Friday, 31 May 2013

TN : Elephant Hill Reserve Syrah 2009, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

The Syrah content of this wine is a mix of the classic Mass Selection clone and Chave, one of the newer clones to be grown in Hawke’s Bay. This wine is 99% Syrah and 1% Viognier. The hand-picked bunches were fully de-stemmed without crushing, and fermented in traditional open-top wooden cuves. After pressing, the wine was put to 100% new burgundian oak barriques and allowed to mature for 16 months before bottling. The TA is 6.1 grammes per litre, pH is 3.59, residual sugar is 0 grammes per litre, and dry extract is 32.

This wine was imported by Herdenstam Vinhandel.

Colour : Dark red, blue hues

Aroma : Herbs, blueberry, plums, black pepper

Taste : Herbs, blueberry, raspberry, plums, oak, black pepper on finish

Alcohol : 13.5%

Price : 199 SEK

Systembolaget Number : 94020

Mark : C+

Website : Elephant Hill

Monday, 27 May 2013

TN : Paul Sauer 2009, Kanonkop Estate Wine, Simonsberg, Stellenbosch, South Africa

This wine is a blend of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, and 12% Cabernet Franc. The vineyard soils were decomposed granite, Hutton and Clovelly. The average age of the vines was 21 years. The vines wer trellised to a 5 wire hedge. The yield was 4.5 tons per hectare. The wine spent five days on skins in open fermenters at 28 degrees; the cap was punched down manually every two hours. The wine spent 26 months in French Nevers medium toasted oak.

This wine was imported by AB Nigab.

Color : Dark blackcurrant/red

Aroma : Herbs, blackcurrant, plums, milk chocolate

Taste : Blackcurrant, plums, cedar, talcum powder tannins on finish

Alcohol : 14%

Price : 279 SEK

Systembolaget Number :  99309

Mark : C+

Sunday, 26 May 2013

TN : Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2010, D.O.C.G., Teruzzi & Puthod, San Gimignano, Tuscany, Italy

This wine is 100% Vernaccia.

Colour : Pale lemon

Aroma : Lemon, lime, almond

Taste : Almond, pear, creamy texture

Alcohol : 12.5%

Price : 98 SEK

Mark : C

Website : Teruzzi & Puthod
Website : The Wine Company

Saturday, 25 May 2013

TN : Carrick Unravelled Pinot Noir 2010, Carrick Wines, Central Otago, New Zealand

All of the grapes for this wine were handharvested between the 12th and 23rd April 2010. This wine spent eleven months in French oak, of which 29% was new. This wine was sealed with a screwcap.

This wine was imported by JPC Wines AB.

Colour : Dark red

Aroma : Strawberry, raspberry, cherry, spice, oak, liqourice

Taste : Spicy, ginger, strawberry, raspberry, cherry, herbs, liqourice

Alcohol : 14%

Price : 159 SEK

Systembolaget Number : 90174

Mark : C+

Website : Carrick Wines

TN : Willi Schaefer Riesling 2011, Mosel, Germany

This wine is imported by Origo Wine Import.

Colour : Pale lemon

Aroma :
Honey, lemon, mandarin oranges, pear

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

Alcohol : 9.5%

Price : 129 SEK

Systembolaget Number : 90327

Mark : C+

TN : Cuvée Madame 2012, Château des Demoiselles, Côtes de Provence, France

This wine was imported by Roséspecialisten AB.

Colour : Copper

Aroma : Strawberry, redcurrrant, herbs

Taste : Redcurrant, herbs, dry, melon

Alcohol : 13%

Price : 99 SEK

Systembolaget Number : 2203

Mark : C+


TN : Catena Cabernet Sauvignon Appellation Agrelo 2010, Bodgea Catena Zapata, Mendoza, Argentina

The vineyard soils are composed of two metres of 30% sand, 40% silt, and 30% clay, over round rocks.

Colour : Blackcurrant

Aroma : Blackcurrant , cherry, violets, white pepper

Taste : Blackcurrant, cherries, violets, black pepper finish, smooth tannins

Alcohol : 13.5%

Price : 129 SEK

Systembolaget Number : 99103

Mark : C+

Website : Bodgea Catena Zapata

TN : Waterford Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Stellembosch, South Africa

This wine was fermented in stainless steel and then matured in 225 litre French oak for 26 months. This wine was bottled in May 2011. The residual sugar is 1.7 grammes per litre, the TA is 5.8 grammes per litre, total SO2 is 100 ppm, free SO2 is 45 ppm, amd pH is 3.7.

This wine was imported by WineWorld AB.

Colour : Dark blackcurrant

Aroma : Blackcurrant, herbs, plums, tobacco, milk chocolate, toast

Taste : Blakcurrant, plums, herbs, green peppers, drying tannins on cocoa powder finish

Alcohol : 14%

Price : 169 SEK

Systembolaget Number : 91808

Mark : B

Website : Waterford Estate

TN : Cloudy Bay Riesling 2010, Marlborough, New Zealand

This wine has a pH of 2.90, TA of 8.72 grammes per litre, and 27.6 grammes of residual sugar. This wine was sealed with a screwcap.

This wine was imported by Moët Hennessy Sverige AB.

Colour : Yellow, green hues

Aroma : Petrol, honey, pear, citrus fruits

Taste : Pears, off dry, lime, lemon, passion fruit

Alcohol : 10.5%

Price : 199 SEK

Systembolaget Number : 90155

Mark : B-

Website : Cloudy Bay

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

TN : Zorzal Field Blend 2010, Zorzal Wines, Gualtallary, Tupungato, Argentina

This wine is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Malbec. This wine spent 22 months in French oak casks. The residual sugar is 2 grammes per litre and the total acidity is 5.75 grammes per litre.

This wine was imported by Apricot AB.

Colour : Dark blackcurrant

Aroma : Blackcurrant, blackberry, herbs, mint, liqourice, violets

Taste : Blackcurrant, blackberry, mint, liqourice and white pepper on finish, mellow soft tannins

Alcohol : 14.5%

Systembolaget Number : 90419

Price : 199 SEK

Mark :  B-

Website : Zorzal Wines

Friday, 17 May 2013

TN : Stoneleigh Pinot Noir Rosé 2012, Stoneleigh Vineyards, Marlborough, New Zealand

Pinot Noir clone UCD 5 on a mixture of rootstocks are used in the making of this wine. The winemaker was Jamie Marfell. The residual sugar is 5 grammes per litre, titratable acidity is 6.3 grammes per litre, and pH is 3.52. This wine is unoaked. This wine was sealed with a screwcap. 

This wine was imported by Pernod Ricard Sweden AB.

Colour : Raspberry/strawberry

Aroma : Strawberry, blackucrarnt, leafy, redcurarnts

Taste : Herbs, raspberry, strawberry, blackcurrant, redcurrants

Alcohol : 13%

Price : 99 SEK

Systembolaget Number :  6435

Mark : C+

TN : Leth Rosé Zweigelt Klassik 2012, Weingut Leth, Niederösterreich , Austria

 This wine was sealed with a screwcap.

 This wine was imported by Domaine Wines Sweden AB.

Colour : Strawberry/copper

Aroma : Redcurrants, oranges, herbs, strawberry

Taste : Redcurrants, strawberry, oranges, raspberry

Alcohol : 12%

Price : 79 SEK

Systembolaget Number : 2261

Mark : C

Website : Weingut Leth

Sunday, 12 May 2013

TN : Triennes Rose 2012, Domaine de Triennes, Provence, France

This wine is principally Cinsault blended with Grenache, Syrah and Merlot. This wine was sealed with a screwcap.

This wine was imported by Theisvine AB.

Colour : Light copper

Aroma : Redcurrants, strawberry, herbs, lemon, lime, oranges

Taste : Dry, redcurrants, grapefruit, herbs, minerals, oranges

Alcohol : 13%

Price : 117 SEK

Systembolaget Number : 95453

Mark : C

Website : Domaine de Triennes

Saturday, 11 May 2013

TN : Errazuriz Don Maximiano Founder's Reserve 2006, Vina Errazuriz, Aconcagua Valley, Chile

This wine is a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot, and 5% Shiraz. The Cabernet Sauvignon selected for this vintage was sourced from the Max I, II and V vineyards of the Don Maximiano Estate, which were planted in 1978 (Max I) and 1993 (Max II and V). The Cabernet Franc, Shiraz and Petit Verdot come from Max I.

The vineyards are planted on 5° to 25° slopes that face north and northeast. The soils of the Max I vineyard consist of a thin layer of pulverized granite, while those of Max II are of colluvial origin with 30 to 40% stone compound. These soil profiles ensure excellent drainage and a low-to-medium vigour potential for the vines, which results in an excellent balance between vegetative growth and crop load. Max V’s deep alluvial soils with 50% stones provide excellent drainage and produces well-balanced vines of moderate vigour.

The vines are trellised to vertical shoot position and are spur or cane pruned depending on the variety and the terroir. Aerial photography allows Errazuriz to divide the vineyard by vigour and harvest in accordance with the progress of maturation in each specific lot.

The pH of this wine is 3.49, the total acidity is 6.08 grammes per litre (tartaric acid), and the residual sugar is 2.48 grammes per litre.

The grapes were carefully selected on a sorting table, where all plant matter, such as leaves and stems were removed to ensure the fruit character in the wine. The grapes were fermented in stainless steel tanks at 24° to 30ºC, depending on the desired level of extraction and seasonal conditions, such as microbiological load and potential alcohol. During fermentation, three pumpovers were carried out daily at 0.5 to 1.5 times vat volume, according to the desired extraction level. Maceration lasted 17 to 32 days at 20ºC to 26ºC, depending on the development of each lot in order to extract maximum flavour and colour. All of the lots were aged for 18 months in French oak barrels (94% new), and fining occurred naturally as the wine settled during this time.

This wine was imported by Philipson Söderberg AB.

Colour : Dark blackcurrant

Aroma : Blackcurrant, olive, spice, blackberry, green peppers

Taste : Blackcurrant, Blueberry, Blackberry, minerals, soft tannins, sandalwood, green pepper and black pepper on very long finish

Alcohol : 14.5%

Price : 499 SEK

Mark : A-

Website : Don Maximiano

TN : The Mentors Grenache Blanc 2010, KWV, W.O. Paarl, South Africa

 The pH of this wine is 3.03, the residual sugar was 2.77 grammes per litre, the total acidity is 3.03 grammes per litre. The harvest, middle of February 2010, at yield was 30 tons per hectare. The wine was matured for six months in oak (15% second and 85% third fill). This wine was sealed with a screwcap. 5,300 bottles were produced. The wine was bottled in October 2010.

 This bottle was part of a five bottle box entitled The Mentors.

This wine was imported by Arvid Nordquist Vin och Sprithandel.  

Colour : Pale lemon

Aroma : Oak, lime, oranges, honey, spice

Taste : Oak, lime, minerals, bitterness on finish

Alcohol : 14%

Price : 999 SEK (The Mentors Gift Box, 5 bottles)

Systembolaget Number : 72266

Mark : B-

Website : KWV

TN : Louis M Martini Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Napa Valley, California, USA

The winemaker was Michael Martini.

This wine was imported by Spendrups Bryggeri AB.

Colour : Dark red, brown hues

Aroma : Cherries, blackcurrant, raisins, tobacco, herbs

Taste : Raisins, cocoa powder, cherry, blackcurrant, tobacco, mint, grippy tannins on finish

Alcohol : 14.5%

Price : 199 SEK

Systembolaget Number : 6723

Mark : C

Website : Louis M Martini Winery

Friday, 10 May 2013

TN : Chateau Routas Rouvière Rosé 2012, Rouviere Plan, Coteaux Varois en Provence, France

This wine is a blend of 45% Cinsault, 20% Syrah, 35% Grenache. The vines are planted on clay/calcerous soil. The average age of the vines is 15 years. The grapes were gently destemmed, cooled, and pressed. 8% of the Syrah went straight into for primary and malolactic fermentation. The Cinsault, Grenache, and remaining Syrah were fermented in stainless steel tanks and blocked from malolactic fermentation. were aged separately for three months and blended prior to bottling. This wine was sealed with a screwcap. The winemaker was Jean Louis Bavey.

This wine was imported by PWP Import AB.

Colour : Pale copper

Aroma : Herbs, redcurrants, oranges, blood red grapefruits

Taste : Blood red grapefruits, oranges, redcurrants, minerals, herbs

Alcohol : 13%

Price : 115 SEK

Systembolaget Number : 95454

Website : Chateau Routas