Flavours Of The Past

House of Arras

Grand Vintage Champagne Blend 2007

Drank this last Sunday for Mother’s Day. Arras is probably Australia’s best Sparkling producer. Of recent years certainly the most awarded. A few years ago this 2007 won Best Sparkling at the Royal Queensland Wine Show and then the Trophy for Champion Wine of the Show! The wine itself is mid Lemon in colour - low on fizz - we drank this from Burgundy glasses. Bakery aromas with Lemon Curd. 78% Chardonnay, 22% Pinot Noir. The lemon/citrus flavours derived from the Chardonnay. The following day Sherbet, Honeycomb and Quince. 7 years on Lees giving a wonderful complexity and ridiculous value at only $60. I don’t know how Ed Carr can do it. — 20 days ago

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Joseph Phelps Vineyards

St. Helena Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Interesting, delicious, special. Pineapple sauvignon flavours with creamy undertones of vanilla and a finishing hint of lavender. Oily feel, oak aging has given body but no nasty bite. — 8 days ago

Quintas do Homem, Lda

Vale do Homem Branco

Smells of ripe peach orchards

A lovely flavor profile of peaches, pepper, honeyed cashew, apricot Close to the pit. The minerality pushes its way from beginning to end, then past that.
A delicious Vinho Verde, with unique flavor, personality, and one that I need to return to. Excuse me.
— 13 days ago

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Balnaves of Coonawarra

The Tally Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Medium plus crimson in colour. Strong Coonawarra mint on the nose and black currant. After a time eucalyptus/menthol notes. Classic Coonawarra Cabernet flavours with cassis to the fore demonstrating why it has been a great district for Cabernet for over 60 years. More opulent than savoury but still only medium bodied. Drink the last one in the next year or two. — a month ago

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David T

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Tried to work in a day and half in Coonawarra when I was there but, it just didn’t workout. Disappointing.
Bob McDonald

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I know what you mean. I haven’t been there either. It’s sort of in the middle of nowhere - a solid few hours drive south of Adelaide. On the to do list.
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Make that a 4 hour drive from Adelaide to Coonawarra.

Domaine Auguste Clape

Cornas Syrah 1990

Tawny with thin amber rims. Dry fruit nose. Notes of dried cherries, some cranberry, a fresh cigar cut, a dollup of raspberry jam and a hint of menthol. Silky in the mouth. Tannins resolved with enough fruit to balance with the structure. Probably past it’s prime showing but very nice tonite nonetheless. — 6 days ago

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Bin 389 South Australia Cabernet Shiraz 2002

See many previous notes. Just a brilliant Cabernet Shiraz blend and proof of the ultra longevity of Bin 389. The good news is that there are still 7 bottles left in the cellar. Difficult to see them lasting past 2025, meaning I won’t be able to keep my hands off them. — 8 days ago

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Lake's Folly

Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

This is a really good Cabernet blend. Loads of blackcurrant flavours with eucalyptus and oak. Takes a little time to soften in the decanter, better with some air. Day two it softened even further and really showed nice balance and a little sweetness. Based on other reviews of earlier vintages, I would think this has many more years of life and potential for improvement. — 20 days ago

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This is a top-flight Aussie wine!
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Agreed and the presentation is really unassuming, the wine does the talking 😃

Wente Vineyards

Southern Hills Livermore Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Ripe black cherry and plum flavours, soft tannins with undertones of coffee & spice. Tons of flavour. Great with lamb. — 4 days ago

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Andrew Will

Mays' Discovery Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Pop and pour, a little over 5 years since my last bottle. This is downright gorgeous, and one of the best Cab Sauv I've had in a while. On the nose: soft boysenberry, some herbal notes, charcoal powder, tangy red fruit, so fresh and lively, but tempered with a touch of game and leather. On the palate, fantastic acidity, some plum and blackberry, a touch of soy, great salinity. Attenuated tannin on the juicy finish. This is at or perhaps slightly past peak, but a fantastic bottle of Cab. — 4 days ago

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Peter Lehmann

VSV 1885 Shiraz 2010

See 2 previous notes. This has shown progressively better at each tasting. An interesting series, the VSV Series (Very Special Vineyard) from Peter Lehmann. In this case the 1885 is planted on its own roots by the Schrapel family in the Ebenezer district since...1885. The 6th generation Ralph Schrapel tends the vines - his signature on the label. A tradition in the Barossa that many are purely grape growers, many of German descent, and not necessarily vignerons. This vineyard is a low yielding 4 acre block. I made brief notes in any event - deep dark Ruby in colour. A classic Barossa palate - black cherry, earthy, dark chocolate flavours with a touch of liquorice. Luscious and mouth filling with softening tannins. Very easy to like and drinking at its peak. A good example of the saying that good wine is made in the vineyard. — 9 days ago

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Great summary, @Bob McDonald. Thanks for sharing the back story.
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Thanks Ron