Tasting Notes for trepak

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Red
10/16/2021 - trepak wrote:
89 points
No formal notes - from memory. Cork crumbled on opening - quick double decant. Smooth, still a little tannin on the midpalate, but drinking well - drink up.
Red
8/16/2021 - trepak wrote:
88 points
1hr decant - a little sediment. Fairly muted on the nose, some dark fruit, plum and a little cherry. On the palate, good acitidity and still a fair dose of tannin. Full and rich mid palate, with a decent wave of dark fruit, carrying on to a moderately long, quite tannic finish and a final lick of acidity. Overall fairly pleasent, went well with a moderatly spiced lamb tagine. May improve with a year or two further cellaring to better integrate the tannins.
Red
8/14/2021 - trepak wrote:
91 points
No formal notes. Decanted for 2hrs, quite a lot of sediment. Very good dark fruit with good balance of tannin and acidity. Probably at peak, drink up.
White
8/16/2021 - trepak wrote:
87 points
Lovely pale golden colour, a little muted on the nose, but some nice lemon/lime character, with the slightest hint of petrol. Quite acidic on the palate, that carries through to a slighly muted mid palate before opening up to a nice zesty finish. Overall, not bad - not as exciting as some Aus Rieslings can be, but enjoyable none the less. Not sure about keeping it any further, in fact it could be a little past its best.
White
8/14/2021 - trepak wrote:
92 points
This is in a really good place right now. Zesty lime on the nose with a hint of petrol. Rich and quite full on the palate, with a nice lick of acidity on the long finish. Very good, i'd say at or around peak with little sign of declining. Still quite fresh if a little fuller on day 2.
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Red
2010 Chamonix Troika Reserve Franschhoek Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/7/2021 - trepak wrote:
91 points
double decanted - no formal notes. quite impressed, smooth with a lick of tannin and decent acidity - probably at peak.
Red
2/12/2021 - trepak wrote:
89 points
1hr decant. Quite closed on opening. Fruity, Rich, easy to drink! Damson on the nose, smooth on entry with nice lick of tanin on the mid palette and a moderately acidic finish. Clearly well made if perhaps a little safe, I tend to perfer a little more wildness in Douro wines. That said a very enjoyable glass, although maybe just a little past its best.
White - Sparkling
12/5/2020 - trepak wrote:
87 points
From memory. Surprisingly still alive. Quite dark gold, but plenty of fizz. A little fat, but not bad.
Red
1/8/2021 - trepak wrote:
90 points
PnP, quite a light colour, also slightly floral nose, this isn't your usual big Lehmann shiraz. Blackcurrent on the nose, hint of licorice, but with a bit of rose petal keeping it light and fresh. On the palate, its qutie smooth, well integrated tannin and just enough acidity to keep it fresh. The blackcurrent and licorice is very present in the midpalate, leading to quite a long, slightly tannic finish. Overall, a pleasent wine, maybe lacking a bit in complexity, but well made and enjoyable with a sense of place. This is clearly from the cooler Eden Valley, more elegent and restrainted rather than the typical Barrossa bruiser.
Red
1/1/2021 - trepak wrote:
Day 2. Still inky dark, with a bright purple rim. You wouldn't know it was over 10 years old. Rich on the nose, with a faint spirity tingle - at 15.5% its not all that surprising. Initially quite dilute and smooth of the palate, followed by a rich acidic mid palate. Finally a very long extreamly tanic finish. Not really sure what to say about this wine, the fruit seems to have gone, but fearce acid and tanin remains. It might be in an awkward closed phase of development or could just be a bad bottle - left unrated.
Red
2009 Château Blaignan Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/14/2020 - trepak wrote:
91 points
PnP. Very pleasantly surprised with this one. Was rather expecting it to be over the hill, but even the initial nose on opening was very enticing. Blackcurrant, with a hint of spice and classic Bordeaux cigar box. Good acidity on the palate, quite full, but the 14% alcohol was well balanced and in no way overpowering. Tannins well integrated until the relatively short finish where they get a bit drying. Overall for a wine I had few expectations for I was quite impressed. I usually struggle to “get” Bordeaux, I’d be happy to drink this again.
White
12/12/2020 - trepak wrote:
91 points
Zesty lemon and lime on the nose, a generous note of petrol/kerosene, but well integrated and not overpowering. It's filled out a bit on the palate, initially almost a little fat. The acidity reasserts itself after a bit of a flat midpalate, leading to a long zesty finish. I'd say this is maybe just on the way down, drink up. Still a top draw Ausi Riesling.
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Red
2010 Bleasdale Frank Potts Langhorne Creek Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/21/2020 - trepak wrote:
91 points
PnP. Still very dark, just a hint of bricking on the rim. Rich and deep on the nose, dark fruits. Very smooth on entry, quite a tannic mid palate, little real fruit, rich and thick, bit if oak to round it out. Very long finish. A surprise really, I expected it to be past it, but still a very enjoyable wine.
Red
11/14/2020 - trepak wrote:
89 points
30min decant. Rich, deep nose, dark plum and blackcurrant with a hint of mint. Very smooth on the palate, still a little fruit, but more secondary/tertiary flavours of oak with a little cigar box. Acidic mid palate that melds into a moderate tannic finish which is fairly long. Overall in a pretty good place I think. Unlikely to improve, but nicely aged at the moment.
Red
11/11/2020 - trepak wrote:
86 points
Past it's best, still quite deep and rich. A few tertiary notes, but largely lifeless. No fruit at all, mearest whisper of tannin on a fairly long finish.
Red
7/8/2020 - trepak wrote:
83 points
Big thick nose, spicy, rich - just the slightest hint of the "South African" aroma of rubber, usually a massive fault, but actually in this case, its so slight that it actually works. On the palate however, not much going on, rather thin and acidic - a shame really, the nose promised so much. I think its just over the hill.
Red
7/6/2020 - trepak wrote:
89 points
Still just about alive, although very tertiary - no real fruit left. Slightest hint of tannin on the finish. Drink up.
Red
5/5/2020 - trepak wrote:
89 points
30 min decant. Quite a rich nose, mocha, some wood, and just a hint of mint. Still has some fruit, plum, maybe a little cassis - all classic cab, but with some darker tertiary notes coming in too. Very smooth with almost no tannin, just enough acidity on the finish to keep it fresh. Made in a more easy drinking style that probably isn't really designed to age this long. Possible past its best, but by no means dead. Still quite enjoyable.
White - Sweet/Dessert
5/3/2020 - trepak wrote:
88 points
Clearly an older oxidative style, although given its 20YO, that could be the reason for the very dark colour. Rich rather than very sweet, classic honey notes of botrytis, with a nice long fishing that retains some freshness. Not amazing, but quite pleasent none the less. Not bad for a cheap old Tokaji.
Red
5/3/2020 - trepak wrote:
86 points
Day 2 - Rich and deep nose, lots of dark notes, with a good lick of oak. Initial entry on the palate is velvity smooth, if a little hollow in flavour. The mid palate is dominated by assertive tannins and good acidity. An extreamly long if slightly overly tannic finish. I've come to the conclusion that this is actually a fairly rustic wine, the high tannins and acidity will probably never die down completely, and by the time they ever do, any ligering fruit or other flavours will be long gone. Probably past its best, but not a bad wine, food certianly helps.
White - Sparkling
5/2/2020 - trepak wrote:
flawed
Failed cork - flat and oxidised. Probably shouldn't have kept it for 4 years in poor storage conditions
Red
4/13/2020 - trepak wrote:
87 points
Lockdown had led to drinking some of my "better" bottles and also a few I forgot I had. This was sort of a former, but more a latter. The label said good for 10 year post vintage - while storage conditions certainly for the last year or so hadn't been great, this initally looked completely over the hill - flat, and dull. However, once it opened up a bit with some air, it did improve. Fairly muted nose, a little dark fruit, prune and plum with some subtle oak in the background. Very smooth initially on the palate, some tertiary flavours and the oak again just showing itself at the end. A little hollow on the mid palate. The finish is very long, with some good acidity. A few funky notes come into play that aren't exactly bad or faults, but not all that pleasent. Probably past its best, but not completely dead.
White - Sparkling
4/13/2020 - trepak wrote:
flawed
Either oxidised or just completly over the hill - i really hope its the former, but suspect it could be the latter. Not nice at all.
Red
4/12/2020 - trepak wrote:
flawed
Not sure what was wrong with this - had a very dusty nose. Hint of rot/mold too. Underneath, it had some promise - a little fruit left, and a decent square tannic structure. Got another bottle, so may try that soon.
Red
4/11/2020 - trepak wrote:
94 points
Day 3 (no notes from day 1/2). Very open, dark forest fruit on the nose with hint of oak. Super smooth on the palate, just a hint of fresh acidity. Complex on the mid palate, with more dark fruit, blackcurrent and prune. Moderately long finish, rich and full, with a whisper of tannin at the very end. Another lovely bottle of a fantastic wine that shows that the barossa has world class fruit that can do stylish and eligent as well as big and bold. This wine is eligent but with a nod to the big and bold history of the region. In my view up there with the best Syrah has to offer.
Red
3/2/2020 - trepak wrote:
92 points
1hr decant - lots of chucky sediment. Very fragrant, dark fruit, plum and touch of blackcurrant. Slightest hint of acetone, but not too strong. Quite tannic entry, but a full rich palate with a bit of acidity as the tannin dies away. Long, persistent finish. A very good to excellent wine, probably around its peak, although I don’t think there is any major rush to drink up.
Red
3/1/2020 - trepak wrote:
88 points
1hr decant. Quite refined, but a little simple. very good for chilian Cabernet, still a fair bit of fruit, a touch of tertiary flavours, with a senitive lick of oak. Good length finish. Pleasent but not outstanding. I think it has benefited from a few years bottle age. In a good place now, no rush, but unlikely to improve.
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White - Fortified
2/29/2020 - trepak wrote:
94 points
Fantastic. Much lighter and brighter than most Spanish PX. Very smooth, wonderfully sweet but in no way cloying. Plenty of richness, caramel, but with enough acidity to keep it fresh and clean with a long but light finish. A really lovely and interesting wine.
White
2/29/2020 - trepak wrote:
93 points
Muted on the nose to start - perhapse a little over chilled. Once it warmed up, expressive nose, minerally, a little lime and the slightest hint of petrol. Very clean on the palate, lovely acidity that perfectly matched the residual sweetness. Wonderful balance you get with good german riesling. In a great place now. Very impressive for an "entry level" Prum.
Red
2/29/2020 - trepak wrote:
91 points
no formal notes. Decanted 30min. Still alive, but tertiary. little fruit left, but still rich and smooth. good acidity, a little lick of tannin on the finish,
Red
2012 Turkey Flat Butchers Block Barossa Valley Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
2/28/2020 - trepak wrote:
91 points
Quick 15min decant. A little cold at first, but as it warmed up, a very rich nose, dark fruit with a little oak and chocolate. Very smooth entry on the palate, slips down very easily! A little lacking in the mid-palate, but a little dark fruit and the hint of chocolate carries through from the nose. Nice long finish, with a lick of acidity and just the smallest suggestion of residual tannin. Overall a very nice wine - i'd say it at its peak and may even be on the way down.
White - Sparkling
2/14/2020 - trepak wrote:
flawed
?flawed - oxidized. Cork looked in pretty poor condition. Little fizz, very dark gold colour, sherried nose and palate. Not 100% sure it's flawed, but certainly not in great condition.
White
1/25/2020 - trepak wrote:
89 points
My first Alsace Pinot Blanc, so can't say if its representative or not. Lots of stone fruit, apricot and a hint of pear. A bit flabby in the mid palate, lacking in acidity. The lack of acidity makes it taste almost slightly off dry. Still, clearly a very well made, pleasant and interesting wine. Can’t see it improving.
White
1/13/2020 - trepak wrote:
90 points
No formal notes. Consistant with last bottle. A little more "obvious" than a good quality white burg, with a little more heavy oak, but still very vibrant. Very nice wine overall, would buy again.
Red
1/12/2020 - trepak wrote:
89 points
No formal notes. PnP - Quite tight, much more elegent than most Lehmann shiraz - more in the Rhone Syrah style, clearly cooler climate. Hints of pepper but still a bit of primary fruit. A good lick of tannin on the finish.
Day 2 - openned up a lot, added complexity and tannin had calmed down a little.
An interesting take on Shiraz from a rather traditional "big Barossa" producer. Will probably impove over the next 3 or 4 years. Overall, a very pleasant wine, not going to set your world on fire, but very nice none the less.
Red - Fortified
1/1/2020 - trepak wrote:
95 points
No formal notes - from half bottle. Textbook perfect 20YO tawny. Bright red with hints of orange. Still enough youth and fruit but with nice aged notes. Rich and smooth but with enough tannic edge and acidity to keep it fresh. This really is first rate 20YO - to me its what others should aim for.
Red
1/1/2020 - trepak wrote:
90 points
Quite rich and earthy, good colour and body. Not much primary fruit left, very much secondary/tertiary now. A lick of tannin on the mid-palate and finish, supported by good acidity. In a pretty good place at the moment, but could probably improve given a year or two.
Red
12/31/2019 - trepak wrote:
88 points
No formal notes. Very light, almost like a dark rose. opened up after about an hour. Overall not bad, a little thin but decent flavour.
White - Sparkling
12/31/2019 - trepak wrote:
93 points
Fantastic! Clearly mature, golden colour. Very soft and in the Bollinger house style, a hint of oxidenation. Still plenty of fizz, with a persistant finish.
Red
12/30/2019 - trepak wrote:
91 points
Decanted 1hr. Rich and meaty on the nose - with a lick of oak. None of the rubber smell you can get with some south africans of this era, but somehow very much south african on the nose. A little light on the palate, fairly tertiary, with little in the way of primary fruit, but nice rich oak and forest floor. A burst of tannin brings on the fairly long finish, which is very nice. Overall a good to very good wine, certainly mature, but i wouldn't say over the hill yet. Drink up if you have it as id say its in a pretty good place at the moment.
Red
12/25/2019 - trepak Likes this wine:
94 points
Very soft cork came to bits on opening. 4hr decant. Lovely "thick" nose - Oak quite prominant, but a very nice dark forest fruit backing. Quite smooth on entry, with a nice acidic kick keeping it fresh, along with the very much secondary/tertiary flavours on the palate, not much fresh fruit left. Some tannin and very well integrated oak on the fairly long finish. Overall, still drinking extreamly well, going strong with no sign of fading. In a very good place at the moment, and judging by this bottle, certainly no rush to drink up. Happy i've got another 3 bottles so can track how it evolves.
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Red
10/18/2019 - trepak wrote:
89 points
No formal notes - a pretty good valpol. Heavier than expected, but still plenty of cherry! Good acidity but lacked some of the vibrancy i would have wanted. Not disappointing, but didn't exactly wow me as I would have hoped from this producer.
Red
6/2/2019 - trepak wrote:
94 points
1hr decant – still inky dark. Rich nose of liquorice with forest fruit and a hint of pepper. Long and smooth on the palate, still some good fruit in the mid-palate, with a lick of tannin on the very persistent finish. A consistently excellent wine, maybe even outstanding. Certainly in a very good place at the moment, not sure it will improve, but it’s not going downhill fast, I’d say enjoy over the next 3 or so years, maybe a little longer.
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Red
4/21/2019 - trepak wrote:
93 points
My first imperial, so can't say if its representative or not. That said, compared to other riojas I've had, this is bloody good! Wouldn't know its 28 years old. Yes, it's clearly mature, but it's certainly not over the hill. Reddish brown colour. Rich and oaky on the nose, mushroomy hints, and plenty of vanilla. Seriously smooth, mearest hint of tannin in the mid palate. No real fruit, but lots of tertiary flavours, forest floor, and the assertive oak with some lovely integrated acidity that really cleanses the palate. Very long finish that dries a little at the end. Overall a really lovely wine. As I said, no real basis for comparison on this age/quality of rioja, so can't say if it will continue to age well, but it's fantastic now.
Red
2010 Yalumba The Scribbler Barossa Valley Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
4/6/2019 - trepak wrote:
90 points
No formal notes - Very nice, big but restrained, good balance of fruit, acidity and a tiny lick of tannin on the finish. Would buy again.
Red
2009 Rustenberg John X Merriman Stellenbosch Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/19/2019 - trepak wrote:
87 points
I had high hopes for this wine, and in some ways its delivered, in some it didn't. For a 10 year old, relativily inexpensive wine, its was still very much alive, but if anything, still on the young side. Lots of tannin, that dominated almost everything. There was a veryy good wine underneath it all, waiting to come out. I'd give this another 5 years and see what happens.
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Red
3/19/2019 - trepak wrote:
90 points
30 min double decant and improved with air. Much better than my last bottle, starting to see what everyone seems to be saying about his wine. Lots of oak, but pretty well integrated, a nose of classic Rioja. A dark forrest fruit to start follwed by some fairly stong tannin on the mid palate and a very long, slightly drying finish. I can see this improving over the next 5 or so years - certainly no rush.
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White
3/19/2019 - trepak wrote:
93 points
First time i've had this wine, and i can see why people rave about it. Waxy, rich but with enough balancing acidity to make it very morish. Lots of complexity, but still seems fresh and very drinkable. Its one of those wines that i can see appealing to both wine geeks and a wider crowd. Very glad i have 4 more bottles. No idea if it is at its peak or not, but certainly drinking very well at the moment.
White
2/23/2019 - trepak wrote:
91 points
Brilliant as usual. Floral, perfumed but not OTT. A real pleasure to drink.
Red
2/23/2019 - trepak wrote:
87 points
Magnum - 2hr double decant. Still very tight and tannic. Plenty of oak but nicely integrated. Needs at least another 8 or 9 years, in this format anyway. Has potential to be really good,
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