Wine, Wine Reviews

Wine Tasting May 14 Vintages Release Recommendations

Wine tasting
Wine tasting

The theme of this release is customer favourites, New Zealand variety, and stylish sake.

A huge release with a few high-end wines, but most bottles cost about $ 20.00 to $ 25.00, which reflects the popularity of the price point.

The red wine selection, a few not withstanding, tends to lack intensity.

The selection of New Zealand wines seems to reflect more focus on price than flavour and elegance. There is only one Otago pinot noir. The Scotch selection is fine.

After a long absence from the listings, Chartreuse Green liqueur is back, this shows how sophisticated the palates are becoming.

My recommendations are:


Signet Highland Single Malt, Glenmorangie, Scotland
Brilliant dark amber colour. This 46.3 per cent ABV Scotch emanates dried fruit, and nut aromas along with cocoa and vanilla.
Smooth, and lingering finish.
An excellent after dinner digestive.
$ 339.95

Also recommended

Arran Port cask Finish Single malt, Isle of Arran Distillers, Scotland


Chartreuse Green, VEP (Vieillisiment Extra Prolonge), Les Pere Chartreuse, France
Chartreuse monks, for centuries have been producing this high-octane (54 per cent ABV) liqueur that contains 130 different herbs.
It is beguiling, `strong` liqueur that smells and tastes unique, and pleasantly medicinal.
Very appropriate after an extended meal with a Colombian supreme quality cup of coffee.
500 ml., $ 93.95

Fortified wines

Five-Year-Old Reserve Fine Rich Madeira, Justino, Madeira, Portugal
Justino is one of the oldest Madeira houses and enjoys a fine reputation amongst Madeira fans.
This is a complex, dried apricot and walnut smelling Madeira produced with oxidative technology. Very deeply flavoured with an umami orientation.
$ 24.95

Also recommended

Warrior Finest Reserve Port, Warre, Douro valley, Portugal
$ 19.95


Sparkling Sake Daiginjo Sake, Okunomatsu, Japan
Sparkling sake was introduced in 2010 and contains less alcohol. There are various methods of making sparkling sake.
Saturated yellow in colour. Lively mouth feel. Honeyed and zesty flavour.
290 ml., $ 13.95

Pearls Of Simplicity, Junmai daiginjo, Konteki, Kyoto, Japan
Citrus aromas. Honeyed flavour. Rich and smooth mouth feel.
720 ml., $ 54.95

Sparkling wines

Brut Excellence, Gosset, Champagne, France
Gosset is one of the oldest champagne houses.
Fruity. Light with lively effervescence. Lean and tight mouth feel on the drier side of brut dosage. Invigorating, and very enjoyable.
$ 59.95

Also recommend

Brut Sparkling, Roederer Estates, Anderson Valley, Sonoma County, California
$ 39.95

White wines

Chardonnay, 2014, Stag`s Leap Winery, Napa Valley, California
Brilliant yellow. Aromas of tropical fruits lead to a creamy mouth feel. 14 per cent ABV is well balanced with sufficient extract. Powerful but still elegant with a long finish.
$ 34.95

Ayler Kup Riesling Kabinett, 2013, Bischofliche Weinguter, Mosel, Germany
Pale greenish yellow. This low alcohol ( 8 per cent ABV) smells of melon and white peach. Off-dry but well balanced with appropriate acidity.
Light and elegant with a delicate and fine finish.
$ 23.95

Puligny Montrachet., 2013, Alain Chavy, Cote de Beaune, Burgundy, France
Dark brilliant yellow. Green apple and citrus aromas jump out of the glass. Mid-weight, layered, balanced, and eminently enjoyable with a long and satisfying finish.
$ 68.95

Also recommended

Pinot Grigio, 2015, Tiefenbrunner. Alto Adige, Italy
$ 22.95

La Chatelleine Sancerre, 2014, J. Mellot, Loire Valley, France
$ 31.95

Southern Clays Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, 2014, Villa Maria, New Zealand
$ 29.95

Rose wines

Rollier De La Martinette, 2015, Chateau la Martinette, Cotes de Provence, France
A pale rose wine as is common for  Provence.
Light. White flower, apricot, nectarine and peach flavours dominate. An effortlessly enjoyable wine for a sunny afternoon while watching the world go by, or while nibbling on delicious appetizers.
$ 19.95

Also recommended

Cuvee Tradition, 2015, Mas De Bressades, Costieres de Nimes, Rhone Valley, France
$ 15.95

Rosado, 2015, Ostatu, Rioja, Spain
$ 13.95

Red wines

The Boxer Shiraz, 2014, Mollydooker, Sarah and Sparky Marquis, South Australia
Dark brilliant red. Black- and blueberry aromas lead to a lightly spicy flavour. Full bodied. Balanced and ready to enjoy, but will improve for another eight to nine years of cellaring.
$ 33.95

Old Vines Garnacha, 2010, Marin, Carinena, Spain
Dark brilliant red. A well extarcted, old-style Spanish red wine. Smells of stone fruits dominate the nose. Full bodied and ready to drink. Enjoy with deeply flavoured foods.
$ 14.95

Tradition Pinot Noir, 2012, Domaine Queylus, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Dark red colour as result of the intensity of the sun in 2012 during the growing season.
A fine example of Ontario pinot pinot noir with stone fruit aromas wafting out of the glass. Mid-weight mouth feel ad long finish.
$ 29.95

Also recommended

Los Andes Coleccion, 2011. Cuvelier, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
$ 32.95

Shiraz, 2014, Cathedral Cellar, KWV, Western Cape, South Africa
$ 16.95

Gran Reserva Malbec, 2012, Fabre Montmayou, Mendoza, Argentina
$ 24.95

Chianti Classico, 2013, Ca Di Pesa, Tuscany, Italy
$ 38.95

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