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This Steenberg Catharina 2009 is beautiful South African red. It is a blend of 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 28% Cabernet Franc.
It has a deep ruby colour. Pronounced aromas on the nose. Intense black fruit aromas with a hint of cedar and mint.
Catharina is a full bodied wine with high acidity and medium to high tannins. It has a nice earthy and smoky tone. New French oak barrels contributed a smooth oaky flavour. Its flavour will come out even more once decanted.
A nicely structured wine with interesting complexity. It offers a medium to long finish.
Many people believe that wines need to “air/breathe” before serving. It’s true to a certain degree. However, by opening a bottle some time before serving does absolutely no good at all. It is because too little of the wine is in contact with the air for it to have any effect. It is important to use a proper decanter for decanting.
so what wines need decanting?
Wines with a heavy deposit need to be decanted. This deposit is quite natural and is formed during the aging process of many good red wines.
Also, some young wines benefit from the aeration that occurs by being decanted, although this can be done as easily by swirling the wine in a wineglass.
How should decanting be done?
1. First remove the bottle horizontally from its rack and place in a decanting basket if available. Alternatively, hold carefully, making sure the deposit is not agitated.
2. Very gently remove the top of the capsule and clean the shoulder and neck of the bottle. Very gently remove the cork.
3. Remove the bottle from the basket, being careful not to disturb the deposit. Holding the bottle in front of a light, pour the wine carefully into the decanter until the deposit can be see near the neck. At this point stop pouring.
Enjoy your wine and have a great Monday!
The Pinotage grapes are South African’s signature grapes. They were bred there in 1925 as a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsaut (Cinsaut was known as “Hermitage” in South Africa during that time, hence the portmanteau name of Pinotage). It typically produces deep red varietal wines with smoky, bramble and earthy flavors, sometimes with notes of tropical fruits.
Appearance : Clear, Medium -Deep Ruby
Nose: A mixture of pronounced Oaky and red fruits aromas.
Palate: Medium bodied with a relatively low acidity and soft tannins. It offers a nice simple finish.
This Pinotage is a wonderful wine to have after work to unwind. The best temperature to serve this wine is around 18′C.
Appearance : Pale to medium lemon colour, persistent bubbles.
Nose : Fruity and floral aromas.
Palate : Dry and fresh.
Another great choice on a hot day!
Hola! Buenas tardes ! You can probably guess that I’m going to talk about Spanish Wine today! I would like to recommend a beautiful Spanish Red – Sumarroca Tempranillo 2007.
It has a clear Deep Ruby colour and a very high aromatic intensity. Apart from ripe red fruits aromas like cherries and wild berries, it also has a light earthy, grassy smell.
In the mouth, the elegant oaky flavour works like magic with smooth rounded tannins. It makes this Tempranillo a very well balanced and structured wine. This is a medium-full to full bodied wine, but it is surprisingly smooth and easy to drink. It offers a long finish.
It goes very well with meaty dishes. I had it with meat balls and penne pasta and it was perfect! It also tasted great with many different kinds of cheese. Overall a very versatile Wine.
This is not an expensive wine. We are selling it in our shop for only HK$130.
By ordering through this blog (me), you will receive a special discount which is only available here and until 31st of July. Just give me a call or send me an email – my details are below. And as a reminder, we have free deliveries on any orders of more than HK$500.
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When the average temperature doesn’t go below 30oC, one of the best ways to cool down is to chill by the pool with a bottle of properly chilled Rosé.
This Blanc de Noir Shiraz, which we would like to recommend is dry and very easy to drink. It is made from 100% Shiraz. This dry Rosé has a lovely medium salmon colour, it diffuses light and interesting fruity and floral aromas. Soft red berries on the nose. Just the right level of acidity to make your mouth water! It offers a simple and pleasant finish.