Off Topic: E Guigal Côtes du Rhône Rouge 2013 – $
14% alc. Dark ruby.
This is the world’s foremost high-volume quality red wine. Here is this year’s vintage release, eagerly anticipated:
Earthy, spicy note. Dark red plums. Fresh.
Supple ripe dark red fruit flavours, medium tannins, grippy spicy finish. Zippy and spirited. Luscious mouthfeel. Strong, long. Quite striking.
This wine will last another 10+ years easy. Drinking so well now.
Highly Recommended 90 Points
Off Topic – E Guigal Côtes du Rhône Blanc 2015 – $$
Pale brilliant gold colour. 13.5% alc. 65% Viognier, 15% Rousanne, 8% Marsanne, balance of Bourboulenc and white Grenache
Floral nose of white peach and mandarin, with honey supporting.
Richness and body in the mouth. Flavours of apricots, the unctuousness of honey. A pure elegant and balanced wine. The weight of the Viognier is nicely moderated by the Rousanne and Marsanne.
Like a good Condrieu.
Highly Recommended 91 points
Off Topic: Louis Bernard Cotes du Rhone 2013 – $$
Dark purple plum. 12.5% alc.
My nose is full of cold and I can hardly smell a thing, but this wine tastes pretty good – soft, ripe and fruity. Good density and balance. A nip of tannin. There are savoury aromas there as well, but I shouldn’t trust the olfactory equipment too much tonight…
We are off to Fiji in the morning for a few days in the sun, and life is swell! 88 points
Leaving the reservation: Delas Ventoux Rouge 2012
What I have imbibed this week I have blogged about already, like the rapidly-becoming-favourites Kumeu River Village Chardonnay 2010 and Yealand Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012.
Or forgettable like the Brancott Estate South Island Pinot Noir 2011 brewed for the indiscriminate World Of Wearable Arts crowd…
So I am left with this clunker:
A cheap Rhone blend I picked up from Regional Wines. Dark red. 14%. Soft tannins. Red berry fruit. Non-complex. No ambition. Dying in the glass. Might even be making me feel ill. That’ll learn me for not buying local. Not even gonna score it.