10x20 Victorian Tasting

Customs House, Sydney, Australia
Tasted Wednesday, August 22, 2012 by CamWheeler with 388 views

Flight 1 - Crawford River (2 Notes)

  • 2011 Crawford River Riesling Young Vines 89 Points

    Australia, Victoria, Western Victoria, Henty

    Appealing, youthful nose of florals, pineapple and honeydew melon. Palate has a crisp line of acidity and good length.

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  • 2005 Crawford River Riesling 88 Points

    Australia, Victoria, Western Victoria, Henty

    Honey, a pinch of smoke, lime and a fair bit of kerosene (which I happen to like). Palate is showing significant development, it is still kept fresh by the acidity but I think this is best consumed in the near future.

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Flight 2 - Craiglee (4 Notes)

  • 2009 Craiglee Chardonnay 88 Points

    Australia, Victoria, Port Phillip, Sunbury

    Cashew, oats and some citrus. On the palate the mouthfeel occasionally feels like it is tipping towards being overly rich, but it pulls back just in time. Interesting but I wasn't particularly smitten.

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  • 2008 Craiglee Shiraz - Viognier 89 Points

    Australia, Victoria, Port Phillip, Sunbury

    Tobacco, raspberry and light lifted violets. The palate is bright, showing ripe red fruits along with good length and texture.

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  • 2009 Craiglee Shiraz 89 Points

    Australia, Victoria, Port Phillip, Sunbury

    Some smoked bacon, cherry, five spice and raspberry aromas. The palate is savoury, hinting at mixed spices with good length and restrained red fruit. I thought this was very good but lacking a little magic.

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  • 2010 Craiglee Shiraz 88 Points

    Australia, Victoria, Port Phillip, Sunbury

    Stalks, tar and smoke comprise the nose. The palate is more rounded in flavour, with some darker fruits evident but the stalky character still sticks out right through to the finish. Maybe it just needs time to settle down in bottle, but it wasn't quite balanced right now.

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Flight 3 - Masterclass: Moorooduc Estate Chardonnay Robinson Vineyard (3 Notes)

Flight 4 - Masterclass: Bannockburn Chardonnay SRH (3 Notes)

  • 2008 Bannockburn Chardonnay S.R.H. 91 Points

    Australia, Victoria, Port Phillip, Geelong

    Nutty and floral aromas mingling with some citrus and peach. There is texture and interest on the palate, with well weighted fruit intensity balanced by good acidity.

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  • 2001 Bannockburn Chardonnay S.R.H. 88 Points

    Australia, Victoria, Port Phillip, Geelong

    Honey, guava, some butter and hay aromas. The palate has developed as well but there isn't enough depth and there is a very small out of place spirity twinge to the finish. Drink now.

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  • 1997 Bannockburn Chardonnay S.R.H. 92 Points

    Australia, Victoria, Port Phillip, Geelong

    Layered nose of cashew, honey, mandarin and pear. The palate is developed but it shows a fresh lift through excellent acid and well held structure and powerful fruit, leading to a long finish. While I don't think it will fall over soon, it is near its peak and drinking well right now for my taste. Much better than a "standard" '97 Bannockburn Chardonnay I had 5-6 years ago that was in danger of falling over already.

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Flight 5 - Masterclass: Tarrawarra Pinot Noir Reserve (3 Notes)

  • 2010 Tarrawarra Pinot Noir Reserve 90 Points

    Australia, Victoria, Port Phillip, Yarra Valley

    Tight nose, but opened up quickly in the glass to reveal violets, cherry, tobacco and stalks. The palate is lithe, with restrained red fruit and some textural elements to give interest. There is enough here to convince me that it will improve over 5-6 years.

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  • 2008 Tarrawarra Pinot Noir Reserve 89 Points

    Australia, Victoria, Port Phillip, Yarra Valley

    Cherry, raspberry, some violets and stalks. The palate is nicely balanced between savoury and spice notes with some plush fruit. Good length, this is a good wine and should develop well over the medium term.

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  • 2004 Tarrawarra Pinot Noir Reserve 88 Points

    Australia, Victoria, Port Phillip, Yarra Valley

    Brilliantly complex nose of forest floor, roses and aging autumn leaves. The palate unfortunately does not quite deliver the same depth and complexity. It is fine, decently balanced, but without the same interest factor. Drink now.

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Flight 6 - Masterclass: Bindi Pinot Noir Block 5 and others (6 Notes)

  • NV Bindi Cuvée III 91 Points

    Australia, Victoria, Port Phillip, Macedon Ranges

    A blend of fruit from 1993 to 1997, spending 13 years on lees in bottle and with zero dosage. The nose shows toast, hay, lemon, spice and some appealing nutty character. There is a richness to the palate that is delicious and balanced out by fine, fresh acidity. A serious and seriously good wine.

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  • 2010 Bindi Chardonnay Quartz 90 Points

    Australia, Victoria, Port Phillip, Macedon Ranges

    Lemon peel, spice, minerality and a hint of oak. The palate is well balanced with fruit intensity and depth. Drink over the next 3-4 years.

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  • 2010 Bindi Pinot Noir Original Vineyard 91 Points

    Australia, Victoria, Port Phillip, Macedon Ranges

    Lovely floral perfume on the nose, there is also some earth, cherry and five spice. The palate is a pleasing mix of savoury elements and restrained red fruit. I've had this three times in the last year and it has been consistently very good.

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  • 2010 Bindi Pinot Noir Block 5 90 Points

    Australia, Victoria, Port Phillip, Macedon Ranges

    Appealing nose of black cherry, olive, earth and roses. Palate is bright, with some depth to it and powerful coiled fruit power lurking. Great length and very good potential to improve.

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  • 2005 Bindi Pinot Noir Block 5 93 Points

    Australia, Victoria, Port Phillip, Macedon Ranges

    From magnum. Earth, violets, fresh red cherries and spice. The palate has immense power but the structure is in place to keep it reigned in and balanced. Exceptional length and genuinely superb depth. My faith has been restored after a disappointing 2006 Block 5 recently. Keeping in mind this was from magnum, I think it will continue to develop over the next 10 years.

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  • 2000 Bindi Pinot Noir Block 5 91 Points

    Australia, Victoria, Port Phillip, Macedon Ranges

    From double magnum. I loved the aromas on this - forest floor, smoked meats, cherry and a hint of truffle. The palate is complex and textured, it has obvious age and has almost all its components resolved. I would drink this now (especially since this sample came from a 3L bottle).

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Flight 7 - Masterclass: Bass Phillip Pinot Noir Premium and others (9 Notes)

  • 2010 Bass Phillip Chardonnay Estate 89 Points

    Australia, Victoria, Gippsland

    Oats, some spice, melon and grapefruit aromas. Palate is rounded out by some sweet fruit but offset by good acidity.

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  • 2010 Bass Phillip Pinot Noir The Crown Prince 89 Points

    Australia, Victoria, Gippsland

    Cherry, some bramble and just a slight earthy note. The palate shows some tasty and supple red fruits while maintaining a savoury edge. Approachable and drinking nicely already.

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  • 2010 Bass Phillip Pinot Noir Estate 90 Points

    Australia, Victoria, Gippsland

    Stalks, briar, violets and cherry on the nose. The palate continues the savoury earthen trend and is paired with good structure through the fine tannin. Good and should improve over the medium term.

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  • 2007 Bass Phillip Pinot Noir Estate 90 Points

    Australia, Victoria, Gippsland

    Cherry, plum and some leather and spice - reminded me more of a wine in the medium aged Hunter Valley mould on the nose. The palate is extremely elegant and restrained, just hinting at some sweet fruit in the background. Good length with the tannins providing plenty of grip. Drink over the next 4-5 years.

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  • 2010 Bass Phillip Pinot Noir Premium 92 Points

    Australia, Victoria, Gippsland

    Unique nose of salami, tobacco, red cherry and violets - I found this really appealing even though it sounds slightly strange. The palate is long and restrained, with medium bodied red fruits and a very lengthy finish. Impressive even now, in 7-8 years I think it will be even better.

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  • 2009 Bass Phillip Pinot Noir Premium 94 Points

    Australia, Victoria, Gippsland

    My favourite wine of the night. Intensely fragrant and floral nose of rose petals, earth, cherry and subtle spices. The palate is brilliant - it has amazing focus and structure and even though it is youthful, there is a layered complexity to it that just takes this to another level. Superb length and a stunning wine overall.

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  • 1995 Bass Phillip Pinot Noir Premium 90 Points

    Australia, Victoria, Gippsland

    Smoked meats, with autumn leaves and sour cherry aromas. The palate is lightly fruited and shows excellent complexity. Was drinking at, or just past, its peak.

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  • 1987 Bass Phillip Pinot Noir Premium

    Australia, Victoria, Gippsland

    From magnum, but opened two days prior by the winemaker. VA and leather on the nose, with some smoke and tobacco notes. The palate is better than the nose, it is well balanced and still showing some good acidity. Hard to call since it was opened so long beforehand, but the nose was tired and I wish I could have tried it when opened.

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  • 2010 Bass Phillip Pinot Noir Reserve 92 Points

    Australia, Victoria, Gippsland

    A serious nose with black cherry, earth, truffle and just a background hint of raspberry and game. There is a bit more fruit density here on the palate than the 2010 Premium but retains the great depth and structure. Very classy wine.

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Flight 8 - Dalwhinnie (5 Notes)

  • 2010 Dalwhinnie Shiraz Moonambel Pyrenees 91 Points

    Australia, Victoria, Western Victoria, Pyrenees

    Tobacco, kirsch, tar and some (but not over the top) cedar. The palate is quite dense with pure and powerful fruit and enough tannins to keep it structured. Extremely young, it probably needs another 10 years at least to really shine.

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  • 2009 Dalwhinnie Shiraz Moonambel Pyrenees 91 Points

    Australia, Victoria, Western Victoria, Pyrenees

    Menthol, smoked meat, plum and graphite. Less overt powerful fruit than the 2010, but also more depth to go along with the restraint. Balanced and quite approachable already, it will still age well over the medium term (say 6-7 years) as it has fine tannin structure.

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  • 2008 Dalwhinnie Shiraz Moonambel Pyrenees 90 Points

    Australia, Victoria, Western Victoria, Pyrenees

    Pepper, some tar, blackcurrant and earth on the nose. Ripe and powerful fruit on the palate, there is some spice to give it more than superficial fruit interest. I did like this but it was just a touch behind the vintages surrounding it (10,09,07).

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  • 2007 Dalwhinnie Shiraz Moonambel Pyrenees 92 Points

    Australia, Victoria, Western Victoria, Pyrenees

    More dark floral notes here than the following vintages (08,09,10), along with blackberry, five spice and a light remnant of cedar from the deft oak use. The palate exudes class, there is superior balance between fruit, oak and tannin along with brilliant length. Drink over the next 10 years.

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  • 2010 Dalwhinnie Cabernet Sauvignon Moonambel Pyrenees 90 Points

    Australia, Victoria, Western Victoria, Pyrenees

    Plenty of menthol along with mint, redcurrant and spices on the nose. There is good concentration of fruit on the palate, the menthol doesn't come through as much but it is still there. Overall it shows balance and potential to develop.

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Flight 9 - Yeringberg (6 Notes)

  • 2010 Yeringberg Marsanne/Roussanne 88 Points

    Australia, Victoria, Port Phillip, Yarra Valley

    60% Marsanne, 40% Roussanne. I liked the nose - lemon, cinnamon and white floral aromas. There is tense acidity on the palate, but for now it lacks spark.

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  • 2011 Yeringberg Viognier 88 Points

    Australia, Victoria, Port Phillip, Yarra Valley

    Peach, apricot and white floral notes on the nose. The palate is more restrained, with some good acidity and drive.

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  • 2009 Yeringberg Chardonnay 89 Points

    Australia, Victoria, Port Phillip, Yarra Valley

    Citrus peel, stone fruit and some light spice notes. The palate shows good restraint and persistence. This was better than I expected and I think it will drink well over the next 4-5 years.

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  • 2010 Yeringberg Pinot Noir 88 Points

    Australia, Victoria, Port Phillip, Yarra Valley

    Very floral nose, there is also some mint, raspberry and stalk. Medium bodied red fruit on the palate, it needs some more depth and texture.

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  • 2010 Yeringberg Shiraz 89 Points

    Australia, Victoria, Port Phillip, Yarra Valley

    Good complexity to the nose, with cloves, barbecue sauce, plums and some holy basil and menthol. Medium body and length with a savoury tilt to it.

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  • 2010 Yeringberg 91 Points

    Australia, Victoria, Port Phillip, Yarra Valley

    A nose of cherry, smoked meat, tobacco, cassis and dark florals. There is good vibrancy on the palate, it is predominantly savoury but there is lifted fruit as well and great texture. Was drinking quite well now but should be good for the next 10 years also.

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Flight 10 - Jasper Hill (7 Notes)

  • 2012 Jasper Hill Riesling Georgia's Paddock 90 Points

    Australia, Victoria, Central Victoria, Heathcote

    Floral and lime notes on the nose. Cleansing acidity on the palate, finishing nicely crisp. Very good length. Extremely young obviously, but very good and has plenty of potential.

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  • 2002 Jasper Hill Riesling Georgia's Paddock 89 Points

    Australia, Victoria, Central Victoria, Heathcote

    Lots of kerosene on the nose, with some toast and honey. Palate is developed and has nice length. Drink now.

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  • 2011 Jasper Hill Shiraz The Sisters 88 Points

    Australia, Victoria, Central Victoria, Heathcote

    A blend of Shiraz with 80% from Georgia’s Paddock and 20% from Emily’s Paddock. Cocoa and blueberry aromas, with a touch of vanilla. The palate is medium bodied and pleasant without much complexity. Nicely easy to drink and may develop over the medium term but is approachable now.

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  • 2002 Jasper Hill Shiraz Georgia's Paddock 92 Points

    Australia, Victoria, Central Victoria, Heathcote

    Vanilla, some smoked meat, mocha and plum aromas. There is great density on the palate supported by some impressive tannin structure and lifted by a gentle minerality element. Excellent carry through to the finish. Should happily continue to develop over the next 10-15 years.

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  • 2003 Jasper Hill Shiraz Georgia's Paddock 91 Points

    Australia, Victoria, Central Victoria, Heathcote

    Tobacco aromas with some cherry, smoke and leather. The palate is quite youthful, there is some plush and sweet red fruit. Doesn't feel as structured as the 2002 currently is, but it is more appealing for drinking right now.

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  • 2006 Jasper Hill Shiraz Georgia's Paddock 90 Points

    Australia, Victoria, Central Victoria, Heathcote

    Plum, liquorice, chocolate and some light vanilla oak on the nose. The palate is densely fruited but it has the structure from tannins and supporting oak to balance it out. Need some more time to come together and soften a bit, another 5-6 years perhaps.

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  • 2009 Jasper Hill Shiraz Georgia's Paddock 92 Points

    Australia, Victoria, Central Victoria, Heathcote

    A dense and complex nose of blackberry, earth, liquorice as well as kirsch, violets and some pepper. The palate is brooding, rich, detailed and intense - it is given a lift by bright acid and kept from being over the top by the structure. This needs some serious time in bottle to be its best, 7-8 years at least.

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Flight 11 - Post Tasting Dinner: White (1 Note)

Flight 12 - Post Tasting Dinner: Burgundy Red (2 Notes)

Flight 13 - Post Tasting Dinner: Other Red (2 Notes)

  • 2010 Abbotts & Delaunay Carignan Alto Stratus 90 Points

    France, Languedoc Roussillon, Languedoc, Minervois

    Cinnamon, spice, tobacco and chocolate with some swirling floral aromatics. The palate shows both spice and savoury elements and is quite appealing. Drinking well now for my taste.

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  • 1994 Lake's Folly Cabernets 91 Points

    Australia, New South Wales, Hunter Valley

    Leather, cherry and blackberry on the nose. The palate is in great condition, there is medium bodied red fruit with a brightness to it that lifts the wine. There is also some complexity and depth, this is drinking well right now. This is a classically styled aged Hunter Valley red, though I probably would not have picked it as Cabernet if blind.

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