WSET Level 3 Pass with Distinction.
Brief notes. Red fruited on the nose. A light to medium weight palate with same red fruits particularly strawberry. Finishes tart and somewhat underwhelming. Going through a dumb phase? To give it the benefit of the doubt I will leave the last one for a year or two given the reputation of the producer and the 2015 vintage in the Yarra Valley. It certainly has some improving to do for the price. — 6 days ago
71st birthday wine from daughter Georgie’s birth year. Cedar aromas like an antique shop. Maraschino cherries Georgie said with touches of marzipan, and anise Dusty plum and cassis. Soft resolved tannins. A gorgeous First growth claret from a great vintage in 1989. Enjoyed this more than the previous tasting early last year. Really enjoyable. — 16 days ago
I picked this from the menu at a 1 hat restaurant on the Tweed River. Not much choice to be honest. This is way too early to be drinking this and should be left for another 5 years before approaching. This was quite lean with grapefruit and citrus notes The wine spent 10 months on yeast lees in French barrels, of which 25% were new. Cellar it. — 6 days ago
Mid Ruby/garnet in colour. Earthy aromas - freshly tilled earth, red cherry, plum skins, menthol, leather and liquorice. The medium weight palate shows savoury cherry, spice and liquorice with fine persistent tannins. Drinking at its peak but will stay at this level for another 5 plus years. A brilliant match with pappardelle pasta, lamb, fresh basil and Parmesan (thanks Georgie). This wine was a treat, from an excellent year for Brunello - wish I had a few more bottles. — 16 days ago
See previous note from March 2022. Very dark Ruby in colour- impenetrable. Blackberry, smoky notes. A rich full bodied dense palate with a tarry note. Dusty. Granular persistent tannins. Again, Thomas Matthew’s drinking window is way too early (to 2025). This wine will cruise to 2030 with ease. When you taste this wine you have a new appreciation of the allure of Tempranillo, in this case old vine Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero. Post Script: The next day - aniseed and a crushed ant note. — 23 days ago
A new tasting experience on several levels. Had never heard of or tasted this grape varietal, Schioppettino. I was looking for a lighter red off the menu at Settimo, Guy Grossi’s new Brisbane venture. Chosen purely because of its location in Friuli ie. cooler climate. The Somm was in the dark but the wine ended up being a revelation. Red cherry and cranberry - intense white pepper on nose and palate. Dried red florals. Love this style. Will be on the lookout for this Cuvée in the future. — 8 days ago
See previous tasting notes from a year ago and 2 others earlier than that. All 3 notes quite comprehensive and nothing really further to add. I would emphasise generally how great aged Hunter Valley Semillon is. As Jancis said, Australia’s gift to the World of Wine. Lime and Lemon, Beeswax, Wet Straw, Lanolin. Still has an inner core of strength which will see it through for more years. More honey and toasty development to come. Most tasters would not pick this as 14 years old. Loved it. Went well with fresh Pacific Oysters. 10.5%ABV. — 22 days ago