The University of Manchester Wine
Christmas Tasting 2015
Cremant de Jura, Philippe Michel, 2012, 12%, France, Aldi
Jura is a small Appellation Contrôlée in France, on the border
Fantastically crisp and elegant with green apples, perfect
acidity and persistent bubbles. Made from 100% Chardonnay this wine has a sophisticated subtlety with
stimulating fresh citrus notes and a lovely length.
Signature Gruner Veltliner, 2014, 12.5%, Austria, Morrisons £8.00
Gruner Veltliner is the most widely
planted grape variety in Austria. This wine is fresh and crisp, with citrus aromas, delicate peach flavours and a
hint of white pepper. This peachy and zesty white is a marvel.
Palataia Pinot Grigio, 2014, 12.5%, Pfalz, Germany, Marks and Spencer £10.00
The Pinot Grigio grape makes some of the most popular fruity
white wines, and is grown in many different parts of the world. This unoaked example comes from the Pfalz
region of Germany and is made from 85% Pinot Grigio grapes blended with 15% Pinot Bianco. The winemakers were
Matthias Gaul and Gerd Stepp. It is a premium, dry modern Pinot Grigio with succulent fruity flavours of
apple, melon and pear. The finish is fresh and crisp.
Selection, Martin & Andrea Hirtl,,
2013, 13%, Austria, Naked Wines, £14.99 (Angel’s
Weissburgunder is also known as:
Klevner (Austria), Pinot Blanc (Austria), Beli Pinot (Hungary), Pinot Bianco (Spain), Pinot
Blanc (United States). Some say the Austrians make the best wines around
from this variety. Some also say that you can detect notes of pear, apple, peach, yeast, a bit of
spice and general freshness topped off with a really
enjoyable slightly honeyed finish
Gruner Veltliner, Landhaus Mayer, 2014, 12%, Austria, Naked
Wines £8.99, (Angel’s
Soft fresh, lightly fruited nose. The first mouthful is light
lemon sherbet, to which is added pineapple with a twist of lime. This is rounded with a touch of
Pinot Noir, 2014, 13.5%, Pfalz, Germany, M&S
A stylish and complex Pinot Noir that is scented,
seductive and lingering. Aromas of ripe summer berries and raspberry leaf are complemented by an underlying
gamey flavour in this multi-layered and highly impressive wine. Made by long-time M&S winemakers Gerd
Stepp and Matthias Gaul, they added a touch of oak for roundness.
7 Pinot Noir/Gamay, Vin de Pays, 2009, 13%,
Switzerland, Vineyard, Ramsbottom £12.50
Wine has been grown in Switzerland for 2000 years, yet very little is
known about these wines outside the country. That is because the
swiss drink most of it.
Pinot Noir/Gamay is a blend of two grape varieties that
makes approachable, rustic wines in Switzerland (where it may be known as Dole). The wine's weight is fairly
light with aromas of sour cherry, cranberry and leather characteristics. Commonly associated flavor profiles
are fairly simple and include raspberry, strawberry and cherry.
8 Pinot Noir, Stepp, Pfalz, Germany 2014,
13.5%. Naked Wines £13.49 (Angel’s price) Also available
from Reserve Wines, West Didsbury, £15.99
has a lightish ruby-violet colour and shows raspberry, blackberry and herbal aromas with hints of smoky oak
and pepper. It is balanced by youthful, red berry and liquorice flavours plus an inviting herbal quality that
is backed by moderately assertive tannins.
9 Blauer Zweigelt, 2013, 13%, Wachau Valley, Austria, Vineyard, Ramsbottom £11.45
Zweigelt –also known
as Rotburger, Zweigeltrebe, and Blauer Zweigelt
a crossing of Saint-Laurent and Blaufrankisch grapes, created by Dr Friedrich Zweigelt, in 1922 -
is the most widely planted red-wine grape in Austria. The grape has inherited desirable characteristics
from both of its parent varieties bright, Pinot-like cherry aromas and the ability to create silky, elegant
wines from Saint-Laurent, spiciness and good acidity from Blaufrankisch. A classic Austrian Zweigelt is richly coloured with a
deep, bright core of spiced cherry and raspberry flavours.
10 Riesling Auslese, Preussens Gloria, 2003, 11%, Aldi
From the steep slate slopes of Germany’s best-known wine region,
this rare Rheingau wine boasts peach, pineapple and melon aromas, with a rich sweetness that is beautifully
balanced by its fresh citrus acidity. Delicious with desserts or salty