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Red
1/27/2023 - richard.presser Likes this wine:
91 points
DNP (Decant and Pour) Very slight sediment. Light colour bordering on pale.
Unexpressed on opening.
After an hour, fine, gentle strawberry aromas. Very delicate.
Flavour of strawberry and red cherry, fully ripe but just. Beautifully clean, ripe, delicate. Some briary and forest floor. Almost wispy but quite long. Quite ethereal and light weight but quite engaging. Gradually building in the glass. Dismiss at your loss.
I don’t see it on the level of the commentators but I’m glad I have several more to watch.
Red
1/26/2023 - richard.presser Likes this wine:
89 points
Minor fine deposit.
Medium purple.
Fine aromatic raspberry and cranberry aromas with some spice. Clear Vosne aromas.
Palate follows. Wonderful lifted fruit aromatics. To be enjoyed young. Just a sappy, ebullient Bourgogne from a great Vosne maker. A touch of roughness on the finish but hey!!! Class winemaking written all over it.
White
1/26/2023 - richard.presser Likes this wine:
91 points
Only very slight colour.
Fine lemon, lime, green apple aromas. Subdued but opening up over an hour.
Fine, restrained emerging citrus and green apple flavours. A baby. Clearly harvested early for acid and longevity. 12 alc. Halliday called it an adolescent. I will give it 10 years to grow up. It has the makings of a wonderful aged Hunter Semillon. Such wines are a truly unique Australian gem and I have been fortunate to drink a few.
White
1/24/2023 - richard.presser Likes this wine:
88 points
Brassy colour
Unmistakable Viognier aroma. Elegant and rich, not oily.
Palate follows. A good Aussie Viognier. Well made but lacks greatness.
Unlikely to improve but will hold together for several years. Drink now-26.
Red
1/24/2023 - richard.presser Likes this wine:
90 points
Slight sediment.
Light red.
Primarily strawberry with depth and complexing characters.
Palate follows. Quite some fruit sweetness. Medium length. Quite good complexity. A fine cool climate Grenache. Very well executed. Drink now and over maybe 3 years.
Day 2 is just as good, maybe a little more expressed. An uncomplicated joy.
Red
1/23/2023 - richard.presser Likes this wine:
87 points
Minor deposit. Purple (shocker…) Blend of Pinot and Gamay.
Sweet red to blue fruit nose.
Sweet entry, raspberry and blueberry flavours. Round middle palate. Good acid, some extractive roughness on the finish.
To be drunk young. No pretense to be otherwise.
Red
1/22/2023 - richard.presser Likes this wine:
90 points
Light colour. Violent decant for aeration.
Initially quite shut down on nose and palate. After an hour, showing spicey, briary raspberry nose. Palate follows, good length and ripeness, some hardness towards the finish. Needs time.
White
1/21/2023 - richard.presser Likes this wine:
90 points
Slight touch of colour.
Fine, mealy undeveloped Chardonnay.
Fine, youthful undeveloped. High acid. Well structured, med-light weight. Medium length.
Some suggest drinking from now. Not for me. Needs time to develop and for the acid to recede. Should drink very well in 5+ years.
Red
1/19/2023 - richard.presser Likes this wine:
90 points
Small deposit. Deep red.
Musty on opening, breathed off. No corkiness.
Ripe blackberry aromas complimented by French oak characters.
Rich, sweet blackberry flavours. A chunk of French oak. This is a big wine in the Heathcote style, showing the deft handling of Ben Riggs as winemaker. Not an elegant wine due to its scale, though it is balanced. Surprisingly balanced, given its 15.5 alcohol.
Beginning to drink and has many years ahead of it.
Red
1/18/2023 - richard.presser Likes this wine:
92 points
No deposit.
Medium red, purple edge.
Wonderful, pure fruit nose. Clean, fine, embracing.
Fine red/blue fruits, blueberry perhaps the closest, maybe mulberry. Full of energy and minerality. A wonderful, vital wine. Squeaky clean. A great example of Garnacha/Grenache.
Red
2019 Stéphane Ogier Syrah La Rosine Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes (view label images)
1/16/2023 - richard.presser Likes this wine:
92 points
I had decided based on prior vintages that this wine was the light weight in Ogier’s range, so I went light on it this year, despite some glowing comments. A mistake. It’s a ripper.
Medium sediment. Full to deep red.
Rich, ripe, sumptuous Shiraz nose, nicely balanced with acid and oak.
Firm, round black cherry flavours with the acid to hold it. Peppery inflected finish. Quite long. A definite step up from prior vintages.
As an Aussie, it has familiar fruit flavours and ripeness but the finesse and the acid transport you to Northern Rhone.
Red
1/15/2023 - richard.presser wrote:
flawed
Just as musty as the last bottle. Terrible.
The last bottle will go to cooking wine.
White
1/14/2023 - richard.presser Likes this wine:
86 points
Complex slightly sweet nose.
An aromatic blend helped along with a trace of residual sweetness. Makes no claim to greatness but a pleasant, well made quaffer.
Red
1/14/2023 - richard.presser Likes this wine:
93 points
Some quantity of sediment. Hard to decant with the strongly coloured glass.
Deep red, right to the edge.
Spicy aged shiraz. Shows its French oak component. Showing some aged complexity but still very youthful at nearly 11 years.
Palate: Rich McLaren Vale Shiraz but with an elegance so often missing from there. Wonderful balance. Entering its drinking window. The French oak, so often missing in Aussie Shiraz, contributes enormously to its elegance and balance.
In general I avoid McLaren Vale but the likes of Ben Riggs give me hope for the region.
2012 was a vintage for the ages across South Australia especially, and Victoria.
Red
1/13/2023 - richard.presser Likes this wine:
91 points
Poor cork. Medium quantity of fine sediment.
Some wonderful pinot complex aromatics. Burgundian characters. Chambolle bordering on Vosne.
Villages quality. Lovely structure. A very good Aussie Pinot. Leave 5 years.
White
1/13/2023 - richard.presser Likes this wine:
89 points
Spicy leesy nose.
Wonderful richness reinforced by bottle age. Not a great wine but certainly genuine, well made and drinking nicely.
White
Fine, tight, beautifully structured. Great fruit/oak complexity.
Rich, complex, very young. Dave Bignell reportedly says 15-20 years for it.
Red
1/12/2023 - richard.presser wrote:
86 points
I should read my prior notes… same muddy sediment though I handled it better this time.
Med-deep red.
Ripe Barossa Shiraz. A clean and well enough made wine. But nothing about it excites. I don’t buy and drink wine for this level of experience.
Red
1/11/2023 - richard.presser wrote:
86 points
Slight sediment.
Light red.
Little nose. Slight strawberry and mild acid.
Light weight. Clearly pinot but little else to say. Underwhelming. Will hold like this for several years but why bother?
Drink up.
Other reviewers have been much more positive. Perhaps it’s the bottle.
Looked a little better after 8 hours but only marginally.
Red
1/10/2023 - richard.presser Likes this wine:
89 points
Deep red colour.
Bought at a restaurant 4 days ago. Have been sampling it since.
Ripe blackberry fruit nose. Standing up very well after 4 days. Fairly reserved on first opening.
Rich, black cherry/blackberry fruit. Quite ripe. 2019 was a hot year for them and this shows it. Holding the ripeness well. Nice balance.
Red
1/8/2023 - richard.presser Likes this wine:
90 points
Good weight. Lighter than the Grampians Black Label but still very well made.
Red
1/8/2023 - richard.presser Likes this wine:
92 points
Intense, ripe GW fruit. Simon picks late and uses natural winemaking except for his yeast. Great power and richness for GW. Interesting to see how it ages.
Red
1/8/2023 - richard.presser Likes this wine:
91 points
Clean, well made, flavoursome GW shiraz. Should age well.
Red
1/8/2023 - richard.presser Likes this wine:
90 points
A richer, fuller flavoured style than most GW shiraz. I will watch it with interest.
White
1/8/2023 - richard.presser Likes this wine:
91 points
Beginning to develop aged flavours of lime and lemon. Still good acid. Would have been undrinkable when young.
Red
1/8/2023 - richard.presser Likes this wine:
91 points
Full flavoured GW Shiraz. Lovely balance and length. Needs a decade.
Red
1/8/2023 - richard.presser Likes this wine:
91 points
This block faces east, which means it works better in a hot year like 2019. Lovely GW fruit, good balance. Neds time.
White
1/8/2023 - richard.presser Likes this wine:
91 points
The fine lemon/lime flavours Drumborg can show, with good but not overpowering acid. Surprisingly approachable now. Try in 5 years, not 10.
Red
1/8/2023 - richard.presser Likes this wine:
91 points
Shows the roundness and sweetness with the typical flavour structure of this wine. One of my favourite Aussie reds. Perhaps a little lighter than some vintages, but these show balance from the get go and can keep driving for 30 years, maybe a little less with this one.
Red
1/7/2023 - richard.presser Likes this wine:
92 points
The standard 2019 won lots of gongs and is sold out. The Block 3 is their "Reserve" and built for ageing.
Intense dark fruit, supported by well integrated oak. Needs time but will reward the cellar time.
White
1/7/2023 - richard.presser Likes this wine:
90 points
A good example of Aussie cool climate Viognier. Drinkable now but better with a little time.
Red
1/7/2023 - richard.presser Likes this wine:
91 points
Made by Adam Louder. Lovely Grampians Shiraz.
Red
1/7/2023 - richard.presser Likes this wine:
92 points
A well structured, cool climate Aussie shiraz. Good weight and finesse. Needs a chunk of time. Begin to drink from 2030.
Red
1/7/2023 - richard.presser Likes this wine:
90 points
A good cool climate Aussie shiraz. Needs time.
Red
1/6/2023 - richard.presser Likes this wine:
90 points
Half bottle. Slight sediment.
Good colour for Pinot.
Lovely red fruits with a briary overlay.
Lovely ripe red fruits, held by good acid. Tannins are fine and restrained. Good intensity for a Villages. Burghound says it has PC fruit in it. That fits.
A lovely drink. The half is drinking well now. I would leave the bottle at least 3 more years.
Red
1/5/2023 - richard.presser wrote:
flawed
Slight deposit on decanting.
Lost its youthful fruit on the nose, palate showing some VA characters. Much better 3 1/2 years ago.
Let’s see how the last one is.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2011 Château Suduiraut Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
1/4/2023 - richard.presser Likes this wine:
94 points
From half. Recently shipped.
Dark orange colour, almost burnt orange.
Rich orange marmalade with wonderful fresh acid.
Amazingly complex orange marmalade and related flavours. Quite intense yet light on its feet. Excellent acid holding but not dominating. Great length. Drinking well and will do so for maybe 20 years. And this from the half…
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Red
1/4/2023 - richard.presser Likes this wine:
89 points
No deposit.
Raspberry fruit with strength from the VV.
Palate follows. Good acid. Drinkable now but better with more time.
Red
1/3/2023 - richard.presser Likes this wine:
92 points
Medium granular sediment.
Deep red.
Complex, leathery, olive, mushroom.
Rich, ripe, leathery yet elegant, complex, balanced, long. Has Kinzbrunner’s fingerprints all over it.
Beautiful balance. Mature but will live for many years.
Wonderful Shiraz.
White
1/2/2023 - richard.presser Likes this wine:
92 points
Golden.
Some S initially, breathed off. Fine lime aromas. Just beginning to develop.
Ditto palate. Some S initially. Still quite restrained with the just emerging lime developed characters. Well held by the acid. Perhaps another 10 years to be fully expressed. Try in 5. A wonderful example of Aussie Riesling.
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White - Sparkling
1/1/2023 - richard.presser Likes this wine:
92 points
Quite developed colour for a recently disgorged champers.
The richness goes with the colour. One for those, like me, who like their champagne to have yeast/fruit richness.
A wonderful way to see in the New Year.
Jan 2 2023 Retasted with a little more sobriety.
Straw colour.
A lovely yeasty nose.
Wonderfully rich. Not just Pinot richness. Rich with fineness. Better in 3+ years.
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Red
1/1/2023 - richard.presser Likes this wine:
89 points
Still undeveloped. Time will have it show better. A very good Bourg.
White
1/1/2023 - richard.presser Likes this wine:
93 points
Light golden.
Wonderful, rich chardy nose.
The palate is simply spectacular for an Aussie Chardonnay. I may put a bottle beside a good PC Meursault. It has that type of richness these get with age and the right quality.
Intriguingly, the gin gin or hen and chicken clone is thought by some to have its origins in Meursault.
I understand it came to WA via California. The only VIC planting I know of.
White
1/1/2023 - richard.presser wrote:
88 points
For the price and the hype, I found it underwhelming.
Next day. A similar view. I let it warm to room temperature and it shows a little more flavour but…
Acid is still quite high. I will leave the other bottle for maybe 5 years.
White - Sparkling
1/1/2023 - richard.presser Likes this wine:
90 points
Losing its CO2 pressure.
Flavour less than I expect but still a good drink.
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Red
12/28/2022 - richard.presser Likes this wine:
87 points
This bottle showed better than the last ones. Still better drunk younger.
Heavy fine deposit.
Deep red.
14.8 alc
Rich, ripe, inky, trace of iodine.
Ditto palate. Very ripe. A trace short. Surprising acid, which has held it. Drink up.
White
12/27/2022 - richard.presser Likes this wine:
92 points
Pale gold. Not overly developed.
Beautifully sweet fruit aromas, reflecting, IMO, the gin gin clone and Kinzbrunner winemaking. And 10 years of age. Not a sign of decay.
Palate reflects the nose though with greater richness. Wonderful structure and balance. Good length. Lemony acid that will hold things in place for years to come.
Lacks the power of a Giaconda Chardonnay but it’s wonderful nonetheless. An unexpected surprise from the Yarra Valley.
Red
12/25/2022 - richard.presser Likes this wine:
92 points
Minor sediment on decanting.
Medium red.
Mixture of spice and lifted sweetish red fruits.
Classic CDP structure. Good strength of red berry flavours . Better fruit strength than most CDP. Fruit sweetness on the nose flows through to the palate. Good length. A good wine. I look forward to trying the VV down the track. This is beginning to drink and will do for maybe 7-10 years.
White - Sparkling
12/24/2022 - richard.presser Likes this wine:
93 points
This, for me, is what champagne is all about. I love the richness of Pinot Noir, held with the tension and lifted lightness of chardonnay, made from Grand Cru vineyards. This hits all the buttons. It also has low dosage. Whilst showing richness now, it is taught with an almost iodine streak, telling me 5 years will transform it and it might even need 10 to really begin to sing. The 2 in my cellar are about to get some friends, if I can find them.
White - Sparkling
12/24/2022 - richard.presser Likes this wine:
90 points
Pleasant mid-weight. For me, a quaffing champers. A good demi to have around when the occasion doesn’t draw me to open a Krug demi. Fills the slot.
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