Oz’s December 2017 Wine Reviews

December is usually a great month for wine, well it is for me in Singapore, as there are lots of end of year parties where the theme is usually “Bring out your Best” so the standard of wines being shared is always high. These are Oz’s December 2017 Wine Reviews, way too many wines to have taken notes on all of them.

What have you been drinking? Hope you had as much fun as I did in December 2017

Happy New Year! All the best for 2018

Thanks to www.evolve-mma.com for the pic

My favourites from this batch:

The standout from December 2017 was the 2001 Henschke Cyril, 65% Cabernet Sauvignon 20% Cabernet Franc 15% Merlot, one of the best wines I have ever tried, 5 out of 5!

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All with a Rating 4 out of 5 or better

  • 2012 Pahlmeyer Jayson Chardonnay
  • 2006 Grosset Polish Hill Riesling
  • 2007 Grosset Polish Hill Riesling
  • 2012 Domaine Drouhin Édition Limitée Pinot Noir
  • 1998 Wynn’s of Coonawarra Michael Shiraz
  • 2005 Torbreck RunRig Shiraz
  • 2007 Rockford Basket Press Shiraz
  • 2010 Marchesi Antinori Tignanello

Oz’s Ratings

Icon wdt_ID Rating Description
1 1 out of 5 Bug spray, 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

Oz’s December 2017 Wine Reviews

wdt_ID Icon Photo Wine
1 >
Name: Domaine Michel Thomas
Year: 2014
Region: Sancerre, France
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
Oz's Rating: 3 out 5

Golden straw in colour. Lemon and lime flavours, medium finish.
2 >
Name: Pahlmeyer Jayson
Year: 2012
Region: Nappa Valley, California, USA
Varietal: Chardonnay
Oz's Rating: 4 out of 5

Yellow straw in colour, perfumed nose. Balanced, smooth with an enjoyable toffee finish.

Always a great wine
3 >
Name: Grosset Polish Hill
Year: 2006
Region: Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia
Varietal: Riesling
Oz's Rating: 4 out of 5

Pale yellow straw in colour, lovely kero nose. The palate is balanced with lemon and lime flavours and a great medium long finish.

This wine is still evolving, will be even more interesting in a few more years, hope I can wait that long
4 >
Name: Domaine Drouhin Édition Limitée
Year: 2012
Region: Dundee Hills, Oregon, USA
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Format: Magnum
Oz's Ratings: 4 out of 5

Crimson red, still youthful. Pleasant aroma. Great balance, very evolved for such a young wine in a magnum.

Great example of an Oregon Pinot
5 >
Name: Wynn's of Coonawarra Michael
Year: 1998
Region: Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia
Varietal: Shiraz
Format: Magnum
Oz's Rating: 4 out 5

Youthful crimson red. Aroma of black pepper, blackberry and spice. Silky tannins, smooth and lush.

This was such a "young" wine considering its age, shows why a magnum is my preferred bottle format. Hope I can find another of these and give it a few more years to evolve.
6 >
Name: Torbreck RunRig
Year: 2005
Region: Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia
Varietal: 97% Shiraz 3% Viognier
Oz's Rating: 4 out 5

Deep Crimson in colour with black berry, cherry, black pepper and mocha aromas. Lush, balanced, medium-bodied palate with savoury tannins and a great medium-long finish
7 >
Name: Rockford Basket Press
Year: 2007
Region: Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia
Varietal: Shiraz
Oz's Rating: 4 out 5

Deep ruby red in colour, with blackberry, vanilla, black pepper and plum aromas. The palate was balanced, polished, full-bodied with a savoury, evolving, tannins and long, enjoyable, finish.

Considering 2007 was an average year this must be one of the standouts. Great wine, has years of evolution left in it.
8 >
Name: Marchesi Antinori Tignanello
Year: 2010
Region: Toscana, Italy
Varietal: 80% Sangiovese 15% Cabernet Sauvignon 5% Cabernet Franc
Oz's Rating: 4 out 5

Great colour, still youthful. Smooth palate with savoury tannins and a long finish.

This will repay patience!!
9 >
Name: Henschke Cyril
Year: 2001
Region: Eden Valley, South Australia, Australia
Varietal: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon 20% Cabernet Franc 15% Merlot
Oz's Rating: 5 out 5

Deep ruby red. Perfume of black currant and spice aromas, awesome nose. The palate was balanced, sophisticated, lush, great acid and structure, with silky tannins and a long finish that you just never want to finish!

WoW, one of the best wines I have tasted. Thanks Craig Jenkins for sharing this with me.
10 >
Name: Tyrrell's Wines Vat 47
Year: 1989
Region: Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia
Varietal: Chardonnay
Oz's Rating: 3.5 out 5

Deep bright golden straw. Really interesting nose first waft has caramel aroma and then second up is a bit of lychee and subtle citrus aromas. Smooth and balanced palate with a medium finish.

A very interesting wine

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6 thoughts on “Oz’s December 2017 Wine Reviews

    • January 1, 2018 at 9:56 am

      Thanks. I wonder what adventures are installed for us all in 2018.

    • January 1, 2018 at 9:19 pm

      And? Aren’t all Happy New Year pics? Not mine and was taken in 2015

  • January 5, 2018 at 12:45 am

    Happy Happy New Year to you! May 2018 be filled with many lovely adventures in wine. Cheers!

    • January 5, 2018 at 7:37 am

      And the same to you. Cheers.


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