Blind Chard and Pinot Tasting

Tasted October 13, 2017 by CamWheeler with 127 views

Flight 1 (25 notes)

White - Sparkling
2008 Christophe Mignon Champagne Extra Brut France, Champagne
93 points
Savoury earth, lemon, musk, orange peel and brioche. Some sweet fruit with a good lounge of acidity balancing it well. Fresh but had depth as well. Really easy to drink while still having complexity and depth. Really excellent.
White
2011 Dry River Chardonnay New Zealand, North Island, Wairarapa, Martinborough
flawed
Gingerbread, honey and florals, though it lost its lift with time in the glass. Fairly round and lacking power through the mid palate. Feels too old.
White
2014 Oakridge Chardonnay 864 Funder & Diamond Vineyard Drive Block Australia, Victoria, Port Phillip, Yarra Valley
91 points
Smoke, lime, florals, straw and some spicy oak. Nice sweet fruit on the palate, with good texture to maintain some interest. Good length.
White
2013 McWilliam's Chardonnay 842 Tumbarumba Australia, New South Wales, Southern New South Wales, Tumbarumba
90 points
Lime, spice and pretty yellow florals. Lean profile on the palate, with some depth to the fruit as well. Stretches out in the glass. Very good length, this is highly enjoyable.
White
2012 By Farr Chardonnay Australia, Victoria, Port Phillip, Geelong
90 points
Oak, melon, slate, light herb and violets. Good richness on the palate counters the oak well, with some nice mineral drive. Very solid.
White
2013 Kumeu River Chardonnay Hunting Hill New Zealand, North Island, Auckland, Kumeu
92 points
Flinty, slate, melon, lemon and toast - plenty going on and showing a lot more with a little air. Sweet but full, with good richness and length. Really composed palate, the balance is excellent. A highlight of the night.
White
2016 Pooley Chardonnay Cooinda Vale Australia, Tasmania, Coal River
88 points
Grapefruit, lemon, passion fruit and other tropical elements. Good acid cuts through on the palate but the tropical elements are a little one dimensional compared to the others in this flight.
White
2012 Mount Mary Chardonnay Australia, Victoria, Port Phillip, Yarra Valley
91 points
Green apple, pear, vanilla, lemon pie and some light mint. Well balanced on the palate, this is youthful but has plenty of time left to develop. Should get to a good level with time.
White
2016 Lethbridge Wines Chardonnay Australia, Victoria, Port Phillip, Geelong
92 points
Slate, honey, spices and a light earthy note. Very good acidity and texture, while still showing off a bright fruit profile. Flows well, with excellent balance.
White
2010 Grosset Chardonnay Piccadilly Australia, South Australia, Mount Lofty Ranges, Piccadilly Valley
87 points
Orange and mandarin, a little honey and talc. Quite fat fruit profile, with perhaps a little more tension and depth being needed.
White
2015 Hardys Chardonnay Eileen Hardy Australia, Tasmania
89 points
Pear, apple, chalk and mineral notes. Clean fruit through the palate, this is simple at the moment but has the right setup to take it further.
White
2015 Serrat Chardonnay Australia, Victoria, Port Phillip, Yarra Valley
89 points
Smoky sulfur, sea spray and oyster shell. Good mix of richness and mineral leanness. Lacks a little overall excitement but it is well put together on the whole.
White
2005 Mischief and Mayhem Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Le Cailleret France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru
flawed
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Red
2013 Picardy Pinot Noir Australia, Western Australia, South West Australia, Pemberton
90 points
Cherry, spice, some stalk and red berries. Light weighted fruit, on the delicate and subtle side of things. Good, although some more depth to the fruit would lift it a notch or two.
Red
2013 Mayer Pinot Noir Australia, Victoria, Port Phillip, Yarra Valley
88 points
Licorice, celery, raspberry, orange and some meaty notes. Palate had that same meaty element, with good structure supporting.
Red
2010 Wooing Tree Pinot Noir New Zealand, South Island, Otago, Central Otago
81 points
Odd nose - cranberry, really toasty and sappy. Tannins are firm and awkward with short length. Can't see this getting better.
Red
2011 Escarpment Pinot Noir Pahi New Zealand, North Island, Wairarapa, Martinborough
87 points
Rhubarb, blackcurrant, cola and stalks. Medium weight fruit on the palate, some brightness to it but very little depth. The stalk gives it some interest but it doesn't feel like there is to much else there.
Red
2012 De Bortoli Riorret The Abbey Vineyard Australia, Victoria, Port Phillip, Yarra Valley
90 points
Perfumed with violets and roses with cherry and spicy oak. Nice texture on the palate with good fruit freshness and flavour. Good length and composure.
Red
2010 Craggy Range Pinot Noir Single Vineyard Calvert Vineyard New Zealand, South Island, Otago, Bannockburn
88 points
Toasty, violets, spice and orange peel. Good fruit weight on the palate with focused acidity guiding the wine well. Good length also.
Red
2014 Mt. Difficulty Pinot Noir Bannockburn New Zealand, South Island, Otago, Bannockburn
89 points
Pencil shavings, stalk, florals and charred notes. Nice and grippy tannins on the palate with nice acidity as well. Good flavour and flow.
Red
2008 Ten Minutes by Tractor Pinot Noir 10X Australia, Victoria, Port Phillip, Mornington Peninsula
90 points
Blood and iodine, menthol, redcurrant, roses and earthy notes. Silky texture, good flow and balence. Good length. Drink now.
Red
2008 Bouchard Père et Fils Corton-Le Corton France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton Grand Cru
88 points
Cherry, stalks and oak with a light soapy note quite sweet and floral on the palate, this is medium length. Was surprised that it is this ripe in style when revealed.
Red
2013 By Farr Pinot Noir Tout Près Australia, Victoria, Port Phillip, Geelong
88 points
Ash, blackcurrant, rhubarb and stems. High in acidity with the stem showing through. Mid length. Not bad.
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Red
2014 Tarrawarra Pinot Noir Reserve Australia, Victoria, Port Phillip, Yarra Valley
89 points
Earthy with spice, cherry and smoke - perhaps some light brett. Sweet fruit on the palate pokes through the savoury facade of the nose. Still has decent focus about it.
Red
2015 Schubert Pinot Noir Marion's Vineyard New Zealand, North Island, Wairarapa
88 points
Peppery spice, stalks and roses. Spicy palate as well with plenty of stem flavour. Feels a little full bodied to be classic Pinot but nice enough in its own right.
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