Tasting Notes for deverett

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Red
9/13/2020 - Anonymous wrote:
94 points
Thought this was very good, was a bit closed to start with but opened up nicely over a couple of hours. Beautifully balanced, seamless and silky, length to burn, minerals and spice, forest floor and black cherries. Didn’t feel 10 years old to me at all, think this will be even more special in years to come.
Red
9/10/2020 - Anonymous wrote:
90 points
Young of course but drinking nicely at the moment. It was buoyant, fragrant, slightly sappy and very drinkable. Red cherries, cedar, some savoury earthiness, violets - it does has a somewhat floral feel to it for me. I don’t get the feeling this is one to age and not sure it reaches its price point relative to others at the same price but a lovely drinking and refreshing Pinot.
White
9/10/2020 - Anonymous wrote:
94 points
Delicious, now a deeper golden colour with beautiful texture and a fuller frame. Terrific length and concentration for a 14 year old Chardonnay (under screwcap), one to sip on and enjoy the nuances that have developed over many years. Ripe stone fruits, some tropical notes, hint of wood smoke and light spice, some faint flintiness but all threaded through rich Chardonnay fruit.
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White
9/4/2020 - Anonymous wrote:
92 points
Still a very young wine it feels, steely and slatey with citrus and talc, it is bright, quite linear and clean. Acid is a little pokey now for me but think it will settle and integrate in time as the wine evolves. My first time trying this wine and it is impressive, glad to have a few more as it should age really well.
White
9/3/2020 - Anonymous wrote:
92 points
Chalk, wet stones, almost a preserved lemon sorbet flavour coming through as well. Plenty of depth and concentration, rich but balanced, acid falling into line with a few years of age, starting to round out a little as well. Will keep ageing nicely but drinking really well now.
Red
2002 Mount Mary Quintet Yarra Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/22/2020 - Anonymous wrote:
95 points
This just keeps getting better, so beautifully elegant, pristine and balanced. So much nuance and detail in a medium weight frame, crunchy red berries, a little spice, tobacco leaf, such slick oak as well. Smooth as silk on the palate, finest of velvet tannins, just gorgeous.
Red
2008 Clonakilla Shiraz - Viognier Canberra District Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
8/21/2020 - Anonymous wrote:
95 points
Fantastic edition of this wonderful wine, beautifully aged, still highly fragrant and spicy, fruit is elegant yet deeply rich and long. Loved it.
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Red
2007 Craggy Range Sophia Gimblett Gravels Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/16/2020 - Anonymous wrote:
87 points
Hmmm...not really what I was expecting and somewhat of a disappointment. Felt a bit clunky, lacking poise and any nuance and a little bit brutish on the palate. There is some good quality quite ripe fruit underpinning the wine, doesn’t feel particularly integrated this time around and despite plenty of air it never really got going. Usually an excellent wine from a quality maker, could just be some bottle variation happening but my last few might be going to auction on this showing.
Red
8/8/2020 - Anonymous wrote:
94 points
Such a classy Grenache, light in terms of frame but so complex and deep in flavours. Initially quite closed but after an hour the nose bursts with roses and other floral notes, herbs and spices, graphite, wet stones and cherries. Light on its feet through the palate, glorious sweeping tannins, spice and savoury notes, a little Turkish delight. Really enjoyed this, very young but was enjoyable even now.
Red
2009 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/8/2020 - Anonymous wrote:
96 points
Gorgeous wine, a beautiful and opulent nose, rich and silky palate that is fresh yet decadent. Ripe blackberry fruit, some spice box and black olives, creamy oak, tannins grip gently and pull through the long finish. Has years ahead of it, still feels young at 11 years of age.
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Red
8/7/2020 - Anonymous wrote:
92 points
Has always been one of my favourites in the Torbreck stable. This one is ageing well, still plush and vibrant fruit, rich oak and great length. Balance is all there, plummy, some dried herbs and maybe star anise. Feels mature and don’t think that age will make it too much better, although may add some interest as tertiary notes begin to emerge.
White
7/29/2020 - Anonymous wrote:
93 points
Still incredibly young but still showing nice finesse and balance early on. Almonds, citrus and just ripe stone fruits are all there, oak is present but complementary. Fantastic finish as well, has an elegance that I really like and expect this could be even better as it settles and mellows even further.
White
7/25/2020 - Anonymous wrote:
93 points
Top notch Chardonnay here, previous notes still seem about right. Right in the zone for drinking but in no way falling over. Really love 1er when it is on song.
Red
7/25/2020 - Anonymous wrote:
90 points
Medium bodied frame, loads of mineral tang and earthy savoury notes, those black tea tannins still grippy but well integrated. Oak still quite prominent on the nose but less so on the palate. Black cherries and herbs, some saline notes as well. Continued to get better as it aged, nice wine.
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White
5/19/2020 - Anonymous wrote:
93 points
I liked this, rich, a little firm and a nice structural backbone. Some nougat, cedar, grilled nuts, a litre citrus hint but more in the stone fruit flavours. Acid is beautiful, have a lovely savoury edge to bring it all together. No sign of falling over yet.
White
5/16/2020 - Anonymous wrote:
92 points
Really enjoyed this, wet stones, slate, some gun flint in the mix, citrus tang. Phenolics are terrific, well balanced and texturally very appealing. Nice acid, not pushed too far, should age well and this still perhaps too young right now.
Red
2003 Wendouree Cabernet Malbec Clare Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/16/2020 - Anonymous wrote:
91 points
Been a number of years from my last bottle and this was noticeably better. Tannins are softer, fruit still showing good depth and indeed some freshness. It is chalky, plummy, lashed with some liquorice and star anise. A good wine here but the firm structure does need food to cut through.
White
5/9/2020 - Anonymous wrote:
93 points
Still going strong after 16 years under cork. Deep golden colour, full and ripe nose, palate is soft and round, still great freshness and length though. Mature and deep stone fruit flavours, a little oak, some salinity and nuttiness. Thought this may be past it but not on this showing.
Red
5/2/2020 - Anonymous wrote:
95 points
What an absolutely beautiful shiraz, so stylish, pretty and glamorous on the surface but has a deep, serious masculinity that gives it so much substance. Tastes of fennel, undergrowth, dried herbs, BBQ, black plums and cherries, five spice, oak and all sorts of flavours. Showing some nice grippy tannins, it is also supple, smooth and inviting. Unreal
White
4/28/2020 - Anonymous wrote:
93 points
Fantastic Chardonnay, previous note spot on and really like where this is right now. Flavour, richness, poise and length, it all here at the moment.
White
4/28/2020 - Anonymous wrote:
93 points
Fantastic Chardonnay, previous note spot on and really like where this is right now. Flavour, richness, poise and length, it all here at the moment.
Red
4/28/2020 - Anonymous wrote:
90 points
I think this was better than my last bottle. Black cherries and plums, charry oak, black tea and some gum leaf, savoury for sure and firm tannins. Medium to full bodied frame which unfortunately pulls up a little short. Good but not quite where I was hoping.
White
4/25/2020 - Anonymous wrote:
93 points
Beautiful Chardonnay which finds the balance between richness and elegance. A deeper golden colour shows the age but the palate is still fresh, deep Chardonnay stone fruit flavours, grilled nuts, some tangy grapefruit and slatiness there as well. Nice finish, lovely acid makes you want to dive back in.
Red
4/25/2020 - Anonymous wrote:
85 points
Must admit that I struggled a bit with this one, the Pinot has always felt the lesser of the 3 reds made by Wantirna by a reasonable margin. This felt quite clunky and not nuanced, quite short and bland. A little heavy as well and lacking any real elegance or interest. It oscillated a bit in the glass but in the end it just didn’t feel well put together. I have one bottle left so hopefully a bit of bottle variation happening here because it doesn’t justify its price based on this outing and I generally love most thing from this estate.
Red
4/20/2020 - Anonymous wrote:
93 points
Quite amazing how this has progressed under screwcap. Still has a beautiful lushness and purity of youth that belies it age. It is sappy, savoury, earthy and deep, a spicy line and very fine tannins. Full of fruit but beautifully balanced, black cherries, porcini mushrooms, undergrowth and fine oak. Lovely and should still go for a number of years yet and more secondary and tertiary flavours kick in.
Red
2005 Penfolds Bin 389 South Australia Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
3/26/2020 - Anonymous wrote:
92 points
Hard to believe this is 15 years old, still has a primary feel with the shiraz dominating, licorice and oak, ripe black fruits and olives. Smooth and long, this has many years ahead I think, chock full of deep fruit and a good structure will see it through. It is a big style but well integrated and developing pretty slowly under screwcap.
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White
3/6/2020 - Anonymous wrote:
91 points
Has a lean and mineral elegance to it but still packed with nice chardonnay flavours, white stone fruits, almonds and lemon pith. Good balance and length but needs further time to flesh out and build more depth and complexity. A bit shy and closed right now, best to come in a few years.
Red
2/27/2020 - Anonymous wrote:
92 points
Lovely old Beaucastel in good drinking condition. All tertiary, savoury, old leather and earthy underbrush characters with dried herbs and some old oak influence. Held up nicely over a couple of hours, only medium bodied but enough fruit (although fading a bit now) to give a lot of satisfaction. You do have to like the older styles, this doesn’t have the plushness of youth Andy longer. It won’t evolve more complexity from here, probably slowly decay so no need to hang on I suspect.
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Red
2/16/2020 - Anonymous wrote:
94 points
Great balance in these Marius wines. Generous high quality plummy black fruit and nicely seasoned oak, fantastic texture, smooth and well integrated now. A little punch of spice and aniseed in the mix finish it off. Has structure and finesse, a deft plushness that makes you go back for more. Lovely stuff and the bones and fruit to age for a while yet.
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Red
2004 Glaetzer Godolphin Barossa Valley Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
2/6/2020 - Anonymous wrote:
92 points
This is going great guns at the moment, still showing a core of ripe fruit but has lovely structure, length and balance. Isn’t showing any signs of falling over at this stage either. Still has those plummy shiraz notes backed by the firmness of the Cabernet, some black olives and cloves in the mix, seasoned oak in there as well. Not super complex but very tasty.
Red
1/31/2020 - Anonymous wrote:
92 points
Enjoyed this, plums and white pepper, good depth, smooth and balanced. Has that cooler climate feel but a lovely richness and concentration, clearly some high quality fruit in here. Has length to burn and good bottles stored well will hold for some time yet.
Red
1/26/2020 - Anonymous wrote:
93 points
Beautiful shiraz here, nose is highly perfumed and thickly scented, smells of black plums, oak and cloves. A complex palate, dense fruits but not in a full throttle body, new leather, hard spices (cloves, star anise) and black tea. Fantastic length and texture. These Little Wines are just fantastic.
Red
1/23/2020 - Anonymous wrote:
92 points
Lovely aged pinot, showing very earthy notes, undergrowth, old leather and background spices, sour cherries a hints of oak. Integrated tannins, smooth palate and great length. Is holding well but think this is the right time to drink this one.
White
12/24/2019 - Anonymous wrote:
95 points
Picture perfect chardonnay, slightly richer than the 2017 but in a great way. Still has a level of austerity and elegance but it is punctuated with purity and the drive of concentrated Chardonnay flavours. Stone fruits, nougat, cashews, stoney minerality and vanilla blend in beautifully with pristine oak, smells amazing and the palate is better. Could be the best in a while from Sorrenberg.
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Red
12/23/2019 - Anonymous wrote:
93 points
Last note still pretty spot on, think this still has a good life to go. Very smooth and supple, fully integrated. A plush palate no doubt but balanced, earthy, undergrowth, quite autumnal, lovely length. Very good.
Orange
12/22/2019 - Anonymous wrote:
93 points
Such an interesting wine, the nose is amazing and the texture blew me away. Has orange style citrus, apples, lanolin flavours going on, tannins are prominent and unexpected. I have generally avoided orange wines but this is really interesting and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Stylistically, it was very different and was all the better for it.
Red
12/22/2019 - Anonymous wrote:
93 points
Medium bodied Cabernet, quite plush but has elegance, balance and poise. Chalky tannins, concentrated plummy black fruit, tea, cedar and graphite. A smooth profile, texturally quite interesting, plenty of flavour and length. Not really known for their Cabernet but Rick has made a good one here.
Red
12/8/2019 - Anonymous wrote:
94 points
Silky and succulent with a plush medium bodied frame. Loaded with savoury red fruit, undergrowth, a little fennel and cedar. Wonderful texture, tannin structure and length. A belter of a Pinot drinking beautifully now.
White
12/5/2019 - Anonymous wrote:
93 points
Lovely Chardonnay, rich in flavour with beautiful texture and length. Ripe stone fruits, melon, cashews, spiced oak and a little vanilla. Drinking beautifully right now, not sure it will get too much better from here but feels like it will hang on for a bit though.
Red
11/29/2019 - Anonymous wrote:
93 points
Light to medium bodied, bright and fresh in the glass, quite floral and earthy on the nose. Palate is roses, five spice, forest floor and red cherries, faint cedar. Lovely Pinot.
Red
11/9/2019 - Anonymous wrote:
90 points
Good value right bank Bordeaux here, ripe plums and chocolate, toasty oak and tobacco all packed in a medium bodied frame. Tannins to the fore as well but not aggressive. Still think this may have been more enjoyable younger (relative to right now) but it is entering an interesting phase. Has enough fruit and structure to be potentially more interesting with even more time. Very enjoyable.
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Red
11/3/2019 - Anonymous wrote:
90 points
Wasn’t quite as alive as I recall, still had rich rose petal, smokiness, spice and cranberry flavours. Grippy tannins pull it along, length is pretty good but overall this bottle was just a little one dimensional and didn’t quite excite as I had hoped. Hopefully more for the future as have a couple more to go.
White
10/29/2019 - Anonymous wrote:
94 points
Wonderful Chardonnay here. Fine mineral flavours, a little struck match, flint, stone fruits, some fennel and oak spice. Such great texture and length happening, poise and balance in abundance. Will be terrific with further time.
Red
10/20/2019 - Anonymous wrote:
95 points
Stunning Cabernet, balance, elegance and poise but with latent power and depth. Tannins a highlight, silky and persistent. All the standard descriptors here, blackcurrants, creamy and spicy oak, tobacco and black tea. Flows effortlesslesly across the palate without a hair out of place, has improved significantly since my last bottle a few years ago. Drinking beautifully now but don’t think there is any rush.
Red
10/13/2019 - Anonymous wrote:
94 points
Fantastic Shiraz here, drank over 3 night, very well balanced and not overcooked or extracted. Oak handling is spot on and showcases the amazing fruit in the wine. Velvety tannins, hint of fennel under the spicy plummy dark fruit. I would say on the cusp of full bodied but has a rare restraint and elegance to it. Good acid, alcohol also appears in check. No doubt that this has a lot of life left but great to try it while it is still quite youthful.
Red
9/21/2019 - Anonymous wrote:
93 points
Still cruising along nicely, still has great depth and length of fruit and a really good structure. Dark blackberries, tobacco, smooth creamy tannins, olives and black tea. Very well balanced and is ageing beautifully at the moment. This should hold for a little while yet I think.
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Red
9/20/2019 - Anonymous wrote:
93 points
Developed pinot, very earthy, forest floor type flavours. Silky palate, medium body and weight, hints of leather and ripe black cherries, truffle and some nuttiness. I think this is in a pretty good place now and don't think more age will make it much better.
White
9/14/2019 - Anonymous wrote:
92 points
Top Riesling this, dry style with a chalky citrus palate, lemon sorbet, minerally and tight and will age for many years yet. Has length and balance, more time will help it fill out and soften.
Red
9/14/2019 - Anonymous wrote:
92 points
Aniseed, cherry oak, deep black fruits, hint of coffee and herbs. Pushing above medium bodied, it is quite dense and full, maybe in an in between phase at the moment - still has a primary feel but some secondary flavour emerging. A good wine that could be better with time but at the moment I think I preferred the younger version.
Red
9/4/2019 - Anonymous wrote:
92 points
Softening a little now, still has a slight firmness of grippy tannin but has now melted more into the fruit. Earthy, medium bodied, savoury black fruits, pencil, moderate oak, olives and hints of five spice. It’s a lovely drink with nice length and good bones, needs some protein to complement this structure and flavours. No immediate hurry to drink, under screwcap as well which will help with longevity.
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