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Meerlust Rubicon 2005

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Vintage: 2005
Type: Bordeaux style blend
Country: South Africa

This wine is still quite young and brutish. Heavy unbalanced oak with blasts of fruit and spice. Intense nose, still smells young. The flavours did start to level off after a few hours of decanting, so I am hopeful that this wine will benefit from a few more years in the cellar.

Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc & Merlot Blend

Taylor 20 Year Old Tawny Port

Saturday, December 25th, 2010

Vintage: Non vintage
Type: Tawny Port
Country: Portugal – Douro

This tawny port is exceptional.  A great heady nose of dried fruits and nuts, caramel and  incredible legs.  The flavours are smooth and refined with a finish that seems to last forever.  One of the best 20yr Tawny’s on the market!

Fonseca 20 Year Old Tawny Port

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Vintage: Non vintage
Type: Tawny Port
Country: Portugal – Douro

This is a great Tawny port.  Full of sweet nuts and dried fruits and a great viscosity that creates legs that seem to never end.  I find that this tawny is a bit softer and subtle compared to the Taylor’s 20, but it is still exceptional.  The only thing that makes me sad about this port is that it is hard to find in the UK!

Château Bellevue Gazin 2005

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Vintage: Non vintage
Type: Champagne
Country: France – Bordeaux – Côtes de Blaye

This wine is spectacular. Rich, bold flavours of dark berries with earthy mineral undertones. The nose is full with hints of oak and the colour is a deep ruby red. It is drinking very well at the moment but will keep for another 10 years or more if it’s stored properly. A high class wine that won’t break the bank.

Georges Dubœuf Saint-Amour 2009

Friday, December 10th, 2010

Vintage: 2009
Type: Beaujolais
Country: France – Beaujolais – Saint-Amour

This wine is an excellent value-for-money Beaujolais. From one of the larger producers in Beaujolais, there is a reason why Georges Dubœuf is so popular. Good marketing and a consistent reliable wine.

Full of fruit flavours, this wine is evokes joy and ease and is a fun wine that shouldn’t be taken too seriously. Lots of flower scents on the nose and a nice light ruby colour. Much more frivolity in this wine compared to the 2009 Juliénas

Aliança Douro Foral – Grande Escolha 2004

Sunday, December 5th, 2010

Vintage: 2004
Type: Red Blend
Country: Portugal – Douro

I quite like the table wines that come from the Douro region of Portugal. They tend to be great value for money and taste superb. This one is no exception. The nose is full of deep red fruits, the colour is almost black and the flavours are berries, cherries, plums, hints of cinnamon and cassis.

Niigata Star

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Vintage: Non-Vintage
Type: Sake
Country: Japan – Niigata

This was a rice wine that we picked up from the Selfridges Wine & Spirit Hall. The major draw to this sake is that it is laced with tiny flecks of (real) silver stars, which are safe to ingest. To prevent any heating complications, we drank this sake cold as an accompaniment to sushi. The bottle is small, so the sake can be finished by a couple in one evening. It is also on the pricey side.