Sunday, May 16, 2010

Wine Review: Nepenthe - The Fugue 2003

Just bought this wine from Cold Storage. I had tried the yr 2000 btl and it was a wonderful bottle. This is the 1st time i am trying the 2003 bottle. Lets see if it taste just as good as the year 2000 bottle.

Nepenthe The Fugue
Year 2003
Limited Release
Adelaide Hills

Mixed blend of grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon 48%, Malbec 22%, Merlot 15%, Cabernet Franc 15%
Contains Sulphites.

Described in Homers, The Odyssey, the original Nepenthe was a potion so powerful that it erased gruef and banished sorrow. Nepenthe is located in the steep Adelaide Hills, where ancient soils and the cooling influence of altitude ensure long living wines.

Fugue: A musical piece with two or more melodies which build to a complex form with a marked climax; made famous by J.S. Bach. The Fugue reflects the music after which it is named; richly layered, resonating and building with time in a bottle.

Based on Cabernet Sauvignon, enhanced by blending with its traditional partners, The Fugue is a full flavoured, complex and elegantly structured wine. It is recommended to be decanted before serving.

My Tasting Notes:
Wine is dark crimson in colour. The bouquet smells of dark fruits. The wine is of slightly buttery texture and exhibits a bit of earthly tones with a tinge of tobacco. There are dark berries taste which remains on the palate for sometime. The finish of the wine goes to mid throat. I would consider this to be mid-full flavoured.

Ratings: 85/100


If you would like to take a look at the wineyard's tasting notes, take a look here.


  1. Sounds like a wonderfully complex red - and one I might be tempted to try, in spite of the hefty price tag. The Malbec here would be the clincher for me!

  2. Its quite a good red. I bought 5 bottles at 1 go. If you can get the 2000 vintage, that would be even better.


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