Chile, Argentina - and others
Richard Ecock, Dunnes Stores

1. Clos Malverne Sauvignon Blanc, South Africa, 2004
Gooseberry nose.  Fresh but not too zingy, a touch of floral. Nice at the proce.

2. Brocard Chablis Premier Cru 2002
Acid drops nose. Quite a lot of vanilla at first sip; rich and butterscotch, clean. Very nice, well balanced.

3. Chablis Pierre Ponelle, Premier Cru, 2003
Very little nose (too cold). At first feels somewhat watery - a little over the top? Slight oxidation, nutty, complex but despite the advantage of a better vintage it doesn't come near the Brocard.

4. Las Casas del Toqui, Merlot Reservado, Chile, 2002
Nice nose, some Eucalyptus. Quite a harsh centre detracting from the fruit. Not to my taste at all; others liked it.

5. Las Casas del Toqui,  Cabernet Sauvignon Prestige, Chile, 2000
Cassis nose. Very concentrated. Fruit and crunchy tannin. Probably way too young; not together yet. in the glass develops a decent fruit pastille flavour with a hint of mint.


6. Santa Isabel Reserve Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina, 2003
Slightly jammy but reserved nose. Much better on the palate despite a powdery taste (unfiltered?).It keeps changing and definitely needs food. 14%


7. Don Nicanor Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec, Argentina, 2002
Dark and brooding. An unexpectedly light nose. Quite jammy, some tannins, black fruits, mint. All over the place.  Big and chewy.  Improved in the glass; condensed milk appeared too.  Not bad.14%

8. Michelton Shiraz, Voctoria, Australia 2002
Quite restrained nose.  Black berry fruits with a hint of chocolate. Silky, shoe polish, quite a bit of burn (14.5%). Fruitcake, eucalyptus, fruit gums.  Big and very nice.


9. McRae Wood, Clare Valley Shiraz, S Australia, 2001
Dark, murky. Strange nose; cedar, loads of fruit, soft but big, raspberry, complex, lovely. A long finish, with some burn and a bit of pepper on the lips. Very good value at the price.

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