Sunday, 29 June 2014

TN : Friedrich Becker Spätburgunder 2008 Qba,Weingut Fredrich Becker, Pflalz, Germany

This wine was imported by Fondberg.

Colour : Red

Aroma : Spicy, strawberry, liquorice, oak

Taste : Spicy, strawberry, liquorice, plums

Alcohol : 13%

Price : 139 SEK

Systembolaget Number : 90359

Mark : C+

Website : Friedrich Becker

TN : Earthquake Cabernet Sauvignon 2011. Michael David Winery, Lodi, California, USA

This wine was imported by Janake Wine Group AB.
Colour : Blackcurrant

Aroma : Blackcurrant, blueberry, jammy, mint, milk chocolate

Taste : Blackcurrant, blueberry, cherry, black pepper, mint
Alcohol : 15%
Price : 219 SEK
Systembolaget Number : 90211

Mark : B-

TN : Rodney Strong Alexander Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Sonoma County, California, USA

Rick Sayre is the winemaker and Tom Klein is the proprietor. The pH of this wine is 3.69 and Total Acidity is 5.7 grammes per litre. The wine spent 17 months in predominantly French oak barrels.

This wine was imported by Domaine Wines Sweden AB.

Colour : Dark red, blue hues

Aroma : Herbs, blackberry, blackberry, blackcurrant, tobacco, oak

Taste : Blackcurrant, cedar, herbs, blackberry, plums, oak

Alcohol : 14.5%

Price : 175 SEK

Systembolaget Number : 99432

Mark : B-

Website : Rodney Strong Vineyards

TN : Chateau Berliquet 2008,Grand Cru Classe Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux, France

This wine is a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc.

Château Berliquet can trace its history back to 1749 when it was owned by priest Paul-Romain de Sèze whose brother was lawyer to King Louis XVI. The then prestigious estate passed from the de Sèze family to Dominique Pères, and a century later to Count Louis de Carles. Today's owner, Vicomte Patrick de Lesquen, has focuses on increasing the wine's quality, which until the late 1970s was made by a local co-operative. 
Colour : Dark red, blue and brown hues

Aroma : Plums, blackcurrant, cedar, blueberry, liquorice

Taste : Blackcurrant, plums, cedar, liquorice, blackberry

Alcohol : 13.5%

Mark : B-

Website : Chateau Berliquet

Sunday, 22 June 2014

TN : Errazuriz Don Maximiano Founder's Reserve 2007, Vina Errazuriz, Valle de Aconcagua, Chile

This wine is a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 6% Syrah. The Cabernet Sauvignon was selected from the Max I, II, and V vineyards of the Don Maximiano Estate which was planted in 1978 (Max I) and 1993 (Max II and V). The Syrah and Petit Verdot are sources from Max I, and the Cabernet Franc is from vineyards in the mid-section of the Aconcagua Valley. The vineyards are planted in 5 to 25 degree slopes that face North and North East. The soils in the Max I vineyard consist of a thin layer of pulverised granite, while those of in Max II are of colluvial origin with 30 % to 40% stone compound producing vines of low-to-medium vigour. Max V consists of deep alluvial soils with 50% stones producing well-balanced vines of moderate vigour. The vines are trellised to vertical shoot positioning and are spur or cane pruned. Max I is located at 550 metres above sea level, Max II is located at 580 metres above seal level, and Max at 600 metres above sea level. The climate is Mediterranean with a long dry season and winter rainfall. The Petit Verdot was picked in the third week of April 2007, the Cabernet Sauvignon in the third and fourth weeks of April 2007, the Syrah between the 30th of April and 7th of May 2007, and the Cabernet Franc in the third week of April 2007.

The grapes were sorted using sorting table, removing leaves and stems. The grapes were fermented in stainless steel tanks at a temperature between 24 and 30 degrees; 5% of the grapes were fermented using native yeasts. Three pumpovers were carried out daily at 0.5 to 1.5 times vat volume. Maceration lasted 20 to 35 days at a temperature between 24 and 28 degrees. All the lots were aged for twenty months in 100% new French oak barrels. The pH is 3.49, Total Acidity is 6.57 grammes per litre (Tartaric Acid), and 2.88 grammes per litre of Residual Sugar.

 This wine received 92 points from Wine Spectator and 94+ points from Wine Advocate.

This wine was imported by Philipson Söderberg AB.

Colour : Dark red, blue hues

Aroma : Cedar, milk chocolate, blackcurrant, spice, black pepper, raspberry, cherry

Taste : Grainy tannins, cherry, blackcurrant, cedar, raspberry, black pepper, spice, milk chocolate

Alcohol : 14.5%

Price : 499 SEK

Systembolaget Number : 71461

Mark : B+

Website : Don Maximiano

TN : Greywacke Wild Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Greywacke Vineyards, Marlborough, New Zealand

Greywacke is the label of former Cloudy Bay winemaker Kevin Judd. This wine was sealed with a screwcap.

This wine was imported by Handpicked Wines Sweden AB.

Colour : Pale lemon/straw

Aroma : Nettles, gooseberry, passion fruit, lemon, grassy, oranges

Taste : Grassy, lemon, nettles, oranges, passion fruit

Alcohol : 14%

Price : 189 SEK

Systembolaget Number : 91278

Mark : B-

Website : Greywacke Vineyards

Saturday, 21 June 2014

TN : Ata Rangi Craighall Chardonnay 2012, Martinborough, Wellington, New Zealand

The grapes for this wine were hand-harvested between April 2nd and 15th 2012. The brix at harvest was between 22 and 23. The fruit was whole bunch pressed and the unsettled juice fully barrel fermented in Burgundy barriques (25% new) using indigenous yeasts. The wine went through partial malolactic fermentation and was aged in barrel for nine months. The pH is 3.19 and TA is 7.4. All the chardonnay grapes were Mendoza clone. This wine was bottled and sealed with a screwcap in May 2013.
This wine was imported by Gardo & Morris AB.
Colour : Pale lemon, green hues

Aroma : Lemon, pineapple, oak, minerals

Taste : Lemon, pineapple French oak, butter, minerals
Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : 219 SEK
Systembolaget Number : 90487

Mark : B-
Website : Ata Rangi

TN : Schloss Johannisberger Gelblack 2012, Rheingau, Germany

This wine contains seven grammes per litre of sugar.

This wine was imported by Tryffelsvinet AB.

Colour : Pale lemon

Aroma : Peach, honey, pear, lemon

Taste : Lemon, pear, honey, minerals, rich texture

Alcohol : 12.5%

Price : 199 SEK

Systembolaget Number : 73540

Mark : C+

Website : Schloss Johannisberger

TN : Rotten 2011, Punk's Finest Wines, Weingut Artner, Niederösterreich, Austria

This wine is a blend of Zweigelt, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Portugieser. This wine was sealed with a screwcap.

This wine was imported by Happy in The Hat AB.

Colour : Dark red, blackberry

Aroma : Spice, cherry, blackcurrant, oak, violets

Taste : Spice, blackcurrant, oak, cherry

Alcohol : 13.5%

Price : 195 SEK

Systembolaget Number : 73427

Mark : B-

Website : Punk's Finest Wines
Website : Newcomer Austrian Wine Revolution

TN : Rosé Bonbon 2013, Domaine des Diables, Côtes de Provence Sainte-Victoire , Provence, France

This wine is a blend of 50% Cinsault, 30% Syrah, and 20% Grenache. The grapes underwent a cold maceration for three hours before fermentation. Pressing was under oxygen-excluding conditions and fermentation was at low temperatures. The wine aged on lees for six months.

This wine was imported by Picky Drinks AB.

Colour : Pale copper

Aroma : Oranges, redcurrants, jellied raspberries, grapefruit

Taste : Oranges, redcurrants, grapefruit

Alcohol : 12.5%

Price : 138 SEK

Mark : B

Website : Domaine des Diables

Sunday, 15 June 2014

TN : Diego Rosso Pinot Noir 2009, Rainbow Global Wines S.A., Tunuan, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina

The vineyard, located at 1500 metres above sea level,  yield was 1500Kg per hectare. This wine was bottled unfiltered and unfined.

This wine was imported by Stockholm WineLab AB.

Colour : Red/brown

Aroma : Plums, cherries, spice, white pepper, strawberry

Taste : Plums, cherries, strawberries, wood, spice, herbs

Alcohol : 15%

Price : 249 SEK

Systembolaget Number : 99248

Mark : C

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

TN : In Violas Merlot 2009, Azienda Agricola Poliziano, Cortona, Tuscany, Italy

This wine spent one and a half years in 225 litre French oak.

This wine was imported by Johan Lidby Vinhandel AB.

Colour : Dark red, brown/blue hues

Aroma : Plums, spice, herbs, tobacco, raisins

Taste : Blackcurrant, plums, herbs, liquorice, raisins

Alcohol : 14.5%

Price : 189 SEK

Systembolaget Number : 95539

Mark : B-

Website : Azienda Agricola Poliziano

TN : Umathum Zweigelt 2011, Weingut Umathum, Burgenland, Austria

This wine contains 1.0 grammes per litre residual sugar and 5.0 grammes per litre acidity.

This wine was imported by Johan Lidby Vinhandel AB.

Colour : Dark blackberry

Aroma : Spicy, blueberry, cherry

Taste : Blueberry, spice, cherry, wood

Alcohol : 12.5%

Price : 169 SEK

Systembolaget Number : 79226

Mark : C

Website : Weingut Umathum

TN : Tahbilk Marsanne 2011, Victoria, Australia

This wine was imported by Spendrups Bryggeri AB.

Colour : Pale lemon, green hues

Aroma : Lemon, herbs, peach, honey

Taste : Lemon, herbs, green apples, honey

Alcohol : 11.5%

Price : 93 SEK

Systembolaget Number : 6406

Mark : C

Website : Tahbilk

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

TN : Cederberg Five Generations Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Cederberg Private Cellar, Cederberg Mountains, South Africa

This wine is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes were grown on a south-west facing vineyard in Glenrosa soil. The average age of the vines was eleven tears. The vineyard area was 1.5 hectares. The vines were trellised to extended Perold and supplementary irrigation was used. Clone C5 46 (Scleipp) on Richter 99 was planted.

At harvest, on the 12th April 2009, the degree balling of the grapes was 25.4 and the yield was 3.2 tonnes per hectare. The grapes were fermented at a temperature of 24 degrees in close tanks, with pump overs every six hours, and followed by extended skin contact for 18 days. The wine was aged in 100% first-fill French oak barrels, medium toasted, wood from Nevers and Allier, for 18 months. The pH is 3.75, residual sugar is 2.0 grammes per litre, and TA is 6.2. The winemaker was David Nieuwoudt.

Colour : Dark blackcurrant, black

Aroma : Blackcurrant, tobacco, milk chocolate, burnt toast, cherries

Taste : Acidic lift on finish, blackcurrant, cherries, tobacco, milk chocolate, liquorice

Alcohol : 14.26 %

Mark : B

Website : Cederberg Private Cellar

Sunday, 1 June 2014

TN : Domaine de Collavery Rose 2013, Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence. France

This wine was sealed with a screwcap.

This wine was imported by Stellan Kramer AB.

Colour : Copper

Aroma : Raspberry, strawberry, redcurrant, herbs, oranges, melon

Taste : Strawberry, vanilla, herbs, redcurrant, melon

Alcohol : 13%

Price : 82 SEK

Mark : C+

TN : Réserve de Bonnet Rosé 2013, Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot, André Lurton, Bordeaux, France

This wine was sealed with a screwcap.

This wine was imported by Bibendum.

Colour : Strawberry pink, copper

Aroma : Herbs, strawberries, raspberry

Taste : Herbs, redcurrants, strawberry, raspberry

Alcohol : 12%

Price : 89 SEK

Mark : B-

Website : André Lurton

TN : Pegasus Bay Aged Release Riesling 2007, Waipara Valley, New Zealand

This wine was sealed with a screwcap.

This wine was imported by Gardo & Morris AB.

 Colour : Pale lemon, green hues

Aroma : Honey, petrol, oranges, pears, green apples, lime

Taste : Honey, off dry, petrol, green apples, lime, lemon, minerals, peach

Alcohol : 12%1.5
Price : 179 SEK

Mark : A-

Website : Pegasus Bay

TN : The Ultimate Zin Old Vine Zinfandel 2012, House of Big Wines, California, USA

This wine was imported by The Wine Team.

 This wine was sealed with a screwcap.

 Colour : Red, blue hues

Aroma : Spice, vanilla, blueberry, boysenberry, blackcurrant

Taste : Vanilla, jammy, blackberry, boysenberry, blueberry, spice, blackcurrant

Alcohol : 13.5%

Price : 79 SEK

Mark : B

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

TN : Undurraga TH (Terroir Hunter) Pinot Noir Rosé San Antonio 2013, Viña Undurraga, Maipo, Chile

This wine was sealed with a screwcap.

This wine was imported by Stellan Kramer AB.

Colour : Copper/strawberry

Aroma : Cherries, raspberries, herbs, redcurrant, oranges

Taste : Cherry, raspberry, strawberry, sharp, herbs, redcurrants, creamy texture, vanilla

Alcohol : 12.5%

Price : 129 SEK

Systembolaget Number : 94018

Mark : B

Website : Viña Undurraga

Sunday, 18 May 2014

TN : Trumpeter Chardonnay 2013, La Rural Vinedos y Bodegas SA Ltda, Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina

This wine was sealed with a screwcap.
This wine was imported by Trans Nordic Selections AB.
Colour : Pale lemon green hues

Aroma : Lemon lime oranges peach butter green apple

Taste : Green apple butter herbs peach oak vanilla
Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : 89 SEK
Systembolaget Number : 6545

Mark : C
Website : Rutini Wines