Monday, 24 January 2011

Formal Hall

Two wines from Naked Wines, along with dinner.

Grasshopper Rock Pinot Noir 08, Earnsclough Vineyard, Central Otago.
Naked Wines £17.49. B+

Soft, sour cherry dominated, raspberry; nose is also lifted, quite floral, damson, touch of earthiness and leafy too. Palate is soft but ripe, plenty of lip-smacking fat acidity; fruits does show, sour cherries again. Only criticism perhaps is that its a bit thin. Overall delightful and nifty little wine.

Glaymond Landrace Shiraz Mataro 06, Barossa.
Naked Wines £23.49. B+(+)

Deep dark fruits, blueberry, blackberry and cassis. Some minty bramble, jammy, really fruit dominated, forward. Palate is full and a touch heavy (somewhat expected), nicely textured though, serious depth there; plenty of ripe fruits still showing throughout the palate, generous. Unfortunately the alcohol at 15.5% does show. Could do with some aging / air time.

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