2002 Castagna Genesis

Phwoar, this is good. castagna-genesis-2002

And it has evolved nicely too, its plateau has been a lot longer than expected.  Bright and vibrant still – Red cherry and plum skins, spice and white pepper dusted, redcurrant type acids.  Well resolved now and showing some secondary characters, but still fruit driven and plenty of energy about it.  This just flows beautifully, and the small viognier addition does exactly what it is supposed to in giving it a little lift and brightness. This is on a long slow peak, drink now, or it could hold on for goodness knows how long.

World class Syrah.  94 BCP.

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2005 Seppelt St Peters Shiraz

seppelt_stpeters_shirazThe last vintage I bought before my attitude towards whichever corporate owner at the time started letting the accountants loose on Seppelt.

Deep red, and has the undergrowthy smell these seem to get with some age, although this vintage doesn’t carry the heavy wintergreen like elements of some others.  Starting to show its leather and cola characters in its silty rich frame and leave its forest berry and red licorice behind.  Nice lines here, and has enough fine tannin structure to go a little while more.  I like it.  90 BCP.

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2010 Epis Pinot Noir

epis-pinot-noirTranslucent garnet, and it smells of red things – fresh raspberry, rhubarb, salted with strawberry and cream,   laid across its fine bones.  At 6 years of age secondary development has been very good to this – glossy and full textured, still some sappiness, but more soy and forest floor. With time this becomes a little black berry.  Silky forest berries, spicy mid palate, with subtle fine acids and tannins in support as this goes strawberry and cream again on the back palate. Lush and expansive back palate, this has unfurled very nicely and drinking well now.  Should remain balanced as it evolves over time too.  92 BCP.

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2013 Greystone Pinot Noir

greystone-pinot-noirGreystone and Muddy Water now share the same cellar door.  Sign of the times – things aren’t so easy in Waipara.  But that hasnt stopped Greystone making a tidy wine.

Healthy dark cherry colour,  meaty and cake spicy, full ripe cherries.   Lush and round fruit, tannins and acids in a nice place.  So comfortable in its new world shoes.  Touched by some classy wood and perhaps some stems, sticking out just a bit, but nothing to of balance here.  Very tidy.  Tick.  90 BCP.

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2010 AJ Adam Dhroner Hofberg Kabinett

weingut-a-j-adam-dhroner-hofberg-riesling-kabinett-mosel-germany-10634877 In the universe of German Riesling there are makers who produce delicate, subtle nuanced wines, and there are those who make power (for riesling, anyway) packages.  This is the latter.

From a vintage that was both ripe and rippling with acidity, 6 years have added depth and richness to a slatey sulphured lime rind and apricot nose, this must be borderline spatlese.  Juicy, pithy orange, slatey goodness, and a chord of acid that rings like a bell to bring in a juicy lipsmacking finish.  High class stuff that still has years ahead of it.  Outstanding. 93 BCP.

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2013 The Islander Estate “Old Rowley” Shiraz Grenache

2013_the_islander_estate_old_rowley_shiraz_grenacheI think I have reviewed this before, but will do so again as I’m quite taken with this wine. Shiraz Grenache from Kangaroo island, which shows its cooler climate in a more elegant version of this blend than many.  Nicely medium bodied, dark brambly forest berries and glossy cherries, now showing some olive tapenade over a nicely structured tannin frame,  that all flows very nicely and is well proportioned.  Of note – part of this wine goes through carbonic maceration, which helps with the softness and approachability.  Really nice wine, drink now.  89 BCP.

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10 Minutes by Tractor 10X Pinot Noir 2015

10 Minutes by Tractor 10X Pinot Noir 2015

From the “easy-drinking” range: younger vines, less new oak and less time in barrel. A dog’s breakfast of clones in this one:

Hand picked 2-24 March 2015. Clones MV6 (57%), 115 (33%), 777 (5%), G5V15 (3%) and Pommard (2%) from our Coolart (94%), McCutcheon (3%) and Judd (3%) vineyards. Yield 5.5 tonnes/ha (2.2 t/acre, ~33.0hl/ha).

Aromatically engaging, very big and punchy, the kind of wine you can smell even when the glass is a couple of feet away; cherries and stewed strawberries, with plummy notes and spice. Darker berries on the palate, with the spice and undergrowth. All very clean and proper. A very enjoyable and elegant pinot; probably the best in this price range that I’ve had this year. Screwcap. 13.5% abv. RRP around $35. 89 BCP

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Teusner “Joshua” Grenache Mataro Shiraz 2015

Teusner "Joshua" Grenache Mataro Shiraz 2015

From the Teusner website:

Typically a blend Grenache (68%) and a chunk of Mataro (23%) from 100 year old vines at Ebenezer blended with a splash of Shiraz (9%) from 20 year old vines at Gomersal

And I should add that it is unoaked, and in my opinion, all the better for it. A big attractive nose, large on spice and black berried fruits, with red currants and allspice. Juicy fruits on the palate, with a dried meat savoury characters. It has a lovely balance, soft and cuddly with supple tannins and full of flavour. RRP $35, but should be available cheaper if you shop around. 89 BCP. Drink now. 14.5% abv, and it would seem to me that the alcohol creeps up on you after a couple of glasses.

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Domaine Armand Rousseau Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru 2007

Domaine Armand Rousseau Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru 2007

Sell them or drink them? It is a question I often ask myself when faced with a wine from a great producer but in a less favoured year, at least from my perspective. In this case, my indifference to organising a shipment to the auctioneers won the battle. And I am glad. A lovely wine, elusively aromatic, so many things at different times, many fruited and multi-faceted, pretty floral characters with earthiness and musk, concentrated flavours, medium bodied and with excellent length. Drinking window-wise, right in the zone for me, but I believe that some will like it with more bottle age. Drink 2016-2027. 13.0% abc. 93 BCP.

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Domaine du Niagara “Arnaud Despres” Fleurie 2012

Domaine du Niagara "Arnaud Despres" Fleurie 2012

I can feel Andrew shaking his head, but I have been enjoying a few Beaujolais recently. His comment is generally “Beaujolais, pffffft”, and he gets a far-away look verging on a certain world-weariness. Or something like that.

Peppercorns, warm river stones, Mediterranean florals, baked earth and old cassia bark, with cherry and plum fruits. A savoury palate too, but nicely balanced for me, gravel/stone pitted against some ripe fruits, tangy and drying all the way through to the finish. Not refined or polished, but an interesting wine to try. 13.0% abv. Sealed under cork. Drink 2016-2020. 86 BCP

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