Name: Tyrrell's Wines Vat 1 Vintage: 1994 Region: Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia Varietal: Sémillon Format: Magnum Alcohol: 10.6% Colour: Deep bright golden straw Aroma: Perfume of honey and toasty aromas Palate: Lush. velvety, structured, balanced, WOW Finish: Long
Comment: What a great wine. Loved it. Still youthful after 22 years, has some life in it still. Hope to find another magnum of this sublime wine (you might have guessed that I liked it a little!)
Name: Veuve Clicquot Brut Vintage: NV Region: Reims, Champagne, France Varietal: 50 to 55% Pinot Noir 15 to 20% Pinot Meunier 28 to 33% Chardonnay Alcohol: 12% Colour: Bright pale straw Bead: Fine, persistent Aroma: Fragrant combo of apple, honey and lemon aromas Palate: Medium-bodied, vibrant, refreshing, balanced Finish: Medium long
Comment: Veuve is always a good quality bubbles. A safe bet!
Name: Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve Vintage: NV Region: Champagne, France Varietal: 40% Pinot Meunier 30% Pinot Noir 30% Chardonnay Alcohol: 12% Colour: Bright pale straw Bead: Fine, persistent Aroma: Perfumed mixture of blood orange, citrus, honey and mineral aromas Palate: Medium / full bodied, structured, refreshing, balanced Finish: Medium long
Comment: One of my favourite bubbles, another reliable quality wine. Will always say yes when offered a glass or three!
Name: Bass Phillip Estate Vintage: 2013 Region: Gippsland, Victoria, Australia Varietal: Chardonnay Alcohol: 13.7% Colour: Bright light gold Aroma: Combination of hazelnut, honey, melon and citrus aromas Palate: Balanced Finish: Medium
Comment: Not as intense as the previous bottle, still evolving, a good chardonnay
Name: Wolf Blass Private Release Vintage: 2015 Region: South Eastern Australia, Australia Varietal: Shiraz Alcohol: 13.5% Colour: Deep purple Aroma: Mix of cherry, dark fruit and spice aromas Palate: Medium-bodied Tannin: Structured Finish: Medium-long
Comment: A good quaffer, drinkable, drink young
Name: Château Leoville Barton Saint-Julien Vintage: 1989 Region: Saint-Julien, Bordeaux, France Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Alcohol: 12.5% Colour: Deep garnet Aroma: Fragrant combination of cherry, red berry, cedar and spice aromas Palate: Medium-bodied, structured, balanced Tannin: Smooth Finish: Long
Comment: Enjoyed this, still has more life in it. Enjoyable long finish and smooth almost velvety tannins.
Name: Protero Gumeracha Red Blend Vintage: 2005 Region: Adelaide Hills, South Australia, Australia Varietal: 60% Merlot 40% Cabernet Sauvignon Alcohol: 14.5% Colour: Deep ruby red Aroma: Interesting mix of plum, dark berries, liquorice and vanilla aromas Palate: Medium-bodied, balanced Tannin: Savoury Finish: Medium / long
Comment: This has mellowed with age, in a good way. The heat that was present when first released is no longer present, the medium / long finish and savoury tannins can now be enjoyed.
Name: Domaine Faiveley Latriciers-Chambertin Grand Cru Vintage: 2004 Region: Latriciers-Chambertin, Bourgogne, France Varietal: Pinot Noir Alcohol: 13.5% Colour: Youthful purple red Aroma: Mix of dark berry, cherry, spice and mineral aromas Palate: Medium-bodied, balanced, pleasant Tannin: Savoury Finish: Medium-long
Comment: Not bad, very drinkable at the moment. Like the tannins and balanced palate.
Name: Zema Estate Vintage: 2001 Region: Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon Alcohol: 13.5% Colour: Deep garnet with red brick edges Aroma: Pleasant combo of blackcurrant, cedar, black pepper aromas Palate: Medium-bodied, balanced, smooth Tannin: Savoury Finish: Long
Comment: This polarised the group, people either liked it or didn't. I liked it, with age it has evolved, the rough edges of its youth have softened. Definitely a Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon. Recommend giving it a try!
Name: Mr Riggs Vintage: 2005 Region: McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia Varietal: Shiraz Alcohol: 15% Colour: Deep dark purple Aroma: Fragrant mix of blackberry, plum and hint of mocha aromas Palate: Full-bodied, lush, smooth Tannin: Velvety Finish: Long
Comment: Enjoyable, great example of a McLaren Vale Shiraz, not a fruit bomb, good nose great palate.