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Red
2018 Trediberri Barolo Del Comune di La Morra Nebbiolo
New winery. And a beautiful smell Barolo nose. Apparently some Ratti connection here. Stiff on day two in a quite good way.
  • GD77 commented:

    10/9/22, 6:51 PM - This needs a lot of air. I left this opened for about 30 hours and it changed immensely. Sipped on in for another 6 hours after and it was fantastic.

Red
2012 Marius Wines Shiraz Symphony McLaren Vale
This is in a great place but still evolving. Saturated dark fruit. Beautiful tannins starting to resolve. Length to burn.
  • GD77 commented:

    6/5/22, 6:46 PM - +1 Drank one last night. Long decant helped. I have had a couple of bad bottles out of the 12 (Bretty) but most have been very good indeed.

Red
2014 Forest Hill Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Block 5 Mount Barker
6/9/2021 - GD77 Likes this wine:
94 points
Drank this after the 2014 straight cab sav. Lots of similarities but at the moment I preferred the first wine which is just drinking wonderfully. I think, however, this wine will end up in a better place but unlike screwcaps below I reckon it is best held for a few more years, at least. If I did not have the comparison I would have said it is great now and go for it. This wine has a bit more tannin, oak and structure and I still find it a touch tight and lacking any secondary development. Easily 94. lovely.
  • GD77 commented:

    6/12/21, 12:44 AM - No drank in one sitting, ex Dans stock. I just love the straight cab sav from this vintage. The straight one I drank over 2 days, but it did not change that much. Both lovely wines.

Red
2010 Chalk Hill Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Alpha Crucis McLaren Vale
6/9/2021 - Ozmango Likes this wine:
94 points
Ink black with tinges of red. Earthy vanilla parfume. Soft juicy pillowy cabernet fruit followed by drying and lingering tannins. In it's prime. I pity our CT comrade who suffered bad bottles some years ago. Definitely for red meat dishes.
  • GD77 commented:

    6/9/21, 7:12 PM - Thanks! Honestly the first was one great, the next two very faulty. Glad yours was good. I may even have one left.

Red
2014 Amelia Park Cabernet Merlot Margaret River Red Bordeaux Blend
3/19/2019 - GD77 Likes this wine:
90 points
Sweet and savoury but big tannins needs some time. Rich fruit, perhaps a touch more merlot than necessary. Black olive nose with hint of licorice. Acid a bit harsh. Good wine, perhaps it will settle.
  • GD77 commented:

    6/25/20, 3:00 PM - June 2020 and the note would be the same. 5 years and we will see. Hard going but has potential, oak flavours and tannins mentioned by others are distracting.

Red
2011 Eden Road Shiraz The Long Road Canberra District
4/15/2019 - GD77 wrote:
91 points
Same as previous bottle. A go to spag bol wine. Very good but just on decline.
  • GD77 commented:

    5/31/20, 5:00 PM - Not with this wine obviously. I often list the food so I can search later for a match. Oh and fuck you too.

Red
2015 Hoddles Creek Pinot Noir Yarra Valley
5/20/2016 - theporkrail Likes this wine:
93 points
Lively primary fruit, cherries and strawberries at this stage, just a hint of forest floor, enough structure to hold for 5-10
Outrageous value
  • GD77 commented:

    4/4/20, 6:04 AM - Don't wait too much longer on these. Still good now but will not improve.

Red
2011 Houghton Shiraz Gladstones Frankland River
1/11/2020 - GD77 Likes this wine:
90 points
Oak dominated and I suspect it will forever. It's sappy and heavy handed but there is some big Shiraz fruit in there too. Smooth tannin line redeems the dominating vanilla oak, acid good but some cork artifacts are showing. The large cork itself was over half way stained via imperfections. It's WA shiraz in a traditional SA mould, for me. Lots of tartrate residue in the bottle.
  • GD77 commented:

    2/20/20, 4:34 PM - Ha! No not faulty at all. I would mention the possibility if that was the case. Its just the wine. I liked it, gave it 90 but my thoughts stand. It has been made like a top level Cabernet. Winemakers...

Red
2017 Renato Ratti Langhe Nebbiolo Ochetti Langhe DOC
7/26/2019 - GD77 wrote:
88 points
Good vintage and seemingly nice fruit ruined by the use of oak that has made the wine overly sappy, changed the tannin and creates a bitterness that takes over the sweetness of the lovely ripe fruit. It actually really shits on all of the bright fruit flavours. Shame. Might be a better wine in a few years but never as good as it could have been.
  • GD77 commented:

    7/27/19, 7:04 AM - Day 2 on this wine and it is enjoyable, more like barolo really. It's all cherry and almonds but I still wonder what could have been. The oak is lingering and the lighter floral parts of the wine are muddied. Many will love this as a bargain barolo but I will stand with my initial review, great fruit and I am sure it will develop into a very good wine but at the expense of a younger drinking, complex Nebbiolo. Expectations and personal preferences really.

Red
2012 Marius Wines Shiraz Symphony McLaren Vale
6/22/2019 - GD77 Likes this wine:
95 points
One word to describe a wine? This would be 'precise'. It is exact. There are no jagged edges here, no chips or cracks. It is crystalline shiraz and it works so well. It has a steel backbone that forgoes any warmth and cuddliness for purety and drive and wins against them all.
  • GD77 commented:

    6/25/19, 6:13 PM - The 2006 wines have been drinking very well over the past couple of years. This one is still very tightly woven and in my opinion it will get better and more expressive so keep it if you can. It is fine to drink now but give it a long decant (all day) to open up.

Red
2014 Mount Pleasant Wines Shiraz Philip Hunter Valley
1/14/2019 - GD77 Likes this wine:
92 points
This wine is going through a typical hunter transition. Its good at present but has lost a bit of youthful acidic brightness and settling in as a solid but perhaps not great hunter shiraz. It is certainly better than the typical Philip. Tannin support and acid give hope of a bit more life ahead where it should shine again. Give it another year or two if you only have a couple.
  • GD77 commented:

    2/4/19, 3:02 PM - Yes, I bought 18 of these and have gone through 6. I find a lot of Hunter Shiraz drop into a phase that they are drinkable but really similar and unremarkable. The ones that start out lighter and prettier tend to fare better in the long term in my experience. My guess is this one will be solid, if not robust drinking down the track but lack that floral complexity that the best take with them.

  • GD77 commented:

    2/5/19, 2:27 PM - Yes. certainly. The vintages released since this one are not.

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.
  • GD77 commented:

    2/4/19, 2:55 PM - Interesting comment. Perhaps they got a bit cooked on the way to the US. The label is, generally, built for the long haul and 2012 is a good example of this wine. I find 10-15 years the sweet spot but still have 1998s drinking well and 2008 still a bit young (although that one is not the norm). Some people consider this one of the most prominent and important wines in Australia. It is certainly the most collected.

White
2014 De Iuliis Chardonnay Hunter Valley
2/22/2018 - theporkrail Likes this wine:
91 points
Coming together nicely, definitely a crunchy leaner style but nice food wine
  • GD77 commented:

    2/22/18, 9:27 PM - Have drunk a few and not really happy. OOB with oak, not soft enough. Maybe in another 5-7 it might integrate a bit but its probably not big enough.

  • GD77 commented:

    3/5/18, 5:48 PM - Ha. :) Yes. I drank a couple a while back and I reckon they use the same type of oak as Tulloch which I don't like all that much in white wine. I think Scarborough also tastes similar but normally they have better Chardonnay. Its probably not that out of balance but I can taste it, and perhaps now a bit sick of it as the better half drinks tons of Tulloch.

Red
2014 Tulloch Shiraz Pokolbin Dry Red
2/22/2018 - theporkrail wrote:
88 points
Great vintage and I have a lot of 14's however this dissapointed a touch. Feels too acid-y. the fruit is there but so is the structure but something is amiss with the acid. Seems to have wasted the stunning vintage. Will try another bottle in 5 years
  • GD77 commented:

    2/22/18, 9:25 PM - Yep. Was hoping for a change in 2014 but same as the past 6 or so years. Wine by chemistry. Crazy acid.

Red
2010 St Hallett Shiraz Blackwell Barossa
10/8/2017 - GD77 Likes this wine:
93 points
Half bottle under screwcap. A bit of air helps this along very nicely. Probably at a peak right now in the smaller bottles but has some time to move. A very good blackwell, weighted perfectly. Alcohol blows off with a rest and gives a pretty powerful drink without being cloying or too rich. Blue and black fruits, vanilla from the oak. Mouth-filling and enjoyable. Acid has settled back a bit from what I remember.
  • GD77 commented:

    11/21/17, 2:21 PM - Full bottle will be fine for another 5 years. The halves should probably be drunk withing that period. Unless you like your shiraz quite aged, which I certainly don't.

Red
2006 Tahbilk Cabernet Sauvignon Nagambie Lakes
5/16/2017 - VinCapitan wrote:
91 points
whack of alcohol on the nose and acidity but good stuff. Full and rich, thick blackberry fruits and a bit of pooey funk lends to interest. Grippy tannin
  • GD77 commented:

    10/3/17, 3:29 PM - Certainly got the pooey funk in this on the weekend. Was OK and we drank it but mixed with the sweetness (and some other savoury wine beforehand) I found it a bit sickly. 89 for me.

Red
2009 Mount Pleasant Wines Shiraz Rosehill Pokolbin
9/1/2017 - GD77 Likes this wine:
91 points
Suprisingly advanced this bottle. Typical hunter profile, leather and earth. Good but not outstanding. Expected a bit more youth in the fruit.
  • GD77 commented:

    9/6/17, 3:43 PM - I am not sure if this was an atypical bottle. If you only have one then perhaps looks for others notes. If you have more then yes open one and see how it goes. Good wine but this bottle seemed older than its years.

Red
2006 Petersons Shiraz Jamie's Pressed Shiraz Hunter Valley
1/11/2013 - Gibbo99 wrote:
79 points
poor example of Hunter shiraz - jammy
  • GD77 commented:

    7/16/17, 5:08 PM - I know this is an old review but the wine is not Hunter.

Red
2002 d'Arenberg The Laughing Magpie Shiraz-Viognier McLaren Vale Shiraz Blend, Syrah
7/8/2017 - VinCapitan wrote:
91 points
sweeter raspberry, cherry cola, dark glycerol, blackberry fruited, good gear. Holding up really well. props for a good aged wine
  • GD77 commented:

    7/12/17, 10:17 PM - Agree on this one PC. Had a cherry cola thing that was nice drinking. Glad cork held up.

Red
2008 Kirrihill Shiraz Tullymore Clare Valley
3/10/2015 - Gritty Likes this wine:
90 points
A $15AUD Clare Valley shiraz that will go 10 years. A brownish tinge. The nose is like sticking your face in a cigar box. Has dark fruits as well, perhaps some blueberry. Palate has balanced out well, still a slight greenish tinge, which has been detected in previous notes. Tannins prominent, yet smooth. Not tired at all, good to go with some time ahead of it.
  • GD77 commented:

    7/12/17, 10:10 PM - Agree with all of this. Still seems quite young really, not fully balanced but quite enjoyable.

White
2007 McGuigan Sémillon Bin 9000 Hunter Valley
Great as always. 94
  • GD77 commented:

    6/15/17, 8:07 PM - Thank you, I have fixed this now.

Red
2010 Marius Wines Shiraz Simpatico McLaren Vale
3/5/2017 - GD77 Likes this wine:
94 points
Concentrated and rich dark berries with some blueberry on the nose. Only just starting to evolve but it is together and balance is spot on. Savoury mouth filling wine for the long haul. Give 5 years. 95.
  • GD77 commented:

    3/5/17, 6:11 PM - Julian, as a general comment you may be right but I think this wine in particular is evolving very well. I would say for me that it is really quite full bodied, but more refined and less flabby than some others from that part of Australia. It has all the ingredients for it to evolve for some time to come (including screwcap), so I don't see a problem in terms of improving for at least another 5 years. 2006 Simpatico is drinking fantastically at the moment BTW.

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