Tuesday, July 03, 2018

South America & South Africa Wine Tasting #WeekendWinedown

Casas del Bosque Sauvignon Blanc Reserva 2017 (Casablanca Valley, Chile): Notes of ammonia, cut grass, green pepper, asparagus, under ripe pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, and lime. This wine was dry with medium alcohol and complexity, high acidity, medium minus body, and medium plus length. Notes continue on the palate with fruit taking the front seat. 
Ken Forrester Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc 2016 (Stellenbosch, South Africa): Caramel, underripe pineapple, ripe pear, yellow apple, lemon, ginger, white pepper, wet wool, mushroom, and smoky flint. On the palate this wine was dry with medium alcohol, body, and length, and medium plus acidity and complexity. Notes of pear, lemon, apple, green melon, ginger, white pepper, caramel, toasty, and pineapple. Slight oak/potential lees aging give a creamy texture.
Cono Sure Reserva Especial Pinot Noir 2015 (Casablanca Valley, Chile): On the nose tomato, violet, green pepper, coffee, chocolate, mocha, cherry, strawberry, vanilla, spicy, smoky, forest floor, graphite, and cedar. On the palate this wine was dry with medium alcohol, length, and complexity, soft tannins, medium plus acidity, and medium minus body. Notes of sour cherry, fresh strawberry, coffee, mocha, cedar, spice, graphite, and forest floor. Very unexpectedly light and elegant. 
Don Cristobal Bonarda 2016 (Mendoza, Argentina): Lavender, ripe cherry, strawberry, plum, black pepper, blueberry, and turned earth. This wine was dry with medium plus alcohol and acidity, medium minus tannins and complexity, and medium body and length. Notes of blueberry, cherry pit, black tea, blackberry, black cherry, and turned earth.
Porseleinberg Red 2014 (Swartland, South Africa): Notes of green pepper, jalapeños, blackberry, blueberry, cured meats (Prosciutto), smoky (campfire), violets, dried earth, and chocolate. On the palate this wine was dry with medium plus structure, length, and complexity. Notes carry over onto the palate with addition of plum, cocoa powder, and black pepper. 
Trapiche Terroir Series Coletto Malbec 2013 (Mendoza, Argentina): Fig, strawberry, black tea, blueberry, menthol, cherry, violets, baking spice, clove, forest floor, graphite, and vanilla. On the palate this wine was dry with high alcohol and acidity, full body, medium plus tannin and complexity, and a long finish. Notes of black tea, blueberry, cherry, plum, black current, blackberry, fig, black pepper, violet, forest floor, and graphite. 

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