Saturday, January 26, 2008

Württemberg Double Pack

Do birthday present 'coupons' become invalid if they are not used before the next one arrives? Well..as mine is in March...my gift from the children for 2007 had been lying there for ages..so my eldest and partner joined us at our local favourite Bistro..Mitch.
The wines...of course..were my responsibility.I pay corkage..and everyone is happy.

Norfolk Rise Sauvignon Blanc 2007
South Australia, Australia

Mouth watering freshness, spicy, usual gooseberry and some passion fruit and a crisp citrus finish. A good companion to accompany the fresh salads they serve..with excellent dressings.
Points 14.5


I had recently received a mixed case of German reds (now there is a surprise..yet another one!) but this time I was 'invading' Württemberg. The state of Baden-Württemberg is a massive area..the wines of Baden much better known..but there have been some positive press reviews..so your dedicated drinker decided to investigate.

The Dautel vineyard was founded in 1978 and is situated in the heart of Württemberg between Hellbronn and Stuttgart in the village of Bönnigheim.

Dautel Spätburgunder S **** 2005
Württemberg, Germany
The 'S' stands for Selection..both grapes and oak barrels being specially chosen.
Not too deep, almost pale; fine bouquet of crushed strawberries...some smoke..and a little burnt aroma; medium full mouthful..lies nicely on the palate..fair fruit..
but with a dryness that suggests the oak has been overdone.... I enjoyed it..but doubt if it will improve anymore..and the dryness lost it a point.
Points 16





Dautel Kreation Red **** 2005
Württemberg, Germany

A cuvée from Lemberger, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep dark colour..very concentrated; sweet berry was the first impression..thick slices of blackberries with a slight creamy smell; on the palate the fruit still dominant with the oak as back-up..and some dry tannins holding it all together. Very good and will certainly soften up over 5 years.

Points 17+






Summing up....both enjoyable..with the smell topping the taste...
Negative..both cost 25 Euros ($ 37)..which for the Pinot was too high..the Kreation may represent better value with bottle age.



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