• Château Clerc Milon 2012

    This is a refined, St Julien like expression of Château Clerc Milon from Pauillac and the 2012 vintage.  In all respects, this is classic left bank Bordeaux and an edge free experience.  Every corner has been polished.  It has textbook aromas of blackcurrant and cedar.  The palate is medium bodied, has firm fine tannins and […]

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  • Chateau Marquis d’Alesme Becker Margaux 2005

    The stronger 2005s from Bordeaux should be starting to drink well and the lesser wines revealing whether they had sufficient stuffing to last the distance. The Marquis d’Alesme Becker grand cru classé sits somewhere in between. It could be a little tired, offer glimpses of excellence or provide excellent drinking with the promise of more. […]

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  • Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2010

    From Moss Wood’s Ribbon Vale vineyard, the 2010 vintage is a blend of 75% cabernet sauvignon, 18% merlot and 7% cabernet franc. A deep ruby in colour, the wine has taken on some tertiary characters of earth and has savoury red and dark fruits. It is bottled under screwcap; the argument that screw capped reds […]

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  • Château Grand Puy Lacoste 2002

    This wine review is of the 2002 vintage of Château Grand Puy Lacoste from Pauillac in Bordeaux. The wine initially presents as mature and fully evolved with tertiary soy, leather and earthy characters. A touch of blackcurrant is there, but only for the particularly diligent searcher. With time in the glass, however, a metamorphosis take […]

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  • Yarra Yering new releases from the 2020 and 2019 vintages

    All the wines were tasted in December 2021.

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  • Mount Mary and Yeringberg new releases from the 2019 vintage

    All wines were tasted in October 2021.

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  • Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Wine Review

    Moss Wood is probably the most consistent producer of benchmark Australian cabernet sauvignon. It is aided by both climate and producer intent. The Margaret River climate is similar to warm to hot vintage Bordeaux, and its style sees generally higher contributions from later ripening cabernet sauvignon. The Moss Wood blend in 2009 is 88% cabernet […]

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  • Chateau La Lagune Haut-Médoc 2010

    This is an excellent La Lagune from the outstanding 2010 Bordeaux vintage.  It has unmistakeable left bank aromas of cedar and blackcurrant.  The palate is between medium and full bodied, the tannins are a little softer than expected for this vintage and the length on the finish is long.  This is one of those wines […]

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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 located […]

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  • Château Capbern Saint-Estèphe 2015

    We see so few Bordeaux wines in Australia that are from the left bank appellations of Pauillac, Saint-Estèphe, Margaux and Saint-Julien and are not a cru classé. This is a mistake, as with the improvements and price increases in Bordeaux, there is wonderful value in these villages at below cru classé level. This wine, from […]

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  • Château Baron de Pichon-Longueville Pauillac 1994

    The 1994 vintage of the Pichon Baron is a mature claret that remains in its drinking window at 26 years of age. The 1994s are considered a more modest vintage for left bank Bordeaux, but the better producers produce better wines, as usual. In my experience, drinking modest Bordeaux vintages from good producers (from long […]

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  • Gartelmann Petit Verdot 2016

    Gartelmann Petit Verdot 2016 Wine Review

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