Tuesday, 31 December 2013

TN : Tom Dockner Pletzengraben Grüner Veltliner Traisental Reserve 2011, Weingut Tom Dockner, Traisental, Austria

This wine was sealed with a screwcap.

This wine was imported by Tryffelsvinet AB.

Colour : Pale straw

Aroma : Spice, peach, herbs, white pepper, lemon, oranges

Taste : Minerals, white pepper, peach, oranges, herbs, pears

Alcohol : 13%

Price : 158 SEK

Mark : B-

Website : Weingut Tom Dockner

Monday, 30 December 2013

TN : One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, Shafer Vineyards, Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California, USA

This wine was released on March 1st 2010. This wine received 88 points from Wine Spectator (July 31st 2010), 93 points from Robert Parker, and 91 points from Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar.

One Point Five takes its name from the term “a generation-and-a-half,” coined by John and Doug Shafer to describe their long father-and-son partnership. The grapes are predominatly from two Stags Leap District sites; the Shafer’s hillside estate vineyard and the “Borderline” vineyard located about two miles south of the winery. This wine is a blend of 99% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Petite Verdot. The brix at harvest was between 24 and 25. The wine spent 20 months in 75% new French oak barrels (Allier & Tronçais) and 25% in one-year-old French oak.

Colour : Dark blackcurrant

Aroma : Blackcurrant, herbs, liqourice, cherries, minerals

Taste : Herbs, blackcurrant, cherries, liqourice

Alcohol : 14.9%

Mark : B+

Website : Shafer Vineyards

Sunday, 29 December 2013

TN : Teroldego Rotaliano Superiore D.O.C. 2011, Cesarini Sforza Spumanti SpA, Italy

This wine was imported by Mero Wines AB.

Colour : Red/blue hues

Aroma : Cherries, herbs, blackcurrant

Taste : Cherries, white chocolate, blackcurrant, herbs, raspberry

Alcohol : 13%

Price : 79 SEK

Systembolaget Number : 2377

Mark : C

Website : Cesarini Sforza Spumanti SpA

Saturday, 28 December 2013

TN : Heitz Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, Heitz Wine Cellars, Napa Valley, California, USA

This wine was imported by HJO Grosshandel AB.
Colour : Dark red, blue hues

Aroma : Mint, tobacco, blackcurrant, blackberry, violets

Taste : Coffee, blackcurrant, blackberry, raisins, mint, oak, tobacco

Alcohol : 14.5%

Price : 399 SEK

Systembolaget Number : 75316

Mark : C+

Website : Heitz Wine Cellars

TN : BriO de Cantenac Brown 2006, Chateau Cantenac Brown, Margaux, Bordeaux, France

This wine is a blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Merlot, and 5% Cabernet Franc. The first vintage of BriO was in 2001.

Colour : Blackcurrant

Aroma : Plums, blackcurrant, spice, coconut, cedar

Taste : Plums, blackcurrant, cedar, grainy tannins, thin, past it ?

Alcohol : 13%

Mark : C-

Website : Chateau Cantenac Brown

Thursday, 26 December 2013

TN : M1 2009, Weingut Markowitsch, Carnuntum, Austria

This wine is a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Zweigelt. The Vineyard consists of sandy loam soils with a lime-rich subsoil. Fermentation took place on the skins at a temperature between 30 and 32 degrees in wooden fermentation vats, follwed by a maceration period of 24 to 30 days, and then 24 months in new barriques.

This wine is imported by Fondberg.
Colour : Dark red/ black

Aroma : Oak, plums, spice, herbs

Taste : Concentrated, glycerine texture, plums, raspberry, oak, herbs, minerals

Alcohol : 14.5%

Price : 499 SEK

Systembolaget Number : 90372

Mark : B+

Website : Weingut Markowitsch

TN : Bad Boy 2010, Ets Thunevin, Bordeaux, France

This wine is 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. The grapes come from the terroir of Haut Mazeris (Fronsca) and Compassant (Genissac). The vineyard soils are clayey limstone, sand and gravel.

This wine was imported by Vinovativa AB.

Colour : Dark red/blue hues

Aroma : Plums, blackcurrant, coffee, cedar

Taste : Blackcurrant, plums, minerals, glycerine texture, tobacco, coffee, cedar

Alcohol : 15%

Price : 219 SEK

Systembolaget Number : 75170

Mark : B-

Website : Ets Thunevin

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

TN : Campo Alegre Toro 2011, Bodega Burdigala , The Rolland Collection, Toro, Spain

This wine is 100% Tinta de Toro.

This wine was imported by The WineAgency Sweden AB.

Colour : Black, red and blue hues

Aroma : Minerals, blackcurrant, blackberry, herbs, oak

Taste : Blackcurrant, raspberry, blackberry, herbs, oak, rich, mouthcoating, liqourice on finish

Alcohol : 15%

Price : 159 SEK (318 SEK for two 750ml bottle case)

Systembolaget Number : 76431

Mark : B+

Website : The Rolland Collection

TN : Hedges Family Estate Red Mountain 2010, Hedges Family Estate, Red Mountain, Washington State, USA

This wine is a blend of 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 10% Syrah, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Malbec.

The grapes for this wine came from the  following vineyards:  Bel' Villa (35%), Hedges (31%), Magdalena (11%), Obelisco (11%), Les Gosses (8%), and Rockwell Brown (4%).

The wine spent 14 months in oak (37% French, 53% American, and 10% Hungarian), 49% neutral and 51% new. The TA is 5.6 grammes per litre and the pH is 3.72.

10, 799 cases were produced. The winemakers were Pete Hedges and Sarah Goedhart.

This wine was imported by Terrific Wines AB.

Colour : Blackcurrant

Aroma : Blackcurrants, oaky, mint, milk chocolate, cedar, herbs

Taste : Cherries, blackcurrant, blackberry, herbs, cherries, drying finish

Alcohol : 13.5%

Price : 169 SEK

Systembolaget Number : 99275

Mark : C+

Website :  Hedges Family Estate

TN : Domdechant Werner Hochheim Riesling Classic 2012, Domdechant Werner Hochheim am Main, Rheingau, Germany

This wine was imported by Gullberg by Stockwine AB.

Colour : Pale watery lemon

Aroma : Peach, oranges, lemon, honey, mineral

Taste : Off dry, honey, lemon, stone fruits, cleansing acidic finish

Alcohol : 12%

Price : 168 SEK

Systembolaget Number : 79447

Mark : B-

Website : Domdechant Werner Hochheim am Main

Sunday, 22 December 2013

TN : Château Haut-Bages-Libéral 2007, Pauillac, Bordeaux, France

This wine is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot, 540 cases of this wine were made.

This wine received 87 points from Wine Spectator (March 31st, 2010).

Colour : Blackcurrant/red

Aroma : Blackcurrants, plums, cedar, spice, tobacco

Taste : Blackcurrant, plum, cedar, tobacco on finish

Alcohol : 13%

Mark : B

Website : Château Haut-Bages-Libéral

TN : Riesling Kabinett Old Vines 2012, Loosen Bros., Mosel, Germany

This wine was sealed with a screwcap.

This wine was imported by Vinunic AB.

Colour : Pale yellow

Aroma : Honey, lemon, pear

Taste : Honey, pear, lemon, minerals

Alcohol : 8%

Price : 99 SEK

Systembolaget Number : 5369

Mark : C

Website : Dr. Loosen

Saturday, 21 December 2013

TN : Decero Amano 2010, Finca Decero, Remolinos Vineyard, Agrelo, Mendoza, Argentina

This wine is a blend of 65% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot, and 1% Tannat.

Remolinos Vineyard takes its name from ‘remolinos’ – whirlwinds which keep the grapes dry and in perfect condition before being handpicked each vintage. The vineyard is located at 3500 feet, in the renowned Mendoza appellation of Agrelo. The vineyard soils are Silty clay over sandy gravels.. The yield was 1.8 to 2.0 tons per acre. There was leaf plucking of the east facing canopy and cluster thinning to onecluster per shoot. The grapes were handpicked between April 21st and May 6th 2010.

The grapes underwent 35 to 42 days total maceration and 7 days of cold soak. Fermentation took between 12 to 14 days in small wide stainless steel tanks at a temperature of 78°F for most aromatic parcels and 86°F for parcels with greater concentration followed by 23 to 25 days extended maceration. The wine was gently basket pressed before going into new French oak barrels for 20 months maturation followed by a year in bottle prior to release.

The pH is 3.65 and acidity is 6.19 grammes per litre.

This wine was imported by Enjoy Wine & Spirits AB.

Colour : Dark blackcurrant

Aroma : Blackcurrant, mint, violets, spice, blackberry

Taste : Blackberry, violets, plums, mint, spice

Alcohol : 14.5%

Price : 279 SEK

Systembolaget Number : 99325

Website : Finca Decero

Thursday, 19 December 2013

TN : Vergelegen Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2012, Schaapenberg Vineyard, Stellenbosch, South Africa

The grapes for this wine come from the Schaapenberg Vineyard on the Schaapenberg Hill. This hill functioned as Governor Van der Stel’s look out for ships rounding Cape Point. This 2.5 hectare single vineyard was planted in 1988 and is located 6,5 km from False Bay, directly south-facing at 320 meters above sea level.. These un-irrigated vines are planted on a south facing slope in weathered granite soils. 

This wine was imported by Vinunic AB.


Colour : Pale watery lemon

Aroma : Nettles, Passionfruit, peach, lemon, pear

Taste : Nettles, lemon, minerals, peach, zingy

Alcohol : 13.5%

Price : 169 SEK

Systembolaget Number : 99250

Mark : C+

Website : Vergelegen

TN : Big Easy Red 2011, Ernie Els Wines, Stellenbosch, South Africa

This wine is a blend of 61% Shiraz, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Grenache, 4% Mourvedre, 4% Viognier, and 4% Cinsault. The pH is 3.68, residual sugar is 3.7 grammes per litre, and total acidity is 6.2 grammes per litre.

The Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were sourced from the Helderberg region within the Stellenbosch appellation. The Grenache and Cinsaut were picked from rare, 40 year-old vines from Piekenierskloof on the West Coast. The Mourvèdre and Viognier were delivered from neighbouring Stellenbosch vineyards. The grapes were hand-picked in the cool of early morning during February and March, 2011. The average sugar was 25.2° Brix at harvest.

On the sorting table, all excess stalks and rotten berries were removed carefully by hand. Grape bunches were gently destalked with a Bucher de-stalker and lightly crushed. Fermentation took place in seven ton, open-top stainless steel tanks with yeast WE 372 being added to the juice. The wines were pumped-over and punched-down manually 5 times per day ensuring maximum colour extraction from the skins. After primary fermentation the maceration period was 10 to16 days before pressing. Each variety was maturated separately (micro-vinified) in oak barrels before blending and eventual bottling.
This wine was imported by The WineAgency Sweden AB.

Colour : Dark red, blue hues

Aroma : Burnt toast, blackberry, blackcurrant, herbs, tobacco

Taste : Prickly, spicy, coca cola, liqourice, burnt toast, herbs, blackcurrant, blackberry

Alcohol : 14.5%

Price : 159 SEK

Systembolaget Number : 72891

Mark : C+

Website : Ernie Els wines

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

TN : Ridgeview Grosvenor 2010, Ridgeview Wine Estate, United Kingdom

This wine is 100% Chardonnay.

Mike and Simon Roberts were the winemakers.

This wine was imported by Triplus Vinhandel AB.

Colour : Pale lemon, green hues

Aroma : Green apples, yeast, bread

Taste : Yeast, apples, oranges

Alcohol : 12%

Systembolaget Number : 96051

Price : 298 SEK

Mark : C

Website : Ridgeview Wine Estate

TN : Olivin 2009, Weingut Winkler-Hermaden, Südoststeiermark, Austria

Olivin is made from the Blauer Zweigelt varietal. The wine was matured for 18 months in Kapfenstein oak.

This wine was imported by Seaside Tastes HB.

Colour : Black/red, blue hues

Aroma : Blackberry, blueberry, spice, oak, minerals

Taste : Oak, spice, blackberry, blueberry, mineral, dry tannic finish, opened up after one hour, leave for 1-2 years and try again

Alcohol : 13.5%

Price : 213 SEK

Systembolaget Number : 73038

Mark : B

Website : Weingut Winkler-Hermaden

Sunday, 15 December 2013

TN : Schneider Syrah 2011, Markus Schneider, Pfalz, Germany

This wine was imported by Bornicon and Salming.

Colour : Red, blue hues

Aroma : White pepper, blueberry, spice, bacon

Taste : Blackberry, blueberry, raspberry, bacon, white pepper, oak

Alcohol : 14.5%

Price : 289 SEK

Systembolaget Number : 97096

Mark : A-

Website : Markus Schneider