Preamble Tasting July 2003 
Harkin Blind 2003
Mick Harkin

1. Tenuta S. Anna, Pinot Grigio, Friuli DOC, N E Italy, 2002,
Harsh length.  Hint of Riesling.  Very unpleasant length on front of tongue.   12%,
Solway Wines 8.20

2. Gold Rock, Verdelho,  Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia, 2001
Slightly oaked; thought it was oily Chardonnay.  Not the same Verdelho as in Portugal.  Pineapple and passion fruit.  13%.  Very pleasant. 
Superquinn 9.99

3. Sella Mosca, Terre Bianche, Alghero, Torbato, Sardinia, 2001
Dry but fruity, hint of caramel. Apricot nose. Possibly too floral.  12%.  Unusual but pricey at  
McCabes 13.95

4. Nadaria, Nera d'Avola (100%), Sicily, 2001
Big nose; prunes.  Somewhat tannic, hint of port (Nacional?)  A bit harsh on the finish but a good value wine.  13.5%
Oddbins 8.99

5. Barefoot Reserve, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Valley, Calif, USA, 2001
Very light pink with a pale rim. A teeny bit sugary; notes of cedar and raspberry.  This would be a good food wine 13.5%
Superquinn 13.99

6. Cannonau di Sardegna, Le Bombarde, Sardinia, Italy, 2001
Mid red; ketones and cherries on the nose.  Some nice soft tannins, herbs, soft fruit.  Interesting, unusual, worth a try. 13%

McCabes 13.50

7. Goats do Roam,  W. Cape, South Africa, 2002
Mid- to deep-red; looks young.  Soft nose, quite sweet but with a hint of stern backbone; pepper; nice grip.  A very interesting wine at a good price. 33% Pinotage, 66% Rhone mix.14% alc
Oddbins 9.50

8. Naoussa Boutari, Xynomavro, Naoussa, N. Greece, 2000
Light red, big medicinal nose.  Good grip, fruity, bitter finish, quite green.12%
Oddbins 9.99

9. Tenute Rubino - Jaddico Brindisi Rosso,  Italy, 2001
Old and farmy, tannic, quite tough, bitter finish; blockbuster! Very unusual, big, robust. Negroamaro mainly. 13.5%
Divinis, Bologna, 15.00 (in Italy)

10. Ch Etienne des Lauzes,  Saint-Chinian, Languedoc, France, 1998
Quite a bit of greenwood.  Very herby.  I like i.  A few years to go; very distinctive.  Another blockbuster.
Syrah, some Grenache,12.5%
Searsons 19.99

11. Warwick Three Cape Ladies, 1998,  Stellenbosch, SA
Hint of cedar; a good wine by the nose.  Very smooth, slightly medicianal.  Cassis, mint, pepper.  Nice stern backbone. 
33% Cab Sauv, 33% Merlot, 33% Pinotage. 13%.
Searsons 21.99

12. D'Arenberg Galvo Garage, McLaren Vale, Australia, 2001
Very dark.  Soft fruit, liquorice, huge extract, good grip, soft and sweet, smooth, spirituous, condensed milk, lovely nut way too young - buy for cellaring. 
60% Cab Sauv, 20% Merlot, 14% Cab Franc. 14.5%.
Oddbins 16.99

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