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Red
2019 Château Malescot St. Exupéry Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
2/5/2023 - azzah Likes this wine:
94 points
Thought this was superb for a young Bordeaux. Complete, complex, long, approachable but with ability to age, balanced, and an overall deliciousness. Lots of red berry, plum, cassis fruit, with gravel, spice and anise. All the components are there for a good stint in the cellar and to develop into a beautiful wine! I’m probably being a bit stingy with the score.
  • azzah commented:

    2/6/23, 3:18 PM - Yeah if you have a few I’d open one up and try. Apart from anything else, it’ll give you an idea of what it is like at the beginning of its journey. It’s a great wine - we opened some other Cabernets from around the world which all had a few more years on them, and this was almost unanimously preferred. I decanted for about two hours.

Red
2015 The Standish Wine Company Shiraz The Standish Barossa Valley
1/5/2021 - LindsayM Likes this wine:
96 points
This is the review by Winefront in May 2017 and almost 4 years later nothing has changed - great review

From the Standish Family Vineyard on Siegersdorf Road, Vine Vale. 1912 planting. 7.6Ha 4530 bottles cropping at less than 1/2 ton per Ha !

Tasting Notes
Black fruit, liquorice, earth, grilled meat with pepper, dried roses, vanilla and exotic spices. Full bodied, rich and ripe, but savoury and controlled, thick with sooty and pleasantly raw-edged tannin, dense brooding flavour, a pulse of fresh acidity, then tannin and tar ‘n spice rolling into the long finish, and a surprising lingering mouth-perfume of roses and plums. Lots of layers here, and a more ‘natural’ feel than many Barossa Shiraz. It’s pretty bloody good. Gary Walsh, Tasted May17
  • azzah commented:

    3/22/22, 9:40 PM - That really is a great review. Nothing to add and agree 100%. What a great wine.

Red
2018 Château Calon-Ségur St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
1/25/2022 - azzah Likes this wine:
96 points
Man this is big. Big, bold, luscious, silky, impactful, full throttle Cabernet. I mean, if this were new world, there would be comments about overripeness and alcohol levels - but we all know there’s one rule for Bordeaux and another for the rest of the world.

But I love this wine, and it’s rare to have a St Estephe that’s so approachable now. Layers of flavour and interest - cassis, black cherry, coffee grinds (expensive oak), vanilla, aniseed, gravel, Vegemite (saline), tobacco tannins. The heat does show through and distract a bit, but the silky depth of this wine is quite something.

I must also mention the colour - it is the most vivid, glowing, deep purple you can imagine. Stunning.
  • azzah commented:

    1/26/22, 12:59 AM - Do it - it’s pretty amazing. I only decanted an hour and then drunk over three but it never really felt closed.

White - Sparkling
2008 Louis Roederer Champagne Cristal Brut Champagne Blend
1/5/2022 - azzah Likes this wine:
98 points
I don’t have a lot of experience with champagne but this is about as close to perfection that I’m going to try. Just perfect line and length, seamless complexity, brilliantly balanced, long flavours, not a hair out of place. A wine that grabs your attention and makes you take note. Green apple, lemon, freshly cooked bread, white flowers, a hint of peach. Still so young - that acid so vibrant and minerally. A privilege to drink.
  • azzah commented:

    1/6/22, 9:20 PM - Ha at $400+ in Australia it was my one and only bottle. I must admit I’ve had too many wines now where opinion has been that bottles will be better in the future, only to enjoy them more in youth. I’m more and more of the view to drink now with no regrets. What an experience. Glad you’ve got a few more bottles to see if age does improve this wine even further!

Red
2010 Faiveley Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru Pinot Noir
8/12/2021 - azzah Likes this wine:
96 points
The latent power in the wine was quite something. Burghound said it could be a 50 year wine and there was nothing to doubt that. All kinds of cherries and berries, spices, caramel and mushroom/forest floor/truffle/earth. Amazing structure and balance and beautiful drinking.
  • azzah commented:

    10/13/21, 1:54 AM - Yep did decant for an hour or two, and drunk over two more, but honestly another few hours decant would have done it some good.

    It was amazing having such a memorable wine on such a special occasion, but I’d honestly hold off for at least another five years if I had another bottle to allow the wine to soften further and develop some further complexity. It will be stunning.

Red
2009 Tyrrell's Shiraz Vat 9 Hunter Valley
7/20/2021 - azzah Likes this wine:
92 points
Developing nicely, but I thought lacked a bit of cohesion, which is not what I expected from a 12 year old shiraz. Still bright fruits - red and darker berries, with a cranberry type acidity, hint of chocolate and caramel oak, with a slight meatiness developing. Tannins have mainly resolved to a silky palate, and there's good length. It's just that the fruit and acidity felt a bit disjointed. I'm being picky - it really is a good, tasty wine.
  • azzah commented:

    7/21/21, 2:27 AM - Recent release. It was still good but not up with the quality of more recent vintages.

Red
2008 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Rabajà Nebbiolo
6/26/2021 - Rote Kappelle Likes this wine:
94 points
Under the hated cork, this note made about 4 hours after opening, not decanted (I plan to drink most of this tomorrow), from Riedel Bordeaux.

The colour is a shade lighter than the 2009 that I am also drinking at this time (it's a dirty job but someone's got to do it), brighter than the 2009 and no indication of bricking.

The nose is as fresh as the colour would suggest; extraordinary really for a 13 year old wine. Dominated by primary characters of red cherry, perhaps a hint of Kirsch, a glace cherry element, some dried herbs and a hint of tar. Glorious!

The palate is already approachable but I have to say that this is a wine that could clearly lap up more time; I think you win either way. The flavours are as per the nose, this is more elegant than the 2009 and, arguably, better for it. No issues with length and intensity - top notch. Tannins are a strong presence, of course, but they are ripe and more fine than in the 2009. I am in love.

One has to be careful about who one opens Nebs for. I opened a beautiful Paolo Scavino 2007 Bric del Fiasc for some of my more bovine drinking companions and it was as though I had served up a particularly malodorous turd in a glass for them. As I age I become more and more of the view that there are people who for all their good qualities are, essentially, Hobbits, fiercely resistant to anything that smacks of broadening one's experience. Just give them what they know and pick your audience for the more nuanced or 'out there' experiences, including Barolo and Barbaresco.
  • azzah commented:

    6/26/21, 11:30 PM - Love that last paragraph. So true! They love their $10 Aldo wine and I’m pleased for them.

Red
2018 Clonakilla Syrah Canberra District
9/6/2020 - Bruce Rolph wrote:
95 points
Released only last week, I took delivery of a winery-direct 6-pack last Friday, and happened to visit the vineyard cellar-door on Saturday and was able to taste this much anticipated release. And wow, this is worthy of superlatives, even by Clonakilla’s impressive standard. The colour is a delicate kaleidoscope of reds interspersed with purples and even Burgundian pinks sparkling (it was sunny outside) as you swirl the glass, albeit more impressive really because you know that the intense excitement still awaits. On the nose, Clonakilla/Canberra/cool climate peppery spice, settling somewhat after barely 5 minutes but still ever present and broadening as the clock ticks by. If I could go no further but just swirl and sniff, it would have still been worth the drive to Murrumbateman, knowing the joys that lay over the years ahead. And the palate doesn't disappoint, revealing an extraordinarily elegant (so young!), medium-bodied shiraz with fine tannins, beguiling complexity and exceptional length. There was no choice but to buy another bottle to enjoy that evening with my fellow travellers back at the hotel in Canberra, which we did and can only reinforce this is a great Clonakilla Syrah/Shiraz with an undoubtedly great future. It's not cheap, but I still thinks it borders on a bargain.
  • azzah commented:

    9/7/20, 1:52 AM - I was out at the cellar door on Saturday too. It is quite some wine! Got three for the cellar.

Red
2010 Château Gloria St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
4/9/2020 - azzah Likes this wine:
92 points
Toast oak and dark fruits on the nose. Cassis, dark chocolate, blueberry, cedar and vanilla on the palate. Hint of fennel too after being open a while. Tobacco tannins with just a hint of bitterness (not distracting). Good length and body. Nice wine.
  • azzah commented:

    7/21/20, 4:15 AM - Sorry Mark, realised I never responded. I decanted a few hours then drank over a following two to three.

Red
2008 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Chambertin Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir
5/5/2020 - clayfu wrote:
yowsers spice box city!! Insane nose. Ripe round red fruit warm. Very high acid. Finish for days.
  • azzah commented:

    5/5/20, 2:31 AM - Is it worth drinking now, or better to hold?

Red
2013 Mills Reef Syrah Elspeth Trust Vineyard Gimblett Gravels
10/30/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
93 points
Fully ripe cherry, raspberry liquorice, roast lamb, herbs, blackcurrant lolly, rubber and creme de cassis, some olive brine. Long length, generous. The best wine I've had in a long time an excellent expression of 2013, NZ's best vintage? Drinking well now, could go a few more years.
  • azzah commented:

    11/30/19, 1:31 AM - Great note. You wrote all the things I was thinking!

Red
2010 Château Haut-Batailley Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
8/5/2019 - azzah Does not like this wine:
85 points
Not a great showing today - definite Brett on the nose, along with distracting egg and chemicals. The palate is an improvement with simple flavours of cassis, bandage, gravel and hints of vanilla. One to miss.
  • azzah commented:

    10/27/19, 11:57 PM - Hey I’m glad yours was good! Thanks for the feedback - it’s always good to hear someone else’s experiences. Something was definitely off then with mine. It’s was part of a Cabernet tasting we did, about half Bordeaux and half new world. It was certainly the least of the wines.

Red
2016 Domaine Raymond Usseglio & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Impériale Red Rhone Blend
10/2/2019 - thesternowl Likes this wine:
89 points
Deep, dark purple. Plenty of brambles and spice...but really, there’s nothing here that gets me excited. This is a good wine and it’s quite quaffable actually, but not particularly remarkable to me. A bit of a reminder as to why I only focus on a handful of producers in CdP anymore.
  • azzah commented:

    10/4/19, 7:24 PM - Which producers are your favourites?

Red
2016 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
8/1/2019 - Bathtub58 wrote:
89 points
Day 1: Popped and poured. Consumed 1/3 bottle over two hours. Minimal aromas and flavors. A bit astringent. Not much to enjoy here now or in the near term. I’m not convinced there is long term upside. Replaced cork.
Day 30: Fell apart, whereas I’ve seen other wines blossom with this much time.
  • azzah commented:

    9/20/19, 6:56 PM - It might have come around by day 60!

Red
2006 M. Chapoutier Côte-Rôtie La Mordorée Syrah
6/5/2018 - azzah wrote:
89 points
Drink now if you have one before the brett takes over. Please Michel, if you’re going to charge this much for a wine, ensure it’s clean. Lots of beautiful, plush red and black fruit underneath but it’s been obscured by bandage aromas and flavours.
  • azzah commented:

    8/29/18, 4:56 AM - No, this was the only one. But given the price of this in Australia, I was highly disappointed!

Red
2001 Marqués de Murrieta Rioja Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
9/30/2013 - azzah Likes this wine:
93 points
Purple/red colour, just starting to orange around the edges. This is my third of these now - one previously from 2001 and the other from 2004 - but this is the first one that has not been cork affected in some way. And wow what a difference.

This is a massively flavoured, bold, alcholic wine. And it has massive impact. It is NOT for pinot lovers. Right in the drinking zone too, I think - it has a wonderful hit of upfront fruit - black cherry and plums with hints of raspberry and cranberry - but with a background of complex secondary flavours - leather, mushroom, tobacco. Oak still evident but sitting much further in the background. This is a wine that is very pleasant and complete just by itself or with a nice vintage cheddar and some salami.
  • azzah commented:

    10/1/13, 2:39 AM - I reckon it's got at least another ten years in it - cork permitting (noting that my experience has been that the corks used have not been high quality or reliable). For me, it's in a pretty perfect place right now though. I still like fruit to be dominant with the secondary flavours being exactly that.

Red
2010 Domaine Auguste Clape Cornas Renaissance Syrah
6/18/2013 - azzah Likes this wine:
96 points
Beautiful colour - a vibrant blue/purple. And what a wine. Perfumed. Violets, meat and blood, pepper and spice, black and blueberries on the nose.

The flavours are Cornas writ large, with black and blueberries, meats, pepper and spice, licorice, and closing with black olive. A ferrous minerality too. Fine mouth coating tannin. Depth, complexity and length. Just amazing. I didn't want this bottle to end - it left me mesmerised.
  • azzah commented:

    6/19/13, 3:17 PM - I gave it 3 or 4 hours and it was pretty approachable by then. This was almost my perfect syrah taste wise. Every sip was fantastic.

Red
2010 Rockford Shiraz Basket Press Barossa Valley
5/5/2013 - azzah Likes this wine:
94 points
Beautiful red/purple colour.

This is a such a beautiful Barossa Shiraz. Who said Barossa shiraz can't be balanced and approachable? Aromas of violets, berries - red and dark, and hints of anise. Raspberry, boysenberry, chocolate, licorice and gentle spice in the mouth. Really velvety tannins. So easy to drink with food. Will be great with 5 - 10 years on it.
  • azzah commented:

    5/7/13, 12:39 AM - It's such a great wine - so Barossan and yet not. I read a review recently that said it was porty, but this definitely wasn't. It was really light on its feet.

    I got three - one to drink and two to keep!

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