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March, 2010

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Champagne Gimonnet-Gonet

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Vintage: Non-Vintage
Type: Champagne
Country: France

A good Champagne with good bubbles, flavours and a dry finish.

2002 Lagunilla Gran Reserva

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Vintage: 2002
Type: Tempranillo
Country: Spain

What can I say about the third type of wine that I’ve tasted from this excellent vineyard except that the best was saved for last! I enjoyed the Crianza and the Reserva, but I love the Gran Reserva. It has an intense ruby colour, fading at the edge. The nose is full of dark berry fruits and oak. The taste is full of velvety, rounded plummy fruit flavours. Highly recommended.

Oh, and it was a Gold medal winner at the The International Wine and Spirit Competition.

Rosemount Estate Mountain Blue

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

Vintage: 2002
Type: Shriaz Cabernet Sauvignon
Country: Australia

This wine reminded me of an old world claret. Good colour ageing at the edges. Subtle flavours of berries with claret-like earthy undertones. A refined new world wine.

Punt Road Shiraz 2005

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Vintage: 2005
Type: Shiraz
Country: Australia – Yarra Valley

An excellent vintage from an excellent vineyard. It’s made from 22 year old vines in the Coldstream area of the Valley. It has been aged in French oak, and you can tell on the nose. The Shiraz has a spicy pepper undertone coupled with strong berries for a medium-bodied wine. This wine will cellar well and is not too expensive.

Riscal

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

Vintage: 2007
Type: Tempranillo
Country: Spain

We found this wine at a burlesque club near Picadilly Circus. It was quite nice, as I expect from Riscal, with good berry flavours and oak finish. I would drink this wine again.

Il Faggio Montepulciano D’Abruzzo

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Vintage: 2008
Type: Montepulciano
Country: Italy

We found this wine at a gastro pub near Earl’s Court. It was quite delicious with dark berries and coffee on the nose and chocolate and dark cherry on the palette.

Short Mile Bay Shiraz

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Vintage: 2006
Type: Shiraz
Country: Australia

We picked this wine in a bar, so the expectations were not high.  Overall, it was quite drinkable, though I wouldn’t choose this wine outside a bar and it won’t find its way into my cellar.  Good choice for a bar though.  No real stand out characteristics, it was a strong Auzzie Shriaz.