Central Ranges, New South Wales


Canberra District Riesling 2011

I purchase Clonakilla Riesling most years along with their stellar Shiraz Viognier, their Syrah and sometimes their Viognier. Proven to age slowly this Riesling had white florals and Talc on the nose with a herbal note and no Kerosene. Honey and Lime on the palate with reduced acidity compared to its youth. A very good aged Riesling reaching its maturity and good QPR. Wines like this prove the worth of having a good cellar. See many previous notes from older vintages. — 8 days ago

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@Bob McDonald sounds delicious Cheers!
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@Dawn E. They are delicious with some age Dawn. Not sure if you see them in the USA? Their Shiraz Viognier is the best of that blend in Australia - generally regarded.

Rippon Vineyard

Mature Vine Pinot Noir 2012

Earthy aromas with ripe plum notes - a very Otago nose albeit in the lighter spectrum. Same notes transfer to the medium bodied sappy palate. Not as full bodied as I was expecting. Quite Burgundian in weight and texture. Made by the equally earthy Nick Mills, owner and winemaker who made his presentation at Pinot NZ 2018 in Wellington in bare feet. Rippon is biodynamic and chemical free. I subsequently had a nice chat with him - a genuine bloke. Must be one of the prettiest vineyard scenes anywhere in the world sloping up from Lake Wanaka. Whilst this is classed as Central Otago this is not as full bodied as the Bannockburn/Felton Road district. — 4 days ago

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Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard

Museum Reserve Sémillon 2006

Missed the boat thinking it was younger than 10 years.
Saline clear in the glass, acid for days, 11% alc helps keep this beauty young.
— 20 days ago

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Johnny Q Petite Sirah

Agree with the Wine Enthusiast rating of 92.
Big fruit bomb, typical Petite Sirah jammy. Balanced enough for food, great pizza/burger wine. 2017 vintage
— 5 days ago


Bin 8055 Hunter River Sémillon 1992

It starts sweet like almonds, marzipan or even lemon or passionfruit meringue, but then the freshness makes it close extremely dry like a dry sherry. Hunter semillon in that magic spot, even though there isn't too much complexity i must admit there is somehow a kind of balance.
Mind this is the third bottle of it I open and this has been the best one and still this wine might be past its peak in a week, it's hanging tight on to its decadent beauty.
— 19 days ago

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Contentious Character

Stop and Smell the Rosé Blend 2019

Quite refreshing, goes well with dessert. 2019 vintage. — 8 days ago

Burn Cottage

Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016

Dark fruit. Seems dense. Black currant, touch licorice spicy. Built to last with plenty of fine tannins. It seems they used some whole cluster, herbs 🌿. Not my style but a great wine! — 18 days ago

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Two Paddocks

Estate Vineyards Pinot Noir 2018


I was just texting with a friend who used to go to New Zealand for rugby. We briefly talked about the wine down there. Had to find a bottle to try. Vineyards owned by actor Sam Neill. Didn’t know that and not that it matters. This wine has almost the same color as raspberry Kool-Aid. Still so young but it has some nice cherry fruit. Excited to drink while reuniting with my couch watching CFB!! — 4 days ago

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Enjoy the football. Like that story.


Thanks @David L. Have a nice evening!!

Collector Wines

Tiger Tiger Chardonnay 2018

Killer Chardonnay. We have been seeing some great gear across the tasting bench of late. — 22 days ago

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It is promoted as 850m above sea level.
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Penfolds Yattarna was being partly sourced from Tumbarumba once. Now I think a lot comes from the Coal River Tasmania.
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Spot on Bob. Deep pedigree from both places mentioned.

Mount Pleasant Wines

Rosehill Limited Release Hunter Valley Shiraz 2006

Dense ripe plum and dried plum notes with an overly healthy dose of oak. Medium to full bodied palate. Not your normal Hunter Valley Shiraz - more like a South Australian Shiraz as I’ve mentioned in a previous note. Still retains the Hunter Valley earthiness but not as medium bodied sweaty saddle that Hunter Valley Shiraz should be and was traditionally. Great that Hunter Valley producers have returned to the old medium bodied savoury styles which shone in 2014 and 2017. — a month ago

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@Bill Bender I notice you’re back! Been in COVID Lock down?
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Haha well I’m not very solidly back and I need to be. I’m about 300 wine posts behind @Bob McDonald