Simple palates, Seriously
June-July 2010 Archive
Very few notes over the June and July months because of my trip to Paris, Amsterdam and Burgundy. The tasting notes will be typed up under the August section.
1st June 2010
Henri Boillot Bourgogne Blanc 2008
Henri Boillot Meursault 2008
Henri Boillot Puligny Montrachet Perrieres 2008 1er cru
Henri Boillot Meursault Charmes 2008
Bizantino Primitivo del Tarantino 2006 IGT, Puglia, Italy
4th June 2010
Campo Burgo 2008, Rioja DOC
13.5% alc. Clear, medium ruby colour with notes of dusty hot soil, dark red berry fruit and hint of rose petal. A very astringent wine with reductive properties that confound the wine. $9.90. 84/100.
Ata Rangi Crimson 2008, Martinborough
Clear, light crimson/ruby colour, 14% alc. Ripe plum skins, cherry, raspberry aromas. A dry, medium-bodied pinot noir with medium- tannins and acidity with flavours of sour plum flesh. Drink NOW. 87-88/100.
Christian Moueix Merlot 2005, Bordeaux DOC
Clear, medium ruby colour, 13% alc, a lively and focussed perfumed nose of ripening berries, ripe medium+ tannins, lowish acidity, dry 70% dark chocolate-like grainy tanins. An easy drink for the next 3 years. 88/100.
Cullen Red Blend 2008, Margaret River
A blend of 35% cabernet sauvignon, 27% Malbec, 25% merlot, 12% petit verdot and 1% cabernet franc. 13mths in 43% new French oak and with 12% alc. Medium+ crimson colour with a darker core, aromas of dark berry fruit, blackberry, orange capsicum, tomato leaf, tex-mex bean dip. This is a ripe and youthful wine with flavours of dark currants and blackberry. Dry, medium-full bodied wine with a fairly high level of tannins and accomodating acidity. Drink now - 2015(7). 90-91/100.
Longhop 2007 Shiraz, Adelaide Hills
This spent 13mths in seasoned American and French oak and rings in at 14.5% alc. Dark ruby colour with a lovely perfume of warm earth, dark berry fruit and a hint sour plum. Soft flavours of plum, purple berries and sweet spice. Easy oaky tannins will ease up over the next 3 years and this will drink will over the next 5-7 years. 91/100.
Chris Ringland Shiraz 2008, Barossa Valley
$20. Intense black ruby colour with a heady perfume of purple berry fruit, hint of white pepper, vanillin oak and savoury herb stalks. Rich intense dark berry flavours, a sweet wine with loads of blueberry, blackberry, plum skins. Moderately high levels of tannins with smart acidity, a long finish. This is value for money. Drink now - 2020. 92-93/100.
29th July 2010
The first, an article in the Sydney Morning Herald by Huon Hooke
with Michael Fragos (Chapel Hill,
McLaren Vale) featuring in the title picture. Titled 'To filter or
not to filter', it goes beyond a discussion of one option in the process of
winemaking. Also mentioned is the effects of reverse osmosis aka the removal
of alcohol on the taste and balance on wines. Michael has probably performed
a study that any scientist would be proud of, by producing samples of the
same wine treated to different levels of alcohol. Similarly, he has also
trialled three different extraction techniques namely pumping over, hand
plunging and the mechanised rota-fermenting. Importantly, he was
stringent in his scientific approach by conducting this study on a single
batch of 2010 McLaren Vale shiraz grapes. No guessing which method produced
the superior wine.
A good read.
And as if the world didn't need more wine already, Champagne has declared that the 2010 harvest will be increased by ~10%. Despite consumption falling in 2009, exports are up in 1Q this year giving the houses perhaps some pre-mature optimism. Speaking of which, would you fork over 40€ for some Spanish World Cup-winning champion wine? It's the wine of champions, or so I'm told.
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