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Ata Rangi Crimson Pinot Noir 2008

I don't recall previously tasting an Ata Rangi wine, but they appear to be extremely well regarded.  This wine revealed a classic cherry...

Two Paddocks Picnic Pinot Noir 2008

From the wine estate owned by the red meat guy, Sam Neill ... (apologies to non-Australian readers who don't "benefit" from Au...

Clonakilla Hilltops Shiraz 2005

Clonakilla's well priced 2005 Hilltops shiraz has been ageing away at home for a few years now, and is frankly, starting to get very int...

Waipara Hills Soul of the South Pinot Noir 2008

An aroma of cherries and chalk.  It smelt rather good - could this be a great value pinot noir?  Alas, the palate was rather plain.  80 to 8...

Palliser Estate Pencarrow Pinot Noir 2008

This wine had a most unusual aroma: it bore a more than passing resemblance to the dust that flys off the broom when I sweep our garage.  Wi...

Brumfield Stone Oak Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

This wine from a likeable tiny producer in the Yarra Valley had an aroma of light oak and elegant fruit, and a palate which was initially sl...

Summerfield Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

I've previously enjoyed cabernets from this producer, finding them well made, with good fruit and good value.  I was a bit troubled by t...

Angus the Bull Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

At a time when regionality is fast becoming accepted wisdom, it is perhaps brave to have on the shelf a "South Eastern Australia" ...

The decline of wine writing?

Many of you will probably have read the article entitled " Writers, Bloggers & Tweeters " by Andrew Corrigan MW in the July/Au...

Chateau Chantemerle 2007

This wine is not Chateau Cantemerle from Haut Medoc and of "entry level" grand cru fame, but Chateau Chantemerle: an estate from...

Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio 2008

This pinot grigio from the northern Italy DOCG of Valdadige was really quite pleasant, with an aroma of almonds, and a palate reminiscent of...

Tahbilk Marsanne 2000

Tahbilk's 2000 vintage of its marsanne revealed a rather remarkable fresh, yet oxidative, aroma of nuts and oil.  Amazing.  Yet, so rare...

Tahbilk Marsanne 2009

Tahbilk and marsanne go "hand in hand".  The 2009 vintage revealed a distinctive aroma of lemon rind, apricots and sweet nectarine...

Tahbilk Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

I don't usually expect much from cabernet at the $15 price point, but Tahbilk's 2006 cabernet sauvignon proved an exception with an ...

Carpineto Chianti Classico 2008

This new release Chianti Classico from Carpineto had an aroma of savoury spices and cherries.  The palate showed some tannins, but lacked a ...

Tahbilk Shiraz 2006

I've not previously tried any of Tahbilk's non-marsanne wines, and I wasn't expecting much from a $14 wine.  However, I was real...

Paul Sapin Cuvee Prestige Les Genetieres Beaujolais 2007

This wine had a pleasant fruity aroma, and a rather plain, but pleasant palate.  82 points. Price: about $10 abv: 12% Source: retail (Da...

Long Gully Estate Cabernet

In the spirit of posting notes on all wines that I review, this wine was tasted out of a 187ml bottle, with no vintage given, and a recommen...

d'Arenberg The Peppermint Paddock Chambourcin 1998

Well, I don't think I've even seen a bottle of Chambourcin wine, let alone reviewed one.  So, upon presentation, I immediately had t...

Chapoutier Les Meysonniers Crozes Hermitage 2007

This Chapoutier wine from Crozes-Hermitage in the northern Rhone Valley had an aroma of fresh red fruit, herbs and a touch of pepper.  The p...

Paul Mas Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

This darkly coloured wine had an aroma of herbs and lavender, and a palate with sweet fruit, a slight herbal note, and a slight tinned note....

Chateau Clauzet 2005

Yet another excellent wine from the 2005 vintage.  This wine, from a producer I'd not previously tried, had an aroma of spices and bla...

Moulin de Gassac 2008

An aroma of herbs and fresh fruit.  The palate was a bit "sharp" at points, with a slight tinned note, but to be honest, it wasn&#...

Ilico Montelpuciano d'Abruzzo 2007

This darkly coloured wine had an aroma of earth, with some jammy notes.  The palate was chalky with tannins evident, as well as ripe fruit a...

Domaine de Durban Muscat de Beaumes de Venise 2006

I tasted this wine nearing the end of a very pleasant lunch, and it went spectacularly well with a tarte tatin by complementing its sweetne...

The Schnell Magpie Estate Shiraz Grenache 2007

This wine had an aroma of plums and spices, with a palate showing notes of butter, a bit of length and oak.  A pleasant "drink now"...

Chateau Martinon 2006

This very well priced basic Bordeaux had an aroma of ripe blackcurrants with a touch of herbs.  The palate was pleasant, with nice length, s...

Henri Boillot Premier Cru Les Poruzots 2005

From the 2005 vintage, this well made wine had an aroma of flint, soft smoke and citrus, and a palate with nice, solid citrus fruit and leng...

Vidal Fleury Cotes du Rhone 2006

Vidal Fleury's 2006 Cotes du Rhone had an aroma of graphite, game and a slightly horsey note.  The palate was similar with acidity and...

Frederic Mangien Chambolle-Musigny 2005

Here is the last note from my marathon Burgundy tasting session. I confess my handwriting had deteriorated somewhat at this point, but this...

Frederic Magnien Nuits-Saint-Georges 2005

Nuits-Saint-Georges is a large commune, and is located here: View Larger Map This wine presented extremely well, with an aroma of cherr...

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