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1971 Penfolds Grange South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah
7/14/2019 - cogo44 Likes this wine:
97 points
On immediate opening, the wine had a brick brown edge and a distinctively wood varnish nose. It also had a considerable ullage level. After 90 minutes in the decanter, the brick brown edge miraculously disappeared and the strong varnish settled down and became more reminiscent of freshly cut wood. The palate became an amalgam of beautiful spice laden fruit with a hint of candy and a velvety richness. The finish was long, persistent and satisfying. I bought this wine in a local liquor shop for $11.67 in 1976. The price sticker is still on the bottle. It was the last Grange I bought as I thought that the price was becoming too expensive for my one wage family situation. The 1962 was a great disappointment but both the 1965 and especially the 1966 were memorable wines and among the best I have consumed. Only the 1967 remains in the cellar, a legacy of my early forays into top Aussie wines. The 1971 accompanied my wife’s beautifully cooked rabbit with red wine and thyme.
  • Jimmy_D commented:

    7/31/19, 4:36 AM - Great tasting note Cogo

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2013 Tyrrell's Vat 8 Hunter Valley Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend
4/30/2019 - Jimmy_D wrote:
88 points
This started with bright purple fruits after a quick decant, but slowly faded after a few hours. I lost interest after the second glass. Maybe in an awkward phase? A bit ho hum at the moment.
  • Jimmy_D commented:

    5/4/19, 2:17 AM - I’m not going to completely write it off yet, just don’t open your stock for a while yet. Fingers crossed

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2013 Lake's Folly Cabernets Hunter Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
3/16/2019 - Jimmy_D wrote:
flawed
Effin cork. Why do so many producers still persist?? Mouldy under the foil and soaked through cork. Ergh. Sounds like a few others are copping the same.
  • Jimmy_D commented:

    4/3/19, 2:03 PM - That’s a good reminder. The annoying thing is that I do/did know, just forgot to request it. Sigh

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2010 Penfolds Cabernet Sauvignon Bin 407 South Australia
1/6/2019 - Jimmy_D wrote:
89 points
You’ll notice a bit of a theme in my tasting notes with penfolds multiregional blends. It’s so hard to get behind them. This is a decent Cabernet, but doesn’t offer much more than a varietal example. You’d be happy enough if it was priced up to $30, but at the RRP you’re just not getting any value. Next...
  • Jimmy_D commented:

    1/9/19, 12:47 AM - Here’s hoping it does, as I’ve got a few more, but I’m not going to hold my breath ;-) I’m thankful that most Penfolds that land in my cellar are gifts

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2000 McWilliam's Mount Pleasant Wines Shiraz Maurice O'Shea Hunter Valley
7/16/2018 - cogo44 Likes this wine:
96 points
Simply the best O’Shea I have tasted albeit it was last tasted about four yeArs ago. I could afford to buy a dozen back then. To my mind a better wine than the much lauded and overpriced 2014. The 2000 was not overoaked and had a seemless classic Hunter palate from start to finish. Like all great Hunters it's balance made it incredibly good drinking when it was released.
  • Jimmy_D commented:

    12/28/18, 2:09 PM - Great comment Cogo and I’m in agreement with you on the 2000 being a Hunter classic. The 2014 O’Shea is an epic wine, albeit in a different mould to the 2000. On a personal level, it’s a shame to see current vintages north of $250 a bottle, means I won’t continue to purchase regularly. But the price point reflects both the quality and (assumably) the demand, which is positive for Mount Pleasant and the Hunter in general, just not so much for most punters

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2014 Tyrrell's Vat 8 Hunter Valley Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend
2/4/2018 - Jimmy_D Likes this wine:
92 points
Rich and luscious. Not the typical description I’d give to a Vat 8. The colour has a fluro purple tinge to it and the nose is alluring. As soon as you taste it becomes obvious as the ‘14 vintage, which I keep raving about, for good reason. Power to those who have stocked up.
  • Jimmy_D commented:

    7/17/18, 4:27 AM - Good comment - and I've got the same curiosity on development. The '17 Vat 8 showed well recently too. And speaking of '17s, the Vat 6 pinot is surprisingly good, although I'd rather see it in a classic O'Shea style of blend!

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2014 McWilliam's Mount Pleasant Wines Shiraz Maurice O'Shea Hunter Valley
5/20/2018 - Jimmy_D Likes this wine:
96 points
Maurice O'Shea Experience May 2018 (Mount Pleasant, Pokolbin, NSW): Translucent purple in the glass. This looks sexy. The nose offers up a raft of bright purple fruit and red berries against some light smokey notes. So fresh to taste, this is going to live a long and distinguished life. It’s a pity the price tag now says $250 because it means I most likely won’t be finding out. 96+
  • Jimmy_D commented:

    5/29/18, 4:52 AM - You have done very well then! It’s $250 per bottle here in Australia, no member discounts, if you believe their cellar door staff. Cannot confirm or deny that. In any case, you’ve picked up a stellar vintage at a fraction of retail and you’re on the other side of the planet. I live 35 minutes away from the vineyard and cellar door!

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2017 Tyrrell's Shiraz Old Hut Hunter Valley
5/22/2018 - Jimmy_D Likes this wine:
91 points
Tyrrell's cellar door tasting session - 2017 reds (Pokolbin, NSW): Another of the relatively new single vineyard wines. I think this is the third or fourth release from this vineyard? More density and darker fruit alongside the Mother’s. Also in very good QPR range at $30 p/ bottle. My pick of the single vineyard range.
  • Jimmy_D commented:

    5/22/18, 2:19 PM - For some reason we missed the Stevens. It’s good to see the newer sites performing. And they’re looking like solid value in their youth.

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1999 Tyrrell's Shiraz Vat 9 Hunter Valley
5/14/2018 - Jimmy_D wrote:
90 points
This is like catching up with an old friend, time passes but you pick up right where you left off. This was a seminal wine for me several years ago. While time is wearing it away, it's still holding up OK. Classic hunter earth and leather, fruit still there amongst some bretty notes give it character without detracting. A very good example of aged hunter shiraz.
  • Jimmy_D commented:

    5/14/18, 4:10 AM - Recommend you keeping an eye out Tyrrell’s Sacred Sites and Winemaker’s Selection ranges Tim, reds and whites, if you can source locally?

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2014 McWilliam's Mount Pleasant Wines Shiraz Rosehill Pokolbin
4/1/2018 - Jimmy_D Likes this wine:
94 points
Agree with much of the previous commentary on this. And would be my pick of the Mount Pleasant range of ‘14s right now. This is excellent already, with loads of potential to reach loftier heights. Fuller bodied but already paying dividends, give it 10 years and you’ll be laughing. 94+
  • Jimmy_D commented:

    4/4/18, 7:43 PM - Well played if you both bought deep on this and hunter ‘14s in general

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2010 Majella Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra
12/16/2017 - Jimmy_D wrote:
90 points
Big and rounded Coonawarra cab. Vanilla oak, mint and blackcurrant all exactly where they should be. Has plenty of stuffing to go the distance too, as much as it is drinking well now. A pity we had to drink this out of shitty glassware, would no doubt have showed even better.
  • Jimmy_D commented:

    12/19/17, 9:34 PM - You can just about guarantee it when travelling. My inner nerd ensures I always pack a few glasses whenever we go away.

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2010 Lindeman's Shiraz - Cabernet Limestone Ridge Vineyard Coonawarra Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend
11/11/2017 - Jimmy_D wrote:
91 points
Solid performance at seven years of age, one of the better Limestone Ridges I’ve had in recent times. Dark core of blackberries and some bright and tart red fruit bringing it to life at the moment. Fruit is wrestling its way past the oak, could do with 4-5 more years in bottle.
  • Jimmy_D commented:

    11/11/17, 3:12 AM - Lindemans is part of Treasury Wines Estate - the same stable as Penfolds - so I would have thought that they’re onshore in the US somewhere?

  • Jimmy_D commented:

    11/11/17, 6:01 PM - Ah yes, the majority would likely be your entry level Lindemans range. Drop me a line if you ever make it down here and I’ll recommend an itinerary

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2010 Sons of Eden Shiraz Romulus Barossa Valley
9/30/2017 - Jimmy_D wrote:
90 points
An epic style of wine. Reading some of the reviews prior to opening had me both curious and concerned. The American oak is massive and leads the way. Though the acid cuts through just enough to keep it bearable. This is one to put to sleep for ten years as an each way bet. Time will tell if it all meshes together into something special.
  • Jimmy_D commented:

    10/3/17, 2:48 PM - Keep an eye out for the Remus. If I had the choice I'd take it over the Romulus... it's the Eden Valley brother and sees French oak rather than American. Both need several years in bottle before they're approachable.

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2001 Lake's Folly Cabernets Hunter Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
12/23/2015 - Jimmy_D wrote:
92 points
Double decant 3 hours before serving. It had a funky pong for the first 1-2 hours before the nose straightened out to offer a bouquet of blueberries, lovely. The palate was a little tired in comparison, but still offering some leather and earthiness alongside the predominant profile of blue fruits. A complex cabernet blend with enough interest to keep you thinking. Very nice
  • Jimmy_D commented:

    8/25/17, 4:48 AM - Worth a look soon Batcave. I've got a magnum left and it's marked for drinking in the next 4-5 years.

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2006 Saltram Shiraz No.1 Barossa
8/12/2017 - Jimmy_D wrote:
91 points
Classic Barossa. This has predominant red fruit and rich but balanced oak. It won't blow your head off, even though it's carrying 15%. In a good place right now. You've just got to be a fan of the style to enjoy it.
  • Jimmy_D commented:

    8/25/17, 4:45 AM - I wouldn't rush to drink it. Still plenty of mileage in the tank.

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2015 Yarra Yering Pinot Noir Carrodus Victoria
7/20/2017 - Jimmy_D Likes this wine:
96 points
YY tasting in Sydney - July 2017: Wow! This is epic. The WOTN from a tasting of the whole YY range. This is Grand Cru ethereal. I was shocked at how approachable it is at such a young age. A clear step up in class from the estate pinot noir, which is no slouch in its own right. The Carrodus has a drive and commanding presence, yet has an overarching elegance about it that screams class. Serious length. But equally serious price tag.
  • Jimmy_D commented:

    7/20/17, 5:52 AM - $250 in fact. You could try and argue that they're a victim of their own success, maybe. But for mine it's a crazy price point for an AU pinot. In saying that, YY may argue it's a fair price compared to some PC and GCs, which is an equally arguable position, given the quality on show in the '15. And I'd probably agree in that context. So the proof is really in the pudding as to how many AU fans will shell out for it. I will be watching with interest!

  • Jimmy_D commented:

    7/20/17, 6:16 AM - Cheers to that, you're dead right. And price aside, this was/is an epic wine that would not be out of place alongside many GCs. Power to Sarah Crowe for continuing the Carrodus legacy.

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2014 Brokenwood Shiraz Hunter Valley
6/24/2017 - Jimmy_D Likes this wine:
93 points
You just can't go wrong with hunter '14s. Many would argue infanticide drinking so soon - and I'd probably be one of them - but I bought long and was curious. This is really enjoyable now. Some bright red fruits coming out of a solid black fruit core. Some smokiness too. Lovely now and will be cracking in around 10 years.
  • Jimmy_D commented:

    6/30/17, 2:33 PM - I took the top off a few hours before serving, but no decant. And showed best 3-4 hours later at the end of the night. Should benefit pretty well from several years in bottle.

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