Decanter 2011 World Wine Award Tasting

2011/12/30, 當天很忙,所以只有速記


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Vina Casablanca Blanc de Blancs NV Casablanca Valley

Small and mild bubble in the medium blonde-gold color. Yeast, baked nuts, citrus and fig flavors with a bit chewy texture (w/o bubbles).

Waimea Estates Sauvignon Blanc Nelson 2009 New Zealand (得獎年份為 2010)

Light blonde. Typical New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Black currant leaves, lemon and light melon skin. Medium-high acidity.

Waimea Estates Spinyback Pinot Gris 2006 Waimea Plains, Nelson New Zealand (得獎年份為 2009)

Light+ blonde. Surprising Pinot Gris due to its distinct petrol/mineral nose, very different to those from Alsace and Italy. Good.

Knappstein Hand Picked Riesling 2010

Hand picked Riesling contributes the elegant flavors and acidity balance. Begin with the mineral and orange flavored acidity. Shows honey and bouquet while the temperature goes higher. Good.

De Bortoli Deen Vat 1 Durif 2008 South Eastern Australia Australia (得獎年份 2009)

Personally think this is the best one of today. This Durif/Petit Syrah shows deep ruby color with purple rim, and nose includes jammy fruit flavors, leather, and black pepper hint. Although the tannin is high and young, the mouth feel is still comfortable. The medium+ acidity, tannin and the dense fruity shows its aging potential (I think 5 yrs aging is not a problem). Good.

VinEcol Mendoza 2010 Oak Reserve Malbec (得獎年份為2009)

Although I think the viticulture style of this winery is a bit over, this long maceration Malbec do show the charming bouquet. Nose also includes over-ripe black berries, vanilla, and leather. The tannin mouth feel is a bit rough.

Bird in Hand Shiraz Two in the Bush 2010 Mt. Lofty Ranges, South Australia Australia (得獎年份為 2009)

Similar to the 2008 Durif, but this Shiraz shows bigger structure, fuller body and denser nose. Leather, berry jams, bouquet and light butter. Too early to drink, need at least 3 yrs aging.

Thompson Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Margaret River, Western Australia Australia (得獎年份為 2007)

Not as energetic and active as other Australia Cabernet Sauvignon, this one shows a implicit and undertone style. Leather, light green pepper, berries, oak barrel. The palate is very lingering... Good.