TN : Rodney Strong Alexander Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Sonoma County, California, USA


Rick Sayre is the winemaker and Tom Klein is the proprietor. The pH of this wine is 3.69 and Total Acidity is 5.7 grammes per litre. The wine spent 17 months in predominantly French oak barrels.


This wine was imported by Domaine Wines Sweden AB.


Colour : Dark red, blue hues

Aroma : Herbs, blackberry, blackberry, blackcurrant, tobacco, oak

Taste : Blackcurrant, cedar, herbs, blackberry, plums, oak

Alcohol : 14.5%

Price : 175 SEK

Systembolaget Number : 99432

Mark : B-

Website : Rodney Strong Vineyards

TN : Chateau Berliquet 2008,Grand Cru Classe Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux, France


This wine is a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc.

Château Berliquet can trace its history back to 1749 when it was owned by priest Paul-Romain de Sèze whose brother was lawyer to King Louis XVI. The then prestigious estate passed from the de Sèze family to Dominique Pères, and a century later to Count Louis de Carles. Today's owner, Vicomte Patrick de Lesquen, has focuses on increasing the wine's quality, which until the late 1970s was made by a local co-operative. 
 
 
Colour : Dark red, blue and brown hues

Aroma : Plums, blackcurrant, cedar, blueberry, liquorice

Taste : Blackcurrant, plums, cedar, liquorice, blackberry

Alcohol : 13.5%

Mark : B-

Website : Chateau Berliquet

TN : Errazuriz Don Maximiano Founder’s Reserve 2007, Vina Errazuriz, Valle de Aconcagua, Chile


This wine is a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 6% Syrah. The Cabernet Sauvignon was selected from the Max I, II, and V vineyards of the Don Maximiano Estate which was planted in 1978 (Max I) and 1993 (Max II and V). The Syrah and Petit Verdot are sources from Max I, and the Cabernet Franc is from vineyards in the mid-section of the Aconcagua Valley. The vineyards are planted in 5 to 25 degree slopes that face North and North East. The soils in the Max I vineyard consist of a thin layer of pulverised granite, while those of in Max II are of colluvial origin with 30 % to 40% stone compound producing vines of low-to-medium vigour. Max V consists of deep alluvial soils with 50% stones producing well-balanced vines of moderate vigour. The vines are trellised to vertical shoot positioning and are spur or cane pruned. Max I is located at 550 metres above sea level, Max II is located at 580 metres above seal level, and Max at 600 metres above sea level. The climate is Mediterranean with a long dry season and winter rainfall. The Petit Verdot was picked in the third week of April 2007, the Cabernet Sauvignon in the third and fourth weeks of April 2007, the Syrah between the 30th of April and 7th of May 2007, and the Cabernet Franc in the third week of April 2007.

The grapes were sorted using sorting table, removing leaves and stems. The grapes were fermented in stainless steel tanks at a temperature between 24 and 30 degrees; 5% of the grapes were fermented using native yeasts. Three pumpovers were carried out daily at 0.5 to 1.5 times vat volume. Maceration lasted 20 to 35 days at a temperature between 24 and 28 degrees. All the lots were aged for twenty months in 100% new French oak barrels. The pH is 3.49, Total Acidity is 6.57 grammes per litre (Tartaric Acid), and 2.88 grammes per litre of Residual Sugar.


 This wine received 92 points from Wine Spectator and 94+ points from Wine Advocate.

This wine was imported by Philipson Söderberg AB.

Colour : Dark red, blue hues

Aroma : Cedar, milk chocolate, blackcurrant, spice, black pepper, raspberry, cherry

Taste : Grainy tannins, cherry, blackcurrant, cedar, raspberry, black pepper, spice, milk chocolate

Alcohol : 14.5%

Price : 499 SEK

Systembolaget Number : 71461

Mark : B+

Website : Don Maximiano

TN : Greywacke Wild Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Greywacke Vineyards, Marlborough, New Zealand


Greywacke is the label of former Cloudy Bay winemaker Kevin Judd. This wine was sealed with a screwcap.


This wine was imported by Handpicked Wines Sweden AB.

Colour : Pale lemon/straw

Aroma : Nettles, gooseberry, passion fruit, lemon, grassy, oranges

Taste : Grassy, lemon, nettles, oranges, passion fruit

Alcohol : 14%

Price : 189 SEK

Systembolaget Number : 91278

Mark : B-

Website : Greywacke Vineyards

TN : Ata Rangi Craighall Chardonnay 2012, Martinborough, Wellington, New Zealand

 
The grapes for this wine were hand-harvested between April 2nd and 15th 2012. The brix at harvest was between 22 and 23. The fruit was whole bunch pressed and the unsettled juice fully barrel fermented in Burgundy barriques (25% new) using indigenous yeasts. The wine went through partial malolactic fermentation and was aged in barrel for nine months. The pH is 3.19 and TA is 7.4. All the chardonnay grapes were Mendoza clone. This wine was bottled and sealed with a screwcap in May 2013.
 
 
This wine was imported by Gardo & Morris AB.
 
Colour : Pale lemon, green hues

Aroma : Lemon, pineapple, oak, minerals

Taste : Lemon, pineapple French oak, butter, minerals
 
Alcohol : 13.5%
 
Price : 219 SEK
 
Systembolaget Number : 90487

Mark : B-
 
Website : Ata Rangi