Tasting Notes for rainers_weinkeller

(93 notes on 91 wines)

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Red
10/15/2022 - rainers_weinkeller Likes this wine:
88 points
88-89 points
Bouquet: dark berries , a bit smoky and leather as well as herbs.
Palate: well textured and balanced, strong tannins nicely developed .
Finish: long, bit smoky and spicy.
Good QPR
Need still to decant for several hours.
Perfectly match with barbecue steak or steak
White
9/15/2022 - rainers_weinkeller wrote:
86 points
86 points
Much less enjoyable than previous vintages, however QPR still good.
Not clear structured
Red
88-89 points
Red
6/2/2022 - rainers_weinkeller wrote:
88 points
Not as good as 2014 but still okay
Red
11/15/2021 - rainers_weinkeller wrote:
88 points
87-88 points
Bouquet dark berries, some leather.
Palate again dark berries, well integrated tannins, good balance, however lacking a bit depth.
Finish medium with no flaw tone.
Good PQR but never achieving some of the high scores on this website.
Red
10/6/2021 - rainers_weinkeller wrote:
87 points
87-88 points
Red
86-87 points
Bouquet strong black currant, some black berries.
Palate disappointing, beginning good with black berries and a bit leather but no secondary and tertiary notes, acidity too low, all in all not complex enough, just with the high amount of alcohol somehow fooling to be a high class wine.
Finish short.
Got this bottle as a gift and will definitely not buy another one.
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White
9/25/2021 - rainers_weinkeller wrote:
87 points
86-87 points
Bouquet strong elderflower, some lime and grass.
Palate disappointing, strong acidity, some minerals, too less fruit.
Finish medium to long but with bit bitter tone in the end,
Eat with Thai food, pairing quite good.
Red
88-89 points
Bouquet strong black currant and dark berries, some leather.
Palate some dark berries, bit leather a bit dryish, however nicely developed, just perfect timing with still nice acidity, lacking a bit of secondary and tertiary notes, too high alcohol with 14.5%.
Finish long but at the end too dry.
Drank at Karmen Beijing during dinner, pairing well with Paella and Spanish bacon.
Red
7/18/2021 - rainers_weinkeller wrote:
89 points
89 points
Bouquet beautiful classic Rioja with cedar, tobacco, leather and dark berries, little vanilla and oak.
Palate very smooth and balanced but a bit boring, acidity maybe too much in the background.
Finish medium to short.
Need decanter for 2 hours.
Summary all good, safe choice, for higher points lacking of own character.
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Red
88-89 points
Very enjoyable now, has it’s peak soon.
Bouquet black currant, leather and tobacco.
Palate good balance with nice acidity, leather and black currant again, elegant but a little bit thin though.
Finish medium to long
Red
7/4/2021 - rainers_weinkeller wrote:
86 points
85-86 points
Need more cellaring.
Okay with food, to poor on it’s own.
Red
2017 Kumala Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz Western Cape Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
7/4/2021 - rainers_weinkeller wrote:
84 points
84-85 points
White
87 points
Bouquet honey melon, pears, citrus and floral notes.
Palate pear, peach and citrus, minerals, nice acidity, not so precise but okay balanced.
Finish medium to long with a slightly bitter tone to the end.
Very good QPR
White
5/9/2021 - rainers_weinkeller wrote:
86 points
86 points
Bouquet strong petroleum, some lime fruit and honey.
Palate peach, little lime fruit, just a bit acidity left, okay balanced but oxidation obvious, need to drink now, too much residual sugar for my taste.
Finishes medium with a slightly bitter tone.
Not a typical Pinot Gris and not as good as e.g. one from Germany but all in all okay.
White
4/2/2021 - rainers_weinkeller wrote:
86 points
86-87 points
Bouquet little gooseberry and petroleum, minerals, quite okay.
Palate hints of stonefruit, acidity and sweetness okay balanced but fruit not ripe.
Finish medium with bitter tone and the end.
PQR is ok
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White
3/8/2021 - rainers_weinkeller wrote:
86 points
86-87 points
Bouquet strong citrus and gooseberry, some peach, minerals, hints of petroleum, quite okay.
Palate not so good, unbalanced, unripe fruit, just average.
Finish medium with slightly bitter tone.
All in all a bit disappointing. Poor PQR.
Red
89-90 points
Bouquet black berries, black currant, some leather, bit dark chocolate, impressive!
Palate black currant and leather, fine grained tannins, nice acidity, all in all cannot keep the high level of bouquet but still beautifully balanced, a bit too dry though.
Finish medium to long with no flaw tone, slightly dry mouthfeel at the end.

In my opinion a bit better than 2013 vintage.
very close to peak, guess 1-2 years from now, however needs long decanting > 4h to open up completely.
Will not last in my cellar for so long, too delicious :)
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Red
2/6/2021 - rainers_weinkeller wrote:
87 points
87-88 points
Bouquet nice with black currant, leather, tobacco.
Palate can’t keep up with bouquet, acidity too high, very dryish, not balanced enough.
Finish very dry at the end, “wet paper”.
White
84-85 points
Bouquet ok.
Palate just simple industrial wine.
Finish very short with bitter tone.
Red
85 points
Bouquet some leather and earthy notes, hints of black berries.
Palate can’t keep up with bouquet, poorly balanced, just wet paper taste.
Finish short to medium with strong bitter tone at the end.

The best is the label, really impressive, the wine very disappointing though.
Red
90 points
Bouquet strong black berries, black currant and some leather.
Palate again dark berries and black currant however can’t fully keep the bouquet level, beautifully balanced with nice texture though, tannins structure and acidity well done.
Finish long but a bit dry mouthfeel.

A solid South African Bordeaux style wine but I would appreciate a bit more fruit.
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White
12/30/2020 - rainers_weinkeller wrote:
86 points
86-87 points
Bouquet nice tropical fruits, minerals.
Palate some stone fruit, residual sugar, some minerals, stronger acid, not so well balanced.
Finish medium with strong acidity.
Red
2013 Simonsig Tiara Stellenbosch Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/26/2020 - rainers_weinkeller Likes this wine:
91 points
90-91 points
Bouquet black currant and holunder, black berries with some floral and herbal notes, beautiful!
Palate beautifully balanced with completely fine grained tannins, lots of holunder, some black currant, hints of leather, acid backbone still active, a touch too dry though.
Finish long but somehow with a dry mouthfeel.

Wine is close to peak, need to drink now.

All in all a very good Bordeaux style wine with that extra South African touch. I truly can recommend it.
PQR quite good.
Also a very good food wine, especially with meat.
Red
12/24/2020 - rainers_weinkeller Likes this wine:
89 points
89-90 points
Drank during Christmas dinner at Carmen in Beijing.
Very enjoyable with the food, however very young, needs to be decanted for 2 hours +. Unfortunately not possible in restaurant.
Wine shows good structure, acid backbone, nice texture and herbs on the nose.
Need to try again.
Red
12/5/2020 - rainers_weinkeller Likes this wine:
90 points
Color ruby, not 100% clear anymore.
Bouquet dark cherry, some floral notes, leather.
Palate sour cherries, leather, tobacco, very fine tannins, beautifully balanced, low acidity, delicate, at peak now, need to drink.
Finish long
White
11/2/2020 - rainers_weinkeller wrote:
85 points
Bouquet apricots, citrus, vanilla.
Palate petroleum, citrus, vanilla, oak, minerals, balance okay.
Finish medium to long with bitter tone at the end.
White - Off-dry
75 points
Bouquet somehow ok with lots of petroleum.
Palate dominant sweetness, sweetness seems coming from adding sugar, however way too sweet for me, not balanced, nearly no minerals even as it is from Bernkastel, the heart of Mosel Riesling!
Finish short.
Can’t recommend this wine.
Seems like this wine creating headaches.
White - Off-dry
10/7/2020 - rainers_weinkeller wrote:
86 points
86 points
Bouquet quite good, strong petroleum, stone fruit, kiwi, minerals.
Palate cannot keep up with bouquet, again petroleum, minerals, citrus, however too much residual sugar for me, not so balanced.
Finish medium to long
White
9/23/2020 - rainers_weinkeller wrote:
87 points
86-87 points
Bouquet strong citrus and minerals, petroleum, kiwi.
Palate can’t keep up with bouquet, okay balanced, petroleum, some minerals.
Finish medium to long with slightly bitter and dry end.

PQR is good
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Red
9/3/2020 - rainers_weinkeller wrote:
86 points
85-86 points
Bouquet dark berries, leather, not bad for the price
Palate very strong acidity, somehow balanced but no fruit
Finish bitter tone at the end
Okay for the price
White
Bouquet sulfur, citrus, apricot, minerals.
Palate too much bubbles, far too sweet, sweetness overlaying everything.
Finish just sweet.

Totally not my taste. Not really a wine, it’s more a fruit juice with added sugar .
White
7/31/2020 - rainers_weinkeller wrote:
86 points
85-86 points
Bouquet strong citrus, some gooseberry, grapefruit, minerals and hints of grass - very nice.
Palate can’t keep up with bouquet, some citrus, minerals, hints of gooseberry, not balanced.
Finish short to medium with strong bitter/metallic tone at the end.
All in all nothing special, tastes like industrial wine.
White
5/28/2020 - rainers_weinkeller wrote:
88 points
87-88
Not as good as 2018
White
5/15/2020 - rainers_weinkeller Likes this wine:
88 points
88-89 points
Bouquet strong gooseberry and citrus, some holunder blossoms, kiwi and minerals.
Palate gooseberry, lots of green apples, some lime, mineralic, nice acidity and slim/not too sweet even a bit dry l would say but perfectly balanced. However cannot bear many dishes, better drink solo.
Finish long finish
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Red
2/28/2020 - rainers_weinkeller Likes this wine:
89 points
88-89 points
Bouquet: strong vanilla and some oak, a bit leather and cigar box.
Palate: vanilla, oak, black berry fruit, nice but strong acidity, succulent, balanced but for higher scores need a bit more balance.
Finish: medium plus, slightly dry at the end.
Not yet reached its peak, maybe another 2-3 years but very well to drink now.
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Red
2016 Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet South Australia Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
1/18/2020 - rainers_weinkeller Likes this wine:
88 points
88 points
More ripened than 2017, best drink before end of 2022.

Bouquet strong eucalyptus, red berry fruit, some plum and hints of leather.
Palate again eucalyptus, red berry fruit and hints of dark berry fruit, peppery, complex and nicely balanced. Acid nicely integrated, some sweetness.
Finish medium with no flaw tone.

Food pairing very well with Australien ribeye steak.
Price Quality Ratio very good.
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Red
12/30/2019 - rainers_weinkeller wrote:
88 points
88 points
Bouquet very good with cedar, cigar box, dark berries and black currant some leather.
Palate can’t match the good bouquet however clear, nicely balanced but too less fruit, lower acidity.
Finish very long, but very dry at the end or even itching which is clearly the negative point of this wine otherwise maybe 90+ points possible.
Second and third day better somehow difficult to choose the correct decanting time.

Quality Price Ratio not good, would definitely not buy this again. You can have a South African “Bordeaux“ in better quality at a much lower price, sorry to say this.

Wine is slightly after peak, need to drink right now.

Pairs well with sirloin steak.
Red
12/25/2019 - rainers_weinkeller wrote:
87 points
25.12.2018:
86-87 points
Bouquet strong cherry, strawberry, elder, some floral notes and sour cherry.
Palate again cherry, some plum, harsh tannins, stronger acidity, feels a bit unbalanced though.
Finish medium to long with a bit metallic taste at the end.
Third day improved quite a bit so the wine definitely will improve from cellaring as it is too young now. After cellaring should reach at least 87 points.

Second bottle 15.11.2020.
87-88 points
As expected improved quite a bit, solid 87+ points now.
Bouquet: additionally strawberry and elder.
Palate: tannins smoother now and all in all much more balanced.
Finish medium to long, not so metallic anymore, now just dry.
I think another 1-4 years cellaring will further improve this wine. Unfortunately already last bottle.
Red
11/29/2019 - rainers_weinkeller wrote:
85 points
84-85 points
Bouquet floral notes and typical notes of a CS.
Palate nice blackberry and black currant, a bit leather, liquorice and oak, too much acid though, tannins not balanced.
Finish medium plus, starts good but has a stronger bitter / metallic tone and is very dry at the end.
Red
9/2/2019 - rainers_weinkeller wrote:
87 points
87 points
Bouquet strong plum, some berry fruit.
Palate again strong plum, hints of dark berry fruit, peppery, balanced but not complex. Nice acidity.
Finish medium with no flaw tone.

Price Quality Ratio okay.

Drank during dinner with roasted chicken, pairing quite well.
Red
2017 Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet South Australia Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
11/17/2019 - rainers_weinkeller Likes this wine:
88 points
87-88 points
Bouquet strong eucalyptus, black currant and dark berries, jam, some leather, spices, little oak.
Palate dark berry and black currant, little pepper, lower acidity, quite some sweetness, quite complex for the price, very well balanced.
Finish medium to long.

Still young, needs decanting several hours or better cellaring for 3+ years.
Very good quality price ratio.
Very food friendly wine, pairing well with spicy asian meat dishes and very nice with Beijing Duck too.
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Red
10/27/2019 - rainers_weinkeller wrote:
87 points
86-87 points
Bouquet typical Cabernet Sauvignon with little cedar, cassis and a hint of leather and oak.
Palate can’t catch up with the bouquet, okay but a bit thin, not really complex with some black currant, somehow boring.
Finish medium to short, very try at the end and also bitter.
All in all nothing special, okay for every day but price should be below EUR 9,- otherwise not worth it. Somehow I do not understand the higher scores 87+ points.
White
7/25/2019 - rainers_weinkeller Likes this wine:
89 points
89 points
Beautiful bouquet, strong gooseberry, grassy, some citrus
Palate: gooseberry, some honey melon and peach, typical NZ SB, clear, elegant, very well balanced, nice acidity-not too much, some minerals, not too crispy but very good!
Finish: medium to long, no flaw tone
good PQR
Pairs very well with spicy seafood.
White
7/16/2019 - rainers_weinkeller wrote:
87 points
87 points, nice bouquet but palate not overwhelming, solid Sauvignon Blanc, finish medium. PQR okay
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Red
2016 Château de Costis Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
80 points
Bouquet little berry fruit and liqourice. Palate very thin with nearly no fruit. Finish with strong acidity, very low tannins. Not balanced and not enjoyable even at a low price.
Do not buy this wine. Unfortunately I bought a case of 6, OMG.
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Red
2015 Cour du Roy Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Nothing special 85-86 points
Red
1/28/2019 - rainers_weinkeller wrote:
87 points
Better than the last one
87 points
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