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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Wine Vineyard Visit : Ascension Estate (New Zealand)


Managed to find sometime during my trip to NZ to visit another vineyard and had a relaxing lunch (grilled pork chop with herb butter) there accompanied by a nice glass of Gewurtraminer. The sweet potato chips are divine. The vineyard is tucked away on a cosy country road 3 min off the road from Warkworth in the North Island of NZ. It has a nice cellar door and an indoor as well as veranda sitting area for meals.

Ascension "flotsam & jetsam" East Coast Gewurztraminer - Description on the menu

The grapes for this wine comes from two tiny, impeccably cared for East Coast vineyards. We have brought this vinous Flotsam & Jetsam ashore at Matakana to create our Gewurztraminer, arguely the most distinct of all varieties

Structure - off dry soft medium bodied.

Flavours- turkish delight, rose petal, guava and lychee

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Sunday, December 07, 2008

Wine Entry : Chateau Des Roches Blanches 1995 (French)

1995 and 1996s were notedly better years for bordeaux. This Saint Emilion Grad Cru did not disappoint nor did it stand out significantly. And first things first, I had to even dig out the disintegrated cork and filter the contents.

Smell : Licorice, cocoa, faint blackcurrent scents

Taste : Mild tannins and smooth, slightly over the hill with focus on dark chocloate and cocoa.

After-taste : Still fairly structured length left in the wine.

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