Wednesday, 28 November 2007
I got Jean to open it about two hours before I got home and it was stunning from the first mouthful. A beautiful nose of mocha and a palate of rich chocolate berries. The finest firm tannins and overall, a beautiful wine. Jean even commented, so I know that it has that WOW factor.
I had bottle number 718 tonight, that's pretty damn low since the other ones I have had were about 10,000.
I really do need to get another case of this soon, just to keep. It will always be good to bring one of these out with company and it would suit almost any food.
Not a particularly heavy wine, it is however 15% alcohol. You would not notice, it is that smooth.
Drink ability 94
Price $19 (Cellarmasters) (I bought 3 cases already of the 2005 and 2 of the 2004)
Sunday, 25 November 2007
Saturday, 24 November 2007
Friday, 23 November 2007
This wine is fucking beautiful!!! As a cleanskin you expect the worst and hope for the best, well, this wine delivers.
Vanilla Rasberry on the nose, smooth as silk on the palate and length for days.
I have already ordered a few more, but after comparing it to the bottle of Riddoch that we had for dinner (and I am going to review next) I can safely say that I will have to order another dozen.
They say this was worth $45 retail and I can see why, but for $14.95 it really is a winner and will be replacing the Devil's Lair Fifth Leg Blend in my top wines under $15
Price $14.97 (Get Wines Direct)
Thursday, 22 November 2007
Wednesday, 21 November 2007
Ok. Now I have to admit that we bought this bottle for the label. I mean... how cool is that? :)
But we had tried the 2006 Gotham and really, it wasn't bad for a sub $10 wine.
This however, I bought for about $13 a bottle at auction with Grays Online. I did pay a little more than I thought, but only because I stupidly didn't notice it was only 6 bottles, not 12. Doh.
However, this wine blows the 2006 away (not just in the label either)(though Jean says she like the 2006 label too...) it's a richer, full bodied Shiraz and packs a punch at 15+% alcohol !!!
It has a fruity nose and very long lingering palate that belies it's price. It gets decent reviews and I can see why. It's not the style I prefer personally, but really at sub $15 a bottle, it makes good drinking. I think it's probably best with steak or some wanky game meat... or a really strong cheese. I'm going to stalk Grays and try to get this even cheaper. It's worth it.
Price $13 (auction grays online)
Sunday, 18 November 2007
Saturday, 17 November 2007
Opened this Chalk Hill Shiraz and it smelt very nice indeed. Vanilla and very smooth.
Let it breathe a while and found it to be quite ok. As time went on though, it seemed to lose it's charm and fell back into the ordinary. Still holding it's vanilla, but with nothing else to add.
However, it did cost less that $10 a bottle, so I am not really disappointed.
Price $9.95 (Get Wines Direct)
Friday, 16 November 2007
Well, after drinking the ClonaKilla earlier this evening, this Dorrien just blew it away... absolutely stunning!!
I do favour the 2005 slightly, but this 2004 was excellent. Smoky oak on the nose and palate. Big Vanilla too. I am a huge fan. Jean too, she loved this tonight. We had a cheese platter and this went with it superbly.
I'm going to have to try get more... :)
Price $18 (cellarmasters on special because I bought a couple of cartons)
Clonakilla comes with a mighty reputation thanks to James Halliday and it's Shiraz Voignier, which is meant to be as good as it gets...
This Shiraz is very young and it took a good three hours to breathe in the bottle before it gave up anything other than mint... but when it did it was a nice blend of fresh berries and a very smooth finish. Quite nice.
Unfortunately I had tasted too much of the mint and was a little off put. It's a good wine, but too young for now. My mistake, I guess, but you live and learn.
Will keep the other two bottles for a few years and see what happens...
Price $26 (Wine Ark)
Wednesday, 14 November 2007
Mmmm... this wine hath redeemethed itself since my last bottle. (Long Story...)
Allowed to breathe for a couple of hours, this wine reeked of vanilla, which is what I love. Smooth and sweet, I really enjoyed the drop tonight. Will finish the bottle tomorrow night and see if that makes a difference.
Nothing much more to say.
Price $13 (Liquor Land Toombul) (on special)
Tuesday, 13 November 2007
Monday, 12 November 2007
Sunday, 11 November 2007
This was a surprise. Very smooth from the bottle. Nice and easy to drink.
Not a particlarly great shiraz, but it served us well tonight. Not a big flavour, but not weak either.
For the price, we could have gone a little cheaper to get the same value, but this ended up being ok.
I have never heard of this wine, but will give it another go if I see it again, hopefully cheaper...
Price $19 from the bottle shop in the Valley near the Italian place.
Saturday, 10 November 2007
Wow. Pretty much the word to desribe this wine. Left open for an hour or more, we had it as an appetiser and main course with our Italian meals at the Cortina in Nundah. Very rich and with loud chocolate overtones, this wine was a cut or two above the cheapies.
Very Berry. Very smoky, but with a sensational chocolate or mocha that lasts. I love this wine and am glad I bought 2 dozen :)
It's a shame that Dorrien is a Cellarmasters winery, I would love to see what mr Halliday said about it. It did win gold at the 2007 Sydney Wine Show. So, that's nice.
Thankyou Mr Doddridge :)Drinkability 93
Price $19 (on special from Cellarmasters)
Friday, 9 November 2007
Wednesday, 7 November 2007
Opened the second bottle of this Coonawarra Shiraz and it did not disappoint. Didn't really let it breathe too long, but long enough for it to open up and show enough to really please.
On the nose was a little vanilla and a hint of rasberry, not unpleasant or over powering at all. On the palate is strong berry fruits (rasberry sticks out) with a hint of pepper at the finish. Again, not over powering in any way and well balanced. Quite a nice little wine.
I tried the Black Wattle Icon 'Robe' Shiraz at the last tasting and it was brilliant. This particular wine was Cellarmasters 'wine of the year' and it was made by Neil Doddridge.
Need I say more...Drinkability 91
Price $13 (cellarmasters special wine of the year pack) (interestingly they seem to want $280 a dozen for it now)
Sunday, 4 November 2007
Did my first course yesterday with Paula Tewksbury (see here)
It went from Midday to 9pm and included a nice meal and a lot of wines. As it was my first course, I had no preconcieved ideas and was hoping to soak up as muc rudimentary knowledge as possible. I did learn a lot of things and did try a few styles of white (i still can't see myself liking it much, but gave it a go anyway)
The food matching part wasn't bad, but not really comprehensive. Still, I did learn some stuff that I did not know. And the food was good.
Nobody on the course liked any of the reds that were used. That made it a little difficult to enjoy. A little disconcerting in a way too, as they were supposed to be good wines. Meh. I may just be a little single minded when it comes to my own taste.
There were 18 people on the course from a variety of backgrounds. Paula herself seemed quite comfortable in the role of teacher and the course seemed to flow nicely without lagging.
I will endeavour to further my study in different areas, but I can't see myself looking for work in the industry. I would just like to know a lot more when I talk to fellow wine wankers. :)
My first Cellarmasters event and I had a good time. Not as many wines as I had expected, but a good selection nonetheless. I met Kurtis and had a good chat as well as the Head Honcho Katie Langford, both were very approachable and pleasant.
In my groupie daze, I went and got my photo with my hero Neil Doddridge at the Dorrien Estate stand. See photo.
He was pretty cool about it and said it was the first time he had ever been asked :)
As for the wines, the first wine of the night was pretty good. An unreleased Icon wine from Black Wattle the Robe Shiraz 2006. At $50 a bottle it's expensive, but will be worth it in a year or so.
The last and probably best I tried was the Vasarelli Pallino Red Blend 2005. Again, unreleased and at $50 a bottle, it might be something for the cellar.
Will see what I can get them for or even previous vintages...
I did find a white that I liked and Jean is going to buy... the Stefano de Pieri Moscato 2006 @ $9 a bottle, basically a nice version of passion pop :)
Anyway, we went with Scott and Jeanine and had a nice dinner after at some place on the river at Southbank. Duck, Crocodile, Squid and Chicken... All cheap and pretty damn nice.
In all, quite a nice night and I look forward to more from Cellarmasters.
Thursday, 1 November 2007
This is not the second bottle of Gotham we've had, but I'm writing again to confirm that it is indeed not a bad drop.
At $9.95 I have to say it's not the best ever, but it is certainly better than others.
It's smooth and has a nose that I can't identify yet, but it occurs in a few of the cheaper brands and cleanskins. Not unpleasant, but it does let you know what you paid for it.
Still we have had almost a dozen and Jean is happy to spring for another dozen.Drinkability 87
Price $9.95 (Get Wines Direct)