Tasting Notes for BPej

(283 notes on 228 wines)

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Red
10/15/2019 - BPej Likes this wine:
93 points
Poached strawberry, raspberry and musk. Then darker fruits like plum and dark cherry. Only medium bodied but the acid is perfectly fresh and the tannin builds on the back palate with time. Starts a little sweetish but finishes savoury with good length too.
Not sure if it will be a long termer but a wonderful wine for the short to medium term.
White
10/15/2019 - BPej Likes this wine:
93 points
Golden in colour. I’m not sure how long this spends on skins but I’d say a good amount of time. Good as in whatever they have done, it’s working. Lovely structure. Fun but serious. Fino sherry, yellow apple, some tropical fruit and a touch of honey and ginger. This is my type of skinsy white.
Red
2018 M&J Becker Syrah Hunter Valley
10/7/2019 - BPej Likes this wine:
91 points
Needs air to show it’s true colours. Mulberry, boysenberry, red plum and scorched earth. Becomes more structured and fragrant. Good acidity and ultra fine but layered tannin.
Red
9/22/2019 - BPej wrote:
92 points
Pretty dark in appearance but it smells brighter and is only just over medium weight. Mulberry, red plum, boysenberry, clay, pepper and dried, salty fruit. Tannin is silky with the structure mainly built on acid. The acid however is a little pokey and a little orange juice-like. The acid was much more integrated on day two and I found it way more enjoyable. Flavour profile would be great right now if it wasn’t for that added acid taste. Might be worth waiting a little longer to see if it folds in with time.
Red
2016 Blue Poles Allouran Margaret River Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/21/2019 - BPej Likes this wine:
92 points
Opened with noticeable spicy oak. Black currant and red currant, eucalyptus, milk chocolate and dried herbs. Oak wasn’t as noticeable after a few hours or barely at all on day two. Tannin is a highlight. Grippy, gravelly and long.
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Red
2015 Blue Poles Allouran Margaret River Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/19/2019 - BPej Likes this wine:
93 points
Red and black currant, eucalyptus, dried herbs and coffee grounds. Balanced acidity and gravelly tannin. Good long finish. One of the bargains of Margaret River.
Red
9/16/2019 - BPej Likes this wine:
94 points
Filled out a bit since I tried at cellar door. Still a lean and bony style but there is no shortage of fragrance or flavour. Red cherry, raspberry, musk and flowers. Wet earth and leaves. A little Smoke or smoked meat even. Ultra fine chalky tannin, bright acidity and a long finish.
Red
9/16/2019 - BPej Likes this wine:
92 points
Hasn’t changed a whole lot in the last year. Still red fruit but getting a little more rose water and musk. Structure is still firm but friendly. It’s hard to talk about this wine without mentioning value.
Red
8/29/2019 - BPej Likes this wine:
92 points
Good intensity with cherry, mulberry liquorice and menthol. Rounded with very fine tannin. Medium acid and good length. Nice now but another year in bottle will make a big difference.
Red
8/22/2019 - BPej Likes this wine:
92 points
Sour, red and dark cherry, leather and a whiff of menthol. Earthy, terracotta tannins. The acidity carrying plenty of energy. Right in the zone now with a good mix of youth and age but will live many years yet. Great balance overall just lacking a little excitement for me.
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White
8/11/2019 - BPej Likes this wine:
93 points
Stone fruit, nutty, creamy, great intensity and length. Plenty of acidity to keep that creaminess in check. Balanced perfectly with nothing sticking out and plenty of interest.
Red
8/5/2019 - BPej Likes this wine:
95 points
Starts subtly and then expands throughout the whole mouth. Dips slightly and then continues through to a wonderfully long finish. Lovely black cherry fruit with rose water, black tea and tarry liquorice. Firm tannin and plenty of acid but approachable for anybody who doesn’t mind a bit of tannin. Benefits from a good decant. Excellent.
Red
7/22/2019 - BPej Likes this wine:
92 points
Just starting to lose some colour. Medium to full bodied. Right in the zone for age. Blackberry, red plum, cherry, old leather and soil. A milk chocolate creaminess to the texture. Oak is about as integrated as it’s going to get with malt and spice coming through.
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Red
7/10/2019 - BPej Likes this wine:
92 points
This is the first of the 18’s that I have tried. Fairly reserved and nothing showy but lovely subtleties of mix berries, red and dark cherry and terracotta pot. Steely acidity and subtle tannin. Good length. Probably shows better with food but plenty to like on its own.
Red
5/19/2019 - BPej Likes this wine:
94 points
Hasn’t budged in the last year. It’s firm and serious but plenty of joy to be had if you are patient and give it some time to breath. Cherry, rose water, liquorice root and earth. The length builds with air time. Lovely.
Red
5/19/2019 - BPej Likes this wine:
93 points
Fragrant with dried strawberry, cherry, wilted roses and truffle. More dried strawberry and cherry on the palate with spice, damp soil and mulch. It’s earthy and savoury, with tannin fully integrated and a beautiful acid line. Probably around the peak of its maturity although I’m sure it will hold a few years more.
Red
5/10/2019 - BPej Likes this wine:
95 points
Black currant, blackberry, black and red cherry. Herbs and spice. A little eucalyptus. Nice grip of tannin and just over medium weight. The highlight here though is the balance. Nothing to fault. Lovely.
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Red
5/4/2019 - BPej Likes this wine:
91 points
Ripe black fruits, cherry liqueur, fruitcake and ground coffee. The oak sticks out a bit with coconut and vanilla flavours a little too prominent for my tastes. The finish drops away a bit too but there is plenty of flavour around while it’s there.
Red
4/9/2019 - BPej Likes this wine:
92 points
100% Tempranillo from Rioja Alta and is aged in French oak. Sweet and tart cherry, cedar, leather, a bit of that cherry cola thing that Tempranillo does. The oak is subtle with hints of coconut, vanilla and spice. It's balanced and youthful but doesn't lack structure. It's got everything you could ask for in a low cost Rioja.
Red
4/9/2019 - BPej Likes this wine:
92 points
Cranberry, red and black cherry, herbal but not green, spices. Barely medium bodied but no shortage of flavour and personality. Easy to like.
White
2017 Sorrenberg Sauvignon Blanc Sémillon Beechworth Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
4/9/2019 - BPej Likes this wine:
94 points
The nose is a little reserved at the moment but the same can't be said about the palate. It packs loads of lemon, lemon pith, melon, nuts and spice. But no flavour dominates over another, just perfect harmony that lingers and lingers.
Red
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.
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Red
3/15/2019 - BPej Likes this wine:
93 points
Rich and intense ripe fruit, as expected. Black cherry, plum, cherry liqueur and licorice. There is a nice aromatic lift from a little whole bunch. Violet and a very faint eucalyptus. It’s big but it isn’t heavy. There is well balanced acidity giving it vibrancy. Some herbs and smoke on the finish. It’s very good if you like big wines.
Red
2/25/2019 - BPej Likes this wine:
92 points
1.5 - 2hr decant. It smelt dead initially but it eventually started to show it still had some life left in it. Dried plum, blackberry, and cherry. Decomposing flowers, old leather and scorched earth. It had become pretty and delicate. 2 words not often used to describe Priorat. Tannin and oak fully dissolved into the wine and the length was good. It did keep improving the longer it was open and in hindsight I should have decanted for much longer. But there is no denying its best days are well behind it now.
Red
2/25/2019 - BPej wrote:
90 points
Super ripe black fruit. Plum, cherry liqueur and liquorice. There is a sweetness to the fruit that makes me wonder if there is any RS here. Plenty of flavour and it is balanced but it feels a bit too slick and over worked. It lacks charm.
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White
2/25/2019 - BPej Likes this wine:
92 points
Citrus and stone fruit. Has a flavour that reminds me of a lime ice cream spider. Melon and spice there too. Fresh and lively despite the obvious creamy characters.
Red
2/25/2019 - BPej Likes this wine:
92 points
Full of ripe black fruits. Black currant, blackberry, black cherry. A floral lift with wood spice, tobacco and faint menthol. At 9 years old it still tastes youthful but the tannin is softening with a balanced finish of decent length.
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Red
2/10/2019 - BPej Likes this wine:
94 points
Cloudy to look at. Great florals, rose water, red frogs and raspberry. There’s a kind of fruit sweetness but there is also a slight bitterness that counters and balances it. Fennel and spice. Bright and youthful but also has fine sandy tannin giving some serious structure. This is what Aussie Grenache is all about.
Red
2/10/2019 - BPej Likes this wine:
93 points
Violet, liquorice, sour cherry and wild berries. Nice grippy tannin and bright cooling acidity. Textbook Nebbiolo done really well.
White
2/10/2019 - BPej Likes this wine:
93 points
White stone fruit, pear, almond and spicy oak. A little creamy but a good acid backing. Great length too.
Red
1/27/2019 - BPej Likes this wine:
95 points
Colour is losing its vibrancy and browning around the rim. Smells like tobacco, graphite, black currants, old leather and dried eucalyptus. Tannin is smooth and slightly powdery giving a soft but unmistakable grip. Great length. Acid maybe a little pokey but not enough to ruin the enjoyment. Tastes old world. Probably won’t gain much from further cellaring. But it’s beautiful now and I’d drink up over the next 5 years.
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White
1/16/2019 - BPej Likes this wine:
92 points
Vibrant lemon, lime and green apple. Super crisp and refreshing acidity. Good length. Good drinking on a hot evening.
Red
1/16/2019 - BPej Likes this wine:
90 points
This one was also a little flat. It’s had good flavour but just not the vibrancy and lift the first bottle had.
White
1/16/2019 - BPej Likes this wine:
93 points
It’s has power without being over the top. Creamy and nutty but with freshness. White stone fruit, grapefruit, green apple and some fennel. Long and flavoursome. Will really shine in a few more years.
White
1/13/2019 - BPej Likes this wine:
94 points
Maturity seems to have halted since the last bottle a couple of years ago. This one looks almost exactly like the last. Preserved lemon, wax, some toasty notes over pure lemon and lime. The acid has rounded out a little but there is still plenty there. There is a slight spritz when first opened but it disappears with air. I’d be confident with another 10 years on this but it’s already a beautiful wine.
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Red
1/13/2019 - BPej Likes this wine:
92 points
Dark fruit. Plum, blackberry, some cacao, red and black liquorice. Tannin a little bit softer for a Wendouree but still enough of it there. More of a rounded mouthfeel. Give it air and red meat.
White
1/13/2019 - BPej Likes this wine:
94 points
A blend of Semillon, Muscat and Riesling and spends a few days on skins. On lees for a year and then just juice for a year. Marmalade, ginger, preserved lemon and almond. A saline, dry white sherry like quality. A bit chalky in texture. Great intensity and length. Cracking wine.
Red
12/27/2018 - BPej Likes this wine:
93 points
A very good representative of the vintage. Fruit at perfect ripeness and sitting just above medium bodied. Plum, mulberry, blackberry, black pepper and dried herbs. A touch of that clay pot thing going on. A kind of cranberry like acidity. Silky tannin and a nice long finish.
Red
12/23/2018 - BPej Likes this wine:
93 points
Pretty serious Grenache here. Strawberry and blackberry with red and black liquorice. It’s a little peppery and a little meaty. Nice aromatics. Good intensity and tannin structure. It’s enjoyable now but do yourself and the wine a favour and let it settle for a couple of years.
Red
2017 Ruggabellus Fluus Barossa Valley Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
12/23/2018 - BPej Likes this wine:
91 points
Southern Rhone type blend. Cherry, red apple and plum. Some spice in there too. Only medium bodied with great freshness and drinkability.
Red
12/23/2018 - BPej Likes this wine:
93 points
From the Broke subregion of the Hunter Valley. Smells pretty with plums and potpourri. A mix of plum, mulberry and spice. Not as earthy as the Shiraz around Pokolbin but fresh, medium bodied and great fruit.
White
12/3/2018 - BPej Likes this wine:
92 points
Fuller style with generous oak but it doesn’t feel over the top. It’s creamy and nutty with white stone fruit and grapefruit. Refreshing acidity and good length.
Red
11/26/2018 - BPej Likes this wine:
92 points
It’s a pretty thing with lovely florals and subtle red fruit on the nose. Just enough structure to be taken seriously but also so approachable. Can’t go wrong for your money here.
Red
2010 The Colonial Estate In Exile Barossa Valley Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
11/26/2018 - BPej Likes this wine:
87 points
Big dark fruit. Plum, blackberry and black currant. Creamy chocolate and licorice. Fully bodied and high alcohol. I wouldn’t say it was hot but it was a bit prickly. It was definitely noticeable. A little bit too plush for me too with very little tannin structure and low acid. Started to fall apart on day two getting jammy with flavours of prunes and dates. Not bad if you like this style but knock it over in one hit as it definitely deteriorated overnight.
Red
11/18/2018 - BPej Likes this wine:
93 points
Fragrant with cherry, twigs, smoke, plum and dried flowers. Lively on the palate with juicy fruit and a great acid spine. Barely there tannin but they do there job. Pleasure to drink.
Red
11/18/2018 - BPej Likes this wine:
92 points
Blackberry and mulberry, wet soil, liquorice. Medium to full bodied. Alcohol is listed as 14.5% but I have a feeling it’s actually a bit higher. No heat but a bit of a tang that ends up folding into the wine if you give it some time. Lovely wine if you are patient.
Red
11/18/2018 - BPej Likes this wine:
92 points
Similar flavour profile to the last bottle but this one seemed to have more tannin structure and not feel as rounded. I was going to drink these relatively early but this bottle has made me rethink that decision.
White
10/31/2018 - BPej Likes this wine:
91 points
There is good fruit here with grapefruit and white peach. It’s nutty and creamy but without being over done. It’s a good balance between freshness and creamy sitting right in the middle of the two styles.
Red
10/17/2018 - BPej Likes this wine:
93 points
Dark purple, almost black in colour but surprisingly mid weight. Black cherries, blackberries and cola nuts. Bramble, earth and spice. There is a hint of some brighter red fruits too. Velvety tannins and just enough acidity. No overt oak which tends to be a common thing in Rioja. It’s very good.
Red
2008 Blue Poles Allouran Margaret River Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/14/2018 - BPej Likes this wine:
93 points
This was better than the last bottle. Fresher fruit giving it more life and feeling a bit more youthful. Plums, blackberries, mocha and herbs. The signature gravelly tannins are still there. From the first bottle I thought it was on the downhill but this one would suggest it’s still going up.
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