I swear, this is just stunning right now. Alternating between pear and red apple fruits, cinnamon and spice, and just a hint of that hazelnut character. Every darn glass is different and amazing. Drink it slow it get the maximum enjoyment. On day two its still going strong (amazing it lasted until day two).
The first thing I noticed was the brightness of yellow in the glass. I was expecting darker, so maybe this hasn't developed much yet ? Balanced nose with citrus, vanilla and expectation.... Not as full bodied as I expected due to a cooler year. Soft and delicate but full bodied, great wine but not an exceptional year. I'm going to wait a few years for the next, as I think it has more to give.
"Avid Wino" has this pegged. I'd say it's just starting to shine. Begs for food, not a summer sipper for the porch. I may wait to see if the alcohol calms down a bit. If it does, it's a 95 all day long.
A two 'fer of an Art Series day. Two art series, why not? The '06 is showing just spot on right now. Open, expressive, eased into its concentrated self. Just at the beginning of the drink window. So I guess, since the have been capping them, the drink start time is 8 years after vintage...
Looooooooooong. Heady. 2 small glasses and I already feel tipsy. Yum. So much going on, pear, grapefruit, peach, oats. Those toasted nuts do it for me. Good to go now, and anytime over the next five years. Don't chill this too much, I recommend drinking at 10-12 degrees celsius, just below typical wine fridge temperature.
Limpid green gold. Slightly tropical on the nose with hints of mango and pineapple with a splash of citrus. More "French" on the palate, bright acidity but not seeringly sharp, lemon and lime, a nuttiness and a lovely minerality. This wine is far more about finesse than power.
Drank slowly over a long afternoon and early evening as a prelude to a birthday dinner for my wife at home. This is still a lovely bottle of wine but it seems to have lost some delineation compared to the 7 times I have opened a bottle from the case in the past. Still very elegant, though. I will drink up the rest of the case fairly quickly from now.
Far less "exotic" on the nose then the 2007, much more a "return to form" than that vintage. Not that that vintage is bad by any means. And here is the classic mid palate richness that I have come to expect. And a more evolved sense of aromas. Less mineral on the finish, more fat and richness. Delicious.
Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay (AuZone, Stockholm): Light yellow. Nose with smoky notes and citrus, ripe yellow fruit, some flowers, mineral, a hint of herbal notes. Less citrus-dominated nose than the 2008. Palate with citrus, a lot of limes and grapefruit, quite concentrated, definitely high acidity, fresh aftertaste with mineral. Young, very fresh, could develop more. Cooler impression than the 2008, but a great palate! 93+ pts.
I am at about the middle of the case with this one, and while the wine has been good (91-92) it has always held something back. It has been about 8 months since my last bottle and the wine is really hitting its stride. It's no longer a gangly kid but a young adult. Still with plenty of years in the bottle, but it is just WOW out of the bottle right now. If you have any, open one and see for yourself. My one cautionary note is the temperature. When it is too cold, it doesn't give much away. 12 degrees (or wine fridge temperature) is pretty good, maybe a degree or 2 colder if that is too warm for you. It is a wine to just sit and enjoy.
- Yellow color with medium forming legs and aromas of cut green grass and geranium. It's lacking fruit and has flavours of mushroom and butterscotch with a light/medium body. Satin-Like texture with a medium finish - A big old buttery nose on open soon gave up hints of green grass and mustard flower. Tasting allows a little oak into the picture but quite subdued. Very little acidity left. WA chard at its peak, I think.
Unscored because we drank this at home in distracted circumstanced because everyone wanted to finish dinner fast and get downstairs to the communal pre-Halloween weekend party. This is to my mind the best Chardonnay that Australia produces and it deserves more contemplation than we gave it tonight. This is normally a 92-93 points for me but I can see how you could underestimate if you drank it in a "party" setting.....it's unusually refined and restrained and reticent by normal Australian standards.
One of the most complex and interesting wines i have ever had. Slightly hazy, minerality, was extremely fresh given its age. Fig notes white pepper. Blood orange peel, yeast and perfect integration of oak
Delicate on the palate with a hint of limestone that tells me this could sit for a while longer. It graced a pan-fried salmon and fava bean mash earlier, and despite a horrible struggle with the dinner's native citrus sauce (that would be the lemon noted by previous tasters) the wine shone through. I enjoyed it a bit chillier than my usual lukewarm preference for New World chardonnays; then again, Margaret River chards are sui generis.
Really need to stop opening this vintage, because the bottles keep getting better and this wine could be special in a few more years. Other notes capture the flavor profile very well. I agree with reviewer who compared to a top Burgundy.
Pale straw color. Pineapple and other tropical fruits with a good dose of butter on the nose. On the palate also tropical fruits and butterscotch. Great finish but a little unbalanced because of the huge alcohol (14.5%!). Enjoyed at about 12oC so a little cooler and it would have seemed more restrained. Still this is a well made wine and the French should not criticize it just because it is bigger than a Montrachet.
Two bottles opened a few hours in advance and served to accompany an appetiser of Norwegian Smoked Salmon With Sour Cream & Salmon Roe together with an Araujo Eisele Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2010 which it blew out of the water. Light silver gold colour. Nose is pronounced unsalted Normandy butter, roasted lemons, minerals and crusshed rocks. Palate is lemon drops boiled sweets combined with attractively tart honeycomb. Lovely elegance and it lightened up and became even more elegant with extended time in the glass, especially once it reached cellar-room temperature. Lovely resonance.....rolling resonance. Just very lovely and it impressed everyone.
Bit mystified by this one. Was quite disjointed for the first hour, oak poking out, alcohol, seemed too ripe and sweet. Did tighen up and improve from there but not sure what to make of it. I'd leave for a few more years and hope for the best. Off bottle perhaps?
Sipped over a long and leisurely public holiday afternoon at home in Hong Kong. This just gets better and better every time I drink it.....this has developed a lovely and increasingly understated but powerful harmonious integration of all its elements....more "power without weight" than any high-end white Burgundy I can immediately think of...just lovely.......like Albinoni's Adagio in G Minor translated into wine.
Obvious oak on the nose and palate but fruit is generally up to the task. Full creamy palate is ultra sexy and maybe (almost) too thick. A wine that needs more than a 50ml pour to fully think through but the class is very evident.
lovely tropical nose, maybe some melon and stone fruit. Decanting, letting it warm and develop, the tropical taste gains intensity. Wine is still light (I have this wine going back to 2000 and in 2-3 years I expect) it to gain power, deepen in colour and have stronger tropical tastes. I hope it will last as long as the 2000 which is still a great wine.
Had with christmas dinner. Most people went with a NZ SB so was great to share more of this bottle. Still v light in colour - intense nose of stonefruit/melon. A little restrained initially on the palate but then shows more expansiveness - a whole lot of flavours - peach/pineapple and some well integrated oak. The finish is incredibly long and refreshing.
8/10 - On the nose the wine smells of citus with cream. Lots of lemon and pebbles on the palate. Just hints of oak, butter and bitter zest to it as well. The finish on this is long indeed. The acidity's pretty high too which I quite enjoyed. My wife, on the other hand, found the wine sour and bitter, but she has never been one who enjoyed acid in wines.
A second bottle on succsesive nights, this ordered with crab and sea bass. Arrived a little too close to room temperature and, whereas some fine chardonnays have more chance to express themselves warmer, this I felt wasn't quite as spectacular as it had been on the previous night until it had been chilled a little more. Still lovely, but ever so slightly less citrus for me this time.
Enjoyed with scallops and turbot on the Saturday dinner (before the 1992 Rousseau Clos de Beze, against which it managed to hold its own). Fantastic light, citrus (grapefruity, perhaps a hint of lime) nose and palate. Good length. A touch of oak but complementary, and far from overpowering.
Three bottles opened but not decanted 2-3 hours before serving. Light green gold colour. Tight lemony minerally nose. Palate is WOW!......drop-dead gorgeous elegance and poise with lots of fruity lemon and quite swweet but also with a very sharp grapefruit acidity. Good length. Still young and needs a couple of more years at least to show its true colours.
Angela's Birthday Party (Crown Wine Cellars, Hong Kong): As light and silvery in colour as a steel fermented Sauvignon Blanc.Nose is gunflint, fresh lemon peel and wet warm pebbles. Palate is rich, deep creamy, lemony citrus, acidic freshness and a minerality remniscent of Epsom Salts. Quite a lot of body As it comes towards cool room temperature it becomes fantastically creamy buttery with a very persistent freshness. Huge length and good resonance in the head on the finish. This is very good indeed.