Preamble Tasting May 2002
Good Value for Money
1. Ch. de la Ragotiere Vielles Vignes, Muscadet sur lie Les Freres
Great crack of dryness on the
nose before yhou even go near it. Very pale, very dry. This is
Melon de Bourgogne and it actually tastes of melon at the end.
Lovely aftertaste but leaves no particular memlory except that it's dry.
2. Ch. Pique-Segue, Montravel Bergerac, 2000
pale, lovely nose. Wonderful, slightly oaked, nicely stern.
Sauvignon-Semillon blend, Semillon giving nice full, slightly sweet
3. Babich 'Irongate' Chardonnay, Hawkes
Bay, NZ, 1996
golden yellow. Wonderfully rich, sweet nose. Gorgeous, full,
rich but not flabby; you can taste the pebbles! Some smoke.
Beautifully balanced. Will last another while too.
Magic Carpet €14-15
4. Valpolicella Classico
Supierore, Zenato, Veneto, Italy, 1998
Lovely light red.
Cherries and prunes. Beautiful, light, summery wine with a bit of
5. Vino Tarapaca 'El Ciruelo',
Merlot/Mourvedre, Maipo Valley, Chile, 2000
Rich red. Heavy
stink of sulphites. Not sure it comes together, not happy with the mouth
feel. Lot of tannin, lot of fruit, sharp. Not together.
Not for me, I'm afraid.
Superquinn Sale €9.58
6. La Cassenove Dominis M, Vin de Pays de Catalan, 2000
Deep clear dark
red. Nose of a hot country but a 'synthetic' jammy
taste reminiscent of some Gamays. Much better in the mouth; fruity,
pleasant, good burn, some tannin, maybe a bit sharp. A
pleasant wine. 50% Grenache, 50% Carignan. 13.8% alc.
Widely available €9.00
7. Castell dei Remei Gotim Bru,
Costers del Segre, Spain, 1999
Dark and clean. . Quite a fruitcake mix. Something
odd on the nose. Rich, good burn, fresh, sooth. Will take a
few years. Doesn't know what it is! Tempranillo, Merlot, Cab
Sauvignon in American oak. 12.5%
8. Pepperwood Grove Caberet Franc, Oakville,
Napoa Valley, California, 1998
Mid-dark red. Some sulphur. Lots of fruit and some crunchy
tannin. Good burn. Leaves a coolness at the base of the
palate/. Some grassiness. Quite a pleasant wine.
€9-10, cheaper on Kelly's sale at present
9. Babich 'Irongate'
Cabernet Merlot, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, 1996
look too attractive. Very nice fruity nose. Fruit-burn-fruit-burn!
Bit of a hole at the back. Could come together beautifully but it ain't
near there yet. Lots of fruit but not full, complete (nor complex).
Magic Carpet €14
10. Gran Araucano Cabernet Sauvignon, Lurton,
Rapel Valley, Chile, 2000
Deep clear red.
Restrained power on the nose. Prunes on nose, plums on palate.
Mint, burn. Not together yet but this one knows where it's going.
Huge extract. Very rich and elegant. 14%
11. Springfield Estate Whole Berry Cabernet Sauvignon, Robertson,
South Africa, 1999
Very murky (end of
bottle). Not a big nose. Incredibly fruity, much less mint.
Very elegant, very concentrated berry flavour. High acidity.
Natural yeasts, whole berry fermentation using gravity. One year i French
oak. Completely different from the previous. Very, very nice.
Vaughan Johnson €13.95
12. Rymill Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon, South Australia, 1994
Really deep red, looks
great. Big fruitcake mix. Nose is huge - somewhat overdone?
Quite stern, great burn, but gone over the top? Still nice but be
quick about it.
Magic Carpet €11.49
13. Pipers Brook Vineyard Pellion Pinot Noir, Tasmania, 1998
Typical Pinot colour.
Farmyard nose., a bit raw. Has it closed up? Still
strawberries. Lovely but not fully together; in fact, quite gangly.
They say 2002-2006; no way. Needs time yet and should last.
14. Ciro Classico Riserva 'Duca San Felice', Libranda, Calabria,
Lovely clear mid-red.
Burn on the nose. Quite a lot lighter than I remember but lovely
cherries and an elegant backbone.
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