What’s in the glass tonight April 27th – Chianti


From the Cellar: Santa Cristina Chianti Superiore 2011 – $$$

Dark plum red colour, tending tawny. 13% alc.

A bouquet that is rich and opulent and savoury. Scents of dates, cardboard and spice, and fusty dark fruits.

In the mouth the wine tastes rich, ripe and full. Concentrated fruit, quite chewy. A delicious spicy finish, with a tannic rasp at the back of my throat, and drying. Very long.

Highly Recommended 91 Points


What’s in the glass tonight August 19th, in the snow – Chianti

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L and I and the kids had a fabulous weekend up the mountain. Glorious weather, great snow conditions, a race to compete in, then a night-time torchlit ski procession to honour the memory of a ski-field pioneer. Couldn’t ask for anything more!

Santa Cristina Chianti 2011

From the Cellar: Santa Cristina Chianti Superiore 2011

I drank this up at the ski-club. Hard to trust my palate at altitude, but here goes…

Deep magenta red. 13% alc.

Floral, dusty and savoury red fruits. I saw dried berries, licorice and brown paper. Nice complexity and interest.

To drink, the wine was full bodied and round. There were generous flavours of plums and currants. Grainy tannins. A licorice finish with spice.

91 points

Snow 1

The next day we lit the slopes. I claimed the position of Lantern Rouge for the skiclub in the Haensli Cup, but the scenery made it all better!

snow 3

The view from The Knoll T-Bar top station at Whakapapa, looking over the Valley at the Pinnacles.


Straight to the Pool Room – July 2015

Pool Room July 2015

Here are a selection of wines I scored from the Negociants tasting of earlier in the month:

Pra Soave Classico 2013 – $$ – Italy – Drink now, maybe next year.

Santa Cristina Chianti Superiore 2011 – $$ – Spain – Drink 2015-2018.

Beronia Rioja Reserva 2008 – $$$ – Spain – Drink 2015-2018.

Dom. Faiveley Gevrey Chambertin Les Cazetiers 1er Cru 2011 – $$$+ – Drink 2015-2021

I am really excited to possess my first 1er cru Burgundy. Berry Bros & Rudd website notes sez of this wine: “Faiveley are the talk of Burgundy at the moment, a change of generation with Erwan Faiveley now in charge has resulted in a change of style since 2007 (the old style was often very tannic). I have to say I love the new style and the famous Gevrey Premier Cru vineyard of Cazetiers epitomises it. Beautiful lifted nose, with red cherry and some bramble fruits. The palate is seamless, seductive almost, with the same red fruits showing and a lovely pepper spice finish. Burgundy of the very highest order”