Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia. 14%
Strong flavoured wine, quite funky smoky vegetal tones – not how I recall this wine. Odd bottle?
Pauillac, Bordeaux, France. 12.5%
From a half bottle and showing slight signs of fading, but it’s a lovely wine.
Haut Medoc, 13%
Medium concentration open knit, savoury food oriented claret. Not in any way forced or commercial. Perfect table wine Drink now and over the next 4 years.
Eden Valley, South Australia. 13.5%
Very well crafted, and nicely restrained alcohol. Gentle pop-corn aromas. I liked how this lacked the overt oily fruity flavours of Voignier.
Hunter Valley,New South Wales, Australia. 13.5%
For some reason I expected this wine to be delicate. It’s elegant but not delicate. Nice concentration, well balanced oak, good savoury flavour, and considerable acidity. I wish I had some in my cellar – drink from 2010.
Authentic Rioja with nicely handled old oak. But disappointing for the vintage.
Macedon Ranges, Victoria. Australia. 13.5%
Intense wine currently dominated by French oak. Worth watching over the next 3-5 years.