The long awaited period has finally gone! I have been wanted to get the wines that we bought sometime ago and try them and, today is the day!
Headed to Richfield (@ Lam Soon industrial building, is a wine distributor and storage provider) in the morning for our wine collection. As usual, we will pop some wines from the the lot that we purchased and share the joy in each collection session. I was shocked that how many wines we have bought (more than 20cases???!!) and, fine and rare wines are not that rare anymore as they are easy to find in my wine buddies stash ^^
Recently I have fall into in love with German Riesling, Hungarian Tokaji Aszu / Essencia and not so in Sauternes. I’m happy to see some really old German Riesling TBA/BA/Eiswein, Tokaji Aszu / Essencia as well as a pre-1950 Tokaji Essencia. There were some really old Burgundy from top Domaine too.
We headed to the well-decorated, super classy tasting room just few steps away from the storage for our tasting. Initial plan was just 3bottles of wines with a small group of us. However, changed is always faster than planned. With the courtesy and generosity of KC, owner of Richfield, we got to try some really excellent wines from one of the top super Tuscan producer, Le Macchiole by proprietor Cinzia Merlivanilla.
Château Rieussec, Premier Cru Classé (French, “First Growth”) in Sauternes appellation, is one of the best dessert wine in Sauternes and often a very powerful dessert wine in style. They also produce a completely dry white, which is the Chateau Rieussec R. KC popped us this bottle and coincidently, this is the same wine (same vintage too) feature in the famous wine comic -> 神之水滴. I was impressed by the style of it, super clean and elegance.
2007 Château Rieussec R (France, Bordeaux, Bordeaux Contrôlée)
- Alcohol :: 12.5%
Very youthful straw yellow color. Still tight as you would expect from such a young wine, touch of honey with underlying acid that keep the aromas focus and clean with hint of mineral and botrytis spiciness. What really strike is the palate, it was so well-balance, dry and clean with tons of mineral waves attack on the palate that accompany with white peach and green apple, light on its feet that flow on to the precise, med persistent finish. Very very good quaffer. When I had this, Oyster immediately appear in my mind. A calm wine.
2003 Schäfer-Fröhlich Bockenauer Felseneck Riesling Spätlese (Germany, Nahe)
- Alcohol :: 9%
Opened 3days prior to serve. Light gold in color this still has slight sulfur on the nose that mask some of the aromas. Lemon honey with mineral and white floral notes that continue it flavor profile into the medium weight palate with fresh honey that is sweet for the entry, with ripe, green and red apple flavor kick in that added a little bit depth with some ripe acid and mineral linger around. The finish is kinda disjointed and short with slight heat. This is quite shut when the time I accessed.
1979 Argiano Brunello di Montalcino (Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino)
- Alcohol :: 13%
Open for a day and clearly this wine is going down hill. Stew cherry with licorice and Chinese herbs aromas that’s start to loose focus. The palate is gone as loosing the tension, with heavy, volatile acidity, herbish and have no fruits with some spices linger to med finish. Not at all enjoyable.
2008 Eldridge Estate Pinot Noir (Australia, Victoria, Port Phillip, Mornington Peninsula)
- Alcohol :: ??
Definitely a new world Pinot. Almost purplish in color. Quite expressive on the nose of sweet red and dark cherry intermixed with spices such as anise and herbs. Quite a polished wine with sweet entry that showing lots of ripe cherry fruits. It was very good until the mid palate which kick in with some really harsh mineral that is toward metallic, some ripe acidity and soft texture with rubbery, med finish with some alcoholic heat. According to my friend who tasted the same wine in cellar door, it was a very nice, quafferable Pinot that seems completely different with this bottle. In awkward stage?
Here is the surprise with the super exciting set of wines from Le Macchiole (distributed by Richfield). At first there were only a bottle of 2006, and it is a real treat. However, KC popped us another 2002 Messorio and 2004 Scrio! Am I dreaming? I have had a great day! Special thanks to KC for his generosity.
After having tasted 3wines from Macchiole, I would say this is really a set of great wines that are stylish, classy with good harmonious and finesse. Even in a weak year like 2002, the wine is impressive nevertheless. Is time to get a bottlle of Tua Rita Redigaffi & Syrah / Masseto to compare!
2006 Le Macchiole Messorio Toscana IGT (Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT)
- Alcohol :: 14.5%
This is one of the wine that I wanted to try for long time! It was my pleasure to taste this. Almost dark in color that remain some transparency. Very tight, but clearly deep, broad shoulder with tons of sweet dark plummy fruits, scorched earth, hot sun framed firmly with licorice, anise, clove and new saddle leather and all remain focus and precise. A touch of alcohol showing on the super rich and intense palate with highly concentrated plum and blackberry fruits with underlying of spices and high level of dry extract that completely buffer and balance by the ripe, fresh acidity. The big structure dominated the palate flavor profile with high level of powdery tannin that is mouth coating and palate staining with spice and mineral that turn into long, creamy, power finish with bitter cocoa and dark chocolate after taste and hint of heat and lots of oak pending for integration. This is still so young but with super grip, drive, verve all come in a vibrant package. An excellent wine with great, great potential. This is a BUY!
2002 Le Macchiole Messorio Toscana IGT (Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT)
- Alcohol :: 14%
2002, one of the disastrous vintage in Italy, however, also a very good chance to show what the wine maker is really capable of and clearly, this Messorio from proprietor Cinzia Merlivanilla proved he is always one of the top producer in Italy. Still dark in ruby wit slight edge of brownish that show some age. Slightly more expressive compare to the 2006 but still, this is a tad tight that show spices and herb with orange, dark fruits and earthy undertones. Salted entry, savory intense palate show rich and concentrated dark fruits that supported by the firm acidity, powdery tannins form the med scale, well structure and fall into smooth, long bitter cocoa finish with milk chocolate, mineral aftertaste. Very good indeed and a wine that is approachable in another 5yrs while waiting for the highly complex, better depth of 2006 version to be ready.
2004 Le Macchiole Scrio Toscana IGT (Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT)
- Alcohol :: 14%
A blind. I tasted and feel the wine profile is similar to the Messorio and with the peppery, spices and herb that is slight pungent at the moment intermixed with dark fruits, perfume floral with sweet material underlying give me a hint that this could be the Scrio, a 100% Syrah produced from Le Macchiole. This too is well-structure, with lots of new oak but thanks to the richly concentrated ripe dark fruits that completely buried the oak and structure, the wine is opulent, polished in texture with voluptuous mouth feel made it quite approachable compare to the 2006 Messorio. Though slight sweet, this is fresh and focus with savory flavors, salted plum, and lots of black fruits, hot sun, vanilla balance with fresh ripe acidity and powdery tannins leads to long long minty finish with spices aftertaste. This already show good depth and certain complexity though not necessary with good level of finesse. A showy wine. Another BUY!
The sweet. It is always a pleasure to drink wine from Egon Muller, especially for a 1995 Auslese! After this tasting and combine to my experience with Egon Muller’s wines, I confirmed that wine from Egon Muller is for long haul, and need super long breath to really show.
1995 Egon Müller Scharzhofberger Riesling Auslese #18 (Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer)
- Alcohol :: ??
My friend who had this right after opened and found it is shut and tight. Thus, I poured out a glass and wait till the end of the session and try, and hey, some aeration definitely help to unfold the wine! Sweet, fresh honey with some ripe tropical fruits, spices with underlying sense of elegance that form by the mild minerality. Still rather young and primary on the palate with hint of kerosene showing some age of it. Round but mild level of mineral with a boat loads of ripe fruits surface a bit from the overall structure that waving around in the mouth with mouth watering acidity. Showing some depth, harmonious but not at all of what Egon Muller Auslese capable of and the long finish with mineral aftertaste that’s slightly sharps. As usual, Egon just needs lots of age.