8th Jan 2011
La Spinetta Biancospino 2009 Moscato d'Asti,
Piedmont, ItalyLovely lychee aromas with sweet floral notes and uplifting spices.
Med-bodied fizzy wine with robust body and rich fruity flavours. Undoubtedly
a crowd pleaser. 91+/100.Share
Sine Qua Non Whisperin' E 2002, Central Coast,
CA, USAA blend of Roussanne (50%), Viognier (31%) and Chardonnay (19%).
Only 524 cases made. Lovely gold, lemon colour with intense dill-preserved
lemon and honeysuckle, beeswax, lanolin seed and gasoline aromas. An oily
texture for this rich, powerful wine with intense lemon rind flavours,
almond husks and hazelnuts. Long, long finish. Fully developed, drink now.
Perfect with lobster bisque. 95/100.Share
Vineyards Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard 2007, Santa Lucia Highlands,
Monterey, Central Coast, CA, USA
Only 100 cases made. Youthful aromas of black
cherry, blueberry, freshly baked rosemary focaccia and thyme. Dry,
full-bodied pinot with silky texture, med acidity, 14.5% alc. Rich,
dark berry fruit flavours with hints of roasted herbs and glazed pan
bottoms. Long finish. Drink now - 2020. 95/100.Share
Domaine Roger Perrin Chateauneuf du Pape 2008, Rhone, France
Definitely a wine to be had with food. Med+
dark ruby colour. Blackcurrants, hint of roasted herbs and white
pepper. Dry, full-bodied wine with sappy tannins, rich black berry
fruit with Kalamata black olive. 14.5% alc. Good with roast prime
Vieille Ferme Cote du Ventoux 2008, Rhone, France
This is an entry level wine from the
Beaucastel stable that has expanded to offer regional wines. Grown
on the high slopes of Mont Ventoux. Another wine made for food, this
is a medium bodied wine with ripe berry fruit flavours and hints of
herb and pepper. 13.5% alc. Good with roast turkey. Drink now.
16th Jan 2011
Spinifex Lola 2008, Barossa Valley, SA
Pale golden colour with tinge of green lemon. Uplifting
wafts of ripe lemon syrup, crushed grass, hints of cooked flour, dry
bay leaf and minerality Rich flavours, ripe lemon juice, hint of
pepper and crushed granite rock. A waxy texture on the mid-palate.
Long finish. A good companion for salt-baked sea bass. Drink now.
Houghton Wisdom Riesling 2008, Great Western, WA
Pale lemon colour, a developing nose with aromas of
squashed ripe kumquat, lime spritz and waxy lemon skin. Ripe lemon
lime flavours with steely minerality, bitterness of lemon pith at
the end. Rather short finish. Drink now. 87/100.
Gotham Shiraz 2009, McLaren Vale, SA
Intense black ruby colour. Deep brooding aromas of black
cherry, fennel, hint of eucalypt and damp toasted oak. Smooth velvet
texture, full-bodied with loads of spice, joocey ripe tannins, 14.9%
alc, flavours of black cherry and black plums. The fruit fades out
softly on the finish, this is a well-made wine. Drink now - 2018.
Cims de Porrera 'Especial Carinyena' 1998, Priorat, Spain80-year old Carignan vines cropped at 0.5tons per acre. My penultimate bottle,
opened 24hrs prior to drinking. Deep black colour with a slight watery ruby
rim and fine legs. A seamless nose unveils a developed wine with notes of
fresh blackberry and blueberry, hints of minerality and leather strapping.
Dry, full-bodied wine, rich concentration of black berry fruits with spicy
plum, soothing tannins and a long, black peppery finish. This is basking in
its full glory currently, drink now but could go for 3-5 more years. 92/100.
Cims de Porrera Classic 1999, Priorat, SpainThe last of my bottles and I've not been disappointed at how this
has developed, always an enjoyment to drink. Intense dark ruby colour with a
lighter rim. Clean, developed nose of blackberry fruit and a hint of
menthol. Dry, full-bodied wine with high acidity. Plush texture with rich,
ripe blackberry fruit and berry stew flavours. Long sappy finish with the
fruit lingering for ages. Drink over the next 3-5 years. 92/100.
22nd Jan 2011
Chateau de Fesles Chenin Sec 2006, Anjou,
Loire Valley, France
$25 from Randall's. Pale lemon colour, this lovely number exudes smoky ripe
lemon and soft apple florals along with medium-bodied fruit flavours. Great
for miso-baked snowfish or lobster salad with foiegras foam dressing. Drink
Saint Clair Block #4 Sawcut Sauvignon Blanc
$30 from Cloudwine. Clear lemon colour with green tinge. Trails of fine legs on
the glass, with a clean, developing nose of grassy passionfruit. A crisp
weighty wine in the mouth, there's loads of passionfruit and ripe grapefruit
flavours with a hint of yellow capsicum. Drink now. 90/100.
Saint Clair Block #8 Friar's Sauvignon Blanc
$30 from Cloudwine. Pale lemon colour, lighter than the Block 4. A more subdued
nose as well, the passionfruit is not as intense as in the Block 4. More shy
and fragile, with a hint of crushed lime powder. Light-weight in feel but
with ripe passionfruit and lime flavours. Long finish. Drink now. 91/100.
Jean-Claude Lapalu Brouilly Cuvee Vielles
Vignes 2009, Rhone, France
$42 from Prince Wine Store. Brouilly is
in the 69th department - Rhone. Clear black ruby core with a
purplish rim. Clean, youthful wafts of strawberry oil and cherry stalks with
a hint of herb bouquet. Dry, med+-bodied wine with bright fresh fruit
flavours. Young and crisp, perfect with lamb rosemary sausages. Drink now -
Coolangatta Estate Tannat 2009, Shoalhaven
A present from Kryss Barkus, RRP $35. Intense opaque black/purple colour. A sullen, brooding perfume of
savoury blackberry with hints of anise and sweet peppercorns. dry,
med+-full-bodied wine, 14% alc, soft chalky tannins envelope the mouth in a
gentle manner. Nice blackberry flavours with a hint of sweet cocoa in the
corners. Not overly ripe, I would be interested to know if new oak treatment
could enhance this. Drink now. 90/100.
Gotham Reserve Shiraz 2008, McLaren Vale, SA
Purchased from getwinesdirect Dense jet-black purple that stains the glass,
deep blackberry stew and plum aromas with a hint of sweet oak. Dry,
full-bodied wine, loads of fresh young acid and weighing in at 15% alc. Rich
ripe black berry fruit flavours with plum skins to even off the end. Very
nice effort, though a simple wine. Drink now - 2017. 91/100.
Schloss-Lieser Lieser Niederberg Helden
Riesling Auslese 2008, Mosel, Germany
Purchased from Eurocentric. Clear, pale lemon gold colour. Smells of an
arctic freezer uni, reminds me of the pineapple bits picked out from a
sweet-sour pork dish. There is a hint of apricot kernels, concentrated
fruity florals. A youthful, rich palate that is surprisingly uplifting with
the acidity striking up a harmonious partnership with the sweetness. 7% alc.
Akin to a baby Sauternes due to the apricoty sugary texture, it's surprising
that noble rot paid no contribution to the crafting of this wine. This is
one to put your bets on lasting for the next 20 years, but I love my
Rieslings young. 94/100.
27th Jan 2011
Crawford River Young Vines Riesling 2010, VIC
$26. Pale yellow-gold colour with clean young floral aromas of
concentrated lime juice, crushed lime leaf and a smattering of minerality.
High acidity, 13.5% alc, rich lively lemon and lime flavours dart about the
mouth with a hint of lemon pith on the end. Long fruity finish. Drink now.
Monsters Attack by Some Young Punks Riesling
2010, Clare Valley
$24. Pale colour with clean fresh aromas of lemon fruit. Lovely
ripe fruity flavours with a hint of pineapple juice even. A somewhat short
but clean finish. Great accompaniment for a picnic of cucumber, egg and tuna
sandwiches. Drink now. 87-88/100.
Pettavel Evening Star Late Harvest Riesling
A simple, easy to drink luscious sweet wine that exudes flavours of
peach, pink guava and pineapple flavours with a hint of extremely ripe