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Red
5/14/2018 - tonsta wrote:
95 points
Incredible!
Red
4/16/2018 - tonsta wrote:
93 points
Awesome booze...nothing more to add!
White
1/24/2017 - tonsta wrote:
91 points
On first sniff this felt more like a Semillon than a chardonnay. Very primary and could use another 5yrs in a dark place.

I'll drink my last bottle in 2022.
Red
1/24/2017 - tonsta wrote:
92 points
Still very youthful. Drinks well now but will be better in 5-8yrs. I liked this very much and so did our tasting group.
Red
2005 La Dame de Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/6/2016 - tonsta wrote:
89 points
average and not worth the asking price!
Red
1994 Penfolds Clare Estate Clare Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/11/2016 - tonsta wrote:
92 points
awesome wine, much better than expected. Had the 'penfolds' touch.
White
4/19/2016 - tonsta wrote:
96 points
Amazing!
Red
2007 Te Mata Estate Coleraine Hawke's Bay Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/20/2016 - tonsta wrote:
95 points
Magnificent!
Red
3/7/2016 - tonsta wrote:
85 points
Hot and unbalanced. Oak has taken over and leaves a really unpleasant finish.
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Red
11/9/2015 - tonsta wrote:
95 points
Extraordinary!
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Red
5/2/2014 - tonsta wrote:
flawed
Undrinkable. Hope my remaining bottles are not this bad!
Red
3/23/2014 - tonsta wrote:
92 points
A little flat on first night, but improved on the second.
Red
3/23/2014 - tonsta wrote:
92 points
Much bigger than I expected given the improessions of others (not on cellartracker), and very thick on the mouth.

Overall, I thought it drank better on the second night, and while I appreciated it, it wouldn't be a wine I rush back for.

Drink 2016-2020.
Red
2/19/2014 - tonsta wrote:
95 points
Amazing booze. Great expression of Barossa shiraz.
Red
1/15/2014 - tonsta wrote:
90 points
Bit too sweet for me
Red
1/15/2014 - tonsta wrote:
93 points
Very good at the moment but this is a reminder to not open my last bottle until 2018+
Red
1/15/2014 - tonsta wrote:
93 points
Not bad now but should improve significantly over the next 5-8 years
White - Sparkling
12/26/2013 - tonsta wrote:
93 points
Old label. Thought this was really good for $50AUD.
Red
12/26/2013 - tonsta wrote:
94 points
Big wine but pulls it off.
Red
12/26/2013 - tonsta wrote:
95 points
Just stunning booze. Sitting nicely in its drinking window, but will continue to develop over the next 5-8 years.
Red
12/26/2013 - tonsta wrote:
91 points
Good without being great.
Red
11/24/2013 - tonsta wrote:
87 points
Disappointing....
Red
11/24/2013 - tonsta wrote:
94 points
Now this is a merlot that could compete with the French! very silking on day one, but this build structure over the next couple of days and the wine transformed to be more 'serious'. Plenty of lead pencil and mulburry flavours.

Drink now or over the next 5-8yrs.
Red
11/24/2013 - tonsta wrote:
91 points
Looked much older than the 8yrs suggests. Not much on the nose and the palate was typically cabernet (albeit at the riper end of the range).

Overall not a bad wine but not one I'd be rushing back for. Drink now or over the next 2 years.
Red
9/15/2013 - tonsta wrote:
93 points
Nice wine. Only complaint is that acid pokes out a bit. Not as good as 04 or 01.
Red
8/17/2013 - tonsta wrote:
94 points
Absolutely glorious version of an Aussie merlot, and at the time great QPR. Textbook merlot characteristics and the wine is in a good spot right now but should drink well for another 3-5yrs.
Red
8/10/2013 - tonsta wrote:
94 points
a wonderful wine with no hint of brett!
Red
7/2/2013 - tonsta wrote:
90 points
Nothing but tannins at the moment. Don't open for at least 5 yrs!
Red
5/25/2013 - tonsta wrote:
90 points
disappointing
Red
5/25/2013 - tonsta wrote:
95 points
iOne of the best cabs I've had this year. No rush.
Red
5/25/2013 - tonsta wrote:
94 points
A real surprise packet. plenty of interest but with balanced alcohol. really enjoyed this one.
Red
5/25/2013 - tonsta wrote:
93 points
The best tempranillo in Australia, and this vintage didn't disappoint.
Red
5/25/2013 - tonsta wrote:
94 points
Beautiful wine. plenty of character and certainly not a fruit bomb.
Red
5/25/2013 - tonsta wrote:
93 points
Just lovely now but with plenty left in the tank!
White
4/5/2013 - tonsta wrote:
93 points
Amazingly fresh for a modestly priced 9 y.o new world chardonnay and one of the surprises and highlights of the year so far!
Red
4/5/2013 - tonsta wrote:
95 points
One of the best wines I've had in a long time!!!
Red
2005 Glaetzer Godolphin Barossa Valley Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
1/3/2013 - tonsta wrote:
94 points
Drank Xmas eve. Wonderful wine. Still quite primary. Not sure how it will age but I'll leave my last until 2017.
Red - Sparkling
1/3/2013 - tonsta wrote:
93 points
brilliant!
White - Sparkling
1/3/2013 - tonsta wrote:
96 points
Community drinking window right on. This had a developed colour and little bead, nevertheless you could certainly taste the bubbles! What a terrific champagne.
Red
1/3/2013 - tonsta wrote:
95 points
Had NYE. What a stunning wine. Full bodied with apparent oak, but was so well integrated and balanced. Should live for another 5 yrs or so but why wait! Held it's own against a 1990 Grange and a 1988 St Henri
Red
1991 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Red Blend (view label images)
1/3/2013 - tonsta wrote:
94 points
Had NYE. Cracking wine, sweetness combined with earthiness.......
Red
12/19/2012 - tonsta wrote:
95 points
Amazing!
Red
12/19/2012 - tonsta wrote:
93 points
Lovely aged Basket Press. A little brett but didn't distract.
White - Sparkling
12/1/2012 - tonsta Likes this wine:
92 points
looking a little older than I would have thought for an '02, little to no bead and tasted that way. Maybe not a representative bottle.
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Red
2001 Yalumba The Signature Barossa Valley Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
10/7/2012 - tonsta wrote:
92 points
Decent wine, a touch 'dirty' but IMO this just added to the wine's enjoyment.

In it's peak drinking window now but will hold for another couple of years yet.
White - Sparkling
9/16/2012 - tonsta wrote:
94 points
Just a lovely champagne that is ready to drink now.
Red
9/9/2012 - tonsta wrote:
91 points
Not sure if it was just me but I just didn't enjoy this wine tonight (as much as I willed myself to given the winery and the vintage!)......

Reckon I'll leave the last bottle to 2019.
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