Tyrrell's Vat 1 Vertical (Bentley Hotel, London): Indian gold A real old (20 year plus) champagne character, very full though, like an old Bollinger. Also a textural element like pressed apples that have been left for a while. Less oilyness than the mid 90's flight. A real intellectual wine, layers of complexity, very strong deep finish. My WOTN
NobleRottersSydney - Langtons Classification 'Outstanding' (Lucio's, Paddington): Light yellow with still a hint of green. The nose is classic aged hunter semillon, with some toastiness and perhaps a hint of honey. On the palate there is undeniable fading of fruit, and although acid is still present and fresh enough the wine is now quite soft. It’s nonetheless quite light-bodied and the finish is a bit short too. I think this wine is coming to the end of its plateau and has maybe another 3 or 4 years before decline sets in. And at 17 years, there’s obviously plenty of bottle variation now. Still quite a nice wine for all that.
Still a hint of green amidst mid yellow. Nose of light toast & honey. Some distanctly aged characters emerging. Again, honey on the palate, quite rich, with good length. Somehow lacking a little in freshness compared to previous bottles I’ve had of this wine. Not evidently oxidised on tainted, but just a whisker flat. Still eminently drinkable though.
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