Nadder Valley Wine Circle

The Nadder Valley Wine Circle held two events in Dinton over the summer.

The first event was the annual “Wine in The Garden ” which was attended by 28 members. Ben and Jackie Bennie very kindly lent us their beautiful garden for this event and, on a lovely sunny July evening, Paddy Dawson presented a selection of three white and two red quality Antipodean wines from both New Zealand and Australia. As part of the evening, Paddy asked each table to decide on a price for each wine. This produced some interesting figures, mostly on the lower side of their cost. The wines included Leeuwins Art Series Chardonnay 2011 from the Margaret River Area in Australia and an Ata Rangi  Pinot Noir 2012 from the Martinborough area in the South of New Zealand’s North Island. Perhaps the surprise of the evening was the d’Arenberg - The Dead Arm  Shiraz 2012 from Australia’s McLaren Vale which was universally liked and considered good value for money.

Dinton Village Hall hosted 21 members for a presentation on the 18th September of seven Brazilian wines by Nicolas Corfe of Go Brazil Wines. Members were very interested in how wines could be produced in what many considered to be a tropical country, especially this writer who had earlier in the year travelled down he Amazon river in tropical rain storms and very high humidity. We learnt that  wines were produced in the very southern part of Brazil which was, in fact, on the same latitude as the better known wine area of Mendoza in Argentina. We tasted a selection of 7 wines including a very interesting and drinkable muscat wine  from Brazil’s coldest region of Santa Catarina where the diurnal temperature differences give the wine a real freshness. An unusual Malbec based wine which was a vibrant and youthful easy drinking wine aged in both American and French oak also impressed. As usual members differed on which wines they liked the best. I was pleasantly surprized by the Pizzato Fuasto Merlot 2013 by the young wine maker Bruno Mottar. If I had tasted it blind I would have thought that it could have been a good quality Bordeaux.

Unfortunately our Chairman, and founding member, Professor Alastair Bellingham has had to step down for the Wine Circle’s chair due to ill health. Luckily we have a knowledgeable oenophile to take over from him - John Muggleton, and our wine circle will continue as before. Our annual dinner is scheduled for the Forester at Donhead St Andrew in November and one of our members, Nick Beard, will be presenting a selection of Port wines in Dinton Village Hall on 5th February 2018.

We still have places available for new members. If you are interested in joining a friendly bunch of oenophiles please contact one of the following.

John Muggleton, Chairman                     01722 741748

Paddy Dawson, Teffont/Chilmark          01722 716729

John Moore, Dinton                                 01722 717881

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