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Isole e Olena Chianti Classico 2007

I understand that 2007 was a mixed vintage in Tuscany.  This wine however is rather good, with an aroma of herbs, charry oak with a gamey ...

White Box Shiraz 2007

I don't think I've seen a Heathcote sub $15 before.  An aroma of earthy plums was met with an easy drinking palate and white pepper ...

Glaetzer Wallace Shiraz Grenache 2009

An aroma of plum fruit.  The palate is interesting, with ripe sweet fruit evident from the grenache, length is there, and some acidity too. ...

Brands Laira Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

An aroma of taught oak, good ripe fruit and dusty, somewhat curranty overtones.  Pleasant on the palate, with a little length.  Acidity very...

Villa Antinori Toscana IGT 2006

This is another label that captivated me with an earlier vintage (specifically, the superb 2003).  The 2003 was so good that I still eager...

Poggerino Chianti Classico 2008

I like Poggerino's wines, though I am still waiting to capture the magic of a forgotten vintage of this producer that I drank some yea...

New Langtons Classification

Hot off the press from Langton's new Australian wine classification V: 1. Exceptional Promoted: Brokenwood Wines Graveyard Shiraz ...

Jean Durup L'Eglantiere Petit Chablis 2007

This muted wine had an aroma of lemon rind and stones, with citrus flavours on the palate.  A very restrained style.  83 points. Abv: 12.5...

Pasqua Casterna Amarone 2000

I tasted this wine blind, and it had an earthy aroma of baked plums, tending towards a burnt smell.  The palate had pleasant sweet raisined ...

Wolf Blass Black Label Cabernet Shiraz 2000

I don't really know the label hierarchy of Wolf Blass: "black" seems to be ok.  Anyway, this wine, tasted blind, had an aroma ...

Guerrieri Rizzardi Costeggiola 2007

I tasted this wine blind in a line up of chardonnays: it had a very soft aroma, with notes of minerals, soft citrus, a touch of dank and tin...

Koonara Ambriels Gift Cabernet Sauvignon 2000

This wine, tasted blind, drank exceptionally well, if perhaps a little non-varietal (though I do find the shiraz/cabernet sauvignon distinct...

Bannockburn Chardonnay 2007

Bannockburn is one of my favourite wineries, and this wine was outstanding tasted blind.  An aroma of citrus, pleasant oak and some minerali...

Moet Grand Vintage 2003

Moet's 2003 Grand Vintage is a very pleasant good quality champagne, with aromas of soft yeast and citrus, and a palate with a fine mous...

Glaetzer Heartland Shiraz 2006

Another well priced Glaetzer wine.  Aromas of licorice, dark plums and chocolate.  The palate had some length.  83 to 84 points. Abv: 14.5...

Terra da Vino Barolo 2006

Gee Barolos can be impressive.  This bottle was purchased overseas, so I'm not sure whether it's available locally.  Anyway, it wa...

Metala Shiraz Cabernet 2004

Metala seems to be a label that needs to be looked at on a vintage-by-vintage basis.  The 2004 is quite simply an excellent wine: pepper and...

Vidal-Fleury Cote-Rotie 2000

This is a superb wine - a delicate aroma of stewed apricots, with a palate showing outstanding length and multi-layered notes of plums and...

Kay Brothers Amery Basket Pressed Shiraz 2006

A thought provoking wine that varied as I tried it over a few days.  It had an aroma of vanilla/coconut oak, leather, ripe grapes, pepper an...

Brands Laira Cabernet Merlot 2009

This well priced wine had a typical Coonawarra earthy, dusty nose, with a palate that was well balanced, albeit with very racy acidity runni...

Tenuta Sassoregale Toscana IGT 2008

This wine is $13.90, so it is hard to expect too much.  It had what I would describe as a "socky" aroma, but the palate was really...

Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone Villages 2008

Chapoutier's 2008 Cotes du Rhone Village is quite a pleasant wine, with an aroma of soft red fruits, and a palate with a bit of length a...

Glaetzer Bishop 2009

To me, it seems that Glaetzer are largely incapable of producing poor wines.  The 2009 Glaetzer "Bishop" is fresh on the shelves, ...

Saltram Mamre Brook Shiraz 2008

This wine had a lovely aroma of soft plums and oak.  The palate was rich, with good length that held its alcohol level.  A well made, well p...

Chapel Hill Shiraz 2008

This is a fairly typical McLaren Vale shiraz, with an aroma of plums and pepper, with plums, pepper and some background acidity on the palat...

Yalumba The Scribbler Cabernet Shiraz 2008

Yalumba's "The Scribbler" had an aroma of oak and chalk with a slight dusty element.  The palate showed rich, good quality, fr...

Wairau River Sauvignon Blanc 2007

I don't review too many sauvignon blancs, but this wine isn't bad.  It had a typical aroma of passionfruit, with some initial spritz...

Dominique Portet Fontaine Cabernet Shiraz Merlot 2007

This wine is blended from fruit sourced from the Yarra Valley and Heathcote.  The aroma basically was great: black fruits, plums, pepper, ma...

Pierre Naigeon Chambolle-Musigny 2006

The 2006 vintage of this wine, like the 2005, is again a very good effort.  A rather classy aroma of clean fruit and herbs.  The palate had ...

Stefano Lubiana Pinot Noir 2008

The 2008 pinot noir from this well regarded producer had an aroma of graphite and cherries, with ok length on the palate which opened up and...

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