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De Bortoli

Noble One Botrytis Sémillon 2013

Lunch at home with friends on Saturday. Gives one an opportunity to open a Sauternes style which doesn’t happen often. The Noble One from de Bortoli is generally regarded as one of Australia’s finest Dessert style wines made from Semillon grapes effected by botrytis. A lovely apricot and honeycomb note with diminished acid. — a month ago

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Joy Road Vineyard Chardonnay

Maybe not my favorite RM Chardonnay, still high quality wine, of course very young. Almost Big League Chew bubble gum flavors on night #1, My wife didn’t get that at all, oh well. Some toasty notes. — 2 months ago

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His Chardonnay’s are always hit or miss with me. So I have a hard time wanting to purchase them.
David Vielhauer

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I’ve really enjoyed the Thieriot and Platt Chardonnay’s

Warburn Estate

Rumours Pink Moscato

Perfect sweetness. — 4 months ago


Celestial Red 2020

Great drinking wine. — 15 days ago


Murray Darling Pinot Noir

Jodi M

Lovely, smooth, chocolatey — a month ago

Wilton Estate

Botrytis Sémillon 1995


Deep mahogany color. At 25 years, still refreshing sweet / sour. Not too sweet. Great with savory sweet and sour fish. Would also complement soy sauce chicken. — 4 months ago


Panek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Big, bold dark blue and black fruits. Needs a few more years, or a 2 hour decant to come together. A notch above the Calistoga and two notches below the Lore and Lamb, IMO. — 5 days ago

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I hear you.

Ferren Wines

Frei Road Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

Shay A

Even though I’m a big fan of Ferren’s Frei Rd Chardonnay, this was my first Frei Rd Pinot.

Not sure of normal experiences here, but the richness here seems to fall in between Rivers Marie (love) and Aubert (just so so for me). Darker color in the glass…bit of a purple tinge to it. Aromatically it sports potpourri, violets, underripe black cherries, underripe blue fruit and some cedar. Initially, the front palate seems like it will be heavy based on all of the flavors but it turns really elegant. Dark chocolate, a slight roasted character, and spicy fruits. With RM, I get that orange zest note, and with Aubert, I get more alcohol and kirsch. My in between note here is more ripe pomegranate than either of the others. These probably need 5-7yrs from vintage to be in a good spot. Followed over two days and stayed consistent.
— 2 months ago

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@Bryan Kesting : I think there is some confusion. @David L ‘s comment was for the Chardonnay, but my post was for the Pinot. I definitely think the pinots need about 7yrs as this one at 5yrs was young! Or maybe everyone is wanting to discuss the chard!
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Sorry for the confusion. I personally feel the 7 year mark is best for both the Pinot and Chardonnay…generally speaking. Im sure it also depend on vintage. My opinion.
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@Bryan Kesting : Ah, got it. I haven’t had the Frei chard with that much age, but it sure was good at 4-5yrs, however, definitely young. I’ll do my best to hold a bottle.

De Bortoli

Deen Vat Series All Rounder Bilbul Sémillon

An incredible wine. Rich old gold turning towards orange in colour, weighty in the glass. This 2002 smells fresh with honey, mandarin orange, citrus. It smells like a dessert semillon but is dry in the palate. Long finish. Amazing wine, a real delight. — 4 months ago