wine 2Lyme Bay Winery, Lyme Block 2018. Grapes: Bacchus primarily; plus Pinot Blanc, Reichensteiner, Madeleine Angevine, Solaris and Seyval Blanc (hybrids which ripen better in the English climate).  Light, appley nose. Grapefruit bite. Akin to Loire Sauvignon Blanc. Score: 6

ABV 11%, Aldi, £9.99


Wine 3 – Brook Hill Rosé 2017. Slight red-fruit nose. Syrupy, honey tones. A little hollow. Just off-dry. Score: 5

ABV 11.5%, Brook Hill, £7.50


Wine 4 – Furleigh Estate Tyrannosaurus Red 2014. Pinot Noir 82% with Rondo and Pinot Meunier grapes. Cherry and herbal hint, Slightly acid finish, Mid-red, trademark pinot. Score: 6

ABV 12%, Furleigh Estate, £10.45


Wine 5Somborne Valley Estate Red 2014. Rondo grapes. Dark berries on the nose.  Still a little light. Could age well. Score: 7

ABV 11%, Waitrose, £11.45


The raffle winners this month included Stuart Warnock.





The next 2019 Meeting is on Wednesday 3rd July and is a Cheese and Wine evening at Pamphill Village Hall. Those interested in attending need to register their interest and pay Roy King-Underwood accordingly in advance where possible.




Chris Holding



A variety of disguises for the wines were employed!

Wednesday 1st May 2019


"Call My Bluff"







Presented by Bluffers: Committee Members Peter Eldrett, Roy King-Underwood, Geoff Jones, Georgi Gillett, and Peter Hampton, plus member Mike Hopkins.


There was not a huge turnout for this meeting (about 35) but enough attendees to make it interesting.  The format of ‘Call My Bluff’ is intended to reflect the old BBC2 panel game where participants & audience have to choose between three alternative meanings for an unusual word – or in this case, three alternative descriptions for a wine.


Six committee members each provided a wine for tasting, and three descriptions for it, only one of which was correct.

Members await the challenge...
Bluffers panel Roy, Peter H. & Georgi

Members tasted each wine in turn, and then listened to a panel of 3 committee members describing the wine – voting for the description which they considered to be the most accurate – or ar least, which most closely aligned with their own thoughts!

A wide variety of wines – and of descriptive styles! – was covered. Sometimes a consensus was arrived at, where most members agreed which description was most accurate, but sometimes this proved difficult – particularly when panel members were trying to be particularly persuasive (yes, Geoff, this means you…!).


Bluffers panel Geoff, Mike & Peter E.

The 6 wines we tasted were:


(1) An Italian Pinot Grigio, chosen by Geoff Jones. Descriptions were subtly different and specific identification proved tricky! A certain amount of guesswork was employed in the decision-maiking process…


(2) New World Chardonnay chosen by Roy King-Underwood. Descriptions were of Australian, Chilean, and Californian wine, and opinons varied widely.  The wine was actually the Californian Chardonnay, and many were impressed at how the characteristics of it were more subtle than expected, and certainly a change from how these wines were in the past.


(3) Rosés, chosen by Georgi Gillett.

“A very robust Chilean Las Mulas Cabernet Sauvignon rosé made by the Torres family between the Pacific and the Andes mountains, it comes from certified organic vineyards where viticultural methods respect the environment. This dry rose has more of a chew than most rosés. Rich and fruity with a beautiful colour it is versatile paired with chicken, seafood, cheeses or on its own.” (This was the correct one. It was a very attractive wine).

The other descriptions were of a 2018 Cotes de Provence Sainte Victoire rosé - refined and complex on the nose with hints of summer fruit and floral notes with a light citrus acidity. A combination of Grenache, cinsault and Syrah grapes.

Then a 2017 Masi, Rosa dei Masi from the Veneto, Italy. A fascinating rosé made from the refosco grape, with cranberry, strawberry, cherry and currant flavours.

(4) Sparkling Rosé, chosen by Peter Hampton.  Descriptions were of a Mirabeau Cotes de Provence rosé  from Waitrose, (Grenache/Syrah), a Crémant de Limoux from Tesco (Chardonnay/Chenin Blanc/Pinot Noir) – neither of which were right – and an Italian Pinot Nero (Pinot Noir), so NOT a prosecco, from the Veneto – which was right!

(5) A red variety, chosen by Trevor Knott/Mike Hopkins. This could have been either an Italian appassimento from Treviso (no), an Austrian red from Blaufrankisch & other local grapes (no), or a Morgon Beaujolais (yes).  Most people were able to identify the Gamay in this!

(6) Reds chosen by Peter Eldrett. This could have been a New Zealand Pinot Noir (it wasn’t), or a French Syrah (it wasn’t) or an Australian Shiraz – (it was!).


Chairman Peter Eldrett sums up the evening and invites members to distribute WWS flyers

Overall we had an interesting variety of styles and origins, identification of which was more difficult in some cases than others! Suppliers included Makro, Lidl, New Forest Wines, Waitrose, and the Wine Society.


A good time was had by all; the descriptions tested all our taste buds, and it was also a challenge to the committee members on the panel to bluff convincingly!


PGH, May’19

Chairman Peter Eldrett thanks the presenters

Wednesday 3rd April 2019

"Couples Night"

Presented by three couples,

WWS Husbands/Wives/Partners


Meeting Report


A bumper turnout of 50 attended this evening, presented by: 1. David Emes, 2. Mike Webber, 3. Mabs Wood, 4. Ken Wood, 5. June Webber, 6. Jennifer Emes.


Peter Eldrett announced a proposed (non-evening) visit to English Oak, Lychett Matravers, at £12 per head.


Taste expertise was provided by Marilyn Parrott (MP) this time, with thanks.


The general wine report (1-3 white, 4-6 red) follows:


Wine 1 - Boschendal Sauvignon Blanc 2018 (South Africa). Granite and shale soil. MP – Very clean, fresh on the palate. Lingering bouquet of citrus fruits. Easy to drink, fairly good legs. Expected ideal with salad and fish, a nice summertime drink. MP score: 7

ABV 13%, Tesco, £7.50


Wine 2 - Chartreuse de Mougères 2017 (Pays de Caux, France). Grapes: Vermentino, sauvignon blanc. This ‘new generation’ wine is made to ‘phenolic ripeness (brown pips)’ principles. MP - A lighter wine, floral bouquet. Good with snacks and a girls ‘light lunch’ and spring sunshine. Smooth and easy to drink. MP score: 6

ABV 12%, Wine Society, £7.25


Wine 3 - Tetramythos 2017 (North Peloponnese, Greece). Grape: Roditis. A natural, organic wine. MP - Not as clear as the previous two. Hard to pick a bouquet, maybe tree resin. However, it was clean on the palate with no aftertaste. Again easy to drink. MP’s score: 6, MP’s mate: 8!

ABV 12%, Wine Society, £10.95


Wine 4 - Thymiopoulos 2017 (Greece). Grape: Xinomavro. Another organic wine. MP - Lovely bouquet, good legs, nice and smooth. Very pleasant ‘dinner with friends’ wine. MP score: 7.5

ABV 13%, Wine Society, £10.95


Wine 5 - Minervois La Liviniere 2016 (France). Grapes: Syrah 55%, Carignan 30%, Grenache 15%. Chalk, clay and managanese terroir. MP - Elegant wine, beautiful bouquet, good legs. Full flavoured, would be fine with venison and game. MP score: 9

ABV 14.5%, Wine Society, £13.50


Wine 6 - Boschendal Shiraz 2017 (South Africa). This old wine estate is just 30 minutes from Capetown. Wine spends 14 months in barrels. MP - Very good colour and bouquet. CH: Spicy and elegant, vanilla on the nose, dry texture. CH score: 8.5

ABV 14%, Tesco, £7.50





The raffle winners this month were John Christopher, June Webber, and Liz Allen.





The next 2019 Meeting is on Wednesday 1st May and is a ‘Call My Bluff’ evening.



Chris Holding

From (L to R) Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Chile, Argentina, Chile

Wednesday 6th March 2019

"A Trip Round South America"

Presented by member Peter Hampton


Meeting Report

There were 46 attendees at this presentation.

Peter’s notes for the wines he presented are shown below.






Before Peter began, our chairman Peter Eldrett explained to members that the committee had narrowed the choice of venues for our Christmas meal this year (Wednesday 4th December 2019) to two, and members were asked to vote for the preferred venue.

Merley House, in Wimborne, won the vote. Members were advised that the entire venue would be at our disposal, and that a reduced corkage charge would apply to wines we brought for our own consumption, in view of the nature of our Society.  The Society will fund this charge for members. Details will be posted in an updated version of the year’s programme in due course.


Raffle Winners were:

1 Derek Allen

2 Janet Maul

3 Elspeth Hopkins


Notes for S.America presentation 6/3/19


“Trip round S.America” – should be across rather than round:

The 30°-50° N/S latitudes - the “goldilocks zone” where Vitis Vinifera can thrive (ref. Graham Sims’  grape presentation in Feb.) - means that tonight’s wines lie in this band, crossing S.America through Chile, Argentina, Uruguay & Brazil.

I did look briefly for wines further North – Ecuador & Venezuela have vineyards – but the wines are well-nigh impossible to find in this country, and one is suspicious of the quality of Equatorial wines.


See maps on each table, where I have attempted to show the location of each of tonight’s wines.Most wine detains are on the tasting sheets, but I’ve excluded where I got them and how much I paid … I’ll tell you this after each tasting.


Many of us are already familiar with the famous & popular grapes and wines of Chile (Cab.Sauv./Bordeaux blends, Chardonnay, Sauv.Blanc) and Argentina (Malbec in particular) so in the interest of variety I’ve attempted to include some of the lesser-known interesting grapes & blends from these and other S.American countries.


We’ll look at the wines in the usual order of lighter to heavier within white, rosé and red categories, rather than by country.


1. Torrontes grape – signature white, unique to Argentina. This one, La Rioja region, in Mendoza.

Cimarosa, La Rioja Torrontes, 2017. 13%

<< Pour >>

V.pale, Quite zingy, fragrant, aromatic … pink grapefruit … light in character and body, nice as aperitif or with light prawn/fish dishes.


Lidl, £3.49 (!)  now £5.99


2. Chenin Blanc/muscat blend. Rio Grande do Sul, Southern area of Brazil (too hot further N.).

‘Seival Vintage’, Rio Grande, Brazil, 2017. 11%

<< Pour >>

Light straw.  Nose - Vanilla, white fruit - pear, melon, hint of lime? Floral notes.

Not bone-dry. Low acidity; fruity easy-drinking. Some ripe citrus & tropical fruit with honey hints. Unusual blend.


Majestic, £6.74  (WIGIG but available elsewhere online)


3. Tannat rosé. Canelones region, Uruguay.

Tannat most common. Also grow Merlot, Chardonnay, Cab.Franc and others.

Progreso (town) Canelones region, NW of Montevideo. Top quality wine.

Tannat reds notoriously tannic, but slow ripening to full ripeness avoids astringent tannins. High humidity… tannat rot-resistant so well-established & abundant in Uruguay.

Juanico family, top quality wine producer. Well-drained soils. Humidity also allows for ideal acidity which results in a perfectly balanced finish. Slow lower-temperature fermentation in oak barrels gives vanilla character to the wine.

‘Atlantico Sur’, Tannat Rosé, Uruguay, 2018. 14%

<< Pour >>

Fresh bright & juicy. Beautiful colour, lots of character, nice long finish. Moreish!  Nose of cherries, coffee and a whiff of vanilla and coconut. Palate wise …a mouthful with zinging acidity and some gentle tannins. Creamy finish with pomegranate,cherries, liquorice and some vanilla.


Wine Society, £12.50


4. Pais. Maule valley, Chile.

Pais brought to Mexico by Cortes and spread all over S.Am.  Used to be the most-planted grape in Chile.  Other Europen varieties pushed it out.  Now enjoying a resurgence of interest.  Makes light, fresh, fruity wines – could be the “Beaujolais of S.America”.  This one - Constancia Vineyard, bush vines, dry farmed (no irrigation). Carbonic (whole bunch) maceration, like Beaujolais. Touch of French oak.

‘One to One’, Morande Pais, Chile, 2016. 13%

<< Pour >>

Plummy, light red, fruity & aromatic. Red cherry & raspberry flavours, with delicate spicy & slightly earthy finish. Great with charcuterie & ripe cheeses, and bbq in summer.


Majestic, £7.99


5. Bonarda, Mendoza, Argentina..

Bonarda almost exclusively grown in Argentina, 2nd to Malbec. Note, NOT the same as the Piedmontese Bonarda. Needs lots of heat to ripen, but never over alcoholic. Used in blends to give colour & perfume. Lower-lying vineyards to the E. of Mendoza – desert area with wide temperature range. Made in concrete vats (Piletas) to retain natural vibrancy and smooth out tannins.

Las Piletas, Santa Rosa Bonarda, 2017. 13%

<< Pour >>

Wine Soc buyer said: “Aromatic, bursting with flavour”. Not overbearing flavour profile, but with deep rich violet colour, explosive black-cherry flavour & inherent freshness. Ideal with roasts & stews.


Wine Society, £8.75 (down from £9.95)


6. Carmenère, Rapel Valley, Chile.

Carmenère imported with cuttings from Bordeaux; lost in Chile’s vineyards and became known as ‘Chilean merlot’  … identified only in 1994 and much Chilean “merlot” then reclassified. Late-ripening.

Bodega Volcanes de Chile – new winery dedicated to showcasing what can be achieved on volcanic terroir.

Volcanes de Chile, Rapel Valley Carmenère,2017. 13.5%

<< Pour >>

Deep intense red. Dark fruit flavours, blackcurrant, smokey & rich, notes of choc. & spice, herbs & olives. Ideal with meaty stews.


Majestic, £7.99



Who liked what best?

I’ve tried to give a cross-section of styles to point out potential for unusual and quality wines from around (or across!) the S.Am. continent, and to show that the way forward is not entirely dependent on the more famous worldwide grapes, but that an identifiable character can be established for S.Am. wines with indigenous and speciality grapes and styles.

See last October’s Decanter magazine for wide-ranging and informative articles on many unique grapes and how many of S.America’s young winemakers are taking things forward.



 PGH, March 2019

Wednesday 6th February 2019

"Let's Talk About Grapes"

Presented by Graham Sims (New Forest Wines)


Meeting Report



Graham Sims of New Forest Wines gave a presentation entitled ‘Let’s talk about grapes’ to a good turnout of 46 people. He noted that there are approximately 10,000 grape varieties. (Vitis Vinifera, the common grape vine - cultivars of Vitis vinifera form the basis of the majority of wines produced around the world. All of the familiar wine varieties belong to Vitis vinifera, which is cultivated on every continent except for Antarctica, and in all the major wine regions of the world.).  Phylloxera - a pest which sucks root sap & introduces infections - was accidentally introduced from the USA in the 1860s, and thereby destroyed most of the vineyards in Europe. There is no chemical or other defence so it is now controlled by the grafting of European vines on to Phylloxera -resistant Americal rootstock.


The general wine report (1-3 white, 4-6 red) follows:


Wine 1 – Domaine de la Noe Muscadet Sevre et Maine Sur Lie 2017 (France). It displayed a dry, mineral acidity.

ABV 12%, £9.99


Wine 2 – The Listening Station Chardonnay 2019 (Australia). This was bright, with red grapefruit on the palate, and nice acidity. It had legs. Most New World wines are single varietals, with blends listed in order.

ABV 12.5%, £7.99


Wine 3 – Cotes du Rhone Blanc ‘La Fleur Solitaire’ 2017 (France). Aromas of green fruit, but a little bland this one.

ABV 12.5%, £9.99


Wine 4 – Borsao Garnacha 2017 (NE Spain). Dark berries on the nose. Textured but thin and acidic.

ABV 13.5%, £6.99


Wine 5 – Pablo y Walter Malbec 2018 (Argentina). Creamy and velvety with a cherry aroma.

ABV 14.5%, £9.99


Wine 6 – Mitolo ‘Jester’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 (Australia). Bleach and tyres from this one! Clean with a thin finish.

ABV 14.5%, £14.99



All the above are available from New Forest Wines in Ringwood.


The raffle winners were Ken Wood, Peter Hampton and David Hopkins.





The next 2019 Meeting is on Wednesday 6th March and is ‘A trip around South America’ with Peter Hampton.



Chris Holding

Wednesday 2nd January 2019

"Supermarket Sweep" - Presented by Peter Eldrett


Fresh from their Xmas success, Ann Peterson and Jill Ridout, with Geoff and Lynne Jones, Beryl Ferency and her visiting son (AJ+) provided the ‘nose’ this time.


The general wine report (1-3 white, 4-6 red) follows:


Wine 1 - Silver Frond Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand (2018) - Came across as sweet, fruity and minerally. There was 1% Pinot Gris in it.

ABV 13%, Marks & Spencer, £8.00

AJ+ - Clean and crisp. We tasted gooseberry with a lime afternote. It was quite acidic.


Wine 2 - Cimaros Chilean Chardonnay reserve Privada, Chile (2016) - A 100% Chardonnay from Valle Central. Thinner but possibly rounder than Wine 1.

ABV 13%, Lidl, £5.79

AJ+ - Smooth, could taste vanilla, easy drinking.


Wine 3 - Campo Viejo Rioja, Spain (2017) - Viura and Tempranillo here. Sweet, apply and balanced impression.

ABV 12.5%, Waitrose £8.79 (Sainsburys £6.99 alleged)

AJ+ - Not strongly flavoured and little bouquet, but quite enjoyable.


Wine 4 - Fairtrade Shiraz, Western Cape, South Africa (2017) – Offered vanilla, was thin & pleasant, but what do I know!

ABV 14%, Sainsburys, £6.50

AJ+ - Strong, fruity bouquet, we could taste berries and chocolate after taste. Thought this a good wine for food.


Wine 5 - Calvet Prestige, Bordeaux (2018) - Merlot-Cabernet grapes. One from a widely distributed brand.

ABV 13.5%, Tesco, £8.00

AJ+ - Not a strong bouquet, yet tasted quite strong, almost harsh or flinty.


Wine 6 - Valpolicella Ripasso, Italy (2016) - A fine brew with Corvina, Molinara, Rondinella included. Rich, full bodied, with slight acidity. Red berry flavours detected.

ABV 13.5%, Morrisons, £9.00

AJ+ - A bouquet of fruit, smooth and dark with a cherry flavour.



Julia Cornborough gave thanks to Peter for a good selection. Wines 3 and 6 were probably the most popular on the night.


Attendance was just 25, partly due to the holiday period.


The raffle winners were Ken Wood, David Hopkins and Alan Brinded.





The next 2019 Meeting is on Wednesday 6th February and is being presented by New Forest Wines.



Chris Holding


Tuesday 4th December 2018


Meeting Report


Overall The Hamworthy Club delivered a good Christmas Meal experience to the 45 attendees. As well as drinks on arrival, there was carol music during the meal, a Society slogan competition, and a novel multichoice quiz to contend with. However, none of these minor distractions could dent the pleasant hum of genial conversation among the six tables during the evening.


{ Editor's note:  Thanks to the Hamworthy Club's agreement to a modest corkage fee, each table took the opportunity to bring along a selection of wines to accompany the meal.  The result was a splendid variety of wine styles, from many continents.  (For example, the "Table 6" diners were able to sample a good Champagne, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc & Sancerre (compare & contrast!), good white Burgundy, Beaujolais, a pretty decent bourgeois growth claret,  a number of regional French wines, and a First Growth Sauternes.) }


The winning slogan, as chosen by the Chairman and Vice Chairman, was “In pursuit of grapeness” by Fran Hampton - this is now added as a tagline to the web home page and various club communications - and the quiz was won jointly by Anne Peterson and Gill Ridout on Table 4, who scored maximum points! They later confessed to using the age-old technique of guessing every answer (we’ve all been there).


Let’s see where we end up in 2019. Any suggestions?



Chris Holding

Wednesday 7th November 2018


"Wines For Christmas" 

Presented by Ian Murray, of Templar Wines, Poole





In a change to the original Speaker, Ian Murray of Templar Wines arrived to present Xmas Wines to a packed house in the Quarterjack Suite.


Trevor Henry and his co-tastees (TH+) provided the ‘nose’ this time.


The general wine report follows:


Wine 1 - an aperitif

The white Cremant de Jura from Marcel Cabellier was a 100% chardonnay from a region East of Burgundy and South of Alsace in France. It showed apple / pear flavours. 25% of Jura output is fizzy wine. (ABV 12.5%, Price £12.95)

TH+: Dry, sparkling, very fruity - with apple, peach and brioche notes.


Wine 2 - for seafood starters

Nuovo Quadro (2017) Gavi del Commune Gavi Cortese. Supposed to be floral and dry with mineral tones, and good for seafood like scallops. (ABV 12.5%, Price £12.45)

TH+: Dry, nutty character - peachy, apply and crisp. Light and mouth-watering wine.


Wine 3 - goes well with a traditional turkey main

Tourelle de Tholomies (2017) is an organic 100% chardonnay from Languedoc. It is virtually an unoaked wine. There was not much nose but a fruity (grapefruit / gooseberry) palate. (ABV 14.5%, Price £9.85)

TH+: Bouquet of white blossom and vanilla. Tastes rich but not oaky.


Wine 4 - another choice for the main course

The light red La Ville de Colmar Pinot Noir (2011) hails from between Alsace and Burgundy wine areas. Colmar has low rainfall. (ABV 13%, Price £12.85)

TH+: Light tannins, light oak. Strawberry, raspberry - summer fruit on the palate.


Wine 5 - recommended for beef, game and casseroles

Verum 100% Malbec (2017) from Patagonia, Argentina is produced in a cool climate and French Oak. (ABV 13.5%, £13.85)

TH+: Medium-bodied, dark and ripe wine. Violet, black fruits, spice and chocolate all present.


Wine 6 - dessert wine for lemon meringue pie or Christmas pudding

Tabali Pedregoso is a late harvest Moscatel from Chile with a sweet, gooseberry and authentic Muscat grape aroma. (ABV 13%, Price £6.85)

TH+: Gold yellow appearance. Has a very intense flavour - acidic but sweet, with mango and honey.



A bumper total of 53 attended.


The raffle winners were Claire Hillyard, Sam Densom and Diane Prentice.





The Xmas Dinner is on 4th December, whereafter the first 2019 Meeting is on Wednesday 2nd January and is being presented by Peter Eldrett.



Chris Holding

Wednesday 3rd October 2018


Wines From Italy - Presented by Ken & Mabs Wood



Chairman Peter Eldrett

with Joy Christopher


Following the successful conclusion of the 2018 AGM and special gift presentation to Joy Christopher, Peter Eldrett introduced the remainder of the evening. New members Olive Blackburn and Jean Carr were welcomed to the Society.


The New Forest Wines Wine Festival on Saturday 20th October was announced, with details on tickets purchase (£10) and how to attend.


Philip Maul got a special mention for his cycling feat from Lands End to John O’Groats completed in September.


Ken and Mabs Wood then set out their stall of Italian wines for the 40 attendees.


John Christopher and Peter Holguette (collectively ‘JP:’) kindly provided the ‘nose’ this time:





The white Dei Castelli Di Jesi 2016 with Verdicchio grape (aka Trebbiano) had an (JP:) ‘apricot and hay nose, but was not distinctive’.


12.5% / £7.50 / Wine Society




The 2016 Barberani with grechetto grape was (JP:) ‘nothing discernable on the nose, bland’. It was like a burgundy, with a mineral nose and creamy texture, but was still bland.


Only 2 votes were received for this one!


12% / £9.95 / Wine Society




This 2017 Ottoventi from Sicily with Zibibbo grape had a (JP:) ‘Lemony, but not strong, nose’. No real nose on the first three wines.


13.5% / £10.95 / Wine Society






The 2015 Manfredi with Nebbiolo grape from Piedmont region was (JP:) ‘Strawbewrry and cinnamon’ and thin but stylish, vibrant and balanced. 


13.5% / £9.95 / Wine Society




The 2016 Di Manduria with primitivo grape from Puglia was next. It showed (JP:) ‘Blackberry and spicy notes’ and the smooth wine had good interest in the 4th bottle.


14% / £10.50 / Wine Society




Finally came the 2015 Valpolicella Ripasso from Veneto. The (JP:) ‘Figs and raisins’ detection was complemented by a smooth blackberry and velvety chocolate overtone. This wine has extra fermentation over the grape skins.


13.5% / £10.50 / Wine Society



This month’s raffle winners were Daphne Knott (Knott again!), Andrew Skinner and Philip Maul, our keen national cyclist.




Christmas Meal forms need to be returned (with full payment and menu choices) latest by 14 November please.


The next Meeting is on Wednesday 7th November and is being presented by Templar Wines.



Chris Holding



And look - new WWS Table Banner -

unveiled to rapturous applause!



Wednesday 5th September 2018

"Call My Bluff"



Some disguised bottles!


Whilst Chairman Peter went to ‘Mull it over’ for this one, VC Geoff Jones stepped in to help the rest of us mull it over on the night.


An interesting variety of disguises was adopted, with bottle hiding methods including Christmas gift wrap, lovely woolly jumpers, kitchen foil, and carrier bags.


The first half of the Call My Bluff evening consisted of a panel made up of Peter Hampton, Chris Holding and Georgina Gillett. Wine 1 was poured out, and each panellist gave a description randomly selected from the three (A,B,C) alternatives. After some tasting time, Geoff canvassed the room’s views, before the chooser (then the correct description) was revealed. Julia Cornborough (JC) kindly provided the ‘nose’ this time.


And so to the wines (for the full list, come to a session!):


Wine 1 (Peter Hampton)

A. Taylor’s Chip White Port @ 20% ABV / Waitrose / £11.29

B. Hidalgo La Gitana Sherry

C. Cotes du Jura Chardonnay


JC : Complex and nutty, not a salty manzanilla (B).


Wine 2 (Chris Holding)

A. Grüner Veltliner 2016

B. Rondolino Vernaccia 2017 @ 12.5% ABV / Waitrose / £9.49

C. Hartley’s Sauvignon 2017


JC : Aromatic gooseberries? Too sharp for Kiwi wine. Stony green so B.


At wine 2, Chris had a bit of trouble with his “Grüner Veltliner” pronunciation (phonetically ‘grew-ner velt-LEE-ner‘ - there are even You Tube videos dedicated to this problem!), but got through it manfully.


Wine 3 (Georgina Gillett)

A. Chateau de Berne Rosé

B. Camel Valley Pinot Noir Rosé @

C. Black Cottage Rosé @ 12% ABV / Majestic  / £12.99


JC : Summer fruit flavour of Provencal, refreshing Cornish, or New Zealand (similar to Provence). This one caught a fair few out!





After the break, the panel became Diane Prentice, Trevor Knott and Roy King-Underwood, with the same format...






Wine 4 (Diane Prentice)

A. Painted Wolf Cape 2014

B. Crianza Rioja 2014

C. Languedoc France 2016 @ 13.5% / Laithwaites / £10.99


JC: This one was seductive and velvety.


Wine 5 (Trevor Knott)

A. Baccolo Appassimento Rosso

B. Saint-Pourcain La Reserve @ 12.5% ABV / Wine Society / £7.75

C. Pepp, Blauer Zweigelt


JC: Close to Burgundy. Thin and sharp.


Wine 6 (Roy King-Underwood)

A. Buena Vista Zinfandel 2016 @ 15.5% ABV / M&S / £15.00

B. Ripasso Valpolicella 2016

C. Paolo Leo Primitivo 2016


JC : Jolly good. Cocoa and rose petals.



A total of 37 attended.


This month’s raffle winners were Ken Wood, Diane Prentice, and Daphne Knott.



Christmas Meal (Tue 4th December) forms were handed out, which need to be returned (with full payment and menu choices) latest by 14 November please.


The next Meeting is on Wednesday 3rd October, AGM, with a presentation on Italian Wines by Ken & Mabs Wood.

The following month’s meeting is on 7th November, when Templar Wines will be presenting on the theme of “Wines for Christmas”.



Chris Holding


Wednesday 1st August 2018

"Gents Night"


Presenters, L-R

Brian Mole, Andrew Skinner, Trevor Henry



The trio of ‘Men without hats’ offered a twist on their choice of wines, by giving six descriptions out, but covering the six wines up. Hence there were three white Chardonnays, then two Shiraz and one blend to try and sort out.


There were 47 attendees so a really good turnout.


The Chairman advised that full details on the Christmas Meal would be provided at the September Meeting (by GJ / CH, as he is off to Mull to smoke a few kippers, or something).


After the presenters revealed the correct order, the first white was found to be a Vasse Felix Filius Chardonnay from Margaret River (AUS) (12.5%, £12.99, Majestic).


Next came the Gabb Family (S. Africa) (13.5%, £9.99, Majestic). Hailing from the False Bay area, this is a hand-crafted, single vineyard and Estate Wines operation dating back to 1994.


Third was the Barefoot (California) (13.5%, £6.50, Any supermarket).


The red wines began with the Capia Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet France, Merlot, Petit Verdot blend (S. Africa) (14.5%, £11.99, Majestic). This estate lies just 10 km from the Atlantic Coast, so has a moderate climate and 400 mm/yr rainfall.


Then came the Barefoot Shiraz (California) (13.5%, £6.50, Any supermarket).


Lastly was the Tenacity Old Vine 2017 Shiraz (Australia) (14.5%, £12.99, Majestic). Distinctly peppery notes here.



This month’s raffle winners were Alan Brinded, Janet Maul, and Roy King-Underwood.


On the left we see chairmen past and present:

L to R - Peter Eldrett, Stuart Warnock, Phillip Harknett, and Ken Wood



27 Aug footnote

Hope to see you all again on 5 September for the classic Call My Bluff evening. Any resemblance to the characters or plot as outlined in the above report is purely coincidental!


Chris Holding


Wednesday 4th July 2018

"Summer Cheese & Wine Party"


At Pamphill Village Hall, we met on a lovely Summer evening to enjoy a selection of wonderful English cheeses, pâté, bread, crackers, salad, fruit & pickles, whilst sharing the variety of wines we had brought.


A full report will follow in due course.

In the meantime, follow this link or use the 'Gallery' tab above to view some photographs taken on the night.



Wednesday 6th June 2018

"Melbury Vale Vineyard"


Joseph Pestell of Melbury Vale Vineyard gave a drier delivery than the May Ladies, but still a very informative presentation, to the 45 attendees. The enterprise is based at Cann near Shaftesbury in Dorset and produces sparkling and still wines, cider, fruit liqueurs, fusions, and brandy, though only three of the wines were actually brought by Joseph for the Members to taste.


These were:


Elegance still white. Grapes 93% Bacchus, 7% Solaris (10.5%, £11.00). Described as fragrant elderflower. PH - ‘Pale slightly pink tinge. Aromas of pear and leaf. Quite acidic, not hugely fruity, so not balanced.’


Grace. Seyval blanc (12%, £20.00). PH - ‘Sparkling wine. Quite high acidity, medium fruit, still a bit unbalanced.’


Decadence. Seyval Blanc & Pinot Noir (12%, £20.00). A more fruity, slightly off-dry rose sparkling wine with elderflower and red-fruit notes.


N.B. Notes by Peter Hampton (PH) again, for which thanks.



UK Wine Industry facts

Joseph imparted extensive information about the UK Wine Industry. Around 68% of production is sparkling presently, but this is expected to rise as high a 90% in future. Despite the 10-year lead time to a good champagne (oops, a pre-brexit gaffe there!), around 50% of UK planting is of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay grape varieties. In 2017 around 1 million vines were planted in the UK in total. Joseph thought the UK Wine Industry still to be some 20 years away from maturity.

Other wines Melbury Vale make but which were not brought for tasting:

Virtue. Pale dry still rose.

Harmony. Medium dry still white.

Exuberance. Light dry spicy still red.

All in £11.00 range






The next WWS event is a Cheese & Wine evening (cost £6) at Pamphill Village Hall on Wednesday 4 July.


If you are interested in attending, do please get in touch with the Society beforehand, as this is an ‘advance sale’ event.




Wednesday 2nd May 2018

"Ladies' Night" - a presentation by 3 lady members


The trio of ‘Ladies that Lunch’ offered the palate a choice of wines they termed as “a more feminine flavour but also appealing to a masculine taste!”


There were 31 attendees on the night, including several new faces from the Allendale Open Day, and we were well entertained.


Firstly, it was reiterated by the Chairman that on 6th June there would be the need to pay £6 a head in advance to attend the WWS Cheese & Wine evening at Pamphill on 4th July.  This will give us a better idea of numbers for which to cater!


And so to the wines (nose provided by Peter Hampton - PH), starting with:


The beginning was Cavit Lunetta Rose (11.5%, £9.99 New Forest Wines) Spumante, Non-vintage – This N.E. Italian wine had a ‘pink fruit and soft peachy aroma’ - PH. The grapes were Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Merlot.


Next up was a Saar Riesling 2015 (10%, £10.50 Wine Society) Germany - This early ripening variant, although ‘very pale looking, just off dry’ was ‘nice with cheese, and had a good Riesling aroma, sweeter than expected’ – PH.


The third tipple was a Furleigh Estate White Pinot Noir 2016 (12%, £14.95 Furleigh, £13.60 Oasis Wines) Dorset, (Latest Vintage) - Our local vintners were no dinosaurs (Jurassic reference here!), and this offering had a ‘lightly spicy nose’ and was ‘pale gold with a little hint of peach’, scoring an ‘interesting 8’ from PH.

This high mark achieved by the following 3 wines also:


Domaine du Moulin D’Eole Chiroubles Beaujolais 2016 (12.5%, £10.50 Wine Society) France – we could have gone downhill, but as well as its ‘purply red’ hue, this had a ‘fragrant purple fruit and dark cherry nose’ – PH, and ‘plenty of fruit’, giving it a ‘lovely balance’.


All going well, and onto the Caruso e Minini Perricone 2016 (13.5%, £9.00 M&S) Sicily - This was ‘rich, dark red with an interesting spicy red and black fruit nose like blackcurrant stewed with spice’ - PH, and ‘very soft tannins’.


Onward to the final selection, the Deen De Bortoli Vat Series No 5 Botrytis Semillon 2014 (11%, £8.99 New Forest Wines) – here we had a ‘deep gold appearance, rich, ripe and honeyed flavours, and a lovely and balanced’ wine to finish on. This wine can be kept for 10-15 years provided it is cellared properly.


The more-than-capable Ladies were June Webber, Georgina Gillett, and Sam Densem, who presented in the order ‘Sam, June, Georgina, June, Georgina, Sam’.


This month’s raffle winners included Peter Eldrett (ahem) + 2.


23 May footnote


Hope to see you all again on 6 June for the Melbury Vale Winery presentation (give them a big welcome - they even managed to get some project funding back from the EU!).


Chris Holding


Wed 4th April 2018

"Wines from Australia & New Zealand" - A presentation by Peter Eldrett

Our Chairman Peter Eldrett presented a selection of antipodean wines to whet our appetite for long distance travel (by chance, some friends were ‘on the ground’ in New Zealand at the time). With 46 attending this one, including 5 new faces and 4 returning from absence, the portents were it would be a good evening, and these photos certainly give a flavour of that.

[Firstly, it was announced by Peter that on 2 May (or 6 June) there would be the need to pay £6 a head in advance to attend the WWS Cheese & Wine evening at Pamphill on 4 July]

Peter presented the following wines:

Lindeman's "Gentleman's Collection" Chardonnay. (Australian). Morrison's, £8

Esk Valley, Hawkes Bay Verdelho 2017. (NZ). New Forest Wines, £12.99

"Coast to Coast" Sauvignon Blanc. (NZ). New Forest Wines, £9.99

"16 Stops". McLaren Vale Shiraz 2013. (S.Australia). New Forest Wines, £9.99

Pura Bay, Nelson Pinot Noir 2014. (NZ). Morrisons, £8

De Bortoli, Deen, Durif 2014. (Australia). New Forest Wines, £10.99


Tasting Notes...

And so to the wines (nose provided by Mabs Wood - MW), starting with the whites:


AUS - The Lindeman’s Cabernet Chardonnay (13.5%, £7) from Morrisons had a good, toasty bouquet (MW), and tasted of sweet, tropical fruit. ‘A garden wine - doesn’t need food’, writes Mabs.


NZ - The Esk Valley Verdelho (2016, 14%, £12.99), Hawkes Bay vineyards, from New Forest Wines had a good, peachy nose, and displayed both sweetness and a slight bitterness on the palate, which made it interesting.


AUS - A Coast to Coast Sauvignon Blanc (12.5%, £9.99), also from NF Wines, followed. The unmistakeable ripe gooseberry aroma was repeated along with classically sharp, acidic taste in the mouth. A fresh taste, but needs food (MW).


AUS – The reds began with 16 Stops – Shiraz 2013 (14%, £9.99) from NF Wines. The gentle, spicy nose (MW) became rubber tyres in my case! The spicy, well balanced, not very fruity (MW) was for me plummy and strawberry with a good long finish. However, we would agree on its easy drinking quality, and that it would complement cheese.


NZ - The penultimate tipple was a Pura Bay Pinot Noir (top of the South Island) (14%, £8) from Morrisons. Overall it showed little oakiness, not much fruit, and was a little thin (MW). However, there were some smooth plummy and vanilla tones in there too.


AUS – Last came the De Bortoli Deen Durif 2014 (14.5%, £10.99) from NF Wines. The nose was soft and fruity, with plum, cherry, licorice and dark fruit flavours. The lovely good rich cigar box and fruit taste (MW) made this a rich and excellent wine to finish on.


This month’s raffle winners were Marilyn Parrott, Mabs Wood and (ahem) Geoff Jones.


29 April footnote

Sadly I cannot make the 2 May evening, but will return on 6 June. A word also on the Allendale Open Day on 21 April. We ran a stall and had good interest. Thanks to all those Members who volunteered on the day or just took time out to come and visit us.

Chris Holding




Wed 7 March 2018

A presentation by

Michaela Starosta, Vinolicious - "Wines of Germany"


Another month, and another professional talk was accompanied by a detailed and stimulating set of wines, primarily from the hospitable Palatinate region of southwestern Germany. Today’s German wine industry output of around 1.3 billion bottles serves just 28 percent of domestic demand, hence most is consumed at source rather than exported. The trend for gin cocktails is taking market share in Germany currently, whilst many girls are getting into wine production now. The Palatinate has its fair share of crop damage from cherry fly, hail, and even drought, with three two-week heatwaves in 2017, for example. A minimum 1.8 metre copper pipe depth is now standard practice to ensure vines are watered effectively all year round.






Wines tasted

I found a willing volunteer in Member Alan Brinded this month to ‘lend me his nose’*. His observations are preceded by ‘AB -’ here:


The first white was a 2016 Gelber Muskateller Muscadet Blanc (10.5%, £15.40) from Weingut Klohr, with (AB -) ‘a good fruity nose with grapefruit and hints of lemon.’ Second was a 2016 Riesling Hochbenn (13%, £15.50) from Weingut Hensel, showing (AB -) ‘distinctive citrus notes and a long finish.’ The 2016 Grüner Veltliner ‘Aufwind’ (13%, £15.70) which followed from the same winemaker had (AB -) ‘subtle peppery hints’ and could be recommended with meats.


On to the sole rosé, a 2015 Spätburgunder Pinot Noir (12%, £12.50) from Weingut Klohr once again, and (AB-) ‘strawberry’ with a light, good finish.


The reds began with a 2014 Domina (12%, £13.10) from Klohr, with its (AB-) ‘gentle nose’. As it was my personal favourite, I must add it was plummy and smooth, with a dark colour but light texture - intriguing. Last up was a 2014 Dornfelder (13%, £13.30 /LT) in a 1 litre bottle from producer Weingut Leiner. This had (AB-) ‘a beautiful cherry nose’ to finish on.


The prices above are those advised by Michaela as at 7 March. All these delicious wines can be ordered independently from Vinolicious, subject to availability. Contact details on request. N.B. Michaela delivers her wines in person.


If you would like to be the next big nose, come and find me just before the presentation starts, so I can give you the requisite pen and paper.


Lastly, the three happy March raffle prize winners were Beryl Ferenczy, Sam Densom, and (ahem, first time for ages honestly) yours truly.


Until the next time (Australia / NZ wines on 4 April)…


Notes compiled by:

Chris Holding


*Other noses are available which smell better!

Wed 7 February 2018

A presentation by:

Graham Sims, New Forest Wines - "Back to basics"


This was an expertly presented evening, combining interesting knowledge from an ‘insider’ in the business, and a good selection of classic and new wines. Graham is a natural speaker, and as Chairman Peter Eldrett highlighted in his summary after the tastings, there were more questions (and answers) than could be recalled for such an event in recent memory. The chilly February weather was soon forgotten, as around 40 brave souls became engaged and unusually attentive in the Quarterjack Suite.


Graham covered the elements of tasting professionally, cap and cork preferences and wine quality issues. The (New Forest) wines began with False Bay ‘Windswept’ Sauvignon Blanc 2017 (13.5%, £7.99), which displayed a nice citrus nose* and a rounded finish. Then came Chateau Vignol Blanc 2016 (an underrated white Bordeaux)(12.5%, £10.99), with its apple nose. Next up a Vouvray Demi-Sec Les Coteaux Tufiers 2016 (11.5%, £9.99), offering light fruity and mineral tones.


On to reds, and Vignerons Ardechois Pinot Noir Buis d’Aps 2015 (12.5%, £10.99) gave up red fruit and vanilla on the nose, making a pleasant light tipple. Then Vinas del Jaro Sembro Ribera del Duero 2016 (??%, £9.99) supplied its rich, dark fruits with a smoothness and mild acidity. Last to pop was the classy Los Haroldos Roble Blend 2014 (13.5%, £11.99), with its splendid finish.


I bought some False Bay and some Vinas del Jaro myself - Graham’s total orders were rumoured to have exceeded the £700 level afterwards. There were also three happy raffle prize winners….?


Lastly, one might note that wine alcohol content has now fallen back to more sensible 11-13% levels, since the dark days of 14.5% and worse. Discuss!


Until the next time (Vinolicious on 7 March)…


Notes compiled by:

Chris Holding


*Other noses are available which smell better!





UNUSUAL FRANCE”, Wed. 3rd Jan.’18

A presentation by Peter Hampton


A reasonable turnout of members attended our first meeting of the year at the Quarterjack Suite, Wimborne’s Allendale Centre.

Six wines, all from  France, were presented. The common theme was that the wines should be ‘unusual’ – this meant, in practice, that they were either of an unusual style, and/or using unusual grapes, or otherwise atypical or unexpected.

They were presented in this order:

1. Savagny Vin Jaune (Jura) - Savagnin grape

2. Antech Blanquette de Limoux - Mauzac grape

3. Pujalet, Cotes de Gascogne - Ugni Blanc grape

4. Clos Alivu Rosé, Patrimonio, Corsica - Niellucciu grape

5. Plaimont ‘Moonseng’, Cotes de Gascogne - Manseng Noir grape

6. Dom. de la Rectorie, cuvée Leon Parcé, Banyuls – Grenache grape


Some of the wines divided opinion across the room, particularly the Vin Jaune with its dry fino-sherry-like character.  Many members liked the ruby-port-like style of the fortified Banyuls wine, and it was also generally agreed that the white Pujalet wine – from the Gers area of Gascony – had a lot more character than its component grape – and its price point – would suggest.

Overall it was considered to have been an interesting and enlightening choice of wines (which after all is one of the objectrives of our monthly meetings!)

More detailed notes for each wine are shown in order below.


Domaine de Savagny, Cotes du Jura, Vin Jaune 2008                  House of Townend, £24/bott (reduced to £12.99)

The “yellow wine” of Domaine de Savagny represents only a very small part of the vineyard, with yields of 10 to 20 hectolitres per hectare (ca. 2,900 bottles per year.)

With an elegant straw-colored, sustained and brilliant colour, this wine has an intense nose of walnuts and spices with nuances of vanilla and old cognac.

Round on the attack, walnut & hazelnut aromas persist in the finish.

* Info: Open the wine 6 hours before tasting and serve it between 16 ° C and 18 °.

Good with light meats with mushroom sauces, or Comté cheese.


(The unique - and obligatory - grape for these yellow wines, the Savagnin, has been known in the Jura for centuries. It is an ancient white wine grape grown only in the sub-alpine regions of eastern France. Its most famous application is in two of France's most idiosyncratic wines, the Sherry-like Vin Jaune and the sweet, concentrated Vin de Paille, both of which come from the eastern Jura region.)

The Savagnin name has become most synonymous with Vin Jaune, a wine that is a matured in barrel for several years under a naturally occurring film of flor yeast. During this maturation period the wine develops rich, nutty flavours (similar to those found in fino Sherries) and the deep yellow colour which gives it its name.



Blanquette de Limoux Reserve, Antech 2014                             The Wine Society, £9.95

From the world's first sparkling wine region, this is a dry, crisp, and fruity fizz made from the local mauzac grape. Light and refreshing, with a gorgeous hint of apple on the finish.

Origin: Languedoc and Roussillon | Style: Sparkling Wine | Sweetness/Fullness: 1

(of 9): Bone dry | Grape: Mauzac | Vintage: 2014 vintage | Alcohol Level: 12.0% |

Drink Dates: N/A |Closure Type: Champagne cork | Price £: 9.95 / Bottle |

Producer: Georges & Roger Antech

Although Antech gets its name from vintner Edmond Antech, the property actually dates back over six generations of the Tisseyre-Limouzy family. They began cultivating vines in Saint-Hilaire, and in the early 1900s Eugénie Limouzy was one of the first women in Languedoc to manage a vineyard. It was her niece who married Edmond in 1931, and he was responsible for significantly raising the estate’s profile for many years afterwards. Their sons Georges and Roger took the helm after that, and built on their father’s traditions as well as respecting them.

Today, the vineyards are managed by Georges’ eldest daughter Michèle and her husband Jean-Christophe Chauvière. Since 1996, the cellar has been run by sixth-generation Francoise Antech-Gazeau, who grew up on vineyards before travelling the world, and who now takes to her task with painstaking commitment to every detail. Today Antech produces over a million bottles each year.

Limoux is thought by many to be the birthplace of high-quality sparkling wine production in France: it is rumoured that a monk discovered the process by accident in 1531, after cold temperatures halted his wine’s fermentation, which then began again once it had been bottled and gave the wine its signature effervescence.

The thought of producing high-quality sparkling wine in the south of France may seem odd on first glance, but the climate here is quite unlike the rest of the Languedoc. It is noticeably wetter and greener and benefits much more from influences coming from the Atlantic. The valley of the Aude also brings freshness from the Pyrenees. The result is a microclimate quite unlike the surrounding areas.

The choice of grape varieties has also much more in common with the south-west. Mauzac, also grown in Gaillac, and here known as blanquette due to the white coating on its leaves, is historically the principal grape with chenin, also a native of the south-west, adding acidity.

Chardonnay completes the picture for the whites with pinot noir planted for the rosé.

The vineyard area is widely scattered among the hillsides overlooking the Aude, starting a few miles south of the city of Carcassonne to a little beyond Limoux itself. At its heart, of course, is the village of Saint-Hilaire where it all began. Antech make wines in two distinct styles. Most is produced using the Champagne method, whereby there is a first fermentation in tank and then, with the addition of yeast and sugar, a second fermentation in bottle. Wines are then left to age for at least a couple of years.

There is also a ‘méthode ancestrale’, which is how the wines were made by the monks at-Saint Hilaire. Only the mauzac grape is permitted and there is only one fermentation, which takes place in bottle. The finished wine is lightly sparkling and quite sweet with a gorgeous flavour of baked apples. This way of making sparkling wine is notoriously difficult to handle and production is very small, but Antech makes one of the finest.


Pujalet Cotes de Gascogne (igp Pays de Gers) 2016                   Waitrose, £5.49


Grown in the beautiful rolling hills of the Gers region in the South West of France. This crisp and fresh, fragrant wine is made from the local grape varieties of Colombard and Ugni Blanc exhibiting exotic aromas of grapefruit and guava. Pujalet can best be enjoyed on its own or with salads and light seafood. The screw cap closure that seals this bottle has been chosen to ensure that this wine reaches you in the best possible condition.


A delicate floral bouquet gives way to balanced, lip-smacking lemon zest flavours with hints of pear fruit. Made from a blend of Colombard and Ugni Blanc grapes, the wine has bright fruit flavours and a light body.


The Ugni Blanc grape (known as Trebbiano in Italy) is primarily used to make the base wines from which Cognac and Armagnac are distilled, and is not common in table wines.


Patrimonio Rosé, Clos Alivu 2016            The Wine Society, £11.50

Gorgeous and smartly presented rosé from the northern end of Corsica. Drink cool with prawns.

Origin: Provence, Massif, Corsica | Style: Rose Wine | Sweetness/Fullness: 2 (of 9):

Dry | Grape: Niellucciu | Vintage: 2016 vintage | Alcohol Level: 13.0% | Drink

Dates: N/A |Closure Type: Cork, natural | Price £: 11.50 / Bottle |

Producer: Clos Alivu

Between Linguizetta and Bravone on Corsica’s eastern shore you will find the estate of brothers Eric and Antoine Poli at Domaine du Piana. Altogether they own just under 30 hectares of land but the separate project of Clos Alivu comes from only 3 hectares of vines purchased by Eric in 2005 because of its 50-year-old vines on the limestone, clay and schist terrace of Poggio d’Oletta, a part of the Patrimonio appellation that is arguably the best AC on the island.

Two varieties are planted, vermentino for white wines and niellucciu (aka sangiovese) for reds, both of which are typical of the region. Sustainable agricultural practices are followed here though they have not sought organic certification because conditions make it a very natural form of viticulture in a place where fungal or insect pests do not often threaten, and the maritime influence is a boon, helping to keep acidity in the grapes.

Low yields are sought and harvesting is all done by hand. The reds spend some time in vats for a year rather than barrel, the rosé is made from free run juice and like the white, which also sees no oak, does not go through malolactic fermentation to maintain freshness in the wines.


(Niellucciu is the Corsican name for Sangiovese!)


Plaimont, Moonseng, Côtes de Gascogne 2016      House of Townend

Usual Price: £8.99

Discount Price (inc. VAT): £7.99


As keen as ever to defend the indigenous grape varieties of southwest France, Plaimont is bringing back to life a forgotten

grape variety which has been carefully preserved in its Ampelographic Conservatory. The grape, Manseng Noir, can be

discovered in Moonseng, a dark coloured and silky-textured wine.

Tasting Notes:

Deep and dark in colour. The nose is full of red fruit(Merlot) shot through with notes of black tea and the characteristic very spicy

green pepper, brought to this first vintage by young Manseng Noir grapes. A good aromatic complexity. The freshness is instantly

evident on a palate supple with silky tannins.


ABV: 13%

Size: 75cl

Drinking Window: Drink now

Region: Côtes de Gascogne

Country: France

Type: Red Wine

Grapes: Manseng Noir and Merlot


Banyuls Cuvée Léon Parcé, Domaine de la Rectorie 2013 50cl

This sweet and fruity fortified wine comes from the Pyrenees, near the border of Spain. Made from grenache grapes that were picked very ripe and fortified on the skins, in order to release even more colour and flavour. A versatile after-dinner option that's as much at home with chocolate as it is blue cheese!

Origin: Languedoc and Roussillon | Style: Red Wine | Sweetness/Fullness: 7 (of 9):

Dessert sweetness | Grape: Grenache/Garnacha | Vintage: 2013 vintage | Alcohol

Level: 16.5% | Drink Dates: N/A |Closure Type: Cork, natural | Price £: 17.00 / Bottle

Producer: Domaine de La Rectorie

The Parcé family established their vineyards near Banyuls in the Roussillon region of France just after the turn of the 20th century. At first the family sold grapes to the co-operative like most of their neighbours and this situation persisted until 1984 when Marc and Thierry Parcé decided to make and bottle their own wine.

Since that decision they have never looked back.

The brothers had not grown up on the land at Banyuls but returned to it in 1976 and 1981 respectively, and today Thierry takes care of winemaking with Jean-Emmanuel, his son, while Marc administers the business side of things, makes wine at their other interest La Préceptorie de Centernach in Maury, and oversees their distribution company ‘Les Vins Parcé Frères’.

They now farm 30 hectares of vines in Banyuls, divided into the same number of parcels in the mountains overlooking the Mediterranean. The terrain dictates that the parcels have a variety of exposures, soils (though schist dominates), altitudes and grape varieties. The vines themselves average 50 years of age and are densely planted to increase competition between the roots, and some parcels have a mixture of grapes grown together.

Grenache noir, grenache gris, carignan and some grenache blanc are grown, with sustainability at the forefront of their viticultural thinking. Red AOC Collioure dominates production with white Collioure following and fortified Banyuls the least at 15% of volume.





The production process, known in France as mutage, is similar to that used to make Port. Alcohol is added to the must to halt fermentation while sugar levels are still high, preserving the natural sweetness of the grape. The wines are then matured in oak barrels, or outside in glass bottles exposed to the sun, allowing the wine to maderise. The maturation period is a minimum of ten months for Banyuls AOC. The resulting wine bears a similarity to port but tends to be lower in alcohol (~16% vs. ~20%).

6th December 2017 - Christmas Dinner

Our last meeting of the year is traditionally celebrated with a Christmas meal, which this year took place at Remedy Oak Golf Club. A lovely evening was enjoyed, with members (and ‘other halves’) bringing their own wines to share at their tables, resulting in a wide variety of tastings with our meal!


Don't forget our first meeting in the New Year on 3rd January 2018!

6th September 2017 - 50th Anniversary Celebration

This meeting was to celebrate our Golden Jubilee, the 50th Anniversary of the foundation of the Society.

See the home page for a historical summary!

This meeting was an informal celebration.  Members received a complimentary glass of champagne on arrival from 7.15 pm onwards. Guests included the deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayoress of Wimborne, Cllr. Robin Cook and Cllr.Sue Cook, who were welcomed by Society President Diane Prentice & Society Chairman Stuart Warnock.

Chairman Stuart Warnock introduced the evening and invited long-time members Ken Wood & Dave Wood, and Geoff Jones, to present the 3 wines which we would be tasting (and consuming) during the evening. These wines were considered to represent the changing face of the wine world during the course of the Society's existence - namely:-

(1) Mateus Rosé. This wine was selected not for its inherent desirability (although many members did enjoy it) but because it was a wine which existed at the time of the society's foundation and is still available now, despite the changes of public taste and perception.

(2) Chateau .  A 'bourgeois growth' claret from Bordeaux Right Bank - a wine from the 'Old World', representing years of continuing tradition in the creation of table wines.

(3) A 'New World' Viognier, showing how changing wine styles and their presentation have occurred over the last few decades.


Members were invited to help themselves to whichever wines they fancied over the course of the evening.


From 8 pm a very attractive 'finger food'  buffet was made available, including a variety of sandwiches, snacks, salads, cheeses, smoked salmon & cold cuts.


Ken Wood, who has been a member from the very beginning, then gave an interesting, informative, and humorous presentation, in his own inimitable style, covering the society's history and development over the years. The reasoning behind the decision to move the society's brief from presentation and discussion of home-made wines to commercially-produced wines was enlightening to hear about.   There were a number of items of memorabilia for members to peruse, too, including past programmes.

Later, new member Georgi Gillett gave a brief and interesting talk about how the society works now, and how it has helped her improve her wine knowledge and experience.


A beautiful commemorative cake (see photo below) was cut by councillor Cook and distributed amongst attendees, and there was also a presentation to all members of a commemorative inscribed bottle opener/corkscrew. A letter of thanks and appreciation from Robin & Sue Cook has subsequently been received.


Overall, a very pleasant evening was enjoyed by all.


The Celebration Cake

Ken Wood with some Society memorabilia

Society Chairman Stuart Warnock & wife Sue

Robin Cook with Geoff Jones, Sandra Smith  & Stuart Warnock

A bubbly welcome

Members Georgi Gillett & Peter Hampton enjoy a glass of Lidl champagne!

A good spread

Members Claire Hillyard & Roy King-Underwood

2nd August 2017 Meeting : "Holiday Wines"

Members Phil Harknett (PH), Ian Smith (IS), and Mike Webber (MW) presented 2 wines each.  Each wine was related to a region which would make a fine holiday destination, and the presenters gave us a brief overview of the joys of each featured area, with a locally produced wine for us to taste.

The wines and their associated holiday areas were:

1. Trimbach Riesling 2013, from Alsace.  (MW)

A steely nose, quite high acidity, some good fruit; many people thought it might benefit from a bit more age.

2. Brightside, Lenton Brae Chardonnay 2016, from Margaret River,  SW Australia. (IS)

Leafy, appley nose, pleasantly lightly oaked, good fruit /acid balance, nice clean finish.

3. Muga Rioja Rosada [Garnacha,Viura,Tempranillo] 2016, from Rioja, N.Spain.(PH)

A bright fresh nose,salmon pink with peachy tint. red-fruit edg3e, lovely balance and good length.

4. Paul Jaboulet, Ventoux 'Les Traverses', 2015, from Cotes du Rhone. (PH)

100% grenache.Deep red, dark fruit/cherry node. Nice balance, reeasonable soft tannins, well-integrated considering its high alcohol, hints of leather.

5. Wine Society's Exhibition Douro. Quinta do Vale Meao 2013, from Douro Portugal. (MW)

Blend of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Roriz.  Lovely dark black-fruit nose, deep purpley red, interesting spicy edge, high alcohol but well-balanced.

6. Brown Brothers Vintage Release Durif 2013, from nr Melbourne. (IS)

V.dense and dark, with licorice and black fruit on the n ose. Flavours of dark fruit, smoky, licorice, light spice, with nice soft tannins.


Thanks to our 3 presenters for our tours around Alsace, SW Australia, Rioja, Southern Rhone, The Douro valley, and S.Australia!


An unusual and interesting way to present wines for our delectation.





July 2017 Meeting: Annual Summer Barbecue

We met at Pamphill Parish Hall for our Summer barbecue. A pleasant evening was had by all - an interesting variety of summer wines were brought, and many of us took the opportunity to sample wines brought by others. The weather was conducive to enjoying some interesting rosé wines.

Food was prepared and cooked by a local scout troop, and their work was very much appreciated.


Here are some happy attendees making the most of the fine evening...

(Thanks to Roy King Underwood for the photographs)



Meeting Report 5th April 2017 - Templar Wines


Meeting report 5th April 2017



We had an extremely interesting presentation from Templar Wines.

The brief was ‘South America’, and Max Bracher – director of Templar Wines – had identified a good variety of wines for us to try.

His presentation was pitched perfectly, with sufficient information about each wine, its geography, its production, and of course its characteristics, to be of interest, without swamping us with detail.

The wines were:

1.Finca Quara. Torrontes, 2014.  Argentina, from the high N.E Andes.

Lovely pale-lemony appearance, peachy/lemon meringue nose; fragrant & floral, lovely fruity finish with fine gentle acidity; very slightly off-dry, nice length.

2. Hacienda Araucano. Sauvignon Blanc, 2015. Chile – Curico Valley.

A biodynamic vineyard, with all the weird practices that engenders. (My comment, not Max’s!). V.pale, gooseberry & green pepper, deep citrus & slight waxiness. Lots of fruit, nice balance.

3. Emiliana Vineyards. Adobe Gewurtztraminer, 2015. Chile – Rapel/Maipo Valley.

Organic production.  9% Sauv Blanc content. Pale, floral, lightly spicy & hint of lime, v.slightly sweet.

4. Vina Requinga. Santa Alba Pinot Noir, 2016. Chile – Curico/Central Valley.

Typical Pinot Noir mid-red; nice fruit; very slightly tannic. Grew and improved in the glass,

5. Finca Quara. Malbec, 2015. Argentina (Salta – Cafayete).

Lightly oaked, deep red ripe & spicy, smooth, fruity, balanced, nice soft tannins, good ageing potential.

6. Bodega Del Rio Alorza. Verum Seleccion Cabernet Franc, 2013. Argentina (Patagonia). By Rio Negro.

Single varietal Cab Franc wines usually from the Loire … this was a revelation. Ripe, fruity, slight sour-raspberry edge, powerful & grippy.


All the wines had something interesting about them.

Templar Wines (Poole) offered us an ‘on-the-night’ discount (they normally supply the wine trade rather than retail customers) and took several orders!


Thanks again to Max for his presentation.


Thanks to Claire Hillyard for the photgraphs above.                                                                                                              PGH April 2017












Chairman’s Choice


Premiere Wines


Wednesday October 5th 2016












Freixenet  Excelencia Cava 2013

So what can we say  !!!!

Generally a nice rounded Cava, A Good everyday bubbly

Cava is s a sparkling wine of Denominación de Origen (DO) status from Spain, most of which is produced in Catalonia.

The macabeu, parellada and xarel·lo are the most popular and are the traditional grape varieties for producing cava.

 Only wines produced in the champenoise or traditional method may be labelled "cava"; those produced by other processes may only be called "sparkling wines" (vinos espumosos).

 About 95% of all cava is produced in the Penedès area in Catalonia, The two major producers are Codorníu and Freixenet.

In the past, cava was referred to as "Spanish champagne", which is no longer permitted under European Union law, since Champagne has Protected Geographical Status (PGS) and Spain entered the EU in 1986. Colloquially it is still called champán or champaña in Spanish

Cava is an important part of Catalan and Spanish family tradition and is often consumed at celebrations like baptisms, marriages, banquets, dinners and parties


Enjoy lightly chilled (6-8°C) either on its own as an aperitif or with a selection of tapas, fresh seafood or smoked salmon. 

ABV (%) 11.5 Grape Variety  33% each Macabeo     , Xarel.lo (hah-REHL-lo) and Parellada  ( pah-reh-YAH-dah )            


Tasting Notes  Pale lemon in colour with a fine, presistant sparkle. Soft, floral notes on the nose lead to fresh fruit flavours of melon and peach that fill the mouth and linger pleasingly on the palate

Serving Suggestions   Enjoy lightly chilled (6-8°C) either on its own as an aperitif or with a selection of tapas, fresh seafood or smoked salmon.












La Moussiere Sancerre  Rose’ 2014


Hailing from one of the very best Sancerre estates, and arguably the best producer of Pinot Noir, Sancerre La Moussiere Rosé combines both freshness and complexity perfectly.


A very elegant, fresh and structured wine, with aromas of red berries and spicy hints, it is mellow and full-bodied on the palate with a fresh, straight finish


 A great Rosé to enjoy both as an aperitif or throughout a meal.


Sancerre is part of the "central vineyards" of the Loire Valley, so named not because they are in the center of the Loire but rather because they are nearly in the center of France. Together with neighboring Pouilly-Fumé, the region makes up the eastern most extension of the Loire Valley


So with a delightful salmon-pink hue, Sancerre Rosé 'La Moussière' 2014 has a beautiful bouquet of redcurrants, strawberries and cream








100% Pinot Noir

























Rully 1er Cru  Marissou

Jacques Dury 2014


So here we have a Domaine Jacques Dury  which is a family estate, created in 1955 by Henri Dury and located near the Chateau de Rully.

 Jacques has continued to grow the business and it was  in 1998 that Hervé Dury took over and he has recently been joined by his son, they now operate 16 hectares of vines.

Specialists in the Côte Chalonnaise region of Rully, just a few kilometres south of the Côte de Beaune, Domaine Jacques Dury has built an enviable reputation for red and white bottlings since the 1940s.

The 13ha of vineyard  is dispersed over many individual plots producing Rully and Rully 1er Cru that retain their unique terroir.

 Low yields and minimum intervention are key principals of winemaker Herve Dury, Jacques` son,

His wines share a common intensity and sublime richness.

This almondy flavoured white is from 100% low yielding Chardonnay grown on limestone slopes surrounding the village of Rully.

It is delicate and lively yet has developed rich and subtle aromas of brioche, exotic fruits and hazelnuts,

which linger on the palate and finishes with nuances of buttery oak. The real attraction is the perfect balance, which makes for a silky mouth feel.






Usually Expect to pay

£15- £16







Louis Latour  2014


The Louis Latour Brouilly is a soft, perfumed wine which marries tenderness with richness. Red fruits and spicy notes shine through on the nose while the mouth is round and well-balanced with aromas of spices and strawberry.

Cru Beaujolais, the highest category of classification in Beaujolais, account for the production within ten villages/areas in the foothills of the Beaujolais mountains. Unlike Burgundy and Alsace, the phrase cru in Beaujolais refers to an entire wine producing area rather than an individual vineyard.[11] Seven of the Crus relate to actual villages while Brouilly and Côte de Brouilly refer to the vineyards areas around Mont Brouilly

The name and reputation enjoyed by Brouilly, a Cru du Beaujolais, is a fairly recent phenomenon. The Brouilly is produced from grapes grown on the ideally situated southerly facing pink granite slopes which gain maximum exposure to the sun's warming rays. As a result the Gamay fruit produced reaches maximum ripeness. Once harvested, by hand, the fruit is fermented in whole bunches of grapes in open vats.

  • Tasting Note

The Brouilly 2013 presents a lovely garnet colour. On the nose, the wine reveals red fruits and spicy notes. the mouth is round, well-balanced with aromas of spices and strawberry.

  • Food Pairing

Grilled meat - charcuterie - mature cheeses


Alcohol Content

13 % Vol


Red Wine



Dominant Varietal










Normal High Street £14-15




Chateau L’Arrosee

Grand Cru Classe





Ch L`Arrosée is perfectly placed on the slopes of Saint-Emilion.

Saint-Émilion is one of the principal red wine areas of Bordeaux along with the Médoc, Graves and Pomerol.

 The region is much smaller than the Médoc and adjoins Pomerol. As in Pomerol and the other appellations on the right bank of the Gironde,

the primary grape varieties used are the Merlot and Cabernet Franc, with relatively small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon also being used by some châteaux.

Saint Émilion wines were not included in the 1855 Bordeaux classification. The first formal classification in Saint-Émilion was made in 1955. Unlike the 1855 classification, it is regularly revised.


The 2007 is a charming style, being perfumed and fresh.

 The palate is layered, complex and supple, with vibrant fruit and smooth tannins.

This is an elegant wine that seduces your senses and leaves you wanting more!

Cherry fruit and fresh new oak greet the nose. There is a lovely fluidity on the palate showing fresh fruit flavours cut by juicy acidity and underscored by fine tannins. Good length.



Merlot: 60%, Cabernet Sauvignon: 20%, Cabernet Franc: 20%







Hayes Hansen and Clark

Wine Merchants





2008 Vintage £70



Villa Peironte



Barolo is a red Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) wine produced in the northern Italian region of Piedmont. It is made from the Nebbiolo grape and is often described as one of Italy's greatest wines.

In the past, Barolo wines tended to be rich in tannin. It could take more than 10 years for the wine to soften and become ready for drinking. Fermenting wine sat on the grape skins for at least three weeks extracting huge amounts of tannins and was then aged in large, wooden casks for years. In order to appeal to more modern international tastes, those that prefer fruitier, earlier drinking wine styles, several producers began to cut fermentation times to a maximum of ten days and age the wine in new French oak barriques (small barrels).

 "Traditionalists" have argued that the wines produced in this way are not recognizable as Barolo and taste more of new oak than of wine. The controversies between traditionalists and modernists have been called the "Barolo wars”


I will let you decide !!!  Which side are you on  ?

Barolo is one of the great classic Italian reds - a wine of extraordinary concentration and complexity, It comes from in the misty hills of Piedmont.

It displays the traditional 'violet' aroma of Barolo, and  is packed with rich, seductive flavours.

Grape Variety: 100% Nebbiolo

Country of origin: Italy

Region: Piedmont


A ripe and full-bodied Italian red with rich aromas of violets, raisins and nuts and long, plummy, satisfyingly rich flavours.




Usual Price £18


M & S




        “Sparkling Wines

A presentation by Peter Hampton

    To Wimborne Wine Society

      On Wed.1st June 2016

Notes for the presentation:



Sparkling - General.


Variety of methods:

  • Traditional / classique / (“Champenoise”) method

      Fermented in barrel. 2nd fermentation in bottle after tirage (addition of      yeast/sugar. Remuage gradually working yeast to neck by slow inversion.

      Freeze and disgorge. Dosage to top up. Length of time om lees influences             complexity..

  • Ancestral / rural / artisanal method

      Bottled before fermentation is complete, so it carries on in bottle.  Aromatic,       slightly sweet, low-alcohol. Production difficult to control, but good ones can          be very characterful, e.g. Blanquette de Limoux.

  • Transfer method

After 2nd fermentation as above, individual bottles are transferred (hence the name) into a larger tank. The wine is then filtered, the liqueur de dosage added, and then filled back into new bottles for sale. This method allows for complexity to be built into the wine, but also gives scope for blending options after the wine has gone into bottle and reduces the bottle-to-bottle variations that can be hard to control in the traditional method. Many NZ wines use this.

  • Dioise method

            In contrast to the ancestral method the fermentation is controlled by         cooling. Asti Spumante uses this method.

  • Charmat /tank method

This production method is used mainly in Italian wines, especially in the Asti province, and in Prosecco wines, as well as cheap variants of sekt. The wine is mixed in a pressure tank of stainless steel, designed to withstand the pressure, together with sugar and yeast. When the sugar is converted into alcohol and carbon dioxide, the yeast is filtered and removed, and the wine is bottled. The duration of fermentation affects the quality; longer fermentation preserves the wine's aromas better and gives finer and more durable bubbles. Many grape varieties, including Glera (formerly called Prosecco), are best suited for fermentation in tanks. Charmat method sparkling wines can be produced at a slightly lower cost than traditional method wines

  • Continuous / Russian method

            The secondary fermentation takes place in steel tanks with special rings           around which the wine circulates slowly and becomes reasonably    clear    before it is bottled.

  • Soda method

            Cheapest. Done simply by adding CO2 to the wine from a carbonator. The             bubbles created by using this method will be relatively large and volatile.


A word about glasses – many sparklig wine producers, particularly Champagne, prefer normal white wine glasses to flutes.


Tonight’s wines – a cross-section of prices, styles and origins.

Could have included Sekt (German), Asti, Australian sparkling Shiraz (!)…


1. Prosecco

General – Popularity – New plantings – crime/theft.  Veneto,North-east

Grape name : Prosecco=Glera to avoid copies


Salgareda Prosecco Extra dry.

Delicate white stone fruit and lemon flavours and fine bubbles.

Simple – lightly fruity – entry-level. Makro,now £6.83

There are better-quality, more expensive versions.


2. Cava

General – used to be entry-point for sparklers. Can be cheaper (NB big brands, Freixenet etc). D.O. status, mostly Catalonia.

Must be ‘traditional’ method to be called Cava. Otherwise ‘espumosa’.


Sumarroca, The Wine Society’s Cava Reserva Brut n.v.

Traditional Cava grapes (parellada,macabeo,xarel-lo) plus touch of chardonnay for added finesse.  Stands out from other cava producers because aged on lees for 30 months.  Night harvested (cooler).

“Fragrant appley fizz with great brioche richness, delicate fruit and mouthwatering finish”.  ‘Best Value Cava’ at Wines from Spain Awards last year.  Justified in my opinion!


3. New Zealand

General –  produced all over; Hawkes Bay & Gisborne weightier & richer., but also produced in Marlborough, Otago, etc.

Lindauer well-known brand. Hawkes Bay & Gisborne (N.Island, NE coast). Long growing season, hot & dry, NW winds. Good Chardonnay & Pinot Noir.

Founded 1981. Method traditionnel.


Lindauer Rose n.v.

52% Chardonnay, 48% Pinot Noir.

Delicate pink in colour, the wine has a fresh fruit and yeasty nose with a smooth and full palate. This more full-bodied style of Lindauer is created with the addition of a little Pinotage base wine in the cuvée.  12 months on lees. Tannins from the red grapes mean it will go with lighter red meats well too.


4. Champagne.

General – very proprietorial over name (‘Methode Champenoise’ now ONLY for champagne. Otherwise Methode Traditionnel’). Chalky land (northernmost wine area of France), grows Chardonnay, Pin.Noir, Pin.Meunier well. Caves – tunnels – storage.

(Land type replicated in S.Coastal regions of England – Kent,Sussex, Hants, Dorset etc.).   NV – 15 months storage on lees. Vintage, 3 years.

Not invented by Dom Perignon – spent most of his career trying to stop his wines going sparkling!  Only started in the 1690’s well after Christopher Merret had developed stronger glass bottles. Spontaneous secondary fermentation had occurred in still wines since antiquity; most glass bottles of the time were not strong enough to contain the high pressures thus generated and so exploding bottles were an occupational hazard of winemaking. Sir Robert Mansell obtained a monopoly on glass production in England in the early 17th century and industrialised the process; his coal-powered factories in Newcastle upon Tyne produced much stronger bottles than were available in France. As a result the English could deliberately induce a secondary fermentation in wine without the risk of blowing up the bottle, long before Dom Pérignon is traditionally considered to have invented sparkling wine in Champagne around 1697.

Price wars – supermarkets – fear of devaluing special nature. Premium cuvees £80 and up. Krug, Roederer Cristal, etc.

Many small growers now bottle as independents rather than sending grapes to co-ops.

Grape proportions vary – chardonnay 100%=blanc de blancs,.

Pinot N.,Pinot M.=blanc de noirs


Philizot ‘Veuve Monsigny’ Brut n.v.

Now £10.99

Ripe apples, floral hints and soft red fruit. Reasonably complex, balanced. Good value!



5. Loire.

General – Vouvray most famous. Fruity & floral.  “Cremant de Loire” generically.

Anjou Mousseux, Touraine Mousseux.  Also, Saumur.

Montlouis comparatively unknown. Mostly Chenin Blanc (Central Loire valley white), more minerality than Vouvray.


Domaine de la Taille aux Loups, “Triple Zero” n.v. (Jacky Blot)

Now £61.55 for 6 from J&B

Triple Zero is the cuvee that used to be Jacky's standard Petillant Naturel. The title refers to the fact this cuvee is not chaptalised, dosed, and contains no residual sugar. Essentially it is as pure as Chenin gets, taut, finely-tuned, intense floral flavours of citrus, minerals, white peach and apple blossom, overlaying a creamy, supple texture.

In 1988, Jacky Blot set up this Domaine attempting to drag the Montlouis appellation out of the shadows of its neighbour, Vouvray. Jacky is one of the world’s greatest exponents of the Chenin Blanc variety, his 12.5 hectares of vines are planted with nothing else. His viticultural philosophy sees him working closely with nature; fertilisation is now an extinct practice, chemical treatments are practically non-existent and pruning is radically short, keeping yields down to an average 25 hl/ha. At harvest time picking is by hand, successive tris are undertaken and a severe grape selection is carried out. The wines are then vinified in Bordeaux barriques, both new and old (depending on the particular cuvée) in cool rock-hewn cellars. A domaine that clearly demonstrates the potential Chenin has for producing some of the world’s great white wines.

6. English sparkling wine.

Look at

What can we say?! A revolution taking place. Climate & terroir perfect (though 2012 washed out totally). Nyetimber,Ridge View,Camel Valley,Chapel Down,Breaky Bottom – dozens.


Nyetimber “Classic Cuvée” Brut 2010

62% Chardonnay, 19% P.Noir, 19% P.Meunier

Now £31.99, Waitrose (bought pre-Xmas at 25% discount then 6-bottle case discount).

Top of ‘the best of the best’ English Sparkling Wine review: - “Very full, with a huge whack of ripe fruit. This is Nyetimber's best to date. How much better can English sparkling wine get?”

Lovely pale gold and gentle, fine bubbles. Toasty, spicy and complex aromas showing wonderful development after more than three years on lees in the cellar. The palate supports these complex aromas with honey, almond, pastry and baked apple flavours. Very fine and elegant with a great combination of intensity, delicacy and length. 

Waitrose say: “creamy and rich with notes of brioche complimented with a refreshing citrus twist. An English classic”



Finally –

Isn’t it telling that the champagne tonight was only the 3rd-most expensive wine. How things change.

(Finances  would not have allowed me to present Dom Perignon…)


Wine Soc Cava, Reserva, lots of character, excellent value.

Triple Zero, bone dry, zingy, lovely Chenin Blanc.

Nyetimber. Pricey but worth it.


And a quiz – on the back of the notes sheet – match names to bottle sizes.

Champagne is matured in bottles & magnums then transferred to larger sizes for sale.

Largest one – on display in a wine shop – blew up on CCTV, April 2009, Southport.

40-bottle, 30-litre,  40” tall,10” diameter,240 glasses, £4000


Tasting notes sheet handed out:


Sparkling Wines

A presentation by Peter Hampton

    To Wimborne Wine Society

      On Wed.1st June 2016






Country/Region    Grape(s)/a.b.v.

Your notes






Salgareda Extra Dry, n.v.
















Sumarroca. Reserva, Brut 2012







The Wine Society



N.Z. Sparkling Wine.

Lindauer, Rosé n.v.


New Zealand/Hawkes Bay

Chardonnay,Pinot Noir/12%









Philizot “Veuve Monsigny” Brut n.v.



Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier/12%








Loire Petillant Naturel.

Domaine de la Taille aux Loups, “Triple Zero” n.v. (Jacky Blot)


France/Loire (Montlouis)

Chenin Blanc/12½%



Le Bon Cave (France)

15.00 ≡ £11.87



English Sparkling Wine.

Nyetimber “Classic Cuvée” Brut 2010.



Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier/12%






[No.1, ‘Tank’ production method, Nos.2-6, Traditional method]






Bottles ¼  ½     1      2          4          6          8           12          16          20             24           35            36            40


Litres 0.2           0.75    1.5           3            4.5            6                9              12             15                 18              26.25             27                30





Match the name to the bottle…



Size (No.of bottles)
















Melchizedek or Midas












Primat or Goliath
















* Only used by Drappier

** Only used by Taittinger



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