Saturday, 11 June 2011
2008 Ferngrove Riesling, Frankland River, Western Australia.
Plenty of lime on the nose, rosewater, some lychee and mango, very tropical and lifted, slight touch of kerosene. palate carries through the citrus fruit, there's a mineral edge to this as well; quite subdued mid palate, a light wine. Acidity fresh and lingering, almost bone dry. Lip smackingly clean; nose better than palate.
2007 One Chain 'The Opportunist' Shiraz, Mclaren Vale.
Cambridge Wine £8.50. B+ good value
So much red fruit on the nose, dark berries; with touch of mint and eucalyptus; pastilles and wine gums. Palate is fresh, fruit driven, dark cherry and berries; tannins are quite soft, rounded mouthfeel, not overbearing; slight alcoholic edge at the end, the 14.5% abv shows just a bit too much. Drinking well now, easy to drink and approachable.
2004 Carta Roja Monastrell Gran Reserva, DOP Jumilla.
A rather pale hue. Nose is of sweet red fruits, more on the currants and cherries; definitely sweet oak and vanilla, but integrated. Palate is dominated by crunchy red fruits; some heat and cooked notes too, also woody tones. Mid palate a bit weak, not particularly interesting but perfectly drinkable.