Travelling Vineyard

Sociedad Agricola Requingua

Expedition Carmenère

Soft taste in a fantastic bottle of plastic, what means easy and light weight for travelling — 7 months ago

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La Spinetta

Vürsù Vigneto Starderi Barbaresco Nebbiolo 2010

Ruby red in colour. Not giving much initially on the nose after decanting. Notes of menthol, light Cherry, and balsamic notes. Almost devoid of fruit but has a delicious savouriness with a skinnsy note on nose and palate. Fine dry, tarry and persistent tannins and remains an excellent Barbaresco travelling well at 10 years of age. — 2 years ago

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Bodegas Palacio

Glorioso Reserva Rioja Tempranillo 2014

Buying at the budget end while travelling is like throwing dice, but this Rioja Reserva (1 year in oak, 2 in bottle) delivered nicely at around 11€. Balanced, black/raspberry fruited, earthy, bit of spice, leather, gravelly tannin. If I find another bottle I’ll buy it! Ronda, Spain — 3 years ago

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Valle de Cafayete Torrontés 2016

Tasted on board Qatar Airways travelling from Doha to Kigali. Always liked Torrontes from the first time I tried it in the WSET Classes. A tropical fruit character with notes of guava. Lush and mouthfilling with stacks of flavour. Low acid- drink now. — 4 years ago

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David T

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@Bob McDonald Yup. We go spend a few days in Dubai and onto Cape Town to do the Western Cape wine region. Then, a 10-12 Safari. Just wondered if you’ve flown both and had a comparison opinion. Heard both have great service. Thought about checking out Doha as well.
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@David T I have flown Emirates a few times but this was my first time with Qatar. I like the cabin layout of Qatar in Business Class better. Emirates seems a little cramped. I did the Western Cape wineries about 5 years ago. A great experience at Ernie Els and Verglegen. Also Rustenberg and Rust en Verde. A long drive to de Trafford but worth it for the quality of the wine. Cheers.
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864 Charlie's Block Chardonnay 2011

Nothing to add to my previous notes. A well made Chardonnay from Chardonnay specialist, David Bicknell. Made in the leaner style. Travelling well at 10 years. — a year ago

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Main Ridge Estate

The Acre Pinot Noir 2016

Mid Ruby red in colour. Somewhat closed on the nose - red fruits - cherries in particular. After a decant and an hour with regular swirling still a muted nose. On the palate savoury red cherry with medium minus acidity. At 5 years it would appear to have a huge future - this is my first of 4 bottles. Solid and latent on the palate - yet to open up but the quality is there. Main Ridge was the first licensed winery on the Mornington Peninsula in 1975. This producer not always easy to source. Had another bottle 64 weeks later on the 10th May 2022 with similar tasting notes. Perfect balance between the red fruits and a touch of charred oak. Travelling well. Try and have the next one in 2023. — a year ago

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Giant Steps

Applejack Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

Travelling well at 7 years but not made for the long haul. Light to medium crimson with tawny aged rim. Savoury Cherry aromas with forest floor/compost heap. Light to medium weight but with M plus intensity and soft tannins. An excellent Australian Pinot and amazing value - I remember paying around $45. — 3 years ago

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Domaine Jacques Carillon

Puligny-Montrachet Chardonnay 2015

Pale to mid Lemon in colour. Stone fruit aromas. Mild stone fruit on the palate. Some good mineral and medium acid. Cannot see a long future for these 2015 village white burgundies with the warmer vintage although this Puligny-Montrachet is pleasant drinking now. I must visit a 2015 Premier Cru to see how it’s travelling. — a year ago

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Château Montrose

Saint-Estèphe Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 1979

1979 held ip super well after travelling from France to the US then to Germany for the uncorking. Notes of dark cocoa, deep plum, cherry, saddle leather — 3 years ago

Marqués de Cáceres

Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2011

Travelling Spain, Marqués de Cáceres - crianza edition - is everywhere. Kept an eye out for a Reserva without luck, however picked up this Gran Reserva at Bilbao airport. 21€. 85% Tempranillo and a 15% mix of Graciano and Garnacha Tinta, dark dark fruits, rich cherry, dense, oaky with fruit cake spice. Nicely tannic. Big wine with plenty of length. Reminds me a of a Parker-esque Barossan. Wanted to like this more, but just a bit too rich and heavy-handed for me. Scrapes in for 91. — 3 years ago

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