Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Review: ***+ $ The Curator White, Swartland, South Africa, 2012 = BEST VALUE

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Original tasting and review : This is The Curator White, Swartland, South Africa, 2012, a blend of 54% chenen blanc, 30% chardonnay and 16% semillon, finished at 13% alcohol and first sampled two years from vintage date, in September, 2014.

In the glass: Clear with hints of light yellow and vanilla.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bits of hay and sleek dry fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be full on the palate.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact full, fat and even somewhat creamy, while remaining sleek and clean.  Soft, fragrant, minerally fruit, with just enough acids to tame the full, slick, mouth-filling fruit.  Shows elements of citrus, while not allowing the acids to overpower the sleek feel.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars with a big plus for fragrant balance on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, yielding a easy bet as a best value.

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Review: **** $ Boxhead Shiraz, Mclaren Vale, Australia, 2010 = BEST VALUE

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By way of background, opening thoughts: I enjoyed an earlier vintage of Boxhead, and am testing a later vintage today.


Original tasting and review : This is Boxhead Shiraz, Mclaren Vale, Australia, 2010, finished at 15% alcohol and first sampled four years from vintage date, in September, 2014.

In the glass: Deep black magenta, opaque from a half inch in from the edge.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows big, funky, toe-juice fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be layered and rich.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact bringing a rich, layered, yet vibrant blackberry and black currant fruit, with full mouth-feel and velvet texture.  Rich, soft, but not showing any age; all fresh depth.

In summary: Overall, rates four stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, making this a crazy best value at its price point.

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Review: *** $ Four Sisters Shiraz, Central Victoria, Australia, 2012 = BEST VALUE

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Original tasting and review : This is Four Sisters Shiraz, Central Victoria, Australia, 2012, finished at 13.5% alcohol and first sampled two years from vintage date, in September, 2014.

In the glass: Deep magenta, opaque from a half inch in.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bright fruit, fragrant but somewhat generic.  From the aroma, seems like this will be bright and flavorful.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact carrying more layers of fragrance and flavors than anticipated.  This merges violet plus hints of cocoa plus bright ripe blackberries.  Finish lifts with some bright acids even as it settles with a cocoa/milk chocolate base.

In summary: Overall, rates an easy three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, netting a best value at the price point.

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Review: **+ $ The Curator Red, Coastal Region, South Africa, 2011

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Original tasting and review : This is The Curator Red, Coastal Region, South Africa, 2011, finished at 13.5% alcohol and first sampled three years from vintage date, in September, 2014.  This is a blend of mostly shiraz, 95%, with whispers of cinsault, mourvedre and viognier.

In the glass: Deep muddy mahogany, surprising hints of brick at the edge.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows layered, lightly aged red and black fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be soft and easy, perhaps bright.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact a clean and bright, but fairly generic red and black fruit blend.  Moves to a quick bright finish.

In summary: Overall, rates two stars with a big plus on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

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Review: ***+ $ Porcupine Ridge Syrah, Boekenhoutskloof, South Africa, 2012 = BEST VALUE

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Original tasting and review : This is
Porcupine Ridge Syrah, Boekenhoutskloof, South Africa, 2012, finished at 14.5% alcohol and first sampled two years from vintage date, in September, 2014.

In the glass: Deep mahogany.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows soft and deep smoky fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be soft and languorous.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact flavorful on the palate, with plums and ripe black raspberry, enveloped in bright and smoky wrappings.  The finish moves up into your palate with some pleasant acids, and yet the sip continues to lengthen in your cheeks and mouth.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars with a big plus on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, making this a no-brainer best value.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Review: *** $ Boekenhoutskloof The Wolftrap, Western Cape, South Africa, 2013 = GOOD VALUE

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Original tasting and review : This is Boekenhoutskloof The Wolftrap, Western Cape, South Africa, 2013, a blend of 66% syrah, 32% mourvedre and 2% viognier, finished at 14.5% alcohol and first sampled the year after vintage date, in September, 2014.

In the glass: Medium, bright dusty red.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows funky, deep, smoky black and red fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be thick and layered, perhaps brooding.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact both bright on the mouth and dark and smoky on the flavors; an interesting contrast.  Bright acids bring the sip up into your cheeks and it floats down in brooding smoky fruit.  Finishes clean and sharp.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  A best value at its price point.

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