5th February 2010
||Glaymond Distinction Shiraz 2004, Barossa Valley
~$95. The top selection of Damien Tscharke's lineup of gob-smacking
fruit-driven wines which remains my #1 recommendation if you're
looking for wines that will punch you silly. The 2004 is a step-down
from the amazing 2005 release but is nonetheless a head-turner. This
wine has a shiny, black purple hue and exudes blueberry and violet
aromas accompanied by a hint of bacon, liquorice and pepper. Equally
enticing is the sense of the finesse and restrained strength within.
I think that this is still coming together at present, give it 3-4
years then drink over the next 15+ years. 94-95/100.
8th February 2010
||R Wines Strong Arms Shiraz
2008, Barossa Valley
~$15. Made by the famed Chris Ringland, the Strong Arms shiraz
offers top-notch value for money if you need the spare change. Sweet
blackberry dominates the aroma profile with a softer cedar-like edge
to round it up. Lush, straight-forward blackberry fruit sweeps the
palate. Drink over the next 3-5 years. 89/100.
10th February 2010
Tatiarra Culled Barrel Shiraz 2008, Heathcote VIC, Australia
$25. There is more 2008 on offer than ever before Ben Riggs
stringently declassified 70% of barrels for the other Tatiarra labels.
Purple black colour, not the darkest with some translucency. Notes of
blackberry liquorice and raspberry pastel with a hint of spicy oak. Good
weight in the mouth of dark berry fruit and plum with dusty, fine ground
tannins. Gives a sense of a warm red earth in summer heat. Drink over next
3-5 years. Good value. 89/100.
||Tatiarra Cambrian Shiraz
2008, Heathcote VIC, Australia
$40. Inky black colour with a dark ruby edge. Enticing
black cherry, purple flower and sweet spice aromas with a hint of
anise and heated iron filings. This is warmer than the Culled
Barrel. Dense, textured cotton-like structure with blackberry
liquorice and blackpepper flavours the most out-standing. This
robust wine is very much approachable right now (with the standard
decant). The tannins are well-integrated and are a mere afterthought
as you go through the bottle in a single sitting. Drink 7-12 years.
I think of grilled, juicy lamb chops with artichoke flower and
zucchini salad. 92/100.
||Tatiarra Caravan of Dreams
Shiraz 2008, Heathcote VIC, Australia
$60. There is no Trademark release for 2008 as the McLaren Vale
component was deemed not up to scratch. There are about 200 cases of
the Caravan for 2008. Pitch-black core with a crimson edge, notes of
crème de mure, loads of dark berries and a hint of vanilla. A
stirred soup pot of dark cherry, ripening blackberries with a
generous dash of blackpepper on the finish. The tannins are happy to
sit back to lend support and drag out the aftertaste just that
little bit more. Drink now till 2025. 95/100.
13th February 2010: Chinese New Year Eve dinner
Krug Brut Grande Cuvee NV
The delicious Krug Grande Cuvee is an example of powerful, complex
flavours in balance with elegance and finesse. Notes of spicy pear and
minerals. 90-91/100. Tasted Jan 2010.
Domaine des Perdrix Echezeaux Grand Cru 2003
No tasting notes written. 93/100. Tasted Jan 2010.
20th February 2010
The following wines were purchased and consumed at Denise,
Max Ferdinand Richter Brauneberger Juffer Kabinett 2008
SGD$43. Lime blossom, mandarin citrus and warm talc dryness on the
upper mid-palate. Sweet honey candied orange with hints of ripe pineapple.
Nice easy drink. 90-91/100. Tasted Feb 2010.
Louis Lequin Santenay 2006 Premier Cru La Comme
SGD$35, half bottle. Soft rounded oaked nose of hot dark berries
and over-ripened cherries after a bout of torrential rain. A linear palate
profile of spicy cherry, hint of nutmeg and raw coffee bean tannins. 87/100.
Tasted Feb 2010.
Louis Lequin Santenay 2006 Premier Cru Clos Rousseau
SGD$35, half bottle. Notes of soft cherry oak with peppered dark red
currants. Ripe spicy plum and cherry flavours with raw tannins that require
quite a bit of polishing up. Lacks spirit. 86/100. Tasted Feb 2010.
27th February 2010
Chapoutier La Ciboise Coteaux du Tricastin 2006
A lively blend of 60% grenache, 30% syrah and 10% carignan + mourvèdre.
Zippy notes of cherries and plums with a slight perfume of sweet brush
spices. A tasty fruit-forward wine, the soft tannins with a slight
bitterness of plum skin makes this ideal for a lamb chop BBQ or mandarin
duck on a day with a cool breeze. Drink NOW. 87/100. Tasted Feb 2010.
Chapoutier Belleruche Cote du Rhone 2007
Fruit comes from 4 departments on sites with distinct soil profiles. An
80-20 blend of grenache and syrah. A heady nose of dark-red fruit, crushed
Morello cherries with sweet baby spring onions. Spirited burst of cherry and
raspberry liquorice flavours with a pinch of pepper. Sand-smoothened
tannines impart a fine finish to this robust wine. Drink over the next 3-5
years. 89/100. Tasted Feb 2010.