Friday 26 June 2015

Antica Terra & Lilian Seminar With Maggie Harrison

Maggie Harrison was in Stockholm a few days ago and I got an invitation from Divine to meet her and taste her wines. It was a fantastic tasting with a energetic, passionate and fun Maggie.
It is no secret that I like oak and it was fun hearing Maggie describe her oak regime - "9 different coopers, 12 different barrel sizes, from 6 different forests and 7 different toast levels"...:-)

2012 Aurata Chardonnay, Antica Terra
A cool, refined nose with notes of white peaches, caramel, cap gun smoke, lemon cream and some sun screen. Deep, balanced and very, very fine. This is goooood!
The taste is young and tight with power and refinement in a beautiful package, with notes of peaches, melon, smoke, fudge and summer flowers. Very long and velvety. A fine acidity. A lovely bottle of Chardonnay.
95p   (tasted 2015/06)

2012 Roussanne, Lilian
A deep, creamy, voluptuous nose with notes of apricots, lemon cream, almond paste and a touch of old books in a second-hand bookshop. Complex and fine.
The taste is big and mouth filling with notes of almond paste, dried apricots, (over)ripe peaches and warm gravel. A long finish with a fine warmth. I crave acidity and this is a tad low, but it works. Very, very good.
91p   (tasted 2015/06)

2011 Erratica Rosé, Antica Terra
The 2011 Rosé doesn´t display a single trait of maturity, it is still very young, with notes of lingonberries, almosr ripe raspberries, sun warm rocks and freshly washed clothes. Very elegant. A touch strict, in a positive sense.
The taste is tight and fresh with notes of dried raspberries, gravel, lingonberries and a touch of rhubarb. A long finish with a nice dry ending. Seedy and fine. Really good.
92p   (tasted 2015/06)

2013 Angelicall Rosé, Antica Terra
The best Rosé I have ever tasted! This is a beauty, with a intense, deep nose with notes of cool strawberries, gravel, raspberry liquorice and a touch of chocolate biscuits. A wonderful purity and structure. Great!
The taste is lovely with its freshness, purity and intensity, displaying notes of wild strawberries, liquorice, gravel, smoke and dry raspberry pie. Very delicate and yet hearty in the long, long finish. Utterly delicious and complex. Would love to drink this often...
96p   (tasted 2015/06)

2012 Ceras, Antica Terra
The first of the three Pinot´s (I know, the Rosé´s are Pinot!) has a lovely, clean, elegant nose with notes of lingonberries with some blueberries tossed in, forest floor, warm herbs and gravel. Very, very good.
The taste is tight and pure with a taste of mixed blueberries and raspberries with additional notes of dark fudge, Christmas spices and forest floor. The finish is long and seedy. This is good. A fine acidity. A fine wine.
92p   (tasted 2015/06)

2012 Botanica, Antica Terra
The Botanica is a step up from the Ceras in my opion. The nose is deeper and more fruity with notes of wild strawberries, moist earth, rose petals and root vegetables. Deep and a tad funky. A very fine balance though. Lovely.
The taste is intense and tight with gorgeous notes of sweet raspberries, strawberries, pine sap, dark earth and beetroot. The finish goes on for a minute with a fine acidity and concentration. Very, very fine.
94p   (tasted 2015/06)

2012 Antikythera, Antica Terra
And things are getting even better! The Antikythera is a love or hate wine, with its very own signature in the shape of a deep, salty nose with notes of a mix of red and blue berries, iron/blood, some smoked meat and Asian spices. Very deep and complex. Stunning.
The taste is big and intense with notes of iron dusted strawberries, moist forest floor, red cherries and dark flowers. Very, very long and with a lot of tannins for a Pinot. Definitely a very own character, and I´m loving it!
96p   (tasted 2015/06)

2010 Syrah, Lilian
The 2010 Lilian Syrah shows a deep, peppery nose with notes of blueberries, ink, sun dried tomatoes, bonfire and bakelite. Deep and fine. Still very young. Very, very good.
The taste is young, tight and intense with notes of ripe blueberries, dark chocolate, black olives, plums and blood. Very concentrated. The finish is very long and ends with a fine dryness. This is very, very good, and will get even better with 3-5 years in the cellar.
93p   (tasted 2015/06)

2012 Syrah, Lilian
As good as the 2010 is, the 2012 overshadows it. This is the real thing. The nose is to die for with its freshness, intensity and purity, with stunning notes of ripe blueberries, black pepper, veal meat, damsons, iron and earth. More refined that the 2010, and the intensity is of the charts.
The taste is racy, intense and focused with notes of ripe blueberries, black cherries, green raisins, meat stock, green and black peppers and violets. The finish goes of forever. Dried flowers in the finish. Wonderful. Still young, this will need at least 6+ years in the cellar, and then it will surely be as close to perfect as you can get. A wine to remember.
97p   (tasted 2015/06)

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