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Coldstream Hills Pinot Noir 2008

Given the profile of Coldstream Hills, and particularly its history of having been established (but subsequently sold to Fosters) by Austral...

Arras Grand Vintage Sparkling 2003

I've always felt that Australia can produce wines that are capable of being competitive (in a blind tasting) with some of the varietal b...

Garden Gully Shiraz 2005

This wine had been sitting in the cellar for a couple of years, and I couldn't remember whether to be excited about it or not.  It was e...

Sutherland Estate Daniel's Hill Vineyard Tempranillo 2004

A meaty aroma of dark cherries, plums, oak, with a touch of anise.  The palate was chalky, resolving to cherries.  84 to 85 points. Price:...

Tyrrell's Moore's Creek Pinot Noir 2008

I couldn't quite work out from the label where the grapes in this wine were sourced from.  This early drinking wine had an aroma of soft...

Mandala Shiraz 2006

I tasted Mandala's 2006 shiraz over 2 days.  Day 1: aroma of good quality spiced oak, with a palate of plums that fell a bit short.  83 ...

Giant Steps Sexton Vineyard Chardonnay 2005

I've said a few times now that the Yarra Valley tends to produce, with disarming consistency, very good chardonnay.  This wine was a bit...

Wine fraud

As a wine enthusiast, it rather saddened me reading an article by Jeni Port in today's "Epicure" section in The Age on the di...

Gitton Pere et Fils Les Herses Sancerre 2005

This Sancerre wine, tasted blind, had a sweet botrytis like aroma of apricots.  The palate appeared to have some residual sugar left, with...

Peos Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2003

Tasted blind, this wine from easy to pronounce Manjimup had an aroma of black cherries, horse, game and socks.  The palate had evident acidi...

Fraser Gallop Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2003

Tasted blind, this wine had an aroma of refined oak, black fruits and a touch of mint.  It had good length, with a tinned fruit note.  Ver...

Wynns Cabernet Sauvignon 2003

This wine had a rather tinny aroma of plums and caramel, with the caramel dominating.  Oak and acidity evident on the palate.  Ok.  I know t...

Chateau Grand Puy Ducasse 1994

This wine was tasted blind, and there was some bottle variation.  It had an aroma of soft black fruits, twigs and a cork taint note in one...

Wynns Cabernet Sauvignon 1994

Tasted blind, this wine had an aroma of overt oak and boot polish.  The palate had very racy acidity, with oak evident too.  Pleasant mouth ...

Fraser Gallop Estate Chardonnay 2005

This wine had a fragrance of refined oak, citrus and ripe fruits.  The palate had good length, that simply went for ages.  Quite simply a ve...

Boat O'Craigo Blanc de Blanc 2006

I tasted this wine blind, and it had an aroma predominantly of apples.  The palate had a honeyed note, and a rather extravagantly good mouss...

Chateau Fayau 2005

An aroma of apricots and similar palate.  This is a pleasant and good value wine from a satellite outside of Sauternes.  84 points. Price:...

Grant Burge Hillcot Merlot 2008

An aroma of open knit plums, with a similar palate, but with very evident vanilla oak and sweet fruit.  Very similar to when I last tasted t...

Bannockburn Cabernet Sauvignon 1988

This is the second time I've tried this rather ancient wine in the last year from Bannockburn (one of my favourite estates, usually for ...

Chateau de Fieuzal 1989

The wine, from a good value producer in my humble opinion (Chateau de Fieuzal), had an aroma of anise, spice, dust and cork (not cork taint,...

Thorn Clark Sandpiper Shiraz 2008

This well priced wine had a plummy aroma that was rather "Rhone like", with a similar fruit driven (but not dense) palate, with ni...

Vinturi Wine Aerator

In terms of susceptibility to wine accessories, I rate myself a "medium": owner of various decanters (some good, some expensive ye...

Prophets Pledge Cabernet Shiraz 2008

Served at a "set menu" function at a plush hotel, this simple wine had an aroma of fresh fruit and herbs, and a palate with simple...

Silverwood Estate Chardonnay 2007

I tasted this wine "by the glass" at a local cafe, where I was both impressed by the regionality of the wines offered by the glass...

Seville Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

I purchased this wine a year or so ago from the cellar door, where I had the opportunity to try a few merlot grapes as they came in from har...

Capel Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2000

Capel Vale's 2000 cabernet had a rather austere nose of restrained oak and black fruits.  The palate was similar, with some acidity pres...

Murdock Cabernet Sauvignon 2000 Take 2

I have a few bottles of this wine left and showered it with praise in January.  My fear was that my judgement may have been influenced by it...

Jim Barry Clare Red Shiraz Cabernet 2006

At eight years of age, this entry level blend from Jim Barry provides rather irresistible drinking.  It has a satisfying balance, weight and...

Chateau Haut-Madrac 2006

Oak on the nose.  The palate showed rather powdery tannins, an obvious vanilla oak flavour, and tended towards bitterness.  The wine was how...

Scotchmans Hill Pinot Noir 2008

A deeply coloured pinot noir, with an aroma of cherries and dried herbs.  The palate had some flavour, with notes of cherries, some tannins,...

Seppelt Chalambar Shiraz 2004

The 2004 "museum release" of this well known label revealed an aroma of oak and plums, and a plummy palate with good length.  Fran...

Oakridge Over the Shoulder Pinot Noir 2009

From the extremely difficult and tragic 2009 Yarra Valley vintage, this pinot noir had an aroma of sweet cherries and oak.  I also wrote dow...

Stonier Pinot Noir 2008

An attractive aroma of cherries, crushed rocks and graphite.  A palate with nice balance, but I noted a slight bitterness and a slightly pla...

Mount Langi Ghiran Billi Billi Shiraz 2007

Another enjoyable, well priced Billi Billi shiraz.  The 2007 had an aroma of light pepper and eucalyptus, and the palate was similar, with a...

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