Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Denise Tasting

Again, it is time for some communal gathering and wine tasting at Denise. However, i was not totally at ease today as it will be my first time driving to a tasting session. If i get stop by a traffic roadblock I'm doomed.
Lawson's Dry Hill Pinot Noir, Marlborough, NZ@47SGD: Beautiful cherry nose with a minimal candied edge. Very pure and elegant. Not overly fruit which is beautiful. Close to a burgundy but probably lacking in acidity to cut the mid. Still, this is a value for money Pinot Noir.Ch Villa Bel-Air 2002@50SGD : Located in the Graves area since 1777, the Chateau is owned by the same family that owns Ch Lynch Bages (whao). Bordeaux Blend. Initial nose of some wetness, but opens up after 30 mins that reveals hints of pencil shavings that not as pronounced. Some cassis, tobacco and currants. Mouth feel is supple without noticable tannins. A good value for money French red and many would be surprised if tasted blind.

( I could get a good deal for this. let me know if anyone is keen.)

Pertaringa Understudy Cabernet Petit Verdot, Mclaren Vale 2005@40SGD: Another value for money wine from Pertaringa (besides over the top shiraz, undercover shiraz). Inky black purple colour with big thick mouth feel. Alot of black fruits and currants. Very juicy without too much alcohol or sweetness. Has significant acidity and lifted aroma from petit verdot grapes. Still need a year or 2 in the bottle to be more harmonious but already drinkable now. Get some!

Chateau Bonnet@60SGD: Never heard of this, dun think i'll ever hear this again. It's simple ribena juice with alcohol. No nose, no mid, no end, no palate. DUMP.

Lawson's Dry Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2007@40SGD: Very intense gooseberry and pineapple nose. But lacking in the mid palate and acidity. Palate failed miserably and did not keep up with the intense nose.

Peter Lehmann Mentor , Barossa Valley, 2002: A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Shiraz and Merlot. Big chocolate nose. On the palate very rich and supple with significant currants. Tasted some cedar note in the palate. Medium Long finish. Smooth without overkilling alcohol heat. Pretty elegant compared to other fruit bombs from Barossa Valley.

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