Saturday, February 26, 2011
My wife had a Birthday on February 23rd and we went with the family to our local Bistro. I took along 4 bottles....the white was a big success....and the food enjoyed by all. At 67 Eva-Maria is looking good...must be the genes...or maybe the British influence?
The Calamaris were fresh and delicious...a great marriage with the white.
Chateau Tuilerie Eole Blanc 2007
A cuvee of 40% Rolle, 20% Viognier, 10% Grenache Blanc..with Rousanne, Marsanne & Clairette making up the rest...grown on sandstone soil..only 4000 bottles were produced..so there will be 3999 that can be enjoyed as much as we did. Fresh sparkling colour..green tinges...a wild aroma...you can feel the countryside...reserved nutty bouquet...and some citrus fruit...but it's the taste that wins it points...it fairly explodes onto the palate..loads of minerals bouncing about..and an intense creaminess..and a good long finish. Excellent wine.
McHenry Hohnen 3 Amigos 2007
Margaret River, Australia
A blend of shiraz, grenache and mataro, it's an up-front easy drinker. Even pleased one of my daughters who doesn't like red wine (usual story...only ever had tannin ridden bad stuff). Cherry flavoured with only a slight sweetness...good value if I remember the price correctly.
Pfarrberg Spätburgunder SP 2007
Juicy and earthy...excellent from this Co-operative. I was presented with a 0.5l version soon after bottling...and then purchased this on my last visit. At € 22 it is a well-balanced wine...with a touch of oak and a good finish.
Robert Bauer Spätburgunder V.V. 2005 Württemberg, Germany
Robert Bauer might be the enfant terrible of Württemberg region. I found this to be OK...with the terroir of Württemberg...this sees no oak. Artificial cork as well. For the top vintage I expected a slightly fuller wine. I bought this on Ebay...and opened it this evening to see if I should purchase more. The Waldumer for half the price would be a better choice.