Monday, 16 May 2011

Formal hall

Sunday, 15 May 2011

2010 Classic South 'Nelson' Sauvignon Blanc
Naked Wines £9.49. B+

Vibrant, green, goose berries, leafy, asparagus stems, maybe even some minerality coming through. Fat acidity, plenty of citrus on the palate, really runs through; fresh and crisp, on the drier side for the varietal. Correct, textbook New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc but made in a more restrained style.

2003 Ch Rousseau de Sipian. Medoc.
Cambridge Wine £10.99. A-

Nice dark berries, currants and cassis, some licorice and woody tones; nice perfume, quite floral and vibrant. Palate still lively, fresh and vivacious, plenty of red fruits still. Tannins has softened out, acidity good. Very balanced and showing superbly. Great value.

2008 Anselmann Riesling Eiswein, Edesheimer Rosengarten. Pfalz

Plenty off acidity, candied peaches and apricots, some kerosene coming through, some floral, quite intense nose, concentrated. Postdate is seriously deep, so much acidity still going, grape fruits, lemon even, candied, plenty of sugar but really can't feel it. So much acid. Viscous, thick. Lasts forever.

1983 Graham's

Such focused nose, lifted vibrant dark fruits, really beckons you in. Palate is still very lively and fresh, not at all tired; dense dark fruits still dominate both in the palate and in colour (looks surprisingly youthful, I expected a slightly lighter hue). Lush sweet fruit, very juicy, countered by a nice open acidity. Some tannic structure remains, the future is still very bright for this port, another 10 years should be a stroll. Eminently drinkable, fantastic.

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