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New World Bordeaux blends

Clint2
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Clint2 01-02-2010

We recently held a tasting of some premium NW blends at Baltic in London. The tasting included wines from the countries you'd expect… Argentina, Chile, NZ, SA, US (California and Washington) and Australia.

Having a look at preliminary results, most striking is the difference in styles and quality level between each flight. Each country had its own distinctive take on big expensive Bordeaux blends.

Do you have any preconceptions about these kinds of wines? Are the South American offerings all big fruit bombs? Do the US blockbusters live up to the hype (and massive price tags)?

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Merlot Man
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Merlot Man 02-02-2010

In my opinion those big US blockbusters are all hype and not worth the money. Too much attention is paid to Robert Parker over in the States and it doesn't do the wines any favours…

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Robert  G.
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Robert G. 10-02-2010

In my opinion, the best ones which I have tasted either come from Washington State in USA, Coonawarra and Margaret River in Australia and Gimblett Gravels (Hawke's Bay) in NZ. With regards to Europe, Tuscany has become like Napa Valley and most wineries have jumped on the ‘Super Tuscan’ bandwagon and are charging some very high prices. Within Italy, I really think the places to watch for Bordeaux varietals are Trentino-Alto-Adige and Friuli. Keep your fingers on the pulse.
Happy drinking!
Robert Giorgione

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Garry C.
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Garry C. 21-02-2010

Names that spring to mind for me are:
Highbank – Coonawarra; Dennis Vice's stunning red wine blew me away at a tasting of coonawarra reds a few years back, knocking the socks off established wines like Katnook and Terra Rossa from Parker.
Andrew Will – Washington; Chris Camarda's wines are nothing short of astounding, both in terms of their quality and of course their price (mitigated slightly by the scarcity of washington reds being exported.)
Craggy Range – New Zealand – The Sophia is developing really well as a Right Bank styled BB, with loads of potential aging left in the earlier vintages.
Sileni Estate – New Zealand – found a few bottles of EV Merlot/Cabs – one word – Stunning!

Havent tried that many blends from south america, its mostly been single varietals. The Supertuscans are getting a bit ridiculous pricewise – saw a bottle of Masseto on a broking list the other day for about £400. There are some good Cali blends – St Supery make a fantastic one, but you cant find it in the UK, so it means importing through someone and paying the premium, and with the pound against the dollar, that adds to the price. Id love to try some of the bordeaux varietals from New York though, but again cant find them in the UK.

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Mark D.
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Mark D. 17-04-2010

Some of the best cabernets I have ever tasted have been from california. But they tend to suffer from the assumption that all Californian wines must be Parkerised. I defy anyone to try Araujo Eisele Vineyards Cabernet and not be seduced by it's elegance. Or the clean fruit definition of Togni wines. Of course there is the over extracted oak addled pish that gets parker points.
If you want to see just how great a Cabernet chile can make, try the 2005 Don Melchor from Concha y Toro.

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