I have a great group of friends who like to share their wines with other like minded souls, including me, the selection is usually of a high quality and with a bit of age. The following are my reviews of them, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
What have you been drinking?
My favourites from this batch:
All with an Oz’s Rating 4.5 out of 5
1992 Noble One Botrytis Sémillon
2005 Castello Banfi SummuS
1999 Petaluma Coonawarra Red
1986 Château Beychevelle Grand Vin
1 out of 5
Battery Acid, good for cleaning or powering vehicles
2 out of 5
Acceptable at a pinch (must be extremely desperate)
3 out of 5
A good wine, may improve with time, a quaffer
4 out of 5
A great wine! Recommended by Oz
5 out of 5
Amazing, WoW. Highly recommended by Oz
Name: Noble One Botrytis Sémillon Year: 1992 Region: Riverina, Victoria, Australia Varietal: Sémillon Oz's Rating: 4.5 out 5
Deep dark amber, amazing colour. Perfume of stewed apricots and Christmas cake spices. The palate is smooth, lush, yum, with a lovely medium-long finish.
Reminds me of my Grandmother's Christmas Pudding. Yum!
An amazing wine that shows why patience is rewarded.
Name: Tatsima Vin Gris Rosé Year: 2015 Region: Perpignan, France Varietal: Grenache Gris Oz's Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Apricot in colour. Pleasant aroma, a bit of spritz on the palate, dry, balanced with light tannins and a medium-long finish.
An interesting and enjoyable wine
Name: Château Grand Renouil Year: 2010 Region: Canon Fronsac, Bordeaux, France Varietal: Merlot Oz's Rating: 3 out of 5
An ok wine
Crimson red in colour, average aroma, nothing stands out. On the palate it is ok, firmer tannins than I would have expected for a merlot, but of heat and a medium-long finish
Name: Los Paraisos El Enemigo Year: 2011 Region: Rivadavia & Gualtallary, Mendoza, Argentina Varietal: 85% Bonarda 15% Cabernet Franc Oz's Ratings: 3.5 out of 5
Very enjoyable. My first Bonarda.
Deep purple, reserved but enjoyable nose, medium bodied smooth palate, with soft tannins and a medium-long finish.
Great wine, great deep crimson. Perfumed nose, smooth and balanced palate, savoury tannins and a long finish.
Name: Clarendon Hills Hickinbotham Year: 2004 Region: McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia Varietal: Syrah Oz's Rating: 4 out 5
Very good wine, nice structure, balanced and a pleasant medium-long finish
Name: Petaluma Year: 1999 Region: Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Oz's Rating: 4.5 out 5
Red brick edges, deep ruby red. Perfume of black pepper, black currant, spice and a hint of mocha aromas. Smooth, lush and balanced , silky tannins and lovely long finish.
Great wine. Still improving, I will have to be patient with my remaining bottles.
Name: Tyrrell's Wines HVD 0 Late Bottling Trial Year: 1999 Region: Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia Varietal: Sémillon Oz's Rating: 3.5 out 5
Needs a lot more time to evolve. The late bottling of the wine, it spent 12 years in a stainless vat before being bottled, has preserved it. If you tried this wine blind, it would taste like a 3 or 4 year old wine. It is good now, but, has a lot of upside. Patience is need yet again.
Think that the term here should be "Testing my patience!" or is it "Testing my will-power"
Name: Torbreck RunRig Year: 2006 Region: Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia Varietal: Shiraz Oz's Rating: 4 out 5
Deep crimson. Aroma of blackberry, white pepper and mocha aromas. Lush, smooth palate, silky tannins with a lovely long finish.
Name: Katnook Odyssey Year: 2006 Region: Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon Oz's Rating: 4 out 5
Crimson in colour. Combo of black currant, pepper, spice and mocha aromas. Balanced, smooth palate, savoury tannins and long finish.