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Thread: TN: Mostly South African, w/Saar, Australia, and Rhone

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    DaleW Guest

    Default TN: Mostly South African, w/Saar, Australia, and Rhone

    Betsy's away for concerts in NH, time to rid the freezer of the
    venison sausage. I brown then braise in tomatoes, garlic, etc, open a
    375 of the 2005 Domaine du Vieux Lazeret Chateauneuf du Pape. No
    apparent oak, lighter styled CdP (blind I'd probably guess Cotes du
    Rhone), red fruit, a bit of lilac and herb. Quite pleasant, though not
    especially deep or long. B

    Over to Roger's for the local wine group's monthly meeting. Roger
    greets us with the 2005 Von Hovel Oberemmeler Hutte Riesling Spatlese,
    Limeade, baby. Sweet citrus, rich and long. There's a little hint of
    honied apricot, citrus and peach fruit. Really a child of the vintage,
    this drinks like a big Auslese. Really tasty, and actually my wine of
    the night by a good margin. A-

    On to the blind wines, the theme was Africa.

    #1 (Rob's offering) Soft and low-acid, big in mouth, fairly plush
    texture though with some grainy tannins. Cassis and blackberries, I'm
    guessing Cab or Bdx blend, it's the 2004 Uva Mira Merlot/Cabernet
    Sauvignon. B/B+
    When unveiled it turns out to be the same wine Roger bought, he points
    out. Too bad he said something, always fun to see if we notice it's
    the same wine. We did try his bottle later unblind, showed similarly.

    #2 (Fred) Whoa, is Big Daddy Don Garlits in the house? Burnt rubber
    dominates, with a hint of VA and some black plum fruit struggling to
    make itself heard. Both Fred and I say Pinotage within seconds of
    first sniff. It's the 2006 Bon Cap Pinotage. C

    #3 (Alex) So Alex arrives late, wants to serve his white. It's too
    cold, but comes across as very very floral (with some vanilla). I say
    it doesn't remind me of Steen/Chenin, Sauvignon Blanc, or Chardonnay,
    the only South African whites I've encountered. Alex looks very
    confused. Apparently he never read a flurry of emails while he was in
    Paris where theme was changed, he thought we were doing Australia.
    Fred guesses Viognier, he's close. It's the 2006 d'Arenberg Hermit
    Crab Viogner/Marsanne. Slightly oily texture, a bit more oak than I'd
    like, but not bad. B

    #4 (Dave) Lighter styled, red fruits, high acids, with just enough
    rubber notes to have table declare Pinotage quickly. I thought maybe
    it was a Cape blend as the Pinotage was more subdued, but it's a
    single cepage, the 2005 Golden Kan Pinotage. B-/C+

    #5 (My wine, so no guessing). Fred pretty quickly says Bordeaux blend.
    Nice balance of acids and light tannins, this is quite ready. Black
    and red currants, some cedar and a hint of mocha, not especially long,
    but my favorite red of the night. It's the 2000 Meerlust Rubicon. B+/B

    Fun night with the guys. It was well past midnight when we all walked
    home.

    Grade disclaimer: I'm a very easy grader, basically A is an excellent
    wine, B a good wine, C mediocre. Anything below C means I wouldn't
    drink at a party where it was only choice. Furthermore, I offer no
    promises of objectivity, accuracy, and certainly not of consistency.
    *

  2. #2
    DaleW Guest

    Default Re: TN: Mostly South African, w/Saar, Australia, and Rhone

    On Nov 15, 10:37�am, DaleW <Dwmi...@aol.com> wrote:
    > Betsy's away for concerts in NH, time to rid the freezer of the
    > venison sausage. I brown then braise in tomatoes, garlic, etc, open a
    > 375 of the 2005 Domaine du Vieux Lazeret Chateauneuf du Pape. No
    > apparent oak, lighter styled CdP (blind I'd probably guess Cotes du
    > Rhone), red fruit, a bit of lilac and herb. Quite pleasant, though not
    > especially deep or long. B
    >
    > Over to Roger's for the local wine group's monthly meeting. Roger
    > greets us with the 2005 Von Hovel Oberemmeler Hutte Riesling Spatlese,
    > Limeade, baby. Sweet citrus, rich and long. There's a little hint of
    > honied apricot, citrus and peach fruit. Really a child of the vintage,
    > this drinks like a big Auslese. Really tasty, and actually my wine of
    > the night by �a good margin. A-
    >
    > On to the blind wines, the theme was Africa.
    >
    > #1 (Rob's offering) Soft and low-acid, big in mouth, fairly plush
    > texture though with some grainy tannins. Cassis and blackberries, I'm
    > guessing Cab or Bdx blend, it's the 2004 Uva Mira Merlot/Cabernet
    > Sauvignon. B/B+
    > When unveiled it turns out to be the same wine Roger bought, he points
    > out. Too bad he said something, always fun to see if we notice it's
    > the same wine. We did try his bottle later unblind, showed similarly.
    >
    > #2 (Fred) Whoa, is Big Daddy Don Garlits in the house? Burnt rubber
    > dominates, with a hint of VA and some black plum fruit struggling to
    > make itself heard. Both Fred and I say Pinotage within seconds of
    > first sniff. It's the 2006 Bon Cap Pinotage. C
    >
    > #3 (Alex) So Alex arrives late, wants to serve his white. It's too
    > cold, but comes across as very very floral (with some vanilla). �I say
    > it doesn't remind me of Steen/Chenin, Sauvignon Blanc, or Chardonnay,
    > the only South African whites I've encountered. Alex looks very
    > confused. Apparently he never read a flurry of emails while he was in
    > Paris where theme was changed, he thought we were doing Australia.
    > Fred guesses Viognier, he's close. It's the 2006 d'Arenberg Hermit
    > Crab Viogner/Marsanne. Slightly oily texture, a bit more oak than I'd
    > like, but not bad. B
    >
    > #4 �(Dave) Lighter styled, red fruits, high acids, with just enough
    > rubber notes to have table declare Pinotage quickly. I thought maybe
    > it was a Cape blend as the Pinotage was more subdued, but it's a
    > single cepage, the 2005 Golden Kan Pinotage. B-/C+
    >
    > #5 (My wine, so no guessing). Fred pretty quickly says Bordeaux blend.
    > Nice balance of acids and light tannins, this is quite ready. Black
    > and red currants, some cedar and a hint of mocha, not especially long,
    > but my favorite red of the night. It's the 2000 Meerlust Rubicon. B+/B
    >
    > Fun night with the guys. It was well past midnight when we all walked
    > home.
    >
    > Grade disclaimer: I'm a very easy grader, basically A is an excellent
    > wine, B a good wine, C mediocre. Anything below C means I wouldn't
    > drink at a party where it was only choice. Furthermore, I offer no
    > promises of objectivity, accuracy, and certainly not of consistency.
    > �


    typo, the '05 Pinotage was Golden Kaan

  3. #3
    Salil Guest

    Default Re: TN: Mostly South African, w/Saar, Australia, and Rhone

    On Nov 15, 11:37 pm, DaleW <Dwmi...@aol.com> wrote:
    > Betsy's away for concerts in NH, time to rid the freezer of the
    > venison sausage. I brown then braise in tomatoes, garlic, etc, open a
    > 375 of the 2005 Domaine du Vieux Lazeret Chateauneuf du Pape. No
    > apparent oak, lighter styled CdP (blind I'd probably guess Cotes du
    > Rhone), red fruit, a bit of lilac and herb. Quite pleasant, though not
    > especially deep or long. B
    >
    > Over to Roger's for the local wine group's monthly meeting. Roger
    > greets us with the 2005 Von Hovel Oberemmeler Hutte Riesling Spatlese,
    > Limeade, baby. Sweet citrus, rich and long. There's a little hint of
    > honied apricot, citrus and peach fruit. Really a child of the vintage,
    > this drinks like a big Auslese. Really tasty, and actually my wine of
    > the night by a good margin. A-
    >
    > On to the blind wines, the theme was Africa.
    >
    > #1 (Rob's offering) Soft and low-acid, big in mouth, fairly plush
    > texture though with some grainy tannins. Cassis and blackberries, I'm
    > guessing Cab or Bdx blend, it's the 2004 Uva Mira Merlot/Cabernet
    > Sauvignon. B/B+
    > When unveiled it turns out to be the same wine Roger bought, he points
    > out. Too bad he said something, always fun to see if we notice it's
    > the same wine. We did try his bottle later unblind, showed similarly.
    >
    > #2 (Fred) Whoa, is Big Daddy Don Garlits in the house? Burnt rubber
    > dominates, with a hint of VA and some black plum fruit struggling to
    > make itself heard. Both Fred and I say Pinotage within seconds of
    > first sniff. It's the 2006 Bon Cap Pinotage. C
    >
    > #3 (Alex) So Alex arrives late, wants to serve his white. It's too
    > cold, but comes across as very very floral (with some vanilla). I say
    > it doesn't remind me of Steen/Chenin, Sauvignon Blanc, or Chardonnay,
    > the only South African whites I've encountered. Alex looks very
    > confused. Apparently he never read a flurry of emails while he was in
    > Paris where theme was changed, he thought we were doing Australia.
    > Fred guesses Viognier, he's close. It's the 2006 d'Arenberg Hermit
    > Crab Viogner/Marsanne. Slightly oily texture, a bit more oak than I'd
    > like, but not bad. B
    >
    > #4 (Dave) Lighter styled, red fruits, high acids, with just enough
    > rubber notes to have table declare Pinotage quickly. I thought maybe
    > it was a Cape blend as the Pinotage was more subdued, but it's a
    > single cepage, the 2005 Golden Kan Pinotage. B-/C+
    >
    > #5 (My wine, so no guessing). Fred pretty quickly says Bordeaux blend.
    > Nice balance of acids and light tannins, this is quite ready. Black
    > and red currants, some cedar and a hint of mocha, not especially long,
    > but my favorite red of the night. It's the 2000 Meerlust Rubicon. B+/B
    >
    > Fun night with the guys. It was well past midnight when we all walked
    > home.
    >
    > Grade disclaimer: I'm a very easy grader, basically A is an excellent
    > wine, B a good wine, C mediocre. Anything below C means I wouldn't
    > drink at a party where it was only choice. Furthermore, I offer no
    > promises of objectivity, accuracy, and certainly not of consistency.
    >


    I had the 05 Golden Kaan Pinotage recently and found it surprisingly
    pleasant for the variety. I didn't pick up the same burnt rubbery
    notes that I normally find in other Pinotage, and quite enjoyed the
    red fruited flavours and brightness.

    Meerlust Rubicon IMO is a really lovely wine, but one that needs a
    little bit of air and time in my book. I had the 01 twice in the last
    year - on both occasions it really blossomed on the second night and
    would have held its own with a lot of very good Bordeaux. I've also
    seen a number of very positive tasting notes on different vintages of
    Rubicon going back to the early 80s, so it seems like one built for
    the longer haul. (Need to find more, thanks for that reminder.)

    Cheers,

    Salil

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