You can taste the soft warm summer evening sun in this delightfully smooth yet earthy Red wine from Samur – which we visited last year. Delicious, lovely fruit, worth seeking out and it blows the myth of boring light Reds from Samur.
Brian and I enjoyed this over dinner after a hard day visiting Powerscourt Waterfall, followed by lunch in Avoca, a drop in to wish the parents a Happy New Year, then to the O’Byrnes to wish Sarah a Happy Birthday, capped with a swift Pint of Guinness in The Tinsel Knacker. The girls had Irish Wolfhound Pale Ale. Phew.
A very pleasant tour through their “Demeter certified Biodynamic” vineyard and extensive new eco-Cellars. We also witnessed the start of the crush and their new super duper optical grape sorting camera-laser machine.
There is an interesting desplay at the entrance to the vineyard with explains their BioDynamic philosopny which takes an originally organic ethos to a new level through all aspects of the business (http://www.benziger.com/winegrowing-practices).
The wines we tasted were:
new 2012 Signaterra “West Rows” Chardonnay
We tasted this sheltering from the sun under a tree in the vineyard – more like a Sauvignon Blanc than a traditional Oaked Chardonnay, this was a crisp drop with a hint of Melon nose. $32.
2012 Signaterra “La Reyna”Pinot Noir
Light, cherry fruit with a hint of spice. €49
2011 Oonapais Sonoma Mountain Red
Names after one of their plots this had tints of Leather and Coffee. $49
2013 Frank Johnson Sauvignon Blanc
A typical ‘agrume’ Sauvignon Blanc: Lemon, Lime and Apple orchard. $26
2011 Winemaker’s Bend
A blend of 6 varietals from the various plots, more leather and coffee with a plum nose. Lesley’s favourite. $42
2011 Signaterra “Three Blocks” Cabernet Sauvignon
The star for me: black fruits with a dry finish and great mouthfeel. $49.
Man O’War Merlot Cabernet Franc Malbec 2008 Waiheke Island New Zealand
Waiheke Island is an island in the Hauraki Gulf of New Zealand which looks more like a Polynesian Hideaway than a working vineyard. This wine is the Man O’War vineyard’s bordeaux blend: 42% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Franc, 19% Malbec, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Very nice it is too. Dark blackcurrant colour, sweet tang from the Merlot, followed by rich fruit, dry rich mouth, tar macadam after taste.