Chateau du Tertre 2000

92 points

Margaux. 13%

First impressions are of a slightly weedy wine, but given a little time to breathe and come to room temperature and it blossoms. Gorgeous complexity of age and oak. Wonderful savoury light-on-its-feet table wine.

Not exactly typical Margaux, there is a du Tertre style of oak that dominates.

Bon vin.



Chateau du Moulin Rouge 2009

91+ points

Haut-Medoc, Bordeaux. 13.5%

Gosh this is like just fermented juice. No that gives the wrong impression, what I mean to say is that this is very much clear primary flavours, juicy. Yet not so sweet as a young Margaret River Cabernet, less blackcurrent. More texture too.

Another great cru Bourgeois from 2009. A standout vintage where minor wines give fantastic early pleasure.


Arnaldo-Caprai Sagrantino di Montefalco 2001

85 points

Montefalco, Italy. 14.5%

I discovered Sangrantino di Montefalco, made from the grape Sangrantino, quite a few years ago when staying in a little Umbrian village Todi, where it was the local wine – and practically the only one available. Back then it was unknown to the outside world, but got discovered shortly afterwards and I saw bottles in the US and Singapore.

It’s always a rich wine, of robust alcohol 13.5-14.5 but clearly there has been international, particularly US influence. This is pretty extracted, high octane, heavily oaked. Not a charming wine. Beats up my tongue.

It’s intense. I think there is quite a lot in this wine, maybe time will work wonders though at 12 years old it’s hardly blossoming. Breathe for a good hour.


Meerea Park Hell Hole Shiraz 2003

86 points

Hunter Valley, NSW. 14%. Screwcap

I’m disappointed, this wine hasn’t developed as well as I hoped. Or perhaps simply isn’t as good as I once thought.

There are some interesting leather tones but the main impression is overly ripe grapes rather than regional character. Lacks the finesse, acid of great Hunter shiraz.


Seppelt St Peters Shiraz 2007

91+ points

Grampians, Victoria. 13.5% screwcap

This is very good. Sleek, concentrated, great flavour. Quite fresh and young, has long life ahead of it. Great components, bright savoury fruit, restrained French oak. Impressive young wine.

Enjoy now or in 10 years time.


Rockford Basket Press Shiraz 1999

89 points

Barossa Valley, South Australia. 14.5%

I’d forgotten how Penfolds this wine is, the added acid and sunstantial oak. Best after breathing. These are wines best consumed young for the bright fruit or as old as possible (definitly 12+ years).

PS Awesome bottle. Best back label in Australia.