April 2016 Wine Reviews Part 2

Below are my notes on the second 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:

  • 2010 Bindi Quartz Chardonnay
  • 1992 Lindeman’s Bin 8070 White Burgundy Sémillon
  • 2000 Château Boyd-Cantenac Margaux Grand Cru Classé
  • 2004 Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Cabernet Franc
  • NV Laurent-Perrier Champagne Brut 1812
  • 2005 Château Raymond-Lafon Sauternes

The Wine Reviews

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1 Name: Château d’Aussières Aussières Blanc - Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite)
Vintage: 2013
Region: Languedoc, France
Varietal: Chardonnay
Alcohol: 13.5%
Colour: Bright pale green straw
Aroma: Pleasant mix of apricot, peach and citrus aromas
Palate: Balanced, fresh and light
Finish: Medium

Comment: A refreshing wine, good quality quaffer.
2 Name: Calera
Vintage: 2011
Region: Mt Harlan, California, USA
Varietal: Chardonnay
Alcohol: 14.4%
Colour: Deep bright gold
Aroma: A fragrant mix of peach, apricot, with hints of French oak and flint aromas
Palate: Balanced, smooth
Finish: Short

Comment: An enjoyable Californian Chardonnay. Drinking ok now, IMHO it has passed its peak.
3 Name: Bindi Quartz
Vintage: 2010
Region: Macedon Ranges, Victoria, Australia
Varietal: Chardonnay
Alcohol: 14%
Colour: Pale green straw, starting to yellow
Aroma: Lush combination of lemon, citrus, flint and oak aromas
Palate: Fresh, vibrant and balanced with layers of citrus and minerality
Finish: Long

Comment: A great wine, bold for a Chardonnay. Recommend trying this wine, IMHO it still has a number of years until it reaches its peak. Great finish!
4 Name: Joh. Jos. Prüm Riesling Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese
Vintage: 2008
Region: Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany
Varietal: Riesling
Alcohol: 7.5%
Colour: Golden straw
Aroma: Fragrant mixture of lychee, passionfruit and vanilla aromas
Palate: Enjoyable contrast of acid and sweetness
Finish: Long

Comment: I like this style of wine and enjoyed this wine, but we should have known better and left it until the dessert or cheese course as it does overpower the palate, needed to cleanse the palate afterwards. Recommend this wine to anyone who enjoys a German Riesling.
5 Name: Lindeman's Bin 8070 White Burgundy
Vintage: 1992
Region: Hunter River, New South Wales, Australia
Varietal: Sémillon
Colour: Deep bright gold
Aroma: Bouquet of peach, citrus, toast and honey aromas
Palate: Fresh, complex, toasty, elegant
Finish: Long

Comment: I am big fan of aged Sémillon and this wine reminded me why. Still fresh with the aged Sémillon characteristics of toast and honey evident

Australia is no longer allowed to use a number of protected style descriptors like White Burgundy, this was "outlawed" in March 1994, agreed to in 1993. Australia started to use varietal and geographic descriptors for all wines from that point.
6 Name: Moorilla Muse
Vintage: 2013
Region: Tasmania, Australia
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Alcohol: 13.6%
Colour: Bright crimson
Aroma: Restrained combo of plum, red cherry with hints of almond aromas
Palate: Medium - bodied, lots of fruit, but not overpoweringly so
Tannin: Savoury
Finish: Medium

Comment: A good wine that is drinking well now but, IMHO, needs a few more years to reach its peak. Worth a look.

The restrained nose was probably because the bottle was over-chilled, unfortunately there was not a chance to give it a second look as it was consumed very quickly.
7 Name: Château le bon Pasteur
Vintage: 2006
Region: Pomeral, Bordeaux, France
Varietal: 90% Merlot 10% Cabernet Franc
Alcohol: 13%
Colour: Deep ruby
Aroma: Pleasant mix of black cherry, mocha and liquorice aromas
Palate: Full-bodied, dry mouth-feel
Tannin: Firm
Finish: Long

Comment: IMHO a good wine not a great wine, I liked the long finish.
8 Name: Château Fleur Cardinale Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé
Vintage: 2005
Region: St.-Émilion, Bordeaux, France
Varietal: 70% Merlot 15% Cabernet Franc 15% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol: %
Colour: Deep ruby
Aroma: Fragrant mix of black cherry, blackberry, mocha and liquorice aromas
Palate: Full-bodied with a smooth mouth-feel with a dark chocolate after taste
Tannin: Silky
Finish: Long

Comment: A very good wine, IMHO this vintage is either near to or is hitting its peak now. Definitely one to try now!
9 Name: Château Boyd-Cantenac Margaux Grand Cru Classé
Vintage: 2000
Region: Margaux, Bordeaux , France
Varietal: 67% Cabernet Sauvignon 20% Merlot, the balance Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot
Alcohol: %
Colour: Deep ruby
Aroma: Combination of blackberry and cedar aromas
Palate: Medium-bodied, complex
Tannin: Savoury
Finish: Long

Comment: Enjoyable, some elegance and complexity, would welcome the opportunity to taste this again.
10 Name: Bouchard Finlayson Hannibal
Vintage: 2013
Region: Walker Bay, South Africa
Varietal: 52% Sangiovese, 17% Pinot Noir, 15% Nebbiolo,
8% Mourvedre, 6% Shiraz and 2% Barbera
Alcohol: 14.56%
Colour: Deep ruby
Aroma: Red fruit, game, slight black pepper aromas
Flavour: Full-bodied, red fruit, cherries and spice
Tannins: Fine
Finish: Long

Comment: Second time I have been lucky enough to taste this, enjoyed how the wine maker was able to balance all of the different varietals so that characteristics of each varietal can be easily identified.

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