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White
2009 James Estate Sémillon Reserve Hunter Valley
6/22/2019 - chatters wrote:
Hunter whistlestop 2019 #3 (Hunter Valley): Honey, butter, toast, a little green apple. Juicy acid, more grassy in the palate finishes a little creamy. Simple but a good 'cheap' aged Hunter Semillon.
  • Bsmith457 commented:

    7/6/19, 4:49 AM - I find 2009 to be the best current vintage for Hunter Semillon. I am on the search for more 2009 wines, James Estate is one of the few wineries still selling it. It is just at that tipping point for Semillons that I like. Still fresh and fruity but that tinge of honey and butter.

  • Bsmith457 commented:

    7/8/19, 2:01 AM - Thanks for the heads up.

Red
2015 Andrew Thomas Wines Shiraz Elenay Barrel Selection Hunter Valley
7/5/2019 - graemeg wrote:
{screwcap, 13.8%} I wondered about making this semi-prestige label in such a rotten vintage, but here it is. The nose does have a faintly bilgey quality; rotting fruit, soft blackberries and plums. Not hugely intense aromas on opening. The palate has strong spicy flavours, but despite an initial richness they’re rather hollow. Gentle dusty tannins, rustic, stewed black flavours, low/medium acid. No more than medium weight. A chewy astringent finish, but not derived from oak, yet still on the short side. Best over the next 3 years I reckon. Something of a vintage victim, but not a total disaster.
  • Bsmith457 commented:

    7/6/19, 4:54 AM - I was a member of Thomas Wines for 18 months or so and mainly received the 15 and some 16 vintage. It was an unfortunate experience, I found the red wines to be quite average in general. I should have been more forgiving of the vintage.

Red
2014 Ivanhoe Shiraz Hunter Valley
2/3/2019 - thebatcavewines Likes this wine:
94 points
Consistent with my previous notes
  • Bsmith457 commented:

    6/28/19, 3:48 AM - I just tasted a bottle, it has been a few years but it is continually improving. I missed 2017 when you gave it high scores but I see it further improving in the next 5 years.

Red
2018 Tyrrell's Vat 8 Hunter Valley Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend
5/31/2019 - graemeg wrote:
Hunter Valley - 3 Cellar Doors (Hunter Valley): {screwcap, A$50} It might only have 10% cabernet, but my goodness, its presence is easily noted. Mint touch, blue fruit. A malty blue/black touch on the palate too. Very lean and pointed cabernet influence after the savoury shiraz majority. Even palate, medium/full body, medium dusty tannins, but not overtly oaky, despite the only red in the portfolio that sees barrique maturation (but just six months’ worth). Actually it’s not bad value, considering the quality of the fruit, but it’s still a bit young to drink. Give it 3 years, then drink it over the next twenty!
  • Bsmith457 commented:

    6/17/19, 1:29 PM - In the recent members tasting in the hunter I found the Vat 8 to be the best value for money, picked up a couple of extra bottles. I am finding the range in general is starting to get out of my price range though.

Red
2016 Ravensworth Murrumbateman Shiraz/Viognier Canberra District Shiraz Blend, Syrah
6/12/2019 - Wozza Likes this wine:
96 points
Exotic, delicate, floral decadence. This best sums up this co-fremented Shiraz Viognier from the cool climes of @murrumbateman (in the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales, Australia). The nose transcends the hum drum of #australianredwine and that of the @Côte-Rôtie (the latter of which inspired the Martin family to make this superlative estate grown wine).
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A fiesta of pomegranate, plum, red berry, turkish delight, chicken biryani, dried herbs and incense smoke seduce first. Before a silken, beautifully poised palate soars, long, refined, but teaming with bright red fruits and a touch of rounded, creamy oak. Just stunning. At $42, it's a veritable bargain. Drink 2018-2026. A Wozza 96.5/100 from me.
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And from @bjmart8 own inspiring words: "Just leave it alone, things will work out’, much like our wine making philosophy, or lack thereof. More forestry than farming we encourage a great biodiversity of life in and on the earth. We don’t use chemicals, heavy farm equipment or cow horn’s full of rotted cow dung (Sorry BD folks, love your work but just don’t get this). We coax our earth to life with our own biochar, opening the soil with a yeoman’s plow and harrowing the crops rather than mowing. Basically getting the land back to what it was like before white people came and fucked it up. A broad range of cover crops are in use like clovers and maku for nitrogen, chicory for silca and aeration, its basically a large vegetable patch if you like. Sure it’s wild and won’t be used anytime soon in a glossy magazine, but it looks right to all of us living in it."
  • Bsmith457 commented:

    6/16/19, 1:18 AM - I can tell you really liked this wine. I only have a couple of bottles, so I will look forward to tasting this in a year or so.

Red
2016 Yangarra Estate Shiraz McLaren Vale
6/9/2019 - Avid Wino wrote:
92 points
Raspberry compote, plum, dark Milka chocolate (yes I know there’s no such thing), Akta Vite, bitumen minerality. polished wood. Grainy yet pillowy tannin. Balance and length excellent. So good now, 3 hours open, and improving with air. So seductive, I was 92 on this most of the evening but tempted to go higher.
  • Bsmith457 commented:

    6/10/19, 12:10 AM - I’m looking forward to it. Sounds good.

Red
2012 Wynns Coonawarra Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Black Label
6/5/2019 - Screwcaps Likes this wine:
94 points
Checking in on this wine to see if it’s budged yet. Not much, but a little.

Colour is starting to come in from the rim, but it’s deep purple red core stares you down in defiance.

Black olive, blue and red fruits, a touch of oak flutters in the background and cooling mint and green herbs round out the nose.

Dusty tannins and creamy oak find early momentum on entry, where the Coonawarra rich red currant remind you of home. There’s that touch of tomato bush that you see in wines going back to 91 Centennary which tells you which part of the terra rossa you are playing in. A Wynns signature.

Black olive and blackcurrant pull you through the mid palate where the wine feels little lighter and translucent but the meaty savoury grip of black olive tapenade and crunchy and perfectly ripe Cabernet skins keep it fresh and lets the wine ride above the emerging cedar, creamy oak bed, and fine savoury tannins like a figure skater.

A lovely wine, a slow moving one at that. Adolescence after 7 years in a $22 bought wine. A clear break in the bigger house style seen in the nineties and naughties.

The best value wine in Australia.
  • Bsmith457 commented:

    6/6/19, 1:29 PM - I worry now whether I will be senile before the more current vintages develop.

White
2013 James Estate Sémillon Reserve Hunter Valley
4/3/2018 - RieslingFanatic Likes this wine:
87 points
Decent enough Semillon. Lemon and lime nose with a little richness, and a palate with some weight and showing the same flavours before a riff of acidity to close. It lacks complexity and length but is a decent quaffer.
  • Bsmith457 commented:

    4/4/18, 3:23 AM - I think it would still be too early to expect much. Had good experiences with the 09 and 11 vintages. I would hand out a couple of years if you have any more.

  • Bsmith457 commented:

    5/24/19, 9:04 PM - Just opened a bottle. Still quite fresh, not yet maturing. Shows medium potential. Another few years if you are more after the honey butter flavour.

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2012 Penfolds Cabernet Sauvignon Bin 9 South Australia
5/7/2019 - Bakka Likes this wine:
91 points
It's official: Penfolds will not produce more Bin 9 following the 2015 vintage. Hence, the 2012 was the first of only 4 vintages of this entry level Cab "with ability to gain something extra with the passage of time", according to wine maker Peter Gago. It's a shame, considering the price hike for the top Cabs by Penfolds, that they stop producing this very decent entry level cab made for medium term cellaring at the enthusiast level. Anyway, nice forward fruit in the 2012 vintage, some green notes, tea and herbaceous tones, some fig. Medium to full body. Decent length and balance. Coming together nicely now. Just like Peter said it would..
  • Bsmith457 commented:

    5/11/19, 9:30 PM - I think I drank mine too early. I have one left, maybe give it a couple of years.

Red
2017 Tyrrell's Shiraz Vat 9 Hunter Valley
3/8/2019 - CamWheeler wrote:
92 points
Hunter Valley 2019 Trip; 3/8/2019-3/9/2019: Blackcurrant, red berries, cherry, slate and ash on the nose. Rich and ripe, with full fruit flavour and quite nice fine tannins to support. Excellent length and potential.
  • Bsmith457 commented:

    5/11/19, 9:25 PM - The best of the Tyrrells reds, excluding the scared sites. Also hasn’t increased in price as much as some of the other reds. Not sure if I want to continue being a member.

Red
2013 Tyrrell's Vat 8 Hunter Valley Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend
4/30/2019 - Jimmy_D wrote:
88 points
This started with bright purple fruits after a quick decant, but slowly faded after a few hours. I lost interest after the second glass. Maybe in an awkward phase? A bit ho hum at the moment.
  • Bsmith457 commented:

    5/3/19, 3:56 AM - I wasn’t grabbed by it. I can’t understand 94 by Winefront and 89 by Halliday. Looks like it can be quite devisive.

Red
2017 McWilliam's Mount Pleasant Wines Shiraz Old Paddock & Old Hill Pokolbin
3/2/2019 - chatters wrote:
Hunter Whistlestop 2019 #1 (Hunter Valley): Cream, vanilla, muted black plums and sweet spice, slight clay. Juicy, broad, plums, spice more savoury and peppery, tannins are slightly chalky and drying, structured, good, young. Not for me though.
  • Bsmith457 commented:

    4/16/19, 1:12 PM - I was very impressed when I tasted this at the winery a few months ago. My wife still talks about it. I keep trying to stop her opening a bottles.

Red
1998 Wynns Coonawarra Estate Shiraz Michael
4/12/2019 - rmarkey Likes this wine:
96 points
Excellent, absolutely superb wine.13.5% alc.
Colour: rich red berries, no signs of browning
Bouquet: spicy, red berries, raspberry, black pepper
Palate: as bouquet, rich spicy red berries, blackberries, with pepper, coffee and coconut American oak. Gorgeous, full bodied, but elegant.
March 2019
  • Bsmith457 commented:

    4/13/19, 5:46 AM - Sounds great. I have one bottle left, I now feel more confident opening it.

Red
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.
  • Bsmith457 commented:

    4/12/19, 2:53 AM - Sounds great, but now I don’t know when to drink it. Wine front gave it a drinking window until 34, which is the longest I have seen from them. I have 3 bottles so I will spread them over the next 10 years.

Red
2010 Majella Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra
4/8/2019 - Andrew67 Likes this wine:
90 points
Different from my last bottle, heading away negatively. It lacks balance now. The fruit is quite intense, but the wine lacks the overall balance I expect. It could come back together later. I have time, and a few bottle left.
  • Bsmith457 commented:

    4/12/19, 2:51 AM - JH gave it a very long drinking window. Based on your review I just brought mine forward to the next few years.

Red
2014 McWilliam's Mount Pleasant Wines Shiraz Rosehill Pokolbin
3/31/2019 - Avid Wino wrote:
Outstanding, from the instant the bottle is poured in to the decanter and the aroma bursts forth, to the finish on the final drop. As per my note from 2017. 95 again. Won't touch another one of these for a decade, as have only two left. Happily the Hunter and Mount Pleasant have had some more cracking vintages since 2014, so I can enjoy and stock up on some younger Rosehills.
  • Bsmith457 commented:

    3/31/19, 3:55 AM - I had a bottle last year and was still underdeveloped. I was talking to the cellar door manager at Mount Pleasant a few months ago and he suggested 10 years for the Rosehill, sounds about right. The 17 OPOH is fantastic.

Red
2011 Tyrrell's Shiraz Single Vineyard Stevens Hunter Valley
3/29/2019 - graemeg wrote:
{screwcap, 13%} Still a vivid crimson red. Slightly developing nose of brine, cherry, light plum, and a light savoury character. Can a red smell like watermelon? Palate is dry, light/medium-bodied, with sour cherry, salt and sand flavours. Fine, sandy, low/medium tannins, drying and seemingly grape-derived rather than wood; oak character is almost absent. Medium length finish, on the light side, drinkable enough but stil and age away from full maturity.
  • Bsmith457 commented:

    3/31/19, 3:50 AM - 8 years old and you make it sound like a baby.

White
2011 Tahbilk Marsanne Nagambie Lakes
3/4/2019 - Baylorwine wrote:
87 points
Expected more richness, but ended up more grassy. To be fair, I don’t know much about Australian marsannes so I don’t know if I had this too early or late.
  • Bsmith457 commented:

    3/5/19, 1:56 AM - Grassy definitely indicates too early. This was my first Marsanne and I'm still not sure what I thought about it. It was OK but I prefer Hunter Semillons.

Red
2012 Lindeman's Shiraz - Cabernet Limestone Ridge Vineyard Coonawarra Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend
2/22/2019 - cogo44 Likes this wine:
95 points
With decantering, the wine opened up beautifully offering black fruits and spicy undertones that are very appealing on the nose. The palate is well intergrated with a long palate profile with hints of mint and dark chocolate subtetly intertwined with the oak. 1991 Limestone was a favourite for both me and my good friend Alan Wattman who lived in the Hunter and had a prodigious cellar of classic wines. Five cases was just about enough for him. The 2012 version is a worthy part of the lineage and is consistently my favourite Coonawarra red wine.
  • Bsmith457 commented:

    2/26/19, 1:25 AM - Great tasting note. I look forward to opening a bottle in a year or so.

Red
2014 Teusner Shiraz Albert Barossa Valley
Kept this for five years under ideal cellaring conditions. It did not get better - if anything it deteriorated. Lesson from this - drink your Tuesners young.
  • Bsmith457 commented:

    2/5/19, 12:42 AM - Well that is disappointing.

Red
2012 Wynns Coonawarra Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Black Label
1/26/2019 - daegde Likes this wine:
89 points
Jammy cabernet maybe a little too much residual sugar. Chewy mouth feel, mellow tannins. Not built for the long haul. Screw top. Restaurant Cab $18/glass no one will complain. Drinks day 2 as same as day 1.
  • Bsmith457 commented:

    2/4/19, 1:45 AM - This is why I love BYO restaurants, $18 (USD I assume) is a bit less the double what I paid for the bottle, admitably on special. I haven't tasted this vintage yet but previous ones have shown a propensity to age well. Had an 09 a couple of months ago and it was great. The 12 had good reviews and I was hoping it had good ageing potential

Red
2012 Wynns Coonawarra Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Black Label
1/21/2019 - DanielJH wrote:
93 points
This is very shy at the moment and coiled up. All the elements are there, but it realistically needs 10 years to get to its drinking window. Screw cap sealed wines have changed the game for ageing; they take longer and hold on to primary elements much tighter. There’s cedar here, black and red fruits and some gum leaf, but they are waiting to burst into life. The alcohol is well in check and there’s a silky overlay to the texture. It’s on the way to becoming something very good in time. But it’s in transition phase right now. Drink from 2025 at the absolute earliest.
  • Bsmith457 commented:

    1/25/19, 11:43 PM - This is going to make it a long to time to enjoy a wine at its peak. Some of my wines may outlive me.

Red
2013 Seppelt Shiraz Chalambar Victoria
1/19/2019 - Moloko Likes this wine:
93 points
Balance, length, oak all bloody fantastic. Tracking very well and just starting in its drinking window. Love it.
  • Bsmith457 commented:

    1/19/19, 3:23 AM - A down to earth tasting note, love it.

Red
2012 St Hallett Shiraz Blackwell Barossa
1/18/2019 - ephorn Likes this wine:
93 points
Beautiful nose of fruit and floral even on day two. Very nice fruit density and continuity through mid palate into a long finish. Settled down on day two: more seamless and melded. Day one is slightly disjointed. Give it air and time to integrate.
  • Bsmith457 commented:

    1/19/19, 3:18 AM - A classic wine.

White
2010 Saddler's Creek Sémillon Classic Hunter Hunter Valley
1/1/2019 - WineSloth Likes this wine:
91 points
Many more years under its belt, great stuff.
  • Bsmith457 commented:

    1/4/19, 1:31 AM - I wasn't sure what to make of this when I had one recently, seemed to be more developed then the 09. Might have required some breathing or maybe the wrong temperature, I will try another one soon and see how it goes.

Red
2014 McWilliam's Mount Pleasant Wines Shiraz Rosehill Pokolbin
1/2/2019 - thebatcavewines Likes this wine:
95 points
Breathed for 2 hours. Such a good wine. So complex & well balanced already. If you have any of these hold on to some of them for at least 10-15 years.
  • Bsmith457 commented:

    1/4/19, 1:27 AM - It's a beautiful wine, I did find the 14 required a lot of breathing time. Probably another 5 years before it smooths out.

White
2011 Tahbilk Marsanne Nagambie Lakes
12/21/2018 - Mbad77 Does not like this wine:
85 points
Not a bad steely nose. Looks quite light and has a whiff of dry Riesling about it.
Then the taste. Not great. Lime, lemon and thinness.
No rich Rhine Marsanne here. Maybe should have given more time in glass but I can’t - life’s too short. Won’t be trying again.
  • Bsmith457 commented:

    12/23/18, 11:39 PM - Took me a few bottles to understand this wine. Requires the right temperature and some time to breathe. Not sure if it’s worth the trouble though.

Red
2015 Ivanhoe Shiraz Pressings Pokolbin
12/5/2018 - Bsmith457 wrote:
90 points
Quite dark colour, black red, minimal red hue. Light aroma of dried herbs, sweet plum. Plum, mulberry, cracked pepper, rosemary. Medium to light tannin, light acidity. Smooth and balanced but unremarkable. Probably the best that could be got from a bad vintage. Has improved from last year, may improve further in th next year or so. Not a long term proposition though.
  • Bsmith457 commented:

    12/8/18, 11:32 PM - Still have a few left. Most probably drink them over the next 2 years.

Red
2013 McWilliam's Mount Pleasant Wines Shiraz Rosehill Pokolbin
11/30/2018 - thebatcavewines Likes this wine:
95 points
Breathed for 1 hour. Earthy with soft spicy red fruits. Some black plums with a slight chocolate and African coffee note. Medium tannin's. Nicely balanced now with a beautiful creaminess to the finish. Overall a lovely wine.
  • Bsmith457 commented:

    12/1/18, 9:34 PM - Always a classic wine. Although the later vintages do require some more years before they are ready for drinking.

Red
2010 Majella Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra
11/27/2018 - Psdycp wrote:
87 points
Majella Cabernet mini vertical tastings
(3 of 4)

This is the third of the vertical tastings of Majella Cabernet for the following vintages: 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012.

This wine takes a long time to open up, at least 2 hours in the decanter for it to offer a glimpse. Compared to the 2008 and 2009 vintage, this is the tightest of nose and least fruity. Surrounding the usual core acidity are smoked cumin, tar, dried tobacco, leather and black fruits. The dry mineral elements are the highest compared to the previous two vintages. What you smell on the nose is what you get in the palate, which is lean and tight in the mid-palate. Some heat in the finish. There is also a perceived lack of balance and smoothness overall when compared to the 2008 and 2009 vintage. Many things are hidden behind the huge and closed structure for now. Only after 3 hours, the palate settled somewhat. But the wine remained tight. Leave it to age for another 5 years and it should eventually improve to a notch below the 2009 vintage if the fruit components hold up. 87-90pts.
  • Bsmith457 commented:

    11/29/18, 1:35 AM - Great note. Similar advice to the previous note by Mic Mac on this wine, looks like I should make sure I put the next bottle aside for a few years.

Red
2010 Majella Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra
11/18/2018 - F1NUT Likes this wine:
95 points
Undid the screwcap, double decanted 2 hrs before serving. Perfect condition, did not change a lot the whole time. There was only a little fine sediment in the bottle.

Nice looking dark maroon impenetrable colour shows concentration to the rim. Good bouquet of black fruits, hints of vanilla and spices in the background. Very inviting.

It has a strong cassis palate with very little evidence of Coonawarra eucalypt which means a wider audience will enjoy this. Very good fruit-based mid palate and excellent length with some cleansing acidity.

This wine is travelling beautifully however the fruit and tannin can still evolve a better balance and my feeling is the wine will benefit from more cellaring. Good for me I have several more bottles tucked away.
  • Bsmith457 commented:

    11/24/18, 1:40 AM - Great tasting note. I have one bottle left, I will give it a few years.

Red
2011 McWilliam's Mount Pleasant Wines Shiraz Rosehill Pokolbin
11/13/2018 - nulla Likes this wine:
92 points
I was not impressed with the previous bottles however this bottle is right in the zone. Must be a timing issue from release. Rosehill is usually a defining wine but I have previously had doubts about the 2011 vintage, however tonight it has finally hit its straps. Positively singing. Great flavors, excellent balance and scrumptious mouth feel. Regrettably this was my last bottle. Possibly 93.
  • Bsmith457 commented:

    11/14/18, 12:37 AM - The Rosehill does require some time to develop. The 14 vintage is still many years away. I was at cellar door a few weeks ago and they were saying that the Rosehill now needs 10 years before drinking. The Old Paddock Old Hill, on the other hand, already has the 17 vintage tasting fantastic.

Red
1998 Wynns Coonawarra Estate Shiraz Michael
11/1/2018 - DFBW wrote:
flawed
Early signs were OK - got that lovely Coonawarra nose but with that unsettling over-aged aroma lurking too. Thought it would blow off with a little air. It didn't sadly and the wine went downhill from there. Down the plughole after one glass. Not corked. Not sherry. Just too old and no fruit and a storage stewed fruit palate.There might be the odd lucky bottle out there but I doubt it.
  • Bsmith457 commented:

    11/10/18, 1:50 AM - I hope I'm the lucky bottle. I have moved the bottle to my drink now wine fridge.

Red
2014 Meerea Park Shiraz XYZ Hunter Valley
11/5/2018 - Bsmith457 wrote:
93 points
Black crimson colour. Light aroma. Blackberry, blueberry, black cherry. Turmeric and dark chocolate, eucalyptus finish. Medium body, medium finish. Chewy chocolate tannin, fresh acidity. A well balanced wine with the right balance of structure and fruit. I think this would do best as a medium term wine, in the next 5 years. It would be a shame to loss that flavour.
  • Bsmith457 commented:

    11/10/18, 1:34 AM - Its in medium range for Meerea Park, I find their upper body range to be over priced. I was quite pleased with this wine, very well balanced.

White
2011 Tyrrell's Sémillon Single Vineyard Stevens Hunter Valley
11/1/2018 - crazywineguy Likes this wine:
91 points
Light yellow. classic HV Sem nose. Drinking well now with toasty maturity notes blended with scintillating acidity that cuts the mouth clean, so good with chargrilled octopus. sits in the middle of the Tyrrells quality tree and tastes like a mid to high quality semillon so no probs there. Will last another 5 years easy under screwcap.
  • Bsmith457 commented:

    11/1/18, 3:13 AM - Your description is exactly the stage of Semillon I like to drink. Maturing but still a healthy level of acidity. I will have to pick up some more.

Red
1998 Wynns Coonawarra Estate Shiraz Michael
10/28/2018 - garymouton wrote:
80 points
Bought the wine on release direct from Australia and stored in my cellar. Previous bottles had been outstanding, but it is now losing its fruit and freshness. One-dimensional, short with residual acidity. Luckily my last bottle, but this is headed south from here.
  • Bsmith457 commented:

    10/29/18, 1:40 AM - I have a bottle left, looks like I have to get into it.

Red
2015 Dog Point Vineyard Pinot Noir Marlborough
10/13/2018 - whits Likes this wine:
92 points
ripe plum and forest floor scents fill the glass, impressively balanced, shows blackberry, spice, dried cherry and mineral flavors, backed with supporting structure, slick tannin, complete and seamless, a relatively nice value pinot noir, went well with a rosemary chicken roast
  • Bsmith457 commented:

    10/14/18, 3:24 AM - I’m not normally a Pinot drinker, but I have this in my cellar and I’m looking forward to tasting it. Good review

Red
2017 Oakridge Pinot Meunier Yarra Valley
9/22/2018 - Delectable Blue Likes this wine:
94 points
Wow, what a truly delightful PM this is. It is very light bodied and delicate but still with beautiful intensity from the candied red cherry and strawberry fruit which keep pushing and pushing through the palate. The fruit flavours are seductively intertwined with red liquorice and sweet herbs to deliver a very moreish wine. The tannins are fine and are set against a playful acidity, that isn’t too racy, but gives a great textural mouthfeel. Yum, yum, yum. Easily the best PM I’ve tasted.
  • Bsmith457 commented:

    10/11/18, 8:51 PM - Well I have never tasted a Pinot Meunier, so this sounds like a good one to start with.

Red
2015 De Bortoli Shiraz Dixons Creek Estate Yarra Valley
9/26/2018 - Delectable Blue Likes this wine:
86 points
This wine is technically a cool climate shiraz, but it really feels like it’s trying to be warm climate and not quite getting there. There is good intensity from the very dark fruits, but there is almost no sweetness, leaving the wine tasting a little green and underripe. The mid-palate is interesting, with marked floral highlights, including violets, even iris. The tannins are firm and backed by medium+ acidity. I suspect this will improve with age but it is a difficult proposition right at the moment.
  • Bsmith457 commented:

    10/11/18, 8:49 PM - Thanks for your note. I have pushed my drinking window back a few years to give us some time.

Red
2014 McWilliam's Mount Pleasant Wines Shiraz Rosehill Pokolbin
1/20/2018 - graemeg wrote:
Hunter Valley - 4 Cellar Doors (Hunter Valley): {screwcap, 14%, $50} Haven’t the years caught up with the price of this label? That said, this has a beautiful savoury nose of blackberries, with an integrated palate of the same basic flavor, tinged with spice. Even palate, medium weight, little oak evident (good to see) and with a medium long finish. Nice wine with some years ahead, almost justifying its price.
  • Bsmith457 commented:

    10/7/18, 3:22 AM - Had a bottle of this a couple of months ago and wasn’t impressed, lacking in flavour and substance. I was surprised given the good reviews to date. May have been unlucky.

  • Bsmith457 commented:

    10/10/18, 9:19 PM - Was at the Mount Pleasant cellar door today and the person serving me was saying it's another 4 years away from waking up. I did buy some of the 17 Old Paddock & old Hill and it was fantastic, already drinking well.

Red
2014 Ivanhoe Shiraz Hunter Valley
10/7/2018 - thebatcavewines Likes this wine:
92 points
Now this is an interesting one. The others i opened previously were amazing but this one seemed to have lost a little something. Still very good though but not as smooth or complex & from my first glass to another one 2 hours later it became a little sharp. Similar to my previous notes but not quite what it was. Could be a lone bottle not totally consistent with the my others but then again time can do some strange things to wines :D
  • Bsmith457 commented:

    10/8/18, 2:11 AM - It's been a couple of years since the last bottle, I did note back then that it was a bit sharp. It may be time to open another bottle

White
2017 Tyrrell's Sémillon Vat 1 Hunter Valley
1/20/2018 - graemeg wrote:
Hunter Valley - 4 Cellar Doors (Hunter Valley): {screwcap, 11.5%, A$50} Lime hint with gentle citrus, and a fresh straw nose. Surprisingly smooth and subdued palate; there is medium acid and medium weight; an even palate, with white fruit flavor. It’s all rather young to make much impact just now.
  • Bsmith457 commented:

    10/7/18, 3:45 AM - A nice wine no doubt but I do find it a bit overpriced compared to the other Tyrrells Semillons. Surprising easy to drink at an early age.

Red
2016 Tyrrell's Shiraz Vat 9 Hunter Valley
1/20/2018 - graemeg wrote:
Hunter Valley - 4 Cellar Doors (Hunter Valley): {screwcap, 13%, A$60} Exotic plum & spice. Youthful. Fuller, rounder palate than the earlier reds, laced with black fruit flavours, fine dusty medium tannins medium/high acid, lowish oak. Medium-full weight, medium-long finish. This is impressive but in need of lots of cellaring to do it justice.
  • Bsmith457 commented:

    10/7/18, 3:42 AM - I think this would have to be my favourite Tyrrells red. Not a short term wine but great potential.

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2014 Tyrrell's Vat 8 Hunter Valley Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend
1/20/2018 - graemeg wrote:
Hunter Valley - 4 Cellar Doors (Hunter Valley): {screwcap, 14%} There’s just 10% cabernet in this, by it certainly makes a difference. It smells dark and curranty, with spice and a solid backbone of cabernet stiffness on the palate. Soft oak on the palate, blackcurrants, spice, smoke. Medium-full body, medium long dry savoury finish. Hefty wine, wants a decade’s aging.
  • Bsmith457 commented:

    10/7/18, 3:35 AM - Sounds like my type of wine. I will try one in a few years, don’t think I will be patient enough to wait a decade.

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2011 McWilliam's Mount Pleasant Wines Shiraz Mountain 'A' Hunter Valley
1/20/2018 - graemeg wrote:
Hunter Valley - 4 Cellar Doors (Hunter Valley): {screwcap, 13.5%} A bit surprised this is still for sale after all these years, although they did launch a lot of very pricey wines in this vintage. This has blackberry and plum aromas, but they struggle through a Hunter earthiness. Dusty tannins, medium weight; it’s a bit in between; the overt primary character is gone and only a slight sullenness remains at the moment. Even palate, medium length finish; keep a while I think.
  • Bsmith457 commented:

    10/7/18, 3:16 AM - A bit disappointing. I was about to open one, looks like I will have wait a few years.

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2017 Giant Steps Pinot Noir Yarra Valley
10/5/2018 - doctorrob Likes this wine:
95 points
What a gorgeous wine. Intensely flavoured. Surprisingly mature - almost tawny on the rim. Soft but with good acidity. Great by itself but delicious with food too (lamb casserole in our case). Also had Giant Steps LDR (light dry red) a Pinot /Syrah blend recently. Sounds strange but was also extremely enjoyable. This is a winery to follow.
  • Bsmith457 commented:

    10/7/18, 3:13 AM - Sounds great. I was very confused between the 97 points given by James Halliday and the 91 by the Winefront. I’m been left in a state of uncertainty about whether to buy some.

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2016 Ivanhoe Shiraz Pressings Pokolbin
9/30/2018 - Bsmith457 wrote:
89 points
Lighter colour, plum, tomato, light tannin, lively acidity
  • Bsmith457 commented:

    10/1/18, 4:18 AM - I’m not sure if time will help. I don’t actually have any of these. I cancelled the membership for a year and only recently rejoined.

Red
2016 Ivanhoe Shiraz Swordsman Hunter Valley
9/30/2018 - Bsmith457 wrote:
89 points
Medium colour, dry oak, plum, raspberry, lighter body
  • Bsmith457 commented:

    10/1/18, 4:15 AM - Disappointing for a Swordsman. Just waiting for the 17 to come out

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2017 Tyrrell's Shiraz Vat 9 Hunter Valley
5/26/2018 - CamWheeler wrote:
92 points
Tyrrell's Private Bin Tasting (Hunter Valley): Blackcurrant, berries, char and some florals - good lift to go with the darker fruits. Good fruit weight on the palate and good acidity to focus the denser fruit profile. Balance feels excellent.
  • Bsmith457 commented:

    9/24/18, 3:18 AM - One of the best of the 17 Tyrrells reds for me. Certainly needs some time to develop further, Although i have a couple of the 17 4 acres, I have got to taste any yet.

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2014 Ivanhoe Chambourcin Hunter Valley
9/13/2018 - thebatcavewines Likes this wine:
93 points
Consistent with some of my previous notes but a very slight hint of vinegar which brought the score down a little since my last tasting but still very good.
  • Bsmith457 commented:

    9/24/18, 3:12 AM - Was at Ivanhoe last week, did you know they are moving back to cork? I believe their 17 pressings will be cork and all bottled reds after that. Going against the trend.

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