Tasting Notes for benjaminpaul

(433 notes on 375 wines)

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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!
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.
White
7/15/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
No surprise, this was way past it.
White
7/12/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
90 points
Clean gold. Tutti Frutti, citrus candy, overripe apricots. Clear stonefruits, Malibu, zesty lime finish, steely. Impressive.
White - Sparkling
7/13/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
89 points
Full of bubbles, clear gold. Boysenberry, vanilla, oxidised, custard, some fresh blackberry. Yummy, aged, good stuff.
Red
7/12/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
87 points
Bright ruby. Strawberries, cherry, baking spice. A confectionaires' version of a Pinot. Totally drinkable, yum.
Red
7/10/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
87 points
Earthy, very cool. Dark plums, eucalyptus. A bit thin in the middle, medium finish. Fair.

A bit of bottle variation here, this was thinner and less complex than the previous one.
White
7/10/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
91 points
Golden. Ripe stonefruits, apricot, peach, vanilla, butterscotch. Nice age, strong acidic backbone, medium long finish. Great stuff.
Red
6/29/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
88 points
Cool, earthy, plums. Concentrated, confectionary like. Enjoyable but a little cool, medium, one dimensional length. Nice.
White
6/6/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
91 points
Nose of faint elderflower, ripe peach, rich honeysuckle, squeezed ripe nectarine, some granny smith apple, feijoa candy, mango skin, lychee and gooseberry. Palate is subtle, butter first, fruit second. Introducing lemon, pineapple, apricot and some sweet sultana, snow pea, basil with a nutty finish.

This is beautifully made and textural especially with presenting the butter first, usually the last on most wines. An incredible example of Marlborough Chardonnay. Safe to hang on to for another 3-4 years.
Red
6/1/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
89 points
Dark red, some clearing. Dark earthy nose of plum, coffee, dark chocolate, powdery tannins. Palate similar and rich of black currant, raspberry, some raspberry jam. Very good showing, rich and delicious. Don't decanter, this is a PnP wine with one or two more years left.
Red
2010 Geoff Merrill Cabernet-Shiraz Fleurieu Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
5/31/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
87 points
Slight clearing on the edges. Dark ruby. Nose of overripe cherry, eucalyptus, berry hard candy, cherry liqueur. Palate of barnyard, sweet ripe cherry, coffee bean and cherry cola. It has an elegance, smooth but it is a little over the hill in terms of complexity and impact.
Red
5/28/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
90 points
Nose of earth, eucalyptus, coffee bean, juniper berry, perfumed plum, raspberry, cherry and sweet pea. Palate sweet and rich of dark fruits, black cherry and sweet strawberry on the finish.

It opened up quickly so I don't think requires a decanter, pop'n'pour. Few years left in this delicious wine that gives good QPR.
White
5/25/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
89 points
Golden in colour. Nose of marmalade, stewed oranges, old apricots, perfumed elements of musk, old flowers, liquorice. Palate of banana, overripe lychee, custard, soft caramel, overripe pineapple, grappa, and biscuits. This is really odd, but smooth and delicious. It plays like an aperitif more than anything and its age is just right.

Day 2 this was thin and lacking fruit.
Red
5/19/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
Dark red with a purplish hue, decanted for an hour and poured from decanter through evening. Nose of blueberry pie, eucalyptus, bay leaf, rosemary, burnt but sweet cherry. Palate rich, thick and strong. Blood, heavy syrupy blackberry, reduced plum sauce and raspberry. It's heavy. Needs five years at least to let the fruits mellow out and ripen.

87+, this will have a higher score in future, but right now it wasn't that approachable.
Red
5/3/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
No notes, but this was great and a shame that Spy Valley has removed their Malbec vines.
White
5/12/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
87 points
Golden yellow. Not a heap happening on the nose, faint peach, apricot. Palate elegant and soft of tropical fruits in pineapple, mango, rock melon and stone fruits of peach and apricot and some fresh minerality. Finish is long and oaky, ending creamy and freshly buttery.
White
5/5/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
86 points
Golden straw. Old, metallic nose with faint apricot, oranges, pineapple, elderflower and peach - bready notes similar to champagne The palate is similar with stronger tropical fruits and citrus in pineapple, orange and mango. The finish is long with a marmalade tartness.

Drink now to enjoy what fruitiness this has left, there's a metallic, aged quality that is not so pleasant.
Red
4/27/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
89 points
Earthy and dark, dark plums, chocolate, coffee bean, menthol, dark berries and cassis. Palate long, smooth and inviting. Peaking now but comfortably years ahead for this, I wouldn't touch for another three to four.
Red
4/24/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
86 points
Plums, cherry and blueberry, some faint coffee notes. Palate similar but slightly thinner with a velvet texture and no tannins what so ever. Totally smooth, but really at drinking level now as the palate is a bit thin.
Red
4/23/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
flawed
Ribena and port. No structure. Flawed.
Red
4/19/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
84 points
Another destroyed cork, dry. Strained twice, lots of sediment. Served from a decanter. Once raisin funk blew off this opened to clear cherry, aniseed, old menthol, bookcase, old piano, strawberry and vanilla ice cream and kiwifruit pip. Palate is slightly reduced and short, of coffee bean, overripe and old blackcurrant and powdery plum. This is old, but still holding itself as the wine it was expected to be when young - which in itself is impressive. At $9? Great QPR and experience.
White
4/20/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
88 points
Golden. Nose of pineapple, caramel, overripe peach, mandarin liquor, orange and lemon concentrate, coconut. Palate similar, enticing and rich. Long and delicious. Yum. Drink now.
White
4/11/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
87 points
Golden brown. Cork broke in half in opening, strained the rest. Nose of thin grappa, old can of peaches, tiramisu lady fingers, old piano, vanilla, ripe orange zest, raisin box, overly fruited Christmas Cake, old floury apple, caramel, self saucing pudding and mandarin. Palate is rich and luscious of stewed peaches, Cointreau, concentrated apple, orange and pear juice, lime zest, fruit jube, Feijoa and almond, honey, oak.

Yes, it's at least 10 years past its prime but it's incredible how this opened up after an hour and really maintained its fruit. It changed from thin and grappa like at the start to full, expressive and fruity at the end. An amazing transformation.Wow, twenty year old Reisling from Marlborough really showing its stuff.
White
4/3/2019 - benjaminpaul wrote:
92 points
Same as last note, very, very good and holding up in cellar. An excellent example of Auckland chardonnay.
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