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Bordeaux 2015 tasting in Napa

This tasting took place in Napa in February 2020 just before the global pandemic took hold. This post though is not about Napa wine but the annual Institute of Masters of Wine tasting of the 2015 Bordeaux vintage in bottle, a tasting which travels to London, Napa and Sydney. The setting was the centrally locatedContinue reading “Bordeaux 2015 tasting in Napa”

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Wynns Coonawarra tasting

This was a wonderful tasting of a selection of Wynns Black Label and John Riddoch Coonawarra cabernet sauvignon wines from the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, with some quite interesting conclusions.   Those conclusions were that the Black Label, for most vintages, served blind and side-by-side with the John Riddoch, provided the more compelling currentContinue reading “Wynns Coonawarra tasting”

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Rutherglen muscat and topaque

Here’s the second of my promised posts on the Rutherglen wine region.  The first post was on  Rutherglen’s renaissance and can be found here.  This post is all about what Rutherglen is famous for: fortified muscat (grape: muscat à petits grains) and fortified topaque (grape: muscadelle). Viticulture and winemaking Rather than recite facts from theContinue reading “Rutherglen muscat and topaque”

Metala Shiraz Cabernet 2010

This wine review is of the Metala shiraz cabernet sauvignon blend from Langhorne Creek in South Australia and the 2010 vintage. As a commercial wine suited to immediate drinking, it was interesting to taste at 11 years of age. Bottled under screw cap and cellared since purchase, it has still mostly primary and secondary characters.Continue reading “Metala Shiraz Cabernet 2010”

Domaine Zind-Humbrecht Riesling Roche Granitique 2018 Wine Review

This wine review is of Zind Humbrecht’s “Roche Granitique” riesling from the warm 2018 vintage. White gold in colour in the glass, this is a savoury expression of riesling with notes of lemon, minerals and some phenolic characters from time on skins. The palate is dry, medium bodied, the acidity is medium (perhaps lower thanContinue reading “Domaine Zind-Humbrecht Riesling Roche Granitique 2018 Wine Review”

Angullong Sauvignon Blanc 2019 Wine Review

This wine review is of Angullong’s sauvignon blanc from the 2019 vintage in the Orange wine region. Year in, year out Angullong produce a very good, European style restrained and varietal sauvignon blanc. It presents cogent support for the view that Orange is one of Australia’s better regions for this grape variety. In the glass,Continue reading “Angullong Sauvignon Blanc 2019 Wine Review”

Domaine de Bellene Bourgogne Maison Dieu 2018 Wine Review

This wine review is of a very good Bourgogne rouge from Domaine de Bellene and the ripe 2018 vintage. It provides a typical expression of Burgundian pinot noir that is higher quality than might be expected due to the vintage and also can be found at a fair price. There are attractive, savoury, aromatic andContinue reading “Domaine de Bellene Bourgogne Maison Dieu 2018 Wine Review”

Pewsey Vale Riesling 2020 Wine Review

This wine review is of a text book riesling from Pewsey Vale, the Eden Valley and the 2020 vintage. A pale lemon colour in the glass, it has aromas of stones, florals and lemon/lime citrus. The palate is dry, with moderate alcohol, ripe fruit and is freshened by high linear acidity. This style of rieslingContinue reading “Pewsey Vale Riesling 2020 Wine Review”