Coal RIver Valley, Tasmania. 14%
Savoury, burgundian style chardonnay but I was hoping for more verve and greater concentration.
Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux. 13%
Quite a find. I know nothing about this chateau, it’s one to watch out for. I bought this from a tourist sort of shop/wine bar in Liverpool. Which leads me to think its price in a normal shop when it was released must have been very low.
Great olive and dry chocolate Graves character with a touch of coffee oak that reminds me of Ch Du Tertre. Very good wine flavoursome dry characterful. Drink now until 2015.
Waitaki Valley, Otago, NZ. 13%
Dark wine. Dense and rich. Not charming. A masculine style of Pinot.
A bit dumb for a kiwi Pinot that’s 4 years old. I suspect it will emerge and deserve even higher points but to be honest I don’t have enough experience with NZ Pinot Noir and how they age so I could very well be wrong and this is all you will ever get. Hedge your bets either drink now or in 2-3 years time.
Northern Rhone, France. 14.5%
Different nose to the 2001 raisins and a smidge of marzipan. Shows the 2003 vintage but not over the top. I certainly would not have guessed it was 14.5%. This is good dry table wine, I have a slight fear that these flavours could be a bit fatiguing with age (the wine not the drinker’s) but I could be wrong. Anyway no reason not to drink now.