Count KarolyI 2013 Gruner Veltliner

July 16, 2015 § Leave a comment

Price: $9.29Count Karolyi Gruner Veltliner

Amongst cork dork Gruner is hip and worthy of many a lavish superlative. However outside of that world Gruner is not very well understood or often enjoyed. So when I say a Gruner at under $10 and from Hungary I just had to try it.

Gruner at its essence is like a RieslingĀ and shows peach, pear and citrus and some pretty good spicy-ness.

I enjoyed this wine and it certainly delivered on its price promise. The nose shows pears, apricots and melons and finish shows some spice.

For $9.29 this is a pretty great white wine buy and I really enjoyed it with white fish like cod and halibut, or even prawns on a fresh citrusy salad.

Score: 7.5 ~ Over Delivers

Purchased at BC Liquor Stores

Chapel Hill 2013 ‘Parson’s Nose’ Shiraz

July 14, 2015 § Leave a comment

Price: $17.99Chapel Hill Shiraz

I bought this wine because I was in the mood for a hedonistic fruit and baking spice explosion, and because McLaren Vale is the source of my favourite Aussie Shiraz’s.

There is a lot more finesse in this wine than what I was expecting… and that is a good thing. This wasn’t your run of the mill fruit bomb explosion so it kind of missed the mark there, however it more than made up for it with finesse.

The trick here is to let it breathe. I had this wine open on my counter for 4 days. Tasting on days 2 and 3 were far better than day 1 or 4.

The nose shows classic dark fruit, smoked meat and a little purple flower thing that I really liked. The palate is richly texture but not bomb-ish, and it was very well balanced with the alcohol (14.5%) and not boozy. Flavours of blue and blackberries with some cardamom and bergamot spice thrown in for good measure.

This is a great wine to have with grilled lamb or a pizza with prosciutto on it.

Score: 6.9 – Good Drop – Certainly an enjoyable wine, but I thought I got what I paid for, but what I am looking for is a wine that exceeds what I paid for it.

Purchased At Everything Wine

Laya 2013 Almansa D.O.P.

July 10, 2015 § Leave a comment

Price: $13.99Laya 2013

The Laya 2013 is a great value for those looking for a big punch of flavour. If you are feeling bold and like a bull in a china shop, as my mother used to say, this is the wine for you.

Dark almost black in the glass with a huge nose filling aroma of crushed ripe black raspberry, bing cherry and black plum. There is also a hint of pastry and thyme.

The palate is big and bold and just a little boozy which is not surprising given that it is 14% alcohol.

A great wine for Pulled Pork, Beef Brisket or anything lathered in BBQ sauce.

Keywords: bold, juicy, boozy, bbq

Value: 7.4 – Over Delivers… as long as you are looking for a whallop.

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