Saint-Joseph, Northern Rhone. 13.5%
Benchmark wine for all Saint-Josephs. Perfect modern winemaking, fresh ripe fruit, restrained oak makes the young wine more approachable than expected. This is no 2003, by a long shot thankfully. Nor is it as ripe as 2005 but not far off.
Drink 2013 onwards.
Savennieres, Loire. 13.5%
A very enjoyable Savennieres. Clear somewhat forward Chenin Blanc fruit, yet enough natural vibrant acidity and oddles of minerality. Not marred by noticeable alcohol like some Savennieres.
Drink over the next decade.
Clare Valley, South Australia. 14.5%
I expected this to be a bit of a blockbuster but it was much more gentle, and elegant than expected. On the downside it lacks the concentration of a ‘reserve’ wine such as this.
Maipo Valley, Chile. 13.5%
I’ve long wanted to try a decent South American wine that was older than a couple of years. This unfortunately disappointed.
Very sweet. With enough lifted VA to give quite a tomato sauce (ketchup) impression. The finish has the spicy tannin of Southern France.
Flavorsome but coarse.
Pessac- Leognan. 13%
Somewhat black peppery, fairly simple claret. With good stuffing and chewy Graves tannins. But a lack of exciting flavor. Workman-like claret. Perhaps will improve over the next 2 years.
Barossa Valley, South Australia. 14.2%
Consumed in Bordeaux, over 4 nights. As a deliberate contrast, and what a contrast!!
On the first night it just reeked of added tartaric acid and American oak. Bordeaux in comparison tastes so natural, whereas this is a concoction.
On the second night it had mellowed a tad, to be a semi-port. Mint toffee flavours.
By the final night it was much more enjoyable as a ripe hot climate wine. Quite luscious.
I feel that Turkey Flat have improved their winemaking in more recent vintages, the wines still have tremendous fruit but are less forced, with less obvious added acid.
An open-knit claret, quite cool and juicy not a plummy Pomerol at all. Good but expensive, but then all Pomerol are it seems.