Last week carried on something that has been proving popular in recent years – the Corks Out tasting evenings. Back with a bang at the Castlefield Rooms in Manchester, they brought along with them a host of brands in both wine, Champagne and spirits. With the promise of a wide selection from producers including Morton, Franschhoek and Cattier as well as spirits that included El Dorado rum, Hayman’s gin and Auchentoshan whisky, you’d think there would be plenty to go around. Oh no. To cap off the selection, Wrenbury cider were at the Castlefield Room’s to shed a bit of local prestige to the afternoon’s proceedings. With the Corks Out team on hand to lend their expertise to the public, an afternoon turned quickly into an evening of not only being given the chance to try bottles that ranged from £6.99 to £39.99, but also the opportunity to purchase on the night and to learn the trade by signing up to their collaboration with Manchester Wine School. With much to experience, I tried to keep to brands and styles that I had either never come across or had not previously had the chance to sample, so below I give to you my tasting notes on each –
Franschhoek Statue De Femme Sauvignon Blanc 2012, South Africa – 13.5%
Tangy tropical and citrus aromas on the nose with hints of grapefruit and pineapple present on the palate. Considerable length.
Franschhoek Vineyard Barrel Fermented Semillon 2011, South Africa – 13.5%
Ripe tropical fruit and tangy citrus on the nose entwined with vanilla and spice on the palate.
Franschhoek Stone Bridge Pinotage 2010, South Africa – 13.5%
Nose of pepper, spice and bright red berry fruit. Soft on the palate, with red fruit and slight vanilla blending on the palate.
Franschhoek The Churchyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, South Africa – 14%
Lots of dark berries on the nose with blackcurrant and dark chocolate melting on the palate.
Trivento Golden Reserve Chardonnay 2011, Argentina – 14.5%
Fresh and fruity on the nose with lots of spice lingering whilst the palate enjoys a splash of sweet tropical fruits.
Trivento Golden Reserve Malbec 2009, Argentina – 14.5%
A mix of vanilla, spice and red fruit on the nose, yet soft once it reaches the palate with dark fruit to create a long finish.
Two Rivers Sauvignon Blanc 2012, New Zealand – 13.5%
Lots of ripe tropical fruit on the nose and creates a fresh, long finish on the palate.
Cypress Terraces Chardonnay 2010, New Zealand – 14.1%
Soft melon and peach notes on the nose develop into more grapefruit characteristics on the palate.
Two Rivers Pinot Noir 2010, New Zealand – 13.9%
Bold aroma of spice and dried fruits on the nose leading to an herbal palate mixed with red fruit.
Cypress Terraces Syrah 2008, New Zealand – 14.2%
Strong nose of pepper to begin with a hint of plum following. A mix of chocolate and dark fruits blending on the palate.
Weemala Pinot Gris 2011, Australia
Almond and peach dominate the nose with apple making an appearance on the palate. Rather sweet but a dry finish.
Picaroon Margaret River Sauvignon / Semillon 2011, Australia – 13%
Lots of citrus and herbal aromas on the nose with a fresh hit of blackberry and lemon around the palate.
Logan Shiraz 2009, Australia
Aroma of pepper, mixed berries and plums with a full flavour hit on the palate that has a long spiced finish.
Orben Rioja 2007, Spain – 14%
On the nose there’s lots of bold plum and cherry notes mixing well with the ripe fruit on the palate and hints of spice coming through.
Pouilly Fume Domaine du Petit Soumard 2011, France – 12.5%
Strong honey note on the nose followed by a blend of apple and gooseberry on the palate.
Sancerre Charmilles 2011, France – 12.5%
Lots of citrus aromas on the nose with a sharp palate of grapefruit flavours.
Chateau du Terrefort Lescalle 2010, France – 12.5%
Blackcurrant and plums heavily present on both the nose and palate for this easy drinking wine.
Dasvin Bel Air Haut Medoc 2008, France – 12.5%
Fresh red fruit on the nose becoming mouth-watering on the palate with a good length.
Boekenhoutskloof Semillon 2009, South Africa – 14%
Creamy nose with hints of almonds coming through. Lots of citrus flavours on the palate.
The Chocolate Block 2011, South Africa – 14%
Bold spice on the nose is instant with a blend of ripe plum and dark fruits blending onto the palate. Long finish.
Portia Ebeia Ribera del Duero 2010, Spain – 13%
Fresh on the nose with hints of raspberry that develops once onto the palate. Vanilla is also present as it nears the end.
Pyrat XO Rum – 40%
Tropical fruits and oranges on the nose with an instant hit of banana and sweet orange on the palate that creates a long finish.
Patron XO Cafe – 35%
Instant blend of coffee and sugar on the nose, but smooth once it hits the palate. Velvet texture that becomes long with a slight dryness at the end.
Glen Garioch Founders Reserve – 48%
A light, corn led aroma on the nose, with sweet vanilla, fresh green fruit and citrus on the palate that creates a fresh finish.
Wild Geese Irish Whiskey Classic Blend – 40%
Spice and mixed berries on the nose with a sweet yet light palate of citrus and honey.
Wild Geese Irish Whiskey Rare – 43%
Lots of floral notes with pepper and citrus also making an appearance on the nose. A rich, malt flavour on the palate with a hint of honey for a long finish.
Cava De Don Agustin Reposado – 38%
Deep nose of agave and herbs with sweet, earthy flavours present on the palate with hints of wood following.
Calvados Pere Magloire VSOP – 40%
Heavy apple aroma on the nose with a crisp, fresh flavour bursting on the palate. Well rounded.
Hayman’s Sloe Gin – 26%
Very fresh and light on the nose with a good dose of sloe berry aroma. Rather light and refreshing on the palate with a bold beginning. Mellows out rather quickly, with cinnamon and citrus the noticeable flavours.
El Dorado 5yr – 40%
Dry nose of tropical fruits leads to caramel and coconut with hints of vanilla at the end of a long offering.
El Dorado Finest Demerera 12yr – 40%
Tropical fruits on the nose with a small hint of spice lingering around. The spice is more known on the palate with rich fruits complimenting to a dry finish.
Gosling’s Family Reserve – 40%
Dried fruit and oak notes on the nose with a rich flavour of prunes and dark fruits on the palate with a hint of smokiness that creates a mellow finish.
An incredible selection that covers a host of countries including Argentina, France, New Zealand and Australia, as well as a Calvados for good measure.
The event was a great chance to not only try something different in a variety of categories, but also the opportunity to talk to both the ladies and gentleman behind the brands and Ruth Yates herself who was more than willing to chat to anyone and everyone about her favourite hobby.
The Park Royal Winter Tasting will be next on the agenda, and I strongly suggest you get yourself down. Get involved!
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