Monday, 31 October 2011

Formal Hall

2010 Ona Anakena Riesling Viognier Chardonnay

Roughly an equal blend of the three varietals, vinified separately and blended before bottling.
Nose shows some green notes, neutral white fruits; palate is quite pithy with some white fruits too, mineral streak shows, chalky almost, crisp acidity. Fruit and acid is there but feels slightly disjointed, wasnt together.

2007 Cono Sur '20 Barrels' Merlot

Lots of dark berries and compote on the nose, some green capsicum too, as well as a gentle spicy warmth - very appealing. On the palate its filled with dark plums, blackberries and cassis; very rounded fruit, juicy yet complex; nice filling texture, with fresh acidity coming through, lingering finish; some drying tannins towards the very end. Very integrated, oozing with class, up there among the best Chilean Merlots I've tasted.

2000 Patricius Tokaji Aszu 4 Puttonyos

Honey acacia, with floral tone. Palate is sweet, honeyed, candied / tinned apricots and peaches; nice creamy texture actually, but feels heavier and sweeter than a typical 4 puttonyos, good intensity of flavours. Unfortunately its slightly lacking in acidity making it feel rather clumsy; but it does have a long lingering finish. Still a classy and very well made wine, but I have a niggling feeling it could've been better.

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