Tuesday, 8 June 2010

TN : Tavel Rose 2009, Louis Bernard, Tavel, Rhone, France

This wine is a blend of 60% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Cinsault, 10% Mourvedre, and 10% Clairette.

Colour : Bright red

Aroma : Cherry, raspberry, herbs

Taste : Cherries, raspberries, herbs, liqourice on finish

Alcohol : 14%

Price : 118 SEK

Mark : B

TN : Reserve de Bonnet 2009, Andre Lurton, Bordeaux, France

This wine is a blend of 40% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 20% Cabernet Franc.

This wine was sealed with a screwcap.

Colour : Bright pink

Aroma : Herbs, raspberry, strawberry, redcurrant

Taste : Herbs, raspberry, redcurrant, vanilla

Alcohol : 12.5%

Price : 89 SEK

Mark : C+

Website : Andre Lurton

TN : Tokara Red 2005, Stellenbosch, South Africa

This wine is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, and 10% Petit Verdot. The wine spent 20 months in 225 litre French oak barrels of which 79% was new. All the grapes were hand-harvested between March 2nd and March 23rd 2005.

This wine won a a gold medal at the International Wine Challenge in 2009.

This wine was imported by AB Nigab.

Colour : Dark red, blue hues

Aroma : Blackcurrants, plums, herbs

Taste : Minty, blackcurrant, plums, herbs, nuts

Alcohol : 14.5%

Price : 169 SEK

Mark : C+

Website : Tokara
Website : AB Nigab

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

TN : Morgenhof Estate Wine 2004, Simonsberg, Stellenbosch, South Africa

This wine is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 6% Malbec, and 4% Cabernet Franc. The residual sugar was 2.5 grammes per litre, the pH was 2.5, and the TA was 5.4 grammes per litre.

Morgenhof Wine Estate is owned by Mrs Cointreau and dates back to 1692. The estate consists of 212 hectares of which 74 hectares are under vines and it produces approximately 35,000 cases a year.

This wine was imported by JPC Wines AB.

Colour : Dark red/black

Aroma : Green pepper, herbs, blackcurrant, toast, milk chocolate

Taste : Green pepper, blackcurrant, mint, toast, tobacco, cherries

Alcohol : 14%

Price : 189 SEK

Mark : B

Website : Morgenhof Wine Estate
Website : JPC Wines AB

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

TN : Thelema Cabernet Sauvignon 2006, Thelema Mountain Vineyards, Helshoote, Stellenbosch, South Africa

This wine is 100% clone 46 Cabernet Sauvignon. The root stocks used are 101-14, R110, and R99. The soil type was Hutton, decomposed granite. The vines were planted in 1988 and 1989 at a density of 3200 vines per hectare. The trellising is vertical hedge. The pruning strategy was 2-bud spurs every 15 centimetres. The average yield was six tonnes per hectare. Supplementary drip irrigation was used. The grapes were picked between the 28th and 31st March. The grape sugar was 24 balling, acidity was 5.2 grammes per litre, and the pH was 3.4.

Natural occurring wild yeasts were used for fermentation. Alcohol fermentation was at a temperature at 27 degrees. The grapes were de-stalked, followed by hand sorting of berries which were crushed and then pumped into stainless steel tanks. The cap was pumped over for six days and then the wine was left for five days before pressing, and then racked to barrel
for malolactic fermentation. The wine was matured for twenty months in barrel; 45% new French oak and the balance in older barrels.

This wine was imported by Nigab AB.

Colour : Dark blackcurrant

Aroma : Herbs, blackcurrant, mint, cedar

Taste : Toasty oak, bright blackcurrant fruit, mint, green pepper

Alcohol : 13.5%

Price : 199 SEK

Mark : B-

Website : Thelema Mountain Vineyards
Website : Nigab AB

TN : Zevenwacht Chenin Blanc 2009, Berrel Fermented, Stellenbosch, South Africa

A combination of old vines, in excess of 25 years and newly planted vines in the Banhoek valley, was used to produce this wine.

50% of this wine was tank fermented at a cool fermentation temperature, hovering around 13 degrees. The other 50% was barrel fermented and aged for six months on the lees to add to the complexity and rich mouth feel of the wine. After six months, the wine was blended together and did a further extended lees contact on the fine lees. The residual sugar was 3.2 grammes per litre, the TA was 6.6 grammes per litre, and the pH was 3.2. The finishes wine was bottled under screwcap.

This wine was imported by Sharabu AB.

Colour : Pale yellow

Aroma : Pineapple, orange, vanilla, honey

Taste : Honey, pineapple, vanilla, nuts

Alcohol : 13.5%

Price : 121 SEK

Mark : C+

Website : Zevenwacht
Website : Sharabu AB