Vertical tastings are very revealing. As I’ve said on other occasions they are like an archaeological dig.
I was recently invited to a vertical tasting of every vintage of Craggy Range Le Sol by Air New Zealand, which had purchased the wines at auction.
Stephen Henschke has become a good talker, as well as one of Australia’s greatest winemakers. I taste the 2013 Henschke Hill Of Grace and Mount Edelstone and other new releases.
The call went out from the Brown Paper Bag Club: BYO super-Tuscans to the suburban pizzeria, Napoli In Bocca, and we’ll have some fun.
Puriri Hills Pope 2010, Clevedon, NZD $150
Salvino Benanti visited Australia recently as the guest of his importer, Enoteca Sileno. The wines he showed me from the indigenous grape varieties were outstanding.
Seresin Moana Blanc 2010, Marlborough, NZD $43
A vertical tasting of five vintages of Trinity Hill Syrah offered the chance to check the progress of four vintages and taste the latest release from 2015 for the first time.
Geoff Merrill Wickham Park Merlot 2010, McLaren Vale, AUD $28
Pierre Gimonnet & Fils Special Club Grands Terroirs de Chardonnay 2010, Champagne, AUD $140