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 – […]