Rachel Mercer's Reviews
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I'm a big fan of this producer and of South African wines in general. However, the last tasting of the '07 Sauvignon Blanc didn't show well. Typical zesty finish with hints of honey dew melon and gooseberries--but the overwhelming nose of raw green peppers coupled with a slightly unbalanced palate. I enjoy the 'green' notes in many new-world sauvignon blanc, but there wasn't enough fruit notes to provide balance.
A fine example of what a Sancerre should taste like. Crisp, clean with lovely fruit notes of gooseberry, green melon and figs.
Huge fruit on this one--packed with blackberry and cherry notes, and a very soft finish. Good table wine--but beware of the big fruit. Had it with Rendang (indonesian spicy beef stew) and it was pretty good, thanks to that heavy load of fruitiness. Lacks complexity that most wines in this price range offer.
I had the pleasure of visiting this producer while in Tasmania and i loved all of their bubbly...and what a joy to be able to find it here! Classic, good (if not excellent), sparkling made in the traditional method with traditional grapes. Move over, champagne...the Tassie's are making some very find sparklings, indeed. This one is quite dry with lovely, yeasty bubbly qualities. Bubbles are fantastic on this one!
Valentin Bianchi has done a consistently nice job with their Cabernet Sauvignon the past few vintages. Always a good value and never a disapointment. Clean cassis notes matched with a balance of acidity and tannins: could age a few more years, but not over-whelming now. Pairs nicely with a variety of cheeses.
It used to be easy to find $10 proseccos...but these days it's a bit more difficult. I like that this prosecco is 'different' in that it's from Trentino and not Veneto (Trention-Alto Adige is well known for it's white wines...so...), but it really tastes like a massed produced wine. Prosecco is not nearly as refined or elegant due to the charmat method (basically making the bubbles in a big stainless steel tank, then bottling it, rather than a secondary fermentation in the bottle like champagne), however usually there are beautiful, clean flavors. This was just alright. Sure, crisp and clean--but a slightly 'cheap' taste to it. The bubbles didn't hold up in the glass long...you can find better proseccos. The problem, they're closer to $20 these days than $10.