Chapoutier Monier de La Sizeranne Hermitage 1991
<img src="http://www.wineloverspage.com/forum/village/userpix/58_sizeranne_1.jpg" align="right">A garnet colour, an orange tinged deep red garnet, an orange-red spessartine garnet on the edges with flashes of deeper black-red almandine garnet in the much denser, deeper core.
It smells rich and vinous, savoury and spicy, becoming more and more fragrant with a potpourri of dried rose petals and cinnamon and cedar shavings with time in the glass. It seems a little hard when first put in the mouth but it becomes rich and chocolatey with a deep sense of spice - there's subtle star anise, hints of ground coriander, nutmeg and pepper. It's cedary and savoury with a meaty richness and a tarry undercurrent and the initial, surprisingly firm, tannins melt away into the stewed plum fruit that still has some acidity present, a sign that this wine could have hung in there for quite a while longer.
It has a mouth filling, full-bodied texture and, as well as a touch of bitter chocolate, there are hints of black liquorice and summer pudding with little gem-like bursts of juiciness adding a vinous sweetness to the long, long, mellow finish.
Good thing the aftertaste hangs in there as I want this wine to last as long as possible, and it’s so delicious that before I know it, it will all be gone. Restraint is needed. Uh, oh, what is restraint?
Wanting something spicy to accompany the wine, we chose Boerewors sausages, a South African orgin sausage with a smoky spicy flavour - a very good match. I also loved it accompanied to a piece of creamy cheddar spread with a friend's homemade red guava and chilli jelly.
13% alcohol. Cork closure. Cost price about NZ$80.
Tasted 26th January 2007