2016 Riversdale Estate Pinot Gris

2016 Riversdale Estate Pinot Gris Appearance is clear, pale lemon with no real sign of age.  The nose has grapefruit, lemon, green apple, hint of peach while the palate is similar with the inclusion of pear which is to be expected from the variety. This is quite a textual, viscous wine for the variety and... Continue Reading →

2009 Hospices de Beaune Cuvee Blondeau

2009 Hospices de Beaune Volnay Cuvee Blondeau (1er) - Pinot Noir Burgundy the beguiling enchantress, such wonderful ethereal wines, such stratospheric prices.  Here we have a premier cru wine (one below the great grand cru wines) at a price just over 3 digits...a comparative bargain. Light red, dry and enticing.  Earth, sweet forest berries and woody... Continue Reading →

2012 Zuccardi Finca Canal Uco Malbec

Ultra premium offering from Zuccardi, Malbec with style!  Mendoza magic, clearly a serious attempt at upping the ante on what (non blended) malbec means to premium wine. Colour is clear deep garnet, showing lighter at the edges signalling some mid term bottle age.  The nose is clean, with blackberry, black current, red cherry and plum... Continue Reading →

2013 Mayford Tempranillo

The team at Mayford make some of the best Tempranillo in the country, this is no exception.  Highly rated by Campbell Mattinson at the Winefront on release, this wine is showing very well but is not nearly at its peak.  The wine itself is still quite structural but the fruit emerges with air, giving life... Continue Reading →

This Cork Smells like Grape Juice

  A great night to catch up with friends, the company perhaps better than the wine on the whole.  Te Mata Coleraine the star, the taint of brett and cork perhaps the most pervasive impact. 2003 Sicilia Valbuena - Amazingly youthful for its age.  Deep purple in colour with  cherries verging on blackberry and spicy... Continue Reading →

2010 By Farr Pinot Noir “Farrside”

Tart cherries and spice with a brackish bitterness and earth to close (which I suspect is whole bunch influenced). Consumed with tortellini and sun dried tomato, the acid and slightly bitter profile slice through the richness of the dish to provide perfect counterpoint. A lovely wine with excellent length; in the words of Sir Mix-a-lot,... Continue Reading →

2002 Lanson Champagne Gold Label Brut

Well into its drinking zone, this wine dances around the tongue with an array of brioche, lemon curd and sweet marmalade. On the sweeter end of the spectrum, but in no way cloying as the acid refreshes and provides nice length. An absolute bargain for vintage champagne and my absolute go to at the entry... Continue Reading →

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