Saturday, 13 November 2010

Formal Hall

Tasted Friday, 12 November 2010

Cape Mentelle Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 06

Lively, vibrant nose, plenty of green leafs, gooseberry, green peppers, with some minerality too, the sauvignon really speaks. Palate is fresh, filling, here the semillon contributes to the body, making it bigger. Plenty of citrus still, lemon, nice texture, acidity is mouth watering, morish. Well made stuff.

Majella Coonawarra Riesling 06

Definitely some kerosene, organic notes, toluene comes to mind, sweet esters too, and lime cordial slowly coming through. Palate is rich, textured, settled, nice rounded acidity lingers in the palate like sucking on a lemon wedge, small amount of residual sugar but really doesn't show because of the gorgeous acidity. Feels mature, doesn't jump at you. Definitely better than when I had it two years ago.

Achaia Clauss Mavrodaphne

Nutty, raisin tones, honey, smells like tawny port. Body is light, some tannins still there, definitely oxidative notes, like solera sherry, there's the burnt toasted notes. Raisin, coffee, hints of chocolate. Plenty of acidity to balance it out, good balance. I'm guessing this is only 50 g/l or so. Dangerously quaffable, just flows so wendell.

Alvear Solera 1927 Pedro Ximenez Sherry
Oddbins, 12.99 (375ml). A-

Really sweet, seriously treacle, this is basically sugar syrup. Raisin juice, sultana, oxidative. This will leave you in a diabetic shock, its a desert in its own right. Hefty, full.

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