Archiv für den Monat: Oktober 2012

The legendary wines of Penfolds – 27.10.12

Yattarna 2008 – 100% Chardonnay, Tasmania, Adelaide Hills /  9 months in French oak, 49% new / medium straw yellow / pure nose / focused / balanced oak / lemon & citrus notes / medium body / alc. 13,0 / racy yet balanced acid / precise / linear / long mineral finish / Burgundy style / very good indeed / now – 2020 / 17,0

Magill Estate Shiraz 2008 – sourced from the original Magill vineyard in Adelhaide / 12 months in 72% new French and 23 % New American oak / deep purple / perfect ripeness of the fruit / floral notes / red plums /  obvious yet integrated oak / medium plus body / soft tannins / stylish / silky texture / very good depth and length / fine / 2015 – 2035 / 17,5++

Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 -  Vineyard regions Coonawaara and Padthaway / 15 months in new American oak hogsheads / developed intense ruby red / medium complexity / leafy notes / tobacco / full body / good richness / slightly astringent tannins / alc 13,5 / medium length / now to 2020 / 17,0

Grange 1979 – 87% Shiraz, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon / Vineyards: Kalimna, Magill, Clare Valley, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale / an unusual season with a hotter than average summer followed by a mild but wet vintage / maturation for 18 months in new American oak hogsheads / deep brown red / good complexity in the nose / gamey & leafy notes / dark dried cherries / rich / full body / slightly dry tannins / alc 13,0 / lovely but lacks a bit greatness / medium plus length / now to 2018 / 17,0

Grange 1991 – 95% Shiraz, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon / Vineyards: Kalimna, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale /a warm, dry year with even ripening conditions / 18 months in new American oak hogsheads /  just slightly developed dense purple red / concentrated nose / pure / perfect ripeness / dark cherry & mulberry flavours / great richness and structure / luscious / fleshy / long / fine plus / now to 2035 / 18,5

Bin 820 Cabernet Sauvignon – Shiraz 1982 – 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 57% Shiraz / Origin Coonawarra /  the 1982 Coonawarra vintage was hailed as one of the greatest years ever / 18 months in new American oak hogsheads / brick red / mulberry & sour cherry notes / cedar wood / minty touch / medium body / muscular structure / chalky, firm tannins / fresh acid / alc 12,0 / elegant style / good length / fine / now to 2020 / 18,0

Bin 90A Cabernet Sauvignon – Shiraz 1990 - 68% Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Kalimna Shiraz / a truly great Australian vintage with a perfect warm, dry growing season and harvest / maturation for 18 months in new American oak / deep purple red / full flavoured & concentrated nose / dark berry & bramble fruit / liquorice / floral notes / powerful / massive yet balanced tannins / perfectly structured  / long / great potential / now to 2035 / 19,0+

Great wines: Bin 820 & Bin 90A

Ramos Pinto Tasting, Leverkusen 13.10.12

1880 – pale tawny / forward nose / complex / toffee / sweet spice / nutty / medium body / silky / lively / good freshness / elegant / long spicy-creamy finish / amazing for the age / 18,5   declines after 3,5 hours

1924 – medium tawny / slightly red hues / dump / medicated / musty notes / lacks charm and pureness / bottle condition? / 13,0

1931 – pale amber / mushroom notes / nutty / lean / good freshness  / toffee / much better on the palate than on the nose / good balance / medium length / peak / 15,5

1934 – medium amber / red hints / complex / forward nose / rasperrry / compote / smooth / textured / elegant / good length / keep / 18,0

1935 – pale tawny / „sweet“ nose / medium body / rich / intense mid palate / good length / 17,5 – declines after 5,5 h

1945 – medium tawny with red hints / concentrated nose / rich / fleshy / dense / sweet long finish / potential 20y. + / 17,0+

1960 – light amber with golden hues / caramell / candied fruits – apricot – some white grapes ? / „sweet“ / medium body / smooth / oppulent sweetness / coffee finish / now – 2020 / 17,0

1970 – medium ruby / forward nose / strawberry / red berry compote / sweet / luscious / soft / shows charm but lacks structure / medium length / now – 2020 / 16,5

1980 – deep still undeveloped ruby red / floral / medium body / astringent tannins / masculin style / good freshness and length / needs time / 2015 – 2030 / 17,0+

1982 – deep ruby / slightly dump nose – corky? / full body / fleshy / robust / harsh / medium length /  o. B.

1983 – 20 % TN, 50 %  TB, 15 % TR, 15  % TF – slightly dev. medium ruby red / ripe fruit / tobacco notes / spicy / medium plus body / soft / lacks focus and energy / burning finish / now / 15,5

1983 Touriga Nacional – deep ruby red / concentrated nose / black fruits / spicy / full body / fleshy / moderate firm tannins / balanced alcohol / good length / very good / 17,5+

1983 Tinta Roriz – light dev. brick red / warm notes / lacks concentration / lean / one-dimensional / hollow / burning finish / 14,0

1983 Tinta Barroca – deep young ruby red / herbal-spicy notes / medium body / structured / fine tannins / good texture / slightly astringent finish / 17,5

1982 Touriga Francesa – dev. ruby red / brick red rims / medium intensity / floral notes / red fruits /  soft / silky texture / elegant / slightly burning finish / 17,0

1985 – deep ruby / primary stage / black fruits / medium concentration / front palate orientated / good balance / needs more time / 2020– 2040 / 16,5+

1991 – medium ruby red / diffuse nose / herbal / tea / medium body / lacks structure  and depth / short / disappointing / 14,5

1994 – dense ruby red / primary / black fruits / floral flavours / medium plus body / balanced alcohol / firm backbone / good freshness / fine / length / 2025 – 2050 / 17,5++

1997 – dense ruby red / closed / pure / mineral / medium plus body / structured / precise / good grip / very good balance / fine / 2025 – 2050 / 17,5+

2000 – dense ruby red / forward / slightly overripe fruit / full body / fleshy / oppulent / long warm finish / 2017 – 2035 / 16,0

2003 – black red / concentrated nose / black fruits / chocolate / powerful body / dense / rich / grippy yet balanced tannins / balanced alcohol / medium length / 2030 – 2055 / 17,0++

2007 – black red / pure nose /  floral / concentrated / structured / precise / very good freshness  / shows energy / fine / great potential / 2030 – 2060 / 17,5++

30y. Tawny bottled 2001 – nutty / torf / fleshy / low acid / lacks energy / tired / 14,5

30 y. Tawny bottled 2011 – medium tawny with red hints / red fruits / creamy notes / silky / elegant / vibrant / long / 17,5

 

Master Class Fine Wines of Australia 05.10.12

Hentschke, Julius Riesling 2008, Eden Valley – pure nose / slightly developed / lime / kerosine touch / lean / crisp acid / alc 12,5 / good balance / medium length / potential for further aging / now – 2018 / 16,5   Meerea Park, Hell Hole Sémillon 2009, Hunter Valley – developed nose / toasty notes / lemon / lean body / alc 10,5 / racy acid / classic style / good length / now – 2017 / 16,5+   Redbank Winery, Hundred Tree Hills Chardonnay 2008, Pyrenees – floral / melon / medium body / alc 12,0 / soft texture / light oaky notes / fresh finish / noe – 2015 / 15,0   Bellvale Winery, The Quercus Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008, Gippsland  – cherry / underlying oaky notes / no overripeness / soft tannins / good freshness / alc 13,0 / medium length / now – 2016 / 16,0  Glaetzer, Bishop Siraz 2010, Barossa – impressive nose / concentrated / mulberry / balanced oak / powerfull body / intense / alc 15.1 / in the context of style and concentration good freshness and balance / now – 2020 / 17,0   D´Arenberg, The Dead Arm Shiraz 2005, McLaren Vale – deep slightly developed plummy red / concentrated nose / some tertiary notes / fleshy / oppulent fruit / alc 15.0 / lacks the greatness of the best vintages / good length / now – 2020 / 17,0+  Cape Mentelle, Trinders Cabernet-Merlot 2007, Margaret River – forward fruit / some floral notes / cassis / medium body / soft tannins / balanced oak / supple fruit / medium length / good value / now – 2016 / 16,5   Lindemans, St-George Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1991, Coonawarra – deep developed ruby red / complex nose / pure / medium body / moderate firm tannins / structured / good grip / alc 13.0 / crisp acid / classic style / very good / now – 2017 / 17,5

Tasting Léoville-las-Cases 1959 – 2002 am 29.09.12

LLC total im Rosengarten in Kirchberg (Tirol). Ein beeindruckendes Tasting, welches nachhaltig unterstrich, welche Sonderstellung LLC in Bordeaux einnimmt: kaum ein anderes Weingut in Bordeaux zeigt diese Konsistenz über Jahrzehnte Spitzenweine – auch in schwierigen Jahrgängen – zu produzieren.

 

2002 – slightly developed color / pure / moderate ripeness / herbal notes / medium body / grippy slightly harsh tannins / fresh acid / lacks concentration and depth / charmant / good for the vintage /  medium length / now – 2020 / 16,0

1998 – slightly developed color / forward / red currant / herbal touch / medium plus body / intense tannins / dense / good balance and length / dry finish / needs time / 2015 – 2030 / 17,5

1996 – deep ruby red / concentrated nose / cherry / black currant / great concentration / ripe & elegant tannins / powerful / long slightly astringent finish / great potential / 2017 – 2040 / 18,5++

1995 – amazing young color / spicy & plummy notes / medium body / luscious / ripe tannins / great balance / long / very elegant LLC / now – 2035 / 18,0

1994 – dense developed ruby red / forward nose / black currant / herbal / medium body / astringent tannins / kernig / grippy / medium length / now – 2025 / 16,5

1993 – medium developed ruby red / spicy – herbal / lean / rustic tannins / fresh / dry finish / now / 15,0-

1991 – evolved ruby red / dried fruits / tea / lean / moderate ripe tannins / lacks focus and structure / short / now / 15,0

1990 – dense dev. ruby red / rich nose / complex / powerful body / intense / fine tannins / perfect structure / long  fresh finish/ very fine / 19,0 / now – 2040

1989 – developed ruby red / tea / dried fruits / warm notes / medium body / luscious structure / moderate firm tannins / medium length / good but not great / lacks a bit energy / now – 2020 / 17,0

1988 – dev. ruby red / pure / herbal touch / mineral / medium body / fresh acid / grippy light astringent tannins / focused / slightly dry medium long finish / now – 2025 / 17,5

1987 – medium brick red / forward / pepper / herbal / lean / grippy / short / dry finish / over peak / 14,0

1986 – deep just slightly dev. ruby red / concentrated nose / rich / still primary / powerful body / compact / fleshy / focused / long / needs further time / 2020 – 2050 / 19,5+

1985 – deep dev. ruby red / ripe / forward / rich texture / smooth / elegant / long / very good / now – 2025 / 18,0

1983 – medium ruby red / slightly dump nose / mushroom touch / medium body / good texture / moderate ripe tannins / lacks structure / short / now – 2015 / 15,5

1982 – deep ruby red / closed / concentrated / powerful / structured / massive / tannic / fresh / long / great potential / 2015 – 2040 / 19,0+

1981 – light brick red / thin / lacks everything / over peak / 13,0

1979 – corky

1978 – amazing deep ruby red / vegetal notes / medium body / firm slightly rustic tannins / good concentration / medium length /  now – 2015 / 15,5

1975 – developed brick red / orange rims / pure / spicy / light herbal touch / firm / grippy / powerful / medium length / now – 2016 / 17,0

1970 – light brick red / ripe nose / mineral / ash / pure / fresh acid / fine tannins / elegant / good texture / medium length / now / 16,5

1964 – medium dev. brick red / pure / complex / good ripeness / focused / vibrant / fresh / medium intensity on the palate / very good / now – 2015 / 17,0+

1962 MG – pure / complex nose / elegant / precise / shows finesse / fine tannins / fresh medium long finish / great bottle / now – 2020 / 18,0

1961 – light brick red with orange rims / ripe / warm notes / lean / good balance but lacks depth and richness / good / peak / 16,5

1959 – deep dev. ruby red / intense nose / ripe / rich texture / fine tannins / good depth but lacks a bit focus and greatness / now – 2018 / 17,5