Chateau Senejac 2000 (review)

87+ points

Haut-Medoc, Bordeaux, France.

Medium bodied, savoury, quite a lot of French oak still showing. Quite fine. Good with food. As Clive Coates would say “quite good for what it is”. Needs more time.

Wine Spectator described this as a “soft silky red” – it is not. Wine like this from 2000 remind me that many people will prefer wines from 2001 and 2002 rather than this “greatest vintage ever”. In 2000 even some ‘value chateaux’ made wines that are fairly stern, built for the medium to long term.

Give this 2-3 more years.


Poliziano Nobile di Montepulciano 2001 (review)

85+ points.

Tuscany, Italy. 14%

Odd wine. Smells like bread, very yeasty – not sure what this means ! Incredibly tannic, it has been a long while since I have tasted a wine with such upfront (and continuing) tannin. Underneath there is some firm fruit, and the wine is quite attractive with food. But a bit of a mystery.

Coldstream Hills Pinot Noir 2002 (review)

88 points.

Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia.

A serious but easy going Pinot. Quite a lot of ripe sweet fruit, some balancing savoury tones, and nice sappy acid. The flavour lasts, and it is easy to accurately recall the wine the following day.

I bought several bottles some time ago because I felt this was a fairly serious effort, a step above prior vintages with no increase in price. Note this is not the reserve version. About $20.

Drink now, and over the next couple of years.

Prieure Ste Maried Albas, Clos de Cassis 2000 Corbieres

Sometimes you open a bottle of wine, which you can’t remember acquiring, and even if maybe it was a couple of years too young, it is so much fun, you can make up all kinds of stories about where it came from. THis bottle of Corbieres might have been given to me by a friend or maybe we visited a small rustic stone walled cellar and drank a dark licorice berry scented wine on a cool but sunny afternoon in October in stony olive coloured castle strewn Corbiere. Either way the wine is 5 years old, but dark purple, almost shiny in the glass. My guess it is made from Grenache, Carignane, Mouvedre, and maybe Cinsault. It has ripe earthy, but red fruity taste, with lots of smooth and noticeable tannins. All in all something you just don’t taste everyday. It is a bit rustic, not perfectly balanced, but yummmm!

Brini Blewitt Springs Shiraz 2002 (review)

90+ points

Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale, South Australia. 14.5%

Deep dark colour.

Surprising nose, lifted but dense tight fruit aromas and extraordinary oak – a new interpretation of American oak, obvious but quite lovely, not in any way sweet and cloying.

Poised bright clear fruit. Ripe but not fat. Very polished without being a show pony. A smidge limey (tartaric acid, but to be expected for warm climate shiraz).

Quite a beautiful young shiraz from a traditional “big Aussie” shiraz region. Shows a good deal of finesse – not typical. An intense concentrated but drinkable wine.

Should have an interesting future.

Great value at $17.

Arundel Shiraz 2002 (review)

88+ points

Keilor, Victoria, Australia.

Very dark with a touch of crimson. Complex, brambly, tight acidic wine. Very much a food wine now, and quite closed. A dark horse. Potentially very good.

Great to see this sort of handcrafted, vinous wine from Australia. Fair price $30.

Rockford Moppa Springs 1999

90 points (2003 vintage about $28)

This is your typical/atypical Barossa Grenache Shiraz Mouvedre. Typical, because it is ripe, fruit forward, tannic. But atypical, because it is rather light in colour (you can see through it), light in oak (no noticable nose or taste), more toward the leathery furit (if you can say that), not candy flavoured or grippy tannins. Rocky likes to call it medium bodied and it is. It is very soft, but still tannic with a long finish, some spicey notes there. the alcohol is a bit too noticeable but not overwhelming. One of the better Barossa versions because of subtlety.