At its peak and not likely to improve, but a delicious glass of wine. Lemon posset-like fruit with a tremendous savoury gunflint note that edges to something cheesy at times. Very complex, particularly at the mid palate, well layered with tantalising minerality and acidity. Starts off rather light in the mouth but gains an unctuousness on the finish, which flavour wise, is a little shorter than I've had with better vintages.
Another fine tyrrells vat 1. What was fascinating about this wine was tasting it over three days - each day it showed a different side of it. Nuts, minerals, tropical fruits. Nice body and concentration but lacking the depth of the best of these.
This is really flying now and in its prime. Much less catty than in earlier noted outings. Lime zest, concentrated somewhat viscous lemony fruit - clean with a pronounced mineral spine and bone dry. Not a very long laster as with some vintages, nonetheless with this structure should comfortably see out the decade. Excellent.
Summer essential. Taste of beach terrace, salt and summer breeze blowing across the deck. All helps when you're lunching at The Boathouse Palm Beach.
Popped and poured. Lemon, lime freshness. Mineral spritz, sweet lime and lemon, beautiful fruit focus, sharp and harmonious this is a beautiful tipple, a goldilocks wine, good for all occassions and never lets you down.
Refreshing acidity. Far more forward than the 2002 - which will 'live for ever'. Moorish lemon fruit and apple peel - makes my mouth water. Slight toasty elements. The best is yet to come, but you may be able to consume most of your supplies of this wine before the 2002 reaches the start of its best drinking years.
Clean concentrated catty citrus nose otherwise as per my previous note (the good bits!) and having decanted the "amber nectar" for a full 2.5hrs on this occasion. Barely approaching plateau with perhaps (at least) another half dozen years at that peak. Fine if not the best vintage of this classic wine.
Aromas on med(+) intensity with capisum, smoke, toast, honey, nuts. On the palate high acidity, medium body, low alcohol, fantastic complexity of flavors which are mainly lemon and pepper driven but plenty more joins to party. Medium to long finish.
Opened five days ago: no nose; lean, sharp and frankly unpleasant. Put remains of bottle in fridge and forgot about it...... THEN: yesterday remembered bottle and poured to see if OK for a sauce. The 70- ugly (?mutant) duckling had turned into a 90+ swan. Strappy citrusy Hunter semillon, full glyceriny mouth feel - only sad my nose was out of action with a head cold to fully appreciate it. The moral of this tale - don't touch this wine till at least 2015 (or open and leave in fridge for a few days!!)
Landmark Australia: Regional Classics: Fresh crisp almost grassy grapefruits and gooseberries. Racy grippy lemon powder. Lively and excited. Still too young and like biting on a lemon and grapefruit. Finishes with limestone chalkiness. Still needs more time t tone down.
Closed down on the nose - very tightly wound and not giving much away. The palate has a richness to it that is nice, but it finishes quite softly and without the drive I hope for. Good, but probably needs time.