The 27th September 2016 saw another edition of the Dirty Dozen Trade Tasting at the Vinyl Factory in London.
This is still one of the most exciting events on the London tasting circuit as all the twelve “members” still endeavour to show some of the top wines in their portfolios.
Inevitably, over the years, the wines on taste have become ever so slightly more pedestrian as there really isn’t any point putting a wine on a tasting when it’s sold out pre-release on allocation… and most unicorn wines are certainly pre-allocated and practically unobtainable for most trade new comers.
But I suppose these are the fine wine times we live in. Scarcity and rarity rule the roost. We all want what we can’t have. Nevertheless, here is a photographic snapshot of my top 12 wines tasted…in no particular ranking…in case you were not able to attend and want some top tips!
Dewaldt Heyns Weathered Hands Viognier 2015 Tulbagh
Blank Bottle Riesling 2015 Elgin
Domaine Guiberteau Saumur Blanc 2015
Storm Vrede Chardonnay 2015 Hemel-en-Aarde
Pojere & Sandri Faye Bianco 2013 Dolomiti
Domaine Heitz-Lochardet Chassange-Montrachet 1er Cru La Maltroye 2013
Niepoort Poeirinho Baga Bairrada Tinto 2013
Niepoort Conciso Dao Tinto 2012
Envinate Albahra Tinto 2014
Mother Rock Mourvèdre 2015 Swartland
De Toren Fusion V 2012 Stellenbosch
Savage Red Blend 2014 Western Cape