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Glaetzer Bishop Shiraz 2006

I though it wise to check in on how Glaetzer's 2006 Bishop shiraz is ageing.  I am happy to report that this remains an excellent wine: ...

Sarget de Gruaud Larose 2007

This is the second wine of Gruaud Larose of cru classe fame, so it came with a little expectation.  An aroma of oak and tobacco, was met on ...

Chapoutier Rasteau Cotes du Rhone Villages 2008

Chapoutier's Rasteau Cotes du Rhone Villages 2008 had an aroma of lavender, spices and plums.  The palate had some length and liqueur no...

Chateau Potensac 2007

This is the fourth 2007 Bordeaux that I've tried now, and so far, I see little need to purchase any more wines from this vintage - the s...

Penfolds Grange 1976

Well, back online after a wine post, but not wine, free Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  I feel extremely fortunate to have tried an Austra...

Chateau Tour du Haut Moulin 2001

This wine is a bargain.  An aroma of ripe black fruits, and a palate with excellent lingering length and black fruits.  A very enjoyable w...

Patrick Estate Shiraz 2005

Wrattonbully just doesn't roll off the tongue does it?  It's very close to Coonawarra, and straddles the South Australian and Victor...

Craiglee Shiraz 2007

Craiglee is an excellent producer from (just) outside of Melbourne's north-western suburbs.  Their 2007 vintage had a briny, peppery aro...

Chateau Beau-Site 2007

Always a solid to good producer, Chateau Beau-Site's 2007 cabernet blend had an aroma of taught oak and blackcurrants, with a pleasant p...

Lake George Chardonnay 2008

This chardonnay, my first chardonnay from the Canberra region, had an aroma of citrus and spice, but a touch of shrillness.  The palate was ...

Chateau Citran 2007

2007 is generally regarded as a tough vintage in Bordeaux, that was over-priced on release.  Prices have since corrected overseas, but in Au...

Jim Barry Three Little Pigs Shiraz Cabernet Malbec 2004

As well as a great label, this wine is great value.  An aroma of ripe plums, spice and anise.  There's some depth, some length and richn...

Bellvale Pinot Noir 2007

Bellvale's 2007 Gippsland pinot noir had an aroma of quite pungent cherries, which was initially very attractive, but with time in the g...

Port Phillip Estate Quartier Arneis 2010

You don't see a lot of arneis in Australia.  On my first tasting, I was not particularly pleased with it, and described it as follows:...

Rymill mc2 2006 Coonawarra Wine Review

Rymill's mc2 is a Bordeaux blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc.  The 2006 vintage had an aroma of spices, oak, chocol...

Domaine Bizot Les Jachees Vosne-Romanee 2006

This pinot noir, tasted in a line up of Burgundies, had a brilliant aroma of cherries, and a palate with great fruit, evident cherries, spic...

Chateau Latour 1997

Life definitely could be worse than sitting down to any bottle of Chateau Latour.  Upon sniffing the long cork, it was immediately apparen...

Mount Mary Chardonnay 1999

I tasted this wine blind, and it had a pungent sweetness, with notes of white peaches, almonds, talc and minerals. On the palate, there wa...

Glaetzer Heartland Directors' Cut Shiraz 2008

Glaetzer, like Teusner , largely don't seem to produce a bad wine.  The 2008 Directors' Cut is another success: an aroma of pepper, ...

Clover Hill Sparkling 2006

Clover Hill's 2006 sparkling had a pleasant aroma of citrus and minerals.  The palate revealed citrusy fruit with a touch of honey, and ...

Leeuwin Estate Prelude Vineyards Chardonnay 2008

Leeuwin Estate produces ones of Australia's finest chardonnays at the moment, at least in my humble opinion.  The "prelude vineyard...

Chateau Cantemerle 2003

The very hot 2003 Bordeaux vintage has led to some disappointments, but this wine is not one of them.  The wine had an attractive aroma of r...

Katnook Prodigy Shiraz 2006

Katnook's flagship "Prodigy" shiraz 2006 vintage was simply great.  Pepper and plums on the nose, with good length.  A classy ...

Syrah v Shiraz and other thoughts

There was an interesting post the other day on twitter by Dan Buckle, the winemaker at Mount Langi Ghiran discussing the shiraz's grapes...

Marchese Antinori Riserva Chianti Classico 2005

Antinori's Marchese 2005 chianti classico had an aroma of briny dark cherries, and a palate with good fruit, good length, rawish tannins...

Teusner "Dog Strangler" Mourvedre (aka Mataro) 2009

This wine is both fantastic, and a bargain.  An aroma of licorice, black jammy fruit and leather.  The palate had very good length and a ric...

Lake's Folly Cabernet Blend 2001

Lake's Folly is relatively famous for being one of the first boutique wineries established in Australia that preceded the Australian win...

Rockford Basket Press Shiraz 2004

I've had some good Rockford wines, including their outstanding 1998 Basket Press, which is one of the better wines I have tasted, peri...

Coriole Vineyards Nebbiolo 2008

Coriole's 2008 nebbiolo had an aroma of cherries, and a palate with pleasant balance and nice lingering length.  85 points. Abv: 13.5%...

Gaja Sito Moresco Langhe 2007

In short, I find most Gaja wines to be very good.  This wine is a blend of 35% nebbiolo, 35% merlot and 30% cabernet sauvignon.  A somewha...

Balnaves The Tally Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

Balnaves seems to be a producer where their top wine truly is a top wine, but then trails off a bit after that.  The Tally is a top, serious...

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