From a 375ml bottle. These halves are useful for those nights when you’ve had a couple of bottles already and just need a small top-up. Alternatively, they are very nicely sized for a school night.
A lovely perfume: red fruits and earth and dried meats, and something else elusive and exotic. The palate showed minerals and a sappiness, very nice, and certainly weightier than a lot of other 2011 Burgundies I have tried. Sealed under cork. 13% abv. About $25 I think. Drink 2014-2020. 88 points.
The Chateau of 1000 Roses. Romantic and all hey. And they make a very credible Bordeaux blend too.
This one is their Haut Medoc. They also make a Margaux commune wine, and a third wine as well. This wine is usually Merlot dominant with the rest being Cabernet Sauvignon, and that all shows quite correctly here. The cork is soaked to the rim and the smells are quite secondary, mainly tealeaf and tobacco. A few sips reveals this is probably at its peak about now, with mostly secondary characters at play, tea and tobacco again, cedar cupboard, a touch of mint, plum and blackberry with a bit of graphite hanging about. Tannins are well resolved, and this is in a very happy drinking place.
I think this was about $50 on release. 13% ABV – drink now to 2017. 88/100.
I have had trouble selling some of my older Penfolds wines, so I have decided to drink them instead. This wine was aged for 12 months in old wood, as is the custom. A perfect cork; barely stained. Expectations were raised. A very typical nose: five spice, red liquorice, exotic spices and fruits, plums, quite a sweet alluring nose. Still very youthful and fruit-driven. A mature palate, looking about 10 years old, raspberries and plums, new leather, spices, perhaps a bit tart; needs food to shine. 14.0% abv. Drink 2014-2021. 95 points.
A very interesting nose: cherries, raspberries, quite glossy, minerals, tomato paste, earth, undergrowth and a touch twiggy. There is also a dry mulch/dry extract character that I like. On the palate, red cherries and raspberries, sap, gloss and minerals that is carried through to the end of the palate. Light to medium bodied. Stony and minerally finish with some cleansing acid. Forgot to note the %alc, but is probably around 13%. Screwcap. 89 points. Drink 2014-2019. Very tidy.
There is a new system. I have approximately 3 dozen bottles on the tasting bench. Once put on the bench I do not look at them again. No peeking. This is the Mystery pile. A bottle is then chosen at random by a member of the household and served to me. I write my note, try to guess the wine (which I think will be largely unsuccessful) and then the wine is revealed.
Clear colour, no clouding, though there is some bricking. A slightly feral nose, with some secondary leather characters too, blackberries and garrigue, glossy, a scoop of dried herbs. Quite a smooth palate, red fruits and liquorice, herbs, a touch of liqueur, with a minerally finish. Tastes like a warm year, and relatively old. Could be 2003, but it is not raisined. Turned out to be 2004 from a warmer clime, in this case, Piedmont. 13.5% abv. Sealed under cork. Drink now. 87 points.
From the “Fortified Winter Mix”. Just arrived last week. Six bottles of dessert wine. This one is a blend of Muscadelle and Chardonnay. The youngest and freshest fortified from S&K, with an average age of 2-4 years. Sticky and syrupy, some vanilla; almost over-powering. Simple sweet palate, vaguely fruity, dried fruits, apricots and raisins, light spices. 17.5% abv. Screwcap. Entry level stuff; hopefully the remainder of the case will be better. 83 points.
The Tolpuddle Vineyard is situated in the Coal River Valley in Tasmania, and was planted in 1988. They grow Pinot Noir and Chardonnay there, which to my mind is the right and proper thing to do; the king and queen of varietals. Cherry compote, stewed rhubarb and a bit of stalk. There is some stalk on the palate too, a touch green and a touch twiggy too, but the fruit is there, black cherries, strawberries and red cherries, clean but perhaps a touch overripe. Occasionally it seemed smoky and a little spicy too. Nice stuff, more solid than sexy, and not cheap at around $70 from memory. Screwcap. Drink 2014-2016+. 90 points.
This is a new thread started for notes I receive from michel, via SMS, or email, sometimes carrier pigeon.
- by S.C.P Adelaide Hills Nebbiolo 2012:
At first glance in the glass I didn’t rate this but 3 hours later its wacky ebulliance rocks me – the label says Pinot with guts – but I disagree. It is lengthy, good tannins, pinot with herbs & earth & old world cerebral pleasure. Sub 30 dollars. Fire the wood-fired oven & make peasant food for this non peasant wine. 89/100
- Greenstone Vineyard “Rosso de Colbo” Heathcote Sangiovese 2013:
Young juicy primary style – not overly complex atm – but decent balanced extraction without crazy oak volume. 88/100
2006 was another warm year in Heathcote, but without the heat of 2005. Harvest was between the 15th and 19th of March 2006. Matured for 15 months in 70% French and 30% American oak barriques, 40% new and 60% as one and two year old barriques.
A deep red in colour. Rich plums and spices, brambles, red liquorice, with underlying dried mushrooms; still fresh but with some complexity. Lovely fruits on the palate too, plums and spices, and quite a bit of acid too that kills the palate a little too quickly. But I really cannot be disappointed, as this was a stray found in the cellar. Belies its age; very pleasant. 14.8% abv, but it doesn’t show it. Screwcap. Drink 2014-2018. 89 points
From an 8 acre vineyard on the hills side of Norton Summit, consisting of clones 115, 114 & MV6. I remember Norton Summit fondly. I was living in Stepney at the time, would cycle up Magill Road, and then on to the slopes of the Old Norton Summit Road, with each pedal stroke climbing higher and higher. And at the top, one would have a panoramic view across Adelaide to the sea.
An immediately attractive nose: minerals and dried herbs, ripe dark red cherries and spice, rhubarb, tomatoes. The palate is predominantly dry, with red fruits and an initial strong streak of sweetness that fades with time, a bit of soapiness and some stalk. Very primary at the moment, but showing promise. Sealed under cork under a wax seal. 13.8% abv. Was $46 or maybe $75: I am not sure if this is a Lucy Margaux wine or a Domaine Lucci. 88+ points.