Friday, 26 August 2011

TN : Peter Lehmann Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, Barossa, Australia

This wine was sealed with a screwcap.

This wine was imported by Spendrups Bryggeri AB.

Colour : Dark red/blackcurrant

Aroma : Sandalwood, blackcurrant, milk chocolate, mint

Taste : Cedar, blackcurrant, milk chocolate, mint, herbs

Alcohol : 14.5%

Price : 124 SEK

Mark : B-

Website : Peter Lehmann Wines

TN : Clemensbusch Riesling Vom Roten Schiefer 2009, Weingut Clemens Busch, Mosel, Germany

This wine was imported by Katthuset AB.

Colour : Lemon

Aroma : Lemon, lime, barley sugar, honey

Taste : Lemon, lime, honey, pear, bags of minerals on a long zingy finish

Alcohol : 12.5%

Price : 169 SEK

Mark : C+

TN : Dr L Riesling 2010, Dr Loosen, Mosel, Germany

This wine was sealed with a screwcap.

This wine was imported by Vinunic AB.

Colour : Pale straw

Aroma : Honey, lemon, lime, oranges, green apples

Taste : Off dry, lemon, honey, mandarin oranges, pear

Alcohol : 10.5%

Price : 79 SEK

Mark : B

Website : Dr Loosen

TN : Mille855 2009, IGT, Barone Ricasoli, Maremma, Tuscany, Italy

"Mille 855" is a tribute to Bettino Ricasoli who founded the Ricasoli company in 1855.

This wine is imported by WineWorld AB.

Colour : Dark cherry

Aroma : Herbs, cherry, milk chocolate, oak

Taste : Milk chocolate, cherries, sour acidity on finish, herbs

Alcohol : 13.5%

Price : 259 SEK (3 Litre Bag-In-Box)

Mark : B-

Website : Barone Ricasoli

Thursday, 25 August 2011

TN : Zardoz Cabernet Sauvignon Carmenere 2008, Vina Indomita, Maipo Valley, Chile

This wine is a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 105 Carmenere. The wine received 91 points from Wine Enthusiast magazine - "An outstanding wine, highly recommended".

This wine was imported by Primewine Sweden AB.

Colour : Dark blackcurrant

Aroma : Green pepper, blackcurrant, burnt toast

Taste : Concentrated and fruity, green pepper, blackcurrants, oak, burnt toast, herbs

Alcohol : 14.5%

Price : 159 SEK

Mark : B

Website : Vina Indomita

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

TN : Bonterra Chardonnay 2009, Mendocino County, California, USA

This wine has been made from organic grapes grown along the Russian River. The principal vineyards were Fetzer Sundial, Fetzer Ledford, Fetzer Chalfont, and Haiku Vineyards. The wine is a blend of 92% Chardonnay, 4% Muscat, and 4% Viognier. 70% of the must was fermented in oak and the remaining 30% in stainless steel. 70% of the wine was then put through malolactic fermentation. The wine was then aged for six months in oak. 24% of the oak was neutral, 16% was new oak, 20% was one year oak, 20% was two year oak, and 20% was three year oak.. The Total Acidity is 0.64 grams per 100 millilitres, the pH is 3.23, and the Residual Sugar is 0.39 grams per 100 millilitres. The winemaker was Robert Blue. This wine was sealed with a screwcap.

This wine was imported by Philipson Soderberg AB.

Colour : Light yellow

Aroma : Butter, oak, nuts, oranges, pineapple

Taste : Butter, vanilla, oak, oranges, pineapple, apples

Alcohol : 13.5%

Price : 135 SEK

Mark : C

Website : Bonterra Vineyards

TN : Gran Feudo Rosado 2010, Bodega Julian Chivite, Navarra, SPain

Bodegas Chivite was founded in 1647. This wine is mainly made from Garnacha Tinta using the saignee method. The juice was separated using gravity. The wine was sealed with a screwcap.

This wine was imported by Arcus Sweden AB.

Colour : Raspberry pink

Aroma : Jellied raspberries and strawberries, herbs

Taste : Raspberry, strawberry, herbs, redcurrants

Alcohol : 13%

Price : 64 SEK

Mark : C+

Website : Bodegas Chivite

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

TN : Akarua Chardonnay 2009, Bannockburn, Central Otago, New Zealand

All the grapes for this wine come from the Akarua Estate vineyard. The vineyard aspect is North to North-West. The vines are planted to an East-West orientation. The vineyard soils are weakly structured light alluvial soils from schist rock on old glacial terraces. The vines are 14 years old and the trellis system used is a 2 cane VSP canopy. The Chardonnay clone planted is the Kawarau clone 6.

All of the grapes were picked on the 8th April 2009. The growing conditions were cool with 950-980 GDD with early autumn frosts (September 2008 - April 2009). There was less than 320 mililitres of rain during the growing season.

The grapes were whole bunch pressed and the temperature during alcoholic fermentation was kept below twenty degrees. The Viticulturalist was Gillian Wilson and the Winemaker was Matt Connell. The Brix at harvest was 23, the Residual Sugar is 3 grammes per litre, the Titratable Acidity is 7.6, and the pH is 3.25. The wine underwent maturing in oak of which 15% was new. The finished wine was sealed with a screwcap.

This wine was imported by Domaine Wines & Spirits

Colour : Pale yellow

Aroma : Buttered sweetcorn, pineapple, oak

Taste : Pineapple, sweetcorn, zingy lemon and lime intense citrus fruit, butter

Alcohol : 14.5%

Price : 159 SEK

Mark : B-

Website : Akarua

Wines on SAS flight from Geneva to Stockholm, July 20th 2011

We had three different wines on a return journey from Geneva to Stockholm in Geneva. All the wines cost 60 SEK and came in the airline standard screwcapped 187ml bottle format.

I only tasted the white, the Crusan which tasted of lemon and nettles and was an ok glugger. I would give it a C.

My wife had the two reds and swears that they were ok. I didn't taste them since I find red wines served too cold on flights.

The wines we tried were :

  • Borsao, Garnacha 2009, Spain
This wine is a blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Tempranillo

Alcohol : 13.5%
Website : Bodegas Borsao

  • Crusan, Colombard Sauvignon, Cotes de Gascogne, France
Alcohol : 11.5%

  • Mas Josephine 2009, Syrah - Grenache, Chateau Courac,Cotes du Rhone, France
Alcohol : 14%

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Book : Drilling For Wine, Robin Yapp

This book is a very humourous brisk walkthrough of Robin Yapp's life from Dentist to Wine Merchant. The first partof the book covers Robin Yapp's work in hotels, balancing dentistry and selling wine, setting up his first wine real wine business, visits to the Bordeaux, Loire, and Rhone. He recounts numerous funny anectdotes involving Cyril Ray and Edmund Penning-Rowsell. I would throughly recommend this book to anybody interested, or not interested, in wine.

Sunday, 14 August 2011

TN : Chateau Larmande 2001, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, Bordeaux, France

This wine is a blend of 65% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Larmande is a place-name which can be found in archives dating from 1585. These mention a visit by the Jurade to inspect the wine there. A stone in the cellar bears the date 1640. The owner at the beginning of the 18th century was called Champagne. After he died, his widow continued production at the vineyard for a few years before it was taken over, first by the Pion de Case family, and then in about 1850 by the Saint Genis, who came from the Charente Maritime. This family kept the estate for around 50 years, leaving the management of it to Germain Meneret.

At the beginning of the 20th century, for partition and inheritance reasons, the Saint Genis offered to sell the estate to Germain Meneret. Not having a large enough fortune to buy it outright, he went into partnership with one of his friends, Amédée Capdemourlin, who also came from a very old Saint Emilion family, in order to acquire the property. In the following generation, Fernand Meneret married Alice Capdemourlin. Both of them inherited the estate just before the second world war. Their sons and grandsons then ran the estate, bringing the surface area of the vineyard to 22.5 hectares (55 acres).

At the end of 1990, Jean Meneret ­the President and founder of the Association des Grands Crus Classés de Saint Emilion, a well-known figure in the Bordeaux vineyard and who had taken the estate to the highest level, sold Château Larmande to the La Mondiale insurance group. From this time, the onus was put on bringing the wines of Château Larmande to the forefront of the international stage. The acquisition of a new plot of vines took the surface area of the vineyard to 25 hectares (62 acres), making this estate one of the largest in Saint Emilion. The cellars were renovated, a tasting room built in stone and glass was created, and a reception room capable of holding one hundred people was built.

The chateau is situated 1,200 metres from Saint Emilion. Château Larmande possesses a great diversity of soil types : 15% is clay-limestone, 15% is siliceous clay and 70% is made up of ancient sands. The 25 hectare estate includes 19 hectares of vines planted in one block close to the château, the rest of the plots being no more than 6 kilometres away. The average age of the vines is 30 years.

Colour : Dark red, brown

Aroma : Plums, oak, herbs, milk chocolate

Taste : Plums, raspberry, herbs, cedar, aged, milk chocolate, tobacco

Alcohol : 13.5%

Price : 399 SEK

Mark : B

Website : Chateau Larmande

TN : Rua Pinot Noir 2009, Akarua Ltd, Central Otaga, New Zealand

The grapes for the wine were picked between the 6th and 30th April 2010. There was a cool start to the growing season followed by a warm and dry mid summer and autumn. There were 1020 Grower Degree Days (30 Sept 2009 - 30 April 2010) and 211 millilitres of rainfall. There was no whole bunch fermentation. The grapes underwent a 5 day pre-fermentation maceration. Inoculated yeast was used and the fermentation peaked at 31 degrees. Punch-downs were performed twice daily. The wine underwent a 6 day post fermentation maceration. The wine was matured in French oak barriques for ten months; 15% of the oak was new. The Viticulturist was Gillian Wilson and Winemaker was Matt Connell. The wine was bottled in February 2011. The brix at harvest was between 22 and 24. The titratable acidity is 6 grammes per litre and the pH is 3.71.

This wine was sealed with a screwcap.

This wine was imported by Domaine Wines.

Colour : Raspberry, blue hues

Aroma : Spice, plums, red fruits, toast

Taste : Liqourice, wild strawberries, toast, spice, warm and fruity, coffee on finish

Alcohol : 14.5%

Price : 159 SEK

Mark : B

Website : Akarua

Friday, 12 August 2011

TN : Le Vieux Clocher Fut 2009, Pinot Noir de Peissy, Domaine des Bossons, Switzerland

Colour : Raspberry red

Aroma : Red fruits, oak, vanilla

Taste : Smooth tannins, raspberry, oak, vanilla, strawberry

Alcohol : 13%

Price : 14,20 CHF (Purchased direct from Domaine des Bossons)

Mark : B+

Website : Domaine des Bossons

TN : Sauvignon Gris 2010, Domaine des Bossons, Peissy, Switzerland

Colour : Pale lemon

Aroma : Blackcurrant, pineapple, mango

Taste : Leafy, blackcurrant, mango, pineapple, nettles

Alcohol : 13.5%

Price : 15,50 CHF (Purchased direct from Domaine des Bossons)

Mark : B-

Website : Domaine des Bossons

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Syrah Selection 2009, Robert Gilliard, Valais, Switzerland

Colour : Dark red, blue hues

Aroma : Blueberry, spice, violets

Taste : Raspberry, spice, blueberry, pepper

Alcohol : 13.5%

Price : 22 CHF ( La Cave du Palais de Justice SA, Geneva)

Mark : B

TN : Chateau Camp Long Truchette Rose 2010, Cotes de Provence, France

Colour : Pale salmon pink

Aroma : Redcurrants, raspberries, herbs

Taste : Redcurrants, raspberries, herbs, long fruity finish

Alcohol : 12.5%

Price : 5,86 Euro (Purchased at Carrefour Ferney Poterie)

Mark : C+

Friday, 5 August 2011

TN : Chardonnay 2010, Vin de Savoie, Ravier Pascal, France

Colour : Pale yellow

Aroma : Green apples, butter, mango

Taste : Green apples, butter-like texture, pineapple, sweetcorn

Alcohol : 12%

Price : 7,39 Euro (Purchased at Carrefour Ferney Poterie)

Mark : C

Thursday, 4 August 2011

TN : Roussette de Savoie Passion d'Antan, Altesse, Carrel F. et Fils, Jongieux, France

Colour : Very pale lemon

Aroma : Lemon, herbs, lime

Taste : Lemon, lime, oranges, herbs

Alcohol : 12.5%

Price : 6, 53 Euro (Purchased at Carrefour Ferney Poterie)

Mark : B

TN : Sauvignon Blanc de Geneve 2010, Cave & Domaines Les Perrieres S.A., Peissy, Geneva, Switzerland

Colour : Pale yellow

Aroma : Banana, mango, nettles, currants

Taste : Pineapple, mango, lively acidity, lemon, lime, grassy, currants

Alcohol : 13%

Price : 15,90 CHF (purchased direct from Cave & Domaines Les Perrieres S.A)

Mark : B

Website : Cave & Domaines Les Perrieres S.A.

TN : Viognier de Geneve 2009, Cave & Domaines Les Perrieres S.A., Peissy, Geneva, Switzerland

Colour : Lemon

Aroma : Mango, apricot, almonds

Taste : Mango, apricots, pineapple, banana and bitter almond on finish

Alcohol : 14%

Price : 19 CHF (purchased direct from Cave & Domaines Les Perrieres S.A)

Mark : B

Website : Cave & Domaines Les Perrieres S.A.

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

TN : Cabernet Sauvignon de Geneve 2009, Cave & Domaines Les Perrieres S.A., Peissy, Geneva, Switzerland

Colour : Dark red

Aroma : Red fruits, leafy, cold tea

Taste : Black cherry, blackcurrant, raspberry, smooth tannins

Alcohol : 13%

Price : 19 CHF (purchased direct from Cave & Domaines Les Perrieres S.A)

Mark : B-

Website : Cave & Domaines Les Perrieres S.A

Monday, 1 August 2011

TN : Douce Noir 2009, Domaine des Abeilles d'Or, Geneve Appellation D'Origine Controlee, Switzerland

This wine is a blend of Merlot, Gamaret, Garanoir, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Pinot Noir.

Colour : Dark red, black

Aroma : Concentrated, black fruits, oak, spice, raspberry

Taste : Blackcurrant, blackberry, raspberry, spice, vanilla, oak, pepper on finish

Alcohol : 14%

Price : 32 CHF ( La Cave du Palais de Justice SA, Geneva)

Mark : B+

Website : Domaine des Abeilles d'Or