Traditionally, Vintages January releases focus on less expensive and relatively mediocre quality products acknowledging consumer behaviour with spending lavishly in December.
This release is a repeat of the previous year’s pattern, in that it being under whelming in quality, but strong on low price.
The two expensive wines displayed cork contamination (tcl) and could not be evaluated.
Obviously, this release contains fewer wines that standard, but if seek moderately priced wines, there are a few bottles you can choose with confidence.
An Oa Islay Sigle Malt, Ardberg Distillery, Scotland
This unchillfiltered, pale green golden whisky is soft on the palate. Slightly peaty but very appealing, with a faint smoked tea flavour. It seems that it was aged in second fill PX )Pedro Ximenez) sherry casks, the reason of its softness on the palate.
Fortified and specialty wine
Moniac Mead, The Lyme Bay Winery, England
English are fond of mead, fermented honey wine. Weighing in with 12.5 ABV, this well balanced mead should be enjoyed chilled and enjoyed with seasonal local fruits, or pecan pies, or tarte tatin (an upside down caramelized apple cake).
Quinta Das Carvalhas 20-Year-Old Tawny, Douro Valley Portugal
Refined relatively dark for tis age tawny offering dried apricot and plum flavours. The finish is long and rich, A fine tawny for a reasonable price.
Cream Sherry, Alvear, Montilla Moriles, Spain
Grande Cuvee Brut Champagne, Moutard, Champagne, France
Pale yellow colour. Aromas of tropical fruits (think papaya) surge out of the glass. Lively mouth feel with good effervescence and minerality. Ready to enjoy as an aperitif, or light foods.
Tete de Cuvee Brut Vouvray, Château Moncontour, Loire, France
Calcaire Chardonnay, 2014, Clos Du Bois, Sonoma County, California
Golden colour. Citrus fruit aromas dominate the nose. In the mouth, the wine tastes well balanced, albeit tinged with a slight oak flavour. Grilled salmon, or goat cheese is recommended.
No price provided
Clare Valley Chardonnay, Wakefield, South Australia
Golden colour. Exotic fruit aromas jump out of the glass. A well-balanced, flavourful chardonnay to enjoy with pan-fried scallops, or shrimp in a cream sauce enhanced with chopped dill.
La Roche Vineuse Macon, 2015, Terres Secretes, Burgundy, France
Light, flavourful, fruity with a crisp mineral acidity. Cellar for two to three years for rich rewards.
Sec Vouvray, Chateau Moncontour, Loire Valley, France
Serringer Wurzburg Kabinett Feinherb, 2008, Dr. Siemens. Mosel, Germany
Dragon Tree Cabernet sauvignon, Shiraz, Pinotage, 2014, Flagstone, South Africa
Brilliant garnet red colour. Look for a floral bouquet underlined with black fruit and cigar box aromas. Mid weight, well balanced with noticeable tannins. Cellar for two to three years. Am
An interesting wine with pedigree.
No price provided
Killerman’s Run Grenache, Shiraz, Mataro, 2013, Killikanoon, South Australia
Shiraz, 2016, Leeuwenkuil, South Africa
Tinto Fino Crianza, 2014, El Pedrosal, Ribera del Duero, Spain