Meerlust winemaker Chris Williams says: Keen to post what I tasted today – if only I knew what they were, but I encountered 12 white wines in Blackfriars, London as the first day of the MW tasting exam. If I’m right, we started off with 2 white Burgundies, Chablis and Mersault, I think. Then five single-variety wines which I thought were Styrian S.blanc, then a Malvasia, a Demi sec Vouvray, New Zealand Pinot Gris and I can’t even remember the last wine. Next were two wines: a Bordeaux Blanc and Western Australian Sem/ Sauv. Finaly, three wines and a serious mixed bag: Portugese Vinho Verde (Alvarinho, Loureiro and Trajadora), Eastern European Chardonnay (Bulgaria?) and finally Hungarian Furmint.
Tomorrow I have to face 12 reds and on Thursday sparkling and fortifieds. At least I have dinner at Gary Jordan’s High Timber to look forward to.
Back at base camp, I am buying and tasting untold bottles of stuff we don’t find back in SA, not fancy labels that can easily be sourced, but what’s available the commercial end of the UK wine trade.
Joining me in this self immolation are Roland Peens [of Cape Town fine wine importing company Wine Cellar], Carmen Stevens [of Amani} and Cerina De Jong [previously of Seidelberg].