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Red
1/13/2023 - Drinking Trees wrote:
87 points
Nose of graphite, black pepper, and chili powder, with cheese emerging after some time in the decanter. Palate shows lots of old, charred oak chips in a heavy pot of blackberry juice. Loose, fractured chunks of dry tannin and sour acid. Weighty, but not focused or structured.
White - Sparkling
1/10/2023 - Drinking Trees wrote:
88 points
Simple, floral flavours of jasmine and green apple. Tangy and slightly creamy, with a light, frothy mousse.
Red
1/5/2023 - Drinking Trees wrote:
89 points
Big and round, with good acidity and fat, soft tannin. Ripe flavours of blackberry and plum, with strong aged notes of leather and Worcestershire sauce. Excellent. Drink now.
Red
12/28/2022 - Drinking Trees wrote:
88 points
Lovely fragrance of violet, blackcurrant, and pencil shavings, with a Cabernet-like note of mint in the background. Acid-dominant palate, with strong acid, mild tannin, and restrained flavour. Notes of blackcurrant, apple, and whisky. Good with food, but rather austere on its own.
Red
12/12/2022 - Drinking Trees wrote:
90 points
Deep purple colour. Flavours of blackberry, cola, and nutmeg, followed by mild eucalyptus. Smooth tannin, followed by a super-bright burst of acidity. Young and lively, but not raw or harsh. A pleasure.
Red
12/18/2022 - Drinking Trees wrote:
88 points
Nose of sour cherry and raisin, with notes of dirty boots and cloves. Cassis palate, with strong fruit and clean spirit. Notes of caramel and vanilla emerge with time.
Red
12/15/2022 - Drinking Trees wrote:
90 points
Screwcap. Bright red colour. Mild nose of blackcurrant, bouquet garni, and pepper. Palate shows soft tannin, but tart acidity. Punchy flavours of framboise, blackcurrant, tea, and black vinegar.
Red
2010 Adelaide Winemakers quorum Cabernet Shiraz McLaren Vale Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
12/11/2022 - Drinking Trees wrote:
87 points
DIAM cork. Medium-bodied but slightly watery, with bright acidity and soft (mostly resolved) tannin. Nose and palate show tart fruit (cranberry, blackcurrant) with lots of aged character (leather, compost). Good with food. On its own, the compost flavour is a little too strong.
Red
12/8/2022 - Drinking Trees wrote:
91 points
Medium-bodied, with firm tannin and acidity. Flavours of cassis, guava, and pencil shavings, with emerging notes of violet and pink peppercorn. Lovely.
Red
12/7/2022 - Drinking Trees wrote:
93 points
Nose and palate show rich flavours of blackcurrant, tarragon, and eucalyptus. After a few hours' decanting, it reveals notes of leather and tar. Medium-to-full-bodied, with strong flavour balanced by strong tannin. Powerful, but easy-drinking. Elegant.
Red
12/5/2022 - Drinking Trees wrote:
87 points
Nose of blackcurrant, prune, and date. Flavours of blackberry, tea, and soot. Palate is light-bodied, but with punchy acid and tannin, and strong alcohol.
Red
11/30/2022 - Drinking Trees wrote:
Extremely dark red colour. Nose of cassis, violet, and candied mint. Flavours of blackcurrant, tarragon, and charcoal. Fruit is concentrated, but not very ripe or sweet. Medium-bodied: concentrated, but not heavy.
White
2018 Mica Vino Dejo Geographe Ferguson Valley Verdejo (view label images)
11/28/2022 - Drinking Trees wrote:
Internet says this is Verdejo, but a stamp on the label says it's Vermentino. Wine is dark yellow and very cloudy. Nose shows big notes of lemon marmalade, coriander seed, Earl Grey, and candy apple. Palate shows more muted flavours of kombucha and orange pulp. Very light-bodied, but has a touch of pulpy texture and sour acidity. Not my cup of tea, but the winemakers have clearly tried to do something different, and they've succeeded at that.
Red
11/16/2022 - Drinking Trees wrote:
94 points
Initially shows closed, concentrated flavours of cassis, graphite, and raspberry cordial. After decanting, it develops notes of leather, coffee, and compost. Palate shows bright acid and strong spirit (15.5%) over a background of mild, smooth tannin. Acid and alcohol make the wine feel balanced in spite of the weak tannin. Fantastic. Drink ASAP.
Red
2006 Battely Sojourn Beechworth Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
11/13/2022 - Drinking Trees wrote:
92 points
Nose of cassis and coffee. Flavours of cassis, sloe gin, and candied mint. Sweet, concentrated fruit is balanced by clean spirit (15.5% alcohol), tart acidity, and a bit of soft tannin.
Red
2003 Battely Sojourn Beechworth Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
11/12/2022 - Drinking Trees wrote:
93 points
Soft cork comes out easily and stays in one piece. Colour is a very dark red, almost black. Concentrated nose of cola, liquorice, and Worcestershire sauce, with a hint of raspberry candy. Liqueur-like palate: sweet flavours of cassis, and sloe berry, with hints of cola, mint, and liquorice. Enough bright acidity to keep it from being cloying, but very little tannin. Lack of tannin makes me think this is past its best, but it's still brilliant.
Red
11/9/2022 - Drinking Trees wrote:
85 points
Flavours of black fruit and forest floor. Thin, smooth mouthfeel, with tart acidity.
Red
11/7/2022 - Drinking Trees wrote:
86 points
Screwcap. Nose of prune and sambuca, with funky notes of mushroom and cocoa. Palate shows mouth-puckering acidity and loose, disintegrating tannin. Flavours of dried fruit (prune, raisin, apricot) and beef jerky.
Red
11/6/2022 - Drinking Trees wrote:
90 points
Nose and palate show intense blackcurrant, with background notes of shiitake, chocolate, and vanilla. Palate shows bright acidity and lots of fine-grained tannin. More intense, but less complex, than the 2012 Bin 555 I tasted two years ago. Ready to drink.
Red
11/2/2022 - Drinking Trees wrote:
86 points
Closed. Good structure, but indistinct flavour. Powerful fine-grained tannin. Intense black fruit and graphite; it feels like it should open up to reveal more complex fruit and spice flavours, but it doesn't, even after hours in the decanter.
Red
10/21/2022 - Drinking Trees wrote:
90 points
Medium-bodied, with smooth tannin and strong acidity. Intense, powerful flavours of plum, raspberry, and woody spice. A little more intense and less easy-drinking than other Bin 555s I've tasted.
Red
10/20/2022 - Drinking Trees wrote:
Flavours of cherry cough syrup and black tea. Drinkable, but weirdly sweet.
White
9/15/2022 - Drinking Trees wrote:
91 points
Mild nose of apple, oatmeal, and onion. Smooth, polished mouthfeel, with lots of fresh, tart acidity. Flavours of apple, under-ripe pear, spring onion, and almond, with a hint of oxidation (dry Sherry). Mild, but not dull.
Red
9/9/2022 - Drinking Trees wrote:
91 points
Concentrated nose of cassis, dried cranberry, and prune. Medium-bodied, with smooth, silky tannin and bold flavours of cassis and cola. Very good, but quite closed: sure to improve.
Red
9/8/2022 - Drinking Trees wrote:
90 points
DIAM cork. Nose of raspberry, rhubarb, barbecue smoke. Flavours of raspberry and blackberry, with notes of prune and liquorice. Tannin is soft and smooth, acid is bright and tart, finish is warmly alcoholic.
Red
9/7/2022 - Drinking Trees wrote:
87 points
Nose of black cherry, anise, and mint, with wafts of violet and campfire smoke. Intense flavours of black cherry and blackcurrant, with notes of tarragon and nutmeg. Medium-bodied, with unstructured, slightly bitter tannins.
Red
9/6/2022 - Drinking Trees wrote:
86 points
Bright nose of red cherry, raspberry jam, liquorice, and cola. Palate is initially quite bitter, but ok with food, and gets mellower with time. Flavours of cherry, brown leather.
White
8/31/2022 - Drinking Trees wrote:
85 points
Medium-bodied, with firm acidity and smooth tannin. Mild, slightly oxidised flavours of green apple, almond, and oak. Without food, the acidity is a bit harsh. I strongly agree with the previous (2020) tasting note: "Not unattractive, but needs food and perhaps past its peak."
Red
8/30/2022 - Drinking Trees wrote:
91 points
Natural cork. Nose of cassis and liquorice, with touches of black pepper and violet. Palate is light-bodied, with concentrated flavour of cassis, liquorice, cola. Has a fine, firm thread of tannin that opens into a smooth finish.
Red
8/29/2022 - Drinking Trees wrote:
87 points
Nomacorc. Nose of cassis, yoghurt, and cracked pepper. Palate feels surprisingly light-bodied, almost hollow. Mild flavours of blackberry, cola, and spearmint. There's a barnyard character creeping into the wine - not sure if it's oxidation, Brett, or old-world earthiness. It doesn't taste faulty, but it's definitely not as full-bodied or fruity as described in the producer's tasting notes.
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White
2019 Mandala Pinot Gris The Sands Mornington Peninsula
8/28/2022 - Drinking Trees wrote:
84 points
Dry and chalky, with under-ripe flavours of pear and apple.
White - Sweet/Dessert
8/25/2022 - Drinking Trees wrote:
Colour is a dull, brownish yellow. Nose is faintly oxidised, with notes of walnut and orange pith. Flavours of limoncello, Campari, toasted nuts, and golden syrup (fading into honey). Lusciously sweet entry, mildly oxidised mid-palate, clean finish.
Red
8/25/2022 - Drinking Trees wrote:
Nose shows ripe fruit and lots of oak. Soft, medium-bodied palate, with prominent alcohol. Mild flavours of blackberry and plum, with notes of toast and vanilla.
Red
2019 Celler del Roure Vermell Valencia Garnacha Tintorera, Alicante Bouschet (view label images)
8/25/2022 - Drinking Trees wrote:
Brightness without harshness. Firm tannin, red fruit, dark spice. Raspberry, rhubarb, cardamom.
White
8/25/2022 - Drinking Trees wrote:
Full-bodied, with smooth, fine-powdered tannin. Mild flavours of butter, pastry, and chalk.
White
8/25/2022 - Drinking Trees wrote:
Very dry, chalky, and slightly salty. Mild flavours of lemon and parsley.
Red
8/8/2022 - Drinking Trees wrote:
92 points
Screwcap. Intense nose of cassis, juniper, leather, and gunsmoke. Palate shows cassis, liquorice, and a touch of black olive over an earthy background, with a smoky, flinty finish. The intensity of the flavour is balanced by fine, crumbly tannin and strong acidity. Has a New World ripeness but a dry, Italian-style finish.
Red
7/29/2022 - Drinking Trees wrote:
Inky nose of blackberry and shoe polish. Palate shows intense cassis flavour, with a funky note of yoghurt in the background.
Red
7/28/2022 - Drinking Trees wrote:
Nose of violet, saffron, and Vanilla Coke. Dry entry with strong acidity, followed by sweet, perfumed fruit: cassis, lemonade, and a touch of absinthe.
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Red
N.V. Mas Coutelou Quoi qu'il en Goutte Vin de France Red Rhone Blend
7/28/2022 - Drinking Trees wrote:
Nose of barnyard and leather. Soda-like mouthfeel, with effervescence and sharp acidity. Flavours of cola, blackcurrant, and violet.
Red
7/28/2022 - Drinking Trees wrote:
Light-bodied, with flavours of prune, cola, and leather.
Red
7/28/2022 - Drinking Trees wrote:
Smoky, flinty nose, with notes of cherry and prune. Soft structure, with concentrated fruit flavours of blueberry, prune, and maraschino cherry.
White
7/28/2022 - Drinking Trees wrote:
Full-bodied, but watery, with dull flavours of lemon and lime.
White - Sparkling
7/28/2022 - Drinking Trees wrote:
Blend of Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, and Pinot Noir. Soft and creamy, with big bubbles. Flavours of apple juice, jasmine, and creaming soda.
White
7/26/2022 - Drinking Trees wrote:
88 points
Medium-bodied, with a crisp and watery mouthfeel but a very buttery taste. Flavours of butter, green beans, and mealy apple, with hints of honeydew melon and banana.
Red
2017 S.C. Pannell Grenache Shiraz Touriga McLaren Vale Grenache Blend, Grenache (view label images)
7/25/2022 - Drinking Trees wrote:
90 points
Nose of violet, blackcurrant, and graphite. Flavours of cassis, cola, with a touch of rosemary. Smooth, silky mouthfeel, with soft tannin.
White
7/23/2022 - Drinking Trees wrote:
87 points
Sweet, floral nose of pear and elderflower, with background notes of gunpowder and river stones. Palate shows a thick pear flavour, with hints of honey and pumpkin spice.
White
7/21/2022 - Drinking Trees wrote:
Thick, full-bodied wine, with a touch of glycerin. Heavy flavours of lemon oil and lime leaf.
Red
7/18/2022 - Drinking Trees wrote:
91 points
Screwcap. Rich, cordial-like flavour of blackberry and black cherry, with hearty notes of leather, juniper, and tarragon. Silky mouthfeel, with smooth tannin and sour acidity. Feels quite youthful at 18 years old.
Red
7/6/2022 - Drinking Trees wrote:
90 points
Mild nose of rose and truffle. Palate shows smooth, mouth-filling tannin, with a dollop of glycerin in the middle of the tongue. Palate shows earth, blackberry, rose, and strawberry, with a touch of cardamom. Lovely, though the flavour is not as exuberant as the 2017.
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