Wellspring Wines - A Quality Selection - 16/04/14

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Tasting last Thursday afternoon through a lovely selection of wines picked out by founder of Wellspring Wines Roddy Ropner, I was reminded how pleasant it is to go to small, informal tastings in Hong Kong. Usually one is fighting one’s way through hoards of people in an attempt to get a taste of the wines one wants to try, endlessly searching for non-existent spittoons and finding absolutely no information available on the wines in question.

Thankfully, some wine companies, like Wellspring Wines, have got it right. A well balanced, well sized selection of wines, 4 whites, 5 red and a couple of Champagnes, printed fact sheets for each wine complete with tasting notes from Nicola Arcedeckne-Butler MW, spittoons in full reach around the tasting table, and the right amount of people to enable professional and enjoyable tasting to take place. Wine companies planning tastings going forward take note! 

Working my way around the room I started with the Champagnes, followed by some lovely whites and finishing with some top quality reds. Wellspring Wines’ list may be smaller than most but it is packed full of top quality offerings at very reasonable prices. Hopefully my tasting notes below will give you a good insight. Cheers! 

Champagne Guy de Chassey Louvois Brut Grand Cru N.V 

Some nice green apple and lemon touches, nice fruity aromatics, a touch of brioche. Elegant. Quite light and fresh on the palate with lovely green apple character, high acidity and a touch of mineral to finish. 16.5 

Champagne Guy de Chassey Louvois Brut Grand Cru 2002 

Ripe lemon citrus fruit with yeasty brioche notes. Some fresh Granny Smith apple overlaying more savoury complexity. Quite rich on the palate with lemon citrus and plenty of autolytic character. Long, savoury, high acid finish. 17 

Fildefere Muscadet Sauvion 2011 

Melon and floral notes with a touch of lemon and mineral character. An attractive, perfumed nose. Light body, medium acidity, lemon character on the palate with some savoury, mineral complexity on the finish. 16

Gregoris Venezie Pinot Grigio 2012 

Nice, fresh, ripe apple nose with a hint of flower blossom and tropical fruit hints. Light to medium body with nice apple character and a touch of pleasant bitterness on the finish. Much more to this wine that your average Pinot Grigio. 16

Thierry Et Pascale Matrot Bourgogne Chardonnay 2010 

Plenty of lemon citrus character, very fresh nose, a hint of spice, medium body, creamier on the palate than the nose suggests. High acidity, some savoury, vanilla notes from a touch of oak. Nicely balanced. 16.5 

Thierry Et Pascale Matrot Meursault 2009 

Attractive, creamy, buttery ripe lemon nose. Some exotic tropical fruit touches with hints of spice. Quite full and rich on the palate with toasty oak balanced by lots of ripe lemon fruit. Vanilla, spice, oak, toast flavours. Nicely balanced. Long length. A nice example of a fresher style of Meursault as not overly creamy and well balanced by crisp lemon fruit. 17.5

Bishops Head Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2011 

Fresh strawberry fruit on the nose with a touch of herbaceous character. Medium bodied with medium tannins. Quite high alcohol. A long, herbal finish. 15.5 

Arnoux-Lachaux Bourgogne Pinot Fin 2008 

Dark, concentrated plum fruit with some herbal notes. Medium bodied, medium tannins, lots of plum and dark cherry fruit character. Concentrated yet elegant. Subtle spice to finish. Fairly long with some complexity. 17 

Chateau Cadet Fontpierre Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2006 

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Some garnet colouring showing development. Blackberry and plum fruit with herby, spice notes and touch of fruitcake. Very elegant nose. Medium bodied on the palate with some leather flavours alongside spice and a hint of tobacco. Medium to high tannins. Long length with some good complexity. 17 

Marchesi di Gresy Monte Colombo Barbera d’Asti 2007 

Lovely black fruit aromatics, black plum, black cherry, very elegant and fragranced. Some nice spice and a touch of oak and toast. Medium to full bodied, lovely blackberry concentration on the palate, medium tannins, lovely balance and long length. Drinking very well now but will age a few more years. 17.5 

Marchesi di Gresy Camp Gros Martinenga Barbaresco 2007

Lovely aromas of violet, blackberries, plum with a touch of tar. Wonderfully floral on the nose and highly elegant. High tannins, medium body, concentrated yet supremely elegant. Plum and spice on the palate with distinctive violet notes. Long long very complex finish. A really delicious wine for drinking now or keeping for some years to come. 18

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