Dinner at Oscillate Wildly (Oscillate Wildly, Sydney): This seems more Cabernet-like at the moment, even though I know it isn't a large % of the wine. Blackcurrant, cherry, smoke/ash and chocolate. Medium bodied palate, it isn't super complex but it has some slightly plush fruit and the tannins still provide it with grip. Had a small amount left over two nights later and it was still drinking really well, so it likely has some time left to develop.
Very fresh forward styled with sweet ripe black berries and blue berries with a body of ripe cherry tomatoes. A few strips of leather but lesser than I would have thought a tight should show. Grippy tannins. A firm structured yet moreish wine.
A "Blended" Birthday Dinner (Garibaldi, Purvis Street, Singapore): A decently good wine, but not in the same class as either the 1980 Sassicaia in the earlier flight, nor the 1970 Graud-Larose that this was put next to. The nose had a mature feel to it, with a woody note along with dusty earth and dried herbs and flowers and aromas of dried plums and cherries. Not bad. The palate took on much of the same tones - it was very woody and spicy, with dusty tannins wrapped around cassis and dark cherry flavours, with a little touch of tomato at the edges. This was speared though with very bright, almost citrusy acidity that drove the the wines into a high-toned finish, where dark cherries were tied to dried herb, orange peel and more woody spice notes. Not fantastic, but it was a decently good drink. Very Italian in terms of its flavour profile, but a bit one-dimensional for a "premium" wine. It should improve over the next 6-8 years though.
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