Hunter Valley, New South Wales

Mount Pleasant Wines

OP & OH Limited Release Hunter Valley Shiraz 2003

One of my half dozen and man have I been enjoying them. Tart sweet fruit with all the unctuous aged Hunter Shiraz flavors. — 7 days ago

Andrew Thomas Wines

Sweetwater Individual Vineyard Shiraz 2017

Fantastic Shiraz. Great with beef and mushroom sauce. — 20 days ago

Tyrrell's Wines

Vat 1 Hunter Valley Semillon 2013

Jeremy Shanker
9.3

I don’t drink this wine nearly enough! — a month ago

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Torbreck Vintners

Woodcutter's Red 2013

David T
9.2

Our marinaded tri-trip wine.

Good things happen when you take a good producer’s entry level wine and lay it down for 4-5 years. Then, pair with the right food.

Torbreck makes in descending quality order that I have had; The Laird ($400-$700), RunRig ($175-$200+), The Descendant & The Factor (around $90-$100 ish), their Struie (around $50) and the Woodcutter’s ($16-$24 depending on where you buy it).

The Woodcutter’s shows itself to be a close relative but, lacks some of the structure, depth and quality of fruit from its other siblings. However, the QPR is undeniable!

There are two things I am trying to convey. You don’t always need to spend $100 to $100’s for a really good quality wine. Second, even if you lay down a good entry level wine from a good producer in at least in a good vintage, very good things come through.

This shows, dark currants, ruby, candied; purple fruit mix, blackberries, black raspberries, black cherries, black plum & blue fruits. Sweet tarriness, anise to black licorice, limestone, dry, crushed rocks, mixed berry cola, soft leather, wood shavings, dry herbaceous notes, dark spice, softly, layered baking spices; vanilla, clove, nutmeg, hints of cinnamon, understated mint/eucalyptus with dark, purple, blue flowers in a violet & lavender bouquet.

The body is; rich; ruby and full. The tannins are round, tarry, chewy and meaty. The structure, tension, length and balance are just a couple steps short of its peak. Dark currants, ruby, candied; purple fruit mix, blackberries, black raspberries, black cherries, black plum & blue fruits. Sweet tarriness, dark, used, expresso grounds, anise to black licorice, limestone, black pepper, dry, crushed rocks, mixed berry cola, soft leather, wood shavings, dry herbaceous notes, dark spice with palate heat, more pronounced & layered baking spices; vanilla, clove, nutmeg, hints of cinnamon stick, dark, rich turned earth, dark top soils, understated mint/eucalyptus with dark, purple, blue flowers in a violet & lavender bouquet. The acidity is round and nicely done. The long finish is, juicy to dry earthy, well balanced, elegant and persists without end.

The 2013 Woodcutter’s has another 10-15 years of good drinking ahead.

Photos of; their new tasting bar, Sofia during our private tasting with their International Brand Manager and that famous Barossa red clay soil structure with Estate vines.
— 8 days ago

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Paul T- Huntington Beach

Paul T- Huntington Beach

Yeah I remember your post, thats why I was surprised you didn’t mention it
David T

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@Paul T- Huntington Beach I’m must be getting old, memory is slipping. The 12 was really good. A Parker 💯 pointer.
TheSkip

TheSkip

I’ve enjoyed this wine many times. It’s like a big hug.

Clonakilla

O'Riada Shiraz 2013

This is really great juice. On the nose, imagine a new tyre or the smell of new tennis balls when you pop the pressurised can overlaid with spice and fragrant herbs. Palate is smooth with a long finish, perfect balance of fruit, liquorice, cloves and violet candy. Shiraz from the cooler Canberra region seems to have allowed some great complexity to develop and even bring a French edge to the wine. I recommend this one. — 14 hours ago

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Toliman

Celestial Red 2018

I’m not usually a white wine enthusiast, I prefer reds, however this was delightful and a sweet surprise. My most favorite white wine thus far. — 6 days ago

Scarborough

Pinot Noir Rosé 2016

A medium bodied Pinot with great taste! Easy smooth drink, went well with cheese and crackers — 8 days ago

Usher Tinkler

Death by Semillon 2019

Delicious with bbq prawns! — 8 days ago

De Bortoli

Noble One Botrytis Sémillon 2006

Ron R
9.3

Wifey detected aging, I didn’t. However, still a superb effort. Liquid candy augmented by herb notes. Pure decadence. — 13 days ago

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@Ron R @Anne-marie Beausejour Cheers 🇺🇸🇨🇦🍷
Hugh O'Riordan

Hugh O'Riordan

Interesting wine
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@Hugh O'Riordan arguably the #1 sticky down under. @P A , cheers.