Chateau Du Tertre 2002 vs Nepenthe ‘The Fugue’ 2002

Chateau Du Tertre 2002 Margaux, Bordeaux, France 89 points 13%

Nepenthe The Fugue 2002, Adelaide Hills, Australia, 78 points 14%.

OK the points give the game away, this was not a contest.  The Du Tertre is gloriously fragrant in spite of a little bit of brett, lovely fruit and pencil shavings oak.  The Fugue is stewed plums and sugar and esters.  Fortunately The Fugue is a little easier to drink than suggested on the nose, but it is simple, flat and sweet and completely out of the class suggested by the back label.  It is a bordeaux blend by a top class winery in the Adelaide Hills in a lovely cool vintage – in this context the result is rather horrific.

Australia has struggled with Merlot (42% here) and this wine doesn’t help our reputation.  Now this wine wasn’t sold at a high price given that this is supposed to be their top wine, and it was discounted in store, and it was extra good value considering that it is 6 year old – all of which says the market knows this is poor.  Nepenthe should have pulled it off shelves and at least sold it off under a different label.


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