Friday, 19 December 2008

Vinkällaren Grappe Newsletter January 2009

Vinkällaren Grappe have published their newsletter for January 2009. It can be downloaded from their website.

Website : Vinkällaren Grappes Nyhetsbrev Januari 2009

TN : Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2006, La Escultura Estate, Casablanca Valley, Chile

The botrytis affected grapes were hand harvested and then cold fermented.

This wine was sold in a 375 ml bottle.

Colour : Bright gold

Aroma : Oranges, pears, sweetness, lime

Taste : Lime, oranges, apricot, sweet, honey

Alcohol : 11.5%

Price : 89 SEK

Mark : B

Website : Vina Errazuriz

TN : Ried Hinterkirchen Rielsing Federspel 2007, Weingut Karl Stierschneider, Kartaeuser Hof, Wachau, Austria

Colour : Very pale straw

Aroma : Grapey, lemon, rocks

Taste : White grapes, crisp acidic finish, lemon, oranges, lots of minerals

Alcohol : 12.5%

Price : 119 SEK

Mark : C+

Website : Weingut Karl Stierschneider

Wednesday, 17 December 2008

TN : Clos de los Siete 2006, by Michel Rolland, Argentina

This wine is a blend of 45% Malbec, 35% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Syrah.

On the label it states : Clos de los Siete is an oasis comprised of seven vineyards in the foothills of the Andes, south of Mendoza. Managed by Michel Rolland.

Colour : Deep purple

Aroma : Blackberry, plums, tobacco, spice

Taste : Slight oak, plums, blackberry, tobacco, sweet, spice on finish

Alcohol : 15%

Price : 159 SEK

Mark : B

Website : Clos de los Siete

Tuesday, 16 December 2008

TN : Divino Nordheim Silvaner 2006, Kabinett Trocken, Someracher Katzenkopf, Franken, Germany

On the label there is a sticker proclaiming that Divino Nordheim was The 2006 International German Wine Producer of the Year at the Wine & Spirit Competition.

This wine was imported by Granqvist Vinagentur AB.

Colour : Pale yellow

Aroma : Oranges, pineapple, almond

Taste : Minerals, oranges, pineapples, almonds, grapefruit

Alcohol : 13%

Price : 79 SEK

Mark : B-

Website : Divino Nordheim
Website : Granqvist Agentur AB

TN : Breasia Profundo 2004, Red Wine, Mendoza, Argentina

This is a blend of 50% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, and 10% Syrah.

The vinyards are sitauted at an altitude of 3120 feet above sea level. The grapes were harvested in April 2004. The wine was aged for 10 months in French oak barrel. 8000 bottles were produced. Walter Bressia was the Winemaker.

The wine was imported by Enjoy Wine & Spirits AB.

Colour : Purple

Aroma : Violets, spice, red fruits, savoury notes

Taste : Dominant soy sauce quality and savoury notes spoilt this wine, blackcurrant, violets, raspberry, concentrated, long finish

Alcohol : 13.5%

Price : 209 SEK

Mark : B-

Website : Bodegas Bressia
Website :
Enjoy Wine & Spirits AB

Friday, 12 December 2008

TN : Errazuriz Estate Sangiovese 2007, Vina Errazuriz, Casablanca Valley, Chile

The grapes for this wine were all hand-harvested into small bins. The must was subjected to a 5 to 7 day cold-soak at 6 to 8 degrees followed by alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel tanks at 28 to 32 degrees.The post-fermentation maceration consisted of 20 days of skin contact. The wine has been aged for five months in multiple-use French oak barrels and finally botted in September 2007.

Colour :
Dark Red

Aroma : Strawberry jam, spice

Taste : Strawberry jam, spice, cherry, smouth tannins, spice, simple and fruity, a good glugger

Alcohol : 14%

Price : 89 SEK

Mark : C

Website : Vina Errazuriz

TN : Silvaner 2007, Kabinett Trocken, Glaser Himmelstoss, Franken, Germany

This wine was imported by Divine AB.

Colour : Pale lemon

Aroma : Yeast, green apple, grapefruit, pear

Taste : Spritz, overwhelming yeast on finish, green apple, pineapple on finish, grapefruit, pear

Alcohol : 11.5%

Price : 120 SEK

Mark : C+

Website : Weingut Glaser Himmelstoss
Website : Divine AB

Thursday, 11 December 2008

TN : Errazuriz Estate Sangiovese 2007, Vina Errazuriz, Aconcagua Valley, Chile

This wine was sealed with a screwtop. Half of the wine was oak aged for 6 months.

Don Maximiano founded Vian Errazuriz in 1870.

Colour : Black/red

Aroma : Cherry, chocolate, prunes, raisins, herbs

Taste : Vanilla, sour cherries, herbs, oak, spice

Alcohol : 14%

Price : 79 SEK

Mark : C+

Website : Vina Errazuriz

Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Systembolaget New Wines 15th December 2008

The list of wines available from the Systembolaget in the middle, 15th, December is now available on the Systembolaget website for viewing.

Website : Systembolaget Nyheter den 15 December

TN : Prinz Tradition 2007 Rheingau Riesling Trocken, Qualtaetswein, Germany

This wine was imported by Blentarps Vinimport.

Colour : Pale lemon

Aroma : Honey, lime, minerals

Taste : Pineapple, lime, honey, minerals, green apples

Alcohol : 12.5%

Price : 119 SEK

Mark : C+

Website : Weingut Hans Prinz

TN : Vina Tarapca Ex Zavala, Gran Reserva, Etiquete Negra, Cabernet Sauvignon 2005, Maipo Valley, Chile

This wine was aged for 12 months in Seguin Moreau oak barrels. The winery is part of the Southern Sun Wine Group. The wine is a blend of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Carmenere.

The wine was imported by Bibendum.

Colour : Deep blackcurrant

Aroma : Blackcurrant, coffee, liqourice, herbs, blackberry

Taste : Blackberry, blackcurrant, herbs liqourice on finish, toasty oak

Alcohol : 14.5%

Price : 149 SEK

Mark : A-

Website : Vina Tarapaca
Website : Bibendum

Friday, 5 December 2008

TN : Estate Selection 2006, Chakana Andean Wines, Agrelo, Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina

This wine is a blend of 80% Malbec, 10% Syrah, and 10% Petit Verdot. The Syrah was harvested in March and the Petit Verdot and Malbec in April 2006. The wine was matured in French oak barrels for 15 months. Only 6000 bottles were released.

On the label it states : The Yaguarete (Jaguar) considered "Lord of the Starred Night" was the wildest known animal. This image associates the Jaguar with the fantastic beings. Product of hallucinations combining the real with the imaginary.

This wine was imported by Prime Sweden AB.

Colour : Black/purple

Aroma : Tobacco, violets, blackberry, plums

Taste : Blackberry, tobacco, violets, plums, coffee, slight vanilla, structured, slight spice, toast, chewy tannins on finish

Alcohol : 14.5%

Price : 149 SEK

Mark : B

Website : Chakana Andean Wines
Website : Primewine Sweden AB

TN : Cabernet Sauvignon 2006, Vin de Pays du Peleponnese, Domaine Skouras, Greece

The grapes for this wine were hand-harvested in August 2006. The must went through six days of maceration before alcoholic fermentation for 12 days at 25 degrees in stainless steel tanks.

Colour : Purple

Aroma : Oak, blackberry, spice, liquorice

Taste : Blackcurrant, coffee, liquorice, earthy, spice, herbs, oak

Alcohol : 14%

Price : 117 SEK

Mark : B

Website : Domaine Skouras

Thursday, 4 December 2008

TN : Arboleda Chardonnay 2007, Eduardo Chadwick, Casablanca Valley, Chile

The total acidity of this wine is 6.28 grammes per litre (tartaric acid), the pH is 3.43, and the residual sugar is 3.02 grammes per litre.

The vineyards are located 20 miles from the Pacific Coast in the Casablanca Valley. The vineyard soils are composed of clay and sandy loam. The vineyard was planted in 1997 using 96, 458, and Mendoza clones of Chardonnay. The vineyard is drip irrigated and canopy management is done using Vertical Shoot Positioning. The grapes were picked during the first week of April 2007.

The temperature during the 2006-2007 season were relatively cold. The final heat summation showed that there were 1401 degree days which was 60 degree days lower than the average of the past 6 years. Bud break came 10 days early which fortunately did not expose the vines to frosts. The months of october and november were warmer than in a normal year. Although conditions were warmer early in the season, the subsequent ripening period was cold, and the average high temperatures for the final months (December through March) were lower than the historic averages.

The grapes were hand-picked very early in the morning and then brought to the winery in 12kg cases. All of the fruit was whole-cluster pressed gently and all juice was fermented in French oak burgundy type of barrels (30% new oak) between 14 and 24 degrees . Some of the lots were inoculated with selected yeasts, although a large proportion (45%) was fermented with wild yeasts that are naturally present on the grape skins. After ten months of ageing “sur-lie” to enhance complexity, the wine was fined and bottled on the January 28th 2008.

Colour : Lemon

Aroma : Toast, nuts, butter, pineapple, green apple

Taste : Toast, butter, pineapple, honey, grapefruit

Alcohol : 14%

Price : 109 SEK

Mark : B-

Website : Arboleda

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Burnt Rubber and South African Reds

There have been many postings and articles, Wine Anorak and Decanter for instance, on the supposedly burnt rubber taste that is tainting red wines from South Africa. I went back through my online tasting notes and found that this character was indeed present in 8 out of 15 wines. I would have to say that this really is a problem that it exists for both low and top end South African red wines.

Website : Burnt Rubber : the great South African wine debate

TN : Riesling Steinterrassen 2007, Weingut Rudolf Rabl, Langenlois, Kamptal, Austria

This wine was imported by Johan Lidby Vinhandel AB.

Colour : Pale lemon

Aroma : Minerals, pineapple, honey, lime, lemon, peach

Taste : Minerals, pineapple, lime, lemon, slight honey, grapefruit

Alcohol : 12.5%

Price : 119 SEK

Mark : B-

Website : Weingut Rabl
Website :
Johan Lidby Vinhandel AB

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

VinUnic Newsletter December 2008

VinUnic have just posted their newsletter for December 2008. It can be downloaded from their website. Highlights for this month include new wines from Tenuta San Guido and Shafer.

Website : VinUnic Våra Viner December 2008

TN : Viu Manent Reserva Cabernet Franc 2005, Colchagua Valley, Chile

The winery has been family owned since 1935.

The grapes were hand-harvested from the El Olivar Estate vineyard. The wine has been aged in French Oak barrels for 18 months.

The wine was imported by Vinia AB.

Colour : Black/blue/red

Aroma : Toasty oak, plums, blackcurrants, herbs, figs

Taste : Toasty oak, blackcurrant, herbs, long coffee finish, plums, damsons, green finish

Alcohol : 14%

Price : 89 SEK

Mark : C+

Website : Viu Manent
Website : Vinia

Monday, 1 December 2008

Vinkällaren Grappe Newsletter December 2008

Vinkällaren Grappe have just released their newsletter for December 2008. It can be downloaded from their website. The nice thing about the reviews in this newsletter is that it includes drinking windows which is something that Systembolaget will not commit to.

Website : Vinkällaren Grappes Nyhetsbrev December 2008

Friday, 28 November 2008

TN : Orzada Cabernet Franc 2005, Odfjell Vineyards, Maule, Chile

Norwegian Armador (shipowner) Dan Odfjell founded the winery. Orzada is a nautical term for sailing against the wine before setting a direction.

This wine was bottled unfiltered.

There was no mention of the 2005 release of this wine on the Odfjell Vineyards website.

The wine was imported by Arcus Sweden AB.

Colour : Black/purple

Aroma : Toasty oak, blackcurrant, herbs

Taste : Dominating toasty oak, herbs, blackcurrant, milk chocolate, liquorice, drying tannins on finish

Alcohol : 14%

Price : 119 SEK

Mark : C

Website : Odfjell Vineyards
Website : Arcus Sweden AB

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

TN : A Lisa 2006, Bodega Noemia de Patagonia, Rio Negro Valley, Patagonia, Argentina

The estate where the grapes were grown is situated in Rio Negro Valley which is 620 miles south of Buenos Aires, 280 miles east of the Andes, and a further 1240 miles from Tierra del Fuego. It is located in the middle of the desert. The vineyards are influenced by the Neuquen and Limay rivers. The climate is dry. There is a maximum of 30% humidity and 7 inches of rain per year. This helps to keep the area free of diseases. During grape maturation, the temperature ranges from 28 degrees, during the day, to 9 degrees at night.

The wine is 93% Malbec and 7% Merlot. The Ph is 3.55 and there is 5.96 grammes of titratable acid.

Only 8900 bottles and 10 magnums were produced. The wine is bottled unfiltered.

This wine was imported by Amka.
Colour : Dark violets

Aroma : Blueberry, violets, savoury, raspberry liqcour

Taste : Raspberry licqour, savoury notes, concentrated, long finish, violets, blueberry, crisp

Alcohol : 14.3%

Price : 225 SEK

Mark : B

Website : Bodega Noemia de Patagonia
Website : Amka

Monday, 24 November 2008

TN : Cono Sur Reserva Riesling 2007, Bio Bio Valley, Chile

The winemaker was Adolfo Hurtado.

On the back label it is stated "CarbonNeutral delivery" and "Drinking a Cono Sur Wine is now Greener".

Colour : Pale yellow

Aroma : Lime, mineral, marmelade

Taste : Overwhelming petrol character, oily, lime, mineral, oranges, marmelade, green apple, dry

Alcohol : 13.5%

Price : 100 SEK

Mark : C

Website : Cono Sur

TN : Chateau Tayac 2000, Cru Bourgeois, Margaux, France

Colour : Dark plum

Aroma : Herbs, blackcurrant, raspberry, plum

Taste : Violets, talcum powder tannins, plum, cedar

Alcohol : 12.5%

Price : 195 SEK

Mark : C

Website : Chateau Tayac

TN : Beaujolais Nouveau 2008, Pasquier Desvignes, France

Colour : Black cherry

Aroma : red fruits, blueberry, ripe bananas, bubble gum

Taste : Acidic, green, thin, bubble gum, herbs, raspberry, strawberry

Alcohol : 12%

Price : 59 SEK

Mark : D

Website : Pasquier Desvignes

Friday, 21 November 2008

Samsung Wine Refrigerator RW13EBSS

I have just purchased a wine refrigerator for short term wine storage. It cost less than 2000 SEK at MediaMarkt in Nacka Forum, Stockholm which is by far the cheapest place to buy this model in the Stockholm area. It has place for 29 bottles. There are two preset temperature settings, one for red wine at 13 degrees and the other for white wine at 7 degrees though any custom temperature can be set. There is also inner light that can be switched on so the contents of the refrigerator can be seen without having to open the door. It also has a lock and key which stops the door being opened by accident.

Website : Samsumg Wine Refrigerator RW13EBSS
Website : Samsung Wine Refrigerator Rw13EBSS Instruction Manual

TN : Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau 2008, Cuvee Non Filtree, Pierre Dupond, France

Colour : Light murky cherry red

Aroma : Raspberry, strawberry, boiled sweets

Taste : Thin, weedy, herbs, lacking fruit, raspberry, bubble gum, acidic

Alcohol : 12.5%

Price : 73 SEK

Mark : D+

Beaujolais Nouveau 2008

Beaujolais Nouveau is here in Sweden. The Systembolaget launched two bottles on Thursday 20th November. They were :

  • Beaujolais Nouveau 2008,Pasquier Desvignes, Alcohol 12%, Price 59 SEK
  • Beaujolais Nouveau Villages 2008, Cuvee Non Filtree, Terroir et Talents, Alcohol 12.5%, Price 73 SEK
Website : Beaujolais Nouveau 2008 at Systembolaget, Pasquier Desvignes
Website : Beaujolais Nouveau 2008 at Systembolaget, Terroir er Talents

Thursday, 20 November 2008

TN : Zuccardi Serie A Tempranillo 2006, Mendoza, Argentina

The grapes for this wine come from the Santa Rosa Vineyards located near Mendoza in Argentina.

No mention of this wine could be found on the Familia Zuccardi website.

The wine was imported by Philipson and Söderberg.

Colour : Red/purple

Aroma : Tobacco, dark fruits, savoury, violets, almonds

Taste : Tobacco, savoury, spice, oak, raspberry

Alcohol : 13.5%

Price : 72 SEK

Mark : C

Website : Bodega Familia Zuccardi
Website : Philipson and Söderberg

Thursday, 13 November 2008

TN : Le Focaie 2006, Rocca di Montemassi, IGT, Maremma, Tuscany, Italy

Colour : Purple

Aroma : Blackcurrants, burnt toast, oak, violets, cherries

Taste : Burnt toast, cherries, violets

Alcohol : 13.5%

Price : 89 SEK

Mark : C+

Website : Rocca di Montemassi

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Tandarra Cabernet Sauvignon Rose 2008, Bag-In-Box, 3 Litres, South Eastern Australia, Australia

The box states that once opened that it must be consumed within 4 weeks.

On the box it is written that the town Tandarra is located on the northern edge of Goldfields region which was centre stage of the Australian goldrush in the 19th century.

The wine was imported and filled by Altria Plc, Helsinki, Finland

Colour : Bright deep strawberry

Aroma : Jellied strawberries, cherries, herbs

Taste : jellied red fruits, strawberries, raspberries

Alcohol : 13%

Price : 189 SEK

Mark : C+

Website : Tandarra

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Systembolaget New Wines December 2008

The Systembolaget December 2008 newsletter detailing all the new wines available on the 1st December 2008 is now available for download from the Systembolaget's website.

Website : Systembolaget Varunytt December 2008

Systembolaget New Wines 14th November 2008

The list of new wines available on November 14th from the Systembolaget can now be viewed on the Systembolaget's website.

Website : Systembolaget Nyheter den 14 November

Book : Vinträdgården

A new book has been published by Sveneric Svensson entitled Vinträdgården or Vineyard in English. It contains details and pictures of the author's small garden vineyard in Väröbacka and some details about making wine in the Swedish climate. The book costs 340 SEK including postage (or 240 SEK if you are a member of the Svenska Vinodlare organisation). Contact Anders Norberg at or ring 040 664 67 52 for details.

Website : Svenska Vinodlare

TN : Eclat 2005, Vina Valdivieso, Maule Valley, Chile

This wine is a blend of old vine Carignan, Mourvedre, and Syrah.

The wine was imported by Nigab AB.

Colour : Dark plum

Aroma : Spice, dark fruits, red fruits, violets, black pepper

Taste : Raspberry, violets, spice, long white pepper on finish

Alcohol : 13.5%

Price : 139 SEK

Mark : B-

Website : Vina Valdivieso
Website : Nigab AB