Monday, 31 December 2007
Sunday, 30 December 2007
Friday, 28 December 2007
Wednesday, 26 December 2007
Word of warning, this wine can use decanting. I left it to breathe in the bottle for a couple of hours and that was barely enough. My initial tasting was quite tight and it took a little while longer to open up and display the delicious berry and hint of mint that I had been anticipating.
A smoky vanilla nose with firm but fine tannins and long finish mean this wine could use a few more years in the cellar. It's good now, but will improve greatly within a few years. So the second bottle I bought will just have to sit there :)
I'm going to buy a couple of the 2002 and see how that goes. Will let you all know...Drinkability 91/92 (to be fair, this will improve in time)
Price $23.80 (Dan Murphy's in any six pack)
Tuesday, 25 December 2007
First review for this wine, which has been one of my favourites since I bought a dozen at last years Brisbane Wine Show in July. At the time it was the best thing I have tasted, but that was a while ago now, still, it holds it's own.
Beautiful smooth vanilla followed by ripe rasberries on the palate. Long and luxurious, this wine is a cut above and only lacking a little in complexity.
That isn't really a problem though because this wine tastes fantastic and if you know what you like, you don't need to drink a wine and constantly be looking for more in every mouthful. No, this is a good wine - Simple and luscious.
I read that James Halliday rates it a 94 and he seems to be right again. God Love him.. :)
I paid $35 a bottle on special for the wine show and have had no luck with emailing the winery itself to purchase more (they seem not to answer any type of personal email... that's not the way to build a name...) and to buy it by the bottle they seem to want $50. I rate this a 94 too, but for less than $20, the Dorrien Growers is a far better drop.
Still, I love this wine.
Price $35 (Brisbane Wine Show Special Price_)
Saturday, 22 December 2007
How bloody good is this wine!!!
We drank it with cheese and fruits after the bottle of Riddoch and I have to say that once again, I was completely in awe. The rich nose and beautiful smooth mouthfeel combining to make this a fantastic experience and tremendous value.
I have already bought 3 cartons and after that I want to secure a couple more.
James Halliday doesn't bother reviewing Cellarmasters Wines, but don't let that stop you from trying this iconic wine. It has won medals at top wine shows in this country and it has never disappointed me. In fact I think I'll open one to breathe right now :)Drinkability 94
Price $19 (from Cellarmasters, but i might be getting it cheaper for the volume I am buying)
Friday, 21 December 2007
Wednesday, 19 December 2007
A nice surprise tonight with the opening of this particular cleanskin. It opened up nicely after half an hour and had a brilliant rasberry flavour that was quite appealing.
Not a particularly striking wine, but quite drinkable and the rasberries made it very enjoyable.
Price $9.95 (Get Wines Direct)
Sunday, 16 December 2007
Got this as a special 6 pack with two other really cool named wines from Grant Burge (Balthazaar and the Holy Trinity) at a fairly good price and thought I should give them a chance... Grant Burge has a good name and these wines are 'Wines of Distinction' according to the website for Grant Burge.
It's a dry wine, not overly so, but enough to notice it above all else at first. Though I must admit that given a little more time the acidity dropped away and this wine became a nice lucious smoky rasberry, still dry, but a lot softer on the palate. On the nose it has a definite warm smokiness and really does have a great appeal.
A great mouthfeel and long finish.
It's about a half hour breathing before the real quality shows itself but when it does it has a taste of it's own (or at least one I haven't had before.
I'm not sure what this would cost outside of the deal I got from Cellarmasters, but it's worth a look. I am going to rate this higher than the 'Experts' like Mr Halliday who gave it a 90.Drinkability 91
Price $35 (apparently. though I got it in a six pack with two others for $130)
Saturday, 15 December 2007
Monday, 10 December 2007
Tuesday, 4 December 2007
Well, this wine came as a surprise and a good one at that. We had enjoyed the Gotham Shiraz for what it was worth and this Cab Sav came recommended (albeit by Get Wines Direct)
We let this wine sit in the bottle for an hour or so and it had opened up nicely. A good vanilla oak nose and a real sweet rasberry palate and a hint of mint. Fairly smooth with firm but fine tannins made this wine as good as any Cab Sav in recent memory.
I think this wine will last a few more years yet and develop into a real winner. Apparently it's an ex - Wynns winemaker at the helm and he has done a great job.
I'm going to order another half dozen right now. It is that good..
Price: $9.95 (Get Wines Direct)