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Ornellaia Le Volte Toscana IGT 2007

This wine is a blend of 51% sangiovese, 34% merlot and 15% cabernet sauvignon.  It has a very powerful, overt aroma of ripe liqueur cherries...

Clonakilla Hilltops Shiraz 2009

Clonakilla's 2009 Hilltops shiraz is very fruity.  It has an aroma of plum skins, fresh fruit and, almost, apricot kernels.  On the pala...

Chateau Lafaurie Peyraguey 2004

Having written up the 1983  vintage of this producer the other day, it made sense to have a look at one of their newer releases (2005 is the...
Lark Hill Gruner Veltliner 2010

Lark Hill Gruner Veltliner 2010

Lark Hill's vineyards are located at a cool 860 metres above sea level in the Canberra district. The vineyards are also managed biodynam...

Wood Park Rosé 2007

I won't dwell long on this rosé, because it tasted of smoke and ash.  I read that in the King Valley a lot of producers did not harvest ...

Chateau Lafaurie Peyraguey 1983

Chateau Lafaurie Peyraguey is obviously designed to keep away les anglais  with its impossible to spell and hard to pronounce name.  It was ...

Chateau Tayac 2004

Chateau Tayac, sourced from the unlikely centre of well priced fine wine  in Melbourne that is Costco, has an aroma of opulent blackfruits a...

Rymill Cabernet Sauvignon 2000

I had 2 funny bottles of this in a row.  The first bottle had an aroma of dried herbs, plums, but a touch of cork taint.  Faint, but fatal. ...

Chateau Cantemerle 2004

I have found the 2004 Bordeaux left bank vintage to have been a very even vintage so far.  Similar to the 2002s perhaps.  It is not as good ...

Mount Pleasant Maurice O'Shea Shiraz 2007

I don't get to try a lot of Hunter Valley shiraz, which is a pity because I like them.  Not many seem to make it to Melbourne, apparentl...

Majella Wines The Melleea Cabernet Shiraz 2008

There is something non sequitur about Australian cabernet shiraz blends.  Something in them pulls at me - I don't want to like them.  M...

Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo 2004

I thought this Barolo was quite good.  An aroma of bright cherry fruit.  On the palate it shows some length, although it also has somewhat s...

Majella Wines Shiraz 2008

It always surprises me how good Coonawarra shiraz can be.  This wine is no exception.  An aroma of soft spices and oak.  On the palate, ther...

Chateau Léoville Barton 1996

I tasted this wine blind in a set with the Baron 1996 , and the Cos D'Estournel 1996 .  It's pretty good and reminded me of a Coonaw...
Chäteau Cos d'Estournel 1996

Chäteau Cos d'Estournel 1996

There's no doubt this is a good wine.  Cos d'Estournel is a second growth from the Bordeaux left-bank subregion of Saint-Estèphe ...

Chateau Pichon Longueville Baron 1996

Pichon Longueville "Baron" remains one of my favourite Bordeaux.  I tasted this wine blind, and its quality shone through.  It was...

Majella Wines Merlot 2008

Merlot is a variety that Australia struggles with, and I am fussy with. I've had a few good, even outstanding, Australian examples (and ...

Zema Estate Family Selection Shiraz 2005

From the strong 2005 Coonawarra vintage, this wine presented very well.  It has an aroma of pepper, plums and is somewhat "grassy"...

Rymill Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

Rymill's 2004 cabernet sauvignon is good, rather than very good.  An aroma of dried herbs, tomato stalks, earth and chocolate.  I'm ...

Paringa Estate Reserve Pinot Noir 2007

Paringa Estate is a near universally well regarded and decorated producer from the Mornington Peninsula.  Their reserve pinot noir is not ch...

Domaine Wachau Terrassen Federspiel Gruner Veltliner 2009

On opening, the wine basically just tasted like "white wine".  That is, any old white wine with no real distinguishing features.  ...

Domaine Chapuis 1996 Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru Wine Review

Outstanding stuff.  This chardonnay has an oily aroma of stone fruits and sweet and sour apples.  The palate has a pleasing nutty length to ...

Penfolds Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

The fruit for the 2007 vintage of this Penfolds "icon and luxury range" wine (their words, not mine) is sourced from Padthaway, th...

Little Yering Chardonnay 2009

From the disastrous and tragic 2009 vintage from the Yarra Valley, this wine made by Yering Station hit the spot.  An aroma of citrus, with ...

Jacobs Creek St Hugo 2007

I've previously reviewed the 1998 , 2003 and 2005 vintages of this wine.  The 2007 vintage has a typical Coonawarra aroma of chocolate...

Tenuta San Guido 2007

Ok, so this wine taught me a few things.  First, that "Bolgheri Sassicaia" is, as well as being hard to spell and pronounce, an ap...

Balnaves Cabernet Merlot 2008

I've struggled a little bit with the cabernet merlot blend produced by Balnaves.  The 2007 release I gave 78 points.  The 2008 is better...

Chateau Beau-Site 2006

This is a pretty handy wine.  An aroma of pencil box, with blackcurrants and pleasant length on the palate.  Ready to drink now.  85 points....
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Turkey Flat Rosé 2008

Maybe it's the day.  Maybe it's the wine.  After stifling un-Melbourne like humidity and continuous rain for seemingly days on end, ...

Domaine Coursodon Silice St Joseph 2007

I wasn't a huge fan of this wine.  It had a peppery and stalky aroma.  On the palate, there was pepper, high acidity, some length but so...

Rockford Rifle Range Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

I'll say it at the outset: this is a nice wine, it's just not a style of cabernet that I normally drink/like (ie warm climate, Baros...

Bethany Old Vine Grenache 2006

Bethany's 2006 Old Vine Grenache is sourced from low yielding bush vines of 50 to 120 years of age.  In short, this wine is pleasant rat...

Best's Bin O Shiraz 2008

This wine was pretty good, with an aroma of pepper and plums, and a palate with ripe fruit, but a bit, well simple, particularly for its dec...

Balnaves Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

An aroma of oak, dark fruits, really almost jammy fresh fruit, spice and chocolate.  The palate had good length and structure, but the oak w...

Allinda Double Picked Riesling 2005

So, double picked, I guess means you pick the grapes, and then, um ...  Allinda's winemaker, Al Fencaros describes it more clearly on Al...

Freycinet Radenti Sparkling 1999

Though I don't think it's as good as the  Arras  I've tried to date, this wine is in a league above most Australian sparklings. ...

Amulet Nebbiolo 2002

Amulet's 2002 Nebbiolo had an aroma of cherries, licorice and autumn leaves.  The palate had some length, and a taste reminiscent of plu...

Hardy's HRB D637 Shiraz 2006

Catchy name, huh?  The wine though is pretty good.  An aroma of licorice and liqueur plums.  A palate with some good length and plums.  Very...

Moss Wood Pinot Noir 2008

I still seems funny to me to say Moss Wood and pinot noir in the same sentence.  This wine is from Moss Wood's Mornington Peninsula outp...

Giaconda Chardonnay 1999

Giaconda for me produce wines that are both flavoursome and almost archetypal.  Their 1999 chardonnay, tasted blind, had an aroma of oak, ci...

Yering Station Chardonnay 2007

There's a lot to like about a winery that releases this level of technical information about their wine. I offer the following humble s...
Clonakilla Hilltops Shiraz 2006

Clonakilla Hilltops Shiraz 2006

Bottle variation appears to be an issue with this wine.  In my most recent tasting of it (July 2011) it showed extremely well.  So well, i...

Rymill The Yearling Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

So, what can you buy for $13 these days? Something surprisingly not bad. Rymill's yearling cabernet had a dusty aroma of chocolate, he...

Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon 2001

Vasse Felix continues to be one of my picks for well priced cabernet that ages well. I'm really not sure why I don't buy more of thi...

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