16 Dec 2014

Wine Review - 2011 Sileni The Straits Sauvignon Blanc: Best Stinky Feet Smell Ever

This is one of the last wines we had from the 2013 NSLC Port of Wines Festival.  It sat for more than a year in our rack waiting for its turn.  We remembered nothing of the wine because it was so long ago but we were glad to see our way out of the stock from 2013.  We have had Sileni Pinot Noir as well and found that to be a great wine was well.

In the glass, the wine is light yellow in colour and show a very slight effervescence which is interesting.  The other main characteristic we noticed was that the wine looked a lot less watery than we normally see if NZ Sauv Blanc.

The nose is full of pears and peaches with a hint of mint.  The one main note we get is....wait for it....stinky feet.  That's right, there is a crazy amount of stink in there and it just works.  Why?  Because it's followed by a very cleansing mist of alcohol.  It is really cool.

The flavour profile is a lot more traditional with a lot of pineapples and
lemon peel.  This Sauv Blanc has a lot more residual sugar in it than we would expect and it is thicker on the palate as well.  To cap it off, it finishes very quickly and cleanly much like the nose.  Unique would be a fair assessment of this wine.

   Tasting Notes: Score:
Sight (0-5) ‎Light yellow colour with slight effervescence and less watery than normal 4.0
Smell (0-5) Pears and peaches overlaid with mint and stinky feet 4.5
Taste (0-10) Pineapples, lemon peel with a touch of sugar and a quick finish 8.75
  Total: 17.25 / 20 (86.25%)

At $24 locally it's on the high side of normal pricing but with all the stuff going on it feels like the price is right.  It's worth the stinky feet smell regardless.

Keep on tasting!

Chris & Shannon

19 Nov 2014

Wine Review - 2013 Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc: Unique Tasting Kiwi Sauv Blanc

Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc
‎This was a purchase at the NSLC Port of Wines Festival this year. It was an interesting taste profile so we picked up a bottle for closer inspection.  Frank Nobilo carries on the tradition of Ernie Els, Mike Weir, and other Pro Golfers who have ventured into the wine business with his Nobilo Wines.  This version is a good one.

In the glass the wine is pale yellow with a green hue.  It is a watery wine and is very clear.  It looks like a Summer wine and certainly makes one want to drink it.  We miss Summer...if you couldn't tell.

The nose is tropical though and through which, if this is your first review of ours you're reading, we love.  There's mango and papaya front and centre.  Beneath all that is a lemon peel element that really rounds out the nose.  Very nice smelling wine.

The flavours are interesting to say the least.  It is a typically tart and crisp Sauv Blanc.  There is a citrus component on palate as well but the tropical notes are not there.  In its place is a flinty and clean mouth feel but that is not unfamiliar.  It goes beyond that though and is almost a really dry version of a Riesling. Very unique for this style of wine.  We get under ripe pears and green mango in there.  Again familiar but different.

   Tasting Notes: Score:
Sight (0-5) Watery with a pale yellow colour with a green hue. 4.25
Smell (0-5) Tropical nose with mango and papaya with citrus underneath. 4.25
Taste (0-10) Tart and crisp with flinty and under ripe fruit notes of pear and green mango. 8.25
  Total: 16.75 / 20 (83.75%)

This wine is $20 locally and that is certainly in line with others in the category.  The unique flavours make this one a tougher call in terms of do we love it or not.  We like it for sure and the flavour comes in as a stand up and take notice kind of thing but maybe it's a little too under ripe.

Keep on tasting!

Chris & Shannon

1 Nov 2014

Wine Review - 2013 Mount Monster Cabernet Sauvignon: Tangy Red Wine That Sticks To The Tongue

This wine was on the roster for Mer et Soleil at this year's Port of Wines Festival and we had a chance to try it both freshly opened and with a little time open.  Overall, it was a nice drinking wine but definitely develops more when the bottle is open for a while.  We would go as far to say it is better to decant this wine to open it up a bit.

Bright crimson is the best was to categorize the look and colour of the wine.  There are slow legs in the glass on the swirl and it seems to stick to the sides as the wine comes down.  It has an oily look to it as well which make you feel like this will be a big wine.

The nose hit us with cherry blossoms and violets as the dominant building blocks of the bouquet.  We also see light oak and vanilla notes underlying all of that.  It's a solid nose on this wine.

The oily nature of the wine in the glass continues on the palate. It sticks to the tongue quite readily.  This comes with blackberries on the start and it actually finishes with more of a black cherries flavour.  Very interesting.  Our challenge with this wine are the rougher tannins on the mid-palate which provides an slightly bitter finish.  Where we would love to see more silky tannins, we get a more acidic tasting experience.

   Tasting Notes: Score:
Sight (0-5) Bright crimson colour and oily look make this seem like it will be a big wine. 4.5
Smell (0-5) Cherry blossoms and violets dominate with oak and vanilla undertones. 4.0
Taste (0-10) The wine is oily on the tongue with blackberries to ‎start and black cherries on the finish. Rougher tannins on the mid-palate and finishes a touch bitter. 7.75
  Total: 16.25 / 20 (81.25%)

We like this wine and at just under $20 it is priced about right.  We like how this wine tasted and it is pretty good with and without food.  Again, if you leave it open for a while you will like it that much more.  So, open it an hour before dinner as opposed to when the food hits the table.

Keep on tasting!

Chris & Shannon