Western Australia, Australia


Alma May Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Wine No. 8 in the field of 8 Cabernets from the 2009 vintage tasted blind and it proved to be the consensus Winner by a narrow margin over the Les Forts. I loved this and the Palmer 8 years ago at the Cape Mentelle tasting and they remain stunning wines. A wonderful perfume of red flowers, plums, and earth. Medium to Full Bodied with great length. Two of the tasters, long time wine professional, Ken Gargett and Dr Mark Welsh ( head of the Chevaliers in Australia) each gave this wine 98 points. This was Margaret River at its best. Bravo Woodlands and the Watson Family!! — 3 days ago

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Clive McNish

Clive McNish

Nice selection of wines, looks like it was a great I’d evening
Bob McDonald

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I still have to post some random wines brought by the guests - some of which were stellar. Me being the host provided the 8 Cabernets tasted blind.

Cullen Wines

Diana Madeline Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2009

On Saturday I conducted a Cabernet tasting at home with 8 mates. The theme was 2009 Bordeaux v Margaret River. See previous note of 80 weeks ago. Wine No. 3. A nice red pepper note amongst the leafiness, cedar and red fruits. Wonderful balance which is a hallmark of Cullen Cabernet. More elegance than power. — 3 days ago

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Mahe & Ribo Syrah 2015

Lovely wine with beautiful aromatics and excellent complexity. It showed a very interesting transformation over the evening from mostly mixed wild berries at first then later adding more savory notes with smoked meat, herbs, and black olives. Full of flavor but still light on its feet. @Fraser McKinley thanks for hanging out with out group on Zoom and chatting about your wines! Your passion for what you do really shows through in your wines. — 8 days ago

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@Eric LaMasters , I’m glad this is as I remembered from when I brought it to San Antonio. My favorite Sami-Odi to date! Lots of fun with Fraser tonight.
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Thanks for your kind note @Eric LaMasters and fantastic chatting with you all today! What a great bunch of guys, I can only imagine how fun the group rendezvous are!
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Wish I had been able to have made it . Next time.

Cape Mentelle

Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Wine No. 6 of the 8 Cabernets we tasted blind on Saturday. The idea for this tasting came from Cape Mentelle who annually have an International Cabernet tasting at the winery in WA where they have the confidence to put their wine up against the best Cabernets in the world every year. This has all of the classic Cabernet descriptors of black olive, red fruits, cigar box etc. Ranked #6 of the 8 Cabernets we tasted on the day. Again needs to be cellared to realise its ultimate potential. — 3 days ago

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Clive McNish

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Tough break when you score 9.5 and still only come 6th on the evenings rankings 😃
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@Clive McNish That’s right Clive. There were some good wines there. To be fair the rankings for the tasting were judged on a consensus. I gave this wine 95 points but the consensus was 92.66.
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The consensus was the average of 9 tasters.


The Boxer Shiraz 2006

Just concluded the annual Fall seclusion at our cabin in the Rangeley lakes region of Maine, mobile service up there is mostly non-existent, after several days I am posting again. Notes are somewhat brief, as my focus is relaxing and watching the Common Loons swimming and diving in the cove in front of our camp.

Nose has charred cigar box, sauteed cherries, dried blueberries, freshly whipped cream, sliced black cherry, old-dark chocolate shavings, oak bark and mashed blackberries.
Palate has earthy blackberry juice, chocolate covered cherry, wet cedar shavings, grilled raspberries, muddy-mashed cherry with a medium+ finish.
Our second to last bottle from an experimental case project, bought on release ($15) and I'm just floored on the presence of this wine in our glasses today, expressive on all fronts, quite satisfing after many years of patience.
— 5 days ago

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Clive McNish

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Great to see this can be enjoyed with age, I’ve always enjoyed it young as I thought the high alcohol would not let it develop.
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@Clive McNish I'm inquisitive, or stubborn, agree on the high ABV, but I'm waiting it out, it was in prime form this week, finally.

Glenlofty Estate

Pyrenees Shiraz 2015

3% Nebbiolo...jammy, black fruits, lots of acid tannin and balance. Very nice. — 9 days ago

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Cullen Wines

Vanya Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

At my Cabernet tasting on the weekend. Thanks for bringing this gem Ken Gargett. This is Cullen’s top Cuvée - I had never tried before. One of those wines that is so balanced and medium bodied that you don’t think it will cellar whereas in reality it will cellar for 30 years. There was some lively discussion on this point at the table. Plum and dark cherry notes. A wonderful wine but a little expensive. Postscript: Only 261 bottles made. — 4 days ago

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Bin 5532 Vintage Port 1978

These old Vintage Ports from the likes of Lindemans live forever. Rancio spirity aromas with dried fruit raisin notes. A thick mouthfeel - goes to all corners - of profound intensity. Notes of cough medicine which is not unusual. Will still be going strong in a decade or two. — 2 days ago

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Castle Rock Estate

Porongurup Riesling 2017

Might be Australia single most underrated white wine. Delicious — 2 days ago

Mad Fish


Quite pleasant, no strange bitter aftertaste. Not too dry or acidic, nicely balanced. Would drink more. — 13 days ago