Moulis, Bordeaux. 12.5%
A good bottle. Not the most profound Bordeaux but this bottle has aged character with some freshness, even a hint of new oak lurking far in the background. Savoury, food friendly though not particularly concentrated.
Hunter Valley. 12.8%
Gorgeous complex aromas of leather and tiny trace of brett.
Savoury sweet med bodied palate. Soft tannin. Surprisingly spritzig which requires shaking off.
Hunter Valley. 10%
Fantastic acidity. This is just starting to mellow and develop some of the complexity that comes with age. Enjoyable yet I regret opening now.
Pinot dominant Champagne, or at least this is the flavour I noticed which reminded me how much blanc de blanc we drink.
Rather fine if a bit disjointed. Needs a few years to settle down. Some wonderful Champage produced in 2004.
Hunter Valley,NSW, Australia. 12.5%
Concentrated wine with youthful acidity and oak. On a frame of only 12.5% alcohol – a long way from being a syrupy blockbuster. Tremendous potential.
Savoury complex shiraz without the floral aspects of cool climate shiraz nor any of the pruney aspects of warm climate shiraz. Like Hermitage in a good year!
Craggy Range, Hawkes Bay, NZ. 14%
Quite a sophisticated show pony. Well judged expensive oak frames silky cool climate shiraz. It’s good.
I just fear that it seems to lack character. Perhaps with age?
And I find the price a bit disconcerting. This is exciting cool climate shiraz but it has a number of Australian competitors now. It stands out for sophistication but some of its competitors have pedigree, distinctiveness, regional character and/or price advantages.
South Australia. 13.5%
This is a pretty lovely Grange. Signature flavours.
It’s quite restrained although still an oaky warm climate wine. Complex characterful with lots of life in it. Drink now or over next decade.