Summer in a glass of liquid gold 2009 Veglio Moscato d’Asti

When I open a sparkling wine there is always a sense of anticipation especially with Moscato since the cork isn’t bound. First whiff was gardenias and white flowers while pouring. Medium gold emerges from the white mousse as it is poured into the glass. A bouquet of white flowers, peaches, apricots and golden delicious apple underpinned by minerality and musty notes on the nose and palate. Citris flavors and fine acidity balances the sweetness. Serve cold with fresh berries, strawberries and hazelnuts, or strawberry tart with almonds.
Moscato d’Asti is one of the most delicate dessert wines- body without being heavy- great balance- served fresh and cold while young, it is divine. A good Moscato d’Asti transports you to its place of origin. The white chalk soils fo the steep Langhe hills in Asti lend great character to the Moscato Bianco.

Bard’s Drop Merry Wives Chardonnay 2007

This is not your typical Aussie fruit bomb. Despite the rather jovial label art, this Chardonnay presents as a serious wine with structure and acidity balanced with use of fine oak.

A pale yellow color is accentuates the  bright and shiny appearance.

On the nose this Chardonnay presents white peach, apple, apricot, lemon, grapefruit, with vanilla and coconut notes from New French Oak.  There are secondary melon and tropical fruit accents.

The palate presents a serious, complex Chardonnay. In a blind tasting, one might be hard pressed to whether this came from Australia or California.  The cool climate aspects of the Central Ranges come through and add a refreshing crisp acidity to balance out the fruit flavors.  Citrus, stone fruit and some tropical fruit notes are accented by the vanilla from New French Oak used in fermentation and maturation.

Overall, a great wine for the money- serious structure, restrained fruit, shows finesse in the winemaker’s skills.  Serve well chilled with seafood, chicken, light pork and veal dishes especially with cream sauces.  Great with a Grilled Salmon Caesar Salad, paella, seafood curry, pasta carbonara or linguine with white clam sauce. 89 points- might be a 90+ with the right food!

Inky, dark and delicious from Southern Spain: Hecula Monastrell(Mourvedre)

Hecula, Bodegas Castaño Monastrell, DO Yecla, Murcia, Spain.  This 2006 Monastrell from Bodegas Castano is a great example of the wines from South East Spain. This is a very dark, inky red to black with ruby hues. Highly extracted and viscous, you can tell this is from a hot/dry climate. Red and black fruit, plum, licorice, cigar box and leather on the nose. Black fruits; plums, black berry, huckleberry, licorice, chocolate on the mouth. With the medium-high acidity, this Monastrell will pair nicely with foods: roasted meats, game, stews etc. You may recognize the adopted French name for this Spanish grape: Mourvedre from Rhone Valley fame or GSM in Australia.

2008 Coto de Hayas, Garnacha Centenarias, Bodegas Aragonesas

This is a 100% Garnacha from old vines in Aragon- absolutely delicious. With a vivid ruby robe and purple hints, this wine is ready to drink now. A nose of cherry, raspberry, blackberry and vanilla with hints of white pepper and cedar. The palate does not disappoint, round and full with good structure and tannins complimenting the fruitiness. Three months in French Oak give this wine a decided elegance.

Bodegas Borsao Seleccion 2008, DO Campo de Borja, Aragon Spain $10USD

This wine is 70% Garnacha, 20% Syrah, 10% Tempranillo.  It has a deep ruby color with a purple hue, young and vibrant.  The nose is full of black and red cherries, plums, blackberries and raspberry with white pepper notes.  The palate is round and firm with very ripe but not cooked summer fruits followed by a bit of white pepper.  This wine is a great example of what you can expect for around $7USD from Spain these days.  The new Spanish style is balanced, fresh and fruity without beating you over the head with oak.  Will serve nicely with grilled meats, pasta, roast chicken.

RP: 88pts WS:89pts

Le Petit Lousteau, Medoc 2005

Appearance: Deep ruby with purple tinge- youthful appearance, slow stained tears m to m+ viscosity
Nose: black cherry, plum, black currant, green bean, pepper, cigar and liquorice
Palate: tight at first, opening to a nice fruit mouthfeel of black cherry, plum and cassis. Tobacco and cedar notes predominates.

Conclusion: A solid Medoc built for aging with tons of character. Enjoy now or lay down for 5 years

I know this is the second wine of Lousteauneuf but between vintage(05 was a great year if you were asleep) and style, this is much bigger in the glass than the first wine.  .


Wine Classes at VdF

Subject: Increase Your Wine Pleasure!!

Come and join us for a series of classes designed to increase the pleasure we get from wine.

In each, we will explore a different wine region, taste various of its best examples and learn about its geography, climate, key grape varieties and the various characteristics that makes each wines so different and so special.

Each class can be taken on its own but throughout the whole series, participants will see themselves learning about the key concepts that influence wine quality and taste:

28 November 2009 – Languedoc Roussillon & Wine Tasting Techniques

12 December 2009 – Australia & The Influence of Oak

09 January 2010 – Rhone Valley & The Difference Between Old & New World Wines

23 January 2010 – Argentina & The Effect of Altitude on Flavours

06 February 2010 – Bordeaux & The Effect of Vintage Variation

27 February 2010 – Chile & Organic Wine Making

Sessions will be held in the afternoon and tuition is HKD 480 per person per session (class size is limited to 20 persons).

Please book directly with the organisers Vins de France at:

email:  vdfclub@vinsdefrance.com.hk
telephone: +852 2803 5760

2008 Viña Ventisquero Sauvignon Blanc Reserva (Chile, Aconcagua, Casablanca Valley) <$10USD

Appearance: Pale yellow with silvery tints. low color intensity, medium – viscosity
Nose: Pomelo, lime, hay, asparagus and gooseberry
Palate: Citrus- pomelo, lime, with grassy notes
Conclusion: a crisp, light white with very nice balanced acidity and aromatics. Approachable and ready to drink.

ventisq sauv blanc