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Lunch at the Healesville Hotel

Saturday, well at least the morning, was a perfect day in Melbourne.  Sunny, around 26c and quite still.  A perfect day for a visit to the Y...

Oak Ridge Over the Shoulder Cabernet Merlot 2006

This wine is perfectly pleasant.  An aroma of black fruits and a touch of oak.  A similar palate, but lacking in a little bit of fruit densi...

Hoddles Creek Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Hoddles Creek is an estate in the Yarra Valley that I am not particularly familiar with.  As an unabashed fan of cabernet (done well, that i...

Pierre Andre au Chateau de Corton Meursault 2007

This is another pleasant wine from this producer.  An aroma of subtle oak, smoke and minerals.  On the palate, a minerally flavour.  85 poin...

Allinda Cabernets 1997

Allinda produced a great wine in 2001.  Their 1997 vintage though is well past its best in 2011.  An aroma of menthol, black tea, herbs and ...

Domaine Michel Lafarge Meursault 2006

This seems a fairly classic Meursault.  A rather austere herbal aroma.  On the palate, spices, pepper and minerals.  83 points. Abv: 13% ...

Leo Buring Riesling 2010

This riesling is frankly pretty good.  An aroma of lemon, lime, slate and stones.  On the palate, nice length and citrus flavours.  Great va...

Pierre Andre au Chateau de Corton Puligny Montrachet 2007

Pierre Andre's 2007 Puligny Montrachet is a good wine.  An aroma of minerals, with a touch of spice.  On the palate, some length and min...

Pierre Andre au Chateau de Corton Blanc 2007

I tried this wine at an excellent and very generous  terroir focussed wine tasting.  This wine has an aroma of oak and nuts.  On the palate,...

Norton Malbec 2009

So, do you get a good malbec for $10 a bottle?  Given that the price of wine is made up of around 50% tax in Australia, in substance we are ...

Jamsheed Pepé le Pinot Pinot Noir 2010

Jamsheed is a rather cool producer right now and this is the first of their wines that I've tried.  The colour is promising out of the b...

Wine Lunch at Donovans

The weather Gods were kind: 25c, sunny, a touch of warmth but not too much and a lunch booking at Melbourne landmark Donovans in their priva...

Chateau Rieussec 2003

2003 was a very hot year in Bordeaux, though seemingly without ill effect in Sauternes, at least based on this wine.  Chateau Rieussec's...

Guigal Hermitage 1999

Guigal's Hermitage from the 1999 vintage started slowly in the glass.  However, it quickly obtained length and body, with an aroma of ga...

Pierro Chardonnay 2008

Pierro's Chardonnay 2008 from the Margaret River is an outstanding wine.  It has an extravagant aroma of peaches and oak and has serious...

Witchmount Shiraz 2007

Witchmount created quite a stir by winning the "best shiraz in the world" category in a French wine show for its 2004 shiraz.  Int...

Domaine A Stoney Vineyard Cabernet 2004

If I had have tasted this wine blind, I would have almost certainly thought it an Haut Medoc.  The wine has an aroma of mint, leather, oak a...

Knappstein Cabernet Petit Verdot Malbec 2009

I tried this wine on a plane in one of those "mini" bottles. I thought about not reviewing it, but then the airline probably spen...

Mount Mary Chardonnay 2002

This wine is from the excellent 2002 Yarra Valley chardonnay vintage.  The 2002 Mount Mary had an aroma of citrus and stone fruits, and a pa...

Allinda Cabernets 2001

This is a very good cabernet.   It has aromas of black cherries and blackcurrant. The palate is well balanced, with good length and generous...

Alain Voge Les Vieilles Vignes 2006

I recently tasted through quite a few Cornas wines as preparation for a tasting that I put on recently: in perhaps the majority of cases, I ...

Gilles Robin Alberic Bouvet Crozes Hermitage 2006

This wine was tasted in my search for good value Northern Rhone reds.  It smells pleasant enough: earth and plums.  It has some length on th...

Matthieu Barret Brise Cailloux 2007

The capsule of this bottle was very sticky upon removal, and smelt sweet: signs of possible heat damage.  Foolhardy, I pushed on.  The wine ...

Glaetzer Amon Ra 2005

Glaetzer's Amon Ra from 2005 is a singularly impressive wine.  I read some local commentary that suggested that the wine wasn't that...

Zuber Estate Pink Cliffs Shiraz 1992

I've tasted this wine before and thought it was pretty darn good.  This bottle was even better.  An aroma of mint, plums and eucalyptus....

Julicher Estate 99 Rows Pinot Noir 2008

This is the best pinot noir I've tried in a long while.  It has an aroma of stewed plums and cherries, with a similar character on the p...

Les Tourelles de Longueville 1990

Les Tourelles de Longueville is the second wine of Chateau Pichon Longueville (Baron).  I picked up the 1990 for a bargain price of about $6...

Chateau Marquise d'Alesme 2001

I wondered at first why the name "grand cru classé" was omitted from this label.  Why would they do that?!  The label looked a lit...

Westgate Endurance Shiraz 2004

This is another successful wine from the Grampians region.  An aroma of aromatic spices, pepper, chocolate and plums.  The palate has good l...

Champagne price comparison

I had a look this morning (4 February 2011) at some entry level grand marque Champagne prices online at some of the more well known retaile...
Katnook Odyssey Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Katnook Odyssey Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Katnook's 2005 flagship "Odyssey" cabernet sauvignon has an aroma of redcurrants, cedar, blackcurrants, vanilla and sweet nutm...

Simonnet Febvre Petit Chablis 2008

This is a fairly straightforward Chablis that I nonetheless quite enjoyed.  A fragrance and palate that is all about tightly wound citrus fl...

Savignola Paolina 2006

Chianti classico remains such a hit or miss wine for me.  I really like it, but gee there are a lot of misses.  This wine is fine - an aroma...

Chirping Bird Early Bird Moscato 2008

There's a place for this type of sweeter style of wine: I'm just not 100% sure where that is.  Pink in colour, this wine has a flora...

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