Some pictures from The Lawson’s Dry Hill tasting held at The Swan at the Globe, an awesome venue overlooking the Thames and St Paul’s. We had a spectacular award winning selection of wines to try with a great bunch of people from the trade. An amazing day doing what we are passionate about, sharing our love for great wines,spinning a few yarns and getting to know more about our friends, which we always enjoy, we cant wait to get out there and do it all over again.
Airmail and Stelvin Seals have given me the Holy grail of comparative tasting. A ‘friction’ hole in screwcaps on 2 bottles of Lawson’s Dry Hills Pinot Gris 2012, sloshing out wine at different rates on it’s air journey from Marlborough to London.
One bottle leaked perhaps 70 mls (3 shots) the other perhaps 180mls (6-7 shots). They had spent nearly 6 days in transit so when I broke the seals on the stelvins I was praying to see the oxidation effect on each wine. Perhaps 1-2 years ageing for the one with less wine lost and 4-7 years ageing for the one with more lost.
Result absolutely spot on. The one with less lost had primary fruit characters (ginger and feijoa), present acidity, It was for all the turmoil experienced in flight still a fresh delicious wine.
The Pinot Gris with more lost had changed remarkably. It still was drinkable, in fact delicious. The fruit had dropped out and was now more tertiary in character, no clear fruits to identify. The palate had fattened out, with little perceptable acidity and a oily viscosity that was hinted at in the first wine.
Wine, controlled air ingression and turbulence. A wonderful clamity, great for wine geekdom…thank you FEDEX
From the North Canterbury region of New Zealands, South Island this wine is definitely the business. Four years bottle age…golden hues to the eye, deep ripe kerosene fruit on the nose, chalky mineral palate with pulpible honey and fresh acidity. If you can find it buy it, if you can’t go to the Old Red Cow in the Barbican, delicious
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