Tasting Notes for G_Talbot

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White
Very good 'naturally' made skin-contact pinot gris.

Pale, luminous pink-orange
Pronounced nose of peach, blood orange and ginger, along with bergamot tea.
Dry, medium (+) acidity, low silken tannins, medium alcohol (12.4%), medium body with medium (+) intensity orange, ginger and smoky tea playing out over a medium (+) length.

Lovely example of its type, so alive... probably wont improve with time, but can be held for a few years at least. Nice work Shashi!
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Red
2020 Architects of Wine Vini Misti Adelaide Hills Red Blend
4/4/2021 - G_Talbot wrote:
Very good, unusually light-bodied shiraz-based field blend.

Pale, slightly opaque ruby
Nose of cranberries, red cherry, muddled strawberry, stewed rhubarb with hints of blood orange and spices
Dry, high acid, medium (-) fine tannins, medium (-) to low alcohol (10.9%), medium bodied, medium intensity tangerine, blood plum, cranberry and red cherry with notes of blood orange and spices, all lingering on a medium (+) finish.

Very good if unusual wine this, made by a scrupulously clean and detailed 'natural' winemaker. Drink now.
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White
5/27/2021 - G_Talbot wrote:
Really interesting skin contact Gewurz...

Pale amber
Medium (+) intensity nose of orange peel, tangerine, musk and rose, cinnamon and ginger.
Dry, medium (+) acid, medium skinsy grippy tannins, medium alcohol (13% - low for Gewurz!, medium bodied, with medium (+) intensity orange peel, tangerine, grapefruit, ginger and cinnamon.
Medium length.

Complex and a huge amount going on here, at first challenging, this really grew on me...
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Red
6/18/2019 - G_Talbot wrote:
Very good

Deep garnet
Medium intensity nose of dark plum, raspberry, dried blackberry, cedar, meat, pepper, hint of camphor
Dry, medium (+) acid, medium fully resolved fine tannins, high alcohol (14.5%), medium bodied (due to age?) with medium (+) flavour intenstiy of dark fruits and dark chocolate. Medium + length.

Very good. At or just passed peak.
White
4/27/2020 - G_Talbot wrote:
83 points
Acceptable - Good.

Pale lemon.
Medium (+) intensity nose of guava, tinned mango, pineapple, with some rockmelon thrown in as well.
Dry, medium acid, with an alcoholic burn at 13.5% (worrying), medium (+) bodied, medium flavour intensity, with the palate matching the nose, with pineapple and a medium (-) mango finish.

Drink now, this really is a simple wine all about tropical primary fruit.

I would note that this wine was hugely influenced by serving temperature. Straight out of the fridge it was quite refreshing, enjoyable and almost had a bitter, pithy note, but at room temperature it morphed into a cloying tropical fruit salad.
White
Unusual, but very very good.

Pale gold.
A pronounced nose of gooseberry, nettle, almond, lemongrass, lime and pineapple.
Dry, medium (+) acid, high alcohol (14.5%), medium (+) body, pronounced flavour intensity, with gooseberry, almond, nettle, lime and pineapple developing with time in the glass. Medium (+) finish, with a slight phenolic grip when first opened.

This is an extraordinary wine, developing through the ripeness spectrum over several days opened, from tightly wound lime and gooseberry with an enlivening acidity upon opening and mellowing into grilled pineapple with several days of air contact.
Red
11/7/2019 - G_Talbot wrote:
91 points
Clear, deep ruby.
Clean, medium (+) nose of blackberry, blueberry, white pepper, vanilla, charred wood.
Dry, medium (+) acid, high ripe chalky tannins, (very) high alcohol, full bodied, pronounced flavour intensity with blackberry, blueberry, white pepper and charred wood all with a long spirity finish.

This is a very good wine. It benefits from a complex array of black fruits and secondary oak derived notes, with only hints of tertiary development coming through. (I found this far less developed than its' "Beauty" sibling). The alcohol is a large issue for me, with a distinctive spirity note on both the nose and (stingingly) on the palate. Whilst further aging will no doubt bring further complexity, I can't see how the alcohol will ever fall into balance.

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Red
11/7/2019 - G_Talbot wrote:
93 points
Clear, deep ruby.
Clean medium (+) complex nose of blackberry, damson, stewed plum, apricot, licorice, black pepper, charred wood, and earth.
Dry, high acid, medium (+) ripe chalky tannins, with high alcohol, full bodied, pronounced flavour intensity of blackberry, stewed plum, licorice and white pepper with a medium (+) finish.

Very Good. This is a powerful and complex wine, with enjoyable primary, secondary and tertiary notes. The high alcohol level holds this back from an outstanding rating.

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Red
11/6/2019 - G_Talbot wrote:
87 points
Clear, medium ruby.
Clean, medium (+) simple nose of red cherry, blueberry and vanilla.
Dry, medium (+) acid, low levels of fine tannin, medium alcohol, medium body, medium flavour intensity red cherry, blueberry, vanilla, medium (-) finish.

Acceptable, this wine is a perfectly well made mass market wine, but lacks typicity of either place or variety, and therefore is pretty unexciting.

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Red
11/6/2019 - G_Talbot wrote:
92 points
Clear deep ruby.
Clean medium (+) nose of blackberry, mulberry, black pepper, smoke, tar and meat.
Dry, medium acid, medium (+) firm ripe tannins, high alcohol, full bodied, with medium (+) flavour intensity of blackberry, damson, pepper, smoke, meat and tar, all with a medium (+) very savoury length.

Very Good. This is certainly the best and most complex Pinotage I have had, and has an element of freshness that so many lower quality bottlings fail to maintain. Having said that, I still find it a challenging variety to enjoy.

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White
11/6/2019 - G_Talbot Likes this wine:
91 points
Clear pale lemon.
Clean medium nose of lemon, lemongrass, waxed apple, (non-oak) toast and lanolin.
Dry, medium (+) acid, low-medium alcohol (11%), medium (-) body, medium flavour intensity with lemon, lime, apple, toast, all with a long acid driven finish.

Very good, a complex and balanced wine, showing trademark aged Hunter Semillon juxtaposed notes of citrus and toast, all with a long finish. It needs a little more intensity to push it into outstanding territory. Thanks to the screwcap closure this has many more years of aging ahead, with all that citrus further melding into toasty tertiary notes.

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Red
5/25/2019 - G_Talbot Likes this wine:
89 points
A very good version of a modern approach to traditional Riojan wine making.

WSET style tasting note:
Clear, medium, ruby
Clean, medium (+) intensity nose of strawberry, plum, blackberry, all spice, chocolate and toast.
Dry, medium acidity, medium drying and gripping tannins, high alcohol (14.5%), medium (+) bodied, medium flavour intensity, strawberry, plum, blackberries, all spice, chocolate and toast, with a medium length.
This is a very good wine, with an excellent complex and balanced nose and palate of primary and secondary characteristics. There is sufficient acid to support aging and I have no doubt the tannins will soften from here. The wine has a good level and intensity and medium length, though this not that required for a higher rating.

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Red
4/30/2019 - G_Talbot wrote:
Very good. A great example of an aged Barossa/Eden red blend now in full maturity, shame about the alcohol...

WSET style tasting note
Clear, medium, garnet
Clean, pronounced nose with Primary (Black cherries, blackberry, olive tapenade), Secondary (charred wood, smoke) and Tertiary (leather, forest floor, mushroom, tobacco) aromas.
Dry, medium acid, medium fine and fully resolved tannins, high alcohol (14.5%), medium (+) body, medium (+) flavour intensity of black plum, blackberries, olive tapenade, leather and mushroom. Medium (+) length.
A very good wine, which at 15 years of age is displaying a broad and complex array of aromas and flavours. The wine exhibits a fairly pronounced intensity (particularly on the nose), and benefits from a reasonably long length. I would however question the balance here, in particular the high alcohol, which has not softened along with the other components of the wine through age and is now far more noticeable than ideal.
Drink this now, it may well hold for a few years further, but will not improve.
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Red
Very good, with a broad spectrum of aromas and associated flavours in a well balanced package. Outstanding QPR.

WSET style tasting note:
Clear, pale, garnet
Clean, medium intensity nose of primary (cherries, cranberry, strawberry, dried herbs), secondary (toast, smoke, resin) and tertiary (dried cherries, forest floor) aromas
Dry, medium acidity, low, fine and integrated tannins, medium alcohol (13%), medium bodied, medium flavour intensity of cherries, strawberries, dried cherries and toast. Medium length.
This is a very good wine, with a balance of complex components across the primary, secondary and tertiary spectrum. Acidity levels and fine, integrated tannins also weigh positively for the wine. Length, flavour intensity and fruit concentration of flavours are all adequate, but certainly hold the wine back from a higher rating.
White
Very good, lovely off-dry mosel riesling, from the younger vines (<15 years) of the estate.

WSET style tasting note:
Clear, pale, lemon.
Clean, medium (+) intensity nose of lemon, red apple, marmalade, honey, and a hint of petrol.
Off-dry, medium acid, low alcohol (9.5%), medium body and medium intensity of flavours, with lemon, red apple, marmalade and honey evident, all along a medium length.
Very good, this wine has an abundance of primary and tertiary aromas and flavours, with a relatively good level of intensity, it also benefits from a nice balance of sweetness and acidity and whilst the marmalade and honeyed notes do perhaps show more prominently there is still some of that primary fruit lingering in the background. The medium length and "only" medium intensity holds this wine back from an outstanding rating, but this is very good.
White
4/27/2019 - G_Talbot wrote:
Acceptable, a simple wine suitable for pairing with very simple seafood flavours.

WSET style tasting note:
Clear, pale, lemon-green.
Clean, medium intensity primary aromas of apple, pear drops, lemons and melon skin.
Dry, medium (+) acid, medium alcohol (13%), medium bodied, with medium flavour intensity of lemon, under-ripe melon, grapefruit on a medium (-) length.
This wine is of acceptable quality, with simple primary aromas and flavours. On the palate, lemon wedge acid predominates and the medium alcohol shows in a more pronounced manner due to the simplicity of the wine. This wine should be drunk now, as it lacks the complexity of flavours or intensity required for further development.
White
2/4/2019 - G_Talbot wrote:
Natural Wines of the US of A (P&V Wine + Liquor, Newtown, Sydney): Traminette is a hybrid variety, created at Cornell for use in New York state, based on the Gewürztraminer grape. This wine spent 7 days on skins and stems.

Medium, amber.
Medium nose of turkish delight and candied orange.
Dry, with medium acid, a low level of tannins, medium body, medium flavour intensity of lemon curd and tangerine over a medium length.

Wild Arc also do a 2nd press of the skins in water to create a 7%ish drink known as a "piquette".
Red
Natural Wines of the US of A (P&V Wine + Liquor, Newtown, Sydney): Clear, deep purple to ruby rim.
Medium nose of plum, cherry, slightly medicinal, some semi-carbonic, bubble-gumminess, violets. This smells wonderfully youthful.
Dry, medium (+) acid, medium alcohol and body, medium (+) flavour intensity of blackcurrant jam, dark plum and cherries. Medium (+) length.

Wild Arc also do a 2nd press of the skins in water to create a 7%ish drink known as a "piquette".

My and the table's wine of the tasting.
White
2/4/2019 - G_Talbot wrote:
Natural Wines of the US of A (P&V Wine + Liquor, Newtown, Sydney): Brianna is a muscat based hybrid, originally developed as a table grape. This wine matured in glass demijohns.

Slightly cloudy, medium, sitting somewhere between lemon and apricot.
Medium (+) nose of candied mango, jasmine, fresh mango and pineapple, there has been some oxidation here...
Dry, medium (-) acid, medium (-) alcohol (11.5%), medium body, intensity and length, same ripe fruit flavours as the nose.

mmm...
Red - Sparkling
2/4/2019 - G_Talbot wrote:
Natural Wines of the US of A (P&V Wine + Liquor, Newtown, Sydney): Biodynamic producers, using a lot of hybrid varieties, here we have a field blend of Marquette, Frontenac Noir, Frontenac Gris, Frontenac Blanc, La Crescent, St. Croix

Clear, deep, purple.
Pronounced nose of strawberry, vanilla, cherry and yogurt.
Dry, medium (+) acid, medium (-) alcohol (11.5%) and body, medium flavour intensity and length of strawberry yogurt.
White
2/4/2019 - G_Talbot wrote:
Natural Wines of the US of A (P&V Wine + Liquor, Newtown, Sydney): A whole cluster wine that rests on skins for 48 hours, gets a little oxidation, and goes through malo (for a riesling?) = honey!

Clear, medium, candy yellow.
Medium (+) nose of lemon, honey and pineapple.
Dry, medium acidity, medium (-) alcohol and body, medium flavour intensity of lemon, pineapple and lingering honey. Medium (+) length.

Interesting...
Red
2/4/2019 - G_Talbot wrote:
Natural Wines of the US of A (P&V Wine + Liquor, Newtown, Sydney): 100% whole bunch, semi-carbonic maceration (some oxidation here), pressed after 30 days.

Clear, dark, almost brown, with a hint of purple, odd.
Pronounced nose, barnyardy.
Dry, medium acid, medium alcohol (12.7%), medium (-) tannin, medium (+) body, medium intensity of quite vegetal flavours, quite long.

Not my style at all.
White
2/4/2019 - G_Talbot wrote:
Natural Wines of the US of A (P&V Wine + Liquor, Newtown, Sydney): Despite the funkiness, this is not a skin contact wine. The winemaker uses whole bunches and a light sulfuring before bottling.

Bright, medium, banana yellow.
Pronounced nose of lychee, lemon, smoke, banana peel and blue moon beer.
Dry, medium acid, alcohol, body, and intensity. In addition to the lychees and lemon, a somewhat botanical palate. Medium length.

A little too funky for me.
Orange
Natural Wines of the US of A (P&V Wine + Liquor, Newtown, Sydney): A family urban winery based in Berkeley, they have published a 'Natural Wine Manifesto' they are very transparent about all aspects of their winemaking.

Very much a skin contact wine, this was partially pressed off skins after 2 days and again after 4 days.

Mostly clear, medium (deep for a Pinot Gris), peachy ruby.
Medium nose of orange, grapefruit.
Dry, medium acid, medium (+) alcohol, medium body, medium flavour intensity with grapefruit, tangerine and blood orange peel. There is an attractive savouriness here. Medium (+) length.

Approximately 30 USD.
White
2/4/2019 - G_Talbot wrote:
Natural Wines of the US of A (P&V Wine + Liquor, Newtown, Sydney): A family urban winery based in Berkeley, they have published a 'Natural Wine Manifesto' they are very transparent about all aspects of their winemaking.

Clear, medium, banana yellow.
Pronounced nose of Pecorino and grilled hazelnut.
Dry, medium (+) to high acid, medium (+) alcohol, medium (+) body, medium (+) flavour intensity of lemon, sharp cheese and cashews.

mmm...

Apparently retails for around 30 - 40 USD.
Red
2/4/2019 - G_Talbot wrote:
Natural Wines of the US of A (P&V Wine + Liquor, Newtown, Sydney): From the 'OG' of American natural wine makers, the winery was founded in 1979, and they use their own dry-farmed grapes, wild yeasts, no fining, filtration or SO2. This apparently retails for around 20-25 USD.

Clear, deep, garnet.
Pronounced nose of varnish (VA), damson, plum.
Dry, medium acidity (VA), high alcohol (14.8%), full bodied, pronounced flavour intensity of plum and damson, super jammy. Medium (+) length.

A bit too much for mine, but to be fair was the first wine of the (Monday) night tasting.
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White
11/18/2018 - G_Talbot Likes this wine:
92 points
Very Good.

Clear, pale, lemon
Clean, medium, developing nose of lemon, peach, cashew and resin.
Dry, medium (+) acid, low tannins (from whole bunch), medium (-) alcohol (12%), medium body, medium intensity flavours, of lemon, lemon drops, ginger, grapefruit, toast. Long lemon drop dominated finish.

Very good. This wine has impeccable balance and the oak has been handled in a very restrained manner. Can drink now, but it has the potential for further aging.

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Red
11/15/2018 - G_Talbot Likes this wine:
89 points
Very Good.

Clear, medium, ruby to garnet tinge on rim.
Clean, medium (+) nose of dense black cherry, black pepper, violets and grilled meat.
Dry, medium acid, medium sapid, grippy but refined tannins. Medium (+) alcohol (14%), medium (+) body, medium (+) intensity flavours of black cherry, blackberries and pepper. Long.

Very good. A great balance to this wine. Can drink now, though has the potential for future aging, great mix of acid, tannin and concentrated fruit for this develop with.

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White
Very Good.

Clear, pale, lemon.
Clean, medium (+), developing nose of lemon, lime and whiteflower.
Dry, medium (+) soft acid, low tannins (skin?), medium body, medium flavour intensity, lemon, lime, grapefruit, medium (+) length.

Very good, nice balance of fruit and complex texture. Drink now, but can develop further.

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Red
11/12/2018 - G_Talbot Likes this wine:
87 points
Very Good.

Clear, deep, ruby to slightest garnet hint on narrow rim.
Clean, medium, developing nose of vanilla, blackberry, cherry and plum.
Dry, medium acid, medium (-) tannins, medium (+) alcohol (14%), medium body (all glycerol), medium intensity flavours of blackberry, plum, vanilla and a hint of bacon fat. Medium length, dominated by alcoholic heat at the end.

Good to very good, juicy, fruit driven style, with just enough complexity to take it into the higher grade. Drink now, can hold, but does it improve?
Great QPR weekday wine.

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Red
11/10/2018 - G_Talbot wrote:
Not meant to be rated.

Hazy, medium, garnet to a surprisingly thin, watery rim.
Medium, fully developed nose of tangerine, bread dough, strawberry.
Dry, medium (+) acid, medium (-) tannin, medium alcohol (?), medium body, medium (+) flavour intensity, tangerine, dried apricot (odd given zero added sulfur), hay, strawberry (particularly brought out by acidic food). Medium length.

How can you rate this? Very much a natural wine, and at this stage of development very much a food wine as well. Drink now, will this improve? Who knows, and very much bottle dependent.

Would note that when drinking the second half of the bottle on day two, the whole thing seemed better integrated and the strawberry notes were far more vibrant.

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White
Very Good, but challenging to rate.

Clear, pale lemon with legs.
Clean, developing, pronounced herbaceous nose of green capsicum, buttered popcorn, yeasty bread, lime and seaweed.
Dry, medium acid, medium (+) alcohol (14% - but it holds it well). Medium (+) body, medium (+) intensity lemon, lemongrass, vanillin oak and ginger. Medium (+) length.

Very good, certainly for a fume blanc style, oak so well integrated, but still confused about how this knits together. Truly stumped by the aging potential of this wine, it could improve, but I worry about the primary fruit.

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Red
9/4/2018 - G_Talbot wrote:
Incomplete note...

Dry, medium acid, medium tannin, medium (+) alcohol, medium (+) glycerol driven body, medium (+) intensity sweet black cherry. Medium (+) length.
White
2017 Ravensworth The Grainery Canberra District White Rhone Blend (view label images)
9/11/2018 - G_Talbot Likes this wine:
93 points
Very good, approaching outstanding.

Clear, pale, lemon with a slight copper tinge.
Clean, medium, developing nose of lemon, ginger and honey.
Dry, medium acid, low tannins, medium alcohol (13%), medium (+) body, medium (+) intensity lemon, ginger, lanolin and honey. Medium (+) length.

Very, very good, complex, lovely balance, acid offsets the fuller body. Can drink now, and is truly delicious, but has future potential as honeyed notes develop further.
Red
Very Good to Outstanding.

Clear, bright, medium ruby with legs.
Clean, medium (+), youthful nose of cherry, rose and plum skin.
Dry, medium acid, medium (-) tannin, medium alcohol (14%), medium bodied, medium (+) intensity rose, cherry, vanilla and plum. Long and sapid finish.

Very good to outstanding, immaculate balance and texture, 14% alcohol does not stick out at all. Impressive. Can drink now, but this can be held and will probably improve.

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Red
2013 Clonakilla Ceoltoiri Canberra District Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
12/1/2017 - G_Talbot wrote:
Very Good.

Clear, medium, ruby with legs.
Clean, medium (+), devloping nose of plum, red currant and all spice.
Dry, medium acid, medium (-) silky tannins, medium alcohol (14%), medium body, medium (+) intensity flavours of red cherry, currants, raspberry, pepper and all spice. Medium (+) length.

Very good, well balanced and silken. Can drink now, and this will hold for some time, but will it really improve?

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Red
Very Good.

Clear, deep, ruby with narrow ruby rim.
Clean, medium (+), developing nose of blackberry, cedar, popcorn, tar and vanilla.
Dry, medium acid (?), medium tannin, medium (+) alcohol, medium (+) body, medium (+) intensity flavours of blackberry, damson, vanilla and tar. Long length.

Very good, this is a ripe Barossa style shiraz, tannins very well managed and overall surprisingly developed already. Can drink now, and will hold for another 5 + years, but will it improve?

Penfolds has certainly brought forward the drinking window on its Bin series over the last decade, lucky given the complete switch to screwcap, otherwise these wines may never have been ready...
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White
9/24/2017 - G_Talbot wrote:
Very Good.

Clear, pale, gold to water white rim, legs.
Clean, medium, fully developed nose of oyster shell, citrus, lemon pith, waxed apple and honey.
Dry, medium (+) acid, medium (-) alcohol (10.5%), medium body, medium intensity flavours of lemon pith, honey, toast, grapefruit. Medium length.

Very good, balanced, drink now, this may be getting to its end, starting to run out of primary fruit, it hasn't quite developed in the way I had hoped.

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Red
6/10/2018 - G_Talbot wrote:
Very Good.

Clear, deep ruby to thin garnet rim, legs.
Clean, developing nose of vanilla, black plum, blackcurrant and eucalypt.
Dry, medium acid, medium tannin, medium (+) alcohol (13.5%), medium bodied and medium intensity of vanilla, blackcurrant and plum.

Very good, a structured Treasury release.

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Red
6/10/2018 - G_Talbot wrote:
Very Good.

Clear, medium, garnet to tawny, legs and plenty of deposit.
Clean, medium, fully developed to tired nose of black plum, pencil lead, leather, caramel and undergrowth.
Dry, medium acid, medium fully resolved tannins, medium alcohol (12.9%), medium body, medium (+) flavour intensity with caramel, pencil lead, plum and leather. Medium (+) length.

Very good, this bottle has aged gracefully, is complex and still has the bones of a good structure. This is past its best, and whilst structurally it is still all there, the fruit is at an end.

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Red
9/16/2017 - G_Talbot wrote:
88 points
Very Good.

Clear, deep, ruby to broad garnet rim, legs.
Clean, developing nose of earth, damson, plum and vanilla.
Dry, medium acid, medium persistent firm tannins, medium (+) alcohol, medium body, medium intensity flavours of damson, blackberry and vanilla. Alcohol sticks out a little on the medium (+) length.

Very good, though alcohol sticks out a little. Further developed than I expected, the whole thing seems a little 'over cooked'.

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Red
9/18/2017 - G_Talbot wrote:
Very Good.

Clear, medium garnet to broad garnet rim.
Clean, medium, developing nose of vanilla, blackberry and black cherry.
Dry, medium acid, medium dusty tannins, medium (+) alcohol (13.5%), medium bodied, medium intensity flavours of blackcurrant, blackberry and vanilla. Medium length.

Very good, everything fairly in balance. Drink now, this will hold, but will it improve?

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Red
9/16/2017 - G_Talbot wrote:
Very Good.

Clear, deep garnet to thin rim.
Clean, medium, fully developed nose of bramble, cassis, cedar and a hint of eucalypt.
Dry, medium acid, medium fully integrated tannins, medium alcohol (13.5%), medium body, medium intensity flavours of blackberry, currant, cedar, field mushrooms.

Very good, all in balance, but lacking anything special at 19 years old, this is still dark fruit driven, but is a bit past peak.

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Red
Very good (+).

Clear, deep, ruby, with a narrow garnet rim, legs.
Clean, developing, medium nose of blackberries, violets and white pepper.
Dry, medium (+) acid, medium fine coal-dust like tannin, medium (+) alcohol (13.8%), medium body and medium (+) intensity of blueberry, blackcurrant, vanilla, violets, white pepper. Medium (+) length.

This is at the high end of very good, immaculate balance and texture, leaving lots of room to improve over the coming years, but already drinking very well.

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Red
9/2/2017 - G_Talbot Likes this wine:
94 points
Outstanding.

Clear, deep, ruby to a narrow ruby, garnet rim.
Clean, developing, pronounced nose of dark cherry, blackberry, damson, pencil lead, there is that Barossa dirt there also.
Dry, medium acid, medium smooth, refined, fine grain tannins, medium (+) alcohol (14.5%), medium (+) body, pronounced intensity of pencil lead, black cherry, dark plum, vanilla. Long.

Outstanding, complex and powerful with exquisite balance, lovely texture, with the cabernet's structure really showing through.
Can drink now, but this will improve for many years.

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Red
Very Good.

Clear, medium, ruby to broad garnet rim.
Medium (-), fully developed nose of strawberry, cinnamon, blackcurrant leaf.
Dry, medium (+) acid, medium fully resolved sapid tannins, medium alcohol, medium body, medium flavour intensity of strawberry, cinnamon and resin. Medium length.

Very good, in balance, tannins would have been hard when younger, but now have calmed down, allowing the acid and sapid tannins to balance each other out.
Drink now, not suitable for further aging.

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Red
2016 Ravensworth Garnacha Tinto y Cinq-Sao Canberra District Grenache Blend, Grenache (view label images)
Very Good blend of Grenache, Tempranillo, Mourvèdre and a dash of Cinsault

Clear, pale, ruby.
Youthful, medium (+) nose of strawberries and cream.
Dry, medium acid, low tannin, medium alcohol (13%), medium body, medium (+) flavour intensity of strawberries, blueberries, cream, white pepper. Medium (+) length.

Very good. Halliday suggests a lack of ripeness, I disagree.

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Red
Very Good (of a particular type).

Clear, deep, ruby, to a narrow watery rim.
Clean, pronounced, developing, spirity nose of blackberry, bramble, strawberry and sweet vanillin oak.
Dry, medium acid, high alcohol (16%), medium (+) fine and resolved tannins, full body, pronounced flavour intensity with damson, plum, blackberry, charred wood. Long.

Very good if you are looking for a big, high alcohol fruit driven wine.
Can drink now, this will hold, and may improve, there certainly is room.

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Red
8/23/2017 - G_Talbot wrote:
Very good to outstanding.

Clear, deep, ruby, graduated wide rim.
Clean, medium, youthful nose of blackberry, blueberry, raspberry, vanilla and cedar.
Dry, medium acid, medium (+) fine, ripe tannins, medium (+) alcohol, medium (+) body, medium (+) flavour intensity with blueberry, blackberry, vanilla, cedar and all spice.

Very good to outstanding, perfect balance, perhaps a little too much oak, but acid and tannin balance things out.
Can drink now, but this has potential for a lot more ageing.

375ml bottle, screwcap.
Red
8/17/2017 - G_Talbot wrote:
Very Good.

Clear, deep, ruby with legs.
Clean, medium (+), developing nose of blackberry and bramble, cedar, there is also a little stalkiness.
Dry, medium acid, medium (+) tannins, fine, but with a sapid grip, medium alcohol (14%), medium body, medium flavour intensity of blackberry, boysenberry, plum, cedar, pencil lead. Medium (+) length.

Very good. Well balanced with tannins still quite pronounced. Even after being open for several days this was bulletproof and seemed remarkably fresh.
Too young, this needs 2 to 3 years more, and then a 10 to 15 year drinking window.

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