2016 Q1 Wine Reviews By Oz

A summary of Oz’s Wine Reviews from January, February and March of 2016.

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March 2016

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1 Name: Kumeu River Mate's Vineyard
Vintage: 2007
Region: Kumeu, Auckland, New Zealand
Varietal: Chardonnay
Alcohol: 13.5%
Colour: Bright golden straw
Aroma: Elegant perfumed mix of grapefruit, citrus, lemon and lime
Palate: Crisp and refreshing
Finish: Medium - long

Comment: Another great Chardonnay from Kumeu River. Still very bright and youthful, will continue to improve with age. Well worth a look or four!
2 Name: Felton Road Bannockburn
Vintage: 2013
Region: Bannockburn, New Zealand
Varietal: Chardonnay
Alcohol: 14%
Colour: Bright straw
Aroma: Grapefruit, peach and French oak, possibly marzipan
Palate: Medium-bodied with an abundance of fruit and a mineral / chalky finish
Finish: Medium - long

Comment: Very nice wine, not as good as the Mate's Vineyard, but still worth a look.
3 Name: Sequillo Swartland White
Vintage: 2014
Region: Swartland, Paardeberg Mountain, South Africa
Varietal: Chenin Blanc, Clairette Blanche, Viognier, Verdellho, Palomino
Alcohol: 14%
Colour: Golden straw
Aroma: Fragrant combination of peach, almond, honey and vanilla
Palate: Full-bodied, savoury and balanced
Finish: Medium - long

Comment: Great wine, lots of fruit with a great finish. Interesting mix of grapes, my first Clairette Blanche.
4 Name: Cremes Gaja
Vintage: 2014
Region: Langhe DOC, Piedmont, Italy
Varietal: Dolcetto 50% e Pinot Nero 50%
Alcohol: 13%
Colour: Deep crimson
Aroma: Cherry, blackcurrant and plum
Palate: Complex and balanced
Tannin: Silky
Finish: Long

Comment: Interesting wine, enjoyed it, drinking well now.
5 Name: Katnook Estate Odyssey
Vintage: 2004
Region: Coonawarra, South Australia
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol: 14%
Colour: Deep garnet
Aroma: Plum, oak, mocha and vanilla
Palate: Full-bodied structured and balanced
Tannin: Smooth
Finish: Long

Comment: Very enjoyable wine that has evolved nicely and will continue to for a few more years. Definitely worth a look. Obviously some bottle variation as my last tasting of this wine was not as enjoyable.
6 Name: Suckfizzle
Vintage: 2003
Region: Margaret River, Western Australia
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol: 14.5%
Colour: Deep garnet
Aroma: Fragrant mixture of blackcurrant, mocha, herbal and spice aromas
Palate: Balanced and structured, a bit of fun
Tannin: Savoury
Finish: Long

Comment: A good example of Margaret River Cabernet, definitely a great BBQ wine. Drinking well now.
7 Name: Kaesler The Bogan
Vintage: 2004
Region: Barossa Valley, South Australia
Varietal: 98% Shiraz 2% Viognier
Alcohol: 15%
Colour: Deep crimson
Aroma: Earthy combination of blackcurrant, plum, vanilla, spice and cedar
Palate: Full-bodied with a sweet finish
Tannin: Silky / smooth
Finish: Long

Comment: Another great Shiraz from the Barossa Valley, aging gracefully, still has more years in it.
8 Name: Requiem Ribera Del Duero
Vintage: 2012
Region: Ribera de Duero, Spain
Varietal: Tempranillo
Alcohol: 14%
Colour: Deep crimson
Aroma: Blackberries, tobacco and cherry aromas
Palate: Full-bodied, structured and smooth
Tannin: Silky
Finish: Long

Comment: A decent Tempranillo, silky tannins with an enjoyable long finish.
9 Name: Seville Estate Reserve
Vintage: 2001
Region: Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia
Varietal: Shiraz
Alcohol: %
Colour: Deep crimson
Aroma: Cherry, blackcurrant, spice and a hint of dark chocolate
Palate: Balanced and structured
Tannin: Smooth
Finish: Long

Comment: A great wine, really enjoyed this. A good example of an Australian cool climate Shiraz. Hope I get to try this again, soon!
10 Name: Fox Creek Reserve
Vintage: 2001
Region: McLaren Vale, South Australia
Varietal: Shiraz
Alcohol: 14.5%
Colour: Deep crimson
Aroma: Aromatic blend of blackberry, spice, plum and liquorice
Palate: Full-bodied balanced palate with a subtle dark chocolate finish
Tannin: Smooth
Finish: Long

Comment: IMHO McLaren Vale is one of the regions in South Australia that does not get enough recognition, Fox Creek is one of the best wineries in the Vale and their Reserve wines are usually very good, this was no exception, loved the finish.


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8 Name: Penfolds Bin A
Vintage: 2007
Region: Adelaide Hills, South Australia, Australia
Varietal: Chardonnay
Alcohol: 12.5%
Colour: Bright golden straw
Aroma: Elegant combination of peach, almond, lemon, lime and flint aromas
Palate: Balanced, refined and complex
Finish: Long

Comment: Great wine, shows why Penfolds are one of the best wine makers in Australia and why the Adelaide Hills produces some of the best Chardonnays in Australia. Bin A wines are definitely worth a look!
9 Name: Yabby Lake Single Vineyard
Vintage: 2014
Region: Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia
Varietal: Chardonnay
Alcohol: 12.5%
Colour: Pale straw
Aroma: Refreshing mixture of lychee, lemon, lime and flint aromas
Palate: Crisp with lychee and citrus flavours
Finish: Medium-long

Comment: Nice wine, not in the same class as the Bin A, but still a good Chardonnay
10 Name: Domaine Serene Evenstad Reserve
Vintage: 2011
Region: Willamete Valley, Oregon, USA
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Alcohol: 13.1%
Colour: Bright light ruby
Aroma: Earthy, medium-bodied combination of cherry, spice and black-pepper
Palate: Balanced with cherry, spice, stone fruit and black-pepper flavours
Tannin: Dry
Finish: Long

Comment: Very enjoyable, lighter style of Pinot Noir. Nicely balanced, tannins were a little dry, like the finish.
11 Name: Tempos Vega Sicilia Pintia
Vintage: 2010
Region: Castilla y Leon, Spain
Varietal: Tempranillo
Alcohol: 15%
Colour: Rich, deep ruby
Aroma: Herbal, medium-bodied mix of wild-berry, cherry and spice aromas
Palate: Bold and balanced with layers of fruit
Tannin: Savoury
Finish: Long

Comment: Really liked this wine, interesting and moreish mix of wild berries, cherries and spice with a balanced and bold palate. Worth a look, if not a few.
12 Name: Grosset Gaia
Vintage: 2007
Region: Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia
Varietal: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Merlot
Alcohol: 14%
Colour: Cloudy ruby
Aroma: Perfumed combo of blackcurrant cedar and spice aromas
Palate: Full-bodied complex and structured palate with blackcurrant, cedar, spice and tobacco flavours
Tannin: Structured
Finish: Long

Comment: Great wine, surprised everyone at the dinner, another star produced by Geoffrey Grosset. The various varietal characteristics are easily found. This was my wine for the wine options game.
13 Name: Lindermans Limestone Ridge
Vintage: 1991
Region: Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia
Varietal: Shiraz Cabernet
Alcohol: 13%
Colour: Dusty garnet
Aroma: Very enjoyable mix of blackcurrant, cherry, liquorice and vanilla aromas
Palate: Elegant and balanced palate
Tannin: Silky
Finish: Long

Comment: What an amazing wine. At 25 years of age this wine has evolved and is still showing the characteristics of the Coonawarra and the varietals.
14 Name: Seppelts Para Liqueur Port
Vintage: 1944
Region: Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia
Varietal: Tawny Port
Alcohol:
Colour: Dull cloudy amber
Aroma: Volatile and funky, very unpleasant
Palate: Undrinkable
Tannin:
Finish:

Comment: Unfortunately the cork in this bottle had failed, first sign of trouble, Para Ports from this era had extremely short corks which are prone to failure.

Luckily for me this is the first of the Para Ports that I have purchased that this has happened to and I still have a few more, so hopefully it will be the last one.


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1 Name: Henschke Keyneton Euphonium
Vintage: 2012
Region: Barossa and Eden Valleys, South Australia
Varietal: 65% shiraz, 20% cabernet sauvignon, 10% merlot and 5% cabernet franc
Alcohol: 14%
Colour: Vibrant deep crimson
Aroma: Cherry and blackberry with hints of spice, liquorice and possibly cedar
Flavour: Full-bodied well balanced palate with an abundance of fruit
Tannin: Fine
Finish: Long

Comment: Very popular, all of the tasting bottles were finished well before the other wines.

Always a high quality wine, good to drink now and will also replay cellaring
2 Name: Clarendon Hills Moritz
Vintage: 2007
Region: Clarendon, McLaren Vale, South Australia
Varietal: Syrah
Alcohol: 14.5%
Colour: Opaque deep crimson
Aroma: Blackberry, black pepper and spice with hints of smoke
Palate: Full-bodied combo of blackberry, pepper and spice
Tannin: Savoury
Finish: Long

Comment: Great wine, took a bit of encouragement to get people to try it, well not too much! Really like the balance and structure. A good value wine considering its quality.
3 Name: Grant Burge Meshach
Vintage: 2006
Region: Barossa Valley
Varietal: Shiraz
Alcohol: 14.5%
Colour: Deep garnet, still has a youthful vibrancy
Aroma: Blackberry, dark stone fruit, dark chocolate and spice, with a hint of mint
Palate: Full-bodied, bold fruit and spice flavours
Tannin: Firm, developing tannins
Finish: Long

Comment: Meshach is usually a great wine when given time to age and this will be no different but, IMHO, this vintage is still young. This was the wine that divided people, they either liked or disliked it, there was no middle road. Expecting this to be a great wine when it reaches maturity.
4 Name: Hazyblur Barossa
Vintage: 2004
Region: Barossa Valley, South Australia
Varietal: Shiraz
Alcohol: 15%
Colour: Deep purple
Aroma: Nice mix of blackberries, plums, black pepper and spice
Palate: Jammy full-bodied balanced palate
Tannin: Fine
Finish: Long

Comment: Not a well-known winery, surprised most people. Definitely one of the favourites. One to drink now
5 Name: Hewitson Private Cellar
Vintage: 2008
Region: Barossa Valley, South Australia
Varietal: Shiraz Mouvedre
Alcohol: 14%
Size: Magnum
Colour: Vibrant deep crimson
Aroma: Dark plum, blackberry and spice, maybe a hint of chocolate
Palate: Great balance of fruit and spice
Tannin: Savoury
Finish: Long

Comment: Great wine, was amazed at how many people were worried about the bottle size, but it was another very popular wine. Good balance of fruit and spice, with savoury tannins and luxurious long finish. This is still quite young and will repay patience, if you can wait, if not, enjoy!!
6 Name: Tahbilk Eric Steven Pubrick
Vintage: 2002
Region: Nagambie Lakes, Victoria, Australia
Varietal: Shiraz
Alcohol: 13.5%
Colour: Dark crimson
Aroma: Earthy combo of dark fruit, cherry and spice with a hint of cedar
Palate: Nice balance, full-bodied with a sweet finish, not as big as the South Australian wines
Tannin: Fine / Smooth
Finish: Long

Comment: This was least popular wine on the night. IMHO I believe that it was overpowered by the company. Known as the wine that really established Tahbilk as a producer of merit. Subsequent vintages are apparently improving, therefore they must be pretty good, as this is a very good cool climate Shiraz.


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1 Grosset Springvale

Vintage: 2010
Region: Springvale, Clare Valley, South Australia
Varietal: Riesling
Alcohol: 13%
Colour: Mid Golden Straw
Aroma: Refreshing combo of lemon, citrus and lychee aromas
Flavour: Balanced with a bit of a zing to it.
Finish: Medium

Another great wine from Grosset, very refreshing, drinking very well now. Glad I have a few more bottles of this!!
2 Leeuwin Estate Prelude Vineyards

Vintage: 2010
Region: Margaret River, Western Australia
Varietal: Chardonnay
Alcohol: 14%
Colour: Mid Golden Straw
Aroma: Grapefruit, citrus, still very fresh
Flavour: Balanced fruit, not oaky or over buttery
Finish: Medium

Nice wine, one of the better value Aussie Chardonnays, shows why Leeuwin Estate are one the best Chardonnay wine makers in Australia
3 Pahlmeyer

Vintage: 2007
Region: Sonoma Coast, California, USA
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Alcohol: 14.9%
Colour: Flat / opaque deep ruby
Aroma: Medium bodied cherry with subtle hints of chocolate and mint
Flavour: Good balance of fruit
Tannins: Structured
Finish: Long

Very enjoyable with a great long finish and well worth a try or three!!
4 Elderton Command

Vintage: 1999
Region: Barossa Valley, Australia
Varietal: Shiraz
Alcohol: 12.5%
Colour: Deep garnet, still youthful
Aroma: Perfumed mix of blackberries, vanilla, spice and oak
Flavour: Full bodied, but not overpowering, combo of blackberry, vanilla and spice
Tannin: Silky smooth
Finish: Long

Fantastic wine! The sad thing about this bottle is that this was my last one and it was the best one of all of them. Still evolving, hope to try it again in a few years!!
5 Chateau Leoville Barton

Vintage: 1986
Region: Saint-Julien, Bordeaux, France
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Alcohol: 12.5%
Colour: Deep crimson, very youthful
Aroma: Initial nose was a bit earthy, over time cherry, blackberry and plum, with possibly a hint of cedar, aromas were present
Flavour: Medium bodied with dark fruit flavours
Tannin: Savoury
Finish: Long

What a great wine! This wine was one of the options wines on the night, the question that threw all of us was it's age the choices were 2006. 1996 and 1986. The wine was extremely youthful, especially the aroma and colour. My guess was 1996 as 2006 did not seem right. Even after 30 years this wine still has a long life ahead of it. Recommend trying to get your hands on it if you can!!
6 Brokenwood Umpire's Vineyard

Vintage: 2008
Region: Cowra, New South Wales, Australia
Varietal: 70% Sauvignon Blanc, 30% Semillon
Alcohol: 10%
Colour: Bright Golden Amber
Aroma: Caramelised fruit and crème brûlée
Flavour: Crème brûlée, not overly sweet
Finish: Long

A very enjoyable and interesting wine. A non-botrytis dessert wine, aging nicely, great balance between acid and sugar.
7 Brunello Di Montalcino - Col di Lamo

Vintage: 2010
Region: Torrenieri, Tuscanny, Italy
Varietal: Sangoviese
Alcohol: 14%
Colour: Bright deep ruby
Aroma: Cherry, plum, spice and hints of cedar
Flavour: Plum, spice and cedar
Tannins: Savoury / Dry
Finish: Long

Interesting wine, still a little young. Definitely a food wine, needed more time to open up as the last glass started to show that patience was needed.
8 Guerrieri Rizzardi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Calcarole

Vintage: 2009
Region: Amarone della Valpolicella, Italy
Varietal: Corvina 60%, Corvinone 17%, Rondinella 3%, Barbera 10%, Sangiovese 10%
Alcohol: 16.72%
Colour: Deep black crimson
Aroma: Red berries and spice
Flavour: Full-bodied cherry, cedar, spice and pepper
Tannins: Silky
Finish: Long

Great wine, no heat considering the alcohol. Really enjoyed the silky tannins, balanced palate and long finish
9 Bouchard Finlayson Hannibal

Vintage: 2013
Region: Walker Bay, South Africa
Varietal: 52% Sangiovese, 17% Pinot Noir, 15% Nebbiolo,
8% Mourvedre, 6% Shiraz and 2% Barbera
Alcohol: 14.56%
Colour: Deep ruby
Aroma: Red fruit, game, slight black pepper aromas
Flavour: Full-bodied, red fruit, cherries and spice
Tannins: Fine
Finish: Long

Nice wine, definitely a food wine. Amazing how the wine maker was able to balance all of the different varietals, characteristics of most can be easily identified.


February 2016

February 2016 was a dry month (something different)

January 2016

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1 Pahlmeyer Jayson

Vintage: 2012
Region: North Coast, USA
Varietal: Chardonnay
Alcohol: 14.9
Colour: Bright Golden Straw
Aroma: Fresh combination of grapefruit, nuts and butter
Flavour: Pleasant mix of Grapefruit, lime and mineral
Finish: Medium

Enjoyable, bright, balanced flavours, nice acid, no heat considering the alcohol.

This wine was our pre-dinner drink which we had before we arrived at Gaggan.
2 Kumeu River Mate's Vineyard

Vintage: 2012
Region: Kumeu, New Zealand
Varietal: Chardonnay
Alcohol: 13%
Colour: Pale straw
Aroma: Refreshing apple, lemon and lime combo
Flavour: Nicely balanced mix of apple, lemon, lime and citrus
Finish: Medium

Great wine, paired very well with the Bites from India.
3 Kumeu River Coddington
Vintage: 2012
Region: Kumeu, New Zealand
Varietal: Chardonnay
Alcohol: 13.5%
Colour: Pale green straw
Aroma: Pleasant apple, peach, lime and possibly almond combo
Flavour: Mix of apple, stone fruit, lime and almond
Finish: Medium - long

This is the "little" brother of the Mate's Vineyard, still a high quality wine and has it's own style. Better value for money that the Mate's, but would still go for the Mate's if I had the option. Pairs well with the Gaggan food
4 Atlan & Artisan Epistem No3

Vintage: 2012
Region: Yecla, Murcia, Spain
Varietal: Monastrell and Garnacha Tintorera
Alcohol: 15%
Colour: Deep garnet
Aroma: Dark fruit, spice and pepper
Flavour: A mix of dark fruit, possibly blackberries, spice and pepper
Tannins: Structured
Finish: Long

Another good selection by the Gaggan Sommeliers, this had just the right body to pair nicely with the lamb and was also not to heavy to have with the pig.
5 Jamsheed Yarra Glen

Vintage: 2012
Region: Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia
Varietal: Syrah
Alcohol: 13%
Colour: Deep ruby red
Aroma: Medium-bodied combination of dark berries and fruits, pepper and spice
Flavour: Combination of blackberries, black pepper and spice
Tannins: Smooth
Finish: Long

A medium-bodied wine, just what we needed to finish of the wines. Probably would have paired well with the Fall Season dessert, but I had finished it off by then!


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10 BK Wines Skin & Bones White

Vintage: 2015
Region: Adelaide Hills, Australia
Varietal: Savignin
Alcohol: 12%
Colour: Bright pale yellow
Aroma: An enjoyable and refreshing blend of peach and green apple, maybe a bit of citrus and minerality as well
Flavour: Savoury not overly powerful on the palate with green apples, peach and citrus flavours
Finish: Medium - long.

Great wine and at a very reasonable price, around AUD20 / bottle. Very savoury and would go great with some fresh oysters or razor fish.

FYI, in 2009 it was first discovered that grape growers and wine makers in Australia have been supplying and selling Savagnin wrongly labelled for several years. They thought they were pouring money into the market for the Spanish albarino grape, only to discover this is not the case. From 2009 vintage onward these wines have been labelled Savagnin.
A visiting French expert raised questions in 2008, and DNA testing confirmed that the grapes are in fact Savagnin sourced from Spanish cuttings. The variety itself may have originated in Spain or France.
BK Wines was established in 2007 by Brendon and Kirstyn Keys. The goal has been to create fabulous art. Beautiful, unique, sensuous, deceptively minimalist, envelope pushing art. After learning from masters in NZ, Argentina and California, BK Wines trained their sights on the Adelaide Hills because it's just a cracking great place to live and make wine. With no pretentions to be somewhere it's not and few preconceived notions about what wine styles to expect, this is a place where non-conformity is the rule. BK Wines winery is situated in Lenswood where it is tucked away surrounded by bush land and vines. BK Skin 'n' Bones White is made from the Savignin grape variety grown in the cool climate Adelaide Hills and has been aged in French oak.
11 La Linea

Vintage: 2014
Region: Adelaide Hills, Australia
Varietal: Tempranillo
Alcohol: 13.5%
Colour: Youthful ruby
Aroma: Interesting balanced combination of Black Olives, spice and earthy aromas
Flavour: Savoury mixture of spice, dark fruit and cherries
Tannins: Dry / savoury
Finish: Long

As the finish tapered off the tannins built, whilst this was an ok wine, have tried better Australian Tempranillos in the past. Would give it another look
"La Linea is a partnership of several experienced wine industry professionals, including Peter Leske and David LeMire MW. Peter was among the first to recognise the potential of tempranillo in Australia, and his knowledge of it is reflected in the three wine styles made from the variety: Tempranillo Rose, Tempranillo blended from several Adelaide Hills vineyards, and Norteno, from a single vineyard at the northern end of the Hills." James Halliday Wine Companion 2016.

The 2014 La Linea is a blend of two principal vineyards. The majority (53%) is from Kersbrook in the north of the Adelaide Hills; the balance is predominately from a slightly younger and cooler site, just south of the village of Gumeracha. The aim from the outset was to make a wine that speaks of the variety and region, which means a fragrant, medium-bodied but savoury style. La Linea Tempranillo spends approximately nine months in French oak barrels for evolution and maturation of the relatively firm tannins, the youngest of them is three years old and the oldest, a decade.
12 Battle of Bosworth Puritan

Vintage: 2015
Region: McLaren Vale, Australia
Varietal: Shiraz
Alcohol: 14.5%
Colour: Bright deep purple
Aroma: Reminded me of stewed fruit, not what I was expecting, apricot and peaches.
Flavour: Savoury combination of peaches and dark fruit
Tannins: Soft
Finish: Medium - long

Another very young wine that should evolve with some patience. May be a little Viongnier in this wine as apricot aromas usually indicate that.
Battle of Bosworth makes single vineyard, organically grown wines from their family vineyards located in McLaren Vale, South Australia. Battle of Bosworth was established in 2001 by Joch Bosworth and Louise Hemsley-Smith. Battle of Bosworth make wines with flavour, texture, purity and balance, that best express the unique characteristics of their McLaren Vale foothills site. Puritan spends no time in oak and is bottled as soon as it has gone through malolactic fermentation. 'Puritan' has been bottled without any added preservatives, so it's as fresh as a daisy, with nothing added


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5 Grosset Alea

Vintage: 2014
Region: Clare Valley, Australia
Varietal: Riesling
Alcohol: 12.5%
Colour: Bright green straw
Aroma: Bouquet of lemon zest, lychee, mineral and lime
Flavour: Elegant and balanced combination of lemon, lychee and lime with a slightly sweet finish.
Finish: Medium-long

This is not everyone's favourite style of wine, but I really enjoy it. Like the combination of flavours and the residual sugar adds a bit of sweetness that makes this a refreshing drink in the afternoon or a could pairing for spicy food. Almost the perfect wine for Singapore!
Grosset Wines is an independently owned winery producing eight highly regarded premium wines and one spirit, each vintage. Established in 1981, the winery is situated in the historic township of Auburn at the southern tip of the Clare Valley, 100 kilometres north of Adelaide. Grosset Wines' philosophy has remained steadfast over thirty years. The emphasis is on purity of fruit. The estate vineyards, which are ACO certified organic, and are hand tended and each bunch of grapes is harvested at optimum ripeness. The Alea Riesling comes from a narrow corridor of hard red rock with poor, orangey, red loam topsoil. As the early fruit from the vineyard (high altitude 460m) reminded Jeff (Grosset) of the great German Rieslings, he decided to take a very different approach to the creation of Alea. The aim was to make a wine generous, succulent and long. The winemaking process is gentle and uncomplicated
6 Vasse Felix Estate

Vintage: 2014
Region: Margaret River, Australia
Varietal: Chardonnay
Alcohol: 13%
Colour: Bright yellow straw
Aroma: Restrained mix of butter, nectarine, peach and (for want of a better descriptor) match head / sulphur.
Flavour: Balanced wine with lemon, citrus and nectarine flavours
Finish: Medium

Chardonnay seems to be the varietal that is making the biggest impact on me recently, I have been lucky enough to have had the opportunity to try some "premium" chardies and they have been fantastic and this would have to be one of the better chardies I have had from Australia. FYI Cardie is Australian for Chardonnay, Kardonnay is also acceptable in some places.
Vasse Felix was established in 1967 by pioneer Dr Thomas Cullity and is the founding wine estate of Margaret River. Vasse Felix is situated in the Wilyabrup sub-region of Margaret River, with vineyards also located at northern and southern sites of the wine appellation. The first vineyard blocks were planted in August, 1967. This Chardonnay 2014 is made from a selection of Chardonnay parcels from Vasse Felix's Premier Vineyards in a modern Margaret River style with elegance and power, but restraint. The fruit was hand-harvested, chilled, gently whole-bunch pressed and transferred to French oak barriques as unclarified juice for fermentation with only natural yeasts from the vineyard. Each parcel was left on lees in barrel for 9 months of maturation with batonnage
7 Moorooduc Estate Robinson

Vintage: 2013
Region: Mornington Peninsula, Australia
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Alcohol: 14%
Colour: Bright crimson
Aroma: Pleasant combination of cherry and mineral
Flavour: Tart mix of cherry, mineral and "chalk"
Tannins: Soft
Finish: Medium

Another wine from the line up that I am not a fan of, not really sure why, I usually like the good Pinot Noirs from the Mornington, but not this one. May have been spoilt by the Main Ridge Half Acre and Curly Flat Pinot Noirs.
Established in 1982 by Richard and Jill McIntyre, Moorooduc Estate is a small, family run wine business that has developed an enviable reputation for complex and food friendly wines. Moorooduc Estate's philosophy in everything that they do is to make the most of top quality ingredients. Intensive, hands-on care in the vineyard, with minimal use of chemicals, produces the best possible fruit for their wines. Wild yeast ferments and minimal intervention winemaking, with a nod to traditional Burgundian techniques, allow their wines to express their site specificity, or terroir. This Pinot Noir has had 100% wild yeast primary fermentation, 20 days total on skins, natural malolactic fermentation in barrel and 100% French oak maturation from which 25% is new oak. 17 months in wood with 1 racking. No fining and no filtration
8 Luke Lambert

Vintage: 2015
Region: Yarra Valley, Australia
Varietal: Syrah
Alcohol: 13.5%
Colour: Bright deep ruby
Aroma: Restrained but balanced mix of white pepper, dark fruit and cedar
Flavour: Elegant blackcurrants and white pepper combination
Tannins: Soft
Finish: Long

This was another wine that needs some more age, the use of Syrah instead of Shiraz is to differentiate this wine from the big bold Australian Shiraz's. Needs another try with some more age on it.
"Luke Lambert graduated from CSUs wine science course in 2002, aged 23, cramming in winemaking experience at Mount Pleasant, Coldstream Hills, Mount Prior, Poets Corner, Palliser Estate in Martinborough, and Badia di Morrona in Chianti. He purchases grapes from quality-conscious growers in the Yarra Valley and Heathcote. He has now settled in the Yarra Valley, leasing slightly less than 1ha of Heathcote nebbiolo and larger amounts of Yarra Valley shiraz and nebbiolo. " James Halliday Wine Companion 2016. The grapes were grown in Tibooburra Vineyard in Yellingbo (South Eastern corner of the Valley), the coolest microclimate of the Yarra Valley. 15 year old plantings of Syrah sit at 200m altitude, with the Syrah slope south west facing. The soil here has very low fertility, with a very thin layer of black volcanic top soil over yellow clay with shattered rock throughout. Fermented without yeast additions, this wine had 40% whole bunches included. It was matured in an 8 year old, 4000 litre, large-format oak cask before bottling without fining or filtration


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1 Tyrrell’s Vat 1

Vintage: 2005
Region: Hunter Valley, Australia
Varietal: Semillon
Alcohol: 10.5
Colour: Bright Straw
Aroma: Refreshing combination of lemon, lime and mineral aromas
Flavour: Crisp but balanced mix of lemon and lime
Finish: Medium

Great wine, I am a big fan of the Vat 1, especially when it has some age on it. This was a great example of Hunter Valley Semillon
Established in 1858 by English immigrant Edward Tyrrell, Tyrrell's Wines is one of Australia's pre-eminent family owned wine companies with vineyards extending from their historic home in the Hunter Valley to the Limestone Coast (SA) and Heathcote (VIC). Headed up by fourth generation family member Bruce Tyrrell, Tyrrell's is home to some of Australia's most awarded wines including the iconic Vat 1 Semillon. Tyrrell's Vat 1 Hunter Valley Semillon grapes were sourced from the Short Flat and Johnno's vineyards, dating back to 1908. Semillon from 2005 vintage is dry grown in alluvial sandy loam over limestone soil. The classic Hunter Semillon is unoaked style
2 St Hallett Old Block

Vintage: 2012
Region: Barossa, Australia
Varietal: Shiraz
Alcohol: 13.7%
Colour: Youthful ruby
Aroma: Cherry, blackberries, spice and white pepper
Flavour: A little tart, cherries, blackberry and stone fruit flavours
Tannins: Developing
Finish: Medium to long

I did not enjoy this wine, guess it needs more age, but found it too tart for my liking. Will it another try when it has some more age.

FYI the use of Barossa instead of Barossa Valley to define the appellation of the wine indicates that the juice has been sourced from both the Barossa and Eden Valleys
Established by the Lindner family in 1944 St Hallett's initial focus was the production of fortified wines. The first vintage of Old Block Shiraz in 1980 and its success, accelerated a shift of focus towards the premium table wines St Hallett has become renowned for ever since. The average age of the vines over the 30 year history of Old Block is 88 years. Low yielding and on own roots, these vines delve deep into multiple layers of should and speak volumes of the place they are grown. Vineyards are located in Barossa Valley and Eden Valley from a number of loyal growers. The St Hallett winemaking philosophy is relatively simple - minimise the intervention and maximise the attention. This Shiraz is matured in French oak with a mixture of new, second and third use barrels. All barrels are individually assessed at final blending to ensure absolute quality.
3 Wynns John Riddoch

Vintage: 2012
Region: Coonawarra, Australia
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol: 13.5%
Colour: Bright garnet
Aroma: Restrained combo of blackcurrants, spice and mint
Flavour: Reserved mix of blackcurrant and mint
Tannins: Savoury, developing
Finish: Medium - long

Whilst this is way too young, I still enjoyed it. Looks like 2012 was another great vintage in the Coonawarra.
Wynns Coonawarra Estate was founded by Scottish pioneer John Riddoch, who planted vineyards in 1891 and built the estate's iconic gabled winery. In 1951 Melbourne wine merchants Samuel and David Wynn purchased Riddoch's original vineyards and renamed the property 'Wynns Coonawarra Estate'. They created the famous label that has made John Riddoch's winery one of Australia's most iconic buildings. First made in 1982, the John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon was conceived as a flagship wine for Wynns. John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon is made in small quantities from the best available fruit grown on the estate's extensive Cabernet Sauvignon planting in the heart of the terra rossa soil. This John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon was matured fro 16 months in French oak which is 30% new oak.


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1 Louis Rodederer Brut Premier

Vintage: NV
Region: Reims, France
Varietal: 40% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Meunier
Alcohol: 12%
Colour: Straw
Bead: Fine
Aroma: Citrus and lemon and peach
Flavour: Combination of citrus and lime flavours
Finish: Medium to long

A great drink to start off the night!
2 Gosset Champagne Brut Grand Rosé

Vintage: NV
Region: Champagne, France
Varietal: 56% Chardonnay, 35 % Pinot Noir and another 9% Pinot Noir added as red wine
Alcohol: 12%
Colour: Pale salmon pink
Bead: Fine
Aroma: Fresh mixture of peach and strawberries
Flavour: Complex combination of berries and spice
Finish: Medium-Long

A very good NV Rosé, refreshing, with a fine bead indicating the quality of this wine
3 Jacob's Creek St Hugo

Vintage: 2012
Region: Barossa, Australia
Varietal: Shiraz
Alcohol: 14.5%
Colour: Deep ruby
Aroma: Medium-Bodied, black pepper and stone fruit
Flavour: Balanced combination of black pepper and stone fruit, with a hint of spice
Tannins: Developing
Finish: Long

This wine is still developing, needs another 5 years
4 Château Lynch-Moussas Pauillac Grand Cru Classé

Vintage: 2011
Region: Pauillac, France
Varietal: 25% Merlot and 75% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol: 13.5%
Colour: Deep ruby
Aroma: Medium-Bodied mixture of berries, cedar and earthy aromas
Flavour: Cherries and chocolate, slightly tart
Tannins: Savoury
Finish: Medium to long

Very enjoyable, liked the tannins and the tart flavour
5 Warrenmang Torchio Aged Pressings

Vintage: Multi-Vintage
Region: Pyrenees, Australia
Varietal: Shiraz 62%, Cabernet Sauvignon 33% and Dolcetto 5%
Alcohol: 14%
Colour: Deep ruby
Aroma: Full-Bodied mixture of blackberries, blackcurrant and spice, possibly cedar as well
Flavour: Interesting combination of blackberry, blackcurrant and spice
Tannins: Structured
Finish: Long

This an interesting style of wine. From exceptional vintages over the past decade Warrenmang has kept aside the basket pressings of Pyrenees Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. They then blend in the Dolcetto in the best barrels of wine where it is aged until it is time for bottling.

I like this wine!
6 Don Antonio Reserva

Vintage: 2011
Region: Sicily, Italy
Varietal: Nero d'Avola
Alcohol: 15%
Colour: Bright, deep ruby
Aroma: Full-Bodied combination of black pepper, spice and cherry aromas
Flavour: Balanced with black pepper and cherry flavours
Tannins: Savoury
Finish: Long

Interesting wine with a great name. Enjoyable and, even though it is heavy on the alcohol, there is no heat and even a little on the finish
7 Bibi Graetz Testamatta

Vintage: 2011
Region: Tuscany, Italy
Varietal: Sangiovse
Alcohol: 14.5%
Colour: Deep bright ruby
Aroma: Full-Bodied mix of cherries, earth, cedar and vanilla aromas
Flavour: Complex combination of cherries, spice and vanilla
Tannins: Silky
Finish: Long

A great wine, always seem to enjoy Super Tuscans! Love the tannins and long finish


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1 Kistler Les Noisetiers

Vintage: 2013
Region: Sonoma Coast, USA
Varietal: Chardonnay
Alcohol: 14.1%
Colour: Bright golden straw
Aroma: Zesty citrus and lemon, stone fruit
Flavour: Balanced combo of citrus, lemon and stone fruit
Finish: Medium to long

Great wine, enjoyed the balance and finish
2 Seville Estate Reserve

Vintage: 2003
Region: Yarra Valley, Australia
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Alcohol: 15%
Colour: Deep crimson
Aroma: Complex, enjoyable mixture of cherry, stone fruit and spice aromas
Flavour: Elegant mix of cherry, stone fruit and spice, great balance
Tannins: Soft / silky
Finish: Medium to long

This was my wine of the night, no heat from the alcohol, very balanced with an enjoyable finish.
3 Chateau de Chantegrive Rouge, Graves

Vintage: 2010
Region: Graves Bordeaux, France
Varietal: 50% Merlot and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol: 14%
Colour: Bright, deep ruby
Aroma: Combo of earth, spice and possibly tobacco aromas
Flavour: Medium-bodied mix of blackberries and spice
Tannins: Savoury
Finish: Medium to long

Nicely balanced wine, IMHO it still has a few years of development until it peaks
4 Chateau la Pointe Pomerol

Vintage: 2000
Region: Pomerol Bordeaux, France
Varietal: 80% Merlot 15% Cabernet Franc 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol: 12.5%
Colour: Ruby
Aroma: Full-Bodied mixture of cold tea, tobacco and wild / dark berries
Flavour: Balanced, rich combo of cherries and wild / dark berries
Tannins: Silky
Finish: Long

Very enjoyable wine, great palate and finish
5 Duhart-Milon-Rothschild Pauillac

Vintage: 2003
Region: Pauillac Bordeaux, France
Varietal: 73% Cabernet Sauvignon and 27% Merlot
Alcohol: 13%
Colour: Bright, deep ruby
Aroma: Combination of stone fruit, spice and earthy aromas
Flavour: Full-Bodied and elegant with stone fruit and oak flavours
Tannins: Silky
Finish: Long

Great wine, consider myself lucky to get to try this. Nice way to finish of the night's red wines
6 DeBortoli Noble One

Vintage: 1994
Region: Riverina, Australia
Varietal: Botrytis Semillon
Alcohol: 10.8%
Colour: Deep golden, similar in colour to an amber ale
Aroma: Rich combination of raisins, apricots and Crème Brule aromas
Flavour: Full-Bodied and complex
Finish: Long

Another awesome Noble One from DeBortoli, one of the best value wines around. This would have to be one of the better vintages that I have tried, so far. Will be looking for more of this on the secondary market


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