Wednesday, 9 December 2009

TN : Benjamin de Vieux Chateau Gaubert 2007, Graves, Bordeaux, France

This wine is a blend of 60% Semillion and 40% Sauvignon Blanc.

Colour : Pale yellow

Aroma : Nuts, green apple, lemon

Taste : Nuts, oak, creamy texture, green apples, lemon

Alcohol : 12.5%

Price : 79 SEK (375ml bottle)

Mark : C

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

TN : Alcayata Malbec 2007, Bodegas Francois Lurton, Tupungato, Argentina

The grapes underwent a three day cold maceration before alcoholic fermentation at a temperature of 26 degrees. The wine was aged for 16 months in new French oak.

This wine was imported by The Wineagency AB.

Colour : Blackberry

Aroma : Blackberry, toast, herbs

Taste : Blackberry, plums, vanilla, toast, spice, cloves, dry grippy finish

Alcohol : 13.5%

Price : 139 SEK

Mark : C+

Website : Francois Lurton
Website : The Wineagency AB

TN : The Tin Mine 2007, Zevenwacht, Stellenbosch, South Africa

This wine was sealed with a screwcap.

At 340 meters above sea level, the Sauvignon Blanc vineyards are the most elevated at Zevenwacht. Three clones are planted that perfectly suit the lofty southern slopes of the Kuils River hills. The decomposed granite soils include desirable clay elements that retain moisture during the drier months of ripening, yet, as a result of the prominent gravel fractions, allow for excellent drainage. The grapes were fermented at cool temperatures and with extended post fermentation lees contact.

The Chardonnay vineyard is from a site that faces almost west and is on the lower slopes of the Kuils River hills. The clone is 166, a clone that imparts a wonderful Muscat aroma. The golden yellow grapes were harvested at 24 degrees Brix and lightly crushed. After pressing the juice was settled and racked to first and second fill 5001 barrels and second fill French Hogheads. Fermentation took place with selected yeasts and lasted almost three weeks with the temperature never rising above 24 degrees Celsius. Regular bâtonnage (lees stirring) helped in the development o the creamy texture .

The Viognier comes from the warmer Northern slopes of the Banhoek area. The ripe grapes were whole-bunch pressed. After settling the clear juice was racked to first and second fill 5001 barrels and second fill French Hogheads, where it fermented and matured for six months. Assemblage took place after nine months and the wine was stirred on the lees for a further four months.

This wine is a blend of 42% Sauvignon Blanc, 35% Chardonnay. and 23% Viognier.

The winemaker was Jacques Viljoen. The pH was 3,37, the residual sugar was 2.6 grammes per litre, and the total acidity was 6.00 grammes per litre.

This wine was imported by Sharabu AB.

Colour : Lemon/yellow

Aroma : Oak, nuts, yellow plums, mandarin

Taste : Little too much oak, yellow plums, lemon pledge polish, mandarin

Alcohol : 13.5%

Price : 119 SEK

Mark : C+

Website : Zevenwacht Wine Estate
Website : Sharabu AB

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

TN : Paul Cluver Pinot Noir 2008 Estate Wine, Elgin, South Africa

This wine was imported by QV Vin.

This wine was sealed with a screwcap.

Colour : Light red

Aroma : Spice, raspberry, strawberry, vanilla, herbs, pepper

Taste : Spice, stewed strawberry, vanilla, toast on finish

Alcohol : 13%

Price : 139 SEK

Mark : C

Website : Paul Cluver Wines

TN : Kleine Zalze Shiraz Mourvedre Viognier Vineyard Selection 2008, Western Cape, South Africa

This wine is a blend of 80% Shiraz, 15% Mourvedre, and 5% Viognier. The wine spent one year in third and fourth fill French oak. All the grapes were handharvested. The Viognier was picked at the beginning of February and the Shiraz and Mourvedre were picked at the beginning of March. The wine was sealed with a screwcap.

This wine was imported by VinUnic AB.

Colour : Blackcurrant

Aroma : Burnt toast, blackberry, plums, herbs, liqourice, violets

Taste : Herbs, violets, blackberry, burnt toast, plums, spice

Alcohol : 14.5%

Price : 49 SEK (375 ml bottle)

Mark : C

Website : Kleine Zalze
Website : VinUnic AB