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White
2020 Tahbilk Marsanne Nagambie Lakes
7/31/2021 - Avid Wino wrote:
91 points
Balance and the beginnings of the body that you know will develop with time. Florals, fruit salad, touch of almond meal. Ample length. Best young Tahbilk Marsanne in memory for me. Wonder if I’ve scored others higher. If so, so be it. Neither memory or scoring are precision tools.
  • Avid Wino commented:

    7/31/21, 5:48 AM - Thanks screwcaps. I could only put that almond meal character in to words coz of your note. Agree, top vintage of a wine that I enjoy year after year.

Red
2010 Penfolds Shiraz Bin 28 Kalimna South Australia
6/14/2021 - Avid Wino wrote:
90 points
Black and blue fruits, meat juices, coffee grounds, vanilla and chocolate. Enjoyable especially with tonight’s dinner of roast beef, but feels almost past it, a bit lifeless. I’ve had many better Bin 28s.
  • Avid Wino commented:

    6/14/21, 5:42 AM - Your bottles may be better. I scored it excellent, just not as excellent as most vintages of Bin 28 I’ve tried previously.

White
2019 Tahbilk Marsanne Nagambie Lakes
12/31/2019 - Avid Wino wrote:
90 points
An(other) excellent vintage... enjoyed this very much. Label note nails the particulars for now “bright jasmine and lemon scents on a juicy palate of tropical and citrus fruits underscored by a taut minerality” though of course this will develop in to something other and equally excellent given a few years rest in a cool dark place.
  • Avid Wino commented:

    9/22/20, 4:35 PM - Thank you, and thanks for the extra details. Happy to hear that a bottle of this relatively humble wine has made it to California.

Red
2010 Mount Pleasant Wines Shiraz Rosehill Pokolbin
7/26/2020 - Avid Wino wrote:
93 points
Opened all oaky and tart. Not happy. With an hour of air it launched toward the stratosphere and improved hour by hour til all gone after four. Black chary earth, red berries and currants, cherry and sour cherry, leather, plus magically a little of the pink roses and lavender from the garden of my childhood home. Fine charcoal and black tea tannin. Heaps of length. Tempted to score this higher but started the night at 89. Wonderful by the end.
  • Avid Wino commented:

    7/26/20, 4:47 AM - Thanks Screwcaps. I hope you enjoy your bottle as much as I enjoyed mine.

Red
2004 Morris Durif Rutherglen
2/19/2010 - Avid Wino wrote:
92 points
Powerful full throttle luscious fruity nose and taste, glorious deep rich colour, fabulous match for our lunch of venison casseroled in red wine (cab merlot) and chocolate sauce. In fact if I was scoring the combination of the durif and food, rather than just the wine itself, I'd have to give it 95+. Somewhat unbelievably, the casserole almost overpowered the durif, wrestling for the attention of my tastebuds throughout the meal, with the wine and bambi both doing themselves proud. Must get another bottle and try with roast beef, plus a few more for the cellar, as this drop has many years of improvement ahead of it.
  • Avid Wino commented:

    12/20/19, 11:13 AM - I’d like to know how it’s travelling almost 10 years after I tasted. Morris Durif always a favourite. The 2005 I had earlier this year was in good shape.

Red
2017 El Toro Macho Utiel-Requena Superior Tempranillo Bobal Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
12/9/2019 - Avid Wino wrote:
88 points
Cherry, other dark fruits, spice, savouriness, a lick of tannin, and balancing line of fresh cleansing acidity as per startinoz’s comment. Astounding value, same as it ever was, year in, year out. None the worse for having a slight chill knocked in to it on a stinking hot summer day.
  • Avid Wino commented:

    12/13/19, 1:43 PM - Thanks and yep agree with your note. $5 and puts many $20 wines to shame, which is what I wrote in a couple of my notes for earlier El Toro Superior vintages. From a consumer’s point of view, fantastic! I’m guessing the price is enabled by some big EU subsidies to the Spanish producer and farmers (I could be wrong) in which case it’s not so fantastic or fair for their Aussie counterparts. In any case, I grab a couple of bottles each vintage coz it’s a good drop.

Red
2009 Wynns Coonawarra Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
9/1/2019 - Avid Wino wrote:
91 points
Ripe dark berries, blackcurrant. A little mint more to spearmint, and cigar box. Drying dusty tannin. Plenty of length. Notably the ripest Wynns black label that I can remember tasting, and in my view slightly the lesser for it. Tasted over 4 hours and didn’t change much though final glass the best... Reckon 10 years is not enough for these black labels, maybe 12-15+?
  • Avid Wino commented:

    9/1/19, 5:23 PM - She’d know better than me, but I guess those words are from a few years back? Just recording my impressions of what is in the glass now.

  • Avid Wino commented:

    9/1/19, 8:35 PM - Thanks. Sorry didn’t mean to sound snappy though might have come across that way. Always good to see comments.

Red
2014 Mount Pleasant Wines Shiraz Rosehill Pokolbin
3/31/2019 - Avid Wino wrote:
Outstanding, from the instant the bottle is poured in to the decanter and the aroma bursts forth, to the finish on the final drop. As per my note from 2017. 95 again. Won't touch another one of these for a decade, as have only two left. Happily the Hunter and Mount Pleasant have had some more cracking vintages since 2014, so I can enjoy and stock up on some younger Rosehills.
  • Avid Wino commented:

    3/31/19, 3:59 AM - Very primary, not developed all, but given 3 or 4 hours of air, truly gorgeous. 2017 sounds like another great Hunter vintage and grabbing some of those will help me keep my hands off my remaining 2014s.

Red
2017 Boy Meets Girl Cabernet-Shiraz Australia Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend
2/1/2019 - Avid Wino wrote:
69 points
Nastiest wine I’ve tasted in memory, and I’ve downed a few bottles in my time. My wife said “tastes like wine from an itinerants goon bag which had been stored in some bushes” and claims to speak from personal experience. Maybe (hopefully) a bad bottle? Screwcap fwiw.
  • Avid Wino commented:

    3/7/19, 8:13 PM - Yeah probably/hopefully a bad bottle, and if so, unfair to score it.

Red
2001 Balquhidder Vineyards Shiraz The Poem McLaren Vale
8/23/2013 - Avid Wino wrote:
93 points
As per my note from almost two years ago. Still drinking superbly from a pop and pour.
  • Avid Wino commented:

    7/14/18, 10:22 PM - Thanks for reminding me of this wine. Arrived at my table unheralded (I'd never seen before and have never heard of since) and was superb!

Red
2013 Lou Miranda Estate Shiraz Golden Lion Barossa Valley
10/16/2015 - Avid Wino wrote:
88 points
Barossa shiraz, but with the dial at about 7 instead of 11. By which I mean, relatively subtle. A good thing in some ways but ..... anyway. Plums, cherries, blackberry. Baking spice, black pepper. Smooth, dusty tannins, a little hot. Not much nose or length. Couldn't really get a grip on this, one of those nights, possibly not a fair score, started at 90 and went down as the evening progressed. Slick but lacking depth.
  • Avid Wino commented:

    10/16/15, 4:52 PM - Thanks for the comment. I got it in a mystery dozen at about $12 for the bottle. Happy with it at that price. But as you say, a quaffer, albeit well made and from a strong vintage for the region. Due to others giving it 93 or 94 I wanted to see more there, but couldn't.

Red
2014 Innocent Bystander Shiraz Mule Gateway Vineyard McLaren Vale
6/5/2015 - Avid Wino wrote:
91 points
In short, classic South Australian shiraz. Plums, some raspberry, milk chocolate, twist of pepper. Dark and brooding savoury elements lurking underneath hold great promise for the future, but worth cracking one open now for my tastes. Dusty tannin, well balanced by fresh acidity, alcohol at 14.5% but doesn't stick out. Length more than ample. Probably being a points miser here. Great stuff.
  • Avid Wino commented:

    6/5/15, 7:11 PM - Good to go anytime over the next 10 years.

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