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DFJ Vega 2007

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Vintage: 2007
Type: Blend
Country: Portugal – Douro

I quite enjoyed this wine.  I think it is a combination of Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz and Touriga Franca. It is full bodied wine though it is is still quite smooth. Good oak flavours full of intense berries.

Great value for money and recommended to have with a bit of food.

Eiserman Domain Bronze Award

Wolf Blass Yellow Label Chardonnay 2008

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Vintage: 2008
Type: Chardonnay
Country: Australia

This was an aromatic wine, mixing fresh with oakey notes. The colour was rather pale but not surprisingly so due to its youth. The wine was distinctively strong  and therefore should be paired with a dish on the mildly herbal side, i.e. creamy pasta. Probably would not go well with spicy, oriental foods.

Montevina Zinfandel Terra d’Oro 2005

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

Vintage: 2005
Type: Zinfandel
Country: California

We tried this wine the other evening expecting a light and refreshing red, which is typical of American Zinfandel. Boy were we wrong. The wine took a while to open up – the first taste was closed and very tannic. Once we let it air for an hour or two the wine really came into it’s own. Great full cherry flavours and a nice hint of smoke. The colour was a deep red with little fading at the edge.  The finish was medium length and nice and smooth.  A great effort from the Americans!

Château Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 1997

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Vintage: 1997
Type: Bordeaux
Country: France

We had the chance to taste this wine a while ago, soon after trying its cousin, the Château Pichon-Longueville Baron. The wine was less tannic and a little more mellow than the Baron, but was still excellent. There were great earthly aromas and flavours of oak and berries on the pallet. The finish was nice and long.

Taylor’s Quinta de Vargellas 1998

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Vintage: 1998
Type: Port
Country: Portugal – Douro

This dessert wine comes from the Duro region of Portugal. It is what I call a semi-vintage port, as the Quintas tend to be produced in years that a classic vintage is not declared. A Quinta is a specific farm/estate meaning that the wine has come from one place.

We enjoyed this wine over Christmas with friends and it was spectacular.  If you enjoy port, then you’ll love this wine as it was incredible.  A heavy bouquet of berries and plums with a smooth sweet taste and a finish that lasted for minutes.

Champagne Tarlant Rose 1998

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

Vintage: 1998
Type: Champagne
Country: France

Another excellent wine enjoyed on Christmas 2009. This rose is unlike others, as it has the vintage taste and feel to it — with a tonne of bubbles. Very good strong (and dry) taste. recommended.