Jonathan Ray Jonathan Ray

Wine Club 15 February 2020

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Our Spectator Winemaker Lunches are famously entertaining. Held roughly every fortnight in the boardroom at 22 Old Queen Street, they are catered by our old friends Forman & Field and are hosted by your humble correspondent and a leading winemaker, proprietor or brand ambassador.

We can fit a maximum 16 around the table so the events are intimate and casual and everyone gets to meet fellow readers, chat to the winemaker, ask questions and, well, paddle in plenty of vino.

Indeed, no matter how many wines we have on show, we always seem to get through a hearty and utterly commendable one bottle per head. Nobody ever leaves thirsty although it’s not unknown for further post-prandials to be enjoyed at the Blue Boar just round the corner.

Six great wines enjoyed by readers at recent Spectator Winemaker Lunches

Laura Taylor, of Private Cellar, has been especially supportive of these lunches, introducing some first-rate winemakers, and she and I thought it would be apt to offer a selection of wines that have been enjoyed round the table recently.

The 2017 Springfontein Terroir Selection Chenin Blanc (1) from near Stanford in Walker Bay, South Africa, was a huge hit with our lunchers, as was the immaculately attired, charmingly self-deprecating Tariro Masayiti, South Africa’s leading black winemaker, formerly of Nederburg. Fermented for four months in oak barriques followed by eight months’ ageing therein, the fully organic wine is gloriously peachy, buttery, toasty, nutty and lightly honeyed with along, rounded, dry finish. It’s really fine. £15.25 down from £16.50.

The 2019 Glenelly Glass Collection Unoaked Chardonnay (2) is South African too, from vineyards on the lower slopes of the Simonsberg mountain in the heart of Stellenbosch.

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