Tasting Notes for Drinking Trees

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Red
11/2/2020 - Drinking Trees wrote:
91 points
Dark nose of black vinegar and liquorice. Palate has a dark, earthy flavour of forest floor and truffle, with hints of soy sauce and black vinegar. Acidity is firm, with a touch of vinegar. Tannins are powerful, but faded. Decanting slightly improves the wine, softening the vinegar note. I preferred this to the other bottle I opened recently, but it's definitely not as good as the one I opened in 2013.
Red - Fortified
N.V. Pondalowie Two Rows Victoria Port Blend
10/30/2020 - Drinking Trees wrote:
Nose of VS brandy, date, and cocoa. Flavours of raisin and sponge cake, with a hint of red cherry. Light-bodied and acidic, but sticky; I'd prefer it to be more full-bodied and less sugary.
Red
10/30/2020 - Drinking Trees wrote:
Nose of cereal grains, vanilla, and cassis. Palate shows powerful black fruit (with a mild vanilla background), well balanced by strong tannin and acidity.
Red
10/30/2020 - Drinking Trees wrote:
Closed nose. Palate shows concentrated but indistinct black fruit. Tannin is nice and soft, but there are hints of bitterness and sourness.
Red
10/30/2020 - Drinking Trees wrote:
Big, indulgent oak notes (chocolate, vanilla, oats) supported by strong fruit (cherry, cassis).
Red
10/30/2020 - Drinking Trees wrote:
Closed nose, with faint notes of black fruit and spice. Palate has a flavour of blackberry syrup, with hints of tea and charcoal. Too sweet and syrupy at first, but strong tannin and acidity arrive on the mid-palate to provide balance.
Red
10/30/2020 - Drinking Trees wrote:
Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo. Dark nose of blackcurrant and plum wine, with a hint of Chinese sausage. Lean mouthfeel, with strong acidity and little tannin. Flavours of cola and blackcurrant cordial, with a wedge of lemon. Mostly seems too dark and intense, but it's saved by that acidic lemon wedge character that comes through on the finish.
Red
2011 Bird in Hand Two in the Bush Adelaide Hills Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/29/2020 - Drinking Trees wrote:
90 points
Concentrated flavours of blackcurrant, pencil shavings, and black tea. A hint of red fruit emerges after decanting. The tannin and acidity are both strong, but soft. Very nice; better than the bottle I tasted in 2018.
White
10/28/2020 - Drinking Trees wrote:
87 points
Has a fairly neutral flavour of apple and mineral water, but a nice texture: crisp minerality with a bit of chalkiness, finishing with a hint of astringency.
Red
10/27/2020 - Drinking Trees wrote:
90 points
Soft nose of liquorice, plum, violet, and forest floor. Palate shows an intense blackberry flavour, with firm acidity and lots of soft tannin. I raved about this wine when I tasted it in 2013. It's still drinking well, but the flavour is less complex. There's just blackberry; all the more subtle flavours have faded. Decanting makes the wines seem more oxidised, and doesn't bring out any new flavours.
Red
10/26/2020 - Drinking Trees wrote:
88 points
When first opened, the wine has an awesome nose of liquorice, bourbon, and black raspberry. After a few minutes, there's also a note of damp leaf litter. Palate shows sharp acidity over a background of soft, faded tannins. The fruit is outrageously powerful, with flavours of plum wine, soy sauce, and pencil shavings. The wine has a fairly strong vinegar note, which is honestly pretty unpleasant on its own, but the fruit is powerful enough to cover such minor faults. Definitely a flawed wine, but so much fun to drink!
White
10/24/2020 - Drinking Trees wrote:
88 points
Mouthfeel is dry and chalky, but also oily. Nose and palate show a strong flavour of lemon zest, with notes of lemongrass and lime leaf. Hints of oxidation are starting to creep in (sherry on the nose, bruised fruit on the palate), but it's still got plenty of life in it.
White
2009 Chapman Grove Atticus Wood Aged Sauvignon Blanc Semillon Margaret River Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
10/23/2020 - Drinking Trees wrote:
Nose of lime leaf, lemongrass, ginger, and lemon, with a hint of fuel. Oily mouthfeel, with firm acidity, and a hint of effervescence. No hint of butter or vanilla: there's a touch of oiliness but the palate is firm and acid-dominant. Sharp flavours of lemon, lemongrass, ginger, and chalk, finishing with a sweet, concentrated lime flavour.
White - Sparkling
10/22/2020 - Drinking Trees wrote:
85 points
Creamy palate, with frothy carbonation and tart acidity. Mild flavours of strawberry, green apple, and honeydew melon. Finishes with a good balance of sweetness and tartness. It's dry, but I wouldn't call it 'extra dry'.
White - Sparkling
10/21/2020 - Drinking Trees wrote:
84 points
Nothing on the nose initially. After a while it starts to show hints of oxidation; this may be an old bottle. Palate is light-bodied, frothy, and slightly creamy, with mild flavours of white peach, yellow apple, and lemonade. Nice, simple, uncomplicated, easy to like.
White
10/19/2020 - Drinking Trees wrote:
Flavours of chalk, lime cordial, and lime leaf, with faint background notes of coconut and vanilla. Full-bodied mouthfeel, with strong acidity and a touch of glycerin.
White
10/17/2020 - Drinking Trees wrote:
91 points
Nose of gunpowder, green capsicum, and lemon. Palate is medium-bodied, with firm acidity. Sour tropical flavours of green mango, tamarind, banana, with a sulfurous note of cooked egg yolk. Finishes with a riper mango flavour and a touch of sweetness.
Red
10/15/2020 - Drinking Trees wrote:
Castelão, Camarate, Tinta Miuda, Touriga Nacional. Soft, sweet nose of blueberry, plum, and cinnamon. Palate has sour acidity and what feels like a bit of residual sugar, but no tannin or structure. Slightly sickly-sweet, with flavours of blackberry jam and lime juice.
Rosé
10/14/2020 - Drinking Trees wrote:
84 points
Nose of watermelon, rose, and strawberry. Medium-bodied palate, with flavours of sour apple, sweet strawberry, and damp forest floor. The combination of flavours doesn't quite work for me.
White
10/12/2020 - Drinking Trees wrote:
93 points
Dark colour: dull gold with a greenish tint. Nose shows oxidative notes of almond and sea salt alongside fruity notes of orange blossom and lemongrass. Full-bodied, heavy mouthfeel, with big, sour, mouth-puckering acidity. A touch of oxidation seems to dull the fruit on the entry, but there's a massive burst of fruit on the finish: sour, tangy, tropical flavours of green mango, lime, and pineapple. Tastes like an IPA.
Rosé
10/9/2020 - Drinking Trees wrote:
89 points
A full-bodied rosé, with ripe, sweet flavours of apple, guava, and orange. Slightly flabby entry, but a dry finish, with moderate acidity and soft, furry tannin. At its best when its close to room temperature, when the sweet fruit can fully express itself.
White - Sparkling
10/8/2020 - Drinking Trees wrote:
Older bottling. Age unknown. Deep yellow colour. Nose of lemon cordial and newspaper, with clear signs of oxidation. Palate shows flavours of lemon cordial and parsley, with oxidative notes of vanilla and almond essence.
White
10/7/2020 - Drinking Trees wrote:
90 points
Oily, with strong flavours of citrusy herbs (lime leaf, lemongrass) and ripe tropical fruit (mango, apple, pineapple, coconut). Riper and stronger than a typical Chardonnay, but not buttery.
White
10/5/2020 - Drinking Trees wrote:
91 points
Miraculously, still drinkable. 10.5% alcohol. Fill level is quite high. Colour is a deep, cloudy yellow, but relatively light for its age. Light mouthfeel, with moderate acidity and soft, furry tannin. The flavours are faint, but pleasant. On the nose: honey, orange marmalade, mushrooms, and fresh copy paper. On the palate: rockmelon, lemon, and lychee. A touch of oxidation adds complexity: it's more cardboardy than nutty, but there's only a bit of it, and there are no unpleasant mouldy flavours. At its best near room temperature. Good on its own, good with salmon. Many years past its prime, but I was lucky enough to get a good bottle.
Red
2017 Amelia Park Cabernet Merlot Margaret River Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/2/2020 - Drinking Trees wrote:
Nose of plum, blackcurrant, violet, pencil shavings, and rosemary. Mouthfeel is heavy, but soft, with lots of smooth tannin and decent acidity. Flavour shows intense black fruit mixed with lots of graphite, with a pleasantly bitter finish.
White
2017 Moss Wood Sauvignon Blanc Sémillon Ribbon Vale Margaret River Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
10/2/2020 - Drinking Trees wrote:
Soft nose of powdered chalk and lime cordial. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and soft, but backed by strong acidity and minerality. Flavour is pretty standard (lime cordial, mineral water), but it's stronger than average, and the mouthfeel is nice and smooth.
Red
10/1/2020 - Drinking Trees wrote:
92 points
Powerful nose of raspberry, Chambord, and cassis. Palate shows strong flavours of raspberry, blackberry, and plum, backed by charred oak. Medium-bodied, with strong fruit balanced by rough acidity and firm, smooth tannin. Gradually improves over several hours in the decanter, opening and softening: ripe fruit remains, joined by an emerging note of basil. This has a long life ahead of it. It's far better than the array of bronze medals on its label would suggest.
Red
9/30/2020 - Drinking Trees wrote:
88 points
Nose and palate show concentrated black fruit (plum, black cherry), with notes of violet and graphite. Full-bodied, plush mouthfeel, with a firm core of tannin. Fades quickly; drink soon.
White
9/28/2020 - Drinking Trees wrote:
85 points
Nose of lime leaf, cut grass, and lemon peel. Palate is smooth and mild, with moderate acidity. Probably meant to be drunk young. At 6 years old, it's drinkable, but dull.
White
9/26/2020 - Drinking Trees wrote:
Same juice as the Skeetfield Chardonnay, but aged in a different vessel. Nose of apple, white miso, with a hint of spring onion. Flavours of honeydew melon, peanut, and spring onion. Mouthfeel shows a touch of yeast, some skin tannin, minerality, acidity, a hint of creaminess, and well-integrated oak. All of these elements have an influence, but none dominate. I'm feeling something different with every sip. Lovely to drink now, but I suspect it will reveal even more virtues as it ages.
White
9/26/2020 - Drinking Trees wrote:
Nose of walnut and cashew, with a hint of oak (brown bread, almond, vanilla). Full-bodied, powerful palate, with strong acidity and lots of skin tannin. Big flavours of apple skin, papaya, green mango, finishing with flavours of walnut, almond, and bread. I agreed with the winemaker's comment that the wine has 'waves of flavour in the aftertaste'.
White
9/26/2020 - Drinking Trees wrote:
Nose shows mild notes of brown bread, struck match, and papaya. Palate is medium-bodied and slightly mealy, with strong acidity. Palate is dominated by secondary flavours of brown bread, cooked onion, and almond. There's also a mild melon flavour and a hint of salinity, and it finishes with a sharp burst of lime.
White
9/26/2020 - Drinking Trees wrote:
Creamy and nutty! Nose of peanut, cashew, and coconut, with a hint of white toast. Palate shows creamy flavours of cashew, peanut butter, and coconut milk, plus crisp flavours of apple, celery, and lime. Mouthfeel is acid-dominant, but also full-bodied and creamy.
White
9/26/2020 - Drinking Trees wrote:
Nose of river stones and struck match, with background notes of apple and melon. Palate shows funky flavours of struck match, gunpowder, and tea, with notes of lavender, papaya, and pumpkin. The funky notes are dulling the fresh notes rather than complementing them.
White
9/26/2020 - Drinking Trees wrote:
Nose of fresh apple, cashew, and peanut butter, with a background of minerality. Slick, full-bodied mouthfeel with a touch of glycerin, balanced by strong acidity and skin tannins. Fresh, crisp flavours of apple, melon, and papaya, with background notes of banana and cream.
Red
2012 Granite Hills The Gordon Macedon Ranges Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/24/2020 - Drinking Trees wrote:
92 points
Screwcap. Dense, complex nose: cassis, graphite, and bay leaf over a background of smokey, spicy oak. Medium-to-full-bodied, with bold flavour (blackberry, sage, anise) backed by powerful acidity and smooth tannin. Tannin is smooth, but not faded; now is a good time to drink this.
Red
9/23/2020 - Drinking Trees wrote:
87 points
Screwcap. Very strong, concentrated nose of raspberry, kirsch, and soy sauce, backed by notes of smoked paprika and chili. On the palate, there's a bit on oxidation, then strong fruit. Sharp flavours of cranberry, soy sauce, and plum. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with smooth tannin and bright, zippy acidity. I don't love it, but the powerful flavour makes it a good match for strong food. Not worth the $70 it usually sells for.
Red
9/21/2020 - Drinking Trees wrote:
flawed
A bad bottle. Lots of browning. Tastes oxidised and unpleasantly sour.
Red
9/18/2020 - Drinking Trees wrote:
Nose is strong and complex, but closed: hints of black fruit, beef jerky, flowers, and spice. Palate shows tightly-packed flavours of fruit, spice, oak, alcohol, and woody herbs. It all needs time to unfurl. The alcohol sticks out a bit, giving the wine a plum wine/shochu character.
Red
9/18/2020 - Drinking Trees wrote:
Nose of blackberry and plum wine, with hints of pink peppercorn and thyme. Massive flavours of cassis, leather, forest floor, and shiitake mushroom. Tannin still present, but feels a bit dusty, like it's starting to fall apart. Not sure how this will age (and this may not have been a perfect bottle), but it's a lot of fun to drink now.
Red
2018 Wild Duck Creek Ducks & Drakes Heathcote Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
9/18/2020 - Drinking Trees wrote:
100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Concentrated, but closed. Sweet flavours of blackcurrant and cola, with mild notes of salami and rosemary. Has enough acidity to balance the sweet fruit, and feels infused with a huge amount of smooth, moderate tannin.
Red
9/18/2020 - Drinking Trees wrote:
Big, but not intense. Very herbal, with the nose and palate both showing strong notes of bay leaf and eucalyptus, plus spicy notes of pepper and nutmeg. Mouthfeel is big and smooth: feels like it just flops all over the tongue.
Red
9/18/2020 - Drinking Trees wrote:
Complex nose of leather, blackberry, and beef jerky, with hints of violet and green peppercorn. Palate shows flavours of fruit (plum, date, raspberry) and used oak, with hints of capsicum and mint. Palate is medium-bodied and smooth: almost oily, but with enough acidity to keep it fresh. Winemaker said it was less 'broad and succulent' than previous vintages (due to the use of concrete fermentation vessels as well as oak), but it still tastes pretty broad and succulent to me.
Rosé
9/18/2020 - Drinking Trees wrote:
This is my first 2020 wine, and it's a beauty! Very pale pink. Gentle, floral nose of jasmine, rose, and red grapefruit. Palate shows mild flavours of apple, rose petal, and lemon peel. Lovely mouthfeel: good balance of acidity, minerality, tannin, and astringency; all elements are assertive without being overpowering. Winemaker called it 'very textural'; I agree.
White
9/17/2020 - Drinking Trees wrote:
87 points
Dark yellow colour. Moderate acidity. No tannin, but a touch of glycerin gives it some body. Has a hint of botrytis, but no sweetness. Flavours of honey, quince, and pear, with a hint of cinnamon.
Red
9/16/2020 - Drinking Trees wrote:
86 points
Dark and dirty, with flavours of cherry and raspberry. Has a slightly acrid smoke note, which blows off after a few hours' decanting. Mouthfeel is typical of a Clare Valley red, with firm acidity and little tannin; I'm getting regional character more than varietal character.
Red
9/14/2020 - Drinking Trees wrote:
89 points
Bright, bold nose of cola, raisin, and hibiscus, with hints of leather and smoke. Palate shows strong acidity and light, smooth tannin. Not a lot of body or structure, but lots of flavour: berries, sarsaparilla, smoke, cranberry sauce.
White
9/13/2020 - Drinking Trees wrote:
84 points
Crisp and acidic. Flavours of lime and coriander, with sulfurous background notes of onion and gunpowder. No body, short finish.
Red
9/9/2020 - Drinking Trees wrote:
90 points
Concentrated flavours of black cherry, blueberry, and liquorice. Silky mouthfeel, with light tannin and sharp (but not harsh) acidity. Dark and concentrated, but also light and easy-drinking. Quite likeable.
Red
High fill. Cork in good condition. Almost undrinkable. Initially promising, with very faint flavours of cranberry and forest floor. However, the mid-palate and finish are unpleasantly sour. Tannin is non-existent. Now that the flavour and tannin have faded away, there is nothing to balance the acidity, which now seems extremely harsh. Surprisingly, it improved with time in the fridge: on day 3, the acidity didn't seem so harsh, and it was drinkable with chili.
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