Castelsina Chianti Riserva 2010

Castelsina Chianti Riserva 2010 Colour: Clear medium ruby Nose: Dried cherry, plum, sweet herbs, violets, smoke, meaty, touch of green. Palate: Dry, medium body, high acidity, full tannins. Cherry, plum, sapling, earthy. Finish: Medium finish, drying cherry note. Score: 74/100   Fairly standard Chiranti, got a good nose, but not too much in terms of … Continue reading Castelsina Chianti Riserva 2010

Michel Delhommeau Cuvée Harmonie Sur Lie Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine 2013

Michel Delhommeau Cuvée Harmonie Sur Lie Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine 2013 Colour: Light straw Nose: Chalk, melon, citrus, herbal, touch of floral, mineral. Palate: Dry, medium acidity. Lemon, light fruits, stone. Finish: Medium+ finish, mineral. Score: 65/100   Fairly neutral white wine, pretty sure it’s already on the downhill ride. Nothing outstanding throughout, nothing to write home … Continue reading Michel Delhommeau Cuvée Harmonie Sur Lie Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine 2013

Waimea Estates Spinyback Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Waimea Estates Spinyback Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Colour: Pale straw Nose: Lemon, grapefruit, passion fruit, green mango, guava, citrus peel. Palate: Dry, medium+ acidity, mango, mineral, citrus, pineapple, stone. Finish: Long finish, pineapple, mineral, touch of green. Score: 80/100   Served at 7-9°C(44-48°F), a very refreshing and fresh Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. The nose is … Continue reading Waimea Estates Spinyback Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Chateau Bel-Air Lussac-St-Emilion 1999

Chateau Bel-Air Lussac-St-Emilion 1999 Colour: Dark ruby core, light ruby-brown rim. Nose: Concentrated red and dark fruits, notes of plum, blackcurrant, raspberry, leather, dust, oak, and a hint of violet. Palate: Dry, full-bodied, medium+ acidity, medium soft and smooth tannins. Plum, cedar, raspberry, leather, light tobacco note. Finish: Medium finish+ finish, mocha, herbal, wood smoke. … Continue reading Chateau Bel-Air Lussac-St-Emilion 1999

Tenuta Poggio Verrano Dromos Maremma Toscana 2007, Chateau d’Armailhac Pauillac 2013, Château Rauzan-Segla Margaux 2013, Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2013

Tenuta Poggio Verrano Dròmos Maremma Toscana 2007 Colour: Clear medium ruby core Nose: Smoked meat, roasted red and green pepper, cedar, savoury, black cherry, blackberry, oak. Palate: Dry, full-bodied, medium+ acidity, medium+ tannins. Juicy cherry, blackberry, blackcurrant, cedar. Finish: Medium+ finish, plums, mineral, oak. Score: 83+/100 Exceptional nose, smoky and savoury, with a touch of … Continue reading Tenuta Poggio Verrano Dromos Maremma Toscana 2007, Chateau d’Armailhac Pauillac 2013, Château Rauzan-Segla Margaux 2013, Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2013

Kistler McCrea Vineyard Chardonnay 2014, Domaine Charles Audoin Les Favières Marsannay 2013, Louis Jadot Pommard Rugiens 1er Cru 2010, Rocche Costamagna Rocche dell’Annunziata Barolo 2012

Kistler McCrea Vineyard Chardonnay 2014 Colour: Pale straw Nose: Big whiff of lemon, peach, butter, floral, honey, stone, ginger. Palate: Dry, medium+ bodied, medium+ acidity. Copper, oak, peach, crushed stone, pineapple. Finish: Medium finish, metallic. Score: 77+/100 Very Californian in style, did not cheap out on oak, and at the same time too typical. Loads … Continue reading Kistler McCrea Vineyard Chardonnay 2014, Domaine Charles Audoin Les Favières Marsannay 2013, Louis Jadot Pommard Rugiens 1er Cru 2010, Rocche Costamagna Rocche dell’Annunziata Barolo 2012

Diemersfontein Pinotage 2015

Diemersfontein Pinotage 2015 Colour: Clear dark purple core Nose: Strong whiff of cured game meat, espresso, with undertone of blackcurrants, and green peppercorn. Palate: Dry, medium acidity, medium+, cured meat, coffee powder, juicy blackberry, touch of mineral and oak. Finish: Long finish, blackberry and smoke. Score:79/100 Rather unusual for a Pinotage, very dominant smoky, meaty … Continue reading Diemersfontein Pinotage 2015

The Lane Vineyard Block 5 Shiraz 2014

The Lane Vineyard Block 5 Shiraz 2014   Colour: Clear dark purple core Nose: Mint chocolate(After 8), vanilla custard, blueberry, liquorice, faint plum puree, baking spice. Palate: Dry, medium-full bodied, medium acidity, medium fine tannins. Ripe cherry, spice box, faint mint, vanilla. Finish: Long finish, plums, pepper, and baking spice. Score: 79/100   Overall pretty … Continue reading The Lane Vineyard Block 5 Shiraz 2014

Chateau Tour Baladoz Saint Emilion Grand Cru 1998

Chateau Tour Baladoz Saint Emilion Grand Cru 1998 Colour: Dark ruby core, clear ruby rim. Nose: Old leather, red cherry, blackberry, liquorice, rice candy undertone, touch of floral note. Palate: Dry, medium bodied, medium acidity, medium silky tannins. Red cherry, red currants, cocoa powder, liquorice, earthy. Finish: Medium+ finish, liquorice, touch of menthol, and a … Continue reading Chateau Tour Baladoz Saint Emilion Grand Cru 1998