@Delectable this is Wedding Rock Single Vineyard Chardonnay
Stellar. I would blind this for a warm Puligny-Montrachet vintage. Delicate but grounded in spiraling flavors of grilled pineapple, white peach, and honeysuckle. All the oak nuances elevate the experience without making the viscosity thick or overpowering. Notes of creme fraiche, buttered toast, and creme brûlée encapsulate the palate and finish. All day you pick up flint and chalk with wild mushrooms. You get all the creaminess without losing freshness and acidity. I’m in love with this.
Dijon Clone planted in clay and limestone. 66% spontaneous fermentation and aged 16 months in French Oak.
@Dana Dungan thank you so much for this! — 7 days ago
A beautiful example of aged Hunter Valley Semillon. Lanolin, Wet Hay a little toast and very little honey at this stage. A lovely waxy texture on the palate. Plenty of acid and still a good future. 7 Trophies on the Australian Show Circuit as you can see above the label. — 5 days ago
The 2017 Villa Maria Private Bin Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc shows the expected grassy, herbal nose with tropical fruit and minerals included. The palate is also full of those mineral notes, as well as lemon, lime and guava flavors. Acidity is brisk, and the lengthy finish is fresh and citrusy. — 18 days ago
Deep flavor stout with a good shot of chocolate coffee flavour. Slightly bitter. texture wise a bit watery, but overall a most satisfying brew! — 3 days ago
Not sure what to think about this one. Less than 13% abv. This is a bottle that is a little bit perplexing, definitely not the best wine you have ever had, yet just can't stop sipping on. The nose of this is really interesting... peppermint, black cherry, ginger, cola. Entry has a touch of heat. Not necessarily acidic although it certainly progressed that way after being open for a few hours. Palate was underripe black cherry, mint, cola, herb, black tea and a hint of pipe tobacco. Medium bodied wine. Finishes rather soft and without much tannin. Really good balance and structure, although I do not think I would hold this wine for very long. This is my first Lemberger and I really should probably pursue others to compare as it is a variety I don't know much about. — 5 days ago
I once heard chief winemaker at Mount Pleasant, Jim Chatto, give a speech saying that stylistically Mount Pleasant was copying South Australia in making riper richer Shiraz back around 2000 to 2009. This wine reflects that. These days they have returned to a more traditional medium weight yet still long living style. This wine is much more dense ripe and concentrated but still with traces of Hunter Valley earthiness and sweaty saddle. Even at 14 years this wine has a long future in front of it. Of my 2 remaining bottles I will have the next one in 2025. — 14 days ago
This is Cabernet Franc in a Beaujolais style. Nose of this wine alone is worthy of 89. Bing cherry, brambleberry, oregano, white flowers, honeysuckle, full of cheer! Entry is medium bodied. Touches acidic for about 0.2 seconds and then goes to a brambly mineral dense red cherry fruit and wildflower. Gets quite a bit more brambly in the middle. Finishes with a candied cherry minerality almost like a dusty Luden's cough drop. Would have almost expected some bitter notes here but it never went that direction. Really quite a complex wine for the price paid. Although I don't really think this is a long term ager, it did require about 2 hours to fully express itself. Really neat wine. — 2 days ago
This is my first time having a FLX rosé. Very unique. This was a gorgeous deep pink in the glass. Oddly enough, this was really “spritzy” shortly after pouring. Being pinot and CF, there aren’t many of those sweet, tropical fruits you get on a lot of Napa & Sonoma rosés...watermelon rind, rhubarb tart and a distinct herbal flair aromatics. Acidity feels quite mellow so there is a definite round and soft feel here on the palate. Bruised cherries, strawberry skin and peach. This may sound odd, but there is a note here that reminds me of a cherry limeade. Very solid for the $20 price point. — 6 days ago
This is seriously good. Recommended to me by the chap at a supermarket in Christchurch. They use cork and this wine has aged beautifully. It’s something a burgundy fan will enjoy, though it reminds me more of like Ceritas. I wouldn’t mind trying this wine with even a touch more age. — 6 days ago