Archive for January, 2008

d’Arenberg – “Galvo Garage” – Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot (2003)

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

Left to decant for 2.5 hours before trying. Nose – The initial overpowering smell of black currants and other red fruit have blown off – they are there but much more muted. HInts of mint and freshly opened liquorice (black) here. Very subtle hints of a forest fire miles away whilst you’re standing in a […]

Wolf Blass Grey Label (Cabernet Sauvignon – Langhorne Creek) 2004

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

Opening the screwcap on this 04 there was a wonderful explosion of fruit. However I’ve left it to sit in the decanter these past 45 minutes. The nose in the glass has all sorts in it – lots of mint, some bbq hot rocks with fat burning on them and a wopping amount of alcohol. […]

Richard Hamilton – Centurion Shiraz (2001)

Sunday, January 6th, 2008

Coming from 109 year old vines in the McLaren  Vale region of south Australia I’m expecting good things from this wine. Fairly tight nose. Some deep red fruits showing through the alcohol – plums and the like.Colour is extremely deep red almost purple.A whole heap of oak is here, not much fruit showing through. Somewhat disappointing. […]

Scarpantoni Estate – Estate Reserve (Shiraz/Cabernet) 1999

Saturday, January 5th, 2008

Dark red berries on the nose, black currant (cassis) is there too along with smoky tannins overlaid on a subtle sweet/pepper mint (mentholy) which is just intoxicating along with hints of freshly cracked black pepper. Buried somewhere in this nose is a little liquorice or molasses. Oh what a nose job this wine has – […]