Sunday, January 18, 2009

An evening with wines from the New World

The other night we had tree reds up for a test. Given a menu of  slow cooked ossobuco, there was free play of wines from pinot to heavy cab’s. The first wine was indeed a pleasant surprise from New Zealand, the second bottle originated from Portugal (old world), and finally a classic from down under (Australia). Two out of three New world wines – a delighting and welcome initiative.

Momo 2007, Pinot Noir, Malborough New Zealand

Bouquet: Red fruits, vanilla, hint of cinnamon and base of ’dirt’. The base evolved in the glass from dirt to animal notes (typical Pinot)

Taste notes: the wine is well balanced but with a fresh acid. The wine has an elegant lightness and taste of mineral. The wine presents itself with a very fine structure.

Reguengos (Garrafeira dos socios) 2001

In the deepth of hot Alentejo reside the village of Reguengos. The producer of same name provide a series of typical Portuguese table wines to a top wine under the label Garrafeira dos socios (=The wine cellar of the a associated members), perhaps a nomen reminiscent of a system where wine farmers (contributors) of local grapes received good wines from the common cooperative.

Bouquet: A rounded bouquet of boysenberries and cinnamon. The bouquet rests dense in the glass, heavy and creamy.

Taste Notes: Dense wine with notes chocolate and ripe pears. Both provide a rounded base of the wine.    

The Twentyeight Road, d’Arenberg 2001

D’arenberg has long been one of Australia’s best and most interesting producers. For more than a century the wineyeard has produced wine using different European grape varietals on Austrialian soil. Of their many products, with rather bizarre names, the 28th road is found among their top wines. This wine is produced from a single field using very old and low yielding Mouvedre grapes.

Bouquet: the bouquet presented it self with a high vertical structure – as if coming out the glass. Found herein were the following: Dark berries, but with a green base, liquorice, chocolate. Most characteristic is the surprising essence of peat (tørv), which led one to associate the wine with whiskey. 

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