Monthly Archives: August 2014

Wine to try the weekend – Fleur du Cap Merlot 2006.

FDC MerlotShows ample plum and blackcurrant aromas with oak spices in the background. Medium to full-bodied, berry fruit flavours with delicate wood spices and a lasting aftertaste. Perfect with Parma ham, roast lamb kebabs and a hearty oxtail meal, an ideal accompaniment to robust Italian dishes.

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Vintage wine of the day – Allesverloren Port 2001

Allesverloren PortIntense ruby with a slight tawny rim.

Nose – Aromas of coffee and mocha with ripe raisins and concentrated blackcurrant with nutty, berry undertones.

Palate – well balanced with a soft, velvety entry, ripe fruit and a lingering sweet raisin after taste. Intense ruby with a slight tawny rim.  Nose – Aromas of coffee and mocha with ripe raisins and concentrated blackcurrant with nutty, berry undertones. Palate – well balanced with a soft, velvety entry, ripe fruit and a lingering sweet raisin after taste.

Enjoy with cheese, desserts or on it own.

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Vintage wine of the week

Vintage wine of the week – Chateau Libertas Blend 1999

This medium-bodied wine is a deep ruby colour and winemaker Michael Bucholz describes it an easy drinking wine filled with fruitiness and spice. Sour cherry, baked red currants, sweet tea. The ’99 has a sweet fruited core, light body, fine tannins and is drinking very well now.

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Le Bonheur Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

Smoky, meaty nose. Good intensity and weight. Spicy, tar notes on palate that is austere and dry. Enjoy now and over the next two to three years.

BergkelderServe with any red meat dish, on its own or with mature, hard, yellow cheeses.

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Wine Storage

BergkelderIf you are serious about your wine, then proper wine storage is key. Here are a few tips and tricks to keep in mind:

There are three important things to remember before selecting a proper wine storage area: location, location, location. Wines are fragile and need certain conditions to give them a chance of surviving.

Temperature

This is probably the most important factor to consider. Suggested wine storage temperature is 50F to 60F. Maintaining that temperature in your house would probably freeze you to death and substantially increase your energy bills.

Even if you can’t achieve those temperature goals, we recommend you find the coolest closet in your house or apartment, place a thermometer inside and check it once in the morning, again at midday, and finally at night. Compare them and see how consistent they are relative to each other.

More than anything, wine needs a consistent temperature to mature properly. If, for instance, the temperature in the morning is 68F, midday is 78F and at night 80F+ then this may present a problem and you may need to seek another place. If, however, the temperature stays pretty consistently in the 60s, then you’ve found a good location.

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