2014 Holyman Pinot Noir

HolymanPinotNoir__66403.1399526907.167.549Ooh, bigging up the fruit! juicy forest berry fruit driven pinot, joined by some lovely fruit spice over time.  Chewy, thick layer of tannin which is a little large for the fruit in this case, this all needs some time to settle down, although enjoyable now with food.  All this for only 12.5% ABV. 89 BCP

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2014 Sailor Seeks Horse Pinot Noir

SSH 2013 PNSmall berry fruit here, pure and pitch perfect, nicely dusted with spice on both nose and palate.  Some stemmy twiggy nuance and mushroom compost as well, and a touch of quality pencil shaving oak.  Lovely wine, nice length and presence, there is a cranberry acid line in here that’s really attractive and the fruit remains pure with all of its other elements weaving around it. 88+ BCP

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2015 Monkey 47 Distillers Cut Gin

monkey47 reserveThe standard Monkey 47 is quite something.  And this is something else again.

Hard to describe really – start with the riot of botanicals that is Monkey 47, then add a weighty earthy element which could be something like tumeric, and then something sweet and musky, perhaps rosepetals, and here you are.  The few people who have shared this bottle have all oohed and aahed.

Rare as hens teeth, but if you love your gin, seek it out.  Its going to be around $150 for 500ml.

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Domaine des Espiers “Sablet” Côtes du Rhône Village 2008

Domaine des Espiers "Sablet" Côtes du Rhône Village 2008

The second bottle opened tonight. The first was another corked bottle of French wine. I was initially pro-screwcap, and then pro-cork, but I think I am definitely back to being pro-screwcap. The screwpcap-ists have got their act together perhaps. Anyway, this is a wine from the Rhône. My first for a long time; I am stomping on old ground.

Initially raspberry brightness and minerals, but moves quickly to leather, with a hairy swish of the barnyard aromatics; not something I mind particularly, as long as it isn’t dominating or getting on the feral side. Palate is full, bulky red fruits that dry through the mid-palate, and also finish dryly, with a slap of iron filings. Pleasant enough, and much better with food as you would expect; yes, one of those again. Sealed under cork. 14.5% abv. Drink now. 85 points.

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2008 Schloss Lieser Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Spatlese Riesling

lieser spatleseIt seems Thomas Haag has subtly vared the fruti souce fro this spatlese so many times, getting a matching label image isn’t straightforward.  The 2008 came from the Juffer Sonnenuhr vineyard, which is in the centre of the wider Juffer Vineyard, and produced subtly different wines (although tasting this with Wilhelm Haag many years ago I cant remember what the differences were).

Archetypal Lieser – tropical deliciousness, here – paw paw, orange segments, lime rind draped in passionfruit juice.  Feels a bit hedonistic but not over the top, or over ripe, and very yellow fruited without the blackcurrant that can come with auslese level ripeness – this is 2008 personified.  Acids are just right, and this drinks very well now.  90 BCP.

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2014 Olivers Taranga Tempranillo


Now McLaren Vale isnt my thing.  But i like the cut of Olivers Taranga’s jib, and particulary their work with spanish and italian grapes.    This is all you would exepct from tempranillo.  Black cherry, plum, roast meats, malty, vegemite elements, and a lick of pine,  Full of flavour, measured nicely and trimmed well with a touch of oak.  Some hard edges in its youth, but a few years in the cellar will see these right.  Goat pie with this was perfect.  88 BCP.

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2014 Yabby Lake Single Vineyard Chardonnay

YabbyLakeChardonnayNV-lowresWow – this could be village Puligny.  Almond meal, cashew, white peach, lemon rind and pith.  Plenty of presence in its coiled up, understated way, subtle acids and minimal oak.  A bit of nougat and creaminess says there might be some partial malo here, but not much. Perhaps some lees action too.  Anyhoo, the fruit shines through and the winemaking is the trimming.  This just tastes really nice.  Really.  91  BCP

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2009 JJ Prum Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett

jj prum 2009 gh kabinettLovely drink this, easy to overlook its elegance as being a plain, underweighted wine. But its not – the subtlety is devious unless you look hard.  Passionfruit and mandarin, shouldered with Graacher slatey, gravelly minerals and dried green herbs, with a weight of blackberry buds.  Creamy texture, the primariness is only washing off now at 7 years of age.  Acids, sulphurs are all beautifully harmonised.  Tidy and harmonious. 91 BCP

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Domaine Jules Desjourneys Moulin á Vent 2011

Jules Desjourneys Moulin á Vent 2011

I haven’t had a Beaujolais for a long time.

An impressive nose. Cherries, mulberries, ground stones, a nice balance of savoury and fruit characters. A great palate too, poised, ripe fruits and lovely savoury characters, tangy raspberries, some strong (and grippy) tannins, particularly at the end of the palate, but these doesn’t detract at all. A wine with plenty of stuffing, and balanced. 13% abv. Sealed under cork. 91 points. Drink 2016-2021+ – I find it very enjoyable now – though I believe these wines can age remarkably well, so really drink whenever it suits you, depending on your preferences.

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2009 Felton Road Block 3 Pinot Noir

2009 Felton Road Block 3 Pinot Noir

Now this needs some airtime.  After it gets that – it’s lovely.  Red cherry based, with mulchy mushroomy development, a squeeze of blackcurrant and also wintergreen.  Some very classy oak spice here too, and nicely finished in live tannins, which it needs to balance out a plush rich (but not overripe) palate.  Burgundy it is not, a lovely drink it is, now and for a few more years yet.

Interestingly – got to taste the 2015 release the next morning.  These don’t seem to change a lot as they age.

90 BCP.

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