World wines that have got 3,5 NJP (07-04-2017)
Pfaffl, Chardonnay, Grand Reserve, Rossern, 2013, white dry wine, Niederösterreich, Austria, 3,5 NJP of 5,0 NJP (23-04-2016 by Nenad Jelisic)
If I would blind tasted this wine, I would never place it in Niederösterreich in Austria. I would place it in Meursault in Burgundy in France. Pfaffl Chardonnay Grand Reserve Rossern 2013 is a complex, nuanced, flavourful and fresh wine. Vanilla, roasted nuts, butter and nougat on the nose. I really can not get enough of this wonderful aromas. While lime, nougat, butter, mineral, yellow apples and vanilla on the palate. The wine has a long, fresh and creamy aftertaste. Pfaffl Chardonnay Grand Reserve Rossern 2013 is undoubtedly the best Chardonnay wine that I have been tasted from Austria so far. Bravo Pfaffl! The vines, which are used for Pfaffl Chardonnay Grand Reserve Rossern are around 20 years old, grow on a soil that consists of loess and sand. The grapes for the wine are carefully selected in both the field and the cellar, and then destemmed and crushed very gently. The crushed mass (must) consisting of grape juice, pulp, skins and seeds is macerated for 12 hours and then pressed. Both the fermentation and the aging take place in the 225 litres barriques, and after 12 months, the wine is ready to be bottled. The wine will fit just fine with grilled chicken with roasted root vegetables or grilled salmon with buttery mashed potatoes and white wine sauce or with grilled cod with boiled potatoes and white wine sauce or with bouillabaisse (fish stew). Drink the wine at 8 to 10°C. The wine can be aged for up to 3 years.
Château Léoville-Poyferré, 2007, red dry blend wine (65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot and 4% Cabernet Franc) Saint Julien, Haut-Médoc, Médoc, Bordeaux, France, 3,5 NJP of 5,0 NJP (07-09-2014 by Nenad Jelisic)
The first thing that stands out clearly in this wine is cacao and a good tannin structure that melt well with the fruitiness of the wine. A good balance between the fruitiness and the tannins makes that the wine feels silky in the mouth. To the aforementioned cacao comes to taste of herbs, crème de cassis and dark ripe berries. Château Léoville-Poyferré 2007 should be drunk at between 18 and 19 degrees Celsius to the grilled chicken stuffed with bacon, with potato wedges and ajvar. Or to the roast turkey stuffed with plums, with potato croquettes and cream sauce. Or to the Swedish meatballs with brown sauce and buttery mashed potatoes. The wine has a god aging potential, up to 5 years, but, it could, with great pleasure, be drunk now.
El Grillo y La Luna, Grillo, 2009, red dry wine (44% Syrah, 35% Cabernet S., 14% Garnacha and 7% Merlot) Somontano DO, Spain, 3,5 NJP of 5,0 NJP (12-09-2013 by Nenad Jelisic)
This wine, which has been created in collaboration with the world-famous winemaking consultant Michel Rolland, comes from El Grillo y La Luna, the smallest winery in Somontano DO. Grillo is a concentrated, fruity and flavorful wine that has a distinct tannin structure. Vanilla, cardamom, cocoa, plums and dried dark cherries feel clearly in the taste, with a light touch of white pepper. Long and spicy aftertaste. Grillo 2009 has a god aging potential, up to 5 years. The wine should be drunk at 18-19°C to grilled chicken, lamb, beef or game meat, and tasty pasta dishes and meat stews.