Tasting Notes for KoalaHK

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10/12/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Drink at Giandos Hong Kong - Hype doesn't do wine any favours and opening a Screaming Eagle unfortunately is always going to suffer from a large dose of it. Having said that this was a big rich wine that is Premier Division Napa Cab. If anything this bottle was a bit muted, but serving it after at least a dozen wines also probably didn't help.
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10/5/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Drunk at Sotheby's Hong Kong - There was a sparkling brightness to the color immediately upon pouring this wine, usually the sign of a well kept bottle. A very powerful nose of smoked almost burnt or charcoaled meat dominates, albeit it's not unpleasant. It definitely needs time to open in the glass but despite my expectation that this would be a 'big' wine there's actually a lightness to it which is almost a let down.
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1995 Joseph Drouhin Chambertin Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
10/5/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Drunk at Sotheby's Hong Kong - In my view this is a 'big' Chambertin, certainly this bottle was. Whilst it definitely benefits from (needs) time in the glass the tannins still remain quite prevalent and the fruit is a touch dry. A pleasant drink but I don't think it's going anywhere.
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10/5/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Drunk at Sotheby's Hong Kong - My initial impression was that this was a rustic wine and that combined with the character of the powerful '99 vintage it would lead to an enjoyable (but not great) wine drinking experience. I was right to begin with but as one of my fellow CT reviewers notes, air is this wine's friend. Dare I say it, this may have even benefitted from a decant! As it opened in the glass (no doubt as every Burgundian will tell you) the wine starts to come together and takes on the elegance of great Burgundy from a great producer in a great vintage. In the end, this is an extremely underrated Roumier.
Red
10/5/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Drunk at Sothebys's Hong Kong - This wine almost literally jumps out of the glass at you, the nose is so vibrant and what's more it doesn't fade. Extremely pleasant drinking now and whilst it probably won't 'make old bones' (some bricking is already evident) it had sufficient acid to last happily in the glass for quite some hours.
Red
10/2/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Drunk at China Tang - Hong Kong - Rich & luxurious wine that lives in the shadow of the '96. Extremely approachable now but with decades in the tank. Not that I expected to be disappointed by this in anyway but it is certainly an exception to the 'Left Bank in '96, Right Bank in '95' rule.
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1982 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/19/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Drunk at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse Admiralty Hong Kong - This wine is in a great place right now and I suspect it will remain so for quite some time. The cigar box descriptor is often used for Haut Brion and its particularly applicable here. Tannins are fully resolved and there is a very pleasant sweet fruit that you get from mature Bordeaux on the palate. It's not in the league of '82 Latour or Mouton but there is a satisfaction that you get from consuming this wine as I suspect this is its apogee.
Red
9/19/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Drunk at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse Admiralty Hong Kong - If truth be told I was a little disappointed with this wine. It is Rousseau and it is 2005 so there should be no problem, right? No. The oak is much more prominent than you would normally expect and I agree with one of my fellow CT reviewers that the palate is a little austere. I'm also not convinced that these issues will fade with time. Just to be clear, we drank it all but it wasn't even close to approaching the profundity that other '05 Rousseau's have delivered for me before.
Red
8/22/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Tasted at Penfolds Magill Estate Restaurant, Adelaide. There was an almost unbearable trepidation (at least from me) as this bottle was opened. Thankfully as the ridiculously tiny cork was pulled from its tightly sealed home for the last 65+ years a flawless bottle was revealed. Whilst it's unlikely I will get to drink this wine again I would strongly recommend this being decanted many hours before it is due to be served. The structure and the tannins are almost unforgiving for at least the first hour. Don't get me wrong, you know the fruit is there it just doesn't fully reveal itself for quite some time. In fact it wasn't until the next morning when I tried the last remaining drops from the bottle that the true sweetness of fruit that you would expect from a mature 65 year old wine really showed. A genuinely historic wine experience for me, made all the more significant by drinking it yards from where it was born.
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2001 Penfolds Grange South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
8/22/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Tasted at Penfolds Magill Estate, Adelaide. 40 Vintages of Grange: Much like the '99 this is a well resolved, beautifully balanced Grange. There was an orange chocolate note on the nose that reminded me of Allen's Jaffas. Absolutely ready to drink now.
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1999 Penfolds Grange South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
8/22/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Tasted at Penfolds Magill Estate, Adelaide. 40 Vintages of Grange: A nice sweet perfume seduces you from the beginning with this bottle of '99. It's the '98 without the overt power. Very easy drinking right now.
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1998 Penfolds Grange South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
8/22/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Tasted at Penfolds Magill Estate, Adelaide. 40 Vintages of Grange: There's an initial creaminess on the palate which no doubt is the prominent new oak showing through. Then it's power, power, power but its not disjointed. Plenty of everything in this wine, acid, tannin, fruit. But it (more than) just works. I think Irene Cara was referring to this wine when she sung 'Fame'!
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1997 Penfolds Grange South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
8/22/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Tasted at Penfolds Magill Estate, Adelaide. 40 Vintages of Grange: Is it a bit maderised on the nose or is it showing more age, bracketed as it is between the monumental '96 and '98? It shows some uncharacteristic bricking on the rim. The palate on the other hand is showing nothing of the sort, perhaps a little softer but otherwise typical Grange.
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1996 Penfolds Grange South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
8/22/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Tasted at Penfolds Magill Estate, Adelaide. 40 Vintages of Grange: We are now in the window where you begin to mistake '90's Grange for wines at least 10 or 20 years their junior. There is a little alcohol on the finish (this vintage was 14% abv, gone are the days of mid 12% or low 13's). Enter 'Optimus Prime' of Australian wine!
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1995 Penfolds Grange South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
8/22/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Tasted at Penfolds Magill Estate, Adelaide. 40 Vintages of Grange: Powerful dark fruits on the nose and as one of my fellow tasters remarked: "full of mouth filling tannins". Whilst the tannins may be a touch prominent here I certainly have no complaints. This would benefit from food more than some vintages.
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1994 Penfolds Grange South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
8/22/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Tasted at Penfolds Magill Estate, Adelaide. 40 Vintages of Grange: So after the detour through the '92 and '93 we're back on track. And thus begins Grange's remarkable run of 'even' vintages. This is so well integrated, definitely youthful but really complete and enjoyable. Very easy to drink now.
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1993 Penfolds Grange South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
8/22/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Tasted at Penfolds Magill Estate, Adelaide. 40 Vintages of Grange: Made with 14% Cabernet. More fragrant than your typical Grange in a floral kind of way. There is still power on the nose that perhaps comes from the slightly higher dose of Cabernet in this vintage. There is also a creaminess on the palate but its not as good as they '92 and certainly can't hold a candle to the '91.
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1986 Penfolds Grange South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
8/22/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Tasted at Penfolds Magill Estate, Adelaide. 40 Vintages of Grange: A beautiful glossy brightness in the glass that usually foretells great things to come. Whilst this is still an enormously muscular wine it is in no way clumsy or like an ill fitting suit. I truly believe this will be a legendary Grange. It is one of the greats already.
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1992 Penfolds Grange South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
8/22/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Tasted at Penfolds Magill Estate, Adelaide. 40 Vintages of Grange: A excellent example of this (not so renowned) vintage; some previous bottles have been slightly insipid. It doesn't have the completeness of the '91 nor the potential longevity but the best '92 Grange I've had. Consider it the Vern Troyer of Grange's.
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1991 Penfolds Grange South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
8/22/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Tasted at Penfolds Magill Estate, Adelaide. 40 Vintages of Grange: Less power than the '90 but nevertheless extremely attractive. It possess an elegance that the '90 doesn't have right now. Plenty of acid and structure still evident that will allow the '91 to keep pace with the '90 for many years to come.
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1990 Penfolds Grange South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
8/22/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Tasted at Penfolds Magill Estate, Adelaide. 40 Vintages of Grange: An extremely balanced, elegant and 'resolved' bottle of Grange. Still posses the characteristic nose and weight of fruit but this in no way dominates the experience. Yes!
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1989 Penfolds Grange South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
8/22/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Tasted at Penfolds Magill Estate, Adelaide. 40 Vintages of Grange: A very clean bottle. Extremely well integrated but with plenty left in the tank. Similar to the '83.
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1983 Penfolds Grange South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
8/22/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Tasted at Penfolds Magill Estate, Adelaide. 40 Vintages of Grange: Quite dark in the glass, with a beautiful perfume of dark fruits. Quite fine tannins but more muscular than the '82. A lovely Grange.
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1982 Penfolds Grange South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
8/22/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Tasted at Penfolds Magill Estate, Adelaide. 40 Vintages of Grange: A little tertiary here, lacks the tannin of some of the older vintages. A touch of cough mixture on the nose, ala Wendouree. The most Bordeaux like so far.
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8/26/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Drunk at the Mandarin Grill Hong Kong - An excellent bottle. Very fine tannins but enough acid to give it body. I think it's raspberries or crushed red berries on the nose that leap out of glass. DRC absolutely nailed this vintage.
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1978 Penfolds Grange South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
8/22/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Tasted at Penfolds Magill Estate, Adelaide. 40 Vintages of Grange: Made with 10% Cabernet. Great balance and elegance with much finer tannins than its compatriots from the '70s. Less stewed fruit than '76. On par with '71 but probably not the longevity. This is a wine you really want to drink.
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1976 Penfolds Grange South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
8/22/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Tasted at Penfolds Magill Estate, Adelaide. 40 Vintages of Grange: Again beautifully bright in the glass with just a touch of heat on the nose; although this isn't evident on the palate. The tannins are a bit more raw on the '76 as it doesn't have the same balance as the '71 but it's still great. A great anecdote recounted at the tasting was of the outrage at this wine being priced at over $20 for the first time when it was released back in 1981. Those were the days!
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1971 Penfolds Grange South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
8/22/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Tasted at Penfolds Magill Estate, Adelaide. 40 Vintages of Grange: Intense nose, bright in the glass, extraordinary long finish. Prominent tannins but so well integrated. Could easily be 15 or 20 years younger. This bottle definitely lived up to this wine's reputation.
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1967 Penfolds Grange South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
8/22/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Tasted at Penfolds Magill Estate, Adelaide. 40 Vintages of Grange: Jimmy Watson Trophy Winner. Dark and intense in the glass. It lacks a bit of sweetness. Enormous amount of tannin on the finish that tends to dominate. You'd be out by 30 years if you tried to guess this wine's age.
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1966 Penfolds Grange South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
8/22/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Tasted at Penfolds Magill Estate, Adelaide. 40 Vintages of Grange: Little trace of tertiary characteristics here. There's acid and tannin but they're still soft. It's not as well integrated as the '63 but perhaps that's because its not ready!
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1965 Penfolds Grange South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
8/22/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Tasted at Penfolds Magill Estate, Adelaide. 40 Vintages of Grange: Jimmy Watson Trophy winner. A touch duller in the glass with more prominent acid and tannins than the '63 but in no way unpleasant. It was the first of the wines this morning where the fruit on the nose was more dominant than tertiary characteristics. I guess Grange needs 55 years to fully mature!
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1963 Penfolds Grange South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
8/22/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Tasted at Penfolds Magill Estate, Adelaide. 40 Vintages of Grange: Made with 100% Shiraz. More balance than the '62. Round, fresh almost creamy palate (it spent 18 months in oak apparently). Yes its old but there's no trace of maderisation, oxidation or metallic characteristics at all. A beautiful bottle from a vintage perhaps not regarded as highly as some. This is the wine you want to take to dinner.
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1962 Penfolds Grange South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
8/22/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Tasted at Penfolds Magill Estate, Adelaide. 40 Vintages of Grange: Bin 95 made with 13% Cabernet. 'Like a bag of Licorice Allsorts', remarked one of my fellow tasters. Strong tannins as per all of these older Granges. The fruit is fading but still sweet. A touch maderised but somehow the tannins keep it together. There are better bottles apparently.
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1955 Penfolds Grange South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
8/22/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Tasted at Penfolds Magill Estate, Adelaide. 40 Vintages of Grange: An original bottle (not recorked) made with 10% Cabernet. Lighter in colour than its older brethren, a bit volatile on the nose, a touch of banana peel initially. The sweetness of fruit is evident but this bottle is drying out a little.
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1953 Penfolds Grange South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
8/22/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Tasted at Penfolds Magill Estate, Adelaide. 40 Vintages of Grange: Bin 10 made with 13% Cabernet probably from Kalimna. Very bright in the glass but deeper in colour than the '52. More acid and tannin as well, quite some backbone. This may even still be on the ascendancy! Supposedly this and the '71 were two of Max Schubert's favourites.
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1952 Penfolds Grange South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
8/22/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Tasted at Penfolds Magill Estate, Adelaide. 40 Vintages of Grange: A recorked bottle of Bin 4 made with 100% Shiraz. First wine of the morning, just out of the cellar, a bit like a cold coffee to start the day. No hint of oxidation whatsoever, the enormous structure is apparent from the word 'go'. Very bright in the glass and the freshness that comes with wines of that appearance is apparent. Plenty of acid, suggesting this wine still has many years in front of it. Coming back to the glass later in the day, the wine has not degraded at all but has taken on a lovely caramel nose reminiscent of Penfolds Grandfather Port.
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7/19/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Drunk at PIIN Wine Restaurant Hong Kong - Interesting to read other CT reviews of this wine. It certainly performed better than the '05 Drouhin Petit Monts that we served beforehand. Whilst I would agree that it's probably not going to get any better, it is definitely not past its prime. There is fruit, structure and acid and its holding together nicely. Mature Rousseau village shows the pedigree of the wine maker extends right across the range from Grand Cru down.
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7/19/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Drunk at PIIN Wine Restaurant Hong Kong - Interesting coming back to this wine 4 1/2 years later. Whilst it's a perfectly enjoyable drink it doesn't have the 'X factor'. Slightly four square, the structure dominates and the elegance you expect from Burgundy doesn't shine through.
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7/14/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Drunk at Giandos Hong Kong - Light, elegant and drinking extremely well. A great example of Grivot's success in this vintage.
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7/11/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Drunk at Amuse Bouche Hong Kong - Drinking beautifully right now. Loads of capsicum on the nose and maybe a little more advanced than I would have expected but held well throughout the evening.
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7/11/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Drunk at Amuse Bouche Hong Kong - Great structure, fruit and power I just can't get my head around the level of alcohol. Nevertheless, its an extremely well made wine.
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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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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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