Tasting of Canoblas-Smith Wines

Canoblas-Smith cellar door, Orange
Tasted Sunday, April 4, 2010 by Paul S with 233 views

Introduction

We stopped off here after lunch. Did not take detailed notes, just a few quick sketches. Had a really good chat with Jason, who handles the marketing aspect if the winery, but seems very involved in most other parts as well. I liked what I saw here. No pretense, serious about their wine, very well-made, focused style. The pair of Chards, in particular, were rather good.

Flight 1 (5 Notes)

  • 2005 Canobolas~Smith Chardonnay Wild Yeast 88 Points

    Australia, New South Wales, Central Ranges, Orange

    Very decent. Some grassiness on the nose, along with butter, cream and white fruit. Palate was fresh and crisp, with obvious malolactic and battonage notes in its soft creaminess. Nice flinty mineral backbone though, along with a nice amount of white fruit. Finish has nice savoury length.

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  • 2003 Canobolas~Smith Chardonnay El Nino 88 Points

    Australia, New South Wales, Central Ranges, Orange

    Much riper than the 2005. Pretty decent too. Butter and toast on the nose, along with some nuts and quite a bit ripe fruit, just on the edge of being dried. Palate had decent balance, with dried, toasty yellow fruit and a nice structured feel. Llongish showed some spiciness. Very decent.

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  • 2003 Canobolas~Smith Cabernets 87 Points

    Australia, New South Wales, Central Ranges, Orange

    Not bad. Savoury, meaty nose. On the palate, slightly minty, eucalyptus, with raspberries, blackcurrant and a warm, plesant finish. Decently balanced, but without much complexity to shout about.

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  • 1999 Canobolas~Smith Chambourcin 88 Points

    Australia, New South Wales, Central Ranges, Orange

    How extremely rare - a Chambourcin blend. Some 1/3 was Cab, but the rest was Chambourcin. The first time I had come across this varietal. Wine was very decent too. Sweet nose, with lots of blackberries, black currants and some earthiness. Palate had a sweet attack, full of berries, very rich full, but bolstered by super high acidity, a dry backbone and firm chewy tannins. Finished with plenty spice. An unsual wine, a bit too sweetly fruited in style for me, but quite pleasant to drink.

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  • 2006 Canobolas~Smith Strawhouse 88 Points

    Australia, New South Wales, Central Ranges, Orange

    Pretty decent wine. Nose had some spice, cloves, cinamons, and plenty pepper splashed over blueberry scents. Very high-altitude Shiraz character. Palate carried on the same tune, with high-toned bluebberies supported by gummy, chewy tannins, and high acid. Finish had decent length.

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