Wines of 2014 – Big Post (highlights in bold)

•January 3, 2015 • Leave a Comment

2012 Momessin, Chateau de Pierreux, Brouilly
Lovely fresh flavours of berries like mulberry, blue berry and black berry. Some minerality is present with decent acidity. I’d
prob prefer to drink it a year later after a bit of resolution but it has nice freshness.

2008 Richmond Grove Watervale Riesling
Dan Murphy cellar release. Very pale, little development. The wine is led by a strong nose of glacé pineapple, cut with some grapefruit and perhaps a touch of spice. Palate whilst strong with a acidity runs short on fruit. Nice lime, and lemon zest flavours. To me a little hollow, though I will happily polish of the bottle. Would be interested to see this in 10 years or so.

2011 Chateau La Rame, Sainte Croix du Mont, France.
Lemon rind, almond, peach flesh, pretty tightly wound. Very enjoyable wine, nice almondy palate, with lemon and a finish of pineapple and I think a great wine to watch over the next ten years, or more.

1990 Stonier’s Merricks Pinot Noir, Mornington Peninsula
Deep, vibrant, ruby red. Nose of plums and spice, bright, ripe, cherry flesh. Obviously a ripe vintage. Nice palate with decent acidity and silky mouthfeel. Flavours of cherry, blood plum, white peach. Decent wine and great to see yet another Aussie last 20+ years.

2005 Domaine de L Ancienne Cure, L’abbaye, Monbazillac.
Big rich botrytis wine. Very generous but pretty good.

1985 De Bortoli Dry Botrytis Semillon
Nasty capsule with gunk over the cork. Managed to get the cork out in one piece. Coppery coloured, wine with good clarity. Odd nose, very reminiscent of a sweet wine. That honeyed, floral note with something like mashed banana. The palate carries a lot of acidity and is bone dry. Again unique flavours, it tastes like the burnt caramels and peaches but doesn’t have the body to make them luxurious. Something I’d buy again and something I’m not sure of. Good example of Australians wine efforts, trying something new.

Wines of February 2014
2009 Arpatin, Barbaresco, docg
Cherry, orange rind, blood orange on the nose, occasionally a bit of spice. Slightly earthy and cherry palate, sour, acidic and tannic. Okay and not super special. A good intro to Nebbiolo.

1971 Moulin Touchais Coteaux du Layon.
Interesting wine, opened up over half an hour. Initially very sweet aromas of dried fruit like dates or quince paste, bit grassy, dark honey. Time adds peaches, lemons, lime and flowers. Palate is quite long, though in a subtle way. Acid slowly builds and is Reminiscent of the nose with extra lime. Not the best of chenin I have tried but certainly interesting.

1976 Domaine Marion ‘La Maziere’, Fixin, Burgundy.
Cork fell Into the bottle. Chestnuts, plums, strawberry jam, spice and scorched earth on the nose, suggest overly ripe character. Palate contain a sweet burst of mulberries, plums and sour red berries. Bit of acid, okay balance. Not brilliant, certainly interesting.

2010 Nicholas Potel, Gevrey Chambertin, burgundy.
Initially tasted in normal glasses and not brilliant. Burgundy glasses intensifies the cherry aromas, adding pomegranate, rose petals and a metallic note. Really very pleasant on the nose. The palate has a good balance of sweetness and acidity, with good length. Flavours of minerals such as sandstone and aluminium, cherry, raspberry and strawberry.

2006 Albert Mann, Grand Cru Schlossberg Riesling, Alsace.
Very nice, fresh Riesling. The palate is slightly off dry as in 5gm or so, more enough to add texture. The wine regarded as austere by many was inviting to me. Aromas of honey, Flowers, pear and peaches lead into a subtle palate with good length and fresh acid. Different foods bought out different aspects. Prawns with garlic brought out the riper flavours, smoked scallops the minerality, smoked trout rich lemons and lime. I enjoyed this a lot.

March 2014

1998 Tahbilk Marsanne Central Victoria.
Golden colour, very fragrant nose with lots of flowers, lemons, limes and mandarins. Comes across almost as a sweet wine on the nose. The palate has nice length, acid, though more fruit would add to the balance. Flavours of rockmelon, honey due, coriander and lime keep it interesting. Really quite pleasant.

1982 Mongeard Mugneret Grands Echerzeaux, Burgundy.
Came out orange, ended up nearer to ruby. Dark nose, black cherry, smoke, truffles, soy, slight hint of something like red currents, watermelon, and licorice, blood plums. This wine took a lot of time to open up and as it did it put on weight and the acidity became more pronounced. The palate has the vosne’s peacock tail expanding over the significant length with a variety of dark and floral flavours, The wine has a kind of regalness and intensity that belays its 32 years. Reminiscent of a similar aged Barolo. Just gets better and better and more And more intense. Easily the most intense Pinot I can remember.

Don’s Tasting – Pinot and Riesling

Great tasting. Real stand out pinots with the 2006 Curly Flats been the stand out, followed by a 2005 Charmes Chambertin by Marchande and Burch. Great, great effort Don.

1975 Chateau Tahbilk Marsanne
Leaky capsule so opened. Sherry like nose, bruised apples, chalk, nuts, mint. A bit of acid, lemons, bruised apples, reasonable balance, almost slightly tannic on the finish. Much more together on day two, quite resolved. Certainly worth the try, wonder what the next is like.

2006 Tyrrell’s Vat 15 Semillon, hunter valley
Slight fizz. Mandarin, lemon, herbs. Off dry. Very agreeable. To the point of being very boring and non interesting. Had my glass. Over it.

2010 Marques de Riscal, Vina Collada, Rioja
Black berries, dust, leather and oak on the nose. Pretty normal palate, perhaps a little riper and less acidic than I would normally prefer in Rioja. Either way nice easy drinker.

1992 Jim Barry, Sauternes Botrytis Semillon, Barossa.
Lovely wine. Really dark colour, in the glass with light its nearer to red. Really glad I bought three. A rather unique bouquet of coffee, dates, lime, mint, rich mahogany and notes of leather and red berries, cocoa. The palate echoes many of those flavours and is really well balanced between sweetness and acidity, being on the less rich styles. Reminds me of sticky-date pudding on the palate cut with lime. The length is quite considerable. Best dessert wine I’ve had in ages. Possibly the best Aussie.

1976 Domain Marion, la maziere, Fixin, Burgundy.
Much better condition than the other bottle, cork came out in one piece. Dark ruby with only a little sediment. Dark nose of smoke, cherries, charcuterie, oak. Good pure, acid driven palate with considerable tannins. Palate consists of light red flavours such as pomegranate, blood orange and cherries. Blind I would think ten years or so. Very much enjoyed, particularly with the pine mushroom risotto.

1999 Domaine Caillot, La Barre Dessus – Clos Marguerite, Meursault, Burgundy.
Buttery nose with cashews, pastries and chalk. The palate has lemon, chalk and minerals spread across lengthy acid. Perhaps not the most complex style but lovely none the less and id buy again. Very enjoyable.

1993 Coldstream Hills Pinot Noir
Slightly bricking, though ended towards ruby. Smell of stewed strawberries, undergrowth, currents, tomatoe and herbs. Light body that seems to keep expanding in the across the tongue to fill the mouth. Good acid, weight and fruit. Flavours of pomegranate, strawberries, earth and cranberry. Keeping my eye out for more. This was from an average reported vintage. Excited to have another bottle.

2007 Richmond Grove, Chardonnay, limited release, Adelaide Hills
Tightly bound cool climate Chardonnay. Whilst now seven years old I could have guessed it a current release even with it’s rough handling. Lemon, butter, with a slight minty, woolen character. Nice subtle length and acidity. With similar flavours as the nose and a nice chalky minerality. Decent wine. Reminds me of a latour burgundy I had a few times last year.

1986 Tyrrells, Pinot Noir, Hunter Valley.
Very different to our previous. The cork was perfect, not even 1/4 soaked. The nose isn’t there giving something of a cherry liquor mixed, cloves or cumin with BBQ sauce. Somewhat simple, but alright. The mouth however is silky, driven with acid, spice, cherries, earth, mulberries. Not as good as the previous. We’ll see what the next holds

1997 Tyrrells Eclipse Pinot Noir, Hunter Valley.
Inky colour, dark ruby, very surprising for a Pinot. Nose of dark fruits, cherry liquor, black berries and a touch of spice. This wine comes across as a dry red rather than a Pinot, though not necessarily a bad wine, perhaps more like a NZ pinot. Flavors are quite dark like tobacco and tar, some cherry skin and odd bitter fruits. Some decent acid. Interesting wine.

1998 Capercaillie Semillon, Hunter Valley.
Perhaps slightly tainted. Enjoyable wine nose of lemon, wool, spice, slightly minty. Palate is well balanced, acid driven, flavours of lime, lemon rind and cumin. Good length, Moorish, why spend more on Riesling.

1994 Tuck’s Ridge Riesling, Mornington Peninsula.
Great bottle! Golden colour. Delicate, fresh nose; white flowers, lemon zest, chalk, honey, apricots and wool, the richer flavours come out as the temp increases and as the bottle breathes. The light nose belays the intensity of the palate. Great fruit/acid balance, very persistent length. Flavours suggest more age than the nose, rind, lime juice, wool, minerals and almonds. Very enjoyable. This is reason to spend money on Riesling.

1997 Lindemans Stevens Vineyards Shiraz Bin 9425, Hunter Valley.
Lovely balanced wine quite enjoyable. The wine shows young, ruby red. Good high acid and fruit balance. Aromas of leather, dust, bit of oak and berries. Flavours of red berries, earth and oak. Good balance, good acid, Surely shiraz, but I’d be happy to end a meal with a glass of this.

1991 Redbank Winery, Pinot Noir, Redbank Victoria.
Leaky cork. Mint, red earth & dried berries on the nose. Quite nice. Palate a little non-distinct. Earthy, sour berries, good acidity, missing a little sweetness. Not brilliant but certainly pleasant.

1976 Weingut Lauerberg Bernkasteler Badstube Auslese, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany.
Botrytis nose of bruised bananas, apples, honey, and caramelized flavours. Good balance of sweetness and acidity with considerable length. Flavours consist of apples, pear, caramel, honey and lime. A little freshness but not as pure as some I’ve tasted. Nice way to drink through fish Friday.

1981 Reine Pedaque Corton-Charlemagne, Burgundy.
Cork had a black top and fell in the bottle. Colour golden. Initially massive nose of butter and honey. Time in the decanter gives aromas of lemon, fresh cut mushrooms, river rocks. Palate has very long length with great balance. Earthy flavours of lemons, rinds, honey, and finishes with butter. The wine has heaps of persistence through the acidity and flavours linger for minutes. Great wine and a fantastic introduction into grand cru white burgundy. Ps. 1981 is a 2/5 star vintage.

1958 Vinho Tinta de Mesa, Garrafeira Imperial, Caves Imperio, Portugal.
Deep red with slight bricking. Taking a fair while to wake up. The next bottle I will decant for four hours. First sip is of the most intense acid I’ve had in a wine. After an hour and a half spicy flavours mixed with sour berries evolves. Soon cherries, black berries, meat, flowers on the nose and spice join the nose. The acid develops into length of flavours that last an easy minute. Unlike any other wine I’ve had. Glad to have the experience.

1976 Schlumberger, Fleur de Guebwiller Gewürztraminer, Alsace, France.
Delicate nose lychee, orange blossom, rose petals, mint and oregano and peaches. Mouth is quite dry with good full body mouth due to phenolics, acid on the end carrying it through with additional flavours of dried apricot, honey dew melon and smoke. Quite an unique balance making a subtle (particularly for the grape) wine. Enjoyable, and looking forward to the second bottle.

1990 Pipers Brook Riesling Tasmania
Honey, lime, almonds, flowers. Persistent, nice acid, light body. Yay 2 more. Good wine.

2004 Nicholson River Merlot
Very savory wine. Quite enjoyable. Nose of brambles, black olives, oak, tastes of chocolate, black cherries, olives & good tannins, some persistence. Pretty nice food wine. Great with pecorino.

2010 Kir Yianni Akakies, Amyndeon (Xinomavro Rose)
Gorgeous nose of dry rose petals and sweet pink fruits. Very fragrant. Dry palate with a real earthiness driven by balanced acidity. Lovely wine.

1987 St Leonards, Chenin Blanc Aislese, Rutherglen.
Perhaps not as fresh as the previous bottling still very lovely and at a beautiful stage of development. Took about an hour to open. Nice balance, easy going and pleasant. Peachy colour, nose of honey, lemon, peach and wax. Palate is driven by decent acidity with flavours of lime and a touch of rind. Similar flavours to the aromas abound on the attack. Lovely Wine and glad to have something nice to open for a friends birth year.

2012 Marcarini Lazarin Langhe Nebbiolo.
That fragrant smell full of cherries, lavender, chalk and red berries that only young Nebbiolo can give. Lovely. The palate is more savory with an iron tinged cherry and cherry liquor taste. Grippy tannins finish off. If I had 12 I think I’d drink half right now and the others over 10+ years. I really enjoyed this wine.

1990 Stonier’s Merrier’s Pinot Noir, Mornington, Vic
Lovely wine. Classic old Pinot both on the nose and palate. Ben picked it as a 2000, and he has drunk a considerably amount of old Pinot. I’ve drank this and the 1991 from them and both age gorgeously. Wine deserved more Effort.

2008 Boutari grande Reserva Naoussa, Greece.
Xinomavro aged in oak for two years, then bottle for two years. Sold from Dan Murphy’s for $20. Very curious wine, currently not very giving, light red fruits, cinnamon, tomato on the nose. Acidic and tannic light body leaves flavours of tomato stems, earth, minerals. Decent length. Very old world, looking forward to seeing 15 years in the future.

1993 Pipers Brook Pellion Pinot Noir, Tasmania.
Savory nose with smoke, small goods, gun powder cherry &blackberries. Very pleasant. Light bodied wine, dark berries, smoke, plums, good length and acidity. Another example of the peacocks tail, and aging Aussie Pinot.

1991 St Huberts Pinot Noir Yarra Valley.
Decent wine, steamy nose with a good dose of jammy Pinot fruit. Cherries, plums and strawberry. Decent length, decent balance, well made. Drinking pretty young. Still plenty of time, though it won’t improve. Here’s to hoping people keep getting rid of these.

2001 Prince Albert Pinot Noir Geelong
Good as always, relatively simple but nice. Nice sour cherry, cranberries and clean earth.

1990 Temple Bruer Riesling Auslese, Angus River Delta, Langhorne creek, South Australia.
A little fat for my interests in Auslese style Riesling. But as a simple dessert wine that cost $7 a bottle from auction. Happy to drink. A good week night wine.

2008 Stonier Chardonnay, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria.
Buttery aged Chardonnay. Lemony palate, decent acidity. Pretty happy with where it’s at.

1970 Chateau Prieure Lichine, Margaux, Bordeaux.
Cork was nasty. Wine certainly oxidized to an extent. Drinkable but not memorable. Quite porty, earthy, no fruit. Shame bottle looked really good!

1991 The Wilson Vineyard, Rhine Riesling, Polish Hill Riesling.
Another aged wine. Bordering oxidized but seem to make a comeback. Gentle nose of honey and typical aged Riesling characteristics, palate is fresher than the nose, limes, honey. Got another one so hopefully it’ll be in better shape.

2000 Yalumba, Nebbiolo, Vinnovation Collection, Wrattonbully, South Australia
Lovely little wine. Lovely earthy nose, leaves, truffles, earth. Lovely bit of sweet and sour raspberry note on the palate mixes with savoury flavours such as mushrooms, decaying leaves and spice. Good deal of tannins, probably would last a long time but drinking really well. Lots of weight for 12%. Really well done.

1970 Seppelts R6 Pinot Noir, Rutherglen
Pretty average. Drinkable, slightly interesting but not remarkable. Except for the jet black colour… Blend?

1993 Seppelts Partalunga Rhine River Riesling, Eden valley

1996 La Porte d’Or, Fourchaume, premier cru Chablis.

1996 Domaine Hanelin, Vau Ligneau, premier cru Chablis.
Corked. Second 1996 burg in a row.

2008 Hoddles Creek estate Yarra Pinot
Slightly gone. Earthy smells but not enjoyable. My bad run continues.

1997 Redgate O.F.S Semillon, Margaret River.
Good, not quite brilliant wine. Nose of almonds, pistachio, mint and musk. Good acidity of lemon rind, grapefruit. Doesn’t have the body sone hunters gain, seems to have a touch of oak. Nice tho with food

1990 Temple Bruer Riesling Auslese, Angus River Delta, Langhorne creek, South Australia.
Apple, mint and well balanced. Better than previous bottle. great value.

1997 Henri de Villamont, Les Chaumes, Vosne Romanee, Burgundy.
Unfiltered and lots of sediment. Interesting nose of dark chocolate, spice & dried berries. Nice length, tannins, and acidity. Dried fruit, bitter chocolate, some berries and rhubarb. Nice wine. Even unmentionable vintages hold up comfortably for 17 years.

2009 Boutari Naoussa, dry red wine, Greece.
Great value. Nose of Light red fruits, raspberry, musk, lavender. Blind easily I’d choose as an Langhe Nebbiolo. Palate again a simple ringer for Nebbiolo. Red berries, savoury tones, wood like yet not, tobacco. Plenty of time left, an easy 5 more. For $12 bargain.

2007 Kir Yianni Akakies Rose, Amyndeon Greece.
Lovely rich colour and great nose of watermelon and strawberries, strawberry and cream sweets. Acidic palate, with nice length and savory tones of dried herbs, dried berries. Easily one of the best roses I’ve ever had.

1987 Tyrrell’s Pinot Noir, Hunter Valley.
Nice nose, typical of aged Pinot and very much in line with other Tyrrell’s Pinot. Cherries, pink flowers, tobacco, spice, smoke and earth on the nose. Pleasant but tart acid red fruits on the palate. good length. Very enjoyable. Hope I have another.

2000 Grosset Semillon Sav Blanc, Adelaide Hill & Claire Valley.
Very lovely wine. Delicate lemony nose with light highlights. Nice resolved acid. Lovely wine. Don exclaimed great wine.

1993 Wignalls Pinot Noir western Australia.
Lovely old Pinot. Good length, good intensity, nice aromas. Quite tarry, opening to pink flowers, red and dried berries. Pretty smooth. Very enjoyable.

2009 Jean Claude Chatelain, Les Charmes, Pouilly Fume, Loire.
Interesting simple wine. Like drinking cider, goes down easy. Typical nose of Sav Blanc adding coconut and almonds. Nothing special but easy to drink.

1973 D’Oliveras Reservation Verdelho Madeira.
Bought in US from rare wine co. Very unique wine. Bottled 2010. Nuts, choccy, coffee, hazelnut aromas. Definite acidity with green apples and grapes on the palate surrounded by brown sugar, nuts and spices. Very interesting wine. I look forward to tasting it over the next few weeks.

1989 The Rothbury Estate Hunter Valley Pinot Noir.
Herlstone Vineyard. Again another Rothbury estate Pinot over 20 years. This one is very tertiary. Lots of meat, earth and spice. Tart palate with earthy length and a little austerity on the palate. Finishes with a sense of strawberry or raspberry acid.

2009 William Fevre Petit Chablis
Fairly typical of what to expect. Nice little wine, chalky, lemon, touch of roundness from age. A little short but nice for the money v

1999 L. Metairie S A, La Chapelle des Bois, Fleurie, Burgundy.
Earthy, dark cherry skins dominate a resolved palate. Nice balance, good concentration, probably better with a touch more freshness but holding up really well. Nice wine.

2010 Kir Yianni Kali Riza, Amyndeon, Greece.
What a great little wine. Ripe red fruits on the nose, cherry liqueur, touch of warm tomato. The smoothest palate I’ve had on a xinomavro. Nice acidic length with similar flavones, gorgeous balance. Way to easy to drink. Glad to have 5 more. I plan to drink 2 over the next two years and then 3 over the following 8. Steal.

1993 Michel Magnien, Morey St Denis, Les Monts Luisants, burgundy.
Pretty non descript old Pinot. Nice sweetness but nothing unique or special, a little astringent on the finish. Not necessarily bad, just not Great.

2010 Henri Bourgeois, Les Baronnes, Sancerre.
Restrained nose of nettles, lemons and chalk. Lengthy, acidic palate, minerals, almonds and sharp lemon rind. Everything I love about Sancerre with a lovely elegance. Significantly better than the Poully Fume last week. This style makes Sav Blanc a huge contender behind german Riesling, and high end Aussie Chardonnay as my preferred white.

1966 Lindemans Reserve Claret Bin 3354, mixed regional, Australian blend.
Deep ruby with a touch of rust on the edge. Rich plumb, caramel, spice, smoky, bit of berries and dust. Really well balanced palate with great acidity, intensity, structure and even fruit. Very persistent acid and Tannins. Very silky, expansive entry. Very enjoyable and an interesting example of a blended area wine 48 years later.

2012 Pooley Pinot Noir, Tasmania.
Cherries, touch stalky, elegant and dark aromas, very primary. Very refreshing aromas, very potent and inviting. Palate doesn’t have the same concentration but is instead a lovely gentle palate, a touch sour, in the spectrum of cherry skins. Nice acidity, limited length but a nice drinking wine. Could benefit from a couple of years but the aroma is lovely now.

2006 Louis Eschenauer, Cremant de Bordeaux, France.
Nice wine. Chalky, lemon nose. Good simple palate, lemon, chalk, nice little acid drive. Good little sparkler.

2010 Kir Yianni Akakies sparkling, Greece.
Jubes, tomatoes, strawberry jam. Nice wine, sweet palate, nice berries. Enjoyable.

NV (2009?) Panevino, Grenache, Sardinia.
Absolutely the best Grenache by far I’ve had. Like a great Pinot. Lovely light nose, strawberries, herbs & jubes. Light bodied, smooth palate, again like good Pinot. Super enjoyable wine, this would hold up with any company and I would probably rate a 96pt. Absolutely lovely.

2006 Albert Mann Grand Cru Schlossberg Riesling, Alsace.
Lovely wine, rich, beguiling aromas, generous but balanced palate. Very appealing wine. Coconut, pineapple, banana, and mint mix aromas mix with a tighter but nicely balanced palate of sour cream and lime, dried banana and peach. Very elegant and rich. The touch of residual sugar wensuring food pairing is strong. Looking forward to the next two. Could last but I plan to drink over next year.

1978 Chateau Lafon-Rochet, Saint Estephe, Bordeaux.
Finally a Bordeaux that isn’t gone. Not brilliant but enjoyable. Aromas of barn yard, wood and earth, add a touch of cherry and plum with air. Palate has a good balance of friuit, earth, acid and tannin, length. Very enjoyable yet not remarkable.

2005 Louis Sipp Grossberg Pinot Noir, Alsace.
Fairly simple Pinot, very dark in colour. Opens up to reveal cherries, pink flowers and some undergrowth. Fairly primary on the nose. Palate is somewhat simple, good acid, touch of minerality showing due to tightness of palate. Undecided

1991 Mills Reef Dry Riesling, Hawkes Bay.
Less dry than the label reads. Typical bruised fruit of older off dry rieslings. Banana, bruised apples. Not bad. Held up okay for 20 years. Not too bad.

2007 Phi Pinot Noir Lusatia Park Vineyard.
Exceeded expectations. Would have held up well to any competition. Lovely wine, good drive, balance and smooth palate. Luxurious nose. Nicest wine in a while. Highly recommended.

1981 Hungerford Hill Collection, Coonawarra Late Picked Botrytised Rhine Riesling.
Enjoyable, balanced, botrytis rich wine. Decent acid balance and lovely with Thai food.

2010 Dopff Riesling Grand Cru Schoenenbourg, Alsace.
Still very primary (yay for screw cap) lemon, flowers, camomile flowers, slately minerals, yellow stone fruits on the nose. Good acid, round body, nice length. Flavors of stone fruit, citrus, banana and some minerality. Reinforcing my feelings that Alsace holds my heart in Riesling.

1995 Antonin Guyon Clos Du Village, Chambolle Musigny, Burgundy.
Very young aromas follow with a balanced palate delivering notes of cherries, smoke, dry wood, red candy & strawberries. Nice acidity, nice length and mouthfeel, very pleasant wine and very young for near 20 years.

1997 Salomon Kremser Kogl Riesling Reserve, Austria.
Interesting Riesling. Comes across on the nose like a Semillon and on the palate like a muscat. Perhaps in some way affected. aromas of lemons and grass and jasmine rice mix with an acidic palate with flavours of lemon And almonds. Interesting?

2009 Domaine de I’Ecu, Expression de Granite, Muscadet Sevre et Maine.
Slightly corked. Shame. It taints a serious wine. Minerals and lemon abound. Would love to retry.

Nv Stefano Lubiano Reserve Brut.
Lovely creamy sparkler. Nice acid, nice balance, really pleasing.

2006 Le Mesnil, Blanc de Blancs, Grand Cru, Champagne.
Very nice sparkler. Lovely creaminess floated on an intensity of fruit and acid. Iron fist/velvet glove scenario. Really enjoyable. My preference today.

1990 Charles Heidelsieck, Blanc des Millenaires, Blanc de Blanc, champagne.
To me not as enjoyable, slight oxidised aroma that I have found in other or champagne. Reinforcing my preference for younger ones. Yes this wine had significant drive, balance and length. The palate was full of flavours revolving round biscuits and oats. Went well with cheese. Easy to appreciate its positives but not my preference.

1999 Providence “Miguet” Pinot Noir Tasmanian Reserve.
Really young in appearance and to drink. Red berries, pink flowers dominate the nose, almost no secondary characteristics. The palate is somewhat resolved and dominated by red flavours. This could have a long, long life. I would say an easy 15+ years. Nice wine, great if it evolved.

2013 Domaine des Amoureux Muscadet Sevre et Maine Sur Lie.
Still good value. Flavours of stone and melon cover a body driven by acid. I’ll buy more of these.

1996 La Chablisienne, Bougros Grand Cru, Chablis.
Initially a strong aroma of tropical fruits, exotic citrus and yellow flowers. Backed by a similar drive on the palate and a long acidity leaning towards ripe ginger. Over the next 30 mins the wine fell apart losing thee freshness and richness. At least I got to experience it unlike the other 1996’s


Wines of November and December 2013

•January 3, 2015 • Leave a Comment

2000 Brown Brothers Patricia Chardonnay, Yarra Valley, Vic.
Pretty nice wine. Obviously aged characteristics and colour. Nose of banana, apricots, honey, caramel. Flavours of fig, lemon and caramel. Low on acid but not in a bad place. I don’t see a long future but I found this wine very enjoyable.

2000 George Duboeuf, Chateau Des Deduits, Fleurie, Beaujolais.
Odd wine, non-filtered and quite dark. Odd flavour profile, spear mint, cherry ripe with dark chocolate and rich concentrated cherry, light red and pink flowers, really quite nice. Palate is pretty fresh with cherries, mulberries and blackberries. Slight alcohol heat, but only just. Bit of acid, tannins, worth the cost, but would i buy more?

Croydon rare Wine Tasting

1983 Ropiteau Freres, Gevrey Chambertin, Burgundy.
Earthy, truffle, animal aromas mix with sour cherry, pomegranate and sweet red flowers. Energetic, yet silky palate is quite long, and expands into red flowers driven by acidity and some fruity tannins. Flavors are mainly red fruit, though licorice, spice and earth certainly appear. Very true to terrior and a great representative of what I want in old burgundy, and what you only find in old wines.

1996 McWilliams, Lovedale Semillon, Hunter Valley
Lovely ripe fruits, mangoes, banana, paw paw with the typical wool, lemons and grass. Strong acids lead a well balanced palate and lovely intensity. Flavors of the nose are replicated on the palate. Fantastic!

1988 Rothbury Estate Hunter Valley Pinot Noir, Hunter Valley.
Sweet red lollies, sherbet, dried strawberries, sweet soy and dark chocolate on the nose. On the mouth sour plums, berries, acid and tannins. The palate has good length and weight which increased over the hour. 11% alcohol, yet decent concentration and only held up for 25 years. Not the best old Pinot but very Enjoyable.

2002 Lucien Albrecht Vendange Tardive Riesling, Alsace.
Nice nose includes both bruised and crisp apples, caramel and sometimes peach. The palate is deceptively acidic though I feel a little more would increase balance. Flavors of almonds, stone fruit like peach, apples and lemon and burnt sugar, with mineral driven length that is sometimes sandy, sometimes steel like. Good wine, had better but enjoying it.

1996 Tarrawarra Estate Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley.
Big Pinot nose. Cherries, touch of earth. Slightly hot. Odd palate. Quite light, tar and cherry flavor, some acid and some length. Probably would have been better earlier though many at the table really enjoyed it. Too big and a bit simple.

2000 Tyrrell’s Vat 1 Hunter Valley Semillon.
Delicate, complex and full of energy. Nice light bodied that has more than enough drive to handle most foods. Reminds me of what I’d want out of a good 1er cru white burg. Probably won’t improve over time but I’m looking forward to the next two bottles.

NV Janz Sparkling Rose Tasmania.
Very buscuity, slight strawberry. To me it’s missing the freshness and acidity I’d prefer. And the bubbles I feel are too big. Others enjoyed, I think it’s Pleasant but not a buy again for me, I’d much prefer a cheap Loire or Alsace sparkler.

2008 Monligoli Amarone Della valpolicello, Italy
Flavours of raisins, leather and spice. Surprisingly well balanced with consideration to the 15.5%. Quite port like yet with decent acidity. A good experienced and enjoyed by Shiraz lovers at the table.

1979 Robertson RWI (Sauterne style riesling) Clare Valley Australia.
Leaking cork, so opened early. Wine is still good. Nose of Ginger, lemons, caramelized peaches, vanilla & honey. Ginger, peach and a bit of spice on the palate. Not brilliantly complex or concentrated comes across as an old spatlese or cabinett, still enjoyable drink with nice fresh acidity and length, well balanced. Curious to see what the second bottle is like as it’s cork is intact. Found better balance over consecutive days.

Wines of September & October 2013

•November 26, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Wines of September

2005 Mount Vincent, Morriset, Reserve Semillon.
Good example of hunter Semillon trapped under screwcap at 8 years. Tastes more like three. Wool, lemon, and toast. Nice balance with a sweet fruit filled palate driven by intense, but lovely acid. Love Hunter Semillon.

NV Veuve Amiot, Saumur Brut.
Chalky nose with lemon, honey, white chocolate and peach. Lemony acidic palate, not rich rather refreshing.

1990 Faivelly, Les Argillats, Nuits St. George. Burgundy, France.
Deep ruby colour, impressive and surprising for 23 years. Smoky, meaty complex nose mixing with cherries, , tobacco, oak and lighter red currents. Silky smooth palate with a great balance between sweetness and acidity lending considerable length. Flavors abound with cherries, red currents, and savory flavours. Really nice example of burgundy. Aromatic, sweet, balanced, with good length and improved over two hours. Wish i had more.

Wines of October

Nv Freixenet cordon Negro, Cava Spain
Pretty simple fizz. Bit lemony, not much length, refreshing but not overly interesting.

2010 By Farr Chardonnay, Geelong. 
Beautiful tight Chardonnay. Lemons, white flowers, cream with a long mineral driven body carried by fantastic acid. Very similar to the Morgeot it was pair too but tighter and less complex at this stage. Great future and great wine.

2005 Bouchard Aine & Fils, Morgeot, Chassagne Montrachet 1er, Burgundy
My pick of the two whites. Fantastic white burg, lemon, white & yellow flowers, caramel, honey and some other funky aspects. The palate follows on with lemon and rich caramel along a smooth almost oily palate. Beautiful pair of wines.

2010 Eldridge Estate Pinot Noir, Mornington Peninsula
My pick of the pinots tonight. Young and very fruit forward, held up by lovely acid and good balance. Bouquet of ripe berries and rhubarb. Nice wine.

1993 Christopher Vaudoisey, Clos Des Chenes, Volnay 1er, Burgundy.
I feel this wine was slightly tainted. The mustiness never blew off and to me was overpowering. The palate however was better, showing good length, acid, a lightness and good balance. I think this wine could have been much better. It was actually a lot fresher the next morning, however as I was not I didn’t try it.

2009 Pooley Pinot Noir, Coal River Valley Tasmania.
Pretty jammy, over ripe style Pinot. Not overly interesting but still enjoyed my glass.

2003 Seifried Reisling Ice Wine, Nelson , New Zealand
Possibly tainted, though better after air. Citrus, stone fruits, bit of spice and honey. Not as delicate as the previous bottle. Still drank though.

1983 Chateau Coutet, 1er cru Sauternes, Barsac.
Subtle nose of caramel, almonds, nuts, peaches and lemons. Perhaps slight taint on the nose. Flavours repeated on the palate which has a good sweetness and acid balance. Good but not mind blowing. Tainted.

2003 Chateau et de Gueules, Costieres de Nimes, France.
Pretty ordinary red. No notes not interested or interesting.

2008 Fontanafredda Langhe Nebbiolo, Piedmonte.
Pretty red fruits and some chocolate tones on the Nose. Slightly hot. Fresh red fruits, fairly low tannins, drinks more like a Pinot. A little simple and no real interest.

1990 Tyrrell’s Vat 6 Pinot Noir, Hunter Valley.
Again a great old Pinot. Took on weight and aromas over an hour. Earth was the dominant smell, aromas of spice, citrus, flowers and plums, mint and red stone fruit. Palate has a good acid, tannins and the peacock finish I often hear of and never experience. Flavors of dates, dried berries, steel, tart plums and citrus rind. Very good wine.

Wines of August 2013

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Wines of August

2000 Grossit Semillon Sav Blanc
Good quality cork. Nose was fairly typical for older Semillon, perhaps a touch more tropical. Aromas of lemon, lanolin and a touch grassy. Body took longer to fill out. At first it was weak and te acidity was sharp. Over half an hour it put on weight and added flavours of baked lemon tarts. Not overly complex but a decent enough wine.

2001 Arras Blanc de Blanc Sparkling white, Tasmania.
Tight, but rich wine filled with smells derived from lees and acidic lemon rind flavours. Creamy mouth feel and obvious but balanced dosage. Good length and powerful drive. Enjoyable, buy again, maybe.

Nv Piper-heidsieck Brut Champagne.
Very dry in comparison, less luxurious but nice slim line, with acid drive and creamy texture. Quite enjoyable though to me with the two side by side I felt more like the Arras. Perhaps more or a summer style.

2011 Domaine Des Amoureux Muscadet Suvre et Maine, Sur Lie.
Minerals with tropical fruit, crisp apple, orange rind on the nose. Palate tastes of almond and kiwi. And chalk. Nice wine, nice acid. $9 Dan Murphy

1995 Mount Avoca Shiraz.
Not much of this wine left. Oak, earth, dusty fruit. Cork slid out too easily. I remember this wine differently.

1985 St Leonards Late Harvest Semillon, Rutherglen
Fragrant nose of jasmine, peach, honey and spice. The palate has flavors of red grapefruit, blood orange and yellow citrus. To my tastes Extremely well balanced acidity which lightens the palate dramatically. Very enjoyable wine. I will do my best to pick up every bottle from this winery.

2008 Bouchard Pere & Fils Nuits-Saint-Georges, Burgundy
Cherry, musk, flowers, red berries, touch of sous bois. Nice sweet red fruit on top of slightly off balanced acidity. Nice wine probably wouldn’t buy again but would be happy drinking again.

1986 Tyrrell’s Pinot Noir, Hunter Valley
27 year old Hunter Pinot. Pretty good for a place that can’t make a Pinot. Whilst I don’t think additional age would improve it I don’t see it changing anytime soon. Puts on weight over the first half an hour and the weight adds silkiness. Complexity abounds in flavors that are hard to describe. Dried berries, earth, cured meats, pink flowers make up the bouquet. The acidic ad sweet palate entails flavors of Five spice and oyster sauce with pomegranate and cherry flesh. Decent length. Enjoyable wine. Certainly a buy again wine.

2009 Michel Bouchard Chablis
Nose of lemon and chalk, bit of wool. Nice acidic palate of lemon, with apricots and chalk. A Costco wine and like patterns have shown good value and a good example of Chablis. Nice balance tipped in favour of acid and minerals. Second day sharper citrus fruits and chalk.

1983 Weingut Forstmeister Geltz Erben Zilliken, Ockfener Bockstein Auslese, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer.
Lovely nose of Ginger, rich honey, flowers, banana and stone fruit. Good balance between sweetness and acidity, length began good but seems to fade with air and heat. Palate has Ginger, lime, peach and apricot with some bruised apples. Nice wine, good example and glad there are two more.

Wines of July 2013

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2007 Two Rivers Reserve Semillon, Hunter Valley
Good hunter Semillon, just touching on secondary characteristics and building weight. Flavour included lots of lemon, butter, bread, lanolin and mandarin. Acidity is as expected, ample, though well balanced and length is ample.

2011 Joh Jos Christoffel Erben, Urziger Wurzgarten Spatlese Rielsing, Mosel.
Nice gentle Riesling, slate, pears, lime on the nose, fairly fat with low acid. But just a pleasant drink.

2003 Jacob’s Creek Cabernet Sauvignon.
Decently balanced. Thick wine with aromas of berries, chocolate. Didn’t drink much. Not the wines fault.

1987 St Leonards Chenin Blanc Auslese
Fantastic little wine. From a 750ml. Smells of apricots, though dried, marmalade, almonds, touch of honey. There is a nice purity on the nose without much botrytis. Palate is light and balanced with apple juice flavors, stone fruit, almond, and nice subtle acidity melding with the sweetness so that neither is pronounced. Decent length with a touch of minerals like mineral water. Best wine in a long time. Glad I have 2 more.

2004 Mount Pierrepoint Pierrepoint Pinot Noir.
Jammy strawberry, touch of herbs, not huge complexity but pleasant and very primary. Pretty deep red colour with barely any bricking. Stewed plums, earth, cherry flesh and strawberries  relatively smooth texture and good length. Think it’d benefit from more time.

1997 Trimbach Reserve Personelle Pinot Gris, Alsace.
This bottle I believed to be flawed to a degree as the previous showed much better. Upon opening showed very sour almond like flavours, which over time subsided to a wine which whilst almonds and marzipan dominated the nose and palate was still alright to drink. Slight sweetness offset by acidity, fairly short. Fairly monolithic, let’s hope that this is not representative as I have 2 more.

2000 Heemskerk Cab sav, cab franc, Merlot. Tasmania.
Impressive! A Cab I am really enjoying. Pretty savory nose including underbrush, tobacco, tar, sweet red & black berries. Light to medium palate with plenty of drive and energy. Long palate with red current, tobacco and tar. Still prevalent tannins and obvious acid. Fruit grew over two hours.

2008 vintage cellars, chalkboard botrytis Semillon riverina.
Pretty nice aromas of apricots and peaches, honey. Ripe botrytis. Bit fat, but nice rich flavours. Good for $11.

1995 Chandon de Brialles, Ile de Vergelasses 1er Cru, Pernand-Vergelasses.
Took a little while to open up but gentle nose of high toned red fruit, every now and then additional smells of forest floor or minerals. Smooth and light bodied flavours of cherry and strawberries. Slightly unbalancing acid that some wouldn’t like, I don’t mind though. Not brilliant but certainly far from bad.

May 2013

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Wines of May 2013

1996 Kir Yianni Ramnista Xinomavro.
Good wine, very Nebbiolo-esque profile. Olives, strawberries, musk and salami nose. Savory palate reminsciant of a anti pasto plate. Strong acids, tannins and structure. Long length. Will save the second bottle for maybe 5-10 years. Could last 20 easy.

2002 Margan, Botrytis Semillon, Hunter Valley
Peach, coffee, toffee, lemon. To me it’s fully evolved, as suggested by the colour. Very pleasant. Quite persistent acid, which balances out the generous sugar.

1997 Tyrrell’s Reserve Belford Semillon, Hunter Valley.
Unbelievably young wine. I would place it blind around 4-5 years. This has at least another 15 years. Lemon, grapefruit, butter, bread, bit of lanolin, more on the palate than the nose. Sharp citrus rushes through but with a nice mouth feel and weight to carry it, this wine is very long. Explains the amount of trophies it has.

1995 Penfolds The Valleys, Clare and Eden Valleys Chardonnay, South Australia.
Hazelnut, cocoa, powdered coffee , almonds, saline, oak spice on the nose. Palate of lemons, macadamia, grapefruit and cashew and butter, mango pudding. Quite lengthy.xe Interesting wine. Makes me want oysters. Lucky. Very Moorish and enjoyable. First example of a real nutty Chardonnay.

2010 Chateau de Chenas, Fleurie, Beaujolais cru.
Red berries, minerals, chalk. Lovely wine. Nice and light, what I’d want from a Fleurie. Good acid, bright fruits, touch of tannin, easy.

Nv Santa Margherita Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore
Very acidic and fresh wine. Lemon, yeast, bread crust. Nice started that held up to a Pork and beef ragu.

2008 Castlerock Pinot Noir.
Jammy aromas, bit of undergrowth, bit of cherry, slight hollowness. Nice acidity and light weight. Not perfect but alright. Might leave the other a while longer.  Bit rough on the finish.

1993 McWilliams Mt Pleasant Semillon, Hunter Valley.
A bit past it’s best. Manderins and nutmeg on the nose, bit of lemon, lemon rind, pith perhaps yeast on the palate. Quite long. Think it was on it’s way out.

1987 Tyrrell’s Vat 9, Hunter River Dry Red (Syrah).
Pretty fresh for a 25yo. Not overly aromatic and probably would have improved with air. Nice dusty red berries, iron, plums and acidity. Mild smooth tannins and good weight. Still dense.

2010 Domaine Les Tours De Montmelas Beaujolais Villages.
Pretty good wine. Nice crunchy acid. Fresh fruit and minerals, length. That red berries mixed with tinned stone Fruit that beaujolais often has. Probably go with the Fleurie but not much in it.

1985 Vallet Freres, Gevrey Chambertin.
Forest floor, touch of barn yard, black berries, nutmeg, gingerbread, glace cherry, fur and animal scents on the nose. Acidic and tannic palate with cherry, plums and savory flavors running on the finish. 28 years and improving over 2 hours moving from savoury to fruity. Very young for its age. Reminds me of aged Barolo. Good buy.

April 2013

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2008 Wooing Tree, Pinot Noir. Central Otago. (clean skin at Terrey’s hill)
Milk chocolate, cherries, high toned red fruits, touch of acetone, hinting at alcohol heat on the nose. Quite light bodied on the palate, primary fruit still, touch of white tea and slightly disjointed acid. Still pretty nice wine all said and done. Much more aligned and primary second day. Plums, red berries, flowers.

2010 Pasquale, Passito, Waitaki Valley, Nz
Really odd wine made from dried grapes of Riesling. Aromas of a dry Riesling. Very hot. Interesting, but wouldn’t want more. 14.5%

2006 Chateau Michel Ballarin, Bordeaux Blanc Moelleux.
Odd wine. Kind of like a young semillon from the hunter. Touch of oak, reticent nose with nettles, lemon, sherbet and chalk. Body is well balanced but again very shy. Interesting wine.

2008, Michel Bouchard, Savigny Les Beaune.
Okay wine. Earthy, cherries chocolate nose. Sweet body with acid lightening the palate. Good intensity. Easy to drink, touch hot. Prob wouldn’t buy twice but did enjoy it.

Saiya ‘Yukinobosha’ Junmai-Ginjo, Yamahai. Good reminder to drink a lot more Saki

2011 Domaine Gerovassilou, PGI Epanomi, Greece.
Blend of Malagousia and Assyryiko. To me comes across as an Alsace or Nothern Italy blend.

2012 Lark Hill, Gruner Veltliner, Canberra.
One of the two biggest surprises of the evening. Very nice wine. Pears, spices and minerals. Good acid. Nice aromas and mouth feel.

2011 Marco de Bartoli ‘Sole e Vento’, IGP Sicilia, Italy.
Made from Grillo and Zibibbo. One of the grapes comes from the muscat families, the other high in acid. Interesting wine and awesome combination with the food.

2011 Chateau Hansen ‘Cabernet-Gernischt’, Wuhai Valley, China.
Carmanere from Mongolia. Pretty interesting wine. Bordeaux nose, earth, pencil, granite and plums, cherry. Really light and acidic body, more like burgundy. Enjoyable.

2005 Lopez de Heredia, Vina Cubillo Crianza, Rioja, Spain.
Very oaky nose, touch of vegetables and leaves. Oaky palate with berries. Sounds average but was pretty nice. I think air or age would calm the oak a little more.

2010 Royal Tokaji Wine Company ‘Late Harvest’, Tokaji, Hungary.
Nice desert wine. Good balance of sugar and acidity. Young drinker.

Mas Amiel ‘Prestige 15 Ans d’Age’ Vin Doux Naturel Oxydatif.
Grenache Noir based fortified. Interesting fortified but not my style.