Bass Phillip

Bass Phillip

Pinot Noir Old Cellar 2018

This is the entry level Cuvée of about 6 Cuvées of Pinot Noir from Bass Phillip. Under the new ownership of Burgundian, Jacques Fourrier, there appears to be less offered of about 4 judging by the 2019 vintage I just purchased a few weeks ago. This had a touch of cloudiness which is not unusual as they bottle unfiltered which contributes to flavour intensity. This had pronounced strawberry notes on nose and palate. Not particularly complex but fruit driven with note of game and very enjoyable. — 25 days ago

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Giant Steps

Tarraford Vineyard Chardonnay 2015

Touch of pineapple juice on the nose with citrussy notes. The palate is sweet and fulfilling and ticks all the boxes for an excellent Yarra Valley Chardonnay. Overall quite delicious, medium weight and never heavy considering the M+ flavour intensity. — 11 days ago

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Yeringberg

Yarra Valley Marsanne Roussanne 2015

A rich lemon in colour. A little honeysuckle note but not intensely varietal like a Southern Rhone white can be - aromatic and unctuous. Just medium bodied - a little elegant. Medium minus acid. First of 3. Drink the other 2 in the next year or so. Made by the long established de Pury family who are French who commenced making Marsanne at Yeringberg in the 1860’s and pioneered Roussanne in Australia in the 1980’s. A good wine but to be honest not as enjoyable as Guigals Cotes du Rhone Blanc using largely similar varietals for $24. I should add that Yeringberg make a benchmark Cabernet in the Yarra Valley. — 19 days ago

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Bass Phillip

Crown Prince Gippsland Pinot Noir

This is Bass Phillip’s entry level Cuvée of about 5 different Cuvées. Pale Ruby with cloudiness from BP’s policy of bottling unfiltered. Jujube confectionery notes with savoury cherry and forest floor. Light to medium weight palate, made to be drunk young. The fruit for this wine comes from the major part of the Leongatha vineyard (where the Estate, Premium and Reserve Pinots come from). Even though this is a different vintage to previous notes on Delectable for Crown Prince the tasting notes are similar. — a month ago

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By Farr

Tout Près Pinot Noir 2008

Secondary market buy that’s been in the stash for probably too long. Boy it’s got some weight; not a shy, retiring wallflower. Suspect its best may be in days gone by, but the silkiness and savoury forest floor notes have made it a treat tonight with some venison and porcini mushrooms. — 10 days ago

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By Farr

Sangreal Pinot Noir 2018

Red fruit, smoke, forest floor. Fruity, smoky, spicy, sour. Really nice and keeps developing in the glass. A great one to sip. — 25 days ago

Ten Minutes by Tractor

Mornington Peninsula Chardonnay 2018

Wonderful Chardonnay from Mornington Peninsula. Lemon with green apple, white flowers, honeydew and popcorn. Fresh, delicious and gulpable. — a day ago

Bass Phillip

Issan Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013

As per prior notes on several occasions. Rich berry fruits - glacé fruit Barb said initially. Asian spices - a beautiful nose. On the palate- berry fruits - medium plus palate Medium minus tannins. The Issan vineyard is known for its ultra high density planting (5 hectares of vines planted at 9000 vines per Hectare). — a month ago

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Giant Steps

Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2019

Ron R
9.4

Nose presents nothing but citrus fruits. Palate is piercing, riveting and focused. Nothing like the typical Aussie chard. Finishes almost bone dry like a tense Chablis. Brilliant effort from my convict friends. — a day ago

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Beautiful picture Ron
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I'm happy though that the wine wasn't called, falling off the empire State building!
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@Willem Booij, @Jody Scharf, thank you so much, guys. Inspired by by artsy wife 😍

Curly Flat

Macedon Ranges Pinot Noir 2015

Curly Flat never fails to bring joy to my life. I recall tasting this vintage pre-release at the end of a long lunch on a brutally Victorian winter’s day just before Jeni kindly drove my partner and I to the airport (a story unto itself). I recall the striking vitality of the wine, a contrast to the perfumed ‘14 and more delicate, fine-boned ‘13. It’s no shy wallflower, for sure, with proper acid and structure and weight. That whole-bunch character comes through beautifully, without even a hint of unripe vegetal notes. This one coerces rather than seduces, but it’s nonetheless convincing. Happy to have another bottle or two stashed away, as there’s much more to come from this one. — 13 days ago

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