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Henschke Keyneton Euphonium 2007

This wine is a blend of 50% shiraz, 20% cabernet sauvignon, 19% merlot and 11% cabernet franc, with fruit sourced from the Barossa Valley an...
Sam Miranda Symphonia Las Triadas Tempranillo 2005

Sam Miranda Symphonia Las Triadas Tempranillo 2005

I bought this a few years ago now on the way back from Falls Creek.  Now, I wish I had a dozen.  Immediately upon opening the bottle it was ...

Cullen Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2008

Cullen is one of Australia's most highly regarded producers.  They are also prominent supporters of the biodynamic cause.  The one thing...
Pizzini Sangiovese 2005

Pizzini Sangiovese 2005

Pizzini is considered to produce one of Australia's better sangiovese wines.  And I happen to like sangiovese.  That said, I find the gr...

Miranda Golden Botrytis 2002

For a somewhat humble label, something very right happened with this wine in 2002.  It is made from semillon, and packs a solid 225g/litre o...
Rochford Riesling 2006

Rochford Riesling 2006

Rochford is of course not Rockford of "Basket Press" fame.  It used to confuse me when I knew little about wine, whereas now, I kn...

Yalumba The Menzies Cabernet Sauvignon 2003

I rate Yalumba as a winery.  Their 2003 Menzies cabernet was good, though not excellent.  It opened to an aroma of spices and blackcurrant, ...

Domaine Thomas Moillard Clos de Roi Corton Grand Cru 1995

Pinot noir doesn't get too much better than this.  An aroma of cherries, herbs and oak.  The palate has amazing length and grip.  Specif...

Some thoughts on Schild Estate, wine labels and things that don't look so good

The "Schild Estate affair" reported by Harvey Steiman and Tyson Stelzer in  Wine Spectator  (and also on Mr Stelzer's  website...

Dopff au Moulin Riesling Grand Cru Schoenenbourg 2007

This wine was pretty good.  An aroma of citrus.  On the palate, citrus, lemon and some length.  It is off dry.  85 points. (7/10) Abv: 12....

Yabby Lake Red Claw Chardonnay 2008

I am a fan of the styles of chardonnay coming out of the Mornington Peninsula and the Yarra Valley at the moment. Yabby Lake's Red Claw ...

Bernard Baudry Les Granges 2009

There's not too much Chinon to be found in Australia, but the 2009 vintage from Bernard Baudry is a good one.  An aroma of herbs, twigs ...

Bonneau du Martray Grand Cru 1998

There were a few problems with these 1998s, with a few bottles badly corked.  This wine unfortunately didn't present particularly well. ...

Domaine Anne et Hervé Sigaut Les Sentiers Premier Cru 2006

I found this wine pleasant, if a little simple.  An aroma of cherries with a slight sweetness to them.  A similar palate.  84 points. (6.9/1...

Bass Phillip Premium Pinot Noir: three vintages tasted blind

Bass Phillip produces some of Australia's best pinot noir, with Phillip Jones famed for his approach of no irrigation, no filtration, de...

Bass Phillip Premium Pinot Noir 2000

Bass Phillip's Premium Pinot Noir from the 2000 vintage is past its best.  It has a pungent aroma of herbs and cut grass.  On the palate...

Bass Phillip Premium Pinot Noir 2001

Though past its best, the 2001 vintage of Bass Phillip's Premium Pinot Noir was probably, just, the better of the 1999 and the 2000, whi...

Bass Phillip Premium Pinot Noir 1999

Bass Phillip's Premium Pinot Noir from 1999 is unfortunately past its best.  It has an aroma of cherries, plums and leaves.  On the pala...

Penfolds Bin 138 Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre 2005

This wine is not one of Penfolds' new releases, but it is still available.  That said, I wouldn't go searching for it.  It has a pru...

Anti-wine laws

Usually editorials in wine magazines are devoted to fairly safe topics. Somewhat cynically, I started thinking that marketing driven pieces...

Domaine Gerard Chavy Les Folatieres Premier Cru 2000

A good quality wine with an aroma of nuts, toast and spices.  A similar palate, with some length.  85 points. (7/10) Abv: 13.5% Price: ar...

Woodstock Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

The Woodstock table wines are made by Scott Collett and Ben Glaetzer.  I don't know Scott's wines, but I am a strong supporter of Be...

Durand Empreintes Cornas 2005

This wine is pretty well priced for a Cornas.  An aroma of plums and spices.  On the palate, tannins and plums.  It's pretty good, but I...

Surveyor Thomson Pinot Noir 2006

I was torn with this wine.  On the one hand, it had great length on the palate: usually a good, indeed, frequently the only really trustwort...

Les Vins de Vienne L'Arzelle 2007

This wine was pretty good, but there are better available for the price.  An aroma of pepper, earth and spices.  On the palate, savoury with...

Chateau Beauregard 2006

I tasted Chateau Beauregard's 2006 Pomerol along side Blue Poles' 2008 reserve merlot .  It had a very attractive, classy aroma, of ...

Blue Poles Reserve Merlot 2008

I'd heard a few good things about this small producer's merlot from the Margaret River, so I decided to give it a go.  It was tasted...

Pewsey Vale Riesling 2010

Pewsey Vale's 2010 riesling is perfectly pleasant, with an aroma of slate, stones and spice, and a similar palate.  84 to 85 points (6.9...

Domaine Chapuis Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 1998

This wine shows some potential.  An aroma of spices, lemon citrus, peaches, but I also thought, though not ruinous, a touch of taint too.  O...

Change to scoring method

Regular readers may have noticed that I have decided to migrate my scoring system out of 10 to a 100 point scale.  I have done this because ...

To respect or disrespect the vintage?

Andrew Jefford's article entitled " The Truth Game " regarding vintage variation in wine in  Decanter  yesterday was interesti...

Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1993

This is the first time I've been lucky enough to try a "Mouton".  Unfortunately, 1993 was a terrible year in Bordeaux, and it ...

Penfolds Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

The grapes for the 2008 vintage of Penfolds' Bin 407 were sourced from Coonawarra, Robe, Wrattonbully and Padthaway.  So a multi-region...

Penfolds Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz 2009

Here is another of Penfold's new release wines.  This wine is sourced 100% from Coonawarra, from the 2009 vintage, which appears to be a...

Penfolds Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz 2008

The pages of advertisements in the newspapers this week can suggest only one thing: some new wine releases from Penfolds.  Penfolds' Bin...

Pierre Andre au Chateau de Corton Pommard 2007

I liked this wine.  An aroma of cherries, spices and charred oak.  The palate was similar with some good acidity.  88 points. Abv: 13% Wo...

Pierre Andre au Chateau de Corton Aloxe Corton 2007

Another wine from the Cotes de Beaune.  An aroma of cherry and spices, and a cherry dominant palate.  85 points. Abv: 13% Would I buy it ...

Pierre Andre au Chateau de Corton Chambolle 2007

Chambolle is one of my favourite Burgundy appellations.  This wine has an aroma of cherries and herbs, with some evident structure.  The pal...

Louis Michel Grenouilles Grand Cru 2003

2003 was of course a heatwave year in France, and perhaps not a good portent for wines from the cold Chablis region.  Nonetheless, this wine...

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