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Summerhill Pyramid Winery Foch Platinum Series 2006

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Vintage: 2006
Type: Foch
Country: Canada-Okanagan Valley

This wine is practically an inky black, so black that there is hardly any fading at the edges of your glass. The wine is highly alcoholic, leaving a feeling that your tongue has been disinfected.

The taste, if you can get past the initial shock (say one hour in a decanter later) is slightly metallic but the berry flavours do manage to sneak through.

Gapsted Riesling 2006

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Vintage: 2006
Type: Riesling
Country: Australia – Victoria

This was a wine that I thought was produced in Germany but only at the end of the evening did I realise it was produced in Australia.

It was a bright and zesty Riesling that complemented our Oriental dinner: chilli and soy-glazed salmon fillets on Pancit (Filipino noodles).

The wine tastes sweeter than most Rieslings that I have tasted and will prompt your mouth to water. It was a good bottle of wine.

Mercier Vintage Champagne 2004

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Vintage: 2004
Type: Champagne
Country: France – Epernay

We had this champagne one evening to celebrate a special occasion. Boy were we not disappointed. This champagne has great citrus tones, a slightly malty vintage flavour and smooth uniform bubbles. Certainly worth giving a try and I recommend it, if you can find it outside of France!

Baron De Ley Rioja 2008

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

Vintage: 2008
Type: Rioja – White
Country: Spain

This wine was presented to us as a gift and we had high expectations of this Baron de Ley sibling. You might be fooled to think that the flavour might be washed out due to its severely pale colour. Think again! This wine is well-structured and has a fresh after-taste. This would go well with a summer salad or a mildly spiced oriental stir fry.

Cedar Creek Riesling 2008

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Vintage: 2008
Type: Riesling
Country: Canada – Okanagan Valley, BC

One of the few bottles we carried back from our wedding, we savoured this gorgeous Riesling a couple of weeks ago on a hot evening.

This is a zesty wine that is fresh and aromatic. It has flavours of pineapple and green apple. Just lovely. This would go very well with a sweet and spicy dish, for example, Thai chilli chicken cashew stir fry with egg noodles.

Chateaux Tayac 1998

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Vintage: 1998
Type: Bordeaux
Country: France – Bordeaux – Margaux

This Margaux is quite lovely with a nose of flowers and berries on the palette. It is still quite closed at the moment and requires decanting and at least an hour before drinking. Recommended. You can find this wine at Costco in the UK for a very reasonable price.