Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Starwood’s Wine List

Wine Score: 91

Concha y Toro Terrunyo Carmenere 2009
Colour: Dark and deep red with violet nuances.
Nose: Very elegant, complex, great character of pure Carmenere, plumy, red ripe fruit, spicy and black cherries.
Palate:  Great structure, mouth filling, mineral, sweet tannins, graphite, powerful as delicate, with lots of fruit giving a long finish.

Wine Score: 92

Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay 2011
Colour: Gold yellow nuances.
Nose: Aromas of stone fruits and toasted hazelnuts
Palate: Flavours of ripe tropical fruit and notes of lemon and lime. A generous, creamy mouth feel rounded out by balanced acidity and a lengthy, elegant finish.

Wine Score: 89

Pascal Jolivet Pouilly Fume 2011
Colour: Light yellow with greenish hue
Nose: Aromas of lemon fruits and white peach
Palate: A wine with dazzling character, high mineral. Rich, elegant and full of finesse

Wine Score: 87

Castello Banfi San Angelo 2010
Colour: Light straw yellow
Nose: Very fresh and fruity with pear, banana, peach, anise and honey notes
Palate: Rich, full, round and very persistent

Wine Score: 90

Tenuta Frescobaldi di Castiglioni 2008
Colour: Garnet red nuances
Nose: Rich draughts of red berry fruit lead off on the nose, with raspberry and wild strawberry well in evidence, followed closely by rich blackberry and dark cherry
Palate: Impressive, velvet smoothness, and complex balance, dense but supple tannins are already well integrated into the structure. 

Wine Score: 90

Yering Station Shiraz Viognier 2007
Colour: Purple dark red
Nose: Black pepper and clove spice. Rich Black Forrest cake combining fruit and dark chocolate
Palate: Full bodied a lovely mix of liquorice all spice and exotic dark plums, supple tannins

Wine Score: 84

Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc Private Bin 2012
Colour: Light yellow with greenish hue
Nose: Flavours dominated by passionfruit, fresh citrus, melon and herbaceous aromas
Palate: Enticing palate with a juicy flavour profile, purity and concentration, finishing crisp and clean with an balance acidity

Penfolds Rawson Retreat Chardonnay 2011
Colour: Pale straw yellow
Nose: A citrus notes and floral aromatics rise above layers of freshly cut white peach
Palate: A light to medium bodied Chardonnay with rockmelon and grapefruit, subtle citrus like acid ensures refreshing length on the finish

Penfolds Rawson Retreat Merlot 2012
Colour: Purple Red 
Nose: This attractive Merlot displays varietal aromas of cassis and liquorice
Palate: The palate is fleshy and mouth filling with flavours of plum, sweet spice and creamy

Kim Crawford Pinot Noir South Island 2012
Colour: Light ruby Red 
Nose:  Bright fruit aromas of fresh crushed berries and some forest floor notes
Palate: The palate is rich, with red berry flavours providing some nice fruit sweetness. Soft tannins

Kim Crawford Pansy Rose 2012
Colour: Vibrant pink 
Nose: Aromas of ripe strawberries and ripe red fruit
Palate: The palate is full of sweet summer berries and an off-dry finish.

Wine Score: 89

Domaine Chandon Brut NV
Colour: Light yellow with persistent bubble 
Nose: The wine delivers complex apple and pear characteristics accented by citrus
Palate: Nutty flavours with hints of brioche that build to a refreshingly dry finish

Moet et Chandon Brut NV
Colour: Golden straw yellow with green highlights with persistent bubble 
Nose: The vibrant intensity of green apple and citrus
Palate: Taste of white fruit, fine bubble and soft scent of citrus fruit and gooseberry