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E&J Durand Les Coteaux St Joseph 2005

100% syrah.  This wine is a step-up on the previous Rhone wines reviewed, with aromas of barnyard and pruned lavender bush.  A similar palat...

Domaine des Martinelles Crozes Hermitage 2006

100% syrah.  An aroma of lavender and light poo.  A similar palate.  Pleasant drinking.  82 to 83 points.

Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone 2008

A rather distinct aroma of leather and poo.  A palate which initially impressed, but then revealed some bitter notes with chalky tannins, an...

Vidal-Fleury Cotes du Rhone 2007

An aroma of licorice, pepper and lavender.  A rather simple palate with some light lavender notes and a touch of length.  80 points.

Labeye Grenache Syrah 2008

This wine is from the enormous, varied and warm Vin de Pays D'Oc region located in the Languedoc-Roussillon area of southern France.  A ...

Dan Murphy's Private Bin 1 Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cabernet Franc 2006

Another cleanskin ... My usual caveat emptor warning applies.  Weighing in at 14.7%av, this wine had an aroma of chalky dark fruits and spic...

Vasse Felix Cane Cut Semillon 2008

For those expecting a "Noble One" equivalent, this wine is not that.  According to the label, the grapes have been harvested by cu...

Chateau Cantenac Brown Grand Cru Classe 1998

This wine confirmed to me that I am not drinking enough Margaux, though I can use the "hard to find in Australia" excuse.  A class...

Katnook Odyssey Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

The Odyssey is Katnook's flagship cabernet sauvignon, and the 2004 reviewed below is a very good wine.  Katnook is one of my favourite p...

Pol Roger Extra Cuvee de Reserve NV

A classic citrusy nose, with some light toast.  Similar palate.  Very pleasant.  85 points.

Yarra Valley Gateway Estate Pinot Noir 2004

 An aroma of cherries, chalky plums and oak.  A similar palate, with evident tannins.  83 points.

Woongarra Shiraz 2005

This wine hails from a very small winery in Narre Warren East, only just outside the suburban area of Melbourne.  This area is not known for...

Dan Murphy's Private Bin 2005

It's perhaps rather pointless writing a review of a cleanskin wine where there is little guarantee that the same wine might be found aga...

Skillogalee Riesling 2009

An aroma of stones, citrus and slightly candied lemons.  A palate of citrus with some apricot like notes and a bit of length.  83 points.

Maximilians Madhills Two Up Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2001

I've not previously heard of this estate before, but this wine was very very good.  An aroma of licorice, oak and plums.  15 seconds or ...

Galli Estate Artigiano Block Two Shiraz 2006

This wine is quite classy for its price.  I am finding the Heathcote region more and more reliable as a source of quality wine, and in parti...

Guigal Cotes du Rhone 2005

The 2005 version of this wine is particularly pleasant and good value.  An aroma of spice, plums and lavender.  A similar palate with nice l...

Langmeil Orphan Bank Shiraz 2007

Of the preceding reviews of Langmeil wines, this was the best of them.  An aroma of plums and pepper.  A classic palate with good length and...

Langmeil Valley Floor Shiraz 2008

This wine was tasted at the same time as the preceding wines from Langmeil, and it was nice to return to the grape variety that the Barossa ...

Langmeil Three Gardens Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre 2008

An aroma of candied fruits, leather and toffee.  A pleasant palate.  This is not really a style of wine that I particularly enjoy, but it is...

Langmeil Blacksmith Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

This wine will suit those who enjoy the rather rich style of cabernet sauvignon produced in the Barossa Valley.  An aroma of taught oak and ...

Blind River Pinot Noir 2007

Though views may differ, I slightly preferred the 2006 version of this wine.  An aroma of chalky plums and oak.  A palate with pleasant frui...

Blind River Pinot Noir 2006

I understand that this pinot noir is the first vintage of this label.  An aroma of cherries, spice, a bit of oak and the odd wiff of alcohol...

Blind River Sauvignon Blanc 2009

This wine is a very good classy effort for the frequently one dimensional sauvignon blanc.  To my taste, it is rather "Sancerre" i...

Blind River The Sisters Sauvignon Blanc 2008

From an interesting family run producer in Marlborough, New Zealand.  A typical Marlborough sauvignon blanc aroma of grass, with the added t...

Hardys Tintara Shiraz 1999

An aroma of pepper and menthol, with a possible slight mustiness at the end (I wasn't convinced I was right).  A similar palate, with so...

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