Oz’s Wine Reviews – Better Late Than Never!

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It has been a long time between reviews, not drinks thankfully. Here are a few of my wine reviews from the past couple of months.

A few of the wine line ups so you don’t need to worry that I have been thirsty.

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 2.5 out of 5 Drinkable, might improve with age or decanting, good for the last bottle of the night when there is nothing else available
4 3 out of 5 A good wine, may improve with time, a quaffer
5 3.5 out of 5 A very good wine, worth a try and probably a bit of patience if it is a young wine
6 4 out of 5 A great wine! Recommended by Oz
7 4.5 out of 5 A great wine, definitely one that Oz recommends!!
11 5 out of 5 Amazing, WoW. Highly recommended, please give me more!

Oz’s Wine Reviews

The wines rated here are all very good quality, so no need to identify my favourites. I am very lucky to have generous friends who have amazing cellars…..

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Name: Lindeman's St George
Year: 1990
Region: Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Oz's Rating: 4 out of 5

Flat deep dusty crimson with red brick edges in appearance with a reserved perfume combination of black pepper, spice and hint of fruit aromas. On the palate it is subtle, balanced, smooth with soft tannins and a very enjoyable medium-long finish

This was the third bottle of 1990 St George that I have tried recently and this was by far the best of the three. Needed a bit of time to open up, definitely worth the extra thirty minutes :). Great wine, underrated IMHO.
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Name: Lindeman's Pyrus
Year: 1990
Region: Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia
Varietal: Cabernet, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc
Oz's Rating: 4.5 out 5

Flat deep garnet in appearance with an enjoyable reserved combination of subtle white pepper and cedar aromas. The palate was medium-bodied, complex and balanced with silky tannins and a lovely medium-long finish

Awesome wine!
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Name: Mt Brave
Year: 2014
Region: Mt Vedder, Nappa Valley, California, USA
Varietal: Malbec
Oz's Rating: 3.5 out 5

Vivid deep crimson in appearance with a fragrant perfume mix of earthy, raspberry, spice and cedar aromas. The complex palate is medium-bodied, slightly sour with sift subtle tannins and medium length finish

This was the second bottle of this wine, the first was a better bottle probably a 4 out of 5, putting it down bottle variation. Looking forward to my next bottle.
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Name: Krug Gourmandise Orageuse – Stormy Indulgence
Year: 2000
Region: Montagne de Reims, Trépail and Villers-Marmery, vize and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Sainte-Gemme and Villevenard, Champagne, France
Varietal: 42% Pinot Noir, 43% Chardonnay and 15% Meunier
Oz's Rating: 4 out 5

Medium deep golden straw in colour with tight fine bead and with a perfume of toasty, almond, lime and apple aromas. The complex, lively palate was balanced and very moreish with an enjoyable long finish.

Need a little time in the glass to really open up, would not recommend drinking this out of champagne flutes as it needs a bit of air. Wish I had another bottle or three of this, will be looking for this.
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Name: Scarborough Wine Co. The Obsessive
Year: 2016
Region: Upper Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia
Vineyard: Ogilvies View
Varietal: Chardonnay
Oz's Rating: 4 out 5

Bright, clear green straw in appearance with a fragrant combo of peach, nectarine and oak aromas. The complex palate is balanced and rich with a nice medium finish.

Great wine, very surprising, will be keeping an eye out for this.
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Name: Cheval des Andes
Year: 2003
Region: Mendoza, Argentina
Varietal: 41% Malbec, 41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Petit Verdot
Oz's Rating: 4 out 5

Youthful deep crimson in appearance with a pleasant mixture of mocca, leather and spice aromas. The medium bodied palate is rich and refined with lush tannins and a medium long finish.

A very good drink.
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"Name: Lopez De Heredia Vina Tondonia Rioja Reserva
Year: 2005
Region: Rioja, Spain
Varietal: 75% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacho, 5% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo
Oz's Rating: 4 out 5

Youthful deep garnet in appearance with a savoury earthy mix of berry, plum, vanilla and spice aromas. The medium bodied palate is lively, balanced and polished with rich tannins and a long finish.

One word, YUM!"
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"Name: López de Heredia Viña Bosconia Reserva
Year: 2005
Region: Rioja, Spain
Varietal: 80% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacho, 5% Graciano + Mazuelo
Oz's Rating: 4 out 5

Youthful deep garnet in appearance with a pleasant full-bodied fruity combo of berry, plum and spice aromas. The medium bodied palate is smooth and elegant with rich tannins and a long finish.

Another great Rioja!"
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Name: Curly Flat
Year: 2005
Region: Macedon Ranges, Victoria, Australia
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Oz's Rating: 3.5 out 5

Flat / dull ruby red mid-weight in appearance, at first there was a bit of funk which blew off and left a perfume of cherry, spice and pepper aromas. The palate is balanced and structured, very enjoyable, nice amount of fruit with fine, subtle tannins and a lovely medium-long finish.

So much better than my previous bottle of the same vintage. Not sure how much longer this will last. Drinking very well.
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Name: Debortoli Noble One
Vintage: 1994
Region: Riverina, Victoria, Australia
Varietal: Botrytis Semillon
Oz's Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Deep dark Amber in appearance, amazing looking wine, very enjoyable nose with raisin and vanilla aromas. The palate is balanced, just right amount sweetness, lovely long finish.
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6 thoughts on “Oz’s Wine Reviews – Better Late Than Never!

  • July 7, 2018 at 3:56 pm
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    Good to know you haven’t been thirsty. P.S. The editor in me has to mention that Lindeman’s doesn’t have an R in the name.

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    • July 7, 2018 at 4:01 pm
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      Very true it is Lindeman’s, rectified the problem, thanks for edit…

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        • July 7, 2018 at 4:31 pm
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          I hope my reviews are improving. Appreciate the feedback.

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  • July 7, 2018 at 6:34 pm
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    Love your pictorial system, definitely fun 🙂 And I recognize the feeling of “better late than never” – sitting on so many wine note which needs to be published, it is not even funny… Completely share your sentiment on the Krug – would love to have a bottle or three of that as well 🙂

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    • July 7, 2018 at 7:21 pm
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      Thanks, the plugin is pretty good, but has a few quirks.

      Guess we will have to wait until you have the time to post as well 🙂

      Hopefully we will get to share a bottle of the 2000 Krug sometime.

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