It's all quite complex and at times technical, especially the vocabulary and jargon, so a helping hand never goes astray. A new online initiative designed to make buying boutique wines easier, Noseys is based on a categorisation system of wine characteristics rather than varietals.
|Bas Hegge at the launch of Noseys at Sol Lounge Bar, Oxford Street, Darlinghurst|
Named for the importace of the nose and smell in tasting wine as well as a the fun of a well-maintained curiosity for wines, Noseys stock strictly boutiques wines; those from wineries producing less than 5,000 cases a year. And some of the varietals are ones you're not going to find on the shelves of your local liquor barn: think chenin blanc, petit manseng, zinfandel among others.
|Krinklewood Francesca Rose 2010 - in the Rosy category|
While I probably really needed one of those nifty flavour wheels that proffer some pretty obscure flavours like tobacco and apricot jam, I jotted down my own considered thoughts which I share below. Forgive me for the blank ones or repetitive descriptors, which probably occurs later down the list as I imbibed more and more wine - cheers.
Krinklewood Francesca Rose 2010 (Rosy category): Biodynamic; blend of mourvedre, tempranillo and shiraz; light berries and dry finish.
|Oysters natural with fresh lemon (catering by Simmone Logue)|
Le Colture Prosecco(Bubbly category): Peachy frangrance; not as light as a normal prosecco; heavy fruitiness. Reminds me of lemon sorbet after the oysters.
|Tartlet of curried crab, mayonnaise and mango salsa|
Geoff Weaver Sauvignon Blanc 2010 (Fresh category): Fruity and crisp; reduces the spice hit really well. Pineapple?
|Roulade of smoked salmon with creme fraiche & salmon pearls|
Man O'War Pinot Gris 2010 (Mellow Category): Top notes are very, very fruity. Honeyed flavour that's almost appropriate for dessert. One for the sweet tooths.
|Vietnamese roll - chicken, cashew nut, coriander & soy dipping sauce|
Patina Chardonnay 2007 (Rich category): Dry but not oaked. Subdued like the rice paper rolls. A light chardy.
|Peking duck crepe with cucumber, spring onion & hoi sin|
Derwent Estate Pinot Noir 2008 (Blush category): Mellow. Dark cherry flavours. Bas' favourite of the lot.
|Narkoojee The Athlestan Merlot 2005 (Smooth category)|
|Bean burrito with mint, creme fraiche and sun dried tomato|
Patina Mudgee Shiraz 2005 (Deep category): Full bodied and heavy.
|Chocolate ganache tart|
919 Classic Muscat (Sweet category): Very fortified. Raisins and Christmas pudding.
There were a few standing at the end of the night and we may have polished off another glass or two of our favourites. We were even gifted with a bottle from the Bubbly category, as if we needed more booze that evening.
Next time I'm stuck for wine and need it home delivered (it happens), I might just head to the Noseys website and have a trawl through the Smooth category - he's my favourite dwarf.
Food, booze and shoes attended the Noseys launch party courtesy of Bas Hegge of Noseys with thanks to Polkadot PR.