Saturday, 27 June 2009

TN : Eikendal Merlot 2006, Eikendal Vineyards, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Since 1981, the 76 hectare wine farm has been owned by the Swiss family Saager who hail from Zurich.

This wine was imported by AB Wicked Wine.

Colour : Dark red, blue hues

Aroma : Burnt rubber, plums, milk chocolate, mint

Taste : Burnt rubber, plums, blackberries, milk chocolate, mint, very fruity, coffee, mouth watering

Alcohol : 14%

Price : 108 SEK

Mark : C+
Website : Eikendal Vineyards
Website : AB Wicked Wine

TN : Catena Alta Cabernet Sauvignon 2004, Bodega Catena Zapata, Mendoza, Argentina

The grapes were for this wine were sourced from small lots: Lot 3 was from La Piramide vineyard, located in Agrelo at 3100 feet elevation, and Lot 2 was from the Domingo vineyard, located in Tupungato at 37700 feet elevation. The wine has spent 18 months in French oak of which 80% was new. Total acidity is 5.62 and pH is 3.62. The wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered.

This wine was imported by VinUnic AB.

Colour : Inky, deep dark purple

Aroma : Blackcurrant, cherry, oak, dates, raisins

Taste : Blackcurrant, cherry, oak, silky, rich, slightly sweet, long finish, slightly cloying, milk chocolate, liqcourice, raisins, dates

Alcohol : 14%

Price : 275 SEK

Mark : B

Website : Bodega Catena Zapata
Website : VinUnic

Thursday, 25 June 2009

TN : Moueix Saint Emilion 2006, Jean-Pierre Moueix, Bordeaux, France

Jean-Pierre Moueix was born in Corrèze in 1913. He arrived with his parents in Saint-Emilion following the 1929 depression. In 1937 he founded his wine merchant business on the Quai du Priourat in Libourne.

Colour :
Dark red/maroon

Aroma : Tobacco, plums, red fruits

Taste : Fruity, plum, tobacco, dark fruits, drying tannins on finish

Alcohol : 13%

Price : 129 SEK

Mark : C+

Website : Jean-Pierre Moueix

Monday, 22 June 2009

TN : Tokaji Harslevelu 2006, Szaraz Minosegi Feherbor, Dry Quality White Wine, Pannon Tokaj, Hungary

According to the label, the speciality of this wine derives from the "linden flower aroma".

Colour : Pale yellow

Aroma : Mineral, lemon, some stone fruits, sick smell that blew off

Taste : Spicy, lemon, grapefruit, almonds, bitter after taste

Alcohol : 13%

Price : 89 SEK

Mark : C-

Website : Pannon Tokaj

Sunday, 21 June 2009

TN : Green Point Pinot Noir 2007, Domaine Chandon, Victoria, Australia

Green Point was originally named after pioneers who observed that the location remained green long into the summer. The site was established by Moet and Chandon in 1986. The vineyard soils are deep alluvial. This wine is sealed with a screwcap.

The Pinot Noir vintage started in early March with the harvest of the Maroondah block, located
adjacent to the Green Point winery, and finished a month later with the harvest of the Petgra Windy block at Yarra Junction, 40km to the South and 300m higher. There were approximately 14 individual parcels of Pinot Noir made in 2006, each contributing to the blend due to subtle variations, derived from altitude, clone, aspect or soil type. Each separate parcel was destemmed into open fermenters and cold-soaked at 10 degrees for three to four days prior to the commencement of fermentation, with gentle plunging each day to gently extract the colour and tannin from the skins. Once fermentation commenced, the cap was plunged by hand three times a day and the temperature was allowed to reach 30 degrees. After fermentation finished, the wine was pressed, settled for a day and racked to French oak barriques for malolactic fermentation and maturation. After eight months in oak, the wine was blended and bottled in January 2006. An analysis show a pH of 3.50 and a TA of 6.79 grammes per litre.

Colour : Light red

Aroma : Strawberries, spice, ginger, raspberry

Taste : Spice, raspberry, strawberry, herbs, oak, some ginger on long finish, more spice than fruit

Alcohol : 13%

Price : 149 SEK

Mark : C+

Website : Green Point

Saturday, 20 June 2009

TN : Quinta de Chocapalha Cabernet Sauvignon 2006, Vinho Regional Estremadura, Portugal

Quinta de Chocapalha is located in the surroundings of Aldeia Galega and spreads over the sunny hills of Alenquer, a delimited region in the northwest of Lisboa, Portugal. Its historical vineyards date back to the 16th century and once belonged to Diogo Duff, a brave Scottish man who received the "Tower and Sword" insignia from King João VI.

Alice and Paulo Tavares da Silva bought the estate in the 1980s and made significant investments in its 45ha of vineyard. Their daughter, Sandra Tavares da Silva, is now in charge of the Oenology Department.

The grapes were fermented in lagares and stainless steel vats for 14 days and then aged for 18 months in French oak barriques. 5600 750ml bottles were produced.

Colour : Dark red

Aroma : Oak, blackcurrant, leather, plums, dried raisins

Taste : Oak, plums, blackcurrant, leather, herbs, astringent bitter tannins

Alcohol : 13.5%

Price : 139 SEK

Mark : C-

Website : Quinta de Chocapalha

Friday, 19 June 2009

TN : Cuvee Prestige Bourgueil 2006, Domaine des Chesnaies, Lame Delisle Boucard, Loire Valley, France

The vineyards are situated along the banks of the Loire river near the famous chateaux of Villandry and Azay le Rideau. The wine is a blend of 90% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvingon.

Colour : Red/blue hues

Aroma : Oak, blackcurrant, raspberry

Taste : Fruits of the forest, oak, talcum poweder smooth tannins, blackcurrant

Alcohol : 13%

Price : 100 SEK

Mark : C+

Website : Lame Delisle Boucard

Sunday, 14 June 2009

TN : Finca Las Palmas Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, Bodegas Trapiche, Mendoza, Argentina

Finca Las Palmas is named after the vineyard of the same name situated at 850 metres above sea level. The wine was aged in French oak barrels for over 18 months. The wine has some great fruit but is ruined by over-oaking.

This wine was imported by Fondberg & Co.

Colour : Dark red, blue hues

Aroma : Blackcurrant, oak, herbs

Taste : Oak, bitter astringent finish, blackcurrant, vanilla, herbs, over-oaked.

Alcohol : 14%

Price : 115 SEK

Mark : C-

Website : Bodegas Trapiche
Website : Fondberg & Co

Thursday, 11 June 2009

TN : Castello di Ama Rosato 2008, IGT, Tuscany, Italy

The terroir that yields Castello di Ama’s Rosé is the same that yields its Chianti Classico. The vineyards were planted between 1964 and 1978. The vines are trained partly to vertical trellis and partly to Open Lyre. The wine, 90% sangiovese and 10% Canaiolo, is made by bleeding-off, saignée, lots that will produce Chianti Classico.

Colour : Bright strawberry pink

Aroma : Strawberry, raspberry, herbs, oranges

Taste : Red fruits, strawberry, oranges, sharp bitter finish

Alcohol : 13.5%

Price : 139 SEK

Mark : C-

Website : Castello di Ama

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

TN : Lambrusco Reggiano 1915 Dolce, Donelli, Lambrusco Reggiano, Italy

The vineyard soils are alluvial comprised of mixed gravel, sand and clay. The blend is 60% Lambrusco Marani, Lambrusco Maestri and Lambrusco Montericco, 30% Lambrusco Salamino, and 10% Ancellotta. The trellising system used is cordone speronato, G.D.C. and Bellussi. The grapes are typically harvested at the end of September.

Donelli was created in 1915 by Adolfo Donelli. For many years, Donelli has been the exclusive official supplier of wines for Team Ferrari Marlboro on the Formula 1 circuit.

Colour : Dark blackcurrant

Aroma : Blackcurrants, blackberry, metallic

Taste : Sweetness, fruity, dark fruits, raspberry

Alcohol : 7%

Price : 49 SEK

Mark : C+

Website : Donelli Vini

TN : Grand Terroir Tautavel 2006, Gerard Bertrand, Cotes du Roussillon Villages Tautavel, France

This wine is a blend of 70% Grenache, 15% Syrah, and 15% Carignan. The wine has spent eight months in French oak.

Colour : Dark red

Aroma : Blackberry, blackcurrant, herbs

Taste : Dark fruits, spices, liqcourice, pepper, oak

Alcohol : 14.5%

Price : 99 SEK

Mark : B

Website : Gerard Bertrand

TN : Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, Penley Estate, Coonawarra, Australia

The name Phoenix recognises the first winemaking company purchased, in 1888, by Douglas Austral Tolley. The company began life as The Phoenix Winemaking and Distilling Company in Stephney, South Australia. D.A. Tolley's great grandson, Kym Tolley, is now the winemaker.

The wine has 6.2 grammes per litre total acidity and a pH of 3.48. The grape yield was between 2.2 and 2.5 tonnes per acre. Maturation was in 25% new French oak for 18 months. The wine was sealed under screwcap.

This wine was imported by Divine AB.

Colour : Dark red

Aroma : Blackcurrant, mint, milk chocolate

Taste : Blackcurrant, plums, mint, coffee, liqourice, spice, drying tannins on finish

Alcohol : 15%

Price : 159 SEK

Mark : B-

Website : Penley Estate Pty Ltd
Website : Divine AB

TN : Chateau de la Tour Penet Chardonnay 2007, Jacques Charlet, Macon Blanc Villages, Bourgogne, France

The chateau dates from the 17th century. It once belonged to the 19th century politician and poet Lamartine. It now belongs to the Ferret family and the 35 acre estate is situated on the south east argilo calcarous soils of the village of Peronne. The vines have an average age of 50 years.

Colour : Pale yellow

Aroma : Apples, oranges, oak

Taste : Lemon, oak, apple, oranges, lime, minerals

Alcohol : 13%

Price : 99 SEK

Mark : C+

Thursday, 4 June 2009

TN : Blaufraenkisch Hochberg 2007, Weingut Tesch, Burgenland, Austria

This wine was imported by Viniberum.

Colour : Dark red

Aroma : Oak, herbs, spice, dark berries

Taste : Herbs, pepper, vanilla, dark berries, cherry

Alcohol : 13.5%

Price : 107 SEK

Mark : C

Website : Weingut Tesch
Website : Viniberum

TN : Clos Fourtet Rose 2008, St Emilion, Bordeaux, France

This wine is made from a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Clos Fourtet was called Camp Fourtet in the middle ages and was once a fort designed to protect the town of Saint Emilion.

Colour : Pale strawberry

Aroma : Strawberry, raspberry, herbs

Taste : Red berries, oranges, herbs, dry, crisp

Alcohol : 13%

Price : 129 SEK

Mark : B-

Website : Clos Fourtet

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

TN : Covey Run Dry Riesling 2007, Columbia Valley, USA

Kate Michaud is the winemaker for this wine which part of Covey Run's Quail series.

This wine was imported by Interbrands Sweden

Colour : Pale yellow

Aroma : Mandarin, apple, pear

Taste : Apple, pineapple, lime, passion fruit, apricots

Alcohol : 12%

Price : 90 SEK

Mark : C+

Website : Covey Run
Website : Interbrands Sweden

Monday, 1 June 2009

Riesling & Co World Tour 2009, Stockholm, Sweden

On May 27th 2009, the German Wine Institute organised the "Riesling & Co" World Tour tasting in Stockholm. I focused on the "Co" rather than "Riesling" which meant mostly Pinot Noir or Spaetburgunder as it is called in German. Wine from 30 producers was available for tasting.

Here are my notes :

A- Wines

  • 2007 Blanc de Noir Trocken, Shelter Winery
B+ Wines
  • 2007 Shiraz Rotwein Trocken, Weingut Dr. Hinkel (10 - 15 Euro in Germany) (Strawberries and pepper)
B Wines
  • 2007 Spaetburgunder Trocken RECIS (15 months in French oak barrels made from Alliers oak), Weingut Rudolf May
  • 2007 Spaetburgunder Trocken (approx 12 Euro in Germany), Weingut Georg Mueller Stiftung
  • 2006 Spaetburgunder Trocken Rosenberg, Weingut Becker Landgraf
  • 2006 Pinot Noir Trocken Edition Ponsart Nr 17, Winzergenossenschaft Mayschoss-Altenahr
B- Wines
  • 2005 Spaetburgunder Spaetlese Trocken, Buergerspital Wuerzburg
  • 2007 Spaetburgunder Spaetlese Trocken, Weingut Dr. Hinkel (approx 12 Euro in Germany)
  • 2007 St Laurent Trocken Gau-Odernheimer, Weingut Becker Landgraf
  • 2008 Weisser Burgunder Trocken, P.J. Valckenberg GmbH
C+ Wines
  • 2007 Spaetburgunder & Domina Trocken, Buergerspital Wuerzburg
  • 2008 Weisser Burgunder Spaetlese Trocken, Ruppertsberger Winzerverein Hoheburg eG
  • 2007 Riesling Kabinett Trocken, P.J. Valckenberg GmbH
  • 2007 Spaetburgunder Blanc de Noirs Trocken Bechtheimer Hasensprung, Weingut Spiess / Riederbacherhof
  • 2005 Pinot Noir Trocken, Shelter Winery (too oaky right now)
  • 2007 Pinot Noir Trocken Jubilaeumswein 140 Jahre, Winzergenossenschaft Mayschoss-Altenahr
C Wines
  • 2007 Spaetburgunder Trocken Gau-Odernheimer, Weingut Becker Landgraf
  • 2007 Riesling Kabinett Baron K, Weingut Freiherr zu Knyphausen
  • 2007 Spaetburgunder Trocken, Shelter Winery
  • 2007 Riesling Trocken Klassiker, Winzergenossenschaft Mayschoss-Altenahr
  • 2007 Pinot Noir Trocken, Winzergenossenschaft Mayschoss-Altenahr
C- Wines
  • 2007 Cabernet Dorsa ( Cross of Cabernet Sauvignon and Dornfelder), Ruppertsberger Winzerverein Hoheburg eG
  • 2008 Riesling Trocken, P.J. Valckenberg GmbH
  • 2007 Riesling P2 "Two Princes", Weingut Schloss Wallhausen (too sweet, sugary)