The Year in Wine at CellarTracker. Check out CellarTracker Insights >

Tasting Notes for C'est la Vine

(132 notes on 111 wines)

1 - 50 of 132 Sort order
White - Sparkling
5/9/2021 - C'est la Vine wrote:
95 points
Fancy wrapping, feels like Christmas. Bottle 1424 of 2200 has had 12 years on lees and now 6 years in bottle. Less impactful than I was expecting, quite subtle and saline with an exquisite bead and good length.

C: Light golden yellow

N: lemon preserves, minerals, river rocks and biscuits

P: Very gentle bead, saline, lemon, lemon rind, lemon barley, almond, quite savoury, excellent length

95/100

https://cestlavine.com/2021/05/09/2003-arras-ej-carr/
Red
5/9/2021 - C'est la Vine wrote:
93 points
Single Vineyard Shiraz from Rices Vineyard in the Grampians. Typical Grampians in the mid weight, slightly cooler climate profile. Plenty of fruit but also the spice, tar and white pepper to make it interesting. Best drinking on day 2, took a little time to open up on day 1 but still going well on day 3…so still time to go in the cellar for this one.

C: Deep purple with crimson at the edges

N: Black fruits, plum and dark cherry, white pepper and tar

P: Similar to the nose, flavours of white pepper, black cherry, plum and load of raspberry. Slight tannic puckering on the back palette leaving a ferrous iron on the close. Good length.

93/100

https://cestlavine.com/2021/05/09/2016-over-the-way-shiraz/

Disclosure: I have some involvement supporting the making of Over the Way wines. While I seek to remain impartial, this review may contain some unintentional bias.
Red
5/9/2021 - C'est la Vine Likes this wine:
95 points
Made by the esteemed Dan Standish, these Barossa wines are in a class of their own in many ways for their serious take on South Australia’s great grape offering. Blackberry, blueberry pie…no real notes of apricot from the Viognier, but its lifted / lythe on the palate, intense…milk chocolate raspberry and mouth coating. The whole thing is embracing – sombre / serious / dense.

95/100

https://cestlavine.com/2021/05/09/2013-standish-the-relic/
Red
11/18/2020 - C'est la Vine Likes this wine:
91 points
2009 is not a renowned vintage in Barolo, so I had some concern about opening this early (11 years) rather than later (15+). Should not have been concerned, the Pio Cesare has held up beautifully to the march of time and shows a wonderful array of Barolo / Nebbiolo typical red fruits, tar and roses. A lovely wine in no rush to be anywhere.

The wine looks garnet to purple with noticeable bricking at the edges.
N strawberry, blackberry, a touch of orange / orange blossom and rosewater.
P Strawberry, mid red fruits such as cherry / raspberry and some blueberry.
Medium bodies, still mildly tannic with good acid.
1 person found this helpful Comment
Red
11/13/2020 - C'est la Vine Likes this wine:
91 points
The wine is garnet to purple and clearly shows its youth. It is tart and mildly tannic and brimming with enthusiasm. A clear sparkle in the eye, showing its cheeky youthful exuberance.

N: cranberry, blackberry, black currant, washed river rocks and rosewater.
P: strawberry, blueberry, cranberry, raspberry and red currant.
The body is medium and the youthful wine is juicy, fresh with medium length and medium / high acidity.
White
11/11/2020 - C'est la Vine Likes this wine:
92 points
Showing very well still at 10 years of age. I have had various vintages of this and at a range of ages, 5-7 years probably peak drinking, but this is by no means just holding on, its still vibrant, bright and delicious.

C: yellow gold
N: lemon, peach and perhaps melon
P: lemon, ripe stone fruits, w/ tropical fruits present, a touch of guava, pineapple and melon
The body is light/medium and bright and generous like sunshine in a bottle. The wine finishes medium and has medium / low acidity due to age
White - Sparkling
11/9/2020 - C'est la Vine Likes this wine:
94 points
Nose of overpowering brioche and a touch of sweet sherry. Palate is still quite fresh and delicate, beautiful light bubbles (quite fine and not noticeably bubbly) with lemon sherbet and some oxidative characteristics...but not as oxidative as a recent 2002 consumed. Lovely wine and a real treat to have a mature wine in such good shape.

N: Lemon, peach, honey and sherry
P: Lemon, lime, orange, white stone fruit, orange blossom, almond, honey, sherry and brioche.
The body is light/medium with silky texture. The wine finishes long and has medium acidity.
Red
6/14/2017 - C'est la Vine wrote:
94 points
Tart cherries and spice with a brackish bitterness and earth to close (which I suspect is whole bunch influenced). Consumed with tortellini and sun dried tomato, the acid and slightly bitter profile slice through the richness of the dish to provide perfect counterpoint. A lovely wine with excellent length; in the words of Sir Mix-a-lot, its "...long and strong, it's gonna get the friction on!"
1 person found this helpful Comment
White - Sparkling
6/14/2017 - C'est la Vine wrote:
93 points
Well into its drinking zone, this wine dances around the tongue with an array of brioche, lemon curd and sweet marmalade. On the sweeter end of the spectrum, but in no way cloying as the acid refreshes and provides nice length. An absolute bargain for vintage champagne and my absolute go to at the entry level in this market. Much better with a few years under its belt.
Red
6/14/2017 - C'est la Vine wrote:
90 points
Essence of plumbs and white pepper with a meaty animale profile, somewhat funky and imperfect, but nothing too out of control. Mid bodied solid syrah well suited to winter stews but no life changing experiences here.
Red
2014 Noble Red GSM Heathcote Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
6/6/2017 - C'est la Vine wrote:
92 points
Small family concern from Heathcote Vic., noble indeed. Jubey red fruits from the Grenache juxtaposed against the earthy savoury Mourvèdre. Very much an Australian style of GSM with a glowing warmth to keep things ticking. Drink with protein preferably of the BBQ style
Red
6/2/2017 - C'est la Vine Likes this wine:
95 points
Super sexy premium cabernet time with Margaret River’s Thompson Estate. A little rough treatment in the decanter fills the room with luscious fragrances while a raise of the glass provides fruit power, tannic punch and oak mayhem on the palate. Sticks to the gums, blue fruits and some red deeper raspberry with a slight astringency to close. Too young without air, but one that will wow the crowd with its chutzpah.

https://cestlavine.com/2017/06/02/2013-thompson-estate-the-specialist-cabernet-sauvignon/
1 person found this helpful Comment
White
6/1/2017 - C'est la Vine Likes this wine:
92 points
Deep yellow colour suggests the ol sunshine in a bottle, but not this, some peach but also nashi pear, lemon curd and nougat. Flinty stone fruits to close. Super drink but let it warm up a bit.
Red
5/31/2017 - C'est la Vine wrote:
96 points
One of Australia’s great wines based on its track record and didn’t disappoint on this showing. Surprisingly ready to drink when popped and poured in a restaurant (375ml) but you can’t argue with the quality in the bottle.

https://cestlavine.com/2017/05/31/2013-moss-wood-cabernet/
Red
5/31/2017 - C'est la Vine wrote:
94 points
2015 Merrick’s Pinot Noir – Savoury with more subtle fruit and a touch of earth showing. Again oak and tannins on show, was favoured by many but easily shaded by the Red Hill for me. 94 points

https://cestlavine.com/2017/06/01/montalto-2015-single-vineyard-pinots/
Red
5/31/2017 - C'est la Vine wrote:
95 points
2015 Tuerong Pinot Noir – Spice, blue fruits and cherry, again a touch on the savoury side. Apparently award worthy (can’t recall which) and will thus likely disappear quicker than one can say “97 point Halliday wine.” Certainly the popular choice for the better half, so the smart money goes here. 95 points

https://cestlavine.com/2017/06/01/montalto-2015-single-vineyard-pinots/
Red
5/31/2017 - C'est la Vine wrote:
93 points
2012 Tuerong Pinot Noir – Tannins in place to provide structure but really this is ready to drink now. A little less precise than the 2015 and that lack of clarity, while not making a bad wine by any means, means that it is tough to compete in this crowd. 93 points

https://cestlavine.com/2017/06/01/montalto-2015-single-vineyard-pinots/
Red
5/31/2017 - C'est la Vine wrote:
94 points
2012 Merrick’s Pinot Noir – Merrick’s again more savoury and the most similar between the 12 and 15 versions. Moving towards red fruits / strawberry with age however this is still holding strong and some way to go on this wine. 94 points

https://cestlavine.com/2017/06/01/montalto-2015-single-vineyard-pinots/
Red
5/31/2017 - C'est la Vine wrote:
93 points
2015 Main Ridge Pinot Noir – Cherry, strawberry and quite light bodied. Probably the least exciting wine of the bunch at this stage, but still a worthy wine. 93 points

https://cestlavine.com/2017/06/01/montalto-2015-single-vineyard-pinots/
Red
5/31/2017 - C'est la Vine wrote:
96 points
2015 Red Hill Pinot Noir – My personal favourite of the 2015’s and the lowest production of the four wines. Richer, fuller flavoured with deep cherry fruits, spice and a more robust tannin structure. Deep purple with more oak impact evident. 96 points

https://cestlavine.com/2017/06/01/montalto-2015-single-vineyard-pinots/
Red
5/31/2017 - C'est la Vine wrote:
97 points
2012 Main Ridge Pinot Noir – Three years is a long time in pinot it would seem and if the 2015 Main Ridge grows to compare with the 2012, get on board. Strawberry and rose petals, light bright and brilliantly delicious. 97 points

https://cestlavine.com/2017/06/01/montalto-2015-single-vineyard-pinots/
Red
5/31/2017 - C'est la Vine Likes this wine:
94 points
Young, vibrant and brilliantly deep coloured Grampians Shiraz from a super talented garagiste plying his trade from the Longview Creek Vineyard in Riddles Creek. Give it some air and watch it sing.

https://cestlavine.com/2017/06/01/montalto-2015-single-vineyard-pinots/
White
4/26/2016 - C'est la Vine wrote:
92 points
- Light gold color and aromas of melon and pineapple and has flavours of peach - Full power! Clear, bright colour somewhere in the light yellow spectrum. Nose evokes green melon with a touch of nougat. The mouth is of white stone fruits, fresh with acidity and powerfully fruited. Great wine if you want a zesty finish built on slightly unripe stone fruits. A bit much on show to really enjoy a whole bottle, but a glass or two would be ample reward.
Red
2010 Cradle of Hills Route du Bonheur GMS McLaren Vale Grenache Blend, Grenache (view label images)
4/15/2013 - C'est la Vine wrote:
91 points
Mineral streak sitting beneath cherries and black berry liqueur. Alcohol sticks out for mine, but not in an unpleasant way. Love the underlying gravelly flavours that stick to the palate and provide good length that finishes with a slight bitterness. Have this with a nice rich meat dish from the slow cooker.
Red
2009 The Colonial Estate Emigré Barossa Valley Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
4/10/2013 - C'est la Vine Likes this wine:
90 points
Cork as clean as a whistle, hardly stained at all. Rich red to black fruits. Bold with over fruit, but not over the top. Lovely chocolate, musk and spice, not showing signs of advanced aging. High alcohol wine, probably drinking at its peak now and for the next couple of years for my tastes.

The wine looks Crimson colored. The legs are Medium. It smells like Blackberry, Raspberry, Coconut, and Cinnamon. It tastes like Blackberry, and Cinnamon. The body is Medium/Full. The wine has Satin-like texture. The wine finishes Medium.
Red
4/6/2013 - C'est la Vine Likes this wine:
90 points
Consumed at the end of a long line of shiraz. Once the wine opened up, it showed very well. A lighter style red with great interest.
Red
4/1/2013 - C'est la Vine wrote:
84 points
Ripe red fruits to the fore. A touch of spritz at the start the dies down with some air. Good solid drinker, but nothing outstanding on this occasion. Seemed a little out of balance.
Red
4/1/2013 - C'est la Vine wrote:
92 points
In a great place. Plum and berries, smoke and spice. A bit of typical pyrenees mint thrown in, but it is only deep in the background. Showing no real signs of wear and tear, will continue to drink well for a number of years. Lovely stuff
Red
3/30/2013 - C'est la Vine wrote:
87 points
Light in color, flavour is of strawberries with good intensity. Perhaps a bit light for my tastes, but no lack of interest
Red
3/31/2013 - C'est la Vine wrote:
95 points
Deep dark black fruits with amazing intensity. Savory tannins rippling throughout, finishing with spice and great length.
Red
3/16/2013 - C'est la Vine Likes this wine:
92 points
Deep plum and spice with a hint of licorice. Starting to show development, but in a great space right now.
Red
2/19/2013 - C'est la Vine Likes this wine:
96 points
Fantastic depth of fruit and richness. Great persistence and intensity. Contradictory in its subtle intricate start followed by a powerful fruit intensity. Ata Rangi like, but with more fruit weight and length.

Had the Te Muna 09 afterwards, a good wine made to look poor by the quality of this wine.
Red
2/5/2013 - C'est la Vine Likes this wine:
90 points
In the zone. Showing a bit of development, red fruit, cherries, a light bitterness to close. In perfect shape for this summer or the next.
White - Sparkling
11/11/2012 - C'est la Vine wrote:
94 points
Great length and complexity. Salty, savoury with everything in its place.
White
11/11/2012 - C'est la Vine wrote:
89 points
Cashew and melon. A touch too much oak. Solid without being outstanding.
Red
11/8/2012 - C'est la Vine wrote:
88 points
Holding up okay. Alcohol and acid sticking out a bit, freshly opened however so may settle down with a bit of air. Not as vibrant as other bottles I have had.
Red
10/26/2012 - C'est la Vine wrote:
Light on the palate, a touch of (not unpleasant) bitterness but also some candied fruit. Solid effort on, lighter but with good intensity of flavour. B-
Red
10/25/2012 - C'est la Vine wrote:
Not as savoury as I have come to expect from both of these regions, but certainly not an overt fruit rich wine. Almost cherry in the spectrum of fruits, touch of plum and a nice oaky finish. Fruit is sweet, like black cherries in yogurt (without the yougurt), is of medium weight and has reasonable length. Drinking well now,but could go a while yet given the oak. Lovely drinking, definitely hit the right spot for me. Imperfect but interesting. B- on my new non numerical rating system
White - Sparkling
10/20/2012 - C'est la Vine wrote:
90 points
Not overly complex but not without interest either. Pleasant drop with apples and a hint of biscuit. Went well with soft cheeses and cheddar.
Red
10/14/2012 - C'est la Vine wrote:
88 points
Better on the second night once it had opened up more. Fruit is still there, but note the influence of herbal flavours and pronounced tannins. A touch of alcohol on the nose is evident. All up though, a solid wine with charm, but not an exceptional one.
Red
10/12/2012 - C'est la Vine wrote:
88 points
Past its best, but still a wine of interest. if a little challenging for some. Definitely some life left in it still.
White
9/1/2012 - C'est la Vine wrote:
86 points
Ok lunch wine. Holding up okay given the age, pleasant, solid, but not in any way memorable. Probably what you expect at the price.
Red
9/1/2012 - C'est la Vine wrote:
88 points
Perfect wine for casual drinking. Light and fresh, with enough acid and tannin to keep things interesting.
1 person found this helpful Comment
White - Sparkling
8/26/2012 - C'est la Vine wrote:
87 points
Solid, not inspiring but a decent enough drop.
Red
8/23/2012 - C'est la Vine wrote:
90 points
Bottle in great nick, bright with fruit that is not overt or cloying. Alcohol doesn't stick out and it's in much better condition than the last bottle. I would drink up over the next year or so if you have any left, it's not going to get better I would think.
Red
8/17/2012 - C'est la Vine wrote:
78 points
Unusual sweet fruit, not much interest. The bottle was either floored or just mildly cloying. Either way, did not finish.
White
8/4/2012 - C'est la Vine wrote:
93 points
Cashews, flint and a hint of white stone fruits but not in an overly ripe or fruity sense. Real length with a lingering wet stone flavour evident.
Red
8/3/2012 - C'est la Vine wrote:
94 points
- Purple color and aromas of blackberry and violet. It's in total harmony and has flavours of blackberry and chocolate with a medium/full body. Satin-Like texture with a long finish.
Red - Sparkling
7/24/2012 - C'est la Vine wrote:
92 points
No notes, but very good. Lovely balance and elegance.
Red
2005 C J Pask Declaration Gimblett Gravels Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/21/2012 - C'est la Vine wrote:
91 points
- Crimsom color and aromas of blackberry. It's balanced and has flavours of tobacco and blackberry with a medium/full body. Round texture with a medium finish - Very nice wine but lacks a little excitement factor. A touch short on the finish but drinking very well right now and should go on 2-3 years without much issue. Black fruits with tobacco, as per previous comments, malbec is evident, but is not unbalanced. Tannins integrated but still providing good structure.
1 - 50 of 132
More results
  • Tasting Notes: 132 notes on 111 wines
© 2003-23 CellarTracker! LLC.

Report a Problem

Close