Cloudberries are Sweden’s most sought after berries to make wine. This Moment release from Mackmyra – that was named Fjällmark – matured on those casks and then got a finish on sherry casks, both oloroso and PX. The youngest cask in the mix is 8 years old, the oldest 13 years. It is one of the few Mackmyra that is not bottled at 46.1%, but at ‘only’ 42%. I’m sure Angela knows what she is doing.
The nose betrays the wine from the get-go, but I have to add that it is not really my cuppa. It is sweet and sour with an oaky touch. Baked pears, sweet farmer’s butter, hazelnuts and almonds and some white chocolate. This all sounds quite pleasant if it was not for that weird scent – must be those cloudberries, I suppose – that I really do not like.
This returns on the palate and dominates. The sweet and sour fruity note even has a salty lining and seems to lack balance. Although the oak with its spices and some buttery notes tries to steer things back in the right direction, I cannot despite serious effort start to like this.
The medium long finish evolves (luckily) from sweet and sour to just sweet.
A bit of a weird whisky (for me), but that is probably because I am unfamiliar with the wine. Having said that, I do not think I would like the wine either. Ah, de gustibus…