Tasting Notes for benjaminpaul

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Red
2010 Alpha Domus The Navigator Hawke's Bay Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/21/2020 - benjaminpaul wrote:
91 points
Strong earthy, graphite and dark plum a bit of violet and rosemary too. Meaty finish. Strong showing, rich, dark, nicely aged. Drink now but no immediate. If I had more I'd hold another year or so.
Red
1/13/2020 - benjaminpaul wrote:
92 points
I can see why this has a bit of a name. Boysenberry, vanilla, black pepper spice, eucalyptus and menthol, cedar. This is concentrated and rich yet bright and clear on the finish. An excellent wine and great value.
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White
1/7/2020 - benjaminpaul wrote:
87 points
A surprise found at a local wine shop. Plenty of overripe tropical fruits with some aged blueberry characteristics coming through. Smooth yet still vibrant.
Red
12/28/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
92 points
Big, bold, delicious. Well integrated but still punching nicely. Hold or drink now.
White
12/28/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
Similar to last note, delicious! Drink within the next few years. Not a long term keeper.
Red
12/25/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
92 points
Dark fruits, plenty of pepper, smooth, delicious. Tight, limited sign of age. Keep for a few more years if you have a few bottles to experiment with.
White
12/25/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
91 points
Bright lemon (with pith and zest), nuttiness and salinity. Everyone loved this and it went quickly.
White
12/25/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
89 points
From magnum. Plenty of stonefruit and a touch of pineapple. Delicious, long and generous. No rush if you have some.
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White
12/24/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
90 points
Overripe citrus (grapefruit, lemon, orange) and a silky nuttiness, impressive and no rush to drink.
Red
12/24/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
88 points
Vanilla, some smoke, lifted and sweet dark berries. Lacked a bit of concentration but smooth and enjoyable. Tannins still present, hang on for another few years or drink now.
Red
12/12/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
90 points
Slight clearing on edges. Nose of raspberry, boysenberry, stewed rhubarb, coffee, slightly caramelised. Plenty of acidity and structure still left, very good.
White
12/12/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
89 points
Confectionery peach and nectarines, kerosene, lime zest, granny smith. Delicious and tight, dry. Time left on this.
Red
12/5/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
90 points
Black tea, black forest chocolate, rum raisin, Christmas cake, inky dark fruits. Wow, powerhouse and only gonna get better.
White - Sparkling
11/16/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
90 points
Tasted alongside Mumm NV, this is a real cut above. This is damn fine stuff for the price. Bit of bread, nectarine and citrus in lemon. Fine bead.
Red
11/14/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
90 points
Bright and juicy boysenberry, eucalyptus, ground coffee - young and excellent. Hold.
White
11/14/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
90 points
Slightly oxidised, sherry like but still plenty of acidity bouncing around here. Rich, vibrant, ripe pear, peach syrup. Very good but not a long termer.
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Red
2009 Robertson of Clare Max V Clare Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/1/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
94 points
Nose average, barnyardy. Palate insane of rich red fruits (plum, cranberry), mint, liquorice, eucalyptus, brisket and full on tannin. This is rich and brooding but young and vibrant. Drunk young. Hold at least 5 years. Stunning.

I left a bit in the bottle and tasted on day 2 and day 4. Day 2 was sweeter, day 4 was porty - but still held much of its structure. Hang on to this.
Red
11/1/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
91 points
Tight n tannic. Full of dark fruits and strength. Hang on if you can otherwise a perfect time for a bottle to be opened. Wow.
Red
10/30/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
93 points
Fully ripe cherry, raspberry liquorice, roast lamb, herbs, blackcurrant lolly, rubber and creme de cassis, some olive brine. Long length, generous. The best wine I've had in a long time an excellent expression of 2013, NZ's best vintage? Drinking well now, could go a few more years.
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Red
10/27/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
89 points
Ripe red and dark fruits, long finish. Not a heap going on - elegant. Not a food wine.
Red
10/27/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
88 points
Dark fruits, plenty of that Hawke's Bay pepper, baking spice. A little lacking in complexity. Yeah, easy.
Red
10/24/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
88 points
Great stuff for the price. Good balance of bright red and earthy dark fruits. Excellent @ $14.
White
10/12/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
89 points
Fresh, zesty with a nice sweetness - fairly predictable. This will be nice in a year or two - it has the potential.
Red
10/4/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
91 points
Dark fruits, raspberry jam, raisin, eucalyptus, liquorice, woody and spicy, vanilla. Great value, good stuff.
White
9/28/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
87 points
Sulphur, light stone fruits and citrus, mineral. Warmed by the oak with light nuttiness and burnt orange. Maybe a little too 'barebone'.
White
9/28/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
91 points
Peach, citrus (mostly lemon/lime), mineral, saline (Tequila), slightly oxidised but still strong acidity. Exceptional. Drinking well now and no sign of decline.

Day 3: a little more sweet with quince notes. Further indication of cellar time ahead.
Red
9/25/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
88 points
Balsamic and burnt cherry, ham glaze, charcuterie, juicy red fruits tending dark on finish - smooth, yummy. This is very good.
White
9/24/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
93 points
Villa Maria Chardonnay releases w/ Kathrin Jankowiec (Villia Maria Auckland): Straw, flint, lime, elegant and lifted stone fruits, lychee and a touch of baking spice. Incredible length, powerful. Best wine of the flight, but needs to be put away!
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White
9/24/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
92 points
Villa Maria Chardonnay releases w/ Kathrin Jankowiec (Villia Maria Auckland): Mineral and chalky, lychee, lemon and lime zest, clear mandarin. Always brilliant and unique. Most enjoyable wine of the flight.
White
9/24/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
89 points
Villa Maria Chardonnay releases w/ Kathrin Jankowiec (Villia Maria Auckland): Pear, sweet lychee, ripe peach, green apple. Rich and vibrant but a little hollow in the middle. Needs time.
White
9/24/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
91 points
Villa Maria Chardonnay releases w/ Kathrin Jankowiec (Villia Maria Auckland): Overripe white nectarine, peach, figs, creme brulee, clear and ripe citrus, pineapple. Exceptional.
White
9/24/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
85 points
Villa Maria Chardonnay releases w/ Kathrin Jankowiec (Villia Maria Auckland): Overripe stone fruit, toasty, nutty. Straining to be elegant, comes across as a little pretentious. Not my style.
White
9/24/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
87 points
Villa Maria Chardonnay releases w/ Kathrin Jankowiec (Villia Maria Auckland): Peach, nectarine, nutty, flinty, vanilla. Lots of acidity and a bit harsh now. Will be very good in time.
White
9/24/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
89 points
Villa Maria Chardonnay releases w/ Kathrin Jankowiec (Villia Maria Auckland): Apricot, overripe peach, honey. Dessert like. Yum.

Much more ripe and sweeter than previous vintages as 2018 was warm. Will be a great 'drink now' Chardonnay on full release.
White
9/24/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
86 points
Villa Maria Chardonnay releases w/ Kathrin Jankowiec (Villia Maria Auckland): Peach, melon, toasty note, struck match, citrus candy. Nice, but a bit blah.
Red
2017 Castellare di Castellina Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
9/4/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
89 points
Cherries, caramel, chocolate, baileys. A really different and smooth, sweet and dark wine. Stunning.
Red
8/21/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
87 points
Ripe cherry, raspberry. Very light, medium. Good.
White
8/15/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
87 points
Golden. Ripe peach and yellow nectarine, elderflower. Nice, but a bit too ripe.
Red
8/12/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
91 points
Elevated burnt cherry, strawberry, raspberry, savoury leaning with earthy notes. Wow. Refreshed my Pinot enjoyment!
Red
8/10/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
87 points
Dark berries, brown sugar, ripe cherry, cassis, creme de menthe. Brooding, good.
White - Sparkling
2012 Daniel Le Brun Blanc de Blancs Marlborough Chardonnay Blend, Chardonnay (view label images)
8/8/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
90 points
Apple pie, brioche, peach, nectarine, brilliant ripe lemon. Excellent.
White
8/6/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
91 points
Gooseberry, lychee and lemon with that vanilla blueberry creaminess. Very elegant.
Red
7/29/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
89 points
Olive brine and balsamic, green pepper, sweetened by the viognier with cherry, raspberry, slight cranberry, vanilla. Nice.
Red
7/27/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
88 points
Day 2. Green pepper, steak, juniper, red and black berries, coffee bean. Juicy yet cool. Needs time.
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Red
7/27/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
92 points
Same as the last note, just more evolved into meatier, darker flavours. Bloody good.
White - Sweet/Dessert
7/23/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
91 points
Golden. Apricot, ripe nectarine, Christmas cake, brown sugar, caramel. Plenty of acidity to keep it vibrant. Brilliant.
White
7/21/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
Oxidised, sherry like. Not great!
Red
7/20/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
91 points
Dark ruby. Plenty of barnyard, stewed cherry, Hawke's Bay black pepper, dark cocoa, blackberry. Grippy. Stunning.
White - Sweet/Dessert
7/13/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
92 points
Incredible. Fresh yet sweet, perfect age on this.
White
7/13/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
90 points
Better than last bottle. Golden. Soapy nose, lemon, caramel, banana and peach. Delicious.
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