||Name: Arlaux Champagne Premier Cru Brut
Region: Montagne de Reims, Champagne, France
Varietal: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
Colour: Pale straw
Bead: Fine persistent bubbles
Aroma: Bouquet of apple, baked pastry, honey and citrus aromas
Palate: Refreshing, dry
Comment: I am a fan of Arlaux, but even more so of it when served from a magnum. The fine persistent bubbles highlight the quality of this wine, the aroma and palate confirm it. Well worth giving this NV a go if you are looking for something new to try, will give some of the better known houses a run for the money!
||Name: Leeuwin Estate Art Series
Region: Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
Colour: Golden straw
Aroma: Bouquet of peach, lime, toast and flint aromas
Palate: Medium-bodied, concentrated, balanced, fresh
Comment: Another great Art Series Chardie. This is what all Aussie Chardonnay should be like, attractive golden straw, a bouquet of aromas that is just the start of it, then there is the palate and wonderfully long finish. Drinking very well now, but as I have already found, patience with an Art Series Chardie is worth it.
||Name: Brokenwood Graveyard Vineyard
Region: Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia
Colour: Deep golden straw
Comment: Unfortunately this bottle was corked, would have been a great wine. Aussie wines from this period have a higher incident of cork failure, around 1 bottle per dozen, guess this was the one bottle. A real shame
||Name: Amistat Blanc
Region: Roussillon, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
Varietal: 50% Grenache Blanc, 30% Grenache Gris, 20% Macabeu
Colour: Deep yellow straw
Aroma: Pleasant combo of peaches, citrus and almond aromas
Palate: Medium-bodied, balanced, rich
Finish: Medium - long
Comment: Very interesting wine, my first Amistat, believe it is also the first time I have tried Grenache Fris and Macabeo varietals. I enjoyed it, the palate is rich and balanced with a very pleasant aroma. IMHO, it is a food wine, good with flavoursome food, will be interesting to see how it will age.
||Name: Ryme Las Brisas Vineyard "His"
Region: Carneros, California, USA
Colour: Yellow green straw
Aroma: Mixture of melon, apricot and white pepper aromas
Palate: Light / medium-bodied, austere
Comment: Unfortunately this did not do it for me, felt something was missing. Would be interested in trying the Ryme Las Brisas Vineyard "Hers" which is made in the style of Sardinian wines which I expect will be more to my liking
||Name: Château Petit-Village Pomerol
Region: Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
Varietal: 73% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Cabernet Franc
Colour: Dark ruby red, youthful
Aroma: Mixture of plum, cherry and mocha aromas
Palate: Medium-bodied, balanced
Comment: Not a bad drink, I liked the mocha aromas and flavours, still evolving, so try to wait a few more years before drinking your last bottle.
Region: Sonoma Coast, California, USA
Colour: Opaque deep ruby
Aroma: Pleasant mix of berries and cherry with subtle hints of chocolate and mint
Palate: Medium-bodied, balanced, smooth
Comment: This was a better bottle than the previous bottle I tried. Both bottles were very enjoyable, smooth, balanced, just the right amount of fruit. The difference between this bottle and the previous one was that the tannins were more savoury. Have become a fan of Pahlmeyer wines, can't wait to try another or three!
||Name: Bouchard Père & Fils Volnay Caillerets Ancienne Cuvée Carnot Domaine
Region: Cote de Beaune - Volnay, Burgundy, France
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Colour: Deep garnet
Aroma: Complex mix of plum, cherry, spice and chocolate aromas
Palate: Medium-bodied, balanced, complex
Comment: A very enjoyable drop, liked the complex aromas and palate along with the long finish and soft tannins.
||Name: Château La Serre Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé
Region: Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux, France
Varietal: 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc
Colour: Deep ruby
Aroma: Combination of blackberry, plum, vanilla, and spice aromas
Palate: Medium to Full-bodied
Comment: This wine has aged well. Drinking well now, good nose, medium to full bodied with an enjoyable long finish.
||Name: Old Vine Company (Paul Lindner)
Region: Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia
Colour: Deep crimson
Aroma: Enjoyable combination of blackberry, blackcurrant, liquorice and spice aromas
Palate: Full-bodied, balanced, smooth
Comment: Another great old vine wine from the Barossa. A great example of Barossa Valley Shiraz, great colour, enticing nose, bold, but not overpowering, with smooth tannins and long finish.
100% Shiraz, sourced from three Barossa Valley vineyards that are aged 109, 127, and 152 years.