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Professor B’s February 21 Vintages Release Recommendations


It seems that Vintages management decided to offer affordable wines for a while to balance the parade of very expensive products before Christmas. This release features several Australian red wines, most of which hail from South Australia. Not a single wine from Tasmania is offered, and only very few from Victoria.

Overall 105 wines were presented to wine writers, but in total there are 110. Occasionally, a few wines fail to arrive in time, and from time to time very expensive wines don’t find their way to the tasting laboratory.

Overall, there are a few sparkling wines, and only one happens to taste appealing enough to mention.

As usual, many more red wines are offered that white.

My recommendations.

Glen Grant Single Malt 2003, Gordon and McPail, Speyside, Scotland, United Kingdom
A delightful nose followed by apricot, spice, and vanilla flavours. In the mouth this whisky tastes complex with layered flavours. A robust and artfully crafted Scotch to sip and contemplate.
401405, $ 81.95

Sparkling wine

Grand Cuvee Brut, Cremant de Bourgogne, Veuve Ambal, Burgundy, France
Pale in colour. Lively bubbles. Bouquet of white flowers, flowed by pear/apple aromas. Perfect for shellfish preparations, and lazy summer Sunday afternoons on the patio.
209619, $ 19.95

White Wines

Chardonnay, 2012, Esser, Monterey County, California
Golden in colour. Aromas of toasted nuts and dried pineapple dominate first impressions. Medium-bodied, mouth watering. Vibrant and balanced with a fine acid backbone. Enjoy with filet of Dover sole Duglere, pan-fried salmon with beurre blanc.
675017, no price provided

The Lodge Hill Riesling, 2012, Jim Barry, Clare Valley, South Australia
Bright straw-green in colour. Citrus fruit aromas greet the nose. Smooth, and seamless mouth feel. A fine wine to enjoy on its own, with white meat dishes, exotic salads with orange juice and olive oil dressings.
262469, $ 25.95

Rarangi Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, 2013, Wither Hills, New Zealand
Pale yellow in colour. Crisp and refreshing with herbal notes. Perfect for deep fried calamari, breaded deep fried shrimp, Sauce Remoulade, smoked eel, and cod patties.
288134, $ 21.95

Also recommended

Hattenheimer Nussbrunnen Trocken Kabinett, 2011, Langguth von Simmern, Rheingau, Germany
288134, $ 21.95

Chardonnay, 2012, Hartford Court, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California
404277, $ 39.95

Sauvignon Blanc, 2012, Bonterra, Organic wine, Mendocino/Lake County, California
86249, $ 18.95

Red wines

Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012, Ratherford Ranch, Napa valley, California
Garnet in colour. Dark fruit aromas dominate. In the mouth, the wine shows its impeccable balance and symmetry. Full bodied, well structured. Enjoy with deeply flavoured foods.
191700, 375 ml. $ 13.95

Samantha’s Garden Shiraz, 2012, Two hands, Clare Valley, South Australia

Inky dark red in colour. A sleek, seductive, and polished Shiraz from the hands of a talented winemaker. Montmorency cherry aromas emanate from this powerful and seamless red that can be enjoyed now, or cellared for three to five years. Enjoy with game stews, roasted strip loin of beef with red wine sauce, hard cheeses, and game terrines.
67355, $ 67.95

Cuvee Des Deux Soeurs Chateauneuf-Du-Pape, 2012, Domaine Tour Saint Michel, Rhone Valley, France
Brilliant garnet in colour. Aromas of caramelized meat (Maillard effect), spice, and dark cherries, followed by a powerful attack of alcohol and extract. Balanced with a long, satisfying aftertaste.
400390, $ 44.95

Also recommended

Hitching Post Hometown Pinot Noir, 2013, Hartley Ostini, Santa Barbara County, California
256644, $ 29.95

Monument Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010, Stonestreet Winery, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
285098, $ 52.95

Director’s Cut Shiraz, 2012, Heartland Winery, Langhorne Creek, South Australia
48496, $ 35.95

Shiraz, 2012, Yangarra Winery, McLaren vale, South Australia
91974, $ 32.95

St. Chinian SyrahéMourvedre, 2011, Gerard Bertrand, Languedoc, 89/100
370247, $ 18.95

Prima, 2012, Bodegas y Vinedos Maurodos, Toro, Spain
80762, $ 19.95

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