Mid crimson with some transparency - the appearance of a red burgundy. Aromas of tar and rose petals with licorice/aniseed. Aromatic and savoury together - not a lot of fruit on the palate. A good food wine and a good rendition of a new world Nebbiolo - not unlike a Langhe Rosso. — 25 days ago
A mixture of Citrus aromas and even tropical fruits - a hint of mango on the palate. Oak totally in balance. Some creamy notes but with enough acidity to keep things fresh. New Zealand Chardonnays are fabulous and worth seeking out. Decanter Magazine (UK) said the 2012 vintage of this wine was voted the best Chardonnay in the world outside Burgundy in 2015. — 24 days ago
Aroma of semi sweet citrus. Buttery lemon citrus with a sweet burst of sugar then a tart grapefruit finish. Similar to a New Zealand Sav Blanc. More tart as it warms up. — 7 days ago
Nose has mashed strawberry/banana and cut red delicious apple.
Palate has sweet, but dry, strawberry, banana peel, under-ripe red currant and light green herb notes.
An interesting rose that I was able to get some more information about on my visit to the BB winery last Fall. The wine is 100% DeChaunac, a more common varietal for colder climates, like Ontario. The third vintage on this wine, fruit is sourced locally from Sheldrake Point.
This wine still wins the prize for about the darkest color of any rosé in our cellar. Light ruby, like a flawless stone you can see right through. — 7 days ago
Continuing my love affair with New Zealand Chardonnays even if only a glass with 6 Pacific Oysters fresh from Port Douglas at lunch today. Pale Lemon in colour Leesy Lemon Citrus aromas with traces of vanilla oak. More fulsome on the palate than the nose would indicate. Very Good. At Gerard’s Bistro Brisbane. — 23 days ago
Trying out all the highly rated $10.00-$20.00 whites to guzzle during the summer heat & Beach bike rides. This is a wine advocate 91 for $15.00
1. Novellum,ridiculous for $10.00
3. This one
4. Matias Santa Lucia Highlands
But basically splitting hairs on all of them,
Matias is the most complex. — 2 days ago
Really interesting. Low alcohol-12.5%-quite tannic so has some legs to age, or benefits from a robust decant ( which we didn’t do). On nose plenty of wild raspberry, palate is somewhere between an old school Bordeaux & Saumur red( blend is 70% cab franc & 30% merlot), along with serious tannic structure. Serious natural winemakers too. — 6 days ago
There was a time in Australian wine history where wines were named after their better-known counterparts. That said, one would expect this "Burgundy" to be Pinot Noir, but no - it's Shiraz.
I guess someone at Lindeman's thought they were stylistically similar wines. The Bin 7600 is a light shiraz sitting on ample oak. On the nose, dried sweet red fruits, cream, leather, menthol. Tannins fully resolved, medium body, insane acidity for a shiraz - I'm certain this is what kept it so fresh. The palate showed more prunes and spice (Chinese five spice), with some evident wood character. The write-up on the label suggest peppery notes, which I didn't really get. Interestingly persistent finish, driven by acidity, though not the most complex.
What an oddball this was, but one worth hunting down (especially the famed 65' "Twin Bins", which I have yet to try). For me, while I didn't exactly enjoy the combination of a light shiraz on oak richness, this was fruitful study.
NB: Drank with BM at Hunter-Gatherer Vintners. A random purchase from Langton's usually isn't a good idea, but this turned out well. The cork was really moist and crumbly, but out came a wine that was as pristine as possible for a 30 yo. A win for me! — 4 days ago