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Helen's Hill Estate V Cabernet Blend 2004

I've tried a few of Helen's Hill cabernets (called "V" in this vintage, now seemingly just "Cabernets"), and the...

Fire Gully Chardonnay 2008

Fire Gully is a Pierro label.  I find that a lot of Australian chardonnays more closely resemble the Chassagne-Montrachet model, whereas I f...

Majella Wines The Musician 2009

A blend of 57% cabernet and 43% shiraz, this well priced wine had an aroma of oak, mint and chocolate.  The palate had nice length, with goo...

Wendouree Cabernet Malbec 2008

This wine from Wendouree had a superb aroma of spice, herbs and lavender, and a palate with spices, plums, pepper, tannins and good struct...

Wirra Wirra RSW Shiraz 2001

I've not tried a lot of Wirra Wirra wines before, but this wine was both excellent and well priced.  An aroma of plums, with pepper in t...

Fire Gully Shiraz Viognier 2008

Fire Gully wines are produced by the rather famous Pierro team in the Margaret River.  Their 2008 shiraz viognier is a blend of 91% shiraz ...

Zema Estate Family Selection Cabernet 2005

Zema Estate's 2005 Family Selection cabernet is a very good wine and worth seeking out.   An aroma of earth, chocolate, coffee; typical ...

Greenpoint Pinot Noir Rosé 2007

I like ros é, and though in most cases it isn't perhaps worthy of the consideration given to finer wines; at its best, it is refreshing ...

Blackbilly Sangiovese 2009

While I have had some good Australian sangioveses, I am not yet sold on them.  Perhaps like my experience of their Italian cousins, you must...

Michael Unwin Umbrella Man Sangiovese 2006

I always want to like wines from smaller producers.  This wine was a bit challenging for me though.  An aroma of  Christmas cake, raisins, a...

Chateau Magneau 2006

Another good well, priced Bordeaux (a blend of 50% merlot, 45% cabernet sauvignon and 5% cabernet franc), this time from the mixed (in my ...

Tamburlaine Chapel Reserve Chardonnay 1999

A search of the cellar revealed this undrunk wine, a relic from earlier times when wine wasn't so much of a focus.  Storage provenance I...

Penfolds Grange 2005

I tasted this wine at Langton's Classification V tasting, and for me, out of magnum, it was easily the wine of the night.  An aroma of...

Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

Moss Wood, in my humble opinion, produce one of Australia's best cabernets.   The 2007 vintage had an aroma of blackcurrant and oak.  ...

Eldridge Estate Gamay 2009

There aren't a lot of gamay based wines produced in Australia.  In fact, I struggle to name more than a couple.  The reason for this is ...

Jim Barry The Armagh Shiraz 2006

Jim Barry's flagship wine, The Armagh, is yet again an amazing wine.  A heady aroma of pepper and crushed spices.  The palate had length...

Bass Phillip Reserve Pinot Noir 2008

At last, I was given the opportunity to taste Bass Phillip's Reserve pinot noir from south Gippsland.  I find Bass Phillip's hierarc...

Rymill June Traminer 2007

I always seem to come back to Rymill's Traminer dessert wines, made from 100% gewurtztraminer and late harvested in June. Their 2007 vin...

Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier 2009

I've now been lucky enough to try several vintages of Clonakilla's shiraz viognier, and there is a certain consistency of high perfo...

Torbreck RunRig 2006

Torbreck's RunRig shiraz is not a shy wine.  The 2006 vintage, which is a blend of 97% shiraz and 3% viognier, had an aroma of raisins a...

Patrick T Home Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

This wine had a typical Coonawarra fragrance of earth and chocolate and also some oak.  The palate was similar with good length and acidity ...

Koonara Ambriel's Gift Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

I liked Koonara's 2000 vintage of this wine and so was interested to try the 2004 vintage of it.  This wine had an aroma with a touch of...

Watershed Shades Merlot 2008

This wine had an aroma of ripe fruit, plum jam and dried herbs.  The palate was softly flavoured, with a bit of length.  A pleasant wine.  8...

Yeringberg Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Yeringberg is my second favourite producer from the Yarra Valley at the moment, after Yarra Yering.  Their 2008 cabernet had an aroma of ext...

Yarra Yering Dry Red No. 1 2008

Yarra Yering continues to be my pick of producers from the Yarra Valley.  Their 2008 cabernet had an aroma of taught oak, with a touch of ca...

Best's Thomson Family Shiraz 2008

Best's, in my humble experience, tend to produce well priced, good wines that I feel like drinking.  This wine, their top label, is not ...

Domaine A Cabernet 2001

At last, I got to taste a wine from Domaine A in Tasmania.  This surprisingly darkly coloured wine had an aroma of dark fruits with a touch ...

JJ Hahn Reginald Shiraz Cabernet 2004

Perhaps not the coolest of names, but this was wine very pleasant.  An aroma of pepper and baked fruit, and a palate with nice length and no...

Chateau La Tour de Mons 2005

Another wine from the 2005 vintage, this wine had an aroma of black fruits, and a palate with pleasant fruit and lovely length.  Very drinka...

Chateau Les Clauzots 2005

This wine from the excellent 2005 vintage had a blackcurrant like aroma, with length and green peppercorns on the palate.  A very pleasant...

Notes from Coonawarra

Coonawarra cabernet is like pizza.  Even when it is bad, it is still pretty good. For some reason this phrase has stuck in my head having ...

Cullen Diana Madeline Cabernet 2008

Generally, I avoid posting tasting notes where I have tasted only a smallish sample of the wine, such as what typically seems to happen at c...

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