Very toasty nose showing development, with lemon and wax coming through as well. The palate continues the toasty trend, there is nice depth and some rich fruit to it and the finish is long and lingering.
Australia, New South Wales, Hunter Valley, Pokolbin
Some lemon and toast on the slightly shy nose. Acid takes the prominence on the palate, there isn't as much depth as the other wines in this flight but it is still a good wine that probably needs another 3-4 years to show its best.
Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Barossa Valley
Lychee, lanolin and wax aromas. Palate had that lanolin character carry through. Good flavour and drinking well now. This isn't usually a wine from Rockford that I like, but I thought this was very good.
Closed slightly at first but soared in the glass - a touch of mint, honeysuckle, citrus and nutty aromas. The palate is beautifully structured, holding up magnificently. There is a youthfulness here that is amazing for its age but it is also layered and complex. Good bottles like this one show the magnificent potential of Hunter Valley Semillon.
Only just starting to turn golden coloured with tinges of green evident. Nose belies its age somewhat, there is fresh lemon with honey characters only just starting to develop. The palate is rich and long, it just doesn't have the complexity of a top wine, but it is still fantastic.
Citrus, pear and a floral note. The acid is still searing on the palate, it has barely softened at all. Despite this, there is clear structure and I think it has enough fruit that it will live long enough to come around. Of the Vat1 wines tried tonight, this needs the most time, at least 5 more years if not 10.
Aromas of graphite, rock melon and lemon pie. The palate is extremely approachable, there is a richness and roundness to it without being broad. I'm happy to drink this now while waiting for the 98 and 99 to mature further.
Honey, rocks and wax on the nose. The palate is starting to fade and drops away early. This bottle was heading past its prime but other bottles may or may not be better, I thought the last bottle I had 7 years ago was ready to drink so I guess this is consistent.
Smoky notes, leather, liquorice and redcurrant on the nose. Palate is well balanced with savoury character and restrained fruit still present. It is probably time to drink as I don't think it has the structure to get better.
Colour is fantastic, vibrant and no fading at the rim. Raspberry, some earth and iron as well as blackberries on the nose. Palate is brooding - tannins, oak and fruit are all present and they do work well together to provide balance. Structured and with lots of potential, this is an excellent wine.
Madarin and quince with some marzipan and honey aromas. Palate has very good acid still to balance the medium sweetness. Holding up well and should continue drinking well over the next 3-4 years from 750ml bottles like this one.