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2010 Yalumba Cabernet Sauvignon The Menzies Coonawarra
4/18/2019 - dandrew65 Likes this wine:
95 points
Wines like this give rewards in spades when cellared well and treated with love. Beautiful mouthfeel, savoury fruit, sumptuous chalky tannins typical of the terroir. Halliday suggests drink till 2025 but for me this was still fresh and drinking beautifully.
  • red.red.vino commented:

    4/18/19, 9:28 PM - I suspect Halliday’s 2025 is due to mistrust in the cork?

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2008 Noon Eclipse McLaren Vale Grenache Blend, Grenache
10/21/2018 - Anonymous wrote:
85 points
Massive flavours, a bit over the top for me. Dark chocolate, burnt oak, licorice, black coffee and confected fruits. It’s a really strong and powerful drink, certainly true to the Noon style but not to my tastes.
  • red.red.vino commented:

    3/2/19, 3:49 PM - Good descriptors, think you nailed it

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2004 Branson Coach House Shiraz Rare Single Vineyard Coach House Block Barossa Valley
2/10/2019 - alohashirt Likes this wine:
93 points
It's gorgeous. Big red fruit driven wine that isn't jammy, just concentrated with a long soft finish. I'm glad I bought three bottles. Strange that the convenient, over-priced wine store near my home is selling this for $56, which is a bargain. I am tempted to find a new vintage and compare it with my one remaining bottle.
  • red.red.vino commented:

    2/11/19, 12:50 AM - Try the Zippy’s Block 05 if you can find it, both are Two Hands single vineyard Barossa wines at the same price point

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2010 Henschke Cyril Henschke Eden Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
7/6/2018 - SlimShaney Likes this wine:
92 points
Made in the style of Bordeau rather than Napa Cab. Some medicinal notes and vegetal palate but enriched with awesome fruit and and a dash of black magic.

Anyway, the grapes are awesome. The wine making is awesome but Aus cab sav... not totally awesome ... according to this Shiraz man.

Should age well. Drink in 2020+
  • red.red.vino commented:

    7/6/18, 5:48 PM - I know exactly where you are coming from. I have a strong preference for a fruit driven cab over a green/herbaceous cab.
    On a side point, try Sanguine Estates $25 Cabernets, simply outstanding at that price point. All fruit driven (well the 2015 is).

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2006 Charles Krug Winery (Peter Mondavi Family) Cabernet Sauvignon Limited Release X Clones Napa Valley
6/30/2018 - Bella Donna wrote:
94 points
Takes at least two hours to start opening up. This is a very big bold cab, but in my opinion still young. I’m going to wait another few years to try again. It may be an extraordinary wine with more time. Can’t wait.
  • red.red.vino commented:

    6/30/18, 4:36 PM - Was going to open mine soon, but will wait now, thank you for the insight!

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2005 Tatiarra Shiraz Cambrian Heathcote
6/14/2018 - cubswinws Likes this wine:
92 points
I don't drink a lot of Australian wines but this would change that. Nice stewed meats and a touch of heat on the finish. Drinking quite nice at present.
  • red.red.vino commented:

    6/15/18, 5:18 PM - Heathcote wines are a little different from other Victorian wines. If you enjoyed this then make sure you look for Heathcote wines gown in 'Cambrian soil', otherwise you will likely get a medium bodied red fruit and spice driven cool climate shiraz. The Cambrian soil is like a spine that runs through the region, well you get the gist.

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2010 Wynns Coonawarra Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Black Label
6/15/2018 - MateusPetrus Likes this wine:
90 points
This seems to keep getting better with age.

Young looking (no amber edges).
Earthy as opposed to fruity aroma with some tobacco.
Very well balanced on the tongue with no apparent tannins.
Tart red cherry flavor with a smooth fruit finish...
...where the tannins you thought weren’t there magically appear.

Quite an experience, especially for the price.
  • red.red.vino commented:

    6/15/18, 5:07 PM - Australia's 2nd most cellar cabernet, so 'they' say. Usually a good 10yr cellar and these hit their stride.

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2016 Mollydooker Shiraz Blue Eyed Boy South Australia
6/10/2018 - Tyler C Likes this wine:
91 points
I am a fan. Half way through the bottle. It is important to do the shake. 1 hour in and it continues to come together. Obviously BIG, fruity berries - strawberry and nice almost creamy finish. A little more time in the bottle would help.
  • red.red.vino commented:

    6/11/18, 1:35 AM - Discussion point only, but I am not a fan of the Mollydooker shake. My experience it fast tracks sucking the fruit and life out of a wine leaving a full throttle, heavy weighted, high alcohol wine with no supporting act. I don't mind the wines and can appreciate the style, but prefer a good old fashioned decanter. Thoughts?

  • red.red.vino commented:

    6/13/18, 5:07 AM - Correct about not doing to shake on older wines, I think their theory is max 2 yr olds from vintage date. I have two in the cellar, if I open one soon I'll report back too!

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2002 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm McLaren Vale
4/23/2018 - red.red.vino wrote:
80 points
Vertical tasting of Dead Arm 2000 and Dead Arm 2002. Both wines decanted for 3 hours each.

Dead Arm 2000
The better of the two wines, but no compliment to be given here. Reminiscent of better days with very faint aromas of McLaren Vale dark purple fruits and a little mocha, body is slightly fuller although the layers are rather uncomplex and one dimensional. Finish is short and rather disappoints. 85 points.

Dead Arm 2002
Dull, flat, lifeless, short nothing finish. 80 points.

As always I am of the firm opinion that d'Arenberg suffer from rather extreme bottle variance which once again leaves me saying I am not one of the d'Arenberg ra-ra boys.... Drink these up now if yours are any good as my two pennies is who knows what the future holds for them.
  • red.red.vino commented:

    4/23/18, 2:53 PM - Possibly flawed, although it was exactly like the majority of all Dead Arms I have opened....

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2005 Two Hands Shiraz Lily's Garden McLaren Vale
4/20/2018 - MoreWinePlease Likes this wine:
92 points
Purchased on release, stored @55degrees. Aging well, deep color, almost opaque purple-red, initially opening with enticing nose of mixed black fruits (mostly black raspberry & wild blueberry) but after 15 minutes of aeration revealing subtle cinnamon/balsamic notes. Big rich palate of black berries/raspberries w/a little bit of mushroom earthiness and good acidity. Relatively light on its feet for such a big wine. Good finish. Not as richly sweet as a a 2000 Elderton Command I very much enjoyed a few years ago, but satisfying. Drink up!
  • red.red.vino commented:

    4/21/18, 11:52 PM - Elderton Command is a RRP$110 Barossa shiraz, the vines are well over 100 years old and a flagship wine for Elderton.
    Lily Garden is a RRP$60 McLaren Vale shiraz and is a third tier shiraz for Two Hands.
    Probably not the most relative comparison....

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2016 Seppelt Chardonnay Jaluka Henty
1/18/2018 - graemeg wrote:
{screwcap, 12.5%, A$24} Nutty nose. Sandalwood. Seems oaky, or maybe has just a touch of malo richness. The palate isn't oaky though, nor thick, it's medium-bodied, with fine sandy tannins; not lean but not fat or blowsy either, withgrapefruit and cashew flavours, tending on the warm side too, despite the sensible alcohol. Dry, medium length finish. OK, I expect will keep a while but doesn't have to tautness I'd expect for true cellar development.
  • red.red.vino commented:

    4/13/18, 4:31 PM - Well presented mate, I concur with everything you said. All in though I am happy with the effort from a tough vintage.

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2012 Jim Barry Shiraz The Armagh Clare Valley
12/28/2017 - Cailles wrote:
94 points
4 Guys, 7 Wines, Blind Tasting & Dinner: Tasted blind and thanks to the typical mint/eucalyptus and asian spice aromas well identifiable as Aussie Shiraz. Of course, it is still too young but with a proper decant (4 hours) it was drinking well with nice blue and black fruit (at first it felt slightly overripe), some spices and the before mentioned mint/eucalyptus. No hints of secondary aromas yet. Desnity and structure quite impressive and pointing that this something high end in the glass. This will likely shed-off some more of its baby fat and gain a lot of complexity with time.
  • red.red.vino commented:

    1/19/18, 5:05 AM - Are you sure you were not drinking a cheap Aussie cabernet mate?!

  • red.red.vino commented:

    1/19/18, 5:36 AM - Cheap Aussie cabs are often herbaceous driven leading with one dimensional boring mint and eucalypt, as opposed to a nice fruit driven wine. Unusual to see these characteristics in a Shiraz, let alone in one our countries [top 10] flagships.

  • red.red.vino commented:

    1/19/18, 2:27 PM - Sorry I wasn't meaning to offend by any means. My comment around boring was towards at cheaper Aus Cabernets, nothing more. Was more curious to the descriptors as they are not typical of Aus shiraz (certain Langhorne Creek may be an exception). Glad to see you are enjoying Aussie wine though, happy drinking!

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2012 Tim Adams Shiraz The Aberfeldy Clare Valley
12/15/2015 - red.red.vino Likes this wine:
93 points
Drank in a bar, no decanter. Initially quite tight, raspberry, red cherry, strawberry, medium bodied and a little acidic and tannic still, however a long red fruit finish. This is built to age, try again 2022. Enormous potential.
  • red.red.vino commented:

    1/19/18, 3:57 AM - Must admit I have since ear marked 2022-2024 for mine. Probably leaning towards 2024, 12 years seems to be a good time to try higher end SA shiraz these days in my humble opinion.

Red
2007 Two Hands Cabernet Sauvignon Aphrodite Barossa Valley
10/7/2017 - red.red.vino wrote:
A decent cabernet in a rough year, but question its price point. Drink over the next few years.
  • red.red.vino commented:

    1/4/18, 2:43 PM - If you can get it cheap enough yes that drinking window appears fine to me, although there are certainly better Aussie cabernets out there at this price point. Two Hands are regional expression shiraz specialists.

Red
2006 Penfolds Shiraz St. Henri South Australia
12/26/2017 - red.red.vino wrote:
91 points
In the decanter for 2 hours prior to drinking, whereas it probably needed 3 hours for the little bit of heat to fade. A very full, dark, dense and plummy wine with a touch of richness. It is approaching its drinking window although has a good few years ahead yet. Whilst I enjoyed this I wouldn't really call it a blockbuster.
  • red.red.vino commented:

    1/4/18, 3:54 AM - @thebatcaves Yeah give it a few mate, it will settle

Red
2013 Kellermeister Shiraz Dry Grown Barossa Valley
12/24/2017 - gherkinhammer wrote:
85 points
The wine is deep purple. The nose is a bit subdued, but there are hints of dark fruit, a bit earthy as well as obvious oak. The palette is equally subdued with dark fruit in evidence, but the overriding note is bitterness. The wine is astringent, chalky. The medium finish is a bit wishy washy, bitter and oaky.
  • red.red.vino commented:

    12/26/17, 3:52 PM - What's changed since their cellar door?

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2012 Head Wines Shiraz Head Red Barossa Valley
8/23/2013 - cshall wrote:
91 points
Young as a featous. I smell cheese, whoops wrong hand. I smell fire, that'll be the fire place. I smell red wine. Young young red wine. Needs more time in cellar. But fruitier than typical barossan Shiraz. Will enjoy in years to come for sure.
  • red.red.vino commented:

    10/7/17, 4:36 PM - Opened my first one last night. Can't believe it was 4 years ago we bought these, time flies. Great review above btw.

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2012 Shaw and Smith Shiraz Adelaide Hills
9/20/2017 - GDav wrote:
54 points
Average. Not very bold
  • red.red.vino commented:

    9/21/17, 5:30 AM - Adelaide Hills wines are generally not bold?

Red
2015 Two Hands Shiraz Max's Garden Heathcote
9/16/2017 - Dom K wrote:
92 points
Christmas cake in a bottle: stone fruit, spices, heavy and dense. Matured in 2-5 yr old French oak hogheads. A solid Heathcote Shiraz, however loads of competition with Shiraz producers in Heathcote these days, and so pricing is key if I was to make this a regular staple. There are other producers at a lower price point using 100% new oak- to each their own- but i'm a fan of new oak.
  • red.red.vino commented:

    9/16/17, 10:49 PM - Heathcote is all about the spoil (as opposed to oak treatment), if the vineyard isnt on the ancient Cambrian soil then the profile of the wine in my humble opinion can be rather underwhelming....

Red
2012 Willoughby Park Shiraz Kalgan Ironrock Albany
9/1/2017 - AnonymousCoward Likes this wine:
90 points
Always a great drop - great blue and black fruits overlaid with subtle oak. Super fine tannins, long finish. Great structure. Looking forward to trying another bottle in 5 years.
  • red.red.vino commented:

    9/9/17, 5:41 PM - Good note, always appreciate a view on the drinking window, thank you!

Red
2004 Hobbs Shiraz/Viognier Barossa Range Shiraz Blend, Syrah
8/27/2017 - Fatdoi Likes this wine:
92 points
slight savoury note yet fragrant on the nose. dark purple in colour. still has years of life in it
  • red.red.vino commented:

    8/29/17, 4:49 PM - I was planning on opening mine this weekend, may I ask if you popped it in the decanter and if so, how long for?

Red
2009 Grant Burge Shiraz Filsell Old Vine Barossa Valley
1/31/2016 - red.red.vino wrote:
87 points
Wasn't planning on opening one of these for another 2-3 years or so, however stumbled across Jeremy Oliver's review that said drink between 2014-2017, so in the decanter one goes for a couple hours. Age doesn't appear an issue, deep crimson purple, structurally fine, decent mouth coating, tannins still quite dry, however the finish is a bit tart. Will try again in 2018, hopefully wine development will force my rating a bit higher.
  • red.red.vino commented:

    8/29/17, 4:42 PM - @thebatcavewines. I also follow Oliver quite closely. I will probably try one early in the new year, although I will look out for your review too.

Red
2008 Grosset Gaia Clare Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
7/16/2017 - pmca Likes this wine:
95 points
Never fails to impress !!
  • red.red.vino commented:

    7/16/17, 5:08 PM - How is it aging may I ask?

  • red.red.vino commented:

    7/16/17, 5:45 PM - Thanks, will hold mine until at least next year then

Red
2010 Wynns Coonawarra Estate Shiraz V & A Lane
6/3/2017 - Ozsnapper wrote:
91 points
Not bad but would not pay more than $25 for this.
  • red.red.vino commented:

    6/4/17, 6:56 AM - I was hoping for more from this one....

Red
2008 Domaine A Petit 'a' Coal River Red Bordeaux Blend
4/2/2017 - graemeg wrote:
{diam, 14%} First time I've seen a diam soaked nearly to the top. Disconcerting. But, this isn't oxidised at all. It's very typical of Domaine A, with its herbal, basil and currant character. Very much on the green side, although it doesn't otherwise display signs of unripeness. Medium dusty tannins, medium and clear-cut acidity, medium weight and a medium/long, dry, solid and varietally cabernet-like finish are its hallmarks. It's somewhat developed, clearly not aged, but I wonder if the green character will become still more pronounced as time passes. I daresay if you drink a lot of Bdx it won't seem too leafy at all. Good wine, but rather pricey for what it is. I think recent vintages were back in the $40-ish range.
  • red.red.vino commented:

    4/3/17, 3:12 AM - Good review! I was going to try mine around 2020, hopefully it is holding up ok?

Red
2014 Giant Steps Merlot Sexton Vineyard Yarra Valley
3/31/2017 - Delectable Blue Likes this wine:
89 points
This is quite a nice merlot. Deep purple/crimson in colour and very mouthfilling. The plum fruit are fresh and bright, with slightly tart blackcurrant in support. The wine has a dark mineral core, with cedar notes from the oak. The mid palate is awash with soft spice, with the slightest hint of glacè ginger showing through. The tannins are very fine, and the balance slightly acidic. There are bitter dark chocolate notes on the finish. Initially a little closed, but opening nicely with sufficient air time. Nice.
  • red.red.vino commented:

    3/31/17, 6:25 PM - Good review, I'll pop one when mine arrive, they tend to take a 3 to 4 business days longer to get to Qld.

Red
2012 Yalumba The Signature Barossa Valley Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend
3/11/2017 - beej wrote:
Enjoyed immediately upon a pour from the bottle.
Tight, w a minerality and drying quality previously noted by others.
Fruit was backdrop against a short somewhat uneven finish.
There was however an overall depth of potential layers I am hopeful will blossom over time.
Lay this wine down.
  • red.red.vino commented:

    3/11/17, 3:51 PM - I find that these Signatures usually drink well around the 10-12 year mark.

Red
2008 Two Hands Shiraz Zippy's Block Roennfeldt Road Marananga Barossa Valley
2/21/2017 - SlimShaney wrote:
91 points
Black blue fruit. Big. Generous, but a little hot. Wild and unrestrained, but plush. Bottle would be a meal.
  • red.red.vino commented:

    2/22/17, 1:55 AM - I have had a few Two Hands that go through a little hot patch, time in the cellar usually sorts it

Red
2005 Two Hands Shiraz Bella's Garden Barossa Valley
12/31/2016 - Wozza wrote:
94 points
This was like a big smouldering volcano. A fitting wine for NYE as we watched the SYD fireworks harbour side. This double 95 pointer is a quintessential regional blend Barossa Shiraz. And it was just hitting that early primary | tertiary phase. As the beautifully rich, fragrant nose led to a deep, brooding full bodied palate of fleshy dark berry fruits, red cherries, mulberry, and finely balanced secondary French oak notes of tar, smoked oak & spice. In magnum form this is a 25 yr wine. As such it's good QPR. A Wozza 94.5/100 (4.1/5.0) from me.
  • red.red.vino commented:

    12/31/16, 7:46 PM - Good note, feel I have already opened too many too early and am currently 'monitoring', whatever that means!

Red
2002 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm McLaren Vale
12/26/2016 - AlexGarner wrote:
89 points
This bottle was a little disappointing - maybe I decanted it for too long, or maybe the wine is moving from younger, fruit dominant flavours to older characteristics and the transition is incomplete. In any case, it was OK, but not what I was expecting. We'll open another bottle and see how that is.
  • red.red.vino commented:

    12/28/16, 5:00 PM - If it is any consolidation I just cannot work d'Arenbergs out either, have just convinced myself that they suffer massively from bottle variance

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2010 Mountadam Chardonnay High Eden
12/26/2016 - deanmillson Likes this wine:
92 points
Clear medium gold colour. Clean pronounced nose with peach and a little buttered toast. The palate has medium sweetness, acidity and is full bodied with a long finish. This is drinking well but will be interesting to see where this goes in a few years.
  • red.red.vino commented:

    12/26/16, 4:08 AM - Interesting, I was going to pop mine but I may hold another year or so now. Thanks for the commentary

Red
2007 Wynns Coonawarra Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
11/26/2016 - Wozza Likes this wine:
93 points
Nice. But it's 3/4 years from mellowing out. On the nose, there's blackberry, raspberry, mushroom notes, hints of tar, mint and spice, with baking spice when swirled. The palate is unctuous, alluding to the Spring frosts that led to the low yield and more concentrated fruit flavours. As blackberry, raspberry, tar, sage, mint and black pepper balance nicely and then lead into strong sage and spice lingering finish.

I'm not getting the same vibes as I did from the 09 and 06. It's nice, especially after a good decant to get the full structure and taste profile of this wine. But it's still WIP. Hence a Wozza 93/100 (3.8/5.0) from me.
  • red.red.vino commented:

    11/26/16, 3:00 PM - OK then, I'll try one of these too over the next few months!

  • red.red.vino commented:

    11/26/16, 10:10 PM - Actually I wrote a review here Feb last year. Will be interesting if it has changed 2 years ish on.

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2006 Wynns Coonawarra Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
11/21/2016 - Wozza Likes this wine:
95 points
Arguably one of Australia's most important Cab Sauv's. Halliday said it was a 'serious wine' with 'considerable tannin-derived structure that has an earthy/savoury regional profile' when giving 95 points (a big Halliday score back then).

It's now reddy/brown, showing those 10 years in the bottle. Lovely blueberry and spice nose. The medium-bodied palate is perfectly formed; and nicely rounded and warm in the mouth. With blackberry, blueberry, mint, earth, tar, sage and black pepper leading the way. There's a strong wave of dark fruit, mint, earth and spice mid-palate, and a fine oak-spiced finish.

In its prime now. With at least another 5 years in the tank. Great vintage. Hence a Wozza 95/100 (4.2/5.0) from me.
  • red.red.vino commented:

    11/25/16, 5:31 PM - Well said Wozza

  • red.red.vino commented:

    11/25/16, 5:50 PM - I'll pop one of mine over the next few months and post a note. Doubt I'll disagree, probably too blinded by patriotism as yes I am one of the Wynns 'ra-ra boys', but will do my best to be objective!

Red
2013 Mitolo Shiraz Cantiniere McLaren Vale
10/24/2015 - Teebs Likes this wine:
90 points
Very drinkable but not worth the 68 bucks claimed for RRP at the cellar door. Obvious deal for vinomofo and was never available from the source.
  • red.red.vino commented:

    10/24/15, 11:27 PM - Yes and definitely not the 'flagship' they claimed it to be either....
    This isnt the first time the Fo have done this, i.e. inflated advertised RRP for a wine not otherwise available, clearly a wine for Fo retail only.

  • red.red.vino commented:

    10/20/16, 1:57 AM - Thubleau, our comments were written almost 12 months before yours, trust us, the wine was nowhere to be found at that point in time.

Red
2002 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm McLaren Vale
10/10/2016 - 309VEB Likes this wine:
91 points
Huge bottle variation from my last note. This bottle was excellent. No bricking. Deep purple with typical Shiraz pepper and fruit. Very smooth with little heat. Based on this bottle it appears that this wine could continue to cellar but there appears to be a risk that the wine is fully mature. Given how enjoyable this bottle was i will continue to drink up my remaining splits.
  • red.red.vino commented:

    10/10/16, 3:30 PM - d'Arenberg bottle variation, incredibly frustrating.....

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2005 Tatiarra Shiraz Cambrian Heathcote
9/23/2016 - red.red.vino wrote:
90 points
Decanter for 3 hours prior to drinking. A deep, dull violet/ruby wine, no bricking whatsoever, colour holding up very well. Big wine up front and through the mid palate, however fades and almost dissolves through the back palate. A further hour in the wine is still opening up, back palate finish a little fuller, but not much, still considered rather short.
Undecided whether this still needs more time or whether slightly over the peak and on the decline. Might pop another next weekend and decant for a bit longer, stay tuned.... Confused.com
  • red.red.vino commented:

    9/26/16, 3:48 AM - Yeah no worries mate, next weekend for sure one is opening. Stay tuned.

Red
2006 Grant Burge Shiraz Meshach Barossa Valley
8/7/2016 - Wozza Likes this wine:
94 points
Fantastic wine. But after devouring the John Riddoch 09 just before with those huge round mouth filling tannins and velvety texture, this iconic Barossa Shiraz wasn't quite in the same league. It felt pretty young. But it still had those awesome intense black and blue berry fruit flavours with a backbone of aniseed, smoked oak chips and delicate spices. Not sure this one had been stored that well in the bottle shop. There was a lot of sediment that gave the palate a slightly dusty finish. A WIP 94.5/100 (4.1/5.0) from me.
  • red.red.vino commented:

    8/20/16, 5:52 PM - Crackawines currently have the 2010 of this for $80 a bottle as a secret deal. If you want their 'broker' number, let me know

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2009 Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Georges de Latour Private Reserve Napa Valley
8/14/2016 - galewskj wrote:
91 points
Mixed California Tasting (Jason's House): 2 hour decant, drank a small glass and then an even smaller glass 1 hour later. This is a big wine. Mostly red fruit, cherry, raspberry, some chocolate. The tannins are still somewhat firm and there is some alcohol on the finish. Good now, but I will try not to open another until 2020+.
  • red.red.vino commented:

    8/19/16, 6:33 AM - Pleasing when someone else generally concurs!

Red
2004 Kay Brothers Shiraz Block 6 Amery Vineyards McLaren Vale
7/2/2016 - SlimShaney wrote:
91 points
Initially I thought this was a 89pts and reminiscent of a Mollydookers from the lower tier range though this has older vines hailing from 1892. It was bitter rich, big, alcoholic and a little soapy.

You need to give it 2 hours. The aforementioned description then isnt a mile off but it becomes refined and more delicate. Those words are applied auto-temporally. They arent adjectives I would expect to anyone to be using outright here!
  • red.red.vino commented:

    7/2/16, 5:36 PM - I find most of their Block 6's need a couple hours to open up, patience usually rewards. I still haven't opened any of 2004's yet but might do now to see how they are travelling.

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2010 Adelaide Winemakers Shiraz Quorum McLaren Vale
5/9/2016 - Wozza Likes this wine:
93 points
This is very French, and a 93+/100 (3.9/5.0) from me. This Shiraz hails from McLaren Vale, but it tastes like its from Rhone! This Nick Halesgrove wine is matured in American and French Oak for 26 months (20% new, 80% seasoned). Halliday gave it 93, noting in March 2015 that it needed "time for the various components to get to know one another".

That seems to have happened, as sweet blackberries and plums juxtapose against savoury rosemary, sage, lavender, peppermint and black pepper notes on the bright nose and medium-bodied palate. No great length, but very drinkable.

At just under $20 from VinoMofo ($50 Cellar Door) it's a great buy. I'll space the other 5 over the next 4 years and see if they develop any further. They are certainly in their drinking window now.
  • red.red.vino commented:

    5/13/16, 3:21 PM - I think you mean Rhone ;)

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2012 Penfolds Bin 389 South Australia Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend
4/1/2016 - Mech-E Likes this wine:
93 points
My only previous experience with this wine was the 2010 vintage. This is just as good in my opinion. Decanted 2 hours. Heavily oaked nose, with black fruits. Vanilla bean, dark cherries, raspberries. Dense and extracted with superb mouthfeel. 50$. Will buy more.
  • red.red.vino commented:

    4/1/16, 7:20 PM - Cellar this one!

Red
2004 Cullen Wines Diana Madeline Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Margaret River Red Bordeaux Blend
8/29/2015 - Andrew67 Likes this wine:
96 points
This is such a beautiful wine. Balanced and structured, silky and rich. It is just starting to develop secondary characteristics, but still shows a level of freshness that makes me think it will last for 15 more years. Black, blue and red fruits in harmony. Nice acidity, silky tannins, and amazing length. This will sit in my top 3 Australian cabernets of all time. Can I keep the remaining bottles for a while? It will be tough.
  • red.red.vino commented:

    1/30/16, 4:29 AM - Diana Madeline, John Riddoch, and your third? Perhaps Domaine A?

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2011 Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River
1/14/2016 - Laconic Does not like this wine:
85 points
Sharp alcohol smell. Puckery and acidic with light body. Not my cup of tea.
  • red.red.vino commented:

    1/15/16, 12:57 AM - You are not the first person I know to have issues their 2011....

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2012 Penfolds Bin 389 South Australia Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend
1/1/2016 - djreistr wrote:
93 points
I am a sucker for powerful, straight-down-the-middle cabernets like this one. Dark purple, completely opaque. Nice fruit and woody aromas, with a punch in the nose palette bursting with fruit, earthy notes and tannins. A nice lingering finish. I like where this could go if it improves in the bottle, as expected.
  • red.red.vino commented:

    1/12/16, 2:00 AM - Glad you enjoyed the wine, Bin 389 is an Aussie icon and it is a fantastic example of our iconic blend too, with the 2012 being 54% Cabernet and 46% Shiraz ;)

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2004 Wynns Coonawarra Estate Cabernet Sauvignon John Riddoch
1/1/2016 - Andrew67 Likes this wine:
93 points
Starting to show some secondary notes. Great length and structure. Mint and eucalyptus to go with blackberry and plum. Tannins are silky.
  • red.red.vino commented:

    1/1/16, 1:30 AM - Great New Years wine mate! How is this holding up, I was thinking of keeping mine for say 2020?

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2012 Seppelt Shiraz Mount Ida Heathcote
12/12/2015 - timnit Likes this wine:
92 points
Very good wine with great earthy notes and fine tannins.
Underrated.
  • red.red.vino commented:

    12/31/15, 6:07 PM - I love this wine, I find patience difficult when trying to age a quality Heathcote like this!

  • red.red.vino commented:

    12/31/15, 6:21 PM - Fence sharing with Georgia, great wine fact!

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2004 Branson Coach House Shiraz Rare Single Vineyard Coach House Block Barossa Valley
12/25/2015 - Anonymous wrote:
92 points
P&P. Dark red and black in the glass, full body, perhaps a teaspoon of sediment. Expansive wide open bouquet of ripe blackberries, tar, baking spice, coffee, and earth. On the palate deep rich black fruits with tar, spices, leather and earth. Modest acid, tannins fully integrated giving this a soft velvety mouthfeel. Excellent balance and a 30-plus second finish. Outstanding pairing with roasted beef tenderloin with veal demi-glas, scalloped potatoes, and stovetop-sauteed brussel sprouts. Overall it is still an elegant outstanding well-made shiraz reflecting an excellent vintage that is drinking at its peak right now. Last bottle and no regrets, as I only see the fruit fading with time. No decant needed.
  • red.red.vino commented:

    12/25/15, 8:23 PM - Thanks Vinacull, will crack one over the next few weeks and check it out. Two Hands single vineyard usually cellar longer so this may have slipped under my radar if I hadn't read this!

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2010 Yalumba The Signature Barossa Valley Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend
12/13/2015 - Sourdough Likes this wine:
91 points
Moderate nose. Nice black and red fruit flavors. Fruity but not a fruit bomb. More old world than new in style. Sort of like a soft Bdx. Very elegant. Seems to be near/past peak.
  • red.red.vino commented:

    12/14/15, 2:18 AM - This wine typically lives for a good 15yrs, 2010 was a decent vintage too, I'd be disappointed and surprised if this is past already.

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2010 III Associates Shiraz Giant Squid Ink McLaren Vale
Methinks this is probably already at or slightly past its peak.
  • red.red.vino commented:

    12/7/15, 2:03 PM - My fellow Fo, this is a $150 bottle is a good vintage. Intuitively being past its best doesnt seem right, you may regret knocking these back now?

  • red.red.vino commented:

    12/8/15, 3:32 AM - Guess I was more suggesting the wine makers intent, built to age...?

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2010 Yalumba The Signature Barossa Valley Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend
11/21/2015 - klmarshall wrote:
92 points
It has been about five years since I had a Signature. This one was very good, but not as good as the 2002 that I remember enjoying so much. Lots of dark fruit, mostly blackberry. Good backbone and very long finish. Not totally integrated. Still a bit edgy and hot at the end. Try again in 2017.
  • red.red.vino commented:

    11/21/15, 3:29 PM - My experience is that these age remarkably well, I ear mark mine to try at about 10 years of age.

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