Monty Waldin's Coupage 2011 Tasting Note:
”The wine has a really brilliant crimson colour. The nose shows lovely red fruit notes (crushed cranberry) with a light oak dusting over the top. The palate shows balanced, clear, sweet, ripe but savoury red fruit tannins with well-integrated oak leading to a fine fresh finish. It is a very clear and digestible wine. It's youthful (age of the wine) and exuberant (young vines) so if you want to drink it now, decant it in the cool of the morning and let it warm up by a couple of degrees as lunch- or supper-time approaches. It's a lovely example of how red wine can be deep without being over-oaked or over-extracted or too heavy. The intensity of the aftertaste will increase as the vines age.”
Monty Waldin is a biodynamic wine writer, critic, consultant, wine grower and a leading authority on organic wine and biodynamic wine.
Julia Harding MW's Coupage 2011 Tasting Note :
”Bright but dark crimson/cherry. Gentle, refined aroma of dark fruit, black plums and a touch of sweet spice and vanilla and a hint of something almost but not quite floral. Harmonious and the opposite of in your face. On the palate, excellent freshness and tannins that give shape but are not astringent. Still quite chewy. Spice and oak shows again on the palate but there's real harmony here and an attractively dry middle-European savoury quality with good acidity. Good length and very satisfying with plenty of spicy dark fruit in the middle. Tastes like a wine full of integrity and without artifice even though you can taste the oak spice up to the finish. Still quite young - you could broach it now but it seems to have a good few years ahead of it.”
Julia Harding passed her Master of Wine exams on first attempt and was the top student of her year. She is now an Author and Jancis Robinson’s fulltime researcher, co-ordinator and associate palate!