Friday, 30 January 2009

VinUnic Newsletter February 2009

VinUnic have released their February 2009 newsletter. It can be downloaded from their website in PDF format. Dr. Loosen releases their 2007 vintage

Website : VinUnic VåraViner Februari 2009

Thursday, 29 January 2009

Vinkällaren Grappe Newsletter February 2009

Vinkällaren Grappe have released their newsletter for February 2009. It can be downloaded from their website.

Website : Vinkällaren Grappes Nyhetsbrev Februari 2009

Monday, 26 January 2009

Ingwe Reserve 2005, Alain Moueix, Stellenbosch, South Africa

This wine is a blend of 58% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 11% Cabernet Franc. Ingwe means leopard in the Xhosa language and is derived from the leopards that live on the mountains near the farm on which this wine is made.

This wine was imported by Domaine Wines.

Colour : Inky purple

Aroma : Cedar, plums, blackcurrants

Taste : Cedar, tight, blackcurrant, plum, smoky, talcum powder tannins on finish, needs a bit more time to soften up and for the fruit to show shine through

Alcohol : 13.5%

Price : 149 SEK

Mark : B-

Website : Ingwe Wines
Website : Domaine Wines

Friday, 23 January 2009

TN : L'Avenir Stellenbosch Classic 2006, Stellenbosch, South Africa

This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. As is usual for most South African reds, the wine has a strong smoky quality which always detracts from the wine's quality in my opinion.

L'Avenir is owned by well-known French wine producer Michel Laroche whose family has been producing wines in Chablis since 1850.

Colour : Dark cassis

Aroma : Smoke, blackcurrant, milk chocolate, cherry

Taste : Blackcurrant, smoky, milk chocolate, nice acidity on finish

Alcohol : 14%

Price : 99 SEK

Mark : C

Website : Laroche

Thursday, 22 January 2009

TN : Synchronicity 2004, Meinert, Wine of Origin Devon Valley, South Africa

The wine is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and 10% Pinotage. A winery analysis shows that the wine has an alcohol of 14.29%, pH 3.53, residual sugar of 2 grammes per litre, total acidity 5.9 grammes per litre, volatile acidity of 0.69 grammes per litre, SO2 of 118 milligrammes per litre, and free SO2 of 40 milligrammes per litre.

This wine was imported by Divine AB.

Colour : Deep blackberry, red

Aroma : Smoke, oak, blackcurrant, mint

Taste : Smoke, blackcurrant, concentrated, liquorice and green pepper on long finish

Alcohol : 14%

Price : 159 SEK

Mark : B

Website : Meinert
Website : Divine AB

TN : Thelema Sutherland Rhine Riesling 2008, Thelema Mountain Vineyards, Elgin, South Africa

Thelema is family run and produced its first wines in 1988.

The rootstock used for the vines is Mgt 101-14. The soil type of the vineyards was Tukulu. The vines themselves were planted in August 2004 using a planting density of 2.7 metres by 1.6 metres. The trellising is 7 wire Perold with moveable foliage wires. The vines are spur pruned. The yield was 9 tonnes per hectare. Drip irrigation was used. The grapes were picked on the 28th February at 20.68 balling. The acidity was 7.22 and the pH at harvest was 3.15. WE14 yeast was used for fermentation. The final pH is 3.18, total acidity is 6.02 grammes per litre, and the alcohol is 12.4%. This wine was sealed with a screwcap.

The wine was imported by AB Nigab.

Colour : Pale straw

Aroma : Lime, lemon, slight mineral

Taste : Minerals on finish, pear, lemon, lime, bone dry

Alcohol : 12%

Price : 119 SEK

Mark : C

Website : Thelema Mountain Vineyards
Website : AB Nigab

TN : Jordan Riesling 2008, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Jordan is a family-run winery situated at the upper end of Stellenbosch Kloof. The grapes were harvested from high altitude south-facing slopes. The grapes were then cold fermented in stainless steel tanks.

Colour : Pale lemon

Aroma : Lemon, lime, honey, slight mineral, pear

Taste : Lemon, slight lime and minerals on finish, slight honey, crisp, very fruity

Alcohol : 13.5%

Price : 99 SEK

Mark : B-

Website : Jordan Wines

Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Book : Wine by Andre Domine

The 2008 version of Wine by Andre Domine is a new completely revised edition. It weighs in at a mighty 900 pages. It was published by Ullmann Publishing in August 2008.

The book is a very good wine companion. There is something in the book for almost everybody. The book mainly focuses upon areas of the world and their wine producers and wines. North and South America, and Australia are given poor coverage whilst Europe is covered in depth including England and Wales, Luxembourg, and Switzerland. France gets 20% of the book with Italy and Spain getting about 10-15% each.

There are also good sections on wine and health, the chemical composition of wine, the history of wine, and wine and food pairing. For the wine knowledgeable then such subjects such as integrated pest management, barrel management, and vineyard management are covered; even esoteric subjects such as the manufacture of wine bottles are given the in-depth treatment.

I can thoroughly recommend this book both for beginners and experts alike.

The book can be purchased at Amazon online :

Website : Ullmann Publishing

TN : Cabernet Merlot 2005, Clairault Wines, Margaret River, Australia

Clairault Wines was established in 1976. Clairault was named after a nearby cape that bears its name from the French Mathematician Alexis Clairault (1713-1765). Alexis Clairault was responsible for calculating the perihelion of Hailey's comet.

The wine is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot, and 3% Cabernet Franc. The wine was sealed with a screwcap.

This wine was imported by Giertz Vinimport AB.

Colour : Blackberry/black

Aroma : Blackberry, blackcurrant, mint

Taste : Blackcurrant, vanilla, plums, simple, fruity, boring to drink

Alcohol : 14.5%

Price : 150 SEK

Mark : C

Website : Clairault Wines
Website : Giertz Vinimport AB

Monday, 19 January 2009

VinUnic Newsletter January 2009

The January 2009 Newsletter from wine importer VinUnic can now be downloaded from their website. John Duval's Entity and Plexus wines are now available to order from the Systembolaget.

Website : VinUnic Våra Viner Nyhetsbrev Januari 2009

TN : Windsor Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon 2005, Windsor Vineyards, Sonoma County, USA

This wine was imported by Tomp Spirits AB.

Colour : Blackcurrant

Aroma : Some vanilla, coffee, cedar, cherry, dark fruits, savoury notes

Taste : Leather, astringent French oak tannins, toasty notes, cedar, blackcurrant, vanilla, plum

Alcohol : 14.5%

Price : 99 SEK

Mark : C-

Website : Windsor Vineyards
Website : Tomp Spirits

Friday, 16 January 2009

TN : FM Riesling 2007, Bag-in-Box, Forster Mariengarten, Deidesheim, Pfalz, Germany

This wine was packed in a 3 lite bag-in-box. The best before date on the box was May 2009.

The wine was imported by Granqvist Vinagentur AB.

Colour : Pale yellow

Aroma : Lime, orange, minerals, honey

Taste : Lemon, oranges, sweet, honey, nice acidity, long mouthwatering finish

Alcohol : 10.5%

Price : 226 SEK

Mark : C

Website : Winzerverein Deidesheim
Website : Granqvist Vinagentur AB

TN : Pinot Gris 2006, Leon Beyer, Eguisheim, Alsace, France

Formal records of the house of Leon Beyer exist from 1580. The vineyard soils are limestone and clay. There were 61,000 bottles produced.

Colour : Gold

Aroma : Sugar cane, white grapes

Taste : Dry, honey, nutty, white grapes, oily, overly tangy, lemon, sherry notes

Alcohol : 13%

Price : 145 SEK

Mark : D-

Website : Leon Beyer

TN : Casa Marin Riesling 2007, Mirammar Vineyard, Lo Abarca, D. O. San Antonio Valley, Chile

This wine was imported by Giertz Vinimport AB.

Vina Casa Marin is owned by Maria Luz Marin and was founded in 2000.

Colour : Pale yellow

Aroma : Lime, pear, minerals

Taste : Dry, intense, lime, mineral, honey notes, long finish

Alcohol : 13.5%

Price : 169 SEK

Mark : B

Website : Casa Marin
Website : Giertz Vinimport AB

TN : Dr Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett 2007, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany

This wine was sealed with a screwcap. Wehlener Sonnenuhr means "The Sundial of Wehlen". The soils are thin and composed of stony gray-blue slate.

Colour : Pale Straw

Aroma : Floral, white grapes, lime, peaches

Taste : Minerals, off dry, lemon, peaches, white grapes, elderberry, nice clean acidity, long finish

Alcohol : 7.5%

Price : 129 SEK

Mark : B

Website : Dr Loosen

TN : St Laurent Ausstich 2005, Stiftsbreite, Weingut Stift Kloster Neuburg, Thermenregion, Austria

Colour : Black/purple, thinnish

Aroma : Oak, some green notes, plums

Taste : Drying tannins on finish, crisp acidity, some green notes, plums, blackcurrants

Alcohol : 13%

Price : 8.99 Euro (Billa, Vienna, January 2009)

Mark : C

Website : Stift Kloster Neuburg

Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Systembolaget New Wines February 2009

The latest newsletter detailing the wines available from Systembolaget for February 2009 can now be downloaded.

Website : Systembolaget Varunytt Februari 2009

Systembolaget New Wines 15th January 2009

The new wines available for the middle of January 2009 from Systembolaget is now available the Systembolaget website.

Website : Systembolaget Nyheter den 15 Januari