April 2016 Wine Reviews Part 4

Below are my notes on the fourth batch of wines that I have been lucky enough to taste so far in April 2016.

What have you been tasting?

From this batch my favourites are the:

  • 1992 Lindeman’s Bin 8070 White Burgundy
  • 2007 Ashton Hills Estate Pinot Noir
  • 2005 Château d’Angludet Margaux
  • 2006 Curly Flat Estate Pinot Noir
  • 2011 Groom Barossa Valley Shiraz

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The Wine Reviews

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1 Name: Bodegas Julián Chivite Navarra Reserva Coleccion 125
Vintage: 2010
Region: D.O.P. Navarra, Spain
Varietal: Chardonnay
Alcohol: 13%
Colour: Pale yellow
Aroma: Toast and hazelnut aromas
Palate: Fresh, tight
Finish: Short

Comment: Not a fan of this wine, was still tight even after warming up.
2 Name: Lindeman's Bin 8070 White Burgundy
Vintage: 1992
Region: Hunter River, New South Wales, Australia
Varietal: Sémillon
Alcohol:
Colour: Deep dark amber
Aroma: Attractive combo of peach, citrus and honey aromas
Palate: Elegant, fresh, complex, smooth
Finish: Long

Comment: Second bottle of this vintage I have tried, this bottle was deep amber in colour, but still showed all of the same characteristics of the previous bottle. At least as good second time round
3 Name: Domaine Daniel Rion & Fils Les Vignes Rondes Nuits-St-Georges Premier Cru
Vintage: 2008
Region: Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Alcohol: 13%
Colour: Deep purple
Aroma: Earthy mix of blackcurrant, cherry and spice
Palate: Medium-bodied, structured, balanced
Tannin: Soft
Finish: Medium-long

Comment: A very drinkable wine, IMHO it is still evolving, so another wine to have a bit of patience with.
4 Name: Curly Flat
Vintage: 2006
Region: Macedon Ranges, Victoria, Australia
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Alcohol: 13.5%
Colour: Deep crimson
Aroma: Fragrant combination of cherry, cedar and spice
Palate: Lush, balanced, complex
Tannin: Silky / smooth
Finish: Long

Comment: This vintage of Curly Flat is the first Pinot Noir that I really enjoyed, it started me on a great journey of discovery. The Macedon Ranges is one of the best regions in Australia for Pinot Noir and Curly Flat is one of the better producers, each vintage they release is usually very good if not excellent. I definitely recommend it!
5 Name: Ashton Hills Estate
Vintage: 2007
Region: Adelaide Hills, South Australia, Australia
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Alcohol: 14%
Colour: Cloudy purple
Aroma: Bouquet of blackberry, cherry and spice aromas
Palate: Medium-bodied, great balance and mouthfeel
Tannin: Subtle savoury
Finish: Medium-long

Comment: What a great wine!! Great nose and mouthfeel, with subtle savoury tannins. Have been looking forward to comparing it to the 2006 Curly Flat Pinot Noir. IMHO the Ashton Hills was the better wine.
6 Name: Château Bernadotte Haut-Médoc Grand Vin
Vintage: 1996
Region: Haut Médoc, Bordeaux, France
Varietal: 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc
Alcohol: 12.5%
Colour: Ruby
Aroma: Combination of plum, blackcurrant and spice aromas
Palate: Medium-bodied
Tannin: Dry
Finish: Medium

Comment: Decent but not great wine, still an enjoyable wine, something to drink now.
7 Name: Château d'Angludet Margaux
Vintage: 2005
Region: Margaux, Bordeaux, France
Varietal: 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot
Alcohol: 13.5%
Colour: Deep purple
Aroma: Earthy mix of blackberry, liquorice and spice aromas
Palate: Medium / full-bodied, structured, concentrated
Tannin: Savoury
Finish: Long

Comment: A good wine, enjoyable now, but, IMHO, will improve with a bit more age as it is currently still quite youthful in appearance on the nose and the palate.
8 Name: Gratallops Vi De Vila Priorat
Vintage: 2011
Region: Priorat, Rioja, Spain
Varietal: 80% Garnacha, 20% Samso
Alcohol: 14.5%
Colour: Deep bright ruby
Aroma: Attractive combination of blackberry, dark chocolate and spice aromas
Palate: Medium-bodied, vibrant, balanced
Tannin: Smooth
Finish: Long

Comment: An interesting and enjoyable wine, still evolving with age, but very approachable now.
9 Name: Alión Ribera del Duero
Vintage: 2012
Region: Ribera del Duero, Castilla and León, Spain
Varietal: Tinto Fino (Tempranillo)
Alcohol: 14.5%
Colour: Deep crimson
Aroma: Fragrant mix of blackberry, cherry, and cedar aromas
Palate: Full-bodied, balanced, bold (in a good way)
Tannin: Savoury
Finish: Long

Comment: Still quite young but drinking well now, needs time in the glass to open up, so a decant an hour or so earlier would be a good idea. Will repay patience if you can wait.
10 Name: Groom Wines Barossa Valley Shiraz
Vintage: 2011
Region: Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia
Varietal: Shiraz
Alcohol: 14.5%
Colour: Deep crimson
Aroma: Bouquet of plum, blackberry, cherry and spice aromas
Flavour: Medium / full-bodied, balanced, smooth
Tannin: Smooth
Finish: Long

Comment: A great wine from a very small producer, even more impressive considering the 2011 vintage was not considered to be a good one due to poor weather. One to drink now, not sure if it would repay patience, wish I had more of this!

The Line Up (well part of it)

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