Monday, 30 June 2008

TN : Chateau Senejac 2000, Haut-Medoc, France

Colour : Dark maroon

Aroma : Blackcurrant, leather, oak, cedar, dried mixed fruit

Taste : Oak, cedar, blackcurrant, leather, liqourice

Alcohol : 12.5%

Price : 219 SEK

Mark : C+

TN : Chateau Coucheroy 2007, White, Pessac-Leognan, Andre Lurton, France

The name of the chateau derives from the phrase in Gascon dialect meaning "the king slept here".

This wine is 100% Sauvignon Blanc and was vinified partly in stainless steel and partly in barrique. The vineyard soil is gravel and clay subsoil. The vines are planted on 3309C - Riparia gloire - 101.14 rootstock. The vines are pruned double guyot.

Colour : Pale yellow

Aroma : Blackcurrant leaf, lemon, mineral

Taste : Creamy lemon, blackcurrant leaf, mineral finish

Alcohol : 12.5%

Price : 104 SEK

Mark : C+

Website : Andre Lurton

Friday, 27 June 2008

TN : G 2003, Las Robles Estate, Emiliana Organica, Colchagua Valley, Chile

Ge comes from the Greek word meaning earth. This wine was made from biodynamically grown grapes. All the grapes were handharvested. Alvaro Espinoza was the winemaker. This bottle was number 5874 out of a limited edition of 6000 bottles. It is a blend of 55% Syrah, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, and 15% Carmenere.

This wine was awarded 92 points by Wine Spectator in their May 15 2008 issue.

This wine was imported by Premium Wines Sweden AB.

Colour : Dark deep purple

Aroma : Savoury, blackcurrants, pepper, spice

Taste : Concentrated, savoury, dark berries, blackcurrants, cherries, plums, spoilt by the hard tannins and oak on finish, long liqourice finish (like chewing a black liqourice allsort !). Fruit was a bit muted at first but opened up nicely after 15 minutes in the glass which suggests a couple of years cellaring wouldn't go amiss.

Alcohol : 15%

Price : 369 SEK

Mark : B

Website : Emiliana
Website : Premium Wines Sweden AB

Wednesday, 25 June 2008

TN : Enamore 2006, Allegrini & Bodegas Y Vinedos ReNacer, Mendoza, Argentina

This is a red wine made from naturally dried grapes using the appassimento technique. It is a joint venture between the renowned amarone producer Italien Allegrini and ReNacer.

The wine is a blend of 50% Malbec, 25% Syrah, 22% Bonarda, and 3% Cabernet Franc. The wine was aged in French oak barriques for 12 months. The grapes were from Perdriel, 900 metres with medium soils, Medrano, 800 metres with rich soils, and Rivadavia, 600 metres with poor soils. The vineyards are more than 50 years old and yield less than 5 tonnes per hectare. The grapes were handharvested into 17 kg plastic boxes. The grapes were dried by exposing them to the dry winds of the Andean foothills until they lost about a third of their weight. The must was macerated for ten days and 8 degrees and native yeasts were used for fermentation for 90 days in stainless steel tanks which were kept between 27 and 29 degrees.

The winemakers were Alberto Antonini and Hector Durigutti.

The wine was imported into Sweden by The Wineagency AB and 360 bottles were imported.

Colour : Dark purple

Aroma : Savoury, licquorice, dark berries, plums, violets

Taste : Concentrated, oak, licqourice, violets, dark berries, cherries, herbs, slightly porty on finish, threw a lot of sediment material which could be because the wine may be bottle unfiltered and unfined but this is not specified, the wine was in perfect condition however, slightly porty on finish due to high alcohol

Alcohol : 15%

Price : 195 SEK

Mark : B+

Website : Bodegas Y Vinedos ReNacer
Website : The Wineagency AB

Tuesday, 24 June 2008

TN : Lulu B Viognier 2007, Vin de Pays D'Oc, Louis Bernard, France

This wine was sealed with a screwcap.

Colour : Lemon

Aroma : Orange, marmelade, apricot, peach, minerals

Taste : Oranges, mandarines, lemon, mineral and bitter finish

Alcohol : 13.5%

Price : 70 SEK

Mark : C

Website : Lulu B Wine

TN : Anakena Riesling 2007, Curico Valley, Chile

On the label it is stated that this "Roots of the Andes" and "Single Vineyard"; I am not sure how this affects the quality of the wine :-). In addition, on the back label there is a small picture of a wooden tablet which is supposed to be a Sunfish motif from the Atacana culture of Northern Chile.

This wine was imported by Granqvist Vinagentur AB. 6000 bottles of this wine were imported into Sweden.

Colour : Pale straw

Aroma : Petrol, mineral, lemon, lime

Taste : Dry, mineral, lemon, lim, petrol on finish

Alcohol : 12.5% (on bottle label, 13% stated in Systembolaget Varunytt June 2008)

Price : 79 SEK

Mark : C

Website : Anakena Wines
Website : Granqvist Vinagentur AB

Thursday, 19 June 2008

Vinkällaren Grappe have published their newsletter for July 2008. There are no new wines launched at the Systembolaget in July 2008 so it basically outlines some future wine courses they will be holding.

Website : Vinkällaren Grappes Nyhetsbrev Juli 2008

Wednesday, 18 June 2008

TN : Rust en Vrede Cabernet Sauvignon 2004, Estate Wine, Stellenbosch, South Africa

This wine was imported into Sweden by The Wineagency. Only 360 bottles were imported.

This is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. The winemaker was Coenie Snyman. A chemical analysis of the wine showed that the alcohol was 14.11 %, acidity was 6.1 grammes per litre, pH was 3.63, and the residual sugar was 3.8 grammes per litre.

The must was fermented in open top vats, pressed, and then left to mature in 300 litre French barrels for 18 months. There are 6 different Cabernet Sauvignon clones that kept separate throughout the fermentation and then after 18 months the different clones are blended together and left to mature for at least 18 months before release.

Colour : Dark blackcurrant

Aroma : Blackcurrant, smoke, oak, tobacco

Taste : Blackcurrant, herbs, overwhelming and spoiling burnt rubber and smoke on finish - has this wine been affected by Brett ???, burnt toast, oak, very drying tannins on finish along with some heat

Alcohol : 14%

Price : 179 SEK

Mark : C-

Website : Rust En Vrede
Website : The Wineagency AB

TN : Noble House Riesling Spaetlese 2007, Dr Pauly-Bergweiler, Mosel, Germany

Noble House is a wine named in honour of Prince Elect (Kurfuerst), who ruled Germany for nearly 700 years from 1150 to 1805. The Prince Elector put up the Noble House building in 1743 and his winery was located inside it. The Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler family bought the house about 100 years ago.

This grapes for this wine were located within the region of Bernkastel.

This wine was imported by Primewine Sweden AB.

Colour : Straw

Aroma : Pear, melon, minerals, white grapes

Taste : Honey, oranges, off dry, too sweet as lacking acidity, melon, peach, white grapes, eldeberry

Alcohol : 9% (on label though 10% quoted in Systembolaget Varunytt Juni 2008)

Price : 90 SEK

Mark : C+

Website : Dr Pauly Bergweiler
Website : Primewine Sweden AB

Tuesday, 17 June 2008

Systembolaget New Wines Middle of June 2008

On June 16th 2008, the Systembolaget will be releasing their usual mid month set of new wines. The list can be downloaded from their website.

Website : Systembolaget Nyheter den 16 Juni

TN : Scalabrone 2007 Rosato, Tenuta Guado al Tasso, Marchesi Antinori, Bolgheri DOC, Italy

The grape blend for this rose was 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 30% Syrah and other black varieties. The grapes from the Scalabrone vineyard were destemmed and soft-crushed as soon as they were harvested. Maceration took place at a controlled temperature (less than ten degrees) for 12-14 hours according to the variety. The must was then racked and fermented. The ferment was kept at below 18 degrees and the result was stored in stainless steel.

Colour : Neon red

Aroma : Cherry, raspberry, herbs

Taste : Raspberry, cherry, blackurrant, crisp, clean

Alcohol : 12%

Price : 139 SEK

Mark : B

Website : Marchesi Antinori

TN : Hess Collection Mountain Cuvee 2004, Estate Grown, Mount Veeder, Napa Valley, USA

This wine is a proprietry blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Malbec, and Cabernet Franc.

Hess vineyards was established in 1978.

600 bottles of this wine were imported into Sweden.

Colour : Dark red

Aroma : Blackcurrant, blackberry, cocoa, herbs, red berries

Taste : Blackberry, blackcurrant, cherry, herbs, mint, olive, green pepper

Alcohol : 14.5%

Price : 229 SEK

Mark : C+

Website : The Hess Collection

TN : Divinus Red 2000, Grand Vin de Bordeaux, Chateau Bonnet, France

On the label it states "Ce grand vin, bel enfant de ma vigne a Bonnet, honore dignement ces lieux ou je suis ne, dans cet Entre-Deux-Mers, berceau de mes ancetre Andre Lurton".

This wine is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. The vineyard area was four hectares. Soil is shallow with clay and asteriated limestone and southern exposure. The planting density is 5000 vines per hectare. The average age of the vines was 18 years. Vine pruning was double guyot with debudding. All the grapes were hand-harvested. Fermentation lasted approximately three weeks and the wine went through malolactic fermentation. The wine was matured for 18 months in French oak barrels. The wine was fined with egg whites.

600 bottles of this wine were imported into Sweden.

Colour : Red/cassis

Aroma : Blackcurrant, leather, cocoa powder, cedar, oak

Taste : Cold tea, cocoa, cedar, leather, blackcurrant, oak, talcum powder like tannins on finish

Alcohol : 13%

Price : 219 SEK

Mark : B-

Website : Andrew Lurton

Friday, 13 June 2008

TN : Charisma Pinot Gris 2005, Pierre Sparr, Alsace, France

SenSuous Alsace and unoaked is what is stated on the back label of this wine.

This wine was sealed with a screwcap.

Colour : Gold/yellow

Aroma : Apricot, peach, nutty

Taste : White grapes, apricot, honey, overwhelming nutty flavour, grapefruit, full

Alcohol : 13.5%

Price : 109 SEK

Mark : C-

Website : Pierre Sparr

Thursday, 12 June 2008

TN : Kerpen Riesling 2007, Mosel, Weingut Heribert Kerpen, Germany

This wine was sealed with a screwcap.

Colour : Pale lemon

Aroma : White grapes, elberyberry, melon, pineapple

Taste : White grapes, elderberry, pineapple, melon, off-dry

Alcohol : 9.5%

Price : 79 SEK

Mark : C

Website : Weingut Heribert Kerpen

Wednesday, 11 June 2008

TN : Cambas Cabernet Sauvignon 2005, Vin de Pays de Peloponnesos, Cambas Winery, Greece

The Cambas Winery has been in existence since 1882.

Colour : Purple red

Aroma : Spice, cold tea, blackcurrant, earthy, vanilla

Taste : Spice, cherry, vanilla, oak, liqcourice, smoke, dark berries, a bit thin

Alcohol : 12.5%

Price : 74 SEK

Mark : C

Website : Boutari

Tuesday, 10 June 2008

Wine and Montreal

Last week, I was in Montreal for three days. Not much time but I looked at some wine stores. Similarly to Sweden, Quebec wine is run by a monopoly, the SAQ. I went to the normal Classique stores but was not impressed, a poor selection. I also looked at the flagship store, the Selection in Sainte Catherine Street. This shop was on two floors. The first of which was devoted to spirits so I avoided it as soon as possible. The basement contained a nice selection of Bordeaux and some Burgundies but not too much of anything else. It opened up to a Classique store which had some local Quebec wines. The duty-free shop at the aiport has no connection to SAQ and was selling some nice Inniskillin Ice Wines but I had to change planes in Europe so could not bring any back to Sweden.

TN : Le Rose de Phelan Segur 2007, Chateau Phelan Segur, Saint Estephe, Bordeaux, France

Colour : Pale strawberry

Aroma : Strawberries and cream, vanilla, herbs

Taste : Strawberry, spice, creamy, vanilla, herbs, blackcurrant lead

Alcohol : 12.5%

Price : 129 SEK

Mark : B

Website : Chateau Phelan Segur

Monday, 9 June 2008

TN : Montes Cherub, Rose of Syrah, 2007, Colchagua Valley, Chile

This wine had a sticker proclaiming that it had won a double gold medal for Best Rose of Show 2007 at the San Francisco International Wine Competition.

This wine was imported by Hjo Grosshandel AB.

The label displays a Cherub, or young angel, called Alfredo, in honour of Alfredo Vidaurre. The label was created by Ralph Steadman.

The wine is 100% Syrah from the Archangel Estate in Marchigue in the Colchagua Valley.

Colour : Pale Red

Aroma : Raspeberries, cherries, jellied fruits, herbs

Taste : Clean, fruity, raspberry sweets, blackcurrant hints, herbs

Alcohol : 13.5%

Price : 99 SEK

Mark : B

Website : Montes Wines
Website : Hjo Grosshandel AB

Monday, 2 June 2008

TN : YBS, Years's Barrel Selection, 2006, Erall Bravo, Mendoza, Argentina

This wine is a blend of 60% Malbec and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon.

This wine was imported by Carovin AB.

Colour : Deep purple

Aroma : Savoury notes, oak, dark fruits, fruits of the forest

Taste : Concentrated, mouth-coating, dark fruits, blackcurrant, bramble jelly, toasty oak, heat, savoury finish

Alcohol : 14.5%

Price : 248 SEK

Mark : B

Website : Eral Bravo
Website :
Carovin AB