Domaine Bruno Clair La Dominode 2018

From the warm 2018 vintage, this premier cru from Domaine Bruno Clair and Savigny-Les-Beaune La Dominode is surprisingly approachable now.  It has a classy and immediately attractive aroma of polished fruit and blackcurrants.  Its depth of aroma is at times reminiscent of Gevrey. At other times, its aroma is almost Oregon like in its expressiveness... Continue Reading →

St Hugo Grenache Shiraz Mataro 2014

This is an older St Hugo grenache, shiraz and mataro (mourvèdre) (aka GSM) from the Barossa and the 2014 vintage.  My modest hopes were rewarded with a wine of interest.  The wine opens to correct and varietal aromas of cherry, chocolate and char.  The palate is full bodied, the alcohol high and its expression of... Continue Reading →

Blinding tasting cortese

Cortese is a difficult wine in blind tastings due to its generic "white wine" attributes. In theory In theory, cortese it is not an aromatic wine, has high acidity, a dry and perhaps bitter finish and is not fruit driven. Its purpose is to be fresh and structured. Its primary home is in Piemonte and... Continue Reading →

Greenock Creek Mataro 2015

This wine is a straight mataro from Greenock Creek in the Barossa Valley.  Mataro is a synonym for mourvèdre, the latter being in more general worldwide usage. The alcohol is listed in the low 14s and is a pleasing respite from the very high alcohol shiraz wines of this producer.  In the glass, the wine... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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.... Continue Reading →

Dirupi Rosso di Valtellina Nebbiolo 2018

From Valtellina in the far north of Lombardy and varietally labelled as nebbiolo. It's a "Rosso", so in theory an earlier drinking wine. It proves to be a very good nebbiolo after initially not appearing it had plans to amount to much. Aromas of strawberry compote and even raisined fruit blew off, showing a true... Continue Reading →

Medhurst Shiraz Yarra Valley 2005

I think of cool climate syrah as a more recent trend. But it is not really. This 2005 vintage shiraz from the Yarra Valley provided very good drinking at 17 years of age. Deeply coloured, it has plenty of green aromas; in particular, rosemary, seaweed and bouquet garnis. The palate is fully mature and medium... Continue Reading →

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