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Domaine de Longue Toque 2006

Domaine de Longue Toque 2006

This wine is not shy, weighing in at 15% abv, a blend of grenache, shiraz and mourvedre. Or should I say syrah?  Somewhere between purple ...

Heat damaged wines

I was reading on an American wine blog ( Dr Vino ) recently a fairly active discussion on the extent of the problem with heat damaged wines....
Chateau du Cedre 2007

Chateau du Cedre 2007

Well they say "the black wine of Cahors", and in a somewhat surprising turn of events, this wine is black.  A blend of 90% malbe...
Bodegas Palacio Glorioso Reserva 2005

Bodegas Palacio Glorioso Reserva 2005

This is a lovely Rioja wine, made from old vine tempranillo and aged for 36 months, with a further 12 months in French oak barrels.  Ruby ...
Chateau Haut-Bages Monpelou 2007

Chateau Haut-Bages Monpelou 2007

Though from Pauillac, this wine is not the grandest label, nor the grandest year.  And unfortunately that about sums it up.  Young looking...
Chateau Pichon Longueville Baron 1997

Chateau Pichon Longueville Baron 1997

1997 was largely a problematic year in Bordeaux.  According to " The Wine Doctor " it is described thus: "The 1997 vintag...
Chateau Montrose 1998

Chateau Montrose 1998

I usually find it harder to write a bad wine review than a good one, though I write plenty of the former.  Questions swirl around in my he...
Pikes Eastside Shiraz 2008

Pikes Eastside Shiraz 2008

Pikes, a reliable source of Clare Valley riesling, also produce a well priced shiraz from the same region.  Their 2008 Eastside Shiraz is ...

Semillon Blanc and other odd things

I was led by a friend to a rather interesting article by Huon Hooke in "Business Day" (a Fairfax website) , entitled " Hunter...
Victory Point Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

Victory Point Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

Victory Point from the Margaret River is a family producer I've not tried before.  If this wine is representative, they are very much ...

Tim Adams Botrytis Riesling 2006

Local botrytis rieslings seem often to be non-cloying, true to the riesling grape and sold at a fair price.  In other words, "good"...

Chateau Haut Madrac 2003

I bought this wine a few years ago now.  It presented like a classic left-bank Bordeaux.  A blend of 70% cabernet sauvignon and 30% merlot, ...
Rymill Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Rymill Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Rymill is a reliable producer from the Coonawarra region, with one of those lovely tree lined entrances that I always fall for.  Their 200...

Chateau Ferran 2005

Yes, as you may have guessed, I like Bordeaux from 2005, and buy as much of it as I can afford.  This wine, consumed over the course of a di...

Clonakilla Riesling 2007

Clonakilla's 2007 riesling is good, rather than very good.  An aroma of lemon, stones and minerals.  A palate with pronounced acidity, c...

Brumfield Shiraz 2006

The Yarra Valley and shiraz sit somewhat uncomfortably together.  Mostly it seems a style in between styles.  Not Sunbury, not Heathcote, no...
Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon 2000

Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon 2000

The 2000 vintage in Margaret River appears to have been solid rather than excellent, with Langtons describing it thus: "An early vin...

Best's Pinot Meunier Young Vine 2004

Meunier, tu dors Ton moulin, ton moulin va trop vite Meunier, tu dors Ton moulin, ton moulin va trop fort Ton moulin, ton moulin va trop vit...

Nepenthe Sauvignon Blanc 2008

I don't drink a lot of sauvignon blanc.  Not because I don't like it - I don't mind it actually.  It just, well, "sav blanc...
Chateau Pichon Longueville Baron 2003 and some short thoughts on the taste divide

Chateau Pichon Longueville Baron 2003 and some short thoughts on the taste divide

Ah, Pichon Baron.  If I had to choose a desert island wine, from any year, this would be it.  In fact, to hell with the desert island, if ...

Bowen Estate Shiraz 2008

My first post on Bowen Estate.  How did that happen, I ask, since I buy the stuff year in, year out?  Bowen Estate almost always punches abo...
De Bortoli BellaRiva Pinot Grigio Vermentino 2010

De Bortoli BellaRiva Pinot Grigio Vermentino 2010

This was the second wine I tried as part of De Bortoli's recent BellaRiva releases.  I've not previously tried a vermentino or verme...
De Bortoli BellaRiva Sangiovese Merlot 2009

De Bortoli BellaRiva Sangiovese Merlot 2009

De Bortoli appear to get new media.  This BellaRiva wine, together with a white (my next review to be posted), were released accompanied by ...

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