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2014 McWilliam's Mount Pleasant Wines Shiraz Rosehill Pokolbin
3/2/2019 - chatters wrote:
Hunter Whistlestop 2019 #1 (Hunter Valley): oxidised over pretty black plum and peppery spice, backed by oak. In the mouth it's joined by huge tannic grip. The oxidation has, unfortunately, stripped the fruit. Bottle opened for 3 days so I'll not mark this as flaw...Just opened too long.
  • BPej commented:

    10/19/19, 7:56 PM - Was this at the cellar door? You should have asked them to crack open another one.

2014 De Iuliis Shiraz Steven Vineyard Hunter Valley
4/9/2019 - BPej Likes this wine:
94 points
Really shines with air and was at it's best on day 2. It didn't make it to day 3. Showing plum, blackberry, terracotta pot, white pepper and violets. Not much more than medium weight with silky tannin and beautifully balanced acidity. Structure seemed to build over time. Great length. Beautiful now but I have no doubt it will a stunner in 15.
  • BPej commented:

    4/17/19, 1:01 AM - If you have 3 it wouldn’t hurt to have a try now. Just give it a good decant.

2013 Giovanni Rosso Barolo Serralunga d'Alba Nebbiolo
10/6/2018 - theusualsuspect wrote:
89 points
In no small part, reflects the quality of the vintage and quality Barolo. My basic thought here is that as pronounced as the difference is between old style Bordeaux and modern style Bordeaux, the difference between old style Barolo and modern style Barolo is even more pronounced. It seems to me that the balance point is different in good vintages. And it isn't about wood. Old style barolos never closed up like this, and I've been drinking them off the boat since the early 70's. Remains to be seen whether they will ultimately deliver the mouth filling tar and roses generosity of old style Barolo when they come out of this shell. Three hours in shows major heat. Another issue - whether modern style barolo can carry this heat.
  • BPej commented:

    10/7/18, 9:52 PM - Interesting take on the wine. I’m definitely no expert on the region but I would have firmly put this in the traditional style of Barolo. Yes, it needs some air as a young wine. But don’t most traditional styles? I thought this was the reason the modernist started using different techniques to begin with? To make Barolo more approachable, earlier? Not the other way around.

    Anyway I found this wine really opened up on day 2.

2015 Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon Filius Margaret River
7/14/2018 - BPej Likes this wine:
89 points
Cassis and blackberries with some raspberry brightness and tang. A slight herbaceousness and no obvious oak. Solid but the acid doesn’t quite sit right at the moment. Can be found for bargain prices though.
  • BPej commented:

    7/26/18, 3:32 PM - $20US is probably similar to what you would pay retail here taking in to account conversion rates. I got it for $16AU on an auction site. Just through it in the fill up the case.

2015 Yarra Yering Dry Red N°1 Yarra Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
6/23/2018 - chatters wrote:
Qantas Winter Wine Festival (Town Hall, Sydney): Earthy, slightly funky red berries, cedar, herbaceous. Sour and unpleasant.
  • BPej commented:

    7/4/18, 7:30 PM - I’m not familiar with past vintages but this one seemed to me a very lean and bony style with a bit of a sour finish. However I still didn’t find it unripe and I liked it for all those reasons.

2014 Wendouree Shiraz Clare Valley
10/23/2017 - BPej Likes this wine:
91 points
This needs a good decant or more cellar time. Tight and reserved but the structure is there to be something special, however it's not giving much love at the moment.
  • BPej commented:

    10/27/17, 10:02 PM - Haha I wanted to rate it higher but just couldn’t at the time. I blamed the glassware to begin with but I came to terms that the glassware was fine. I should have decanted a lot longer but I was impatient. This was the result. The Cab Malbec and Shiraz Mataró of the same vintage were much friendlier already.

2015 McWilliam's Mount Pleasant Wines Sémillon Elizabeth Hunter Valley
12/9/2016 - BlackMamba Likes this wine:
88 points
It's a shame they have stopped making that wine as aging worthy... It does state on the bottle now that it is for immediate consumption.
Kind of snow peas with a dash of lime and light yellow fruits.
A interesting and lower alcohol (10%) option, great value.
A must if you are over passion fruit ;)
  • BPej commented:

    12/19/16, 4:37 PM - They still do a cellar aged release. Same label but different wine inside. I was talking to them a few weeks ago about it up at the winery.

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