See several previous tasting notes for this wine. This was made back in the day when Hunter Valley reds had strayed from their medium bodied, savoury, sweaty saddle origins to being riper and more full bodied like a South Australian Red. This was declared in a speech by Chief Winemaker at the time, Jim Chatto, at a dinner I attended at the winery. Also plenty of oak still evident at 15 years of age. I prefer the original Hunter Valley style which Mount Pleasant has wisely reverted to utilising the wonderful old vine fruit at its disposal. — 13 days ago
Done in such a light style. Lime, bitter. A touch of quince. Very clear and lemongrass crystal. Medium light bodied with very little/no oak. It’s lean and racy, best drunk cold. Would be great aged. I enjoyed this. — 4 days ago
Great mouth feel
Light and flavourful
Buy it again — a month ago
8 years of age upon opening - nose of lemon pith, wet gravel, sea spray, butter. palate is bone dry with flavors of lime, buttered popcorn, wet stony minerality, saline. high acid! beautiful weight and texture given the years of bottle age! — a month ago
This wine reinforces how good the ACT (Canberra District) is for Riesling. White flowers, Talc, Lime - paraffin notes developing. Probably a 15 year drinking window and therefore in its early stages at 6 years. Developing honey and toast characters. This wine has a stellar show record. Clonakilla only enters one show which is the Canberra Wine Show where this won Best Canberra Riesling, Best Riesling, Best White and finally Champion Wine of the Show. On the strength of this I just bought 6 bottles of the just released 2021 Riesling. — 13 days ago
100% Semillon grape
Not singing like the previous bottle
Surely past its peak, but still giving a focus nose on the sweet side with white nougat, white choc and apricot tarte tatin with cinnamon.
Had Matrot Meursault Charmes 1er cru 2010 the same night and that was far more oxidised.
It still has some thing to say.
It is long and fleshy.
It has turned in something else
Sweet, but fresh therefore somehow still in balance. — 15 days ago
More nutty (cashew) than fruit driven on the nose. A delicate light to medium weight palate - some grapefruit notes. A great example of cool climate Chardonnay with fruit from Tumbarumba. Later vintages of Bin 311 now include fruit from other renowned cool climate districts like the Adelaide Hills and Tasmania. A class act. — 17 days ago