The University of Manchester Wine Club

Wednesday, 3rd December, 2014

 

Christmas wine tasting

by Keith White and Stefan Gabriel

 

 

Sparkler  

 

Lucotto Pinot Grigio, NV, 12%, ASDA, £7.25

 

‘Soft on the nose with crisp clean flavours of apples and pears. Easy drinking with friends’ 

 

White 

 

Hilltop, (Neszmely), Sauvignon Blanc, 2013, 12%, M, £7.00                                        

(labeled as M&S but label states made by Hilltop) 

 

‘Crisp, zesty dry white with bright grassy aromas and fresh flavours of tangy gooseberries and limes’ 

 

Hilltop Premium, (Neszmely), Chardonnay, 2013, 14%, ASDA, £6.00                            

‘A complex, full-bodied Chardonnay made from a select vintage of the best situated vineyard in the Neszmely wine region’  

 

 

Lakeview Gruner Veltliner,2013, 11.5%, Tesco, £7.49                                      

 

‘Gentle flavours of peach, red apple and a hint of underlying tropical fruit mingle together to give a wine with a fruity soft mouth feel and juicy finish’ 

  

     Wines with the meal 

                     

White:   

 

Hilltop Premium, Pinot Grigio/Kiralyleanyka,2013, 11%, Co-op, £4.49    

 

‘aroma of pineapple, pear, nectarine and a bit of lees yeast; followed on the palate with ripe fruit salad of melon, nectarine, apple, pineapple & peach. The finish is medium at best but has a textural twist thanks to some lees ageing, that becomes more apparent as the wine warms up a little, pulling this wine up a grade’ 

        

Red:      

 

Hilltop Premium, (Neszmely),Merlot/Kekfrankos, 2012, 13%, Co-op, £4.49                

 

This lighter-style red is bright and smooth, with lovely cherries and herbs mixed with a hint of spice’.    

 

 

Red 

I Heart (has a heart on the label) Pinot Noir,2013, 12%, Tesco, £6.49  

‘a smooth, medium bodied wine with sweet plummy fruit and a twist of herby spice leading to a ripe and elegant palate. Made from Pinot Noir grapes sourced from some of the best growing areas in Hungary’ 

Hilltop, (Neszmely), Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012, 13%, ASDA, £6.00              

 

rich, elegant, full-bodied, made from a selection of the ripest Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, resulting in intense blackcurrant and rich spice aromas and flavours 

 

Egri Korona Borhaz Egri Bikaver ‘Bulls Blood’ 2010, 13.5%, Turton Wines, £14.50    

 

Egri Bikavér("Bull's Blood of Eger") is Hungary's most famous red wine. It comes from the Eger wine region of northern Hungary; ‘the wine is full-bodied with a deep ruby colour, aroma of red fruit with some vanilla spice and smooth spicy flavour’ 

 

Sweet Wine   

 

St Stephan’s CrownTokaj Aszu, 5 puttonyos, 2004, 2005, 2007, 11.5% or 12.5% Morrison’s,£10.99                                                                          

        

NamedSt Stephan’s after the Royal Crown of Hungary. The king of dessert wines produced from semi-dried, ‘noble rot’ affected Furmint and Hãrslevelii grapes. Rich and intense but beautifully balanced.   

 

Tokaji Aszú is best consumed at a temperature between 11 to 14 °C (52 to 57 °F). Warmer temperatures enhance its flavour, but make it appear less fresh.  

 

 

The Tesco and M&S wines had a 25% discount for any 6 bottles