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 February 2013 

 20/02/2013

Presenter: 

 PDFHarry Rose

Wines Region / Country Source Cost Comments
1. Santa Rita Medalla Real 2010 Gran Reserva Chardonnay
Leyda Valley, Chile
Majestic
£11
14%. Very perfumed with an almost oily nose and a decent balance on the palate. Rich, dense with a touch of oak (7 months).
Group Comments: “pleasant wine”, “acidic”, “not to buttery”, “more citrus”, “oily”, “waxy”, “alcohol burn”, “not particularly hot”, “No shrinking Violet”.
2. Catena 2009 Chardonnay
Mendoza, Argentina
Majestic
£13
14%. Rich on the nose with a little fudge/toffee. Fresh on the palate with some butterscotch, the oak is more overt and the lighter body accentuates the woody edges.
Group Comments: “sweet and sour”, “Chablis like”, “lemon shebet”, “acidic”, “not well integrated”, “toffee”, “caramel”, “butterscotch”.
3. Bodegas Escorihuela Gascó 1884 Reservado Shiraz, 2009
Mendoza, Argentina
The Wine Chambers
£11
14%. Winemaker Gustavo Marin ages Syrah for 8 months in French and American oak. There's lots of fruit but also a smoky, ashen nose. On the palate it's initially soft, then hardens on the mid-palate, before giving a stewed aspect on the finish (and on the nose after some time in the glass). A little simplistic.
Group Comments: “smoky, dusty”, “good but hard tannins”, “1 dimensional”, “Ribena”, “stewed”.
4. Ventisquero 2008 Grey Glacier Shiraz, Apalta
Colchagua Valley, Chile
The Wine Chambers
£14
14.5%. From the Roblería Vineyard (see Vertice) in the Apalta. Eucalyptus/menthol on the nose with some smoke. Rich, smooth and soft at the front with interesting edge tannins, thick, extracted fruit and a long finish. There are fresh, lifting vapours although the tannins and complexity could be a bit more and there's a slightly tinny finish.
Group Comments: “vanilla”, “fruit bonbons”, “rich smooth”, “lighter wine (than last)”, “lack of extract”, “reserved”.
5. Lapostolle 2001 Cuvee Alexandre Merlot, Apalta
Colchagua Valley, Chile
Majestic
£16.24
14.5%. (Organic, 85% Merlot; 15% Syrah, wild yeast ferment). A complete nose; fruity, promising, fresh but not young. Tannins are very ash-dry on the palate with bouncing acidity and beautiful flavours, a very good wine which probably needs another 2-3 years.
Group Comments: “quality wine”, “has grip”, “not like a Merlot”, “will be smoother with age”.
6. Luca 2009 Uco Valley Malbec
Mendoza, Argentina
Majestic
£22
14%. Average vineyard elevation 3,150ft (960m), hand harvested from 47yr vines with 16 months in 60% new French & 40% second use French barriques. A heavyweight wine, literally with a massive bottle. Creamy, rich with dark berry fruit, (too) fresh acidity and integrated tannins. Dense fruit and complex flavours makes this a delicious wine with plenty going on, although some found it a little too soft.
Group Comments: “too soft”, “sweet and toffee like”, “smooth tannins”, “dense fruit”, “chunky”, "a “ladies wine”, “soft & cuddly”.
7. Ventisquero 2007 Vertice Carménère/Syrah, Apalta
Colchagua Valley, Chile
The Wine Chambers
£25
14%. A "creative partnership of John Duval and Felipe Tosso gives life to a unique marriage of Carménère and Syrah. Grapes are sourced from the most elevated section of the Fundo Roblería estate in the Apalta Valley".  Delicious cassis, herby fruit and dense flavours; smooth, soft, cool and sweet with soft-grain tannins, although the sweetness was off-putting for some.
Group Comments: “smells and tastes of chocolate”, “sweetness to it”, “great depth”, “blackcurrant/Ribena”, “liquorice”, “seems soft”, “lacks definition”.
8. Cousino Macul 2007 Finis Terrae
Maipo Valley, Chile
The Wine Chambers
£19
14%. (Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Syrah). Dark fruit nose, concentrated (and a little stewed) cassis. Rich, grainy tannins and restrained, chocolaty fruit. A good wine with no harshness although it is not particularly exciting, a touch 1 dimensional.
Group Comments: General debate
9. Pulenta 2008 Gran Corte VII, Lujan de Cuyo
Mendoza, Argentina
Richard Granger
£24
14%. (43% Malbec, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 4% Cabernet Franc, from the Pulenta estate). A closed nose with a subtle, earthy perfume. Acid and tannins stand out rather than fruit, this has decent texture and a pleasant chewiness, although the acidity comes across as a little artificial. Coffee/espresso shows in the glass.
Group Comments: General debate
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