Friday, February 29, 2008
1. Main Divide - Canterbury Pinot Noir 2006 15,90 EUROS
2. Lindis River - Pinot Noir 2004 19,90 EUROS
3. Te Kairanga - Runholder Pinot Noir 2004 19,90 EUROS
4. Isabel Estate - Reserve Pinot Noir 2004 27,50 EUROS
5. Felton Road - Pinot Noir 2002 29,00 EUROS
6. Sunshine Bay - Pinot Noir 2004 12,90 EUROS
Saturday, February 23, 2008
That means as the last bunch is dying..so I produce the next.
The flowers are looking better than I am..but I'm getting there....
10 days without wine.....difficult as it sounds..when you feel rough..it is much easier.
Saturday, February 16, 2008
After the disappointment of the Huber I decided on a basic Spätburgunder from my 'Grower of the Year'..Adeneuer.
J.J.Adeneuer Spätburgunder trocken 2006
Old fashioned colour...how Pinot used to look like..wine with bite..simple and clear fruit..good body..'I am what I am'...it is saying..no pretentions...a great barbecue wine that will please beginners and affectionados alike.
Half the price (Huber cost 18 Euros)..twice the fun!!!
See you after the virus has gone.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
I buy a wine that I think I will like...and if I do..then it will be worth the above points..stands to reason.
SOMETIMES( not too often thankfully).. I just make a boo-boo and buy a wine which does not reach my (fairly high) standards. Important with any points system..read the notes.
Huber Malterdinger Bienenberg
Spätburgunder trocken 2003
I purchased 2 bottles from a wine shop in Baden..just a year ago. I tried one bottle back then..and decided to give it another 'chance'. Everything speaks FOR it...Berhard Huber is one of the top growers in Baden and 2003 was an excellent vintage..well...I have never had a really bad bottle yet. So how was it second time around?
Reserved sweet aroma(as in children's sweets)..artificial ..not really attractive...just adequate...palate shows a mediem-bodied wine...dry tannins at times..then it appeared softer..then back came the dryness..synthetic sweetness...none of the components seem to harmonise. Not a BAD wine..I just struggled to find a reason to try this again. Can't see ageing helping either..
Everyone happy now????...(smile)
Saturday, February 09, 2008
Fresh..minerally..spicy nose..good texture..
but very drinkable.
Argiolas Turriga 2000
The Turriga is a single vineyard wine, 85% Cannonau..known elsewhere as Grenache..and a mix of Malvasia Nera, Carignano, and the very obscure Bovale Sardo.
From particularly low yields, the grapes are
vinified traditionally and the wine is then transferred to new French oak casks for a period of approximately 18 months maturation.
Deep ruby red...full-bodied wine with aromas of
cherries & blackcurrant..some burnt smoke...chocolate....
big & chunky at first..became round and smooth...spice, tobacco.Needs meat to show it's best..which is what
it got..my favourite main course..duck filet
with figs and dates...luvverly!
Rain sky at night..shepherd's delight...and so I got on my bike and cycled to our local bistro.
Robert, Volker & lil 'ol me...we meet up at Bistro Mitch..they pay the food.. I bring the wines.
This time round..a white I have had before..was new to them both...Banfalu.
The main wines were red..served blind..they have to work while I grin..
Aldinger Fellbacher Lämmler ***
This spends 16 months in new oak barrels.
Opened before the guests arrived...and after pulling the cork I was hit by a gorgeous smell...oh man..they will enjoy this one.
Medium deep colour...then the nose..spices & herbs..thick black cherry aroma..some cedar and walnuts..tobacco and vanilla; you would expect a BIG mouthful..but this is instantly cool...fine oak balance..continuing the great start..perfect weight and the finish lasted 60 seconds.
Chosen to follow the Lemberger..me thinking it would outclass it..how wrong I was.
We compared them..and no way did the first wine suffer.
Medium deep with pale rim..strawberry mousse aromas..creamy..(15 months in 100% new French oak)...deep and meaty character, with smoky minerality coming through..palate was intense and long with ripe tannins. Certainly very good..and my guess is I would have marked it higher..if drunk by itself..but there was that Lemberger....
The Lemberger is 15 Euros cheaper..nuff said.
Saturday, February 02, 2008
same as the night before (Veal Schnitzel)..which was fine by me..
but my wife decided I would get a starter this time round.
The other leftover was the Meyer-Näkel Spätburgunder from the previous evening (bottle well corked and in the cellar) so I decided to drink a white with the starter. Courgettes,Fennel, Red and Yellow Paprikas with an Octopus Salad.
Looks good, tastes good..and by golly..it does ya good!
Blanc de Roc d'Anglade 2005
spends it's youth in used oak barrels;
PS..The Spätburgunder fron Meyer-Näkel was still excellent 24 hours after opening..always a good sign.
Friday, February 01, 2008
On the menu tonight...
Veal 'Schnitzel' in breadcrumbs filled with a mild sheep cheese, mild Parma ham and sage. My wife had bought a LARGE amount of fresh winter Spinach..which shrinks to about a 20th of it's size..but is the only version of Popeye's favourite that I like. All that packet stuff..yuck. The spinach and some of the cheese..plus a little white wine..had been mixed alongside homemade potato gnocchis. All ingredients delicious..and as Thursday is Spätburgunder day...or is it Tuesdays?...oops..no..it is Sundays..but the bottle is open now..no going back.Every day is Pinot day!
Meyer-Näkel Spätburgunder 'S' 2005,
Carrying the bottle to the 'photo-shoot' I can smell aromas of crushed strawberries.
Checking the glass(see the photo)..strong 'legs'..any footballer would be proud of these! This had 50 % new oak. Gorgeous smell..the strawberries mixed with some blackcurrant and vanilla..spices..really classy...Burgundian style...bury your nose in this stuff...better taste it before I drown...perfect on the palate..no lumps, bumps or corners..just soft fruit with firmness..concentrated and ripe..very exciting wine..
Best young Spätburgunder..well..probably yes...
should you keep it..well..probably yes.
You won't be able to keep your hands off it.