Pretty good and similar to many of the other Spatburgunders I’ve tried recently - treads softly on the tongue and has lovely aromatics - both fruity and herbal. However, still not as good value (or as sensuous) as the Hanewald-Schwerdt Kalkofen. Think that’s a contender for wine of the month (in a good month).
From my limited experience yes, but from comments on the Rhone thread, this seems to be a common opinion. I’ve had that Spatburgunder in my wish list for a while, a bit steep for me but have enjoyed every Aldinger wine I have tried so far.
This is a 2015 white blend of Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Viognier, and each brings something nice to the table. The nose is floral (orange blossom, perhaps) the palate starts with ripe fruit (pineapple, peach, citrus) followed by a bit of crème fraiche mixed with mild honey, and finishes with the zestiest freshest orange. Good structure, and medium length on the finish making this absolutely quaffable. And at £9.75 – very good value for money.
On the back label this is Adi’s recommendation: “Drink with attractive friends, or cellar, until you have attractive or interesting friends” …
The husband reckons we’re safe to drink it now, then. The friends are attractive, even if we’re not.
Drinking my last bottle of this and just re-read the reviews. I agree with the earlier almost too dry comments, that’s what I previously thought, but now find it seems to have softened a bit. Floral and herbal aroma, and a lot of green apple on the palate. Going well with pan-fried mackerel and salad. Seems a lot easier to drink than it did a year or two ago.
Sometimes a Big Wine is called for. This is absolutely archetypal mature McLaren Vale Shiraz - Kay Brothers Amery Hillside Shiraz 2005. All leather, ripe fruit and softened tannins. My only concern is the stated 15.5% alcohol (so likely 16%), water chaser required here I think! Cracking label too
I was told by a McClaren Vale grower(forgot who exactly) about 10 years ago that it’s hard to keep the alcohol levels down these days, without having unripe grapes so 15% is quite normal, he said that back in the 1970’s wines that were 13% are now at least 15% due to climate change. Hope that the fruit is balanced with the alcohol.
I have to say I am very taken with the mondeuse grape. This one is definitely best young; very fruit forward with soft tannins and that lovely syrah pepper, only more so. There’s also a touch of something savoury but not quite sure what. Probably not enough structure to age but just lovely right now. Another one I might need to bring a couple of home with me.
So… Have had these two wines delivered today after falling for them at the recent Rhone tasting in Leeds.
This Viognier is delicious - typical, but fresh tasting and surprisingly long for the price point.