Friday, January 25, 2013

A Trio of B48


 

I hate winter...and although to photo looks lovely...Vitamin D is missing from my system.
Another way to help is to think of warm summer vineyards...how about the property of Nelles in the Ahr Valley?



I had been knocked out by the B 48 2009...and the property was offering a three-pack over the holiday period. Vintage...2010, 2006 & 2007.
Nelles Heimersheimer Landskrone
B48 Spätburgunder
Ahr, Germany

To be honest...the 2010 was not on my buying agenda...so I was nicely surprised by it's young...slightly rough fruit...and good balance. Leave it a year of two if you buy it.
Points 16.5



The 2006 has no longer any puppy fruit...fully developed nose...mushrooms sprang to mind...Drink this now.
Points 17



The final one of the trio...the best you leave to last...as any egg eater will know. Marzipan fruit...perfection at the moment...lingering on the palate...super soft sweet fruit...drink or leave a few years. Either way...you will be rewarded.
Points 17.5


Tuesday, January 08, 2013

World Class Sauvignon Blanc

Who would have thought all those years ago...when the words 'Austrian Whites' made people wide-eyed. What a sea of beauty it has become. Here three TOP properties in Styria...miss them if you dare!




Erwin Sabathi Sauvignon Blanc
Pössnitzberg Limited 111 2008
South Styria, Austria

What an aroma...cassis and top class gooseberries with a touch of lychees...then banana...this is a desert island without all the sand.
The palate is just so silky...quite full...but with a dash of sea air minerals...tropical with a touch of citrus... a hedonistic juice.
Points 18

Walter Skoff
Sauvignon Blanc Royal 2009
South Styria, Austria

Exotic aromas...lychees...tobacco and vanilla...sweet biscuits...it defies the 14.5% alcohol...sparkling diamonds....roast nuts...minerals.
Very good indeed.
Points 17.5






Polz Sauvignon Blanc
Hochgrassnitzberg Reserve
Große STK Lage 2007
South Styria, Austria

Another beauty...an aroma full of spiky grapefruit....extreme peaches...lovely balance...spicy oak...smooth as silk....
Points 17.5


















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