Its been a good run with these Gins. Here’s another winner in a different style, this time from the USA – Portland in fact.
This one site more in the fuller flavoured citrus spectrum, orange peel specifically. There are licorice spectrum flavours to give this its point of difference, from the anise seed and sarsaparilla botanicals. Juniper and coriander are ever present, making this round and cuddly, full flavoured, with a warm zing on the finish. Most satisfying.
Getting into dangerous territory where flavour discernment is getting a bit more practiced, and more than one gin is required in the house – and this would fit into the entourage very nicely.
And here my friends we have a winner. All the way from France.
This is appealing from the get go. It smells vibrant and lifted, herbal and spicy, and with a slatey minerality. And its water clear despite the image here – the bottle is tinted blue. The palate is both sweet orange and lifted lemon in a seaspray kind of way. Second inspection brings the spice notes out: cardamom, clove, with the juniper playing a supporting role. 9 aromatics in total apparently, hence the 1 & 9 nomenclature.
Elegant, refreshing, zip and zing. Love it. Perfect sundowner. Will buy again.
Aaah, the joy of Donnhoff. Surely the rest of the world is well and truly on to the 2012s by now, but it seems I haven’t tried the 11 until now. And the first thing of note is the screwcap. Nice new addition there.
This is in those in between days that aren’t youth and aren’t bottle age either. Lime cordial, wet wool and touched with honey, which overshadows the lemon zing and creaming soda this usually has in the first year or so of its life. Still plenty to like, and this slips down rather too easily. The acid line is perhaps less strong in this vintage, but so what – drink it while you wait for the higher pradikats to come around. lots of fun. 88/100
From the De Bortoli website, the fruit for this wine was sourced from a large number of vineyards: Estate 35%, Estate A Sections 20%, Yarrawood 20%, Viggers 12%, Lusatia Park 5%, The Abbey 2%, Emu 2%, Other 3%. It is also worth noting the clones used, which were predominantly from MV6 clones. The Estate vineyard includes sections B6, C7 and D5 (the only different clone being 777).
A lovely perfume to the wine; cherry and currants and woody spices. The palate is elegant, with soft tannins, a mix of red fruits and black fruits, cherries and red plums, subtle spice, a touch of stalk, and then some sappiness on the finish. A charming wine, and great value at $18. Screwcap. 13.0%. The winemaker was Steve Webber. 89 points. Drink 2014-2018+. As a side note, I would add that 2012 Yarra pinots are looking very good at the moment.
A winery sample. Full-on nose; toasty oak and red currants, blackberries and black cherries, tobacco leaf with a hint of tomato leaf too. Full-on palate; masses of fruit and nuts and cream. All nicely balanced, so it is drinkable right now, but I would expect it to age pretty well. Forego any subtlety and accept the power of this wine! Sealed under screwcap. 93 points. RRP around $30 I think. Drink 2014-2021+
A crumbling cork, which caught me off guard, and I spent a few moments (well, quite a while) fishing fragments from my glass. An interesting wine though, being much richer than I expected, almost New World in character. Cherries, and then almost plums on the nose with wood spices and some secondary notes; no minerals and no restraint. A juicy and ripe palate followed, backed with some forest floor and dry stalks. No world beater, but decent drinking for $29 (albeit six years ago). Faded very quickly in the glass over a couple of hours, with the fruit exiting stage left, leaving moist wood and dry spices and a smear of red fruits. Drink now! 85 points.
I have been avoiding the 2011 Burgundies in general, but I bought a case of this wine. Here’s a relatively old link to some information on the producer: Camille Giroud. This is a good site: bookmark it now! (Pause) I am now on to the 3rd bottle from the case, and it has been consistently good. Bright cherries and minerals and a touch of dried meats. Lovely weight on the palate, again cherries and minerals. Not a lot of complexity but nothing to fault either. Good drinking for those that like their wines to remain in the background. Drink 2013-2015. High 80′s.
My apologies, but the label shown over yonder should be red (for the CdR rouge) and not yellow (for the CdR blanc); but it was the only one I could find online. Anyways, on to the particulars: 14.0% abv, synthetic seal and $26 RRP (though this was probably a bit cheaper if you pre-ordered it in a mixed dozen of wines from the Les Vignerons d’Estezargues).
A fruit driven nose, but with a touch of that rusticity that is prevalent in many a Southern Rhone wine. On the palate, blackberries, black cherries, sweet cherry fruits through the mid-palate, with some garrigue and river stones. But it is really the fruit that takes centre stage here; drink over the short term I think; 2013-2015.
Another ticket in the Rockford cork lottery successfully redeemed. A liqueur character, brandy more than rum, and spices, raisin and new leather; the liqueur characters are dominant. The palate is youthful, cherries and spice and soft raspberry acid, warm spices and pleasing secondary characters. Very good length. Looks better when it’s warmer. Lots of life left in it too; drink now-2018+. About $60 from the cellar door. 92 points.
Mulchy, vanilla, sour cherry, and a raspberry confection, like those Redskins lollies I used to have as a bored school student waiting for the 170 bus to arrive. Woody spices too. Palate is medium bodied, with red berry fruits and an ample supply of spices, marzipan, cream and silky tannins. A fuller style of Pinot Noir, missing the delicacy and pretty aromatics, having more sweetness, nuttiness, spice and oomph. Good for what it is. Screwcap. 13.5% abv. 85 points. RRP $30.