De Bortoli Noble One Botrytis Semillon 2006 v Dan Murphy’s Private Bin Botrytis Semillon 2008

It was rather interesting tasting one of Australia’s most famous dessert wines against a “clean skin” of the same variety.  Although I do not usually support “clean skin” wines since you do not know what you are getting, and I like to support individual producers who are doing interesting things, this particular clean skin was […]

Kingston Estate Petit Verdot 1999

This was another quite pleasing petit verdot.  This late ripening variety seems to perform rather well in the warmer regions of Australia, whereas in its home in France, it is but a mere part of the Bordeaux blend.  Deeply coloured, this wine had an aroma of black fruits, herbs, dusty coffee and, in particular, anise.  The […]

Jacob’s Creek Steingarten Riesling 2007

Jacob’s Creek is a label that generally speaks of value end, rather than fine wine.  That generalisation would be a mistake though in this case.  Their Steingarten riesling is consistently very good.  It has aromatics of stones and steel.  A palate with steel, stones, a bit of petillance and medium length.  This is a classically […]

Brown Brothers Brut Sparkling Pinot Noir Chardonnay Pinot Meunier NV

Made from pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot meunier, this somewhat modest Australian sparkling wine performed rather well.  A primary aroma of citrus, with some toast notes.  A similar palate, with pleasant mousse.  The 3 medals on the bottle don’t appear to be far off the mark.  A surprise.  85 points.