Preamble Tasting June 2002 
From the Land of the Long White Cloud to Oenotria -  Sophie's Choice
Sophie Kiang-Anderson

1. Vavasour Sauvignon Blanc, Awatere Valley, Marlborough, 2000
Very light, slightly green.  Nose with honey and cream of tartar.  Quite light, less fruit than expected.  Very long fruity finish.  Tropical fruits in a nice, understated way.  13.5% A bit expensive at

2. Te Awanga Chardonnay, Kim Crawford, Hawkes Bay, 1999
Really dark, like a desert wine.  Quite dumb.  Hard to describe.  Very ripe but with a more Bordeaux feel to it.  Quite striking (American) oak, maybe too much of the smoky, honey flavour.  13%  Unusual, nice, pricey, maybe a bit too old and somewhat oxidised.  Kim Crawford won winemaker of the year two years running.
Wines Direct 16.76 

3. Framingham Dry Riesling, Marlborough, 1998
Nice deep yellow.  Again a bit dumb (probably from being too cold).  Great richness as it warms up.  Very dry.  Petrol.  Lovely.  13%
Magic Carpet

4. Huia Pinot Gris, Marlborough, 2001
Light, elegant, very herbaceous on the nose.  Quite a lot of esters (pear flavours all over it).  I get oak and lots of fruit. 2001 was cool with little rain, good ripening.  I'm undecided on this one.  Huia, btw,  is a bird, possibly extinct.
Searson 15.99

5. Reggiano Rosso, Single Estate, 2001
Very light, pinkish.  Very fresh, fruity, inexpensive and fine.  Describes as an "unfizzy Lambrusco"  12% alc. Between Emiglio. Romagna & Lambrusca;  50 - 60% Ancellotta (so there!).
Marks & Spencer 7.05

6. Tesco Chianti Classico Riserva, 1998
May be made from 100% Sangiovese, or 90p% Sangiovese, 8% Trebbiano, 2% Malvasia.  Very dry and somewhat tannic.
Tesco 11.49

7. Lawsons Dry Hills Pinot Noir, Marlborough, 1999  
 Jammy strawberry,  Lovely fruit, some oak giving a smoky, spicy finish.  I like it, butt generally felt to be a bit overpriced -  you can get Hamilton Russell for the same(ish) money. 13.5%
McCabes 18.95

8. Matariki Quintology, Hawkes Bay, 1998
Nice, clean red.  Dark fruitcake!  Nice tannins, long finish.  Quite jammy.  Good wine, well assimilated, will improve with another while in bottle.   Made by John & Rosemary O'Connor from Cab Sauvignon, Malbec, Syrah, Cab Franc, Merlot.
Superquinn/Oddbins 19.23-20.50

9. Alasia Rive Barbera d'Asti, 1999
Nice, deep, non-transparent red.  Made in steel, then malo-lactic fermentation in French oak. I always find it a bit bitter/tart, which detracts from the nice, warm taste. Others love it! 
McCabes 14.95

10. Tenuta di Valgiano Palistorti, Colline Lucchesi Rosso, 1998
Deep soft slightly murky red.  Fresh nose.  Very cool, very tannic but soft and coating.  Inky cherry, lots of fruit, way too young, promising.  Sangiovese, Syrah, Merlot, 13.5%

Searson 19.99

11. Masi Recioto della Valpolicella Classico, 1999
Really deep, wonderful luscious nose.  Sweet with a huge Amaro backbone.  Gorgeous. Served with Superquinn brack - Mmmm!  Made from
Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara grapes, this one is aged in Slovenian oak.
Oddbins  21.21

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