Wilyabrup Valley, Western Australia. 13.5%
A very impressive young Bordeaux blend 67% Cabernet, 17% Merlot, 16% Malbec. Powerful young berry fruit but unusual for Australia it’s quite savoury and the alcohol is moderate. The natural (?) acid is good and the overall balance is great. Like many great wines this will still drink well young but I’m going to try not to touch my case for another 10 years (2019).
UPDATE 2012 – this has softened a good deal. It’s a very pretty wine, gorgeous aromas. I would now tend towards drinking it earlier rather than risking cellaring. The 2008 even more so.
Mosel, Germany. 7.5%
Lovely fruity, rather than mineraly, Riesling. Gently sweet quite forward. Enjoy now and over next few years. Cork.
Coonawarra, South Australia. 12%
The low alcohol is a nice change but this 13 year old wine is pretty tired. I did buy it only a year or so off retail shelves so did not expect much.
Pauillac, Bordeaux, France. 12.5%
Absolutely gorgeous oak aromas which seems a bit odd on a 13 year old wine and I don’t mean this is over-oaked. It’s a very nice clean clear table claret food friendly refreshing. The anti-thesis of many modern new world cabernets.
Oddly dilute for a 2002 Cabernet dominant Pauillac but still beautiful. Really charming.
Colchagua Valley, Chilie. 14.5%
Dark but not dense colour. Slightly syrupy but fresh and varietal Shiraz. Hard to drink too young. Gives a lot of Australian Shiraz very serious competition at the price!
I was slightly underwhelmed by this until near the end of the bottle which was drunk over many months. Perhaps it needs more age!
Barely sweet, quite ethereal for this Boal style.
Tuscany, Italy. 13%
At first berry fresh acidity. But it didn’t improve with breathing or food. A bit plain. Odd.