Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux 2004

92 points

Margaux, Bordeaux, France. 13%

This wine more than any other forced me to reassess my predjudice against 2nd wines of the top classes growths. This is a beautiful lovely wine, really special. It showed very well in a Margaux tasting in Bordeaux last year. Now at home in Australia it’s a joy to drink, perhaps a little more approachable in style than I recall though undoubtably it has a long life ahead of it. Deftly balanced fruit tannin alcohol and acid mark this wine out. The oak is good though understandably at this age it’s a little too pronounced.

Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier 2002

89 points

Canberra, Australia. 14%

One of Australia’s now most famous wines, certainly the benchmark fir shiraz viognier. I was underwhelmed. I paid a high price to at last taste a bottle, from a good vintage, and with some age.

Fresh, nicely balanced fruit acid, alcohol and oak. But too much obvious Viognier for me. Trying too hard to be Northern Rhone, or at least an Australian take on it ?