Houghtons Jack Mann 2008
We drank this wine with lunch at Romany Restaurant before heading to Europe for what is hopefully a Grand Tour of the old world wines starting in Spain then moving to France and finishing in Italy. This is a very good start as this wine is a bit of a New World Old World wine it has the power that one expects from a Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon but it is tempered with subtle fine tannins that fill the mouth and blend with the dark berry fruits that are not overpowering.
Its all Margaret River on the nose, but with great soft wood and fruit that is not overpowering or over ripe, but still with a hint of plum and dark berry notes to it. There is also a hint of sweet chocolate there as well. On the palate those smooth soft tannins round out the fruit and fill the mouth while focusing the flavours along the palate to a long and enjoyable finish. The only thing that was on the downside was a touch of sulphur on the nose
Hopefully this is a precursor too many a fine wine to come.
Not so on the flight from Perth to Singapore the d’Arenberg Olive Grove Chardonnay 2011 should not have been bottled, as for the 2007 Chateau La Garde from Pessac Leognan Bordeaux that should never have been allowed to get out of the vineyard, there is merit in ploughing vines back into the ground to take some of that wine lake off of the market. The leg from Singapore to Barcelona showed a marked improvement in wine quality, the Chardonnay was from Rully and was a well structured wine that had a good if slighty sweet citrus flavour on the palate, this was followed by a Barbera, a G. D. Vajra Barbera D’Alba 2008, this is one of our favorite Piedmont produces and they did not let us down. Well structured with that backbone of acidity which was framed by red fruit flavours, a wine well worth looking out for.