Saturday, 12 November 2011

TN : Los Vascos Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Vina Los Vascos, Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite), Casablanca Valley, Chile

Colour : Very pale lemon

Aroma : Gooseberry, blackcurrant leaf

Taste : Crisp, blackcurrant leaf, lemon, gooseberry, passion fruit, earthy zingy acidic finish

Alcohol : 13%

Price : 109 SEK (The Wine Company, Hamburg, Germany)

Mark : B

Website : Vina Los Vascos
Website : The Wine Company

Saturday, 5 November 2011

TN : Altos Las Hormingas Malbec Reserve 2008, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina

This wine is 100% Malbec from ancient riverbeds in the Uco Valley. 90% of the grapes are from Vista Flores and 10% are from Eugenio Bustos. The average yield was 6.3 ton per hectare. The grapes were destemmed and softly pressed  into small stainless steel tanks for five days at ten degrees, for cold maceration.  Alcoholic fermentation began using native yeasts whilst cap management was conducted with systematic rack-and-returns.  The time between crushing and pressing was approximately 20 days.  Immediately after malolactic fermentation the wine went in to tight grain French oak barrels for 18 months of ageing.  The Total Acidity is 5.78 grammes per litre, the pH is 3.6, and the Residual Sugar is 2.23 grammes per litre. The winemakers were Alberto Antonini and Attilio Pagli.

This wine was imported by Arvid Nordqvist.

Colour : Dark blackberry

Aroma : Toasty oak, blueberry, herbs

Taste : Oak, tight structure, blueberry, violets, herbs, warm finish, opened up after an hour

Alcohol : 14.5%

Price : 199 SEK

Mark : C+

Website : Altos Las Hormingas

TN : Chateau Les Roches Gaby 2009, Canon-Fronsac, Bordeaux, France

Chateau du Gaby is located in  Canon Fronsac, 40km north-east of Bordeaux,  near the market town of Libourne. Canon Fronsac is also just 15km from St Emilion and Pomerol and is geologically a continuation of the St-Emilion cote or hillside.

Vinification was peformed in temperature-controlled epoxy-lined concrete vats. The wine was matured in 45% new casks, one year old and two 2 years old. The winemaker was Damien Landour. This wine is a blend of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Cabernet Franc.

Colour : Dark red, blueberry hues

Aroma : Oak, blackcurrant, herbs, cedar

Taste : Oaky, coffee, blackcurrant, chocolate texture

Alcohol : 14.5%

Price : 139 SEK

Mark : C+ 

Website : Chateau Du Gaby

Thursday, 3 November 2011

TN : Mount Athos Vineyards Metochi Chromitsa 2006, Domain of Monastery Agios Panteleimon Evangelos Tsantalis, Chalkidiki, Greece

This wine is a blend of 50% Limnio, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 20% Merlot.

Colour : Red, blue and brown hues

Aroma : Blackcurrant, plums, vanilla, spice

Taste : Spice, blackcurrant, plums, aged, talcum powder tannins

Alcohol : 13.5%

Price : 129 SEK (The Wine Company, Hamburg, Germany)

Mark : C

Website : The Wine Company

TN : Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Villa Maria Estate, Marlborough, New Zealand

This wine was sealed with a screwcap.

This wine was imported by Fondberg.

Colour : Pale lemon

Aroma : Earthy, gooseberry, lemon, tomato leaf, pineapple

Taste : Earthy, zingy lemon, blackcurrant, nettles

Alcohol : 13.5%

Price : 108 SEK

Mark : C

Website : Villa Maria Estate