Rene Geoffroy Brut Empriente NV: More or less the house bubbles at home. Lovely wine with nice strawberry and lemon character and yeasty biscuity complexity.
Ruinart NV: Soft, creamy tasty.
2007 Sylvie Esmonin Gevrey Chambertin Vielles Vignes: Slightly cloudy appearance, sappy stalky forest berries, and some sweet oak on the nose. 30 minutes in a decanter breathes up both red and black ripe berry flavours, touched by spearmint like stalkiness and a plum-skin, grape tannin like tinge. This is immediately satisfying with its glossy mid palate, lovely oak treatment, fine tannins and a persistent slightly warm finish. A couple of hours of airtime sees this evolve into something else – the tannins assert their presence a little more, and the fruit puts on weight to become blackberry jam – enough that in a blind lineup I would pick this as Grenache and Mouvedre.
2008 By Farr Shiraz: Took a bit of breathing to throw off some angular acids and the fruit to come through. Tasty blackberry blueberry, fine tannin. Nice.
2011 Jauma Wood Vineyard Grenache. Big surprise – spicy sandalwoody thing, not the fruit monster the previous vintage was.
2009 Mishas Vineyard Verismo Pinot Noir: Central Otago. Hello. Unfiltered by the looks of it, a deep set base of blackberry and then redcurrant and other forest fruits with an undergrowth like savouriness. Lots of power here and promise for things to come – and from such a young vineyard. Lovely, and I didnt know Central was capable of this.
2010 Bindi Pyrette Shiraz: Stinky. Chook poo, Didnt blow off before we got to the end of the bottle. Pass.
2009 Auburn Lowburn Riesling: In its hole for now, leave it alone to see what happens in a few years.