What we've been drinking (22 May - 29 May 2009)
Deputy Editor, decanter.com
Leitz Rudesheimer Rosengarten Reisling Kabinett, Rheinhessen, Germany 2007
Being an almost blinkered fan of German Riesling, I lept at the chance to try this bottle (under £10 at Waitrose). I was not disappointed - clean, clear, with wonderful minerally, citrusy aromas. Fantastic on the palate too, with good weight, great body and fruit and a racy acidity. Wasn't exactly the perfect partner for tinned mejillones and crisps, but both were appreciated for their own contribution to a lovely evening.
Acting Assistant Editor, Decanter
Maycas del Limarí Syrah Reserva, Limarí, Chile 2007
It seems every month Decanter is heralding Chile in one way or another: a comprehensive Syrah tasting in our June issue, a 2007 vintage report in the July issue and an upcoming Chile supplement in our October issue – not to mention regular recommendations in columns like this. I recently had dinner with Marcelo Papa, chief winemaker at Concha y Toro and it’s easy to see why the world has been smitten by Chilean wine when even the country’s largest wine producer still has a focus on quality over quantity. While you can get excellent Casillero del Diablo for well under a tenner, it’s worth throwing in few pounds more to try one of the cool-climate Maycas del Limarí range. This blend of three Syrah vineyards really impressed: bright, lifted aromatic raspberry and boysenberry fruit – very juicy and elegant – with a welcome light touch of oak. On tasting it, I wished I’d ordered Moro’s rabbit or venison instead of cuttlefish… nevertheless, we still drained the bottle.
Editoral Assistant, Decanter
Chateau de Gueyze, Buzet, 2005
Enjoyed under the stars on a narrowboat on the Canal de Garonne, I'd bought the wine that morning at the Buzet co-operative, having tasted a sample from their enomatic machine. A blend of 40% merlot, 30% cabernet sauvignon and 30% cabernet franc, the nose shows herbal notes, violets, mint and eucalypt. On the palate are prunes and cinnamon wrapped around supple ripe tannins. Elegant and complex with a persistent length, this wine is the jewel in the Buzet crown – perfect to wind down with after a hard day's boating.
Two Hands, Lily's Garden Shiraz, McLaren Vale, Australia 2006
Dark chocolate & mocha on the nose. The palate shows elegant berry fruits, liquorice & sweet tannins.
Errazuriz, KAI, Carmenere, Aconcagua Valley, Chile 2006
Ripe black fruit spicy pepper & ginger. Truffles. Cocoa. Coffee. Round palate. Silky tannins. Long finish. Glorious.
Domaine Marcel Couturier, Macon-Loche, France 2006
The French have still got it! This is a delicious unoaked chardonnay from southern Burgundy with delightful clean fruit, hints of green herbs and a nice creamy finish. Pity about the cork - but great value for $34.
Rockburn Pinot Noir, Central Otago, New Zealand 2007
Rich flavour, stewed cherry, herbal tones. Full, sweet fruit, creamy, mocca finish.
Paciencia, Toro, Spain 2003
Intense, deep colour, nose of black fruits and spices. Very soft and deep in mouth. Loooooong finish.
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