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Red
2/1/2023 - ProfByron wrote:
89 points
OK I don’t think anyone intended for people to be drinking this 23 years after vintage.

A lesser label from Mildara though I believe it was quite a hit in its day. Bought at auction. First bottle had very slight ullage and a bit of oxidation This is better.

Weirdly Amercan oaked, unusual (I think) for Coonawarra cabernet. At least for today. Still Rioja lasts decades with Am Oak.

It’s very fruity acidic for an old wine. I guess I wouldn’t have liked this much in its youth.

13.5% Cork.
Red
1/27/2023 - ProfByron Likes this wine:
90 points
8 years since my last review and yes it has mellowed, a great deal. Indeed I’m starting to suspect that French oaked Rioja ages much faster than American oaked. Perhaps La Rioja and other estates knew something, it wasn’t just tradition or convenience
Red
1/24/2023 - ProfByron Likes this wine:
90 points
This is a young Ardanza. Best kept in the cellar. But it’s still a very characterful (and fine) wine now.

Underneath the dense tempranillo fruit, American oak, acid and tannin there is leather and tea leaves.

Give a serious decant and breathe Enjoy.

Higher points in 5+ years.
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Red
1/22/2023 - ProfByron Likes this wine:
89 points
Mellow Burgundy. Proper without being outstanding
White
1/14/2023 - ProfByron Likes this wine:
91 points
Don’t chill it too much or it’s savoury to a silly extent.
White
1/13/2023 - ProfByron Likes this wine:
90 points
Pale for its age. Steely acidic nose but softer in the palate. This is going to develop in a petrol style of Riesling.

It’s good. But the later run of cooler vintages have produced more beautiful Clare Rieslings.

12%, screwcap.
Red - Sparkling
1/12/2023 - ProfByron Likes this wine:
90 points
A more luxurious style than Seppelt Original or Show. Perhaps a bit sweeter? But good nevertheless.

Mature but fresh. Crown seal is an excellent idea.

13%
White
1/9/2023 - ProfByron Likes this wine:
92 points
Fabulous dry riesling. Drinking well now thanks to a magic vintage that packed in the fruit concentration.

11%, screwcap.
Red
1996 Château Duhart-Milon Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/7/2023 - ProfByron Likes this wine:
94 points
Lovely aged claret. Secondary aromas. Surprisingly warm and soft drinking even at cellar temperature.

Classy wine. Seductive yet still old school Bordeaux.

A treat.

13%, cork.
White
2014 Mount Mary Triolet Yarra Valley Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
12/26/2022 - ProfByron Likes this wine:
90 points
Fabulous green gold colour.

Nose is reminiscent of Bordeaux blanc, but less expressive, no lanolin of aged Semillon (yet).

Drinks well, complex, yet remarkably youthful. Lighter than Bordeaux, perhaps like wines of yesteryears (but cleaner).

Breathe it, try different temperatures. It’s interesting.

12.8%, screwcap.
Red
12/26/2022 - ProfByron wrote:
90 points
It’s good old burgundy, perhaps too old for 12 years, but nothing too special either.
Red
12/20/2022 - ProfByron Likes this wine:
91 points
Similar to previous note. This is classed growth quality
Red
12/18/2022 - ProfByron Likes this wine:
90 points
Rather spitzig, showing the style of wine making (more pinot than Aussie shiraz).

The acid is thankfully starting to mellow but there is still time to wait for complexity. It’s still savoury blackberry jam in style, youthful in spite of being a gentle, even (almost) light weight, wine.

Under screwcap even a lighter vintage like this might last a long while.

I recommend you give it a good shake, and then decant for 30+ minutes.

13%, screwcap
Red
12/17/2022 - ProfByron Likes this wine:
92 points
Classic Burgundy. Has that completeness that pretty fruity New World pinots so often lack.
Red
2003 Vriesenhof Kallista Stellenbosch Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/16/2022 - ProfByron Likes this wine:
93 points
Lovely mature red. Darkish colour, tiny bit muddy, brick red at rim, as it should be.

Lovely appetising aroma, dark red fruits, bell pepper, smoke.

Thankfully palate matches. Delicious.

14%, cork.
Red
12/16/2022 - ProfByron Likes this wine:
92 points
After a good decant this was excellent. For a young Margaret River this had some complexity and didn’t have overly bright acid and tamarillo flavour.

Very pleased I purchased this.

13.5%, screwcap
White
12/7/2022 - ProfByron wrote:
88 points
Modern ie restrained oak but the alcohol is too obvious.

Drink now. It’s quite good cafe wine, although, again, a little less alcohol would bring out the minerality that the back label claims.

14%, screwcap.
Red
2010 Puriri Hills Reserve Auckland Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/7/2022 - ProfByron wrote:
flawed
Corked.

NZ must get the world’s worst corks.
Red
12/6/2022 - ProfByron Likes this wine:
91 points
Intense, green, not unlike the top 2002 left bank wines.

This was from a good cellar and it was a decade or two ahead of it. More development to come.

13.5%, cork.
White
12/4/2022 - ProfByron Likes this wine:
90 points
Golden colour.

The back label says enjoy for up to 3 years from vintage. Well, at 15 years friom vintage this shows the benefits of a good cellar and screwcap.

Certainly a mature wine but it retains fruit sweetness. Melon-like with a savoury finish (oak, alcohol, grape skin?).

Very pleasant and interesting aged Chardonnay.

13%, screwcap.
White
12/3/2022 - ProfByron Likes this wine:
90 points
Green gold.

Rather good. Savoury style with French hessian-like oak. Maybe a touch of noticeable alcohol but otherwise very good.

Young but should mature within a few years.

14%, screwcap.
Red
12/4/2022 - ProfByron Likes this wine:
93 points
Excellent Bordeaux approaching maturity but with “plenty of fuel in the tank”. It responded well to long decant, breathing.

Noticeable ripe tannins are one of the things holding this wine together. It has charm but it’s not a Margaux. I know it’s the Comtesse but it’s more masculine than feminine.

13.5%, cork.
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Red
12/3/2022 - ProfByron Likes this wine:
89 points
Pleasant Bordeaux like. It has largely just softened with age. Not a lot of character. Tannin still, but soft acidity.

14%, cork. I wish Te Mata would give up on corks.
Red
2015 Woodlands Emily Margaret River Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/24/2022 - ProfByron Likes this wine:
91 points
This is fine. I do like 2015 cabernet from Margaret River. Wines of depth but also a herbal elegance, complexity.

13.5%, screwcap.
Red
11/24/2022 - ProfByron Likes this wine:
89 points
This is worth the price, value even. It’s a very good “second wine” in a very good vintage.

Touch of eucalyptus.

13.5%, screwcap
Red
11/19/2022 - ProfByron Likes this wine:
90 points
This is an attractive Bordeaux blend. Low tannin, I’m surprised at the accessibility so young. I was going to say this isn’t for aging but it may well surprise. But there is no need to wait.

13.5%, screwcap.
Red
2009 Te Mata Estate Coleraine Hawke's Bay Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/16/2022 - ProfByron Likes this wine:
92 points
More elegant than expected, I’m getting confused with 2009 in Bordeaux !

Classic flavour profile of good claret. Fabulous Very fine tannins.

Good but years of development are a possibility.

14%, cork.
Red
2007 Te Mata Estate Coleraine Hawke's Bay Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/13/2022 - ProfByron wrote:
87 points
Unattractive nose, no fruit. Like a dusty floor, with the odd mouse dropping. Fortunately this doesn’t carry through to the palate.

Very savoury, dense core of black fruit, not very Cabernet, not very kiwi. Think St Estephe certainly not Margaux or Pauillac. Actually more think Fronsac.

So much bottle variation!
Red
11/10/2022 - ProfByron Likes this wine:
90 points
A bit meaty, partly due to the touch of brett, also it’s ripe but savoury. Different from the house style which usually emphasises charm and Pauillac blackcurrants. This is more like St Julien.
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White
11/9/2022 - ProfByron wrote:
90 points
Pale.

Savoury, Burgundian in style. With a green streak. It doesn’t scream Chardonnay.

There is a touch of oiliness which makes me wonder if I’d mistake it blind for a Rhone blanc in a cold year.

13.2%, screwcap, silly heavy bottle.
Red
11/8/2022 - ProfByron wrote:
89 points
Not bad. Not great. A bit dense and plain. Lacks character and interest.

Just concentrated premium but boring.
White
11/7/2022 - ProfByron Likes this wine:
91 points
Flavoursome Chardonnay. The oak is toasty to burnt, gives a savoury character.

13% (seems higher), screwcap.
Red
11/6/2022 - ProfByron wrote:
89 points
Strong savoury style. Rich without much in the way of fruit sweetness.

A bit of stinky mouse poo that does not add to the wine!
White
11/6/2022 - ProfByron Likes this wine:
91 points
Attractive white peach, classy French oak hessian style. Very drinkable now. Not sure if it needs or will stand years in the cellar.

Though less exciting, less eclectic than I recall previous vintages (2016).

12.8% (every year 🤔), screwcap.
White
11/5/2022 - ProfByron wrote:
91 points
Pale. Hint of green.

Classic dry riesling nose. Touch of ginger, no kerosene. Attractive.

Softer than expected on the palate. Quite fresh and youthful. Charming but I’d prefer more riesling flavour and no hint of hard green.
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White
10/29/2022 - ProfByron Likes this wine:
89 points
Drying out now. Savoury good with food.
White
10/22/2022 - ProfByron Likes this wine:
90 points
Packed with flavour, though needs a bit of breathing to reveal its true power. A tad ginger ale character, quite common on dry German, Alsace, Austrian rieslings, I hope it tones done with a bit more age.

Value.

13%, cork.
White
10/20/2022 - ProfByron Likes this wine:
92 points
Green gold.

Complex green oily floral and fruit nose.

Savoury bitters, (apricot?) kernals, some white flowers and touch of oiliness.
Red
10/18/2022 - ProfByron Likes this wine:
92 points
Very good. Slight struck match on nose.

Aged, spicy, savoury shiraz. Complex, not simple blackberry.

Restrained oak and low alcohol. Sophisticated yet still hearty and satisfying. Great with burgers !

13.5%, diam.
Red
2005 Château Lynch-Moussas Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/15/2022 - ProfByron Likes this wine:
91 points
Brett is noticeable on the nose. It’s not a real problem but it’s not acceptable in this Century for classed growth Bordeaux.

Ripe grippy tannins, good flavour intensity. Meaty character. A 2005 that has (finally) opened up. Ripe style but less so than 2009, better balance.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2010 Château Rieussec Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
10/11/2022 - ProfByron Likes this wine:
95 points
Astonishing complexity. Beeswax to lea leaves. Gorgeous wine.

Drink now. Enjoy.

Half bottle. Cork, 14%.
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White
2005 Domaine Leflaive Bâtard-Montrachet Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
10/3/2022 - ProfByron Likes this wine:
93 points
So rich, yet walks the tightrope so well between unctuous and classic, food friendly. It’s practically everything you’d hope for in mature Chardonnay except perhaps a tiny bit more toffee (though this is not over powering).

13%, cork. From Corivin
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Red
2016 Château Caronne Ste. Gemme Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/30/2022 - ProfByron wrote:
86 points
I expected more freshness, vitality and…. mostly…. classic structure for a 2016. Soft, ripe, silky isn’t what I expected. OK this sounds nice but the flavour is too ripe, dark plums plus some brett.

This used to be cheap old-school claret. Now it’s a bit souped up (consultants?), probably way more reliable and acceptable to retailers but it’s stewed fruit (ripe and unripe).

13% (probably a bit more). Cork.
Red
9/30/2022 - ProfByron wrote:
89 points
I love Rioja and have enjoyed many old bottles of this wine yet I can’t get as excited as other notes here. Tondonia have cleaned up their rather risky oak but the winemaking features a tad more volatile acidity than it should and the fruit is a bit too stewed.

13%, cork.
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Red
9/28/2022 - ProfByron wrote:
87 points
Good quality as always but this vintage veers to ripe fruit sweetness rather than herbal spice complexity

14.5%, cork.
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White
9/28/2022 - ProfByron Likes this wine:
90 points
Some interesting complexity here, which emerges with some breathing, suggesting more bottle age is needed. Minerality, I even detected coffee notes…in a white wine. Intruiging for the price.

13%, Diam3
Red
9/22/2022 - ProfByron Likes this wine:
91 points
Youthful but good drinking. In the burgundy style of Rioja, resting more on acid than tannin, less texture. Along the lines of La Rioja Alta Ardanza.

13.5%, cork.
Red
9/22/2022 - ProfByron Likes this wine:
90 points
Serious Rioja with some age. Great value. Just a little bland. Probably more interesting in 10 years.

13.5%, cork.
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Red
1998 Wendouree Shiraz Malbec Clare Valley Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
9/14/2022 - ProfByron wrote:
83 points
Hmm, tastes more of furniture than wine.
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