Tasting Notes for KoalaHK

(222 notes on 216 wines)

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1978 Domaine Dujac Clos de la Roche Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
4/30/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Drunk at Petrus Restaurant at the Island Shangri La Hotel Hong Kong - a most beautiful and elegant example of how great Burgundy can be. A sparkling brightness in the glass that almost always foreshadows a wine in immaculate condition. The colour had a ruby translucence that mature pinot noir can exhibit but with almost no bricking. Typical Dujac stems on the nose but completely integrated on the palate and with absolutely no overbearing greenness. Mature Dujac doesn't get better than this.
White
5/5/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Drunk at One Harbour Road at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong - From an ex Graham Lyons cellar half bottle that was in absolutely tip top condition. No hint of premox here, I think it's from a time well before these issues became prevalent. This had pinpoint pristine minerality and I just couldn't imagine Chablis getting better than this.
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Red
4/30/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Drunk at Le Quinze Vins in Hong Kong - The ridiculous fill level (well into neck) was a welcome presage of things to come. I didn't decant this out of concern that it would be too delicate but in hindsight I think it would probably have benefited from the air. The wine is certainly at peak maturity but it shows no sign of decline. Lovely soft tannins, tertiary notes on the palate but still sufficient structure to hold the wine together. It's probably lost some of its fruit, to be expected after 35 years but its certainly not the metallic skeleton that old Bordeaux can become as it enters the vinous retirement home!
Red
2015 Comando G Tumba del Rey Moro Vinos de Madrid Garnacha, Grenache (view label images)
5/5/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Drunk at One Harbour Road at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong - My first time to this wine and needless to say I was expecting something completly different from a Spanish grenache (and it wasn't going to be positive). This is an exceptionally well made wine, beautiful sweet fruit and exceptional balance. There is no hint of heat or excessive alcohol. Very impressive indeed!
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White - Sparkling
5/5/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Drunk at One Harbour Road at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong - I am no champagne guru but I found this extremely bright and refreshing on the palate. It is neither too oxidative nor too reductive. Great balance and an excellent clean finish.
Red
3/28/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Drunk at the Mouton Dinner at Pierre Restaurant, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Hong Kong - From Magnum. Everything integrates well, fruit, tannins and the typical Mouton mint nose. Its hard to say whether this wine will makes old bones but its in a great place right now.
White
3/28/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Drunk at the Mouton Dinner at Pierre Restaurant, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Hong Kong - Firstly let me declare that the floral character that this wine exhibits as a result of the very small percentage of Muscadelle is not to my taste, nevertheless its quality gets better and better with pretty much each vintage. There is some wonderful minerality that really carries this wine.
Red
3/17/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Drunk at 67 Pall Mall London - An extremely bright wine in the glass, which is often a sign of good things to come. Slight bricking around the rim but no sign of decline whatsoever on the palate. Great balance between acid and fruit and very soft integrated tannins. All in all a very pleasurable wine that shows the pedigree of a great producer.
White
3/9/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Drunk at Fishteria in Hong Kong - Definitely white of the night for me. Elegance and balance are the words that come to mind. An amazing example of the subtle use of oak to provide the backbone that allows beautiful fruit to express its minerality. Very moreish! I'm not convinced the CT drinking window is even close here, this wine has a lot more in the tank I think.
Red
3/1/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Drunk at Epure in Hong Kong - The run that Latour produced from '45 to '49 has to go down in history as one of the most phenomenal sequences of successful wine making in the history of mankind. Tasting all five of them together was quite a privilege. The '45 exhibits the characteristic austerity of the vintage initially, but over time in the glass the sweetness and fruit begin to reveal themselves. Such structure and poise is a rare achievement. The favourite of the table of these five wines and a very strong contender for wine of the night.
Red
3/1/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Drunk at Epure in Hong Kong - The run that Latour produced from '45 to '49 has to go down in history as one of the most phenomenal sequences of successful wine making in the history of mankind. Tasting all five of them together was quite a privilege. I believe the '46 had the lowest production volume of the five, however it doesn't exhibit the levels of concentration that you might expect from such low yields. This is a positive in my view. Not in the league of the '49 or '45 but a lovely wine nonetheless.
Red
3/1/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Drunk at Epure in Hong Kong - The run that Latour produced from '45 to '49 has to go down in history as one of the most phenomenal sequences of successful wine making in the history of mankind. Tasting all five of them together was quite a privilege. The '47 has a notes of forest floor on the nose. Good acid, not volatile as some have experienced. Along with the '48 probably not the strongest of the 5 and surpassed by '47 Mouton tasted the day before.
Red
3/1/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Drunk at Epure in Hong Kong - The run that Latour produced from '45 to '49 has to go down in history as one of the most phenomenal sequences of successful wine making in the history of mankind. Tasting all five of them together was quite a privilege. The '48 showed a lovely brightness, weight on the palate with a touch of mint. Good acid still. Probably not the strongest wine of the five.
Red
3/1/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Drunk at Epure in Hong Kong - The run that Latour produced from '45 to '49 has to go down in history as one of the most phenomenal sequences of successful wine making in the history of mankind. Tasting all five of them together was quite a privilege. The '49 showed a sparkling brightness; a beacon of the promise that was to come. Fragrance, characteristic Latour tannins, acid and balance. This was the full package.
Red
3/1/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Drunk at Epure in Hong Kong - A bottle in remarkable condition and the youngest wine we tasted this evening. This wine is still youthful, it shows immense structure and density. The tannins are still very much at the forefront of this wine, yet balance is evident. Two recommendations: decant it (it never fades) and it has many, many years to go (it may not even be at its peak).
White
1959 Château Laville Haut-Brion Blanc Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
2/28/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Drunk at Beef Bar in Hong Kong - If there is an age where mature Laville doesn't impress, I am yet to find it. Characteristic lanolin notes, good acid and balance.
Red
2/28/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Drunk at Beef Bar in Hong Kong - Wine of the night in a list that included a brilliant bottle of '28 Palmer. Structure and intensity are probably the key descriptors for me. It's not '45 but that's like comparing Caravaggio with Rembrandt.
Red
1934 Château Gruaud Larose St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/28/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Drunk at Beef Bar in Hong Kong - A very bright bottle which delivered. Held well throughout the evening (probably better than Latour from the same vintage). Colour showed a darkness that belied its age. We didn't decant it, but I would have.
Red
1961 Château Palmer Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/28/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Drunk at Beef Bar in Hong Kong - Berry Brothers & Rudd bottling - Probably not quite as precise as the last time I tried this wine. The concentration is still there in spades, almost to the point of extraction. Again, atypical of aged Bordeaux, lacking the soft silky tannins that exist in claret at its peak. A wonderful wine nevertheless.
Red
1928 Château Palmer Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/28/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Drunk at Beef Bar in Hong Kong - This wine jumps straight out of the glass and grabs you, there's sweetness aplenty coupled with strong tannins that you find in vintages like '28 ('45 is similar). Only beaten (just) on the night by '47 Mouton. It was fading just a touch after a couple of hours in the glass but I'm happy to excuse this 90 year old's stamina!
Red
1/29/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Drunk at McKays Steakhouse at the American Club Hong Kong - The problem with legendary bottles such as this is that their reputation precedes them and as such there is a huge amount of expectation that surrounds the build up. So was it worth it? This is not in the league of the '45 Mouton or the '47 Cheval, or at least this bottle wasn't. Or maybe this wine is no longer at that level, it is, after all nearly 50 years senior to those two. To be very clear for a 118 year old wine it was in excellent condition and it was very enjoyable. Part of that enjoyment is no doubt being part of history but a significant part of it was the weight and structure that this wine still retains to this day. There is fruit and there is sweetness, although the sweetness did fade in the glass after a couple of hours. We didn't decant this initially, over concerns that it may be too fragile. That was wrong and so after the first pour the rest of the bottle was decanted and that assisted the wine to open and take on more complexity. I am privileged to have been able to try this wine but I won't go searching for it in the same way I have for other 'legends'.
Red
1/26/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Drunk at a rare Australian wine dinner on Australia Day at Table in Hong Kong - Jimmy Watson trophy winner. Still plenty of weight, fruit and acid. It's only the sweetness on the palate that gives you any clue about its age.
Red
1978 Henschke Cyril Henschke Eden Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/26/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Drunk at a rare Australian wine dinner on Australia Day at Table in Hong Kong - The first vintage of 'Cyril' I believe. Immediate sweetness on the palate that comes with age. Somewhat similar to the '78 Hill of Grace but with more weight. Plenty going on still.
Red
1/26/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Drunk at a rare Australian wine dinner on Australia Day at Table in Hong Kong - On the decline, some acid holding it together but lacks finish.
Red
1/26/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Drunk at a rare Australian wine dinner on Australia Day at Table in Hong Kong - My understanding is that this was the second vintage released of 'Basket Press'. Extremely balanced wine, the alcohol is perhaps more restrained than modern vintages which makes it more enjoyable in my view. On the palate it exhibits a seductive sweetness together with the characteristic jamminess that you find in younger vintages.
Red
1/26/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Drunk at a rare Australian wine dinner on Australia Day at Table in Hong Kong - The second 'new' vintage. Fresh, acidic wine suggesting further ageing potential for well stored bottles. Cote Rotie nose with a New World twist.
Red
1/26/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Drunk at a rare Australian wine dinner on Australia Day at Table in Hong Kong - Extremely clean and crisp, clearly an excellent bottle with an 'in to neck' fill. Paired with an excellent bottle of '82 John Riddoch and whilst the 707 took the honours it was by no means a unanimous decision.
Red
1/26/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Drunk at a rare Australian wine dinner on Australia Day at Table in Hong Kong - The first vintage of John Riddoch and this was a great bottle. Bright and fresh, attractive cabernet mintiness. Nice acid, suggesting that well stored bottles should have more left in them. Paired with an immaculate bottle of Bin 707 which just came out in front but it was by no means a unanimous decision.
Red
1/26/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Drunk at a rare Australian wine dinner on Australia Day at Table in Hong Kong - You know its a rare bottle when you have to add the vintage to CellarTracker! Typical malbec palate, almost tart. On the nose an Australian (eucalyptus?) characteristic. This wine is still going strong, if you can find it!
Red
1/26/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Drunk at a rare Australian wine dinner on Australia Day at Table in Hong Kong - Some say Bass Phillip resembles mature Dujac as it ages. Whilst this bottle wasn't there yet, it exhibits an air of maturity that is probably enhanced by the lack of filtering. Good acid present, it accompanied the grilled langoustine extremely well.
White
1/26/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Drunk at a rare Australian wine dinner on Australia Day at Table in Hong Kong - Described by one of my fellow diners as Arnaud Ente on the nose and Montrachet on the palate. This had excellent tension and some fine minerality. None of the flabbiness you can often find in New World chardonnay.
Red
11/28/2018 - KoalaHK wrote:
Drunk at the Fine Wine Experience Biondi-Santi Riserva Rarities Dinner at Otto e Mezzo in Hong Kong. As was usual with all of the wines at this dinner there was a touch of oxidation on the nose when you first approach this, but it's clear the depth is there. Give it (lots of) time in the glass to allow it to unravel; apparently the high levels of acidity keep it closed but it WILL change in the glass. There is the sweetness that age brings but it retains all the characteristics of a wine that is not yet close to decline. It even has 'legs' that belie its age. It deserves its legendary status and apparently another legend, none other than Frank Sinatra used to carry this wine with him on his travels!
Red
11/28/2018 - KoalaHK wrote:
Drunk at the Fine Wine Experience Biondi-Santi Riserva Rarities Dinner at Otto e Mezzo in Hong Kong. Excellent, supposedly a legendary vintage - and it showed. The sweetness that comes with age was there, as was the acid giving the wine its structure. Amazingly fresh, fruity and intense - and it's 50 years old!
Red
11/28/2018 - KoalaHK wrote:
Drunk at the Fine Wine Experience Biondi-Santi Riserva Rarities Dinner at Otto e Mezzo in Hong Kong. A lovely brightness and a sweet coffee nose greets you initially. The characteristic acid is present inviting almost any food combination, including the lobster that accompanied it at this dinner. Not as evolved as the '70, although I suspect that was as much about bottle variation as anything.
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Red
11/28/2018 - KoalaHK wrote:
Drunk at the Fine Wine Experience Biondi-Santi Riserva Rarities Dinner at Otto e Mezzo in Hong Kong. More bricking than the '71 and the oxidation was also more prominent. The acid is there as always but ultimately a tired bottle I think.
Red
11/28/2018 - KoalaHK wrote:
Drunk at the Fine Wine Experience Biondi-Santi Riserva Rarities Dinner at Otto e Mezzo in Hong Kong. A hint of oxidation on the nose, to be expected at this age I guess. Also a touch medicinal which others thought was brett'. Nevertheless an attractive sweetness which allowed some sins to be forgiven.
Red
11/28/2018 - KoalaHK wrote:
Drunk at the Fine Wine Experience Biondi-Santi Riserva Rarities Dinner at Otto e Mezzo in Hong Kong. Some oxidation or volatile acidity initially which dissipated. More resolved than I would have expected, perhaps this bottle is not as giving as I would have thought from this wine in this vintage. The acid is present though, so that's a positive.
Red
11/28/2018 - KoalaHK wrote:
Drunk at the Fine Wine Experience Biondi-Santi Riserva Rarities Dinner at Otto e Mezzo in Hong Kong. Described as a "classic vintage". A lovely brightness, prominent tannins but still very elegant. The acid is here but maybe a little lower than usual for this wine, making me wonder what its longevity will be like.
White - Sweet/Dessert
11/20/2018 - KoalaHK wrote:
Drunk at Chiu Tang Hong Kong - My first time to this wine. Nutty, tawny port characteristics without the syrupiness that often goes with sweet wines. Very enjoyable.
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Red
11/20/2018 - KoalaHK wrote:
Drunk at Chiu Tang Hong Kong - Much more complexity and balance than the over ripe, super sweet regular cuvee. Again a bit too much concentration and prominent alcohol for me.
Red
11/20/2018 - KoalaHK wrote:
Drunk at Chiu Tang Hong Kong - Super (almost over) ripe, super sweet. Sweet plumbs and kumquats. All a bit too concentrated for me.
Red
11/20/2018 - KoalaHK wrote:
Drunk at Chiu Tang Hong Kong - Dark and dense with more prominent alcohol than most CNDP's I've tried from this vintage. Some pleasant rusticity however.
Red
11/20/2018 - KoalaHK wrote:
Drunk at Chiu Tang Hong Kong - Sadly, a slightly oxidised bottle so hard to judge this fairly.
Red
11/20/2018 - KoalaHK wrote:
Drunk at Chiu Tang Hong Kong - "Soft but still extant tannins, alcohol not as prominent as later vintages of this wine - a very pleasant surprise for me". This was my description of the 'Reservee' which applies equally to the 'Laurence" but with an extra dose of style and complexity. Lovely, my wine of the night.
Red
11/20/2018 - KoalaHK wrote:
Drunk at Chiu Tang Hong Kong - Soft but still extant tannins, alcohol not as prominent as later vintages of this wine - a very pleasant surprise for me. Others used terms like dainty and feminine; they would certainly not be uttered with later more extracted vintages.
Red
11/20/2018 - KoalaHK wrote:
Drunk at Chiu Tang Hong Kong - Bright, ripe and sweet. A good bottle but not as weighty as I would like.
Red
11/20/2018 - KoalaHK wrote:
Drunk at Chiu Tang Hong Kong - Rhone rusticity with fully resolved, soft tannins. Excellent vintage for this wine, a great example before the 'Age of Extraction'!
Red
11/17/2018 - KoalaHK wrote:
Drunk at the Koala Bar Hong Kong - From Magnum. This is an extremely well made wine with excellent balance. It has more weight than I would expect from this vintage but it carries it well. In Burgundy these days you can't go past the Volnay value to quality equation.
Red
11/17/2018 - KoalaHK wrote:
Drunk at the Koala Bar Hong Kong - From Magnum. No mistaking this as a new world shiraz. Unquestionably a 'big' wine with plenty of fruit and alcohol. Almost port like on the nose, the tannins are soft but the alcohol is a little overbearing.
Red
11/17/2018 - KoalaHK wrote:
Drunk at the Koala Bar Hong Kong - From Magnum (and I suspect that was the key to the success of this bottle). There is no question that this wine has reached its zenith and is perhaps sliding gracefully down hill now. Nevertheless, a throughly enjoyable example of the sweetness that comes with old claret and sufficient acid to keep this going for most of the evening.
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