Tasting Notes for tmagsmaken

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Red
4/1/2020 - tmagsmaken wrote:
90 points
My first Peay tasting.
Medium ruby colour. Inviting nose with jammy strawberry and some herbaceous notes. On the palate, light-bodied, medium alcohol, lively acidity, and silky modest tannins. Balanced, intense and good length, however not as complex as expected. Overall, a very nice wine but it did not quite live up to my expectations given the price point.
Red
4/1/2020 - tmagsmaken wrote:
90 points
Dark purple with modest decolouration showing its youth.
On the nose, very much a warm climate Shiraz: blackberry jam and some dried fig. Smokey notes and plenty of vanilla from the oak.
A full-bodied wine, "in your face"- powerful with modest acidity and medium to high tannins which have developed nicely so far but are still quite present in the finish. Other than that, balanced but my guess is that this will significantly improve over time, increasing its complexity and becoming more approachable.
Red
3/27/2020 - tmagsmaken wrote:
90 points
Ripe jammy red fruit and wet gravel. Medium-bodied, fresh acidity and smooth tannins. Well made, balanced, light and juicy. Great value for money
Red
3/23/2020 - tmagsmaken wrote:
90 points
On the nose, dark fruit, some herbaceous notes and "dust". On the palate, quite balanced with the fruit coming more to the forefront. Full-bodied with crisp acidity, matching alcohol and present but silky tannins. Decent length. A well-made wine, and if the "dust" smell does not put you off, this is great value for money at 11 GBP IB.
Red
3/22/2020 - tmagsmaken wrote:
90 points
Pale ruby colour, clear rim. On the nose, very fruity but distinctively cool climate with juicy rather than jammy cherries, spices and a complex earthiness to it.
On the palate: light, juicy and refreshing. Smooth and very balanced, not overly acidic or alcoholic. Good length and intensity.
Quality wine, well made, enjoyable and decent value.
Red
3/21/2020 - tmagsmaken wrote:
89 points
Pale ruby colour with almost translucent rim. Modest concentration and complexity in the nose where jammy cherry dominates.
Ligth wine, structured by its acidity, with more modest alcohol than I was expecting. On the palate, the fruit is juicy and fleshy rather than jammy. An herbaceous touch to it. Medium length.
Overal, well made, enjoyable pinot without being special. Drink now.
Red
2006 Château Haut-Bailly Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/1/2020 - tmagsmaken wrote:
91 points
First bottle from my case. Not much age in its appearance, only a very small brick hue around the rim. The bouquet is quite intense with mostly jammy fruit, and modest tertiary notes. This wine can clearly age and develop further. On the palate, more of the same: already good but will likely get better as the still sandy tannins further develop. This is an excellent wine but it will get better.
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Red
2012 Agricola Punica Barrua Isola dei Nuraghi IGT Carignan Blend, Carignan (view label images)
3/1/2020 - tmagsmaken wrote:
90 points
Clear ruby wine with some clear brick colouring around the rim showing its age. Modest bouquet forming of jammy dark fruit and cherry, some smokiness and chocolate. Full-bodied but balanced with the high alcohol offset by crisp acidity. High in tannins that are fine-grained rather than silk.
Nice finish but not overly complex. Overall, I continue to like this wine. It is high powered but well balanced and therefore enjoyable. Time to drink up my last bottles.
White
2/29/2020 - tmagsmaken wrote:
89 points
This wine is young, evidenced by its pale colour and a clear and brilliant shine. Aromas of green apple and lime give an appealing freshness to the nose. A little spritz on the palate makes for a refreshing wine, low in alcohol and body and deliciously off-dry. Balanced, already intense but too young to have developed a bouquet and layered complexity. Great aperitif wine now but it will be a real treat if you can hide it in your cellar for another 5 years. Incredible value for money.
White
2/29/2020 - tmagsmaken wrote:
90 points
Clear yellow wine with a bouquet of lemon, butter and hazelnut. Medium to full-bodied without being fatty with refreshing acidity and medium alcohol and a long but not overly complex finish. Balanced and enjoyable although the intensity and complexity don't quite live up to its price point and reputation. I prefer the 2009 vintage.
White
2008 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
2/29/2020 - tmagsmaken wrote:
91 points
Expressive nose with mostly sweet and juicy fruit (melon). Medium-bodied with crisp acidity (almost citric) and medium alcohol. Overall enjoyable and balanced but more intense than complex.
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Red
2006 Yarra Yering Dry Red N°2 Yarra Valley Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
2/28/2020 - tmagsmaken wrote:
92 points
Similar styled Old and New World Sirah /Shyraz. Coravin – new bottles
2006 Yarra Yering Dry Red N°2 – 92 points
Clear dark ink coloured wine with significant decolouration round the hue indicating significant age. A real bouquet where the smokiness jumps at you first, followed by jammy blueberry and fig with a hint of menthol at the end. It is more restraint than other Australian Shyraz, being medium rather than full-bodied, with dialled down acidity and fully developed silky. More like Nothern Rhone Sirah than an “in-your-face” new world version. Overall, a balanced, intense and complex wine with a nice length that expresses the typical style of Yarra Valley (or defined it?). A pleasure to drink now but probably fully mature in its development.

2006 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle – 93 Points
A subtle and refined bouquet awaits you with jammy dark fruits and tertiary notes like cacao and leather. A restraint and balanced palate with lively acidity and silky tannins. Quality wine, more modest in intensity but higher in complexity than other vintages I tasted. Overall, slightly “classier.” Fully developed.
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Red
2/28/2020 - tmagsmaken wrote:
93 points
Similar styled Old and New World Sirah /Shyraz. Coravin – new bottles

2006 Yarra Yering Dry Red N°2 – 92 points
Clear dark ink coloured wine with significant decolouration round the hue indicating significant age. A real bouquet where the smokiness jumps at you first, followed by jammy blueberry and fig with a hint of menthol at the end. It is more restraint than other Australian Shyraz, being medium rather than full-bodied, with dialled down acidity and fully developed silky. More like Nothern Rhone Sirah than an “in-your-face” new world version. Overall, a balanced, intense and complex wine with a nice length that expresses the typical style of Yarra Valley (or defined it?). A pleasure to drink now but probably fully mature in its development.

2006 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle – 93 Points
A subtle and refined bouquet awaits you with jammy dark fruits and tertiary notes like cacao and leather. A restraint and balanced palate with lively acidity and silky tannins. Quality wine, more modest in intensity but higher in complexity than other vintages I tasted. Overall, slightly “classier.” Fully developed.
Red
2/15/2020 - tmagsmaken wrote:
90 points
Brick hue showing its age. Complex nose: initially very ripe fruit dominates with plum and blackberry, soon evolving to tertiary notes "wet dog", cedar, tobacco.
On the palate, this wine takes a step back. Much more restraint, still complex but the acidity takes over. Still some tannins left, some smokiness and less full-bodied than expected. Long finish.
Good wine but misses something to be really amazing. Does not live up to its reputation but enjoyable never the less.
White
2/15/2020 - tmagsmaken Likes this wine:
92 points
Golden yellow in colour. Restraint in the nose, a real balance between lime/green apple, some minerality and modest beeswax/petroleum. So much going on but all very subtle.
On the palate, again balanced & precise. Fresh acidity, medium-bodied and dry but not bone dry.
Excellent length. Great wine with plenty an ageing potential left. Wow, I am super happy that I have almost a full case left!
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Red
1/20/2020 - tmagsmaken wrote:
90 points
First introduction to Lemberger. Did not know much about it so read up on it which probably coloured my tasting. Not tasted blind.

On the nose: initially blackberry and cherry, with pepper, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. Inviting. The dark fruit became more pronounced as the wine opened up

Medium-bodied, dry, modest tannin, alcohol and acidity. Mostly dark fruit on the palate. Good length. Nicely balanced and very drinkable rather than delicate. Enjoyable and easy to pair with wine. (In my case cod, tomato sauce, olives and bacon).

Worth the 20 GBP ib I paid for it.
White - Off-dry
1/18/2020 - tmagsmaken Likes this wine:
92 points
Delicious and complex bouquet: firstly the petroleum and beeswax come through followed by subtle notes of lime and green apple. Very well developed for its age.
On the palate, crispy high acidity with green apple offset by a subtle sweetness. Good length.
Overall delicious, balanced and inviting. Absolutely living up to its great reputation and with much more to come as it ages. As most riesling excellent value for money at 25 GBP in bond.
Red
1/14/2020 - tmagsmaken wrote:
91 points
Coravin Tasting – both new bottles – glasses pored 1 hour before tasting
(tasting objective: younger vs older pinot, North vs South of Cote d'Or, Village vs 1er Cru

2014 Domaine Alain Burguet Gevrey-Chambertin Mes Favorites Vieilles Vignes (91 points)
On the nose: Abundance of red fruit in the nose, cherry and red currant. Firm rather than delicate. Spicy but limited tertiary notes such are earth or undergrowth. Balanced and inviting.
On the palate: more red fruit, herbaceous, nice structure from the acidity. Alcohol not overpowering. Very limited tannins. Overall very nicely balanced, enjoyable and make you feel like you want more.
Nice length to it. Overall punching above its weight for a Village wine. It is not overly complex but quite concentrated and very well made. Above all, enjoyable and certainly worth its price 45 GBP per bottle price tag. (bought in 2019)

2011 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Roncières (91 Points)
On the nose: More concentrated in the nose but also riper and more complex. An almost sweet/jammy/syrupy sensation with some leather and earthiness developing.
On the palate: Not quite as sweet and syrupy as the nose might suggest. More subtle, less concentrated but more finesse and complexity. Red fruit is less pronounced, more mushroom and herbaceous. Despite more acidity and a tad more alcohol, the wine feels lighter and more delicate.
Longer length but less intense. A very nice wine that is enjoyable because of its finesse, delicacy and complexity. Fairly priced at 45 GBP per bottle (bought in 2019)

Both wines are well made and represent good value for money. The Nuits St Georges is more complex but the Gevrey-Chambertin is more inviting for me (maybe because it is simpler).
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Red
1/14/2020 - tmagsmaken wrote:
91 points
Coravin Tasting – both new bottles – glasses pored 1 hour before tasting
(tasting objective: younger vs older pinot, North vs South of Cote d'Or, Village vs 1er Cru

2014 Domaine Alain Burguet Gevrey-Chambertin Mes Favorites Vieilles Vignes (91 points)
On the nose: Abundance of red fruit in the nose, cherry and red currant. Firm rather than delicate. Spicy but limited tertiary notes such are earth or undergrowth. Balanced and inviting.
On the palate: more red fruit, herbaceous, nice structure from the acidity. Alcohol not overpowering. Very limited tannins. Overall very nicely balanced, enjoyable and make you feel like you want more.
Nice length to it. Overall punching above its weight for a Village wine. It is not overly complex but quite concentrated and very well made. Above all, enjoyable and certainly worth its price 45 GBP per bottle price tag. (bought in 2019)

2011 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Roncières (91 Points)
On the nose: More concentrated in the nose but also riper and more complex. An almost sweet/jammy/syrupy sensation with some leather and earthiness developing.
On the palate: Not quite as sweet and syrupy as the nose might suggest. More subtle, less concentrated but more finesse and complexity. Red fruit is less pronounced, more mushroom and herbaceous. Despite more acidity and a tad more alcohol, the wine feels lighter and more delicate.
Longer length but less intense. A very nice wine that is enjoyable because of its finesse, delicacy and complexity. Fairly priced at 45 GBP per bottle (bought in 2019)

Both wines are well made and represent good value for money. The Nuits St Georges is more complex but the Gevrey-Chambertin is more inviting for me (maybe because it is simpler).
Red
11/3/2019 - tmagsmaken wrote:
91 points
This wine is now really starting to develop a bouquet. The strawberry that was there for a few years is now ripe and almost sweet. This is complemented by some herbal notes: rosemary and thyme. Interesting tertiary notes developing, more leather and wax than tobacco.
On the palate, more ripe fruit. Very balanced, silky and smooth. Long fruit-filled finish.
Excellent wine and amazing value for money. This is at an interesting stage, sweeter than its early drinking window but before it turns tertiary.
Tasted and re-tasted the next day.
Red
2008 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/3/2019 - tmagsmaken wrote:
91 points
My feeling is that this wine is finally starting to open up. Emerging bouquet of developed fruit and pencil shavings (graphite).
On the palate, developed fruit brings a juicy taste, kept in check by balanced acidity. Tannins are still edgy and mouth-drying which makes it interesting but not easy to drink. Long quality finish.
Overall, very good but not the elegance and depth I would expect from PC. I am planning to wait as this bottle was more open en enjoyable than the one I tasted at the beginning of the year from the same case. Hoping and expecting that the next one will be better.
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White
11/2/2019 - tmagsmaken wrote:
89 points
Pleasant nose of lime, melon and pineapple. A hint of oak.
Nicely balanced on the palette. Rather "fresh" with apple than "fatty" with butter and vanilla. Not of great complexity but absolutely enjoyable. Pleasant finish. Clearly punching above its "bourgogne" appelation. Good value for money for Burgundy.
White
10/20/2019 - tmagsmaken wrote:
90 points
The first thing that came to mind when opening this bottle was "Riesling needs time!". I clearly opened this bottle a few years too early.
It was enjoyable never the less, fresh and fragrant with green apple. On the palate, the medium acidity was well balanced with the sweetness. Long clean finish.
High-quality wine but leave this one in the cellar for at least another 3 years so it can develop into something beautiful!
White
10/19/2019 - tmagsmaken Likes this wine:
90 points
Expressive nose filled with ripe fruit: pineapple, pear and melon.
On the palate: medium-bodied quality wine where the acidity balances the "fattiness" of the wine. Feels young and fresh with some minerality coming through.
Long finish in line with the overall quality of the wine.
For the moment a wine with two faces: expressive in the nose and restraint and precision on the palate. I think this will melt together over time and will develop into something lovely. A nice bottle of chablis, definitely cru level. If it ages as I expect (hope), definitely value for money
White
10/14/2019 - tmagsmaken Likes this wine:
92 points
Incredibly well balanced. Smooth and elegant. Punches above its weight in terms of price/quality
White
9/21/2019 - tmagsmaken Likes this wine:
90 points
Pale yellow, slightly green colour giving away its youth. Fragrant nose with melon, toast and lemon zest. Inviting.
On the palate: medium-bodied, dry, low acidity and medium alcohol. Fresh but firm and well balanced. Some minerality on the above-average finish. This is a well-made wine!
At under 10 GBP IB per bottle, this wine represents incredible value for money. Would not be surprised if it beats wines 3x its price in blind tastings.
Red
2001 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/14/2019 - tmagsmaken Likes this wine:
94 points
Decanted for 2 hours
Intense but refined bouquet with dark fruit and charcoal although tertiary notes not as developed yet.
Delicious in the mouth with more dark fruit, very fine tannins with a hint of bitterness. Mouth-coating but elegant and juicy. Powerful finish.
This is good ! Could obviously be kept for years to come but I doubt i will have the discipline to do so.
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Red
9/11/2019 - tmagsmaken wrote:
89 points
Fragrant nose with a dry tobacco , clay pot smell and some sweetness and a hint of oregano.
Medium bodied, dry, crisp acidity, high alcohol and mouth gripping tannins.
Well-balanced with a somewhat bitter finish. Needs food to accompany its strength.
Overall, well-made, enjoyable and good value for money.
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Red
8/23/2019 - tmagsmaken wrote:
90 points
Modest intensity nose with black currant with red fruit and clove coming through once agitated.
Light bodied, dry, low tannins but medium acidity and medium alcohol. Not luch, a quite strict wine that is well made, balanced and enjoyable without being complex or amazing. Medium length finish where the alcohol stands out more than on the palate.
Good wine, fairly priced at 25 GBP IB per bottle.
Red
5/31/2019 - tmagsmaken wrote:
91 points
Modest intensity nose, no tertiary aroma's.
Medium bodied wine, with present acidity, grainy tannins and medium high alcohol. Juicy , delicate and balanced rather than powerful. Makes you think of a northern rhone in style rather than southern.
Represents good value for money. Ready to drink now.
White
5/26/2019 - tmagsmaken Likes this wine:
90 points
Modest intensity nose with melon, apple and vanilla. No butter, toast and honey yet.
Medium-bodied, pleasant wine that is a little fatty in a good way. Modest acidity. Good finish.
Very enjoyable and balanced although not hugely concentrated nor complex.
Great value for money. Although this is "only" a generic level wine, it holds its own against Village wines.
Red
5/25/2019 - tmagsmaken wrote:
90 points
Comparison Tasting Pinot Noir: Oregon vs. California
Decanted 1 hour in advance, served slightly below room temperature

2014 Joseph Swan Vineyards, Cuvee de Trois (Russian River Valley, California) - 90 Points
Clean ripe fruit nose with red cherry and some herbal aromas, starting to develop some tertiary notes.
Medium bodied, very supple and balanced. The alcohol and modest acidity make it feel rather full instead of delicate and juicy. Overall, enjoyable and classy with a medium length. My favourite of the two wines because of it fuller, less acidic character and precise nose but that is entirely a personal preference. Starting to develop tertiary aromas so could benefit from further cellaring.

2015 Lemelson Vineyards, Thea's selection (Willamette Valley, Oregon) - 90 Points
Ripe fruit in the nose with a slightly minty aroma. Not as precise as the Swan. A lighter wine, less dense because of the less alcohol and more structure because of the acidity. Has more tannins (from the oak?) but more importantly feels juicier and more delicate. Very good wine. There is no real quality difference between these two wines, just a different style. Given that the Lemelson is a bit cheaper than the Swan, it is better value for money although both are reasonably priced given the quality level.
Red
5/25/2019 - tmagsmaken wrote:
90 points
Comparison Tasting Pinot Noir: Oregon vs. California
Decanted 1 hour in advance, served slightly below room temperature

2014 Joseph Swan Vineyards, Cuvee de Trois (Russian River Valley, California) - 90 Points
Clean ripe fruit nose with red cherry and some herbal aromas, starting to develop some tertiary notes.
Medium bodied, very supple and balanced. The alcohol and modest acidity make it feel rather full instead of delicate and juicy. Overall, enjoyable and classy with a medium length. My favourite of the two wines because of it fuller, less acidic character and precise nose but that is entirely a personal preference. Starting to develop tertiary aromas so could benefit from further cellaring.

2015 Lemelson Vineyards, Thea's selection (Willamette Valley, Oregon) - 90 Points
Ripe fruit in the nose with a slightly minty aroma. Not as precise as the Swan. A lighter wine, less dense because of the less alcohol and more structure because of the acidity. Has more tannins (from the oak?) but more importantly feels juicier and more delicate. Very good wine. There is no real quality difference between these two wines, just a different style. Given that the Lemelson is a bit cheaper than the Swan, it is better value for money although both are reasonably priced given the quality level.
Red
2006 Yarra Yering Dry Red N°2 Yarra Valley Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
5/17/2019 - tmagsmaken Likes this wine:
93 points
Inviting bouquet of cherry, blackcurrant, pepper and leather.
On the palate, moderate in tannins, high alcohol is not overpowering, medium acidity. Can be best described as juicy and elegant.
Enormous finesse and class. Long finish.
I really enjoyed this. Reminiscent of great Nothern Rhone.
Went online afterwards and bought a case.
White
5/17/2019 - tmagsmaken wrote:
flawed
After a few wonderful experiences, it is disappointing to find this bottle pre-maturely oxidised. Bruised apple, flat taste and finish.
Red
2016 Trinity Hill The Gimblett Gimblett Gravels Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/17/2019 - tmagsmaken wrote:
89 points
The classical nose of NZ chardonnay: vanilla, butter and yellow apple.
On the palate, relatively light bodied, without great concentration. The tell-tale high acidity gives the wine a pleasant freshness. The modest length finish and limited complexity make this a good entry level Chardonnay that represents excellent value for money.
White
5/17/2019 - tmagsmaken wrote:
89 points
Tasted over 2 days
Inviting and fresh nose with peach and saline features.
On the palate, light bodied wine, bone dry with medium acidity and modest alcohol levels. Modest length.
Not overly complex but refreshing and pleasant.
Good value for money.
White
5/17/2019 - tmagsmaken wrote:
89 points
Tasted over 2 days
On the nose full of freshness with lime and grapefruit.
Dry, medium bodied, low on acidity and high in alcohol. Overall balanced but in the finish, the alcohol turns a bit bitter.
Good and enjoyable, not overly complex. Fairly priced. I am not familiar with this wine but it feels ready to drink and I don't expect it to benefit much from ageing.
White
5/17/2019 - tmagsmaken Likes this wine:
92 points
Tasted over 2 days.
Unusual nose: initially dominated by hay and smokiness, however, the smokiness gave way to melon and lime. Unlike anything else I have tasted, Interesting rather than offputting.
On the palate, this wine is medium to full-bodied, dry with modest acidity but high in alcohol. Good finish that is very balanced and does not develop a bitter note despite the high alcohol.
Very interesting and stimulating wine, good value for money.
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Red
2014 Domaine de l'A Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/11/2019 - tmagsmaken wrote:
90 points
A nose filled with pure ripe black fruit and Turkish delight. On the palate, the fruit persists and the tannins are plentiful but well developed. Delicious and long finish. Ready to drink but can age a lot more. Punches above its weight. Good value for money at 30 gbp per bottle.
White
5/11/2019 - tmagsmaken Likes this wine:
91 points
Starting to develop a nice bouquet of vanilla and butter, not quite nuts or caramel. Still some lovely fruit: lime, peach, melon.
On the palate, medium bodied wine with a vivid acidity which gives structure and a lovely buttery feel to it although the wine is not super concentrated.
Good village level puligny. Well crafted and balanced with a medium length finish.
Red
2013 Château Clarke Listrac-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/27/2019 - tmagsmaken wrote:
87 points
Nose with blackberry and a little bit of vanilla. Gives the impression of a "warm" wine with higher alcohol content (bottle says 13.5 % but it feels more)
On the palate slightly unbalanced with higher than ideal acidity and gritty tannins. The alcohol makes the taste and finish slightly bitter.
Not the best Clarke, for sure, but it was a difficult vintage. I have half a case left and will be drinking them soon so I can move on to another vintage of this wine which represents incredible value for money in most years.
Red
4/27/2019 - tmagsmaken Likes this wine:
91 points
Decanted for 1 hour.
Lovely nose with blackberry and leather, delicate but not overly complex.
Very enjoyable on the palate, elegant rather than powerful. Fresh acidity, nicely balanced. Tannins well developed. Good length (balanced).
This is not the most bombastic expression of Pauillac or GPL but a very precise and elegant one. I really enjoyed it.
White
4/13/2019 - tmagsmaken wrote:
90 points
Surprising nose of petrol, minerality, some apricot and pomegranate (I know !)
Light to medium-bodied wine, crisp acidity and medium to high alcohol. Refreshing, mineral, off-dry, good length. Quite an original wine, it is a bit weird at first but it is well made and really enjoyable and refreshing.
Red
2010 Château Haut-Marbuzet St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/9/2019 - tmagsmaken Likes this wine:
90 points
Tasted over 2 days.
Lovely bouquet of black fruit, green olive and cedar, cloves and nutmeg.
A powerful full-bodied wine, medium acidity and medium-high alcohol (14%) with significant but developed tannins from the new oak. Powerful and balanced rather than elegant. Well made with an enjoyable structure to it and a medium long finish where the tannins from the 100% new oak come through. High-quality St Estephe that is ready to drink but will probably develop further. Fairly priced.
Red
2015 Anwilka Ugaba Stellenbosch Red Blend (view label images)
4/3/2019 - tmagsmaken wrote:
89 points
Decanted for 1 hour.

New world nose with chocolate, Turkish delight, some vanilla from the oak and spice (pepper and mint).
Surprisingly balanced on the palate, medium bodied, medium acidity, medium alcohol, and well-developed tannins.
Concentrated medium length finish.

If you are looking for a Bordeaux-styled wine (as the makers claim) you will be disappointed. This is, especially on the nose, a new world Shiraz blend but that does not make it less enjoyable. However, the balance and elegance are indeed reminiscent of a Bordeaux.

Overall, this is a well-made wine that is enjoyable and elegant for its style and seems attractively priced at under GBP 20 in retail.
Red
2002 Château Duhart-Milon Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/24/2019 - tmagsmaken wrote:
90 points
Nice bouquet with cedar, tobacco, and earthiness.
Medium bodied, lighter than I expected. Acidity is present and tannins are still grippy, creating a dry mouth feeling that makes the finish slightly unpleasant.
It is good and enjoyable but lacks the complexity and concentration to be great. Expensive for what it is.
Red
3/19/2019 - tmagsmaken wrote:
91 points
A fragrant bouquet that is sweet (cassis), filled with vanilla, coconut, and cigar box. Faint earthiness coming through as the wine opened up. Clean and inviting.

Medium bodied, dry, tannins are surprisingly gripping for its age. The acidity gives it structure. Modestly concentrated. Lingering aftertaste with ripe fruit where the dry tannins and bitterness of the alcohol eventually take over.

Enjoyable high-quality mature Bordeaux. It can last longer although I am not sure if the tannins will soften further. Elegance over power. It is very good but lacks the balance and the silky tannins to be great.
Red
3/15/2019 - tmagsmaken wrote:
92 points
Intriguing and complex nose with chocolate, mint, and balsamic.
Full-bodied, dry, fresh acidity and soft tannins. Juicy and tasty. High-quality wine, complex, enjoyable. Long lingering finish.
Both the wine and the house are new to me but this is very good. Would go very well with a winter stew, a roast or game. Can age further but is delicious now. Absolutely worth the 25 GBP per bottle.
Red
3/15/2019 - tmagsmaken wrote:
89 points
Inviting nose of blackcurrant, vanilla and green olive.
Medium bodied wine, elegant rather than powerful, medium acidity and alcohol, tannins are well developed and elegant. Juicy and balanced. Good length.
Overall, an enjoyable well-made wine which in its elegance is closer to good Northern Rhone rather than bombastic Australian Shiraz.
Value for money.
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