2017 November Oz’s Wine Reviews

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


Oz’s Ratings

wdt_ID Rating Description
1 1 out of 5 Battery Acid, good for cleaning or powering vehicles
2 2 out of 5 Acceptable at a pinch (must be extremely desperate)
3 3 out of 5 A good wine, may improve with time, a quaffer
4 4 out of 5 A great wine! Recommended by Oz
5 5 out of 5 Amazing, WoW. Highly recommended by Oz

Wine Reviews

wdt_ID Photo Wine
1 >
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.
2 >
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
3 >
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
4 >
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.

El Enemigo = The Enemy
5 >
Name: Castello Banfi SummuS
Year: 2005
Region: Toscana, Italy
Oz's Rating: 4.5 out 5

Great wine, great deep crimson. Perfumed nose, smooth and balanced palate, savoury tannins and a long finish.
6 >
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
7 >
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.
8 >
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"
9 >
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.
10 >
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.

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