March 2013

•May 24, 2013 • Leave a Comment

2009 Bouchard et al, 1er Montagne, Burgundy.
Nice wine, almonds, lemon, touch of banana, and oak spice on the nose. Gentle palate of creamy lemon and acidity, touch of calcium in the finish. Again a very different side of Chardonnay.

2001 Prince Albert Pinot Noir
Nice wine of strawberries, stewed red fruit and oak influenced flavours such as spice and chocolate. Very pleasant.

2010 Chateau La Rame, La Croix-du-Monte
Lovely desert wine. $18 a bottle. Bargain. Very much what I want when I buy an average sauternes, missing some of the acidity.

N.V. Dopff, Cremant D’Alsace Brut, Cuvee Julien, Alsace.
Nice, bright sparkler. Quite simple but refreshing.

2007 Lawsons Dry Hills Marlborough Gewürztraminer.
Interesting wine, classic gewurzt. Rose, musk, lichee, smoke, fresh stone fruit. Palate had Ginger, smoke, pear, minerals. Full bodied, slightly off dry, some acid, slightly harsh. Pretty good, in a difference sense and great with Thai.

2011 leoburing, medium dry Eden valley Riesling.
Quite tight on the nose. Chalky, lime, lemon pith. Nice style. Would rather a kabinett but for $19 I’d be pushing it.

1983 Weingut Milz Laurentiushof , Trittenheimer Leiterchen, Riesling Spatlese, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany.
Fresh Nose of pear, pineapple, jasmine, vanilla, wax, mandarin. tiny touch of cork taint, but considering the condition of the cork that’s brilliant. Sweetness is definitely balanced by clear acidity. Lemonade, bruised apple, granny smith, grapefruit and granite fill the palate. Lovely bodied wine. Absolutely worth every cent. Perfect pair with everything eaten, garlic prawns, smoked trout, fish pie. Wine opened up after short decant, Added stone fruits.

1998 Rosemount Estate Show Reserve Semillon, Hunter Valley.
Interesting wine that took a while to show. Lemons, butter, toast with vegimite. Good length, good energy, interesting tastes. Acidity would take it further but I would drink now.


January and February 2013

•May 24, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Germany Summer of Riesling Tasting include two 80’s goldkapsule joh Jos Prums and a spectacular 1976 Trockenbeeren auslese.

2005 Leo Buring, Clare Valley Riesling, Cellar Release
Pretty simple Riesling, not bad, not interesting, wouldn’t buy more. Odd sparkle

1997 Josmeyer Le Kottabe, Riesling, Alsace.
Touch of cork taint, that seems to subside with time. Otherwise quite a nice representative of Alsatian wine. Dryer than Germany, yet still definite acidity. Lemon, smoke, honey, spicy nose. Full body, Good length of acidic grapefruit, honey and minerals. Much more interesting than most Aussies.

NV Duperrey, brut, Premier Cru, Champagne.
Very mineral driven, young tasting wine. Lemon, biscuit, sandy soils combine to make an enjoyable beginning to a nice night.

1983 Hugel Gewerztraminer, Vendange Tardive, Alsace.
As gorgeous as the previous bottle. Beautiful bouquet of lychee, tea, flowers, smoke and ripe fruit. Gentler palate, quite smooth, subtle acidity and good but not obvious length. Glad I have three more. No rush to drink.

1978 Tyrrells, Semillon Sauternes, Hunter Valley.
Special bottle opened by Russel, skyes dad. Cellared since new. Odd nose, slight coffee, raisins, mango, smooth acidic palate, good mouth feel, tastes of browned sugar, orange rind, and raisins. Nice finish to a night of whites. Honored to try this wine.

1999 Dominique Laurent, 1er les Santanot, Volnay.
Red fruit, plum, licorice, feijoa, touch of earth, forest floor, oak spice nose. beautiful volnay body, smooth, floaty with drive and persistence. Firm finish with gentle tannins and acid. Pretty nice wine, though showing very young. I imagine would peak at 20 years hopefully would gain more earthy complexity. Showing as the terrior would predict sensual texture over complexity.

2009 Domaine Wachau, Gruner Veltliner, Austria.
Pretty plain. Cross between Riesling and Chardonnay with some radish pepper. Nothing wrong, yet nothing exciting.

2005 Guigal, Cotes du Rhone.
Took a while to open up but when it did it threw off the tight flavours of olives and meat and a lovely blue berry and black berry note took off, a touch of lavender, some herbs and acetate on the edge. Palate was smooth, nice acid, a tad short, but for $20 or so a joke. It’s costs a lot to get this is Aus.

2012 Pizzini Rosetto, king valley.
Peaches, mandarin, lemons, strawberry, fresh. Pretty cruisy.

Don’s Riesling and Shiraz tasting

December 2012

•May 24, 2013 • Leave a Comment

German Riesling and Rioja Tasting

2009 Ivanhoe Chardonnay, hunter valley.
Interesting wine. More like a viogner. Nutty, leesy nose, lemon, cashew almost saline. Quite enjoyable if far from varietally typical.

2009 Antichello Soave
Odd wine, almond, nutty, glue, good texture, very little touch of acidity.

Wine Dinner…

1996 Tamar Ridge, josef chromy selections, Blanc de Noirs, Tassie.
Dark flavours, burnt biscuits, touch of cherry, lemon. Good.

Nv Dopff, Cremant D’Alsace, Cuvee Julien
Refreshing, great for summer, too bubbly for me.

2007 Brokenwood, Forest Edge Vineyard, Chardonnay, Orange.
My choice of pair. Great nose, acidity and length. Tight but rich.

2007 Vasse Felix, Heytesbury, Chardonnay, Margaret River.
Underwhelming, perhaps tainted.

1997 Trimbach, Reserve Personnelle, Pinot Gris, Alsace.
Great wine. Over shadowed though. Nice acidity, length, nose of pineapples, pears, peach.

1983 Trimbach, vendange tardive, Gewürztraminer, Alsace.
White of my night. Lychee, smoke, spice, white tea, nice length, acidity, not cloying, great balance, tropical fruits.

1990 Marinot Verdun, Cave a Mazenay, Mercurey, Burgundy.
Best of the pair.
Pomegranate, strawberry, mushroom, earth, blood orange, red sherbet. Great acidity. My red of choice tonight. Biggest regret… Not buying a dozen. 2nd… Sharing.

1990 Denis Philibert, Bourgogne, Hautes-Cotes de Nuits
Good as last bottle. Darker flavours cherry, berry, soy. Not as good as the mercurey but still a pleasure. Shame it’s my last.

1980 Lindemans, Limestone Ridge, Shiraz cabinet, Coonawarra.
Great wine, aromas flowed out the decanter. Plums, leather, bacon, berries, currents, dark citrus. Really well integrated and balanced. Any Shiraz lover would certainly have this as wine of the night. Could last another 15.

1991 Lindemans, limestone ridge, cab/Shiraz
Good wine, unfortunate to be up next to the 1980. Similar flavours but a little muted. Perhaps tainted?

2000 Brickman, Late Harvest Semillon, Hunter Valley
Perhaps tainted or just over hill. Not much aromatically, bit of funk. Lemony body.

2002 Chateau La Rame, Sainte-Croix-du-Mont, Bordeaux
Very good. Showing young. Mint, tropical fruit, honey. Decent acid. Could have a long life if left alone.

1991 Moorilla, cabinet sauvignon, Tasmania.
Whilst quite complex on the nose, simple over powering. Felt like I needed to chew it. Not a fan but most were.

1999 Charles Simicky, the signature Shiraz, Coonawarra.
Uninteresting, again thick. Didn’t find it interesting enough to finish my glass. Again most loved it.

1985 Meerlust Pinot Noir, Stellenbosch, South Africa.
Nose of smoked lamb, choc, berries, hot. Smoked meats, charcuterie, plums, interesting spice, oak on the finish. Must have been a brutal pinot when young, more like a Shiraz or Australian Pinot. Probably past it’s best but an interesting wine none-the-less.

2009 La Vieille Ferme, Cotes du Ventoux, Rhone.
This rose didn’t have much of nose, touch of apples, spice and plum. Fairly typical rose mouth. Enjoyable but not memorable.

2007 Penfolds, Bin 51, Eden Valley Riesling.
Fruity, touch of aged character. Fairly simple but enjoyable.

2006 Araldica Barolo
Cherry, tobacco, orange rind, tar with similar flavours on the tannic and acidic palate. Still good value even if far from subtle. With three hours of decanting fantastic lavender aromas burst forth, the palate tones down and becomes smoother. Still buckets of acid.

1996 Primo Palatum, Bordeaux.
Barnyard, plum, blackberry, tobacco. Bit fat but well integrated, some acidity, some smooth tannins. I imagine most cabernet drinkers would love this.

N.v. Janz sparkling
As good as always. Yeasty, bread, lemon. Good value.

November 2012 – Quiet One

•May 24, 2013 • Leave a Comment

2002 Pierrot LTC
Nice well integrated wine. Grassy, lemon, floral, custard, wooly nice acid streak. Extremely pleasant.

2007 Penfolds Bin 51 Eden Valley Riesling.
Lemon, passionfruit, orange or mandarin on the nose quite sweet. Touch of minerality. Nice for summer. Definite chalky-ness, mandarin, lemon, good length, not as acid tight as others, but not worse for it. Not rated well but I find it enjoyable as a fruity expression of Eden.

Wines of October

•October 30, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Wines of October
2009 Ivanhoe chambourcin.
Nice plummy, pepper, blackberry nose. Fruity mouth, little acid. Nice simple drinking.

2007 Tabilk Marsanne
Good as last time. Certainly recommended.

2005 Nicholson River Cabernet merlot.
Rich dark nose of brambles, smoke, tobacco and red berries. Smooth, big mouth of blackberry, earth, licorice. Some acid, smooth tannins. Nice wine in a bigger style than I like generally. I feel it’s at it’s peak.

2009 Domaine du Prieure Saint Romain, Moulin-a-vent.
Always a nice little wine. Nose of pear, cherry, chalk, bit of chocolate, fridge. Nose dramatically shifts with temp. Nice acid, chalk, strawberry, canned peach.

1991 Bass Phillip Premium Pinot Noir. 
Came out quite orange and picked up a bit of colour with time. Nose of coffee, citrus, earth, black berry, almost a minty edge, touch of oak, choc, spice, smoke. Odd sour cherries, blackberry, some sweetness then, tobacco, coffee, caramel. Long length, tannins and plenty of acid. Time adds more fruit. Cherries, strawberries. Very pleasant wine, happy to enjoy it. Love the acid the most. Would recommend drinking in the near future. One the my Favourite pinots I’ve had.

2005 jamieson run cab Shiraz merlot.
Nice well rounded wine. Bit big, but nice flavours.

2010 Innocent Bystander Pinot Rose.
Nice wine. Flavours match the colour. Fruit of light pink with an orange touch. Citrus, flowers, strawberries, rose water, tomatoes and vines. Nice acid. Easy to drink, with or without thinking.

2009 Christophe Cordier, Vielles Vigne Morgan, Cote du Py
Blackberry, strawberry and chalk on the nose, tart, cherry driven palate, bit dark o the finish.

Wines of September

•October 30, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Wines of September

1984 De Bortoli Sauternes (Noble One), Botrytis Semillon.
Definitely full bodied. Nose of coffee beans, burnt sugar, citrus rind, smoke, apricot. Decent acid. Led by peach jam, coffee flavoring, toffee really interesting palate that develops and changes over time.

2003 Seifried, Nelson, Riesling Ice Wine.
Beautiful acid run and tremendous length on a light bodied wine. Aromas of white flowers, fresh peach, wax, slight petrol. Apricots, peach, sweet acidity, really long acidity, rinds, honey. Expected minerality but couldn’t taste it. Fantastic wine.

1983 Chateau De Fargues, Sauternes
Gone, corky, smells like it would have been interesting. Hints of fruits and almonds. Gone.

2006 Charles Henri Bourguignon, Le Manoir des Demoiselles, Bourgogne Rouge.
On the edge. Slight musty ware house smell, rose petals, slight canned peach, slight cherry, slight spice. Smooth fully resolved palate. Slight acid, earthy, something like dried strawberries, slight taste I associate with a dead Red. Two hours later, much more fragrant, cherries, still a touch of brown but much fresher.

2008 Araldica ‘Flori’ Barolo.
Interesting nose, balsamic, musk, cherry, orange, bit of VA, sometimes oaky. Rather tannic, plum fruit, five spice, cherry, licorice. A bit plump for my preferences. Still an interesting wine.

2008 Castlerock Pinot Noir.
Raspberry leaf, raspberry, strawberry and red cherry nose, slight spice on the nose. Slightly over ripe nose leads to quite relaxed palate of strawberry leading in a decent acidity particularly for Australia. Touch of tannins. Bit simple but not at all bad.

2009 Bourillon Dorleans, Vouvray Sec, Vielles Vigne.
Odd nose, almond, vanillin, almost like oak, but I’m not sure it is, something zingy on the nose, perhaps like lemonade fruit or finger lime. The off dry element adds body to what is a sharp acidic palate. Again flavours of almond, lemonade, something almost minty. Pretty good, quite subtle, would buy again.

2009 La Zona Savagnin.
Nice wine. Reminds me of chardonnay, mixed with sav blanc. Nose of tropical fruits, pineapple, peaches, apricots, touch of wool. Lemon, chalk, pineapple, apricot. Good acidity, length. Bottle says to drink young, I think there’s a couple more years in it, easy.

Wines of August

•September 1, 2012 • Leave a Comment

2004 Prince Albert, Geelong Pinot Noir.
Very enjoyable, if short lived in the glass. Potpourri nose, with chocolate and cherries, dusty road, and slight iron. Sweet fruit, dried strawberries, cherries, and iron finish. Glad I have more.

2010 Louis Latour, Macon-Villages, Chameroy.
Quite oaky nose, those underlying aromas of lemon curd, ripe stone fruits, perhaps a touch of mineral. The chalky mouth is led by a definite acidic streak that runs onto decent length of citrus. Better Chardonnay for $16… Would be hard to find.

2010 Domaine Des Amoureux, muscadet ‘sur lie’
The kind of light, non intense, picnic wine australia doesnt make Chalky, apples, pears,’, peach. Gentle minerally mouth with lemon acidity, decent length. Would be great with seafood.

2009 Louis Latour, Macon Village, Chameroy.
Lovely chalk, peaches, apples, banana, mix with apricots and citrus acidity. Lovely wine, probably a step up from the 2010. Will buy more.

1998 Taylors St Andrews Shiraz
Tobacco, mulberry, chocolate, spice. Rich, smooth, beautifully integrated, good length. Don’t like wines this big often but this is a high quality wine.

2003 Ciabot Berton, Barolo.
Cherry, balsamico, petals, resin quite a lot of depth on the nose. High energy palate, lots of concentration, acids, long, definite tannins. Powerful drive, cherry, earth, tobacco, rose water, burnt orange rind. Pretty enjoyable, though I don’t think it’s ready. 1.5 hours air makes it much more approachable, softer rounder, but still with that cut.

2001 Prince Albert, Pinot Noir.
Rhubarb, earth, strawberries, and sweet spice on the nose. Silky but Short palate. Nice acid and strawberries and dusty road on the palate. Good value, though more body would be good.

2007 Tahbilk Marsanne 
Nice wine. Very semillon-esque but with less harshness. Toast, honey, lanolin, flowers and passionfruit. Lemon, passionfruit, chalk, honey on the smooth, yet acidic palate. Acid isn’t overly strong but is definitely present as is length.

1996 Domaine Du Columbier, Yves Loiseau, Chinon
Long gone! Shame.

2007 Ventisquero Queulat, Gran Reserva, Carmanere. Chile.
Interesting wine. Blackberry, spice, roast meat on the nose. Palate doesn’t really back up to the nose. Very savoury, dark fruits like plum, blackberry, boysenberry, tobacco and oak. Intergrated tannins, slight acid. Too big for my preference.

2009 White Haven, Pinot Gris, Marlborough.
Nice textured wine. Pear, green apple, almond, chalk on the nose, slight hear. Very textural and quite acidic palate. Flavors of lemon, mandarin, crisp ripe apple, perhaps almond. Decent length. Don’t know Id buy more but am certainly enjoying it. Second day tastes of canned pineapple.