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2005 Rockford Shiraz SVS Hoffman

Barossa Valley more

5/5/2015 - Marc Likes this wine: 94 points

From one of the great Barossa vineyards, this bottle, produced by Rockford is (for me) everything that is great about the region. Generous and warm, American oak with all of its delicious coconut layers, ripe and sweet blackberry fruit and an effortless structure that is at once both defined and yet light. This is great wine that was a treat to taste next to the cooler Flaxman vineyard. Drinkable now and should improve over the next 7-10 years.

  • Comment posted by evanqian:

    5/5/2015 7:11:00 PM - 80? typo?


2011 Ata Rangi Célèbre

Martinborough Red Blend more

12/28/2013 - evanqian wrote: 87 points

Classic NZ Wine Trail - Martinborough (Martinborough): unusual red blend: 60% Merlot, 30% Syrah and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, though it's been there for many years.

dark red/purple. still young. intense flavours. strong Syrah pepper spice and Merlot dark fruits. CS contributes powdery tannins as backbone in the quite grand but weird structure. heavy and powerful, long woody finish with chocolate and vanilla. but I think there is less harmony among different flavours, tastes just like a quick mixture. reluctant to say it's balanced, maybe this style is too weird to be my cup of tea.

Alc 13.5% , TA 6.0, pH 3.5

Bob Campbell 90(Apr 2013) 93(Jun 2014), Sommelier 2014 Gold, Michael Cooper 4.5 stars

AP: 4/5; AR: 12/15; Palate: 14/20; overall: 3+4/10
TOTAL: 87+/100

  • Comment posted by evanqian:

    9/17/2014 7:34:00 PM - @benjaminpaul I tasted it at Ata Rangi cellar door, a quick flight with very friendly staff. tasted like not melt at all, but still can feel the big structure and the potential. Merlot-Syrah blend is not typical in old world, reminders me some low-quality Vin de Pays, this one hardly changed my impression :)

    of course, it might be improved on aging, so curious about it. after all, I highly respect Ata Rangi on their classic PN.


2012 Annie's Lane Shiraz

Clare Valley more

9/7/2014 - evanqian wrote: 86 points

Dark purple. Heavy tannins, smooth texture, strong dark fruits and white pepper flavours. Medium bodied, good density but not long. Medium finish with some fruity sweetness. Quality Oz Shiraz.

Ap 4/5, Ar 12/15, Palate 15/20, Overall 3+2/10
Total 86/100

  • Comment posted by evanqian:

    9/7/2014 5:18:00 PM - Xlllll III

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