Friday, September 19, 2014

Review: *** $ Boekenhoutskloof The Wolftrap, Western Cape, South Africa, 2013 = GOOD VALUE

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Original tasting and review : This is Boekenhoutskloof The Wolftrap, Western Cape, South Africa, 2013, a blend of 66% syrah, 32% mourvedre and 2% viognier, finished at 14.5% alcohol and first sampled the year after vintage date, in September, 2014.

In the glass: Medium, bright dusty red.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows funky, deep, smoky black and red fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be thick and layered, perhaps brooding.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact both bright on the mouth and dark and smoky on the flavors; an interesting contrast.  Bright acids bring the sip up into your cheeks and it floats down in brooding smoky fruit.  Finishes clean and sharp.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  A best value at its price point.

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Review: *** $ Mischa Estate Merlot, Wellington, South Africa, 2009 = BEST VALUE

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Original tasting and review : This is Mischa Estate Merlot, Wellington, South Africa, 2009, finished at 14% alcohol and first sampled five years from vintage date, in September, 2014.

In the glass: Deep muddy rusty red, opaque in the center.

On the nose: Poured at  room temperatu
re and swirled vigorously, shows clean and bright red berries.  From the aroma, seems like this will be sweet and fresh.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact sweet and fresh as anticipated, with curls of smoke to keep things interesting.  Colorful notes on the palate of licorice-tinted plums.  Finishes full, with modest length and clean.

In summary: Overall, rates an easy three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  Best value for its very modest price point.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Review: *** $ Spice Route Sauvignon Blanc, Darling, South Africa, 2011 = BEST VALUE

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Original tasting and review : This is Spice Route Sauvignon Blanc, Darling, South Africa, 2011, finished at 14% alcohol and first sampled three years from vintage date, in September, 2014.

In the glass: Medium yellow.

On the nose: Poured at cool room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows clean crispness, underlying fruit with supporting stainless steel.  From the aroma, seems like this will be balanced between fruit and stoniness.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact sleek and clean, fresh with crisp melon fruit sprinkled with a good blast of lemon juice.  The sweet fruit fades fast and the lemon crispness holds court in your cheeks for a full minute.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale and is a best value.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Review: **+ $ Joubert-Tradauw Barrel Fermented Chardonnay, Tradauw, South Africa, 2008

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Original tasting and review : This is Joubert-Tradauw Barrel Fermented Chardonnay, Tradauw, South Africa, 2008, finished at 13% alcohol and first sampled six years from vintage date, in September, 2014.

In the glass: Deep yellow to light gold.

On the nose: Poured at cool room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows soft, light butterscotch.  From the aroma, seems like this may be tired but still carrying fruit.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact much as expected.  Finish shows some bright, light citrus.

In summary: Overall, rates two stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for what it likely was like at an earlier point in its life.

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Review: ** $ La Mision Reserva Merlot, Maipo Valley, Chile, 2007

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By way of background, opening thoughts: 

Original tasting and review : This is La Mision Reserva Merlot, Maipo Valley, Chile, 2007, finished at 13.9% alcohol and first sampled seven years from vintage date, in September, 2014.

In the glass: Light to medium dusty red.

On the nose: Poured at warm room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows deep, lusty red currant fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be spicy and fat.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact relatively light and broad in mouthfeel, but peppery-dry in flavor

In summary: Overall, pleasant enough, but simply rates two stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Review: **** $ Nugan Estate Vision Chardonnay, Riverina, Australia, 2007 = BEST VALUE

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By way of background, opening thoughts: I've really enjoyed the Nugan Riverina reds from Australia; today we're sampling the first white.


Original tasting and review : This is Nugan Estate Vision Chardonnay, Riverina, Australia, 2007, finished at 14% alcohol and first sampled seven years from vintage date, in September, 2014.

In the glass: Bold yellow with olive glints.

On the nose: Poured at cool room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows soft oak with some lightly funky bright fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be layered and fun.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact showing lots of clean oak, but nicely integrated with fresh, crispy pear and apple juices.  The funkiness adds a certain element of smoke, nicely curling here and there in the sip.  Impeccably clean finish.

In summary: Overall, rates four stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  Best value.

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