|As predicted and promised, the 2019 vintage has been a cracker for TOE 1895. The Vermentino has the floral characteristics of passion fruit with refreshing lemon and lime zest on the mid palate. Adam Chapman has crafted a beauty here. Our esteemed winemaker has moved on. It has been a most enjoyable journey with Adam and we wish him well. The 2020 vintage will be in Jessica Ferguson’s purview.
The Fiano is equally delicious with a hint of apricot blended with melons and peach.
The Storm Cru Sparkling White remains the all-time favourite. The Vermentino/Fiano blend is almost unique. Fresh, vibrant, balanced and dry. What a way to start every day!
The Montepulciano and the Tempranillo are still on oak and doing whatever it is they do. A sneak sip suggests they will surpass all expectations.
What’s the fuss about fruity notes?
I’ve often wondered why the hot shots refer to limes, lemons, melons and peaches when they taste a wine. They also wax lyrically about cherries, black currants, pencil shavings, violets and pomegranates.
I has occurred to me that it would be easier (and cheaper) to just buy a box of mixed fruits and suck to your hearts content.
Well, there is more to it. Basic taste relies on the receptor cells in the five zones on the tongue .. sweetness, sourness, saltiness, bitterness and umami.
All the other sensations are smells…and rely upon the volatility of methyl groups (in various combinations) which ascend from the mouth, behind your soft palate, up to the top of the internal cavern which is your nose.
The nasal top is at the base of the skull. Strategically positioned is a small plate with a myriad of tiny perforations. This is the cribriform plate. Immediately above the plate, applied to the under surface of the adjacent brain, are thousands of tiny tendrils or nerve endings. They are like fine little hairs. These are the miniscule fellas that send the desired message to the central smell zone of the brain. We just think we are tasting the real McCoy .. the fruits. It’s all just a molecular event. Magic eh?
So, next time you smell vanilla or taste mulberries in one of our wines, focus on your brain. That’s where it’s all happening. We have not actually added anything to our splendid product. It’s nature at work.