Wednesday, 30 March 2011

TN : Laurel Glen Cabernet Sauvignon 2004, Sonoma Mountain, California, USA

This wine was imported by Divine AB.

Colour : Dark blackcurrant

Aroma : Blackcurrant, plums, cedar, vanilla

Taste : Mega liqourice on finish, blackcurrant, mineral, cedar, toast

Alcohol : 14.5%

Price : 369 SEK

Mark : B

Website : Divine AB

TN : Chateau Haut-Mazeris 2004, Canon-Fronsac, Bordeaux, France

Capucine de Luynes is the manager of the vines of Château Haut-Mazeris, which have been in her family for four generations. The vineyard itself is located in the district of Saint Michel de Fronsac, on the highest slope of the region. The vineyard soil is clayey limestone. There are ten hectares of vines of which five hectares are in Canon Fronsac and five hectares in Fronsac. The grape varietals are Merlot 65 %, Cabernet Franc 15 %, and Cabernet Sauvignon 20 %. The average age of the vines 30 years old though a few vine stocks of Cabernet Sauvignon are
over 100 years old. The wine is aged in 30 % new barrels and 70 % one year barrels. Jean-Luc Thunevin is the consultant.

Colour : Blackcurrant, red

Aroma : Blackcurrant, plums, toasty oak, sandalwood

Taste : Blackcurrant, plums, fruity, drying tannins on finish, toasty oak, cedar, could leave a year or two more and try again to see if tannins integrate more or fade

Alcohol : 14%

Price : 269 SEK (Stockholm Arlanda Airport, Terminal 5 Duty Free shop)

Mark : B

Website : Ets Thunevin

Monday, 28 March 2011

TN : Castelgiocondo 2003, Brunello Di Montalcino, Marchesi De Frescobaldi, Tuscany, Italy

This wine is 100% Sangiovese. All of the grapes for this wine were handharvested during the last week of September and the first week of October 2003. The yield was 35 hectolitres per hectare.

Alcoholic fermentation took twelve days in stainless steel vats at a temperature of less than 30 degrees. The length of the maceration was 32 days. The wine was matured in Slavonian oak casks and French oak barrels.

This wine was rated three out of five stars by Decanter magazine and 90 points by Wine Spectator.

This wine was purchased as part of a three bottle case of the 2003, 2004, and 2005 vintages of Castelgiocondo from Finnair in-flight duty free on the Hong Kong to Helsinki route for 98 Euro.

Colour : Dark red,brown hues

Aroma : Blackcurrants, plums, wood, coffee

Taste : Wood, fruity, blackcurrant, plums, coffee, cherries, chalky tannic finish

Alcohol : 13.5%

Mark : B

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

TN : FLD Riglos Gran Malbec 2008, Mendoza, Argentina

Dario Werthein and Fabian Suffern together created Roglur winery.

This wine is 100% Malbec. The grapes for this wine were harvested on April 8th 2008. There were 16,516 bottles produced of this wine. The site for the grapes is located in Tupungato in the Uco Valley at 4000 feet above sea level. The wine was aged for 20 months in first use French oak barrels. The enologist was Pulqui Rodriguez Villa.

Colour : Dark blackberry

Aroma : Oak, plums, blackberry, violets, herbs, milk chocolate

Taste : Milk chocolate, herbs, liqourice, violets, blackberry, pencil lead tannins on finish. This wine took about an hour to open up at which point it was really singing. This could be worth leaving for anothet year or two.

Alcohol : 15%

Price : 199 SEK

Mark : B

Website : Bodega Riglos

TN : Heartland Dolcetto and Lagrein 2008, Heartland Wines Pty Ltd, Langhorne Creek and Limestone Coast, Australia

This wine was sealed with a screwcap. The winemaker was Ben Glaetzer. The wine is a blend of 50% Dolcetto and 50% Lagrein. 73% of the grapes were sourced from Langhorne Creek and 27% from Limestone Coast. The soils of Langhorne Creek are sandy loam and in the Limestone Coast it is grey marl over deep limestone. The age of the vines was between 12 and 15 years. The average yield was between 3.5 to 4.8 tonnes per hectare or 1.5 to 2 tons per acre.

The Dolcetto fruit was crushed and macerated for two days prior to yeast addition. The followed by a cool fermentation at 22 degrees, followed by four times daily hand-plunging. The wine was left on skins for 10 days before pressing. Approximately 50% of the Dolcetto was transferred to French oak hogsheads for completion of fermentation whilst the remainder was left unoaked.

The Lagrein was also fermented at cool temperatures of between 18 and 20 degrees to preserve aromatics and limit bitter tannin extraction. The Lagrein was then transferred to new French and American oak for 11 months maturation prior to blending and bottling.

70% of the oak was French and 30% was American. The wine spent 11 months in barrel.

The total acidity is 6.6 grammes per litre. The pH is 3.46. The residual sugar is 0.9 grammes per litre.

Colour : Dark blackberry

Aroma : Blackcurrant, blackberry, mint, liqourice, spice

Taste : Oak, toast, black cherry, liqourice, mint, melted chocolate-like texture, fruit bomb

Alcohol : 14.5%

Price : 99 SEK

Mark : B

Website : Heartland Wines

TN : Wishbone Pinot Noir 2009, Saint Clair Family Estate, Marlborough, New Zealand

This wine was sealed with a screwcap.

This wine was imported by SIGVA AB.

Colour : Red, cherry

Aroma : Oak, spice, red fruits, herbs

Taste : Strawberry, raspberry, redcurrants, herbs, warm and spicy finish

Alcohol : 13.5%

Price : 99 SEK

Mark : C

Website : Saint Clair Family Estate
Website : SIGVA AB

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

TN : Dr Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spaetlese 2009, Mosel, Germany

Wehlener Sonnenuhr means "The sundial of Wehlen". This wine was imported by VinUnic AB.

Colour : Pale lemon

Aroma : Honey, green apples, lemon, stone fruits, pear

Taste : Lemon, lime, sweet, honey, spritzy, mineral, pears, green apples

Alcohol : 8%

Price : 199 SEK

Mark : A

Website : Dr Loosen

Monday, 21 March 2011

TN : Chateau Moulin Pey-Labrie 2004, Benedicte et Gregoire Hubau, Canon Fronsac, Bordeaux, France

The estate consists of 6,75 hectares of flanking slopes of clayey limestone on molasse. It is planted to 98 % Merlot and 2 % Malbec.

Colour : Dark blackcurrant

Aroma : Oak, blackberry, plums, herbs, cedar

Taste : Blackcurrant, redcurrants, plums, cedar, herbs, coffee, tangy finish

Alcohol : 14%

Price : 286 SEK

Mark : C+

Website : Chateau Moulin Pey-Labrie

TN : Stags' Leap Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006, Stags' Leap Winery, Napa Valley, California, USA

Colour : Dark blackcurrant

Aroma : Blackcurrants, coffee, milk chocolate

Taste : Coffee, cherry, blackcurrant, graphite-like tannins and liqourice on finish, could keep for one or two more years and try again

Alcohol : 14.1%

Price : 399 SEK

Mark : B

Website : Stags' Leap Winery

Monday, 14 March 2011

TN : Hunter's Pinot Noir 2008, Jane Hunter, Marlborough, New Zealand

The grapes were harvested between the 5th March and the 13th April 2008. The Brix at harvest was on average 23.5. The winemaker was Gary Duke. The wine was sealed with a screwcap.

This wine was imported by Hjo Grosshandel AB.

Colour : Red, blue hues

Aroma : Fruits of the forest, herbs, spice

Taste : Ginger, raspberry, strawberry, oak, herbs

Alcohol : 13.5%

Price : 140 SEK

Mark : C-

Website : Hunter's Wines

TN : Willi Schaefer Riesling 2009, Mosel, Germany

This wine was sealed with a screwcap.

This wine was imported by Origo Wine.

Colour : Pale straw

Aroma : Honey, lime, minerals, green apple

Taste : Semi sweet, honey, lime, pear, green apple, minerals on long crisp acidic finish

Alcohol : 9.5%

Price : 129 SEK

Mark : B-

Website : Origo Wine

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

TN : Sandalford Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, Sandalford Wines Pty, Margaret River, Australia

The fruit for this wine came exclusively from a 37 old, dry-grown Margaret River Estate vineyard. After crushing and de-stemming, the fruit underwent fermentation in small ten tonne static fermenters. The traditional method of pumping over was employed during fermentation to optimise colour, flavour and tannin extraction. Post-ferment, the wine was left on skins for two weeks prior to pressing. The pressings were mixed back with the free-run wine and then inoculated for MLF with selected bacteria. After the completion of MLF, the wine was racked and transferred to both new and one year old French oak for 18 months. At the end of barrel maturation the various wine components were blended, fined and given minimal filtration prior to bottling.

This wine was sealed with a screwcap.

This wine was awarded 94 points out of 100 in James Halliday’s Top 100 Wines (Australia’s best white, red and sparkling wines), The Weekend Australian Magazine, 13-14 November 2010, page 23.

This wine was imported by Carovin AB.

Colour : Dark red, blue hues

Aroma : Bramble fruits, oak, vanilla, mint

Taste : Blackcurrant, plums, vanilla, raspingly oaky finish, mint

Alcohol : 14.5%

Price : 199 SEK

Mark : B-

Website : Sandalford Wines

TN : Caliterra Tributo Pinot Noir Single Vineyard Block #Arrayan 2009, Vina Caliterra, Casablanca Valley, Chile

Caliterra is a fusion of quality "calidad" and land "tierra". All the grapes for this wine were hand-harvested and the resulting wine was aged for five months in French oak barrels.

This wine was sealed with a screwcap.

Colour : Pale red

Aroma : Strawberry, herbs, vanilla, spice

Taste : Strawberry, raspberry, spice, vanilla, herbs

Alcohol : 13.5%

Price : 105 SEK

Mark : C+

Website : Vina Caliterra

TN : Les Champs D'Or Dry Red Wine 2006, Le Vin Du Desert De Gobi, Xinjiang Xiangdu Winery, China

Colour : Red, brown hues

Aroma : Wood, red fruits, nail varnish

Taste : Red fruits, vanilla, wood on finish, slight vinegar undertone

Alcohol : 12.5%

Price : 128 RMB (Ole, Holiday Plaza Store, Nanshan District, Shenzhen, China)

Mark : C-

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

TN : Chalten Gran Reserva Pinot Noir 2008, Bodegas Universo Austral, Neuquen, Patagonia, Argentina

The winemaker was Pablo Herrera.

This wine was imported by The Wine Agency AB.

Colour : Raspberry pink

Aroma : Oak, cherry, strawberry, toast, herbs

Taste : Warm, strawberry, raspberry, herbs, toast

Alcohol : 14%

Price : 119 SEK

Mark : C+

Website : Bodegas Universo Austral
Website : The Wine Agency AB

TN : Chateau Saint-Robert Cuvee Poncet-Deville 2008, Graves, Bordeaux, France

This wine is a blend of 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Semillon.

Colour : Pale gold

Aroma : Oak, lemon, nuts

Taste : Lemon, lime, nuts, creamy texture, overoaked

Alcohol : 12.5%

Price : 139 SEK

Mark : C

Website : Chateau Saint-Robert

TN : Grauer Burgunder 2009, Weinkellerei Schmitt Soehne GmbH, Pfalz, Germany

This wine was sealed with a screwcap.

Colour : Pale yellow

Aroma : Spice, floral, lemon, honey, pineapple

Taste : Spicy, honey, pineapple, green apples

Alcohol : 12.5%

Price : 89 SEK

Mark : C

Website : Schmitt Soehne

Monday, 7 March 2011

TN : Red Hill Estate Pinot Noir 2008, Red Hill Estate Wines, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia

Red Hill Estate was established in 1989 and is situated about an hour away from Melbourne. The winemakers were Michael Kyberd and Luke Curry.

This wine was sealed with a screwcap. This wine was imported by Giertz Vinimport AB.

Colour : Red, maroon

Aroma : Strawberry, blueberry, herbs, oak, cherry cola

Taste : Strawberry, sour cherry, spice, mint, vanilla

Alcohol : 13.5%

Price : 134 SEK

Mark : B-

Website : Red Hill Estate Wines
Website : Giertz Vinimport AB

TN : Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro 2009, Vino Frizzante, Cantine Medici Ermete & Figli, Italy

Colour : Red, blue hues, sparkling

Aroma : Backberry, raspberry, cherries, herbs

Taste : Blueberry, raspberry, cherry, slight sweetness, dry tannic finish

Alcohol : 10%

Price : 75 SEK

Mark : C

Website : Cantine Medici Ermete