And now back to normal transmission. 2017 March Wine Reviews is my first set of Wine Reviews for 2017, I have a lot of catching up to do!
What have you been tasting?
From this batch my favourites are the:
2009 Moet & Chandon Brut Grand Vintage
2006 Cascina Bruni Barolo Batistot Riserva
1994 Penfolds Bin 389
2009 Ashton Hills Sparkling Clare Valley Shiraz
The Wine Reviews
Name: Moet & Chandon Brut Grand Vintage Vintage: 2004 Region: Champagne, France Varietal: 38% Chardonnay 33% Pinot Noir 29% Pinot Meunier Alcohol: 12.5% Colour: Brilliant light golden straw Bead: Small, persistent bubbles Aroma: Perfume of yeast, baked goods, citrus and spice aromas Palate: Refreshing, rich, toasty Finish: Long
Comment: A good quality Champagne. Definitely would not say know to another chance to taste this.
Name: Domaine Potinet-Ampeau Meursault Vintage: 1999 Region: Cote de Beaune, Burgundy, France Varietal: Chardonnay Alcohol: 13.5% Colour: Bright yellow straw Aroma: Enjoyable mixture of hazelnut and butter aromas Palate: Balanced, rich Finish: Medium
Name: Remoissenet Pere & Fils Les Marconnets Premier Cru Vintage: 2002 Region: Beaune 1er Cru, Côte de Beaune, Burgundy, France Varietal: Pinot Noir Alcohol: 13.5% Colour: Crimson-Brick Aroma: Combination of cherry, earthy and spice aromas Palate: Balanced, smooth Tannin: Savoury Finish: Medium
Comment: Not the best Burgundy I have been lucky enough to try, but still worth a try.
Name: Robert Ampeau et Fils Pommard Vintage: 1999 Region: Pommard, Cote de Beaune, Burgundy, France Varietal: Pinot Noir Alcohol: 13% Colour: Mid Ruby-Brick Aroma: Fragrant combination blackberry, blackcurrant and herbs aromas Palate: Medium-bodied, balanced, youthful Tannin: Fine Finish: Long
Comment: IMHO a step up on the previous wine. Needs time in the glass to open up, drinking well now.
Name: Pepper Tree Grand Reserve Vintage: 2004 Region: Wrattonbully, South Australia, Australia Varietal: Merlot Alcohol: 14.5% Colour: Mid Ruby Aroma: Pleasant mix of plum, mocha and hint of leather aroma Palate: Medium-Full bodied, balanced Tannin: Subtle Finish: Long
Comment: Not what I would expect from a Merlot, still enjoyable, would be a good wine for an Options Game
Name: James Irvine Merlot Royale Deluxe Vintage: 2005 Region: Eden Valley, South Australia, Australia Varietal: Merlot Format: Magnum Alcohol: 14.5% Colour: Youthful ruby Aroma: Mix of raspberries, plum, and tobacco aromas Palate: Full-bodied, smooth Tannin: Silky Finish: Long
Comment: Considering this is meant to be the finest Merlot from Australia it was disappointing, still a good quality wine, but not worth the AUD250 price tag.
Comment: A very enjoyable Barolo, liked the silky tannins and long finish.
Name: Penfolds Bin 389 Vintage: 1994 Region: Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia Varietal: Cabernet Shiraz Alcohol: 13.5% Colour: Youthful deep crimson Aroma: Perfumed mix of blackberry, plum, chocolate and a hint of mint aromas Palate: Full-bodied, structured, lush Tannin: Silky Finish: Long
Comment: What a wine to finish off on. Still presents as a very youthful wine considering its age, still has a few years in it yet. WoWx3. Bin 389 is always a great wine, especially when cellared well like this bottle was.
Name: Ashton Hills Clare Valley Sparking Shiraz Vintage: 1994 Region: Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia Varietal: Shiraz Alcohol: 13% Colour: Deep crimson red Bead: Tight, fine bubbles Aroma: Fragrant mix of cherry, violet, chocolate and mint aromas Palate: Medium-bodied, elegant, balanced Tannin: Fine Finish: Long
Comment: A great example of Australian Sparkling Shiraz. Balanced, elegant, enjoyable, can't wait until my next excuse, any day that ends in a "Y".