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matured Syrah

matured Syrah

Strangely enough we ordered two mature wines from 1998 while dining out in London this November.

Domaine Jasmin Cote Rotie and Nikolaihof Riesling Steinriesler. Have enjoyed both, though the experiences where quite different. First, the Cote Rotie, at 25 years of age isn’t going anywhere far, but the developed state with its soft and balanced profile was a joy to drink during a Sunday lunch at the Hind’s Head pub in Bray.

Mature oak cask aged Wachau

Mature oak cask aged Wachau

On the other hand the bio-dynamic Riesling from the Wachau spent 12 years in oak cask before being bottled in mid-2012! Not much petrol, but instead loads of lanolin and beeswax. Interesting Riesling with good texture, but not mind blowing, and I start to believe that old school non-interventionist wines have some kind of fault? Get the same notes on the finish of many Cotat’s Sancerre. Tried a 2007 Steiner Hund Reserve later in Bangkok from bottle bought at Hedonism Wine…wow, this one is 5 star.

4 out of 5 stars for red, and 3 out of 5 stars for the white.