Owner:'So, the first wine we have for you to taste is a white wine. It's a Sauvignon Blanc and the vintage is 2008. It's from a vineyard close to Wellington in New Zealand.'
Fleur:'Well, the wine isn't very clear, it's very cloudy. It doesn't smell very nice at all. In fact it smells like wet newspaper. I don't think I want to drink this.'
Bill:'I'll do it. It's very sour, it's like eating a lemon. I think it's corked. That accounts for the colour, smell and taste. It's been contaminated.'
Owner:'I'm sorry, 1 in 20 bottles of wine that are made are corked. I'll open another bottle. Here you go, this looks ok.'
Fleur:'Oh yes, this is fine. It has a good nose, it smells a little of apples and also of freshly cut grass.'
Bill:'You're right. It's delicious. It has a very crisp taste, it has a sour taste like the grapes weren't ripe. But it's not too strong. It also has a taste of kiwi fruit for me. A combination of sweet and sour. A perfect wine to have during the summer.'
Owner:'So, on to the next wine. It's a red wine. This is a Bordeaux from Château Jean Lamuf. It's vintage is 2002.'
Bill:'Well, its colour is perfect for a Bordeaux. It has a good nose. I can smell cinnamon and also oranges.'
Owner:'With this wine, it's essential that you let it breathe before drinking it. So, move it gently around in the glass to introduce air into the wine before trying it.'
Fleur:'It doesn't taste of oranges at all. In fact, it's quite oaky. The wood barrel which it was stored in has definitely given it a toasty and wooden flavour. It's also quite fruity with a subtle taste of cinnamon as well. But it's well-balanced, neither the alcohol in the wine nor any one of the flavours in the wine dominates the overall taste. It's very nice.'
Bill:'I agree. It's also full-bodied. You know that you're drinking wine because it feels heavy in the mouth and you can taste the alcohol. Very nice indeed.'
Owner:'On to the last of the wines that I'd like you to try. This is another red wine. It's a Shiraz from Australia. It's a wine from last year, so it's a young vintage.'
Bill:'It has a very bland nose, I can't really smell anything in particular. My god, it has a very strong taste of tobacco, like a cigar. Interestingly, it has a smoky taste, a little bit like smoked sausages. Normally, with a Shiraz you expect it to have a spicy taste, you know a taste of pepper or cinnamon. But this doesn't have it at all. It's full-bodied for a Shiraz. I think that the tannin is dominating the flavour of the wine, the wine tastes a little bit bitter for me, like the taste of tea.'
Fleur:'Yes. I agree with you. But I think there is a hint of cinnamon in the wine. It's very subtle because the tannin is dominating. But I can taste it. Although with the finish of the wine, it's a lot more spicy than when you have the wine actually in your mouth. But it's a not a very good Shiraz, it lacks depth. It doesn't have too many different flavours that you would normally expect with a good Shiraz.'