Wildwood Shiraz 2005

75 points

Sunbury, Victoria, Australia. 13.8%

Handcrafted wine. But dilute and rather uninteresting. Savoury style at least.

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Chateau Peyrabon 2005

85 points

Cru Bourgeois. Haut-Medoc, Bordeaux, France. 13.5%

Iron blood like mineral claret on the nose. But a bit richer than expected on the palate showing the class of 2005 lifting minor wines up a notch.

Mount Langi Ghiran Langi Shiraz 2005

88 points

Grampians, Victoria. 14.5%

I had very high expectations for this wine after reading many glowing reviews. And because of the great progress in Australia with cool climate elegant Shiraz.

It’s a good wine that shows plenty of regional character. But it didn’t bowl me over, it could have been more exciting. I have plenty more bottles and will udate this review later with 2nd opinions.

Chateau Belle-Vue 2004

88+ points

Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France. 13%

Dark young berry oriented wine. Not entirely dissimilar to a Coonawarra such is the berry intensity, though I expect it would look different if matched directly against a Coonawarra cabernet. Best left for another six months at least.

Brezza Barolo 2001

89 points

Piedmont, Italy. 13.5%

Very developed for its eight years, although it was bought off retail shelves, or maybe Nebbiolo browns quickly and picks up oxygen. Anyway it was still enjoyable, quite fascinating. Soft yet with very interesting summer fruit-like acid finish. Quite complex. I have had very little Barolo in my life – I’m now motivated to buy more.