The Miscellany Numbering system has been wacky. 1, ii, 3, 4, 5, 6, iii, iv, 11, vii, xxii.
As this is the 12th in the sequence lets call it xii.
2014 Olivers Taranga Fiano: Tired of Sauvignon Blanc? This is the variety for you. Expect to see more of its freshness, waxy fruits and texture. Interesting to see if these age, but as an early call – don’t. Drink them young and fresh. I have the ’15 to look at now too.
2005 Clos du Clocher: Pomerol, Merlot Cabernet France About $50 on release from memory. Black tealeaf cedar and blackcurrants. Fully mature. Drink now and enjoy.
2011 Sobrero Barbera la Pichitera: This bottle seemed stripped – all chemically acids, and only the trace of rosepetal and fruit under neath. Ignore. Read my earlier review.
2009 Felton Road Bannockburn Pinot Noir: Like the 2008, this is moving along very slowly. Ripe black fruits, ample tannins, malty wafts, might be oak.
Three bottles of this in the past month or so, with consistent results.
Light red cherries and wood spices. Lightly bodied, initially austere, smoke, pencils and red cherries, minerals, but opens up nicely after 3 or 4 hours. Red berries on the palate, amply bodied, lovely purity of fruit with some sap and minerals on the finish. Good length. Not especially exciting, but cannot be faulted for that; it is what it is. 86 BCP. Cork. 13.5% abv. Drink 2015-2020+
I opened this last night, and between us writers and the two or three people who read this site, I thought this was hideous.
24 hours later things have changed, and Mattinsons review on winefront is pretty right – savoury twiggy stuff, undergrowth and compost, almond skins with raspberry perfume trying to edge through and make this pretty. Almost works, and there are things to like about this wine. But I woudlnt choose this out of a lineup I suspect.
Curly flat has something of a reputation, and yet I’ve never bought or consumed many of them. This one popped up in the mixed case that has underpinned all the pinot noir reviews here of late.
It has a bit in common with its Macedon compatriot Bindi. Fruit driven, airy white pepper and spice, delicately tannic, quietly pleasurable. The 14% alcohol was a surprise and it shows in a good way in the slippery texture. Balanced for drinking now, although I suspect age well help this gain some complexity.
Burgundy analogs are a bit pointless, but if you must, think Chambolle.
I expect 89 BCP is not a fashionable score for this wine, but there it is.
This is made from de-classified ‘Old Vine’ Grenache fruit, from a vineyard in the Greenock sub-region of the Barossa Valley. 100 year old vines, each varietal fermented separately and given a shorter elevage in oak. The focus is on the fruit.
Spice and juiciness, red fruits. The spices are a bit exotic, five spice and mace more than cinnamon and cloves, and the fruits are more raspberries than cherries. But all that at the same time. Sweet fruit on the palate, still a bit raw and angry, slightly chewy tannins; but it is really the fruits that shines. Needs another year perhaps, or to be the second bottle of the evening, though I do encourage you all to drink responsibly. 14.6% abv, Drink 2016+. Screwcap. $28ish. 86 BCP.
From the Private Bin Red Tasting dozen. This is an excellent way of getting a handle of the various reds they produce and the vintage in general. BTB, 2014 is looking like a very good one, so back up the truck.
A bright red in colour. Raspberries and a touch of musk and vanilla, beautiful expressive fruits. On the palate, raspberry and red cherry fruits; quite tangy too, with gorgeous fine tannins and excellent length. Quite elemental, but it has such purity that I can only see it getting better with time. Solid as a rock the next day too. On the basis of this, I should be getting some more of this wine. Screw cap. 14.2% abv. $30. Drink 2015-2024+. 91++ BCP.
I have a feeling that if it weren’t for the existence of Vietti, this label would be the Book Club house Barbera.
Salted dutch licorice and blackcurrant pastille. Glossy and smooth as it glides by, showing blueberry fruit, and a waft of tomato acid, and then some fairly drying tannin – perhaps this was at its best a year or two ago, and for now it needs food. Like so many of its breed its not hugely complex here, but its great fruit, great fun and very pleasant to drink. A nice demonstration of how to do a warm climate style. 14.0% ABV. Drink up. 87 BCP (and would have been higher when younger).
My last bottle.
These have been all over the place thanks to the white burgundy premox plague. But not this bottle – this is singing.
It looks right – pale gold. it smells right – lightly honeyed cashew nougat, lime rind, white flowers.
And wow it tastes right, Still full of energy. Grapefruit pith front palate full of zing. Spring honey drenched citrus still full of power, inner mouth perfume. Creamy nougat. Grapefruit. Cumquat. Has opened beautifully in its middle age to show some butterscotch character.
Mouthfilling and strong. Dense, intense and large.
Opened to accompany cauliflower and truffle soup – for which its perfect.
Brilliant – based on this showing drink now to 2020. 95 BCP.
At 6 years if age, this is evolving. Ripe orange and pineapple, and some winemaking work on show here. Honey and woolfat of secondary development works nicely, and acids are well resolved now, making this a big, flavoursome, one glass wine.
This does well for being open 24 hours, and it settles a bit.
I’ve had three bottles of this wine in the past three weeks, the first on a cool and blustery day, a day when you need something with a bit more stuffing, and it was sloshed into a decanter around lunch time. This day is similar, mild but without the bluster, and the wine in front of me in the leftover portion from last night.
A warm spicy nose, backed by plums and black earth, black cherries, some vanilla and nougat-y sweetness. A big palate, a rush of fruits and spice and wood, with big grainy tannins, nutty and fullsome, with a dry finish. And just a touch of heat if I was to be critical. A bulky full bodied and full flavoured wine. Vinfanticide to be drinking it now, but sometime I like to try a wine when it still an absolute pup. 14.5% abv. Sealed under screwcap. Drink 2020+. Excellent for what it is. 92 BCP.
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