Tuesday, May 5, 2009

2007 Laurenz und Sophie, Niederosterrich, Austria, Singin Gruner Veltliner

Name: Laurenz und Sophie
Country: Niederosterrich, Austria
Grape(s): Gruner Veltliner
Vintage: 2007
Colour: a light bright lemon colour. Quite bubbly too??
Smell: This had a very busy aroma. There were lots of levels and notes that made our initial introduction into this Austrian wine quite exciting. We had earthy, damp notes. There was smokiness as well along with a fruity citrus hint, particularly gooseberries. With all these aromas, my flavour expectations were a bit confused.
Taste: A dry, low acidity and light body. This was a very fruity flavour. We could taste gooseberries, green apples and grapefruits. Disappointingly this had a very short length. It also had this fizzy flavour aswell….weird!!

Conclusion: It was a good wine.

WINDEX: 7 out of 10.

Final Comments: Again this was a first for me. I had never drunk wine from Austria and so as a first impression it was really good. It tasted from very springing and fresh and was ready to show itself off. This was would be great either as stand alone sipping wine or even as part of a meal.

Morrocco, Merlot 2006

Name: Havana,
Country: Morocco, Beni M'Tir appellation
Grape(s): Merlot
Vintage: 2006
Colour: nice deep purple
Smell: first instinct, very nice! A clean, light aroma with a lovely airy fruity scent. Blackberries was the first level of aroma. Infact it was a bit like smelling ribena. Then as the aromas developed we could smell more earthy tones, more peaty in depth. I was a bit confused by this scent because I thought morocco had a warmer climate.
Taste: This was a off dry, low acidity, low tannin, light bodied flavour. But I was a bit disappointed with the flavour. It tasted quite watery and had a honey flavour. The length was pretty short.

Conclusion: It was OK wine. The aromas were more exciting than the flavours.

WINEDEX: 4 out of 10. (But I wont mix with fruit juice….)

Final Comments: I was so excited about this wine because it was an African wine and I totally love trying new regions and see unknown wine regions make their mark in the wine world. This was my first Moroccan wine so to be honest as a first introduction it was disappointment but I wont give up I want to try others and never let the first variety lay claim to be representation of the brand.