Sunday 3 January 2016

Seven Bottles Of Kongsgaard From The 2012 Vintage

L & M kindly invited me to a dinner tasting where the highlight being seven bottles from Kongsgaard. There were other bottles opened but these will appear in a post later.

2012 Kings Farm Chardonnay
The Kings Farm sport a big, open nose with lots of tropical fruits and notes of fudge, smoke and vanilla ice cream. It has some depth but it is a tad much del Monte juice for my taste.
The taste is more restrained than the nose, with notes of cold butter, summer flowers, yellow apples and earth. A long, warm, intense finish. Very, very good.
88p   (tasted 2015/12)

2011 Kings Farm Chardonnay
When the food hit the table, this was kindly opened to demonstrate the difference in vintages. The 11 is much more restrained and refined on the nose, with notes of lemon cream, candied lemon peels, assorted nuts and a dusty gravel road. Laid back and very fine.
The taste is tight and focused with notes of ripe lemons, summer flowers, minerals and dry fudge. A long, vigorous finish with a good acidity. Much better than the 12in my opinion.
92p   (tasted 2015/12)

2012 Chardonnay
The Chard is a beauty with stunning notes of ripe peaches, milk chocolate fudge, smoke and dried flowers. Very deep. Warm gravel and rocks after a while. This is really fine.
The taste is tight and concentrated with notes of yellow plums, apricots, lemon cream and cap gun smoke. The finish is long and structured. Still young. A very fine acidity. Just lovely.
And these wines are keepers, this is the 97 tasted two years ago.
94p   (tasted 2015/12)

2012 The Judge Chardonnay
And then there is The Judge... The depth and concentration are awesome, yet it is balanced and refined. The nose is full of ripe peaches, sun warm pebble rocks, lemon cream, freshly washed clothes drying in the wind and a lovely smoky scent. Wonderful.
The taste is very pure and intense with gorgeous notes of peaches, white pears, crushed rocks, lemon cream and sweet onions. The finish is counted in minutes. Still very young of course, but this baby is lovely now, but should be even better in 4-6 years time. Great wine.
96p   (tasted 2015/12)

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
The Cabernet shows of a deep, tight nose with notes of ripe black currants, new leather, dark gravel and graphite. A fine depth. There is a green streak deep down in the fruit. Very, very good.
The taste is young and tight with notes of black currant jam, sandal wood, graphite and road dust. A lot of ripe tannins in the long, concentrated finish. Needs time.
91p   (tasted 2015/12)

2012 Merlot
The Merlot is a stunner. This beautiful wine has a voluptuous nose filled with notes of ripe plums, chocolate liquorice, expensive leather and some warm autumn leaves. Rich and luscious, with a fine depth. This is really fine.
The taste is concentrated and firm with notes of black plums, dark chocolate, moist earth, warm gravel and some anise. The finish is long and seductive. Very, very fine. Gotta love this wine.
96p   (tasted 2015/12)

2012 The Firmasauraus
This Bordeaux blend is a gentle giant, with fine notes of black currants, graphite, plum jam, leather and gravel. Dense and powerful, this will need time. Lots of potential.
The taste is very tight, dense and seedy with notes of ripe black currants, black cherries, leather,dark chocolate and hot road dust. Very long with some hefty tannins in the end. The most backward of the four. Really fine.
94p   (tasted 2015/12)

2012 Syrah
A different kind of animal compared to the previous reds. The nose is deep, meaty and peppery with notes of sweet blueberries, damsons, Bakelite, violets and forest fire smoke. Very, very good.
The taste is young, peppery and upfront with notes of lingon- and blueberries, white pepper, veal stock and moist forest floor. The finish is long and refined. Still young of course, but the most accessible of the four. A lovely drinkability.
93p   (tasted 2015/12)

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