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White - Sweet/Dessert
1990 Château d'Yquem Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
2/3/2019 - Jeff Leve wrote:
98 points
From a half bottle, purchased on release, the wine is loaded with buttery, pineapple, apricots, orange and honey, with floral accents and a hint of butterscotch. Plus, rich, round, sweet and lively, the wine is just starting to show its secondary development. Talk about pure pleasure in a glass.
  • TravisW commented:

    2/7/19, 5:49 AM - Time to drink or can you still hold it? Thanks for the note.

White
2009 McLeish Estate Sémillon Hunter Valley
10/19/2018 - chatters wrote:
Six Nations Wine Challenge 2018 (Manjit's Wharf, Sydney): Honey, apples butter, slightly herbaceous. In the mouth butter, honey, green apple, slight spritz. Long
  • TravisW commented:

    10/26/18, 11:40 PM - Do you think that it is OK to hold?

Red
2009 McWilliam's Mount Pleasant Wines Shiraz Rosehill Pokolbin
The choices are vast, but you’ve got to pick a favourite Hunter Shiraz at some stage and I made my bed some years ago. I’m a Rosehill man.

So I was relieved that this 2009 met with universal praise from a tough wine crowd at a recent lunch. So much so a second, and then a third, bottle arrived.

This is quintessential Hunter Valley Shiraz. It is just bang on. Lovely wine. A bit seductive actually. At 9 years old it is starting to enter the drinking window, but will hold for decades.

It reminded me to grab some more 2014 Rosehill before it all disappears.
  • TravisW commented:

    3/13/18, 4:46 AM - Great note! Cheers.

Red
2009 Hobbs Shiraz Gregor Barossa Range
3/3/2018 - Schiffy Likes this wine:
94 points
An amazing Shiraz that has the typical dark, rich, concentrated fruit with secondary flavors of plum, cassis and mocha. However, this wine has nicely integrated tannins that provide structure and a terrific fruit filled finish. This is no fruit bomb...it’s a very well made wine from a producer that was under the radar.
  • TravisW commented:

    3/13/18, 4:41 AM - Thanks for the great note.

Red
2014 Wendouree Malbec Clare Valley
3/10/2018 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
94 points
Decanted for 2 hours and then consumed over 3 hours. Medium bodied/weight to the palate. Perfumed nose with spices, earth and a cherry lift. The palate was a kaleidoscope of plush fruit flavours that continued to open up over time with red cherries, raspberry, cranberry and spices with an earthiness/savouriness about it. A very good level of acidity and tannin structure with a long finish. Plenty of enjoyment now with a bright future ahead.
  • TravisW commented:

    3/13/18, 4:39 AM - Great note. Thanks very much.

Red
2009 McWilliam's Mount Pleasant Wines Shiraz Rosehill Pokolbin
11/28/2017 - chatters wrote:
Whistestop Hunter tour (Hunter Valley): Oak over ripe, but not overripe, plums & blackberries, cream, lightweight spice. More of the same on the palate, tending to Christmas cake and vanilla custard backed with peppery spice and fine but drying tannins.
  • TravisW commented:

    12/7/17, 4:22 AM - Thanks for the note. What's the drinking window like?

White
2009 McLeish Estate Sémillon Hunter Valley
2/14/2014 - graemeg wrote:
2014 Sydney Royal Wine Show - Exhibitor's Tasting & Trophy Wines Lunch (Homebush & Four Seasons Hotel): [gold medal] {screwcap} This is pretty much a ringer for the preceding 2010 Lovedale wine. Some age apparent on the toasty, heneyed flarours and aromas. Oak-free, with a terrific line of acid carrying this along the dry palate, and a great length of finish. Top shelf Hunter Semillon. The winery did well (show-trophy-wise) with the 2007 vintage; this proves it’s no fluke.
  • TravisW commented:

    6/12/16, 6:19 AM - How long could you hold this for Graeme?

  • TravisW commented:

    6/13/16, 3:20 AM - Thanks Graeme.

Red
2009 Collector Wines Shiraz Reserve Canberra District
3/13/2016 - fizz wrote:
91 points
Medium hue, which is bright. Black currant pastille, smoke, graphite. Juicy and intense palate carries some savoury notes. Ever so fine tannins linger on the long finish. Very nice today.
  • TravisW commented:

    3/14/16, 7:03 PM - How is this aging Fizz? Good to hold off you like aged Shiraz?

  • TravisW commented:

    5/2/16, 9:35 PM - Thanks fizz.

Red
2013 Mayer Pinot Noir Granite Yarra Valley
8/26/2014 - chatters wrote:
Moncur Cellars Pinot Noir (Bistro Moncur, Sydney): On the nose leather, concentrated berry, an almost medicinal balm note, spice and cream. In the mouth there is ripe, concentrated red berry fruit which still retains a juicy edge but that dissipates very quickly under a fine tannic grip
  • TravisW commented:

    9/28/14, 6:21 PM - Any ageing potential?

  • TravisW commented:

    9/28/14, 11:58 PM - Thanks heaps chatters. I love a bit of age on my reds so will hold for a few years. Great notes. Many thanks.

  • TravisW commented:

    3/11/16, 4:50 AM - Had a bottle tonight. Pretty awful. Shrill acid and no fruit. Tried it over three hours, chilled and warm... but no dice. No idea what was going on in this bottle. Shame.

Red
1999 Rockford Shiraz Basket Press Barossa Valley
5/16/2014 - dan_smee wrote:
95 points
My first Basket Press. Throughly eclipsed a 2002 Brokenwood Graveyard shiraz on the same night. Perfectly balanced acidity, fruit and the developed characters were shining through giving a complexity and weight that only the best Barossans show.
  • TravisW commented:

    5/27/14, 6:55 PM - Thanks for the note Dan. Still got legs for the future?

Red
2009 Tahbilk Cabernet Sauvignon Nagambie Lakes
5/24/2014 - rsazima Likes this wine:
92 points
Mindblowing for the price! Haven't got much experience with Aussie wine, but it put to shame the shirazes I got to taste until now in the same price range ($15).

Really interesting and complex aromas and flavors of black fruits, vanilla, toast, earth, parafin, truffles, spices. Tannins still a bit hard and slightly alcoholic, but excellent balance overall. Very good acidity and unsuspecting elegance for a bottle this cheap. Extremely enjoyable!
  • TravisW commented:

    5/27/14, 6:52 PM - Shhh RSAZIMA! Everyone will be wanting some and the price will go up. Tahbilk is well known in Australia for producing very good value, mostly age worthy wines. They are also family owned! http://www.australiasfirstfamiliesofwine.com.au/our-wineries.php?Tahbilk-9
    Cheers, Travis.

Red
2009 Collector Wines Shiraz Marked Tree Red Canberra District
3/7/2014 - Georgez Likes this wine:
93 points
Alex McKay is a great winemaker and this is the best of his I have drunk so far. Drunk over 3 nights and got better each night. Bigger than I would have thought and on the first night full of cherries on the nose and plenty of that, plums, white pepper and spices with oak and fine tannin on the palate. Softened and wonderfully integrated on the second night and I would have said perfect other than for the third night where I sat sipping with a silly smile on my face. Has the fruit to allow it to improve for 5 years or more.
  • TravisW commented:

    3/8/14, 6:21 AM - He's a genius isn't he. :-)

Red
1999 Mount Mary Quintet Yarra Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
4/29/2013 - chbeaumont wrote:
96 points
Brick red; classy, elegant nose; soft, enticing, refined palate; beautifully balanced. Perfect now.
  • TravisW commented:

    8/26/13, 6:09 AM - You lucky, lucky bastard.

    We now have two bottles under the bed. Come on down Mr C!

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