Tuesday, 27 October 2009

TN : Plexus 2005, John Duval Wines, Barossa Valley, Australia

This wine is a blend of 50% Shiraz, 34% Grenache, and 16% Mourvedre. The Shiraz was sourced from vineyards in the Stockwell, Light Pass, Ebenezer and Marananga regions. The Grenache was sourced from old bush vines 50-60 years old from Stockwell, Light Pass and the Rowland Flat regions. The Mourvedre was sourced from old bush vines, the oldest over 100 years old, from the Light Pass and Angaston regions.

The fermentation was with submerged cap in both traditional old open top tanks and small stainless steel fermenters. The wine was 100% barrel matured for 16 months. Some Shiraz finished fermentation in new oak. 17% new fine grain French oak hogsheads (300 litres) were used for balance; 3 years and older mostly French oak. The pH is 3.50 and the total acidity is 6.2 grammes per litre.

John Duval was winemaker at Penfolds for 29 years and started hus own label in 2003.

Colour : Blackberry red

Aroma : Cold meats, blueberry, violets, spice, black pepper

Taste : Blueberry, blackberry, violets, spice, black pepper and cold meats on finish

Price : 273 SEK

Alcohol : 14.5%

Mark : B

Website : John Duval Wines

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

TN : Albaruta Zitto Zitto Sangiovese 2007, IGT, Cecchi, Umbria, Italy

This wine is a blend of 85% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot, and 5% Sagrantino. The wine spent nine months in French oak, The oenologists were Andrea Cecchi and Miria Bracali.

Colour : Dark red, blue hues

Aroma : Cherry, plums, oak, milk chocolate

Taste : Cherry, oak, spice, plums, fruity

Alcohol : 13.5%

Price : 79 SEK

Mark : C

TN : Aglianico 2007, Terredora, IGT, Campania, Italy

Colour : Dark red

Aroma : Milk chocolate, coffee, spice, toast, red fruits

Taste : Coffee, spice, toast, raisins, leather, red fruits

Alcohol : 13%

Price : 89 SEK

Mark : C

Website : Terredora Di Paolo

TN : Tautavel Reserve 2007, Gerard Bertrand, Tautavel, France

Tautavel is a small appellation in the heart of Rousillon in the south of France.

This wine is a blend of 40% Syrah, 30% Grenache, and 30% Carignan. The grapes were hand harvested in September 2007. The wine was matured for six months in French oak.

Colour : Dark cassis

Aroma : Blackcurrant, herbs

Taste : Spice on finish, herbs, concentrated zingy blackcurrant

Alcohol : 13.5%

Price : 89 SEK

Mark : B-

Website : Gerard Bertrand

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

TN : Kings Ridge Oregon Pinot Noir 2007, Kings Rudge Wines, Oregon, USA

The grapes for this wine come from vineyards in the Willamette Valley (67%) and the Umpqua Valley (33%). The Pinot Noir grapes were fermented in vessels from 1.5 ton boxes to 20 ton closed-top tanks. They were punched down or pumped over three times per day and pressed at dryness. The wine was aged in a combination of new and used French oak barrels (18% new and 82% neutral) for nine months, then blended and bottled. 13,000 cases were produced. The pH is 3.66, titratable acidity is 5.3 grammes per litre, and the residual sugar is 0.2%.

This wine was sealed with a screwcap.

This wine was imported by Andersson Wines International.

Colour : Pale red

Aroma : Spice, stewed red fruits, herbs

Taste : Oak, raspberry, ginger, lacking fruit, very herby finish

Alcohol : 13.5%

Price : 149 SEK

Mark : C-

Website : Kings Ridge
Website : Andersson Wines International

TN : Chateau Haut-Canteloup 2006, Premieres Cotes de Blaye, Famille Bordenave, Bordeaux, France

This wine is a blend of 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Cabernet Franc. 60% of the wine was matured in second-fill French Troncais oak barriques.

Colour : Dark red

Aroma : Cedar, plums, blackcurrant, oak

Taste : cedar and oak on finish, blackcurrant, earthy, plums

Alcohol : 13.5%

Price : 109 SEK

Mark : C

TN : Winkeler Jesuitengarten Riesling Trocken 2008, Allendorf, Rheingau, Germany

The Allendorf family have been cultivating vineyards in the Rheingau since 1292.

This wine was sealed with a screwcap.

This wine was imported by Granqvist Vinagentur AB.

Colour : Pale yellow

Aroma : Lemon, orange marmelade, honey, mineral, pear

Taste : Green apple, lemon, mineral, sharp, honey, pear

Alcohol : 11%

Price : 109 SEK

Mark : C

Website : Allendorf
Website : Granqvist Vinagentur AB