Peter Bourne's Right Bank - Merlot and Cab Franc lead the way

Sydney
Tasted Wednesday, August 24, 2011 by chatters with 183 views

Introduction

Sit down Merlot and Merlot dominant wine tasting at Peter's place

Flight 1 - Bracket 1 - Merlot to the fore (5 Notes)

Hmm

  • 2009 Tarrawarra Merlot K Block

    Australia, Victoria, Port Phillip, Yarra Valley

    Colour Clear, ruby, medium intensity, legs
    Nose Developing medium intensity, clean, slight green/pyrazine, spice, cedar, perfurme, slight berry and an almost toffee/caramel oak
    Mouth Medium minus body, tannin, acidty, medium flavour. Bitter over slight red fruit, toungue coating phenolic, medium alcohol. A little too acrid, medium finish

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  • 2009 Ross Hill Cabernet Franc Pinnacle Series

    Australia, New South Wales, Central Ranges, Orange

    Colour Clear, ruby, medium intensity, legs
    Nose Medium minus intensity, clean developing slight jam, spice, vanilla, ethanol heat and camphor!
    Mouth Medium plus flavour intensity, medium body, medium minus tannin, medium acid, medium alcohol, short to medium finish, slightly metallic, disappointing and dull

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  • 2006 Star Lane Merlot

    Australia, Victoria, North East, Beechworth

    Colour Clear, Ruby, medium intensity, legs
    Nose Medium plus intensity, clean, developing, jam, vanilla, cream, sweet spice, alcohol heat
    Mouth Medium plus tannin, acid, alcohol. Sice and black fruit, the tannins are very dry. Some vanilla as well. Too hot and feels disjointed and engineered

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  • 2007 Château D'Aiguilhe

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux

    Colour Clear, purple to ruby, medium plus intensity and pronounced legs
    Nose Medium minus intensity, clean. Developing. Some leather, biscuit and toasty oak. Red fruit and yet more biscuit!
    Mouth Medium plus tannin and alcohol, medium acidity. Clove, nutmeg, spice, leather, very dry and a little hot. Long finish

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  • 2007 Château Teyssier St. Émilion Grand Cru

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru

    Colour Clear, ruby, medium minus intensity, legs
    Nose Medium minus intensity, clear, developing, cream, red fruit, spice
    Mouth Medium minus tannin, medium acid, medium alcohol, chalky and slightly course tannin, slight red and quite muted red fruit. Spice. The body is quite light and the wine a little wet and thin.

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Flight 2 - Bracket 2 - More Merlot blends (5 Notes)

The L'Hospitalet de Gazin was the standout wine of the bracket

  • 2009 De Salis Wines St Em M

    Australia, New South Wales, Central Ranges, Orange

    Colour Ruby, Clear, medium minus intensity, slight legs
    Nose Developing, medium minus intensity, clean, red berry fruit, slightly herbaceous, cream and mint.
    Mouth Medium acid, alcohol, body, flavour intensity, tannin. Dry. Some spice and red berry fruit.

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  • 2009 De Salis Wines Cabernet Franc St Em F

    Australia, New South Wales, Central Ranges, Orange

    Colour Purple to Ruby, bright, medium intensity and some minor legs
    Nose Developing, medium plus acidity, clean, perfumed, red fruit, vanilla, cream and spice but also a touch of herbaceousness
    Mouth Medium acid, body, flavour intensity, tannin and medium plus alcohol. Dry. The alcohol lends a slight spice mouth numbing heat on the long finish. Not much fruit

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  • 2008 Philip Shaw No. 17

    Australia, New South Wales, Central Ranges, Orange

    Colour Purple to ruby, clear, medium minus intensity
    Nose Developing, medium intensity, clean. Vanilla over red fruit, tiny leather, very slight sweet spice, creamy and rich. Very nice nose.
    Mouth Medium plus intensity tannin and alcohol, medium acid, body and medium minus flavour intensity. Dry. Not much going on from a flavour perspective, it’s quite unpleasant and rather dull at the same time – the finish is bitter and long. Weird.

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  • 2008 Man O' War Vineyards Merlot Cabernet Franc Malbec

    New Zealand, North Island, Auckland, Waiheke Island

    Colour Purple to Ruby, clear, medium intensity
    Nose Developing, medium intensity, clean. Tea, slight funk, biscuit and toast, cedar and slightly meaty all dominate red fruit.
    Mouth Medium acid, alcohol, body, flavour intensity, tannin. Dry. The tannins are drying on the front of the palate and, other than bitter coffee, there isn’t much going on.

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  • 2007 L'Hospitalet de Gazin

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol

    Colour Clear, purple, medium plus intensity and pronounced legs
    Nose Developing, medium intensity and clean. BBQ meat, toast, farmyard funk, dusty, beef extract over spice, mineral – stone – and red fruit
    Mouth Medium acid, alcohol, body, flavour intensity, tannin. Dry. Bitter coffee and clove and nutmeg over black and red fruit, slightly warm but not intrusive alcohol. The long finish carries the fruit which seems to open and grow in the mouth and reveals touches of herbaceousness. Very nice indeed.

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Flight 3 - Bracket 3 - Blends in the Right Bank mould (5 Notes)

Hmm

  • 2009 Woodlands Cabernet Franc Merlot

    Australia, Western Australia, South West Australia, Margaret River

    Woodlands Cabernet France Merlot 2009
    Colour Purple to ruby, medium intensity, some legs and bright
    Nose Developing, clean, medium intensity. Very perfumed, spice and savoury vanilla and red cherry and berry fruit. Lovely nose
    Mouth Medium acid, body, flavour intensity, tannin. Dry. Medium plus intensity alcohol. Red fruit, spice, leather and generous alcohol that comes to the fore on the long finish

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  • 2007 Blue Poles Allouran

    Australia, Western Australia, South West Australia, Margaret River

    Colour Clear, ruby, medium minus intensity, legs
    Nose Medium minus intensity, developing, clean. Red currant, plum and spice. Slight herbaceous notes and greenness.
    Mouth Medium plus tannin that seems to fade away. Medium acid, alcohol, body, flavour intensity. Dry. Slight hot, toast, red fruit, long finish. Hmm.

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  • 2008 Picardy Merlimont

    Australia, Western Australia, South West Australia, Pemberton

    Colour Clear, purple to ruby, medium minus intensity, legs
    Nose Toasty oak, red berry fruit, developing medium intensity clean yeast extract (marmite) and spiced meat
    Mouth Medium acid, alcohol, body, flavour intensity, tannin. Dry. Slight spice marries with the tannin that last in the mouth and some red fruit that sits in the mid palate.

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  • 2008 Frankland Estate Olmo's Reward

    Australia, Western Australia, South West Australia, Frankland River

    Colour Clear, purple, medium intensity, legs
    Nose Developing, medium intensity, clean. Toast, red fruit, plum, spice, leather and perfume
    Mouth Red fruit, spice, slightly bitter and green. Medium acid, alcohol, body, flavour intensity, tannin. Dry. Long almost candied with hints of chocolate. A tiny bit warm on the finish.

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  • 2007 Château Monbousquet

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru

    Colour Clear, purple, medium plus intensity
    Nose Developing, medium intensity, toast, red fruit and green herbs, vanilla, spice, oak…lots’ of oak!
    Mouth Medium acid, alcohol, body, flavour intensity, tannin. Dry. Bit dull and flat, some red fruit, coffee and chocolate. Feels quite engineered.

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Flight 4 - Bracket 4 - Finale (6 Notes)

  • 2009 Craggy Range Sophia

    New Zealand, North Island, Hawkes Bay, Gimblett Gravels

    Colour Clear, medium minus intensity, ruby, legs
    Nose Developing, medium minus intensity, red fruit over black plum fruit, spice and perfume and vanilla
    Mouth Medium minus body and flavour intensity. Medium acid, alcohol, tannin. Dry. Some red fruit, wet, dull, flat and, inexplicably, liquorice and slight raisin. Ugh

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  • 2008 Henschke Abbott's Prayer

    Australia, South Australia, Mount Lofty Ranges, Lenswood

    Colour Clear, medium intensity, purple, legs
    Nose Developing, medium intensity, slightly jammy red berry compote and a touch of raisin and, also in a most strange way, a touch or greenness.
    Mouth Medium plus alcohol and acid, Medium body, flavour intensity, tannin. Dry. Again, the contrariness of jammy fruit and a certain green unripe quality. Medium minus length. Spice. Hmm

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  • 2007 Wantirna Estate Cabernet Franc / Merlot Hannah

    Australia, Victoria, Port Phillip, Yarra Valley

    Colour Bright, medium plus intensity, purple, legs
    Nose Developing, medium plus intensity, farmyard funk, toast, raspberry red fruit over black fruit over vanilla and spice and slight meat.
    Mouth Medium acid, alcohol, body, flavour intensity, tannin. Dry. A little thin, vanilla and red fruit over the long finish.

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  • 2007 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru

    Colour Clear, medium intensity, purple to ruby rim fade, legs
    Nose Developing, medium intensity, vanilla, graphite, red fruit, cedar, spice and cream
    Mouth Medium plus acid and tannin. Medium alcohol, body, flavour intensity, dry and slightly bitter, red fruit and medium finish. A little disappointing after the nose.

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  • 2007 Château La Conseillante

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol

    Colour Clear, medium intensity, ruby, legs
    Nose Developing, medium minus intensity, clean, slight funk, graphite, violets, toast, leather, spice, cedar, lovely nose
    Mouth Medium plus acid, Medium alcohol, body, flavour intensity, tannin. Dry. Red fruit, spice, slightly bitter, fruit and spice grows on the long finish. Very pleasant.

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  • 1995 Frankland Estate Olmo's Reward

    Australia, Western Australia, South West Australia, Frankland River

    Colour Clear, rim fade from ruby to garnet, serious legs, medium minus intensity
    Nose Fully developed, slight vanilla, slightly porty, kernel, spice and plum
    Mouth Medium minus intensity tannin, medium plus alcohol – a little generous on the long finish. Touches of plum and spice but the wine is a little simple and a little disappointing

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Closing

bit of a Meh tasting for me...other that the second wine of Ch.Gazin nothing really shone for me.

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