Box: April 2014

Just Wait a Minute!

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Apart from “Wait” becoming my motto for this months newsletter (sorry), I thought I would preempt some of the feedback that I expect to get from you all.

What is this doing here? Indeed Tarapaca is a very common, readily available wine in just about every supermarket. What you don’t know is that the 2013 Sauvignon Blanc was voted BEST WHITE WINE by the members of the Sunday Times Wine Club – the largest wine club in the world. This got me curious, so I rand our friends at Vinicola. Evidently Chile didn’t produce a bad S.B. in 2013, and this one was exceptional for the $. The supermarkets often have Tarapaca on sale – load when it is!

We also introduce a new supplier this time round from Macedonia. Honestly I have tried a lot of wines from the Balkans and was never too impressed until now. We have 2 Merlot from Dudin that in their price range are exceptional. The Barrique gold medal winner is a candidate for wine of the year. Really good.

Rounding out the box we have 3 wines from Piedmont. A “Sure thing” when it comes to Italian quality. I was so impressed with the value for money that Battaglio gave us with last months’ Dolcetto, that we took 2 more wines from them. And rounding it all out, a Gavi from VPV never disappoints.

So look past the Tesco and the Chinese gold medal, and you will find some exceptional (and I mean EXCEPTIONAL) value in this months offer – you’re going to be surprised.

 

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Akrato Barrique

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Wine description:

  • Country: The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
  • Grape: Merlot
  • Alcohol: 14%
  • Style: Full-bodied, rich red wine
  • Drink: Wine suitable for aging
  • Supplier: Dudin wines
  • Price: 429 Kč

Mike's Tip

This is also a 100% Merlot, but aged in barrels for god knows how long. OMG. The Chinese wine panel got this one right. GOLD GOLD GOLD. Mark my words – this one is in it for Wine of the Year!

Merlot Dudin Winery

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Wine description:

  • Country: The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
  • Grape: Merlot
  • Alcohol: 13%
  • Style: Medium-bodied red wine
  • Drink: Wine with potencial 2 to 5 years
  • Supplier: Dudin wines
  • Price: 229 Kč

Mike's Tip

This was the first Balkan wine I that I knew we had to have. Not just unusual, but very good value. And a 2005. Are you serious! Drink now, it will not get any better.

Barbera Battaglio

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Wine description:

  • Country: Italy
  • Grape: Barbera
  • Alcohol: 13,5%
  • Style: Medium-bodied red wine
  • Drink: Wine for immediate consumption
  • Supplier: Mr. Sklenička
  • Price: 299 Kč

Mike's Tip

This one was surprisingly lite. I am normally not a huge Barbera fan as they tend t0 have very heavy tannins, but this entry keeps it easy coming from a steel tank.

Chardonnay Battaglio

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Wine description:

  • Country: Italy
  • Grape: Chardonnay
  • Alcohol: 13%
  • Style: Light and refreshing dry white wine
  • Drink: Wine for immediate consumption
  • Supplier: Mr. Sklenička
  • Price: 299 Kč

Mike's Tip

The first thing that hit me with this wine was Bananas ! Nice fruity taste that didn’t overpower me.

Fornaci Gavi

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Wine description:

  • Country: Italy
  • Grape: Gavi
  • Alcohol: 12,5%
  • Style: Light and refreshing dry white wine
  • Drink: Wine with potencial 2 to 5 years
  • Supplier: Víno pro Vás
  • Price: 285 Kč

Mike's Tip

Gavi je vždy jistota a toto není výjimkou. Svěží víno s méně minerály, které by jej komplikovaly. Skvělé pro líný víkend.

Sauvignon Blanc Tarapaca

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Wine description:

  • Country: Chile
  • Grape: Sauvignon blanc
  • Alcohol: 13,5%
  • Style: Light and refreshing dry white wine
  • Drink: Wine for immediate consumption
  • Supplier: Vinicola
  • Price: 219 Kč

Mike's Tip

For this money, buy all that you can. Really an exceptional year for this wine and if you hunt, you can find it on sale for 99 Kc !