Tasting Notes for azzah

(672 notes on 645 wines)

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Red
5/22/2019 - azzah Does not like this wine:
86 points
Red cherry and perhaps strawberry fruit but it’s somewhat distracted by burnt rubber and medicinal aromas and somewhat bitter tannins. Lacking a purity of fruit and length in flavour. Not for me.
Red
5/13/2019 - azzah Likes this wine:
93 points
Great wine - at it's peak I think but will continue ageing slowly and gracefully. Pretty full bodied, with blackcurrant, chocolate, bay leaf, vanilla. Maybe lacks some freshness and complexity but the drinkability and enjoyment is high.
White
4/20/2019 - azzah Likes this wine:
93 points
Great, beautiful, developed Chardonnay. Creamy peach and lemon, honeyed nuts, vanilla and spice. Good length and acidity, though it’s pretty full bodied. Drink up.
White
4/18/2019 - azzah Likes this wine:
94 points
It’s always great when you cellar a bottle and it rewards you for doing so. This was tremendous. Even my partner was taken aback. Quite stone fruity on the nose - even apricot - though mainly peach/nectarine, but the full bodied palate was more citrusy, with honey, vanilla, spice, and a savoury, almost charcuterie backdrop. It’s not the most balanced or linear Chardonnay but length, complexity and deliciousness all outstanding. This and the Bindi Block 5 made for a good night out.
Red
4/18/2019 - azzah Likes this wine:
95 points
A pretty great example of aged Australian Pinot noir - at 9 years old, still fresh but with wonderful texture and building complexity. Could go another 10 I reckon. Tannins are still there but taking a back seat now. Darker cherries, chocolate, spice, aniseed, earth. Just love the texture - still feels slightly coiled and full of energy - like its yet to fully relax. The best length I can remember in an Aussie Pinot. A bit of an eye opener for me. Wish I had another bottle!
White
4/18/2019 - azzah Likes this wine:
90 points
I thought this was ok, but it seemed to lack a bit of body and fruit - it felt like it was thinning out rather than filling in. I’m not sure about the oak treatment either - it seemed a bit obtrusive for the style. Good aromas - lending to citrus and stone fruit, but certainly more in the lemon/grapefruit zone on the palate, with long acids and vanilla oak. Definitely needs a few more years but difficult to pick where this is going.
Red
3/21/2019 - azzah Likes this wine:
92 points
Pretty approachable already, especially for a 2010. Vibrant nose with lots going on - flowers, darker cherries and berries, and some herb bush (im assuming from some whole bunch ferment). Spice on the palate too. Needed a few hours to come together and certainly improved over time. Good length and highly enjoyable.
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Red
3/4/2019 - azzah Likes this wine:
93 points
Just beautiful. This has aged fantastically - right in a younger drinking zone with plenty of fruit but some nice complexity and spice coming through. Red berries and cherries, plums, flowers, hints of game and leather. Nice balance and medium plus length. Will live but no Prova consuming now.
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Red
3/4/2019 - azzah Likes this wine:
92 points
Jeez I enjoyed this. Great Burgundy at a relatively reasonable price and already pretty approachable. Bursting with red berries and dark cherry fruit. There’s almost some plummy jammess. Good acid and length and balance all round. Slurpable.
White
3/4/2019 - azzah Likes this wine:
93 points
Really enjoyed this. It’s ripe without being overripe, with classic lemon flavours edging into peach and tropical fruit flavours. Flowers too on the nose, with hints of vanilla from some good oak (but far from overbearing). Minerally acid with medium plus length. Highly enjoyable.
Red
3/4/2019 - azzah wrote:
91 points
Was a tad disappointed with this. Quite drying, chalky, grainy tannins. Red cherry, raspberry, perhaps some plum, tobacco/straw, herbs, but there’s a lack of fruit and the length is wanting. It’s a decent enough drop and perhaps I’m suffering from too high a level of expectation.
Red
2/2/2019 - azzah Likes this wine:
92 points
Love tasting different expressions of Pinot from around the world. This is a very pure, linear expression of forest fruits, think raspberry, blackberry, strawberry, with really mineral acidity and hints of earth. Love it’s purity, but perhaps it’s a bit simple and I’m not sure it will develop for the better, noting that I may be wrong. But that acidity is so refreshing and something to behold.
Red
2/2/2019 - azzah Likes this wine:
93 points
Everyone picked this as a Nebbiolo, which was a touch playing the man rather than the wine! But I can see why - this has unusual structure for a Pinot noir in Australia. The tannins are quite gritty and assertive but I love them. Will develop for another decade easy, and should improve.

The flavours are a bit Nebbiolo like too - red cherries, raspberries, herbs, earth, flowers. A graceful wine full of complexity and interest. It deserves its revered status in Australia.
Red
2/2/2019 - azzah Likes this wine:
94 points
Interesting to see how polarising this wine is. For me, it was sensational and the WOTN for a number of us. Yes, it’s rich and a bit soft, but maintains balance within its style - it’s not fat and broad and simple. Quite the opposite. We found blackberries, plums, dark cherries, vanilla, chocolate, tobacco, spice and a delicious Unami flavour like soy sauce or vegemite.

I must admit I’ve gone off Tempranillo as a variety but a few aged wines have really turned my head and made me reconsider.
White
2/2/2019 - azzah wrote:
89 points
I wanted to like this wine more than I did. It had good minerality, with complexing notes of honey and blossom, but lacked any delicious, distinctive fruit. It was pretty bland citrus but without any depth or length. Ok to drink but eminently forgettable and a bit of a miss for the vintage.
Red
2/2/2019 - azzah Likes this wine:
94 points
Best young Cepp I’ve had in recent memory. Love the balance and structure - really needs another 5 to 10 years to strut its stuff. Very tight, even after a good decant. Red cherries, raspberry, hints of some darker fruits, then tobacco, Italian herbs and a hint of chocolate. It’s a wine of beauty.
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Red
2/2/2019 - azzah Likes this wine:
94 points
Brilliant Shiraz. So Eden Valley - big but balanced, with all those thyme, sage, rosemary and eucalypt flavours. Meaty. Blackberry but with some red fruits too. The flavours roll on and on - the length is quite something. Great wine.
Red
2/2/2019 - azzah Likes this wine:
93 points
Right in the zone but will go for another decade or so. I didn’t expect much but for me this over delivered. Flowers, red berries and cherries, tar, tobacco, spice. Assertive tannins but they sit well with the structure of the wine without being distracting. There was a bit of X factor that made everyone stand up and take notice. Everything a value Barolo should be.
Red
2/1/2019 - azzah wrote:
89 points
Less enamoured with this bottle than a few years ago. The green tannins have come to the fore and its smells like cactus/green vegetables. There’s a distracting burnt tire smell. The fruit seems to dwindling into the background too already. It’s decent, but tough to enjoy.
Red
2/1/2019 - azzah wrote:
86 points
Brett, brett, brett, brett, brett. You can taste the quality of the fruit underneath but it’s hidden by medicinal and metallic flavours. Burgundy wine makers, please clean up your act, especially as prices sky rocket (current vintages are $300 in Australia). Let the fruit speak and stop destroying terroir with Brett.

Interestingly enough, not one wine critic stated this wine was brett affected. I find it one of the crimes of professional wine tasting and writing that no one calls out a wine that is overly affected by brett. State it as it is and let consumers decide whether they want to purchase fruit/wine flavours or bandages/barnyard flavours. Rant over.
White
11/4/2018 - azzah Likes this wine:
96 points
Almost perfect Chablis here. Latent power and energy, driving length and harmonious flavour. Lemons, orange rind, sea water, vanilla, nuts, hint of butter. Just so complete. Breathtaking really. A real pleasure.
Red
11/4/2018 - azzah Likes this wine:
95 points
Top shelf Aussie Pinot. Red fruits, plums, spice - but it’s the balance, length and elegance that really sets this apart. A memorable wine.
Red
10/14/2018 - azzah Likes this wine:
93 points
Beautiful Grenache. Raspberry, strawberry, plum, red licorice, earth, vanilla. Pretty full bodied and with long flavours. Just delicious.
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Red
10/14/2018 - azzah Likes this wine:
93 points
So good. Cherries, earth, spice, even a hint of pepper on the nose, truffle and game. Great energy and fine tannins. Just superb to drink but can only get better.
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Red
2009 Clonakilla Shiraz - Viognier Canberra District Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
8/9/2018 - azzah Likes this wine:
95 points
Brilliant - just needs more time. Comparatively big for a Clonakilla and still needs to mellow and develop a bit more. Should be great in another 5!
White
7/23/2018 - azzah Likes this wine:
93 points
Great wine. Minerals, lemon, hints of melon and tea. Great length. Love the acid backbone. Still tight and needs another five years I reckon to develop a bit more. But delicious now.
Red
6/21/2018 - azzah Likes this wine:
96 points
Beautiful. Depth of fruit, blood and meat, spice. Silky and sandy tannins. Just wonderful and just starting to look good.
Red
6/5/2018 - azzah Likes this wine:
96 points
Just bloody brilliant. Memorable. Dark fruits, chocolate, spice, truffle, tobacco. Deeply flavoured but not heavy, plush, long and satisfying. Great complexity. Length too burn. Restores my faith in Tempranillo.
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Red
6/5/2018 - azzah Likes this wine:
93 points
Spice, pepper and herbs over red and blue fruits. Quite peppery. It’s a cool climate style so you have to go for that kind of thing, but I found this different, delicious and quite memorable.
Red
2005 Mount Mary Quintet Yarra Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/5/2018 - azzah wrote:
91 points
Red and black fruits, tangy cranberry acidity, spice and tobacco. Tannins very resolved but the tangy acidity seems out of place. Good length. Just doesn’t seem to have X factor.
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Red
2005 Château Lafon-Rochet St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/5/2018 - azzah Likes this wine:
89 points
Expected more from this. Blackcurrant, plum, gravel, tobacco, gravel. But it all pulls up a bit short and lacks some fruit depth. Ok.
White
6/5/2018 - azzah Likes this wine:
93 points
Perfect condition. Developing wonderfully. Lemon, flint, minerals, honey, spice, wax. Almost tingles on the tongue. Beautiful flow. So enjoyable.
White
6/5/2018 - azzah Likes this wine:
94 points
Brilliant Chardonnay. Lots of funk, smoke, spice over grapefruit and citrus fruit. Must like a funkier, leaner style but so good.
Red
6/5/2018 - azzah Likes this wine:
92 points
Red cherry and strawberry flavours, with herbs, tobacco and earth. Softening tannins with good depth of flavour and length. Very enjoyable and no crime drinking it now.
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Red
6/5/2018 - azzah wrote:
87 points
Drink now if you have one before the brett takes over. Please Santa Dux, 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.
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Red
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.
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White
1/4/2018 - azzah Likes this wine:
93 points
Deep yellow colour.

Pretty good chardonnay but probably not up to the expectations I had for this wine. Lots of sulphides/struck match on the nose, along with nuts and citrus fruits. Quite minerally on the palate both in texture and flavour, which belies its colour. Orchard fruits, grapefruit, nuts, butter, toast. Really very good but just a bit out of balance on the nose and lacks the length of the greats.
Red
12/10/2017 - azzah wrote:
flawed
Brett. Beware. You can taste the quality of the wine underneath but it’s somewhat obscured.
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Red
10/1/2017 - azzah Likes this wine:
93 points
Well this is certainly for me a number of points above the Granit 60 of the same vintage. This is a clean (!), minerally, herbal wine of some purity. Fruit almost plays second fiddle here. Wonderful.
Red
10/1/2017 - azzah Does not like this wine:
84 points
Ok, but brett inhibits myself liking this more.
White
7/29/2017 - azzah wrote:
94 points
Loved this. The aroma leapt from the bottle on opening. Made in a more traditional style - stone fruits, figs, spice, hints of pineapple and tropical fruit, dough. It's quite savoury, which I like, but it's the length of flavour that really sets it apart. Best NZ Chardonnay I've had, not that I've had many.
White
6/30/2017 - azzah Does not like this wine:
86 points
Did not like this at all – the acid is really drying and at 8 years it is far more developed than I would have thought – the fruit is fading, the length short to medium, with a heap of kero and chalk. Seven tried and not one thumbs up.
Red
6/19/2017 - azzah Likes this wine:
94 points
Sensational Burgundy, although still needs a bit more time. Quite dark fruited - black cherries and berries, plums, chocolate and really spicy. Tannins still pretty assertive. Such length and balance. Winner here.
Red
6/19/2017 - azzah Likes this wine:
94 points
Beautiful Burgundy. Raspberry, plum, cranberry, flowers, vanilla. Silky tannins and lingering flavours. Just wonderful.
White
6/19/2017 - azzah Likes this wine:
93 points
Such a beautiful wine. It's strongly stone fruited showing the warmth of the year - peach, apricot, nectarine, with some lemony acidity and biscuity oak. Really good length. Full bodied but not flabby.
White
6/19/2017 - azzah Likes this wine:
94 points
Really beautiful. Flowers, citrus, oyster shell, whiff of vanilla oak. Great balance and length. Great Chablis.
Red
6/10/2017 - azzah wrote:
96 points
Just beautiful. Choc dipped dark cherries, candied flowers, game. Fine, silty tannins and fantastic length. One of the best out of Barossa.
White
2/2/2017 - azzah Likes this wine:
91 points
I kinda expected more from this wine. I get the feeling it was probably better a few years ago. It's certainly lively and minerally with flavours of grapefruit, lemon, peach and hit of vanilla. There's a floral note on the nose too. But it seemed to be lacking a bit of complexity and fruit depth and it wasn't that long on the palate. Still very enjoyable but I was just left wanting a bit more.
Red
2/2/2017 - azzah Likes this wine:
93 points
Really loved this. It's a fuller bodied cabernet without being fat or overblown. Loaded with black fruits - blackcurrant, blackberry and a plummy aspect, but with chocolate and cedar/spice from oak. A hint of autumn leaves too. Classic Aussie cabernet, but one that tastes like its from a place too - Margaret River. Great.
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