Teperberg: Releases in the Terra Series: Tasting Notes (K)

15/01/2009
By: Daniel Rogov

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15.01.2009

By: Daniel Rogov

That the Teperberg Winery (formerly Efrat) has come fully out of the Middle-Ages is undeniable as is the fact that under the leadership of winemaker Shiki Rauchberger the winery is now producing wines of increasingly high levels of interest. With its new state-of-the-art winery now fully functional, with ever improving vineyards and with both experience and a sense of adventure, Rauchberger is doing some very good things indeed.

Among the latest of these is the release of the country’s first varietal Malbec. Although Malbec has a long and honorable history, tracing its roots from Bordeaux and then on to Cahors and, of course, to Argentina where it is now the most popular grape, and now to Israel. Capable at its best of producing wines of deep color and great concentration, Malbec thrives best in chalky soil and so it is as well in Israel.

Yesterday (Tuesday, 13 Jan 2009), I attended the unveiling of this new wine along with the release of two other Teperberg wines, all in the upswing Terra series. I had tasted each of these wines earlier, both in barrel tastings and in pre-release samplings. No surprises awaited, as all are showing as well if not even better than during their extreme youth.

Best
Rogov

Teperberg, Malbec, Terra, 2007: Developed in new French and American oak barriques for 12 months, dark garnet in color, medium- to full-bodied, with firm tannins well balanced by notes of sweet toast and vanilla. On the nose and palate plums, black cherries, and notes of cocoa. Not an Argentinean nor a Cahors Malbec but one with a distinct Mediterranean personality. Drink now or in the next year or two. NIS 65. Score 88. K (Re-tasted 13 Jan 2009)

Teperberg, Cabernet Sauvignon, Terra, 2006: Dark garnet, medium- to full-bodied, and reflecting its 14 months in French oak hints of toasty oak and moderately firm tannins, those in fine balance with acidity and fruits. With raspberry, cherry and cassis fruits complemented by notes of spices and a hint of what might be dried apricots, all leading to a long, gentle and near-elegant finish. Best 2009-2011. Score 88. K (Re-tasted 13 Jan 2009)

Teperberg, Merlot, Terra, 2006: Deep garnet toward royal-purple, medium- to full-bodied, with caressing tannins, reflecting its 14 months in barriques with sweet and dusty oak, gentle spices and a hint of smoke. On the nose and palate currant, blackberry and cranberry fruits, those backed up nicely by light earthy-herbal and dark chocolate overlays. Drink now?2010. Score 88. K (Re-tasted 13 Jan 2009)

Also retasted?.

Teperberg, Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot, Terra, 2007: Showing better than at an earlier tasting. A dark garnet blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc (25%, 70% and 5% respectively). With light exposure to oak and showing medium-bodied, its once chunky tannins now settled in comfortably and opening to show a blackberry-cherry personality. A very pleasant quaffer. Drink now. NIS 49. Score 87. K (Re-tasted 13 Jan 2009)

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