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2002 Annie's Lane Cabernet Merlot Clare Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
8/13/2020 - hussmith-tastes Likes this wine:
92 points
Oops! I lost this one. Very smooth, quite jammy, length goes on forever. Have put it in the fridge to see how it is tomorrow. I’m sure it will be even better.
  • rmarkey commented:

    8/13/20, 2:57 AM - yes these wines are amazing in longevity and quite unexpected for their price point. I still have a handful of these and 2001 and the shiraz too
    Ray Markey

2014 Tyrrell's Sémillon Single Vineyard Belford
12/6/2019 - Geoff7777 wrote:
I love these wines when they are a little fuller mid palate than this wine at present, as they take me back to the richer Doug Elliot Belford of the 70’s. Pale straw in colour., and wet straw and lime juice on the nose but it is so undeveloped. More grassy on the palate with some lime zest and lemons on the finish. In an awkward phase right now. The vineyard and the vintage will shine, it just needs more time. If you have it leave it and try again in 2023 as looks like a slow developer.
  • rmarkey commented:

    12/7/19, 2:50 AM - great note Geoff on the Tyrrell's Belford. I also remember the old Elliott's Belford's, called HV Riesling from memory.
    Ray Markey

2008 Lake's Folly Chardonnay Hunter Valley
4/16/2017 - rmarkey Likes this wine:
97 points
Excellent, absolutely superb wine. 13.7% alc.
Tasted alongside a Tyrrell's Vat 47 2008, Pegasus Bay Virtuso 2013 (both of which Bradon brought), plus a recently acquired 2015 Stefano Lubiana from Tasmania. The Folly was possibly the best rated of the evening though they were all superb, and especially the Pegasus Bay.
Colour: very bright light golden
Bouquet: melon and peach, nutty oak vanilla, but all subtle. Very clean and fresh.
Palate: great fruit density, similar flavours to bouquet, apples and pears, fine grained tannins, creamy/buttery characters, but with stony minerality, quite rich, voluptuous and good body without being over the top, and all balanced by fantastic acid. Long clean fruit finish.
April 2017
  • rmarkey commented:

    4/16/17, 6:02 AM - From an aging perspective, as asked by Chatters: the wine totally belies its age because of its freshness. It could be 3 years old, and would no doubt live many more years before developing some honeyed characters typical of aged Hunter whites

2000 Tahbilk Shiraz 1933 Vines Nagambie Lakes
4/10/2016 - rmarkey Likes this wine:
95 points
Excellent, 13.5% alc. Classic, aged release for 150th anniversary.
Colour: dark brick red, red berries
Bouquet: sour dark charred cherries, smokey, raspberries, vanilla oak
Palate: as bouquet, soft developed berry fruit, cedar, spice, earth and anise characters. Big soft fine grained tannins, complex with great length and balance. A very nice aged wine.
April 2016
  • rmarkey commented:

    4/10/16, 6:24 AM - Dear Sratinoz, in response to your query about longevity, the wine is by no means past it, but has no doubt plateaued. Not sure how much longer it has but I wouldn't keep longer than 2-3 years.

2011 McWilliam's Mount Pleasant Wines Shiraz Philip Hunter Valley
9/9/2014 - rmarkey Likes this wine:
88 points
Very good. 13.5% alc.
Colour: dark berry
Bouquet: 'forest fruits and exotic spices', vanilla, and some hot alcohol
Palate: as bouquet, savoury raspberry fruit and sweaty saddle, medium body, quite uplifted long clean acid finish.
September 2014
  • rmarkey commented:

    9/9/14, 4:12 PM - On second night's tasting I may have underestimated this wine and would rank it 90 now. It has considerable fruit intensity.

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