Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Douro From Germany

A vineyard founded in 1990. Albrecht Schwengler only does RED wines! The grapes grown are: Zweigelt, Lemberger, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah.

These cuvees are produced.
'Beryll' which consists of Zweigelt & Lemberger
'Granat'..Zweigelt, Merlot & Cabernet Franc which spend 24 months in new oak..
and
'Saphir'..Zweigelt, Merlot & Syrah..new
and used barrels.
Albrecht Schwegler Saphir 2004
Württemberg, Germany

Deep dense colour...animal aromas..sweet, treacle..Syrah..almost port-like..and this follows into the flavour..dry opening..bold tannins..power wine....if I had tasted blind..I would have said..

Douro Portugal..never Germany..
and certainly not Württemberg...
it needs food...which it got..
although maybe a steak would have
been better (I wasn't sure what
was in the bottle).

I tried it again the next day..the nose has lost some of it's fullness..but the tannins had softened...and it was more forthcoming. My tip now..decant at least 3 hours before drinking..or lay it down. It is not cheap( 35 Euros)...but as you'll never get to buy it
(very little produced)..you can only dream folks.

Points 17 ...
but this will be marked higher in 3-4 years...


PS..Food..Chicken in thyme with tomatoes & potatoes..all from the oven..looks good..tastes good..and by golly..does you good.

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