Aug 2016 Wine Reviews

Below are my notes on the wines that I was lucky enough to taste on Singapore National Day 2016. Thanks to my friends for sharing so many great wines!

What have you been tasting?

From this batch my favourites are the:

  • 1994 Tyrrell’s Wines Vat 1 Sémillon
  • 2001 Zema Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2005 Mr Riggs Shiraz
  • 2002 Kilikanoon Covenant Shiraz
  • 1999 Veritas Winery Hanisch Vineyard Shiraz
  • 1933 Seppelts Para Vintage Port

The disappointment of the night was the:

  • 1970 Marchesi Villadoria Barolo Riserva Speciale DOCG

2016 Aug Wine Reviews

The Wine Reviews

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1 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!)
2 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!
3 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!
4 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
5 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
6 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.
7 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.
8 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.
9 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!
10 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.

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6 thoughts on “Aug 2016 Wine Reviews

  • September 5, 2016 at 11:47 pm

    Great summary of an impressive line-up of wines, Oz. Having had the pleasure of drinking these together with you, I’d even concur with most of your review commentary… 🙂

    • September 6, 2016 at 7:13 am

      Thanks Rob, always better with friends. Interested in what you don’t concur with!

  • September 6, 2016 at 7:52 am

    apart from the very good quality Veuve, my advice is stay with the Australian Wines!!!!!!!
    an interesting wine review! 🙂

    • September 6, 2016 at 11:57 pm

      Thanks Mother will try to remember that. Sorry what was I meant to remember again?

    • September 6, 2016 at 11:57 pm

      There certainly were. Just wait for the line up from tonight’s session! An amazing line up of Aussie Cab Savs


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