good deep purple color; nose of mint, plum, cinnamon and a wisp of oak; palate well balanced elements, not at all alcoholic, dusty but smooth tannins, good structure and grip. a slight oak lashing cost the wine a few points, but that's a matter of personal taste. All in all, quite an outstanding wine.
Removed cork with an ah-so device after reading some recent subscriber had trouble pulling his cork. Worked like a charm and the cork came out intact. Some sediment, which the server poured into the decanter when she simply upended the bottle, unfortunately, not having been trained how to decant old wine! Ahhhhhh.
Cork disintegrated on opening and was very dry, hard to explain as been stored well since purchased. Wine was still good fortunately. Cedar and herbs, thyme, on the nose. Great depth of flavour on the palate. Liquorice, almonds, lots of black fruits and some mint and vanilla. Tannins soft and very well integrated. Very long. Finished a day later still good, but didn't really gain in complexity. Very enjoyable now, not obvious that would get much better from here. Tend to agree with others that this is very very good, but not quite great wine.
(Blind tasting) Full, fruit-driven nose giving a sweet impression. Mint, mint, mint. Then violet-cassis, vanilla oak and cocos. Rich and powerful, but also parodie Aussie without elegance and complexity. Full, generous palate with oak, mint, and dark fruit. Good balance with hint of bitter tannins. Very generous and very Aussie. Immediately recognized as top Aussie, but we did not guess on a wine with such a pedigree. Hard to know what to make of such a fruit-driven, full, and sweet wine for our European palates. For our tasting group, this wine lacks elegance och tertiary complexity. Maybe it appears if you wait 10 more years? And if you like the style of New World full power fruit sweetness, you could probably add 2-4 pts to the rating.
After an excellent Bordeaux 1995 tasting with all 1er cru + CB & Ausone, Haut Brion blanc and Yquem with many scoring very highly, a Vega Sicilia Unico and Penfolds Grange were served. I scored both 100! - a very rare score from my side; was it the great preceding tasting or just simply perfect wines or both? Penfolds was sweet, silky, soft licorice, wonderful, lots of fruit; perfect
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