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Rosť

2008 Aan de Doorns Blanc de Noirs Rosé

Worcester Pinot Noir more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2008
This is a cherry-red, rather medicinal-looking wine with a tinge of orange to it. The nose carries notes of plum skin, cream and confectionery, with a black pepper edge. The palate is simple and fat, rather oily or indeed slippery in character, with a full, sweet, strawberries-and-cream flavour. Plenty of residual sugar here, rather subdued although doubtless present acidity, and a flabby finish. There is little that appeals to me here. 11 points
White

2008 Aan de Doorns Chenin Blanc

Worcester more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2008
A pale and shimmering but quite clear hue here. The nose has spicy, peppery, tropical fruit aromas with a breezy although slightly honeyed feel. Lots of nice flesh on the palate, a little residual sugar helping to form this impression although I think it is largely the texture and richness of the fruit rather than overt sweetness. There is a bright and fairly incisive appley character too. This has a good, fleshy, rich but lifted style, with a bitter grip near the finish. Nice substance. Pretty good unfussy wine. 14.5 points
Red

2006 Aan de Doorns Doornroodt

Worcester Red Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2008
This wine, which features Ruby Cabernet and Merlot, has a bright colour, not particularly dense at the core, and a raspberry pink rim. There is a caramelised sugar, toasted marshmallow, high-toast oak aroma dominating the nose, and underneath that there is a little dense cherry fruit, but it really struggles to emerge from behind all that woody influence. A full, rather oily, plainly oak-influenced texture on the palate, which seems rich in polyphenols, but with some fruit substance beneath. But the flavours don't really come through. It has rather bitter oak, still displaying that confected burnt sugar note from the nose, some integrated tannins and firmly incisive acidity. For me, this doesn't work well at all. 11 points
Red

2007 Aan de Doorns Pinotage

Worcester more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2008
A fairly dense but vibrant hue here. An unusual nose, of confected banana, sweet and slightly herby cherry fruit, smoke and toasted marshmallow no doubt from some oak treatment. A rounded, creamy texture on the palate, although with a dry bite underneath. This has lots of confected fruit like that on the nose, with that same marshmallow character, with toffee vanilla ice cream at the finish. This is swamped by high toast oak and really isn't to my liking, which is a shame as I think there was some decent fruit underneath it all. Having said that, it was appreciated by a guest at this tasting, and taste is clearly individual. 12.5 points
White - Sparkling

NV Aan de Doorns Sparkling Demi-Sec

Worcester Champagne Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2008
Certainly a compelling colour in the glass here, a deep orange-salmon hue, rich in pigment, topped off by a bone-white frothing mousse which quickly settles in the glass. The nose carries aromas of confectionery, boiled sweets and canned strawberries, and these impressions carry through onto the palate which displays its residual sugar very plainly. Unlike a few sparkling demi-sec wines, where a soupcon of sugar conveys breadth and creaminess, this is a much fatter and overtly sweeter style. Flavours of sweet candy, with a fat finish, with little nuances of raspberry toffee on the finish, which lingers for a short while. Not a style that really appeals to me, although it might work better with certain foods, such as a sweet strawberry tart. 13 points
Red

2007 Ara Pinot Noir Composite

Marlborough more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2008
This offers some dusty cherry fruit on the nose. The palate is appealing, softly composed, delicate but fresh. It has cherry and beetroot character presented in a fairly vivacious style, and underneath there is a good grip of ripe tannins too. Really very good indeed. 17.5+ points
Red

2007 Ara Pinot Noir Resolute

Marlborough more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2008
A fresh and open nose, with notes of cherry skins and pebbles, and a little smoke too, perhaps oak-derived. The wine has a lovely gentle weight on entry, composed, slightly fat, but very stylish. Great flesh though, subtle composition, but vibrant acidity. This is a very well put-together wine. Very good indeed. 17.5+ points
White

2007 Ara Sauvignon Blanc Composite

Marlborough more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2008
A really appealing nose here, deep and with a minerally-earthy edge, but it has plenty of greengage and gooseberry fruit too. It is certainly interesting. Full, a touch softer than expected, rounded, rather grassy on the finish. This is quite savoury and certainly moreish, especially with its bitter-juicy finish. Very good indeed. 17.5 points
White

2007 Ara Sauvignon Blanc Resolute

Marlborough more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2008
Appealing character on the nose, notes of grass and cream, more restrained than the Composite. Firm, rather solid character on entry, but showing a softer, more gentle, rather detached midpalate. There is a lot of substance here, peppery spice and even some grip. This is a wine of serious intent. Very good indeed. 17.5+ points
Red

2006 Château d'Armailhac

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2008
A very organic nose, notes of iodine, with dense fruit underneath, and aromas of creamy vanilla. A dry palate, just moderate flesh to it, with a lot of tannic grip. With only moderate fruit to match, this is a rather classically styled wine with a slightly bitter finish. Not as giving on the palate as the nose perhaps suggested. 15.5+ points
Red

2006 Ata Rangi Pinot Noir

Martinborough more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2008
A subdued nose, a touch gamey, stylish, withdrawn. I like it. One the palate great depth, a little cream, lovely flesh to it. There is a little oak showing. There is quite a lot of substance here, some grip, and a brooding element to its character. Overall, very stylish. 17+ points
White

2008 Ata Rangi Sauvignon Blanc

Martinborough more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2008
A good nose here, surprisingly with quite a warm, rounded, welcoming nature. The palate has a fresh style, perhaps just a touch lean in the midpalate, but gentle, well defined, with just a little bitter grip. Fairly good. 15.5 points
White - Sweet/Dessert

2006 Château Bastor-Lamontagne

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2008
Lemons, oranges, blood oranges and more here. The palate is light and fresh, with plenty of lifting acidity. It has a sweet twist, but has a clean, light character with a slightly sour feel to it. It will appeal to fans of Bastor I think, which usually produces a lighter and zippy style, but it lacks the sweetness to balance the fresh, citrusy acidity for my palate. 14+ points
White

2008 BC Wines

Worcester Chardonnay Blend, Chardonnay more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2008
A pale, yellow-gold colour. A warm climate wine, with a very warm climate nose, of sweet and slightly honeyed tropical fruit. Guava and mango abound. This sweet and ripe character come through on the palate, which starts with a very viscous mouthfeel, and maintains a huge, sweet character through to the end. There is peppery wood in the background, and some sherbetty acidity behind the fruit salad, here with more pears and tangerines alongside. It all culminates in a really sweet and fleshy mango sorbet finish. It is a style that will no doubt appeal to many, but it is not my preference. 13.5 points
Red

2007 BC Wines Cabernet Sauvignon

Worcester more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2008
Bright red and vibrant in appearance, we return to the heavy-handed oak here I think, as the nose is dominated by a mocha, caramel and cola character, with some redcurrant and raspberry notes underneath. There is a nicely fresh style on the palate, but with that same mocha note alongside. Quite a firm structure, somewhat prominent alcohol I feel, firm tannins but quite fresh acidity. It seems rather rustic, coarsely composed, with a bitter twist of wood, and I confess I prefer the Ruby Cabernet-Merlot blend above. 13 points
White

2008 BC Wines Chenin Blanc

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, Chris Kissack
October 2008
Another very pale hue. The nose has fresh stone fruit, with white pepper and wet pebbles. Quite an appealing palate follows this, with a fleshy but not overtly sweet character, although there is certainly a little residual sugar from the ripeness of the fruit giving this a slightly fat texture. There is a firm body, and the wine seems to have a lot of substance, although the alcohol is only declared to be 12.8%. Underneath, there is also a nice, zippy acidity. Fresh, pear and apple notes on the finish. This is another workaday wine which has some refreshment appeal and would no doubt go down well over a braai. 15 points
Red

2006 BC Wines Ruby Cabernet Merlot

Worcester Red Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2008
Quite a dense colour, more so than I was expecting after the above two wines. The nose offers some sweet and dense fruit, in a quite bright and aromatic style, unfettered by excessive oak. On the palate this characteristic continues, as there is a handsome portion of dark fruits helped along by fresh acidity and a supple texture. It is simple but certainly ticks quite a few boxes with its uncomplicated style, and for that I think it one of the better red wines here. Decent and serviceable unfussy drinking. 14.5 points
White

2008 BC Wines Sauvignon Blanc

Worcester more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2008
One of those wines that surprises with a water-clear appearance, but hold it up and we see a little tinge of colour. Hugely expressive on the nose, with forceful aromas of capsicum, green pea, asparagus and gooseberry, all with a very zippy, grassy character. There's no mistaking this for anything other than Sauvignon. The palate has a full and nicely composed midpalate presence, with piles of zip and acid, but also an intense depth of flavour. It is a wine for those in love with in-your-face side of New World Sauvignon, preferably with a vegetable twist. I found this simple wine refreshing, in small doses. 14.5 points
Rosť

2008 BC Wines Shiraz Rosé

Worcester more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2008
A vibrant pink hue here which matches the vibrant pink tones found on the label. The nose carries similar aromas of strawberry confectionery and cream to the preceding wine, and the palate follows on in a similar vein, living up to the declaration on the label that this is a semi-sweet wine. There is a slightly fizzy, sherbetty feel to the acidity, again rather reminiscent of sweet shop fare, with a bright and sweet strawberry and nettle flavour ensconced in a fleshy, slippery texture. All in all this I personally find this a difficult wine to enjoy. 11 points
Red

2003 Château de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet de Beaucastel

Red Rhone Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2008
As might be expected in a wine from this heat-baked vintage this wine has a very dark hue, deep and brooding, although it is by no means opaque. The nose has some brawny cherry fruit, with aromas of meat, animal fur and smouldering, smoky charcoal. It certainly has appeal, and its resemblance to Châteauneuf and Beaucastel's grand vin is obvious. It has lots of fat and fleshy substance at the start, before a creamy but nicely poised midpalate. There is a lot of everything going on here, ripe and furry fruit, liquorice, tar and more, cut through by firmly tannic backbone and bright although rich fruit flavour. The acidity takes a back seat here, the structure coming more from the tannic grip, perhaps unsurprisingly. Nevertheless this is certainly good wine, with some short-term potential for the cellar, although this is drinking so well now that I don't think I would leave this as long as some vintages of Coudoulet. 17+ points
Red

2006 Château Beauregard

Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2008
Appealing, spiced, plummy Merlot nose, overall an expressive but gently composed wine. On entry very gentle, rather lean and stony in style, although there is a pleasant balance of supple flesh and tannins. Perhaps a touch firmer in the midpalate, and a hard, bare-structured finish. 15.5+ points
Red

2006 Château Belgrave

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2008
A nose of sweet, toasty oak, with a nutty edge to the fruit. Soft, fairly supple, rounded, but not a lot of vigour. There are ripe tannins beneath, giving a good grip, but very soft acidity. It has a good flavour, but for my palate it lacks the requisite definition. 13.5+ points
Red

2007 Domaine Bellevue Touraine Tradition

Malbec more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2008
From sand and silex soils over clay and limestone. Five-day maceration, fermentation 25-28ºC, élevage in vat. I find it rather ungiving on the nose, light and stony, perhaps rather metallic. This character comes through on the palate too - this is lean and simple, with a little talcy-chalky perfume, and it just sings Cot surely? Yes, I later learned during the talk that this is indeed Cot, or Malbec. Fresh, clean, with good acidity on the palate, to my mind this would make decent cafe drinking, but I don't find it hugely appealing otherwise. 14.5 points
Red

2007 Domaine de la Bergerie Anjou "La Cerisaie"

Cabernet Franc more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2008
Three-day maceration, fermentation 14ºC, matured in vat. This is another Anjou with rather soft and diffuse fruit, although there is a stony-schisty element to it and it certainly displays some features typical of the region. The palate is nice, showing a little more definition than I expected, There is good acidity although also a bitter edge, but with a little time it shows a more supple, harmonious character backed up by some grip. It just lacks a little vigour for my palate. 14 points
White

2006 Château Bouscaut Blanc

Pessac-Léognan Sauvignon Blanc more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2008
This wine has a lovely, fresh style. It has a green fruit and leafy-herby character on the nose, with a little touch of lemon curd. A good palate follows, very fresh, with an appealing style. Firm rather than exuberant, but very bright and structured. It has a nice grip too. Perhaps not showing as well as it did when tasted earlier in the year, but very good all the same. 16.5+ points
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