Category Archives: White Wine

Riesling – Barefoot

Riesling – Californian – 2012

Rieslings! aren’t they supposed to be German? I was in the mood for a Riesling and I found this Californian one.

Of a beautiful pale colour, and shy aromas.

I had the impression that Rieslings were less sweet than Moscatos and that they felt more serious. As it turns out, they can be as sweet and playful.  You know, I am Moscato fan , but I had previously tried Riesling – Bree and I was expecting something like this.

I am not saying it is bad, but it is too sweet for what I was expecting.

Fruitiness: 3.4 /5

Sourness: 2.9 /5

Sweetness: 4.2 /5

Body: 3 / 10

Style: Light

[Note: Fruitiness, sourness and Sweetness, are a white wine characteristics, they do not define the quality of a wine]

Found in: Carrefour

The Overall SunShower rating is:

2.8 /5

Rating levels:

4.7 – 5.0 The finest of all!
4.0 – 4.6 Oh this is good!
3.1 – 3.9 This ok! Pleasant. But don’t be demanding.
2.3 – 3.0 Ok, this is weird.
1.0 – 2.2 Don’t try this, I already sacrificed myself for you.
0.0 – 0.9 Cannot believe there is something this disgusting.

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July 17th 2017

 

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White Bordeaux – Moelleux 

And there I was thinking that Bordeaux was only a reference to Red Wine.

This post is special, because it two of my most wonderful French friends made the honorable selection. They did warned me that it would be really sweet, but I was confident as I have tried many moscatos. I though they were going to be similar. I was wrong!

They are totally different. The white Bordeaux was an incredible surprise, as it was so sweet that that there was basically no sourness to taste and yet different layers of fruits could be tasted.

I personally do not like wines that are too sweet, but this was an comfortable encounter.

Fruitiness: 3.8/5

Sourness: 2.0/5

Sweetness : 4.2/5

Style : Light

Body: 4/10

Found in: Carrefour

[Note: Fruitiness, sourness and Sweetness, are a white wine characteristics, they do not define the quality of a wine]

The overall SunShower rating is

3.6/5

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Pinot Grigio – Santa Margherita

I previously posted about the red wine served at amazing Artful Dodgers. And now they have a new delightful Pinot Grigio.

The moment they showed me the bottle, I knew it was going to be good, as I have previously tested the magnificent Cuveé Pinot also Santa Margherita. I wasn’t wrong.

Soft in colour and smell, but matching perfectly that delicious Parmesan Chicken they have.  It is a highly layered wine, grapes, guavas and a touch of peaches at the end. Fruity at the beginning, sour in the middle and the end left a little bitterness. So, as I said,  it is very well layered.

Fruitiness : 3.8/5

Sourness : 3.8/5

Sweetness : 2.8/5

Style: light- medium

Body : 3/10

Found in: Artful Dodgers

[Note: Fruitiness, sourness and Sweetness, are a white wine characteristics, they do not define the quality of a wine]

The overall SunShower rating is: 

3.9/5

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If you are interested in knowing what is Arful dodgers red wine, here it is

 

Moscato – Dilé

As promised when writing about Queen Adelaide, which is an excellent Moscato, I am now writing about a very different one.

White wines should be get better when chilled, as I had previously stated in my post “Why do white wines are better when chilled?”  Curiously this one got better when not too cold.  At the first sip, I would have not given it more than 2.6/5 but as we kept on drinking, it became more like 3.3/5. If you have read the wine ranks, you would know that this is a lot, since it changed from “don’t drink this” to “Ok, not so bad” status.

The problem with this Moscato is that it is too sweet! However, I am not saying it is absolutely bad, it was layered and it was possible to feel some Peaches and Guavas. Its color was absolutely beautiful, and just look at the bottle, it is really unique, and that was the reason we got it. If you are looking to make some wine pictures, it is a good choice.

Fruitiness: 3.9/5

Sourness: 2.1/5

Sweetness: 4.9/5

Style: Light

Body: 3/10

Found in: Carrefour

[Note: Fruitiness, sourness and Sweetness, are a white wine characteristics, they do not define the quality of a wine]

The overall SunShower rating is: 

3.3/5

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If you like moscatos and want to try something nice, check out the Frontera or the Yellow tail!

Moscato – Queen Adelaide

As a fan of Moscatos, I am writing about his one with great pride. It felt like a royalty drink. I have to be honest, it is not very expensive, and because of the price I thought it was going to be very bad. It wasn’t!

Beautiful color, delicious smell, perfectly balanced. Not too sweet and bothers my tongue and not too sour. It was absolutely perfect. Highly recommended! Queen Adelaide for all amazing people out there.

Fruitiness: 3.8/5

Sourness: 3.2/5

Sweetness: 3.9/5

Style: Light

Body: 4/10

Found in: Carrefour

[Note: Fruitiness, sourness and Sweetness, are a white wine characteristics, they do not define the quality of a wine]

The overall SunShower rating is: 

4.4/5

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Special thanks to the Salty Avocado, who chose this wine and it was great to enjoy our last Taiwan movie night! Looking forward for the next one!

Riesling – Bree

Rieslings, I don’t know them very well. I began my journey of white wines with Moscatos and I haven’t moved too far form them. Although I did had this incredible Chardonnay- Andean and also the utter disappointment of the Pinot Gris 

Strolling around Carrefour, I made a quick stop in the wine section. The-always-exciting sushi was already nominated as dinner, and what is best to drink with fish, with raw fish? White wine, everybody knows that, right?

Now, look at this bottle? isn’t it Intriguing? From behind it looks more like a vodka, but tell me? wouldn’t you you like to have a try of this? Well, I could not resist it! And you know what? I wasn’t disappointed.

It was a White Wine done correctly. Definitely more serious and sophisticated than Moscatos. Somewhat more mysterious and layered than Chardonnays. It was worth trying as I now feel like I rose my level in wine tasting.

Fruitiness: 3.6/5

Sourness:3.8/5

Sweetness: 3.2/5

Body: 5/10

Style: Light

[Note: Fruitiness, sourness and Sweetness, are a white wine characteristics, they do not define the quality of a wine]

Found in: Carrefour

The Overall SunShower rating is:

4.3/5

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Moscato – Yellow Tail

Moscatos are always a true beauty. They are suitable for almost any occasion and are good for any taste. The only problem is that sometimes they can be too sweet. Now, wouldn’t it be perfect if you could find one that is in perfect balance. Just the right amount of sourness and sweetness, keeping its elegance and finesse, but at the same be conceited, narcissist and above all charismatic.

This Yellow Tail is just like this. I am really surprised at this series of wine. Being Australian I did not thought they were too good. But I was wrong! I was wrong to the point of regret.

In a previous post I talked about the Shiraz, Yellow tail made me change how I feel about this types of wine, now I feel like I can actually like them. And with this Moscato I feel like Moscatos do not have to necessary be shy and playful, but that can actually be mature and sensual.

 

Fruitiness: 4.0

Sourness: 3.6

Sweetness: 3.8

Style: Light-Medium

Body: 6/10

Found in: Carrefour, Simple Mart, 7-11

[Note: Fruitiness, sourness and Sweetness, are a white wine characteristics, they do not define the quality of a wine]

The overall SunShower rating is: 

4.3/5

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This series of wine is delicious. 

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Origin Denomination – Delica

Girls niiiiiight!!! What do you do? Get a white wine, of course.

Jessie and I were just looking for something nice and joyful to drink, and this was exactly it. Not to sweet and not too sour. Double layer only, grapes and some guavas right before the finish.

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Chenin Blanc – Obikwa

My dear friend Jessie, is an exclusive white wine lover, and she got this one for the Eurovision 2017 night. She had previously introduced us to the Obikwa Moscato, which is a very good one, but with a bottle as beautiful as this, the Chenin Blanc is impossible to ignore.

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Chenin Blanc – 56 hundred Nederberg

If you read PART I, then you already know that about three weeks ago I was in charge to get the wine that night and that I was lured by the Nederberg Collection. I got a Pinotage and the second one was a Chenin Blanc


I should have written about them right after drinking them for I have forgotten some of their features, however I have very clear the rating I want to give them.

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Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot – Isla Negra West Bay

If this wine was French it is likely that it would be a Bordeaux. But it is Chilean, making it perfect, ’cause I am a fan of South American Wines.

It is drier than the Saga, but I was lucky enough to get it cold, so its fruitiness and sweetness came dancing around. Perfect combination of both kinds of grapes.

How can I describe its color? It’s dark and deep, but translucent and shiny when seen through the light.

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Pinot Gris – Bott Frères 

I should have taken a picture of this wine self-description. It was very honest.

Being made from the outstanding Pinot grapes, I imagined this white wine to be the magnificent Pinot Noir perfect counterpart.

It had a interesting smell, nothing I have sense before and at the same time somehow familiar. Of light delicate golden color, but it seamed a little bit foggy.

And foggy the taste was!

The flavor was exactly divided in three. The expected sweet and sour and the third was something different, something unknown and familiar.

Then we read the label, it said  ” smoky taste”. Exactly! That was it, it was smoky.

Not exactly the flavor one wishes to encounter in a wine. Oh the disappointment! But hey! maybe you like more that I did.

Here are its characteristics:

Fruitiness: 2.0/5

Sweetness: 3.8/5

Sourness: 3.2/5

Style: Light-Medium

Found in: Carrefour

The overall SunShower rating is:

1.8/5


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Moscato – Italian Botter

Alright, since i have been rating the Moscatos all so high, I think we can all agree that I really enjoy Moscatos. My favorite being Frontera, but this one, gave quite a surprise.

Judging by the bottle, you may think that it is giggly, naive and perhaps inconsistent. We had serious doubts when selecting it, but since it is a Moscato, we decided to give it a chace. And I am really glad we did so, cause it was certainly a surprise.

And guess what? It is bubbly, almost like a sparkling wine.  Perfect for sharing with friends and spending and easy going afternoon.

It hasn’t many layers but it isn’t flat and the finish is simply charming. Leaving your lips satisfied and with a smile but naughty enough to leave you wanting for more.

Of light color and sweet pineapple-ish smell. I may even dare to say that there was a taste of peach right before the finish.

Sweetness: 4.6/5

Fruitiness: 4.6/5

Body: 4.0/5

Found in: Simple Mart

The overall SunShower rating is

3.8/5

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Fun Fact: Did you know that Moscatos are one of the hardest wines to make? because of it’s sweetness and lack of sourness bacterias are more likely to want to like in this medium, so winemakers have to add extra sulfides to it, but being careful not to saturate it.


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But before you leave, check out this other two South African Moscatos, Cape Elephant and my close friend’s favorite, Obkiwa.

 

Chardonnay – Andean

The Andean Malbec was a thrilling experience and when I found its counterpart, a Chardonnay, I knew I had to try too.

This was the first time I had a Chardonnay, so I cannot compare with others, but I have heard how good this type of wine is, so I had double high expectations.

I wasn’t disappointed, none of my friends were. Just by smelling the cork you can tell that this wine is promising.

It smelled as something serious and sophisticated. I imagine myself in an elegant place with a gourmet menu.  This is the type of wine you want to have for a intense conversation, or even over business.

It’s coloration is darker than other white wines I have tasted, but just add to its elegance.

The taste was well balanced, and just like the smell, it is was sophisticated.

Sweetness: 3.9/5

Fruitiness: 4.0/5

Body: 4.5/5

Found in: Carrefour

The overall SunShower rating is:

4.5

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Moscato – Obikwa

Unexpected Wine Sharing – Part 2/2

Obikwa Moscato, from South Africa, is the second participant of the night. The first one was Santa Margherita Cuvée Pinot from Italy.

This wine, just as Frontera, is another perfect Moscato. As soon as you read the name, and you have to read to twice to make sure you are pronouncing it right, it feels as if you are entering and exotic adventure. .

I have read that white wines are supposed to have a touch of pineapple, but this was the first time I sense it. The pineapple spark is slight and quick, but it is there.

The smell: colorful.

This wine felt playful and you just got to smile when you take it. Perfect for my friend’s birthday party. At the same time, it was relaxing and soothing, I would also have it while reading or just writing in this blog

Sweetness: 4.0/5

Fruitiness: 4.3/5

Body: 4.2/5

Found in: Carrefour

The overall SunShower rating is

4.0/5

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Cuvée Pinot – Santa Margherita

Unexpected Wine Sharing – Part 1/2

Last Thursday was the birthday of this amazing French guy. It was not specifically a wine party, but my friends and I all thought it would be a good idea to start the night with something smoother.

We ended up with three different white wines. Obikwa Moscato, from South Africa, Frontera Moscato, from Chile, and something very peculiar which I had not heard or tasted before, Santa Margherita Cuvée Pinot from Italy.

Up until that day, I thought that I could only like Moscatos, since I had tried Sauvignon Blanc and Rieslings but I don’t think I have found one to fancy.

Perhaps it was the mixture of the two different types of grapes, Pinot Grigio and Pinot Bianco, or maybe its elegance, but this wine climb up to one of my favorites. It had a soft light color and it was definitely less sweet that the moscatos, butit felt as it was a more serious wine. Still rather versatile, as I am sure It can match many different food.

The smell: timid but elegant. Intriguing, it makes you feel curious.

Sweetness: 3.6/5

Sourness: 3.4/5

Fruitiness: 4.1/5

Style: Light – Medium

Found in: Carrefour

The overall SunShower rating is

4.4/5

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I need to have this again. I will update this post when I do.

Origin Denomination Cape Elephant

It was girls night, and we were looking for a rightful companion. Would it be white or would it be red wine? Between the rage of wines that we had, there was one that caught our attention. It was a South African white wine with no denomination, however judging by its golden colour it seamed tasty, and it was definitely luring.

After my friend, Jessi, managed to open it with a not-very-good corkscrew, we pour it.

The smell: Soft, smooth and somehow sparky for my nose.

Perhaps it lacked a little bit of body in its smell, so we looked at each other and we knew that we did not have very high expectations,  but one sip and, oh surprise!!!! It was actually rather tasty. Definitely not Sauvignon Blanc, as it was sweet and not sauer as Sauvignon Blancs usually are, but it could have been a Moscato.

Sweetness: 4.2/5

Sourness: 2.5/5

Fruitiness: 3.6/5

Style: Light

Found in: Simple Mart

It was a great night and we were happy with our choice, in fact we wanted it again.

The second time we had it, was for wine-tasting night 01. After some discussion, we concluded that it might be a Moscato, but it might contain a higher percentage of water to be called that.

The over all SunShower rating is

3.6 /5 

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Moscato – Frontera

The Ballerina Wine


Many of my friends mentioned how much they like white wine and how they preferred it over red ones. However, every time I tried one, it wasn’t as satisfying as I was looking for.  Until one day that was in Carrefour and as I was trying to decide which new wine to try, I got a call from a close friend and he said:

– Go for a Moscato. – He sounded so sure about his recommendation that there was no room for doubts.

– Would a Chilean Moscato work? – I asked.

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