Australia, South Australia, Mount Lofty Ranges, Clare Valley
Creamy oak nose, though well integrated. Distinct. Apricot (stone?) notes on the nose, then honey too as the wine warms up. Very fresh for a 17 year-old. Mouth similar, with a clean dry and dry finish, though let down by a short finish.
Deepish gold. Nose of honey and nuts but very clean. Expected oxidative style but not at all in reality. Lovely dry palate of quicksilver lipidity. Great lightness. Not the longest of finishes, but great quality.
Slightly more mature colour than the Bellegrave. Nose initially of tinned asparagus though this fades. Some pencil too. Gentle in style. Perhaps not as perfumed as expected for a Margaux the mouth is classic mature Bordeaux. Good but a little dull? Revisited later, this has picked up. Growing on me.
Totally different to the 1983 that preceded. Much fatter, warmer, sweeter all-round.; slutty' says someone Slightly medicinal nose - almost over-ripe? Blind I would have guessed this as a mature Chateauneuf du Pape. Seems very Grenache and garriguey. This calms down with time. Rather fun, but northern Rhone? Hmmm. Prefer the 1983.
France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru
Classic Pinot nose. Seemed clean to start though oak came out after a while. and began to fill out. Quite crunchy tannins too. A full style. Not my thing to start, though grew on me. Still rather young, but quality is there.
Australia, South Australia, Fleurieu, McLaren Vale
Totally unknown own quantity to me. Lighter colour than expected. Nose was rather claret-like with notes of tobacco and leather. Soft, caressing palate. Some dried fruit / Christmas cake? Pretty good though still perhaps too lacking in definition or character?