Elwoods Wine Challenge

Blakers Park Picnic, Brighton

19th June, 2010

Wine Challenge

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Thanks go to all those that supported us on Saturday - we raised £213 for the charity AMAZE.

We had 58 entrants to the Wine Challenge, 41 of you correctly identified the mystery wine - Villa du Clos, Viognier 2009, well done!  Monika was picked at random and has won the case of wine.  We will be sending this to her very shortly.

These are the wines you tasted:

White Wine
Thandi Sauvignon/Semillon 2009, Thandi, South Africa (Fair Trade)
£40.50 (case of 6)/£6.75 bottle
Crisp and grassy-citrus, with fig and melon overtones and tropical fruit flavours. Great as an aperitif.
 
Modello Bianco delle Venezie 2009, Masi
£52.50 (case of 6)/£8.75 bottle
The nose is freshly sliced apples with hints of ripe pears and this character is repeated on the palate, with a lovely almond-like twist on the finish.
 
Viognier 2009, Villa du Clos
£57 (case of 6)/£9.50 bottle
This Viognier has a wonderful aroma of citrus peel, dried apricots, autumn fruits and hints of gorgeous herbs.  On the palate it's dry with more of those dried apricots, peaches and a lovely creamy texture.  All wrapped up with a refreshing, zesty-lime finish.
 
Rosé
Chapelle du Pic 2009, Cote de Provence
£57 (case of 6)/£9.50 bottle
Gorgeous colour of salmon pink.  On the nose think of summer fruits with hints of fresh herbs.  On the palate, subtle hints of raspberries, cherries and a lovely note of fresh mint on the finish.  Delicious!
 
Red Wines
Cotes du Rhone 1er Cote 2007, La Ferme du Mont
£54 (case of 6)/£9 bottle
A lovely compote of summer fruits on the nose.  Medium-bodied, fresh yet warm and mellow on the palate.  The elegance of this great vintage shines through.
 
Campofiorin 2007,  Rosso del Veronese IGT, Masi
£75 (case of 6)/£12.50 bottle
This has a very attractive, aromatic nose dominated by cherries and spice.  Well-balanced and full-bodied on the palate, with notes of ripe red fruit, cherry liqueur and blackcurrants it has a long aftertaste with hints of vanilla and cocoa.  
 

elwood wines Olive Cake (a recipe from Bordeaux)

250g self raising flour
4 eggs
Half a glass ( small goblet) olive oil
1 glass dry white wine
200g pitted sliced olives
200g cubed ham or lardons
200g grated gruyere/edam/cheddar or emmental a hard cheese is best

Mix flour and eggs. Beat in oil and wine. Stir in the rest of the ingredients quickly. Pour into a lined bread tin and cook for 60 minutes at 200c/400f/reg6.

Cut into cubes when cool and serve freshly baked with red or white wine.

BON APPETIT

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