Manjimup, South West Australia

Leeuwin Estate

Art Series Margaret River Chardonnay 2014

Shay A
9.4

In keeping with the Aussie theme from a recent Grange dinner (1997-2001, 1998 was the clear winner), this was brought as a starter.

With about 9yrs on it, this is the oldest Leeuwin Art Series Chardonnay I’ve had, and I’m impressed at the evolution. Slightly reductive (sweet smoke) upon opening, but it added great character. Color was a beautiful deep yellow (but not oxidized gold). Tropical (white peach, nectarine) but also honeyed cashews and honeysuckle aromatically. Great depth on the mid-palate with added tropical notes carried by faint oak but a distinct mineral driven finish. Drinking beautifully. Wish I had more.
— 21 days ago

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Mmmm sounds very nice!
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@Shay A Totally agree Shay. I shared a bottle at the Gold Coast just before New Year with about 8 of us and 2 kilos of prawns. A perfect match. Followed by a 2015 Woodlands Chloe which kept up the standard.
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@Sharon B : Indeed it was!

@Bob McDonald : I’m not familiar with Woodlands Chloe. I’ll seek some out.

Glaetzer

Amon-Ra Barossa Valley Unfiltered Shiraz 2018

Oh it’s Shiraz, no doubt, but moderately dense for the style, and such an elegant brute. This bad girl is drinking well after a couple hours decant. — 2 days ago

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Penfolds

Bin 28 Kalimna South Australia Shiraz 2019

Oldest in the Penfolds portfolio, Wine includes fruit from Barossa, McLaren Vale, Padthaway and Wrattonbully vineyards, aged in American oak. Deep Ruby with aromas of dark berry fruits and sweet spice. On the palate ripe blackberry, plum and cherry flavors with cacao, espresso and vanilla oak. Vivid acidity, rich ripe fine tannins, long finish ending with fruit and a bit of spice, very nice! Good value with aging potential. — 25 days ago

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Leeuwin Estate

Art Series Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

A good Aussie Cabernet. Good but not great. — 2 days ago

Penfolds

RWT Barossa Valley Shiraz 1997

Twenty-five years old. What a special treat! Wine had a deep crimson color (no hints of brown at all) with a slightly brick rim. Bright aromas of dark cherry, chocolate, mushroom, menthol and roasted herbs. Pallet featured all of the above, plus some baking spices, eucalyptus and plum. Quite earthy. Reasonably long finish and very silky tannins. The wine has mellowed but there still plenty of fruit, texture and acidity. Glad I held on to this one for a while. — 2 days ago

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Penfolds

Grange South Australia Shiraz 1996

A massive, deep, powerful and structured masterpiece of a Grange. Youthful, yet also rocking tonight with explosive and layered aromatics of créme de cassis, warm cherry pie, eucalyptus and Christmas spices. They waft from the glass. The palate is rich and intense but also shows such finesse in its delivery, along with a silky smooth texture, ripe tannins and ridiculous length. Differing from my usual wines of choice, but Grange is indeed a special wine. ✨ — 24 days ago

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Nice! Doing a ‘98-‘02 vertical of Grange this evening.

Henschke

Hill of Grace Vineyard Shiraz 2008

Voted WOTN for good reason. This has been a bucket list wine for me. Some sections of this famous vineyard were planted in 1860 but all of the vines are ridiculously old. It’s bombastic and really stands out from the crowd. Very expressive both on the nose and on the palate. Full bodied and multi layered. Creamy and rich texture. Dark berries, plums, coffee, cigar, orange peel, eucalyptus, soy, cigar box and an array of oriental spices. Probably at a peak right now, such a joy to drink. — an hour ago

Penfolds

Bin 389 South Australia Cabernet Shiraz 2008

The beauty of screwcaps (Stelvin) is that you can keep them standing up so that when you plan to drink them all of the sediment (a reasonable amount in a 15 year old Bin 389) is already at the bottom of the bottle and ready to be decanted. Aromas of Oak, Blackberry and Tar. From the warm 2008 vintage and fairly extracted. Too much oak but it is made for the long haul (20 years plus) and needs to balance all that ripe fruit. Medium plus to full bodied. Blackberry and black cherry. Maybe in 5 years the oak will be fully integrated. I’m sure Penfolds know what they are doing. They’ve only been making Bin 389 for 60 odd years (a guess). — 14 days ago

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Penfolds

Grange Bin 95 Shiraz 2015

My second time trying Grange. Side by side with Hill of Grace this actually comes across more restrained. But it’s also a younger wine. Currants, plums, lavender, espresso, vanilla and sweet baking spices, asphalt. Rich and polised finish with freshness for balance. Aging will enhance the wine to new heights. — an hour ago

Penfolds

Grange Hermitage Bin 95 Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 1976

Amazing vintage for Grange — 9 days ago

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