Bass Phillip

Bass Phillip

Since 1979 Pinot Noir 2020

Delectable: This is the new entry level Cuvée from Bass Phillip called “Since 1979 Pinot” not offered in your choices. This is the first vintage with Burgundian winemaker, Jacques Fourrier in charge. The first thing I noticed was how fresh and bursting with red fruits this was. Like raspberry, strawberry and cranberry leaping from the glass. No detectable oak influence - all about the fruit. Very approachable immediately - soft silky and delicious. While the other 3 Pinot Cuvées have increased in price this entry level has reduced to under $50 allowing more wine lovers to be introduced to the best producer of Pinot Noir in Australia IMO. Probably clever marketing. — 22 days ago

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Giant Steps

Applejack Vineyard Chardonnay 2017

A wonderful new world Chardonnay - this is better than some Premier Crus I have had. A funky note to begin with, stone fruit and nuts (almond and cashew). Palate is perfectly balanced with nectarine and a creamy texture. Great intensity of flavour and excellent length. The first of 4. Next in a year. The next night just as impressive. — 9 days ago

Ceccherini, Juan and 17 others liked this

Mount Mary

Quintet Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 1998

Jeremy Shanker
9.4

First time trying older Mount Mary. Memorable Aussie wine. — 8 days ago

Peter, Ira and 3 others liked this

Gaja

Rossj - Bass Langhe Chardonnay Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Amazing chef tasting and wine pairing at Addison at Grand del Mar. Once again, I liked this more than Jennifer did. — 16 days ago

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Soumah

Equilibrio Single Vineyard Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2019

Thank you Soumah for this media sample.

This is not any old Yarra Valley (VIC) Chardonnay. There were only 300 dozen bottles of this Equilibrio 2019 Chardonnay made and oh my, it’s a true pleasure to drink.

Drinking this Chardonnay feels like falling in love. It’s dreamy, romantic and you can’t get enough of it.

It’s a pastel yellow shade in the glass with a wonderfully enticing nose of juicy stone fruits, pineapple, grapefruit and creamy vanilla bean butter. On the palate it’s perfectly balanced with the most deliciously silky texture. Great length of flavour and an absolute joy to drink.

All opinions are based on my own taste buds. Wine is subjective & always evolving, so make sure you drink what you enjoy!
— 4 days ago

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Serrat

Close Planted Yarra Valley Grenache 2017

Nose not giving much initially - just an earthy note - fairly contained. Probably opened a little young? The next night it showed red fruited aromatics of raspberry and strawberry. Very fine on the palate and quite delicious. The winemaker and owner Tom Carson with his French wife, Nadege, just won Viticulturalist of the year 2 days ago in the Halliday Wine Awards. They also import a range of Burgundies. In his “spare time “ Tom is also the winemaker at the highly regarded Yabby Lake. — 14 days ago

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Curly Flat

Macedon Ranges Chardonnay 2019

Not shy, this one. An upfront riot of aromas and flavour, with citrus, mandarin, nougat and oak influence with good weight and a luscious texture. — 9 days ago

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Yarra Yering

Dry Red Wine No°1 Red Blend 2008

Aromas of Black currant, cassis, red florals, dark chocolate - a lovely perfume. Emphasising yet again that even though the Yarra does excellent Pinot Noir and Chardonnay it does Cabernet and blends the best. In a blind tasting I might have picked this as coming from SA (McLaren Vale or Clare Valley). With time a touch of capsicum and light pepper - medium weight but with M+ intensity. A brilliant effort and the last vintage of Dry Red No. 1 made by the originator and legend, Dr. Bailey Carrodus before his passing. — 3 days ago

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YY is probably my favorite producer down under. I haven’t tried any post the Doc.
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Sarah Crowe is an excellent winemaker to follow the Doc. I think she was made Winemaker of the Year a year or two ago. Still just as good as you would remember it Ron although the new owners have jacked up the price as is their wont. There are super premium Cuvées now called Carrodus which retail for about $275 whilst the regular Cuvées are a bit over a $100. I paid $108 each for 3 bottles of 2019 Dry Red No. 1 in September 2021. This was the 2022 Halliday Wine of the Year.

Curly Flat

Macedon Ranges Pinot Noir 2017

It’s been a while between Curly pinots. Always a joy to open one, with fond memories attached along with the pleasure of the wine itself. Despite five years from vintage, this is still young and stern but elegant. Clear lines and structure, a spicy, cedary top note amongst red fruit and firm but soft tannins. Clean, I’d call it, plus whole bunch characters. Quality pinot undoubtedly, that should improve even more. — 8 days ago

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Giant Steps

Primavera Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015

Delectable - this is the Applejack Vineyard Pinot Noir. Couldn’t see it in your options. Notes of red cherry with bunchy stalky notes. Root vegetables with fresh tilled loam. Still a lovely red fruited sweetness shining through the savoury bunchy notes on the palate. Of all of the Individual Paddock Pinots from Giant Steps, Applejack Vineyard is my favourite. — a month ago

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