November 2015 Wines – Part 1

As far as I am concerned the silly season is in full flight, the first week or so of November has been good for my wine education, lots of dinners, good wine and, usually, good company.

The following is is the first block of wines that I have tasted, there are a lot more to come!

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1 Brokenwood Semillon

Vintage: 2008
Region: Hunter Valley, Australia
Varietal: Semillon
Colour: Pale Straw
Nose: Zesty Citrus and Lemon
Flavour: Lemon and Citrus
Finish: Medium
Alcohol: 10%

Great example of Hunter Semillon, way to young, but very enjoyable. Another 20 years and this will be impressive (hopefully I will get the chance to try it then!)
2 Murray Street Vineyards Benno

Vintage: 2004
Region: Barossa Valley, Australia
Varietal: Shiraz, Mataro
Colour: Deep purple
Nose: Pleasant combination of black pepper, spice, eucalyptus and mint
Flavour: Full-Bodied eucalyptus and mint
Tannin: Soft
Finish: Medium - Long
Alcohol: 15%

Smooth, balanced, fun, great wine, really enjoyable, a shame it was my last bottle, as it is still developing. Will have to keep an eye out on the secondary market
3 Rusden Sandscrub

Vintage: 2003
Region: Barossa Valley, Australia
Varietal: Shiraz
Colour: Deep garnet
Nose: HUGE combination of black pepper, herbal, eucalyptus and spice Aromas
Flavour: Full-Bodied black pepper, French oak, herb
Tannin: Structured
Finish: Long
Alcohol: 15.5

Amazing wine. big and bold, continued to evolve in the glass. Definitely a wine that has a lot of life left in it. Only downside to this wine is its price, but when it is offered by a friend, thanks Robert, it would be rude to say no!
4 Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste Grand Cru Classe en 1855

Vintage: 1998
Region: Bordeaux, France
Varietal: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot
Colour: Garnet, dull
Nose: Old leather, cigar and spice
Flavour: French oak, cherry, cigar, quite complex
Tannin: Structured
Finish: Medium - long
Alcohol: 13

The nose of this wine was reserved at first, it quickly opened up, great wine. Generously shared with us by our host Mr / Col Pang of New Ubin Seafood
5 Bass Phillip Crown Prince

Vintage: 2012
Region: Gippsland, Australia
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Colour: Ruby, cloudy
Nose: Spice, plum and cherries
Flavour: Elegant combination of spice and cherries
Tannin: Smooth
Finish: Long
Alcohol: 13.1

Enjoyable wine, good example of Victorian Pinot Noir
6 Chateau Le Bon Pasteur

Vintage: 1999
Region: Pomeral, France
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot
Colour: Deep ruby, still bright and youthful
Nose: Pleasant combination of spice, stone fruit and cold tea
Flavour: Spice and stoned fruit
Tannin: Savoury
Finish: Long
Alcohol: 13.5

Another great wine, paired well with the Tapas, nice long and complex finish
7 Joan D'Anguera Finca L Argata Monstant

Vintage: 2013
Region: Monstant, Spain
Varietal: Grenache
Colour: Bright ruby
Nose: Black pepper and spice, very pleasant
Flavour: Black pepper and spice
Tannin: Smooth
Finish: Medium - long
Alcohol: 14

This wine has become a "go to" wine when at La Ventana in Singapore, I always enjoy Garnacha / Grenache, will look for more wines from Monstant
8 Vinyes Domènech Teixar, Garnatxa Vella

Vintage: 2011
Region: Monstant, Spain
Varietal: Grenache
Colour: Bright, deep ruby
Nose: A complex perfume of wild berries and spice
Flavour: Balanced combination of wild berries, mint and spice
Tannin: Smooth
Finish: Medium - long
Alcohol: 14.5

Really enjoyed this wine, "bigger" than the Finca, definitely a red meat wine.

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