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Altaïr Vineyards & Winery Sideral 2002

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Vintage: 2002
Type: Red Bordeaux Blend
Country: Chile – Rapel Valley

A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, this wine is a collaboration with Chile and St. Emilion.

Big full flavours of prunes and black fruits. Nice highlights of oak with strong, but not overpowering tannins. Could use some more time in the cellar.

Château de la Grave Cuvée Nectar 2002

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

Vintage: 2002
Type: Bordeaux Blend
Country: France – Bordeaux – Côtes de Bourg

90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet.

Excellent nose of berries with a hint of moss and earth. Flavours of robust dark cherry, silky tannins and slight hints of oak. Drinking nicely at the moment but will keep for a few more years yet. Very good and highly recommended.

Ruhlmann Riesling Frankstein 2002

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Vintage: 2002
Type: Riesling
Country: France – Alsace

I love Rieslings for many reasons and this bottle delivers. The colour has a touch of golden honey but the nose is fresh and citrus-infused. The taste is clean and acidic. This is a good wine to accompany an oriental pork or chicken-based stir-fry or to drink on its own (with a bowl of spiced cashews or peanuts). It is mouth-watering delicious!

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.

Chateau Rousselle – Prestige

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

Vintage: 2002
Type: Bordeaux
Country: France

This wine is quite aged, which is why when the glass is leaned against white paper, the colour fades toward the rim. The colour verges on brown rather than red. The nose is very mossy and earthy; however, the taste is light and peppery (cloves). This is a fairly alcoholic wine, which is shown by the legs running down the sides of the glass after giving it a good swirl.

Vina Mara

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

Vintage: 2003
Type: Rioja
Country: Spain

I enjoyed this wine, but Rioja is not a favourite type for me, thus I don’t really have a good base to compare this one. A nice change, with good flavour.

Railroad Red

Monday, June 30th, 2008

Vintage: 2003
Type: Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon
Country: Western Cape – South Africa

This wine was OK. It had a sharp taste that most Shiraz have, but it overpowered the rest of the flavours if the wine. I would recommend a pass on this one (but if it is on sale, you might want to try it out.)

Hardys Crest

Sunday, June 29th, 2008

Vintage: 2002
Type: Cabernet Sauvignon
Country: South Eastern Australia

A very good wine, with an excellent flavour and zest. One of the better Cabernet Sauvignons.

Georges de Boeuf

Saturday, June 28th, 2008

Vintage: 2002
Type: French red (not sure of the grape)
Country: France – Beaujolais

One of my favourites. A great colour, excellent bouquet and an amazing flavour. It isn’t overpowering so it will go well with most food. If you can get a hold of a bottle, try it!