Tasting Notes for HPringle

(119 notes on 80 wines)

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Red
2/9/2020 - HPringle wrote:
91 points
Much better than last bottle. Still some structure but not going to improve. Drink up!
Red
1/1/2020 - HPringle Likes this wine:
91 points
Better on day two, with the wine opening up to show pretty red fruit, good acidity, and decent structure. Not blown away, but enjoyable. Certainly no rush- worth waiting perhaps a year.
Red
2010 Château Giscours Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/1/2020 - HPringle Likes this wine:
93 points
Allowed a 5-hour decant, this is starting to show the potential of the wines. Good and crunchy, but yet to fully open up. Worth waiting a couple more years.
White
12/23/2019 - HPringle Likes this wine:
92 points
Really lovely expression of Swartland chenin, with the viognier providing lift and floral notes. A food wine, but not overbearing. Drinking well and don't expect this to develop further significantly.
White - Sparkling
12/23/2019 - HPringle Likes this wine:
91 points
2018 disgorgement. Gentle decant and it opened but remained taut. Fully of unleashed energy, great complexity and body. Definitely a food wine, delicious bdn. Would like to try in a few years.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2010 Château Doisy-Védrines Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
12/17/2019 - HPringle Likes this wine:
92 points
From 375ml. Last bottle of the case and sorry to see this go. Great fun and balance- excellent balance between sweetness and acidity. Pretty rather than magnificent, but a fine end to any meal.
Red
12/17/2019 - HPringle wrote:
92 points
Good step up from last bottle. Vivid blackcurrant fruit gum nose, elderberry on the palate. Can't see this improving any more, but a delight now and for next couple of years, if not the most complex.
White
12/17/2019 - HPringle wrote:
93 points
A step up from the last bottle. Wonderful waxy texture, great complexity and length. Paired really well with smoked salmon. Squarely in the drinking window.
Red
12/17/2019 - HPringle Likes this wine:
88 points
Tightly wound, good acidity, modern style. On the young side, improved on second day, although oak still a bit clunky.
White
12/9/2019 - HPringle Likes this wine:
89 points
Really complex and interesting- flor, and nutty oxidised notes as well as great structure. Very well made and on-trend, if not a style that I'm typically a big fan of- my personal taste dragging the score down.
Red
2010 Château Lanessan Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/26/2019 - HPringle Likes this wine:
90 points
Really impressive- showing great fruit and providing great pleasure already. Not classic claret, with lots of red fruit, but no less delicious for it. Punching well above its elevage.
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Red
11/26/2019 - HPringle Likes this wine:
91 points
Drank alongside the 2013, and blew it out of the water. Bright, crunchy fruit, and lasted well over two days. Drinking well already- no need to wait longer, although no rush.
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Red
11/26/2019 - HPringle wrote:
86 points
Oddly muted on day one and cooked on day two. Tasted alongside the 2015 (91), which showed brighter fruit and offered far more pleasure over both days. Not sure this is going anywhere- bit of a disappointment.
White
11/26/2019 - HPringle Likes this wine:
90 points
Not as delicate as one might expect from cool climate Chardonnay, but rather a new world style, replete with full-blown tropical fruit. Enjoyable.
Red
11/26/2019 - HPringle Likes this wine:
92 points
Consistent with previous note. Drinking extremely well now and great value.
Red
11/26/2019 - HPringle Likes this wine:
89 points
Good qpr, drinking well. Not greatest complexity but in a good spot, albeit no rush.
Red
2011 Mas de Daumas Gassac Vin de Pays de l'Hérault Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/18/2019 - HPringle Likes this wine:
92 points
As with previous note, this is in a good spot now. Very enjoyable, initially suggesting structure before the full cacophony of rambunctious hedgerow fruit and barnyard notes come to the fore. Interesting and lovely.
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Red
11/18/2019 - HPringle Likes this wine:
91 points
I'm still finding this a joy to drink. PnP alongside a 2011 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers, and this little beauty stole the show with the charming barnyard notes and bright red fruit. Sure, this isn't the most structured, but great fun and good QPR.
Red
11/18/2019 - HPringle Likes this wine:
88 points
Possibly should have given it a good decant, but this bottle was reticent initially and didn't open up much at all. Far more closed than last bottle- perhaps bottle variation, perhaps this was flawed.
Red
11/18/2019 - HPringle Likes this wine:
92 points
Singing. PnP really lovely, with "the right kind of" green pepper from the cab franc backed up by generous dark fruit, and just a little grip. No hurry, but drinking very well.
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White
11/18/2019 - HPringle Likes this wine:
86 points
Perfectly fine house white burgundy- not great complexity, character, or depth, but very nice. Doubt this will develop a great deal.
Red
11/11/2019 - HPringle Likes this wine:
92 points
Starting to show nicely. As others have mentioned, this is as classic as it comes. Displaying perfect typicality and years ahead if it.
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White
11/11/2019 - HPringle Likes this wine:
91 points
Rich, but not cloyingly so. Drinking well but definitely needs food.
Red
11/11/2019 - HPringle Likes this wine:
94 points
Decanted for two hours. Ripe and fruit forward, but adequate grip and graphite preventing it form becoming a fruit bomb. Very good and I expect better to come.
White
11/5/2019 - HPringle Likes this wine:
91 points
Better showing thank last bottle, with more energy and better integration of oak. Great with creamy fish dishes and drinking well now.
Red
11/3/2019 - HPringle Likes this wine:
91 points
Similar to previous- attractive and enjoyable but lacking great depth of character.
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Red
2012 Savage Wines Red Blend Western Cape Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
11/3/2019 - HPringle Likes this wine:
92 points
Consistent with previous note
Red
10/28/2019 - HPringle Likes this wine:
92 points
A really wonderful bottle. Decanted for three hours and went exceptionally well with venison hock. Strong graphite notes, and not incredibly nuanced, but very fine for the vintage. Doubt this will get any better so enjoy now.
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Red
10/28/2019 - HPringle Likes this wine:
91 points
In a good spot now. Well integrated tannin, medium-body, subdued black fruit.
White
10/28/2019 - HPringle Likes this wine:
91 points
Simply delicious. Clearly a new world chard, but made with great restraint. Very well put together, a delight as an aperitif but with the substance to pair with food. Drinking very well now, but no rush.
White
10/28/2019 - HPringle Likes this wine:
92 points
Wonderful, fully mature, the rhone varietal providing a full waxy mouthfeel. Not fruit-driven, but a fine food wine of significant substance.
Red
10/21/2019 - HPringle Likes this wine:
90 points
Enjoyable, but this bottle was one-dimensional compared to past bottles. Great red fruit up front, but very obvious and little complexity to back it up.
Red
10/21/2019 - HPringle Likes this wine:
91 points
Far better showing than a couple of recent bottles we tried, suggesting meaningful bottle variation. Drinking very well.
Red
10/21/2019 - HPringle Likes this wine:
91 points
Drinking slightly better than the 09, though needs food.
Red
10/13/2019 - HPringle Likes this wine:
92 points
Given a little time to open up this drank very well, with clear red fruit and just enough weight for a partridge and pigeon lunch. Good length.
White - Sweet/Dessert
10/13/2019 - HPringle Likes this wine:
94 points
Glorious colour and bouquet. On the palate great yellow fruits and generous sweetness, stopping just shy of cloying. Not the bracing refreshing notes of a fine Sauternes, but that's clearly not the point- delicious in its own right.
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Red
10/13/2019 - HPringle Likes this wine:
89 points
Solid, but drunk alongside a Fable Mountain Syrah 2011 that was showing greater elegance
White
10/13/2019 - HPringle Likes this wine:
92 points
Great showing- bracing acidity and a saline quality, with fine herbal notes and great length. Drinking very well at the moment
White
10/7/2019 - HPringle Likes this wine:
92 points
Really showing wonderfully, and demonstrating the heights that SA cool-climate chardonnay can reach. Wonderful delicacy and freshness, great stuff.
Red
10/7/2019 - HPringle Likes this wine:
93 points
Consistent with last note
Red
9/30/2019 - HPringle Likes this wine:
90 points
Plenty of grip on opening, and this some room for improvement, but already enjoyable.
White - Sparkling
9/29/2019 - HPringle Likes this wine:
95 points
Beguiling- initially delicate and citric, opening to impress with stonefruit on the nose and layers of lingering interest. Very impressive. Obviously not in the rich style of Krug or Dom but top of the pile for its style.
Red
9/29/2019 - HPringle Likes this wine:
89 points
Ironically the best showing of this wine on the last bottles of the case. Fully mature but showing a little more of its pedigree than past tastings. Wouldn't hold on any longer if you have bottle on hand.
Red
9/28/2019 - HPringle wrote:
90 points
From magnum. Too young/didn't allow enough decant time for the wine to realise its evident potential. Would need a good 2-3 hour decant.
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Red
2015 Kanonkop Paul Sauer Simonsberg-Stellenbosch Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/28/2019 - HPringle Likes this wine:
94 points
Planned on tucking this away for years, expecting great things given Tim Atkin's 100 point score. Wife accidentally opened, drank a glass, the corked. On day two it had opened up wonderfully- still on the young side but not the infanticide that I'd feared. Acidity upfront as you'd expect, but not excessively so, good structure but tannins already well integrated, dark fruits more forward than you'd see in a Bordeaux of this caliber but restrained by New World standards. Really top notch. More to come, but no shame in drinking now.
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Red
9/17/2019 - HPringle wrote:
93 points
Short decant and this was quickly into its stride. Wonderfully savoury, with restrained vanilla from the oak. Very fine.
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Red
8/27/2019 - HPringle Likes this wine:
92 points
Opened up well in the glass, structured and still a little grip but displaying fine, restrained, fruit, healthy acidity, and good length. Drinking well now but no rush- drink or hold.
Red
8/24/2019 - HPringle Likes this wine:
90 points
Decanted for two hours. Still sleeping, but showing glimpses of potential. Tannins have softened but this remains quite primary. 90 on basis of current drinking, but expect this to improve to 93-95. Wait at least another year.
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