Preamble Tasting July 2002
Magic Carpet Wines in the Garden
Kevin's annual garden party presentation was held
indoors due to the inclemency of the Irish weather.
1. Blue Ridge Chenin Blanc/Sauvignon Blanc, Villiera, Paarl, South
Nice, light green-yellow.
Quite a Sauvigno Blanc nose but with some honey sweet aromas.
Fruity, floral, quite a lot of acid cutting the sweetness. A good
wine; not sure I'd drink too much of it on its own.
2. Chardonnay Gran Reserva Tarapaca, Maipo Valley, Chile, 1999
Nose of acid drops with lots of oaky sweetness. Well balanced, big,
smooth feel; the sweetness of vanilla, butter, bitter
sweet. Long finish. Maybe too scented,
floral. I'd prefer a bit of steel and flint. Generally highly
thought of by the group.
3. Riesling Alsace, Hugel, 1999
This is the basic Hugel
Riesling. Even lighter, even more paraffin than the usual petrol.
Beautiful, rich, stern but incredibly fruity. Good buzz.
Drinking well now and will improve. 12.5%
4. Rosada Ochoa, Navarra, Spain, 2001
Very pink-red; dark rose.
This is Grenache! Very stern, slightly medicinal nose.
Rounded, fruity, bit of burn. Nice long finish. A nice wine.
12.5% Highly commended with pork.
5. Ramitello (di Majo Norante), E259, Molise,
Very dark red,
almost black cherry with just a hint of orange. Warm nose, lots of
heavier alcohols. Fruity, some astringency; big, warm mouth feel.
Aglianico and Montepulciano, from the Adriatic, east of Rome. Very
nice, tasty, a bit expensive for what it is?
6. Capello di Prete, Candido, Apulia, Italy, 1998
Again a dark cherry red with a hint of orange. Quite dumb.
Smooth, hot country, fruity; a little soft tannin. Good backbone.
Gorgeous. Negro Amaro from the heel of Italy. 13.5%. The
name means "Priest's Hat"
7. Ch Tour de Mirail, Cru Bourgeois, Haut Medoc,
so dark red. Unusually warm country nose. Quite
astringent, but fruity/fruitcake. Probably mostly Cab Sauvignon with
some Merlot and Cab Franc. Very nice, but hard to appreciate after
the preceding Italian. 12%
8. Cabernet Sauvignon Gran Reserva Tarapaca, Maipo
Valley, Chile, 1997
with brown tinges. Fruit gums. Huge, lots of nice soft
leathery tannin. Bit too soft according to some. Slightly
burnt taste, gritty at the finish. Big bottle differences. 13%
9. The Patriarch Cabernet Sauvignon, Hawkes Bay, New
Black at a
distance. Lovely deep red. "Pastilles and Ribena" on the nose.
Quite sharp tannins and loads of fruit. A beautifully put together
wine with a long finish. Joseph Babich. 13.5% Superb wine,
shame about the price. Is this a NZ "feature"? This is a treat
with maybe another 7-8 years to go.
10. Shiraz Bin 128 Penfolds, Coonawarra, S. Australia, 1998
Dark red, bit dumb.
Very fruity; fruit pastilles. A big burn. Has a problem
following the Patriarch. Lovely but needs much more time.
11. Amarone della Valpolicella Costasera, Masi, Italy, 1998
heavy-looking. Nose with a slight mushroom odour, somewhat
concerning. Not the usual flavours; result of youth? It
improves in the glass. Way, way too young. Plums, prunes, tar,
very amaro but some unwelcome astringency. 15% This vintage (of one
of my favourite wines) is definitely wait and see.
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