February, 2011 browsing by month


Some Young Punks Battle Island 2009

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Vintage: 2009
Type: Shiraz Cabernet
Country: Australia – South Australia

Nice full bodied Shiraz Cabernet from Australia, displaying typical characteristics from an Aussie Shiraz – big bold fruit and high alcohol content. The tannins are still quite young and strong in the wine, which hints that it will stand up to a bit of ageing. Full flavours of cranberry and blackcurrant with hints of pepper and spice.

Sandeman Imperial Tawny Port

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

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

This tawny port is quite nice, despite being a younger port.  The fruit flavours a well developed, though I find that younger tawny’s taste less refined and elegant.  It is a good drinking tawny, and certainly good value for money.  Personally, when I have the chance to drink port I prefer a tawny with more panache.

Joseph Gruss & Fils Gewurztraminer Eichberg Grand Cru 2008

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Vintage: 2008
Type: Gewürztraminer
Country: France – Alsace – Eguisheim

None of Andre’s wines disappoint me but you can believe me when I say this is a lovely wine, full stop. The flavours of citrus fruit and lychees fill the mouth nicely. It is a sweet wine but not overpowering.  There is a distinctly thick and creamy texture on the tongue. Gorgeous.

I imagine myself holding a picnic in a field of wild flowers, absorbing the sun’s warmth, enjoying a variety of oriental dishes … this wine would be the main event of my picnic.

Hamm Winkeler Dachsberg Riesling Spätlese Dry 2005

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Vintage: 2005
Type: Riesling
Country: Germany

This German wine has good minerality and is quite dry. It wasn’t my cup of tea but I recognise that it is a good wine. On the nose there is a hint of citrus. It is easy to drink (especially as an accompaniment to oriental food).

Jacob’s Creek Shiraz – Cabernet 2006

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

Vintage: 2006
Type: Shiraz Cabernet
Country: Australia

This bottle is typical of most mass-produced Australian reds, good flavour and easy to drink without being memorable.  Nice flavours of blackberries with a layer of oak.  I would certainly order this in a bar, as it’s easy and pleasurable to drink.

Domaine de la Madone Fleurie Cuvée Tradition 2009

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Vintage: 2009
Type: Beaujolais
Country: France – Beaujolais – Fleurie

This is a lovely Beaujolais with an excellent flavour full of fruit. Nice acidity and easy to drink. Tonnes of fruit on the palette – almost bursting with flavour.  Nice hints of minerality as well.