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Chateau Citran Cru Bourgeois Superieur 2003

An aroma of blackcurrant.  A palate with good length, softness and fruit.  A very pleasant wine from the hot 2003 vintage that is currently ...

Trentham Estate The Family Nebbiolo 2004

An aroma of spices and light red fruits.  A pleasant, balanced palate with nice acidity and red fruit.  84 to 85 points.

Hardys Tintara Shiraz 1999

This wine presented very well.  A deeply coloured wine, with an aroma of spices and leather.  A palate with noticeable length, but perhaps s...

Leeuwin Estate Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

This is the last of the Leeuwin Estate wines reviewed, and the most interesting of the set of cabernet sauvignons including the 2002, 2003 a...

Leeuwin Estate Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

An aroma of oak and red fruits.  A similar palate, showing more length than the 2002 and the 2003.  86 points.

Leeuwin Estate Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2003

An aroma of capsicum, oak and cassis.  On the palate, some noticeable tannins and some length.  84 points.

Leeuwin Estate Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2002

I remember being disappointed by some of Leeuwin Estate's cabernet sauvignon wines in the past.  This vintage probably falls into that c...

Leeuwin Estate Art Series Shiraz 2007

An aroma of deep plums, pepper and oak.  A palate with good length, pepper notes, highish tannins and noticeable acidity.  Perhaps a bit ung...

Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2007

This wine had an attractive aroma of smoke and minerals.  The palate however was the standout, with this young wine showing at least 30 seco...

Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2006

This wine had an evident aroma of smoke, flint and citrus.  A similar palate with firm acidity.  A very good, well made wine.  89 points.

Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2005

This wine exhibited less oak on the nose than the 2004, with an aroma of minerals, flint, peach and citrus.  The palate was minerally with g...

Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2004

This wine was superb.  It had an aroma of integrated oak and pleasant stone fruits.  The length was considerable (20 seconds plus), with mul...

Leeuwin Estate Art Series Sauvignon Blanc 2009

This wine had a distinctively grassy aroma.  The palate however was rather flat, with some light notes of passionfruit and a spritzy edge.  ...

Leeuwin Estate Art Series Riesling 2009

I was lucky enough to try a series of Leeuwin Estate wines together.  The Art Series chardonnays were the stars of the show.  First, though,...

2003 Cru Bourgeois Classification

An initial list of "cru bourgeois" estates was drawn up in 1932 containing a classification of certain higher quality estates prin...

De Bortoli Willowglen Shiraz Cabernet 2008

This fairly low priced wine had an aroma of red fruits, and a simple palate reminiscent of a basic Vin de Pays D'Oc.  80 points.

Parker Coonawarra Estate Favourite Son Cabernet Merlot 2005

Deeply coloured, this wine had a good solid aroma of cassis.  The palate was similar, showing around 5 seconds of length, and drinking well ...

Killara Park Estate Merlot 2005

This wine is sourced from the southern reaches of the Yarra Valley, an area that seems to produce some high quality fruit.  A very fruit for...

1959 Graves Classification

The 1959 Graves classification is not referred to particularly extensively in my experience, but it is nonetheless a useful reference point ...

Amulet Barbera 2002

An aroma of hazelnut chocolate, mint and (though less pronounced) aged leaves.  A similar palate.  Pleasant but drink now.  82 points.

Yarra Track Pinot Noir 2003

An aroma of mint and herbs.  An ok palate, with highish somewhat drying tannins.  79 points.

1855 Sauternes and Barsac Classification

The 1855 Sauternes and Barsac Classification is perhaps best known for its classifcation of Chateau d'Yquem as standing alone above all ...

St Michael's Vineyard Limited Release Shiraz 2006

An aroma of pepper and spices.  The palate initially showed quite pronounced acidity and tannins, but settled with time to show some nice le...

1855 Bordeaux Medoc Classification

The 1855 classification of Bordeaux wines is perhaps the most famous wine classification of its kind. For the purposes of reference (the c...

Downing Estate Shiraz 2004

An aroma of eucalyptus and grass.  A palate with plums and some length.  Pretty good.  84 to 85 points.

Duas Quintas 2006

This wine was really quite good, and well priced.  An aroma of rich spiced dark fruits with good length on the palate.  Very good.  87 point...

Quinta Vallado 2007

I am rather partial to touriga nacional based wines, and often find that the Portugese Douro versions are both good value and good wines.  A...

Allinda Cabernets 2004

I like this small producer from the Yarra Valley and think their cabernet can be a good Bordeaux cru bourgeois substitute.  I've previo...

Dan Murphy's Private Bin Soft Merlot 2008

I'm afraid this wine has put me off experimenting with cleanskins for a bit ... An aroma of spicy red berries.  A similar palate initial...

Vidal-Fleury Cotes du Ventoux 2007

An aroma of lavender, and a neutral palate.  81 points.

Vidal-Fleury Muscat de Beaumes de Venise 2006

This is a rather classy effort and is recommended.  Made from 100% muscat a petit grains.  An aroma of apricot, musk and raisins.  A palate ...

Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas 2006

67% grenache, 20% syrah, 12% mourvedre and 1% cinsault.  A rather Australian style wine with an overt aroma of licorice.  Some length, but t...

Vidal-Fleury La Chatillonne Cote Rotie 2004

This was the best wine of my recent set of Rhone Valley wine reviews, though it would have been ever better with a more sympathetic use of o...

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