Tasting Notes for Nathan NZ

(76 notes on 71 wines)

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5/8/2020 - Nathan NZ Does not like this wine:
79 points
If this was ever good, it isn’t now, medicinal and imbalanced.
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2011 Castello Banfi Excelsus Sant' Antimo Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/18/2020 - Nathan NZ Likes this wine:
90 points
Very early in its drinking window, hasn’t really had the time to pull all the tannins and oak together in what is a wine made to age. Will be leaving the rest in the cellar for what should turn into an exceptional wine in 5 years.
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2009 Charles Melton Richelieu Barossa Valley Grenache Blend, Grenache (view label images)
4/18/2020 - Nathan NZ Likes this wine:
92 points
Doesn’t dissappoint. Still big and fruit driven but hasn’t gone to port like many aged Grenache blends. Decanted for an hour and was worth it. Great wine, well balanced. Hasn’t reached its peak yet so no rush to drink.
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2009 Kemp Road Whenua Hawke's Bay Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/1/2019 - Nathan NZ Likes this wine:
91 points
This is a great wine, drinking well at 10 years but will cellar for many more. Soft and round cab, Merlot malbec blend. Nice oak and good fruit. Well balance.
Red
7/1/2019 - Nathan NZ wrote:
85 points
Imbalanced with acid dominating what could have otherwise been a good wine.
Red
6/3/2019 - Nathan NZ wrote:
88 points
Also sold under the Terre da vino brand this disappointed. Had the dryness, long finish and nose that I love about Barolo but failed to click on the palate.
Red
2/5/2019 - Nathan NZ Likes this wine:
90 points
Good drinking now but will be great in 5-10 years. Big notes of eucalyptus and toffee. Will continue to integrate over time.
Red
11/9/2018 - Nathan NZ wrote:
88 points
Still too young, good potential but how it integrates the higher acid and mellows will be key over the coming years.
Red
11/9/2018 - Nathan NZ Likes this wine:
89 points
A good wine, slightly on the light side but well balanced and very enjoyable.
Red
10/7/2018 - Nathan NZ Likes this wine:
90 points
According to poggio’s website this is 100% Petit Verdot, nice wine well aged and good balance, very dry with earthy leathery tones.
Red
10/6/2018 - Nathan NZ Likes this wine:
92 points
Beautiful aged cab, worth a decant and plenty of life left. Earthy tones coming through but some plum and almost caramel aftertaste. One I will keep an eye out for.
Red
5/11/2018 - Nathan NZ Likes this wine:
89 points
Advintage cleanskin but I think it is the ngatarawa alwyn which usually sells for $90. Probably a couple of years too young but is still approachable showing good balance and a nice nose. Lots of plums and a round creamy mouthfeel.
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2004 St. Jerome Matuka Auckland Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/5/2017 - Nathan NZ wrote:
87 points
Still punchy even after 13 years, big tannins and solid acid. Needs a good decant prior to drinking. Great nose of an aged cab blend. The right food further smooths the experience. Good value for the cost.
Red
10/2/2017 - Nathan NZ Likes this wine:
91 points
Big bold nose, red fruits, tar and oak. Raisins and plum on the palate. Smooth tannins, dry red, drinking well now.
Red
2004 Parsons Flat Shiraz - Cabernet Padthaway Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
9/24/2017 - Nathan NZ Does not like this wine:
78 points
This would have probably been a great wine three years ago but unfortunately it is now past its best. Nose is unbalanced and the wine has a fine sediment throughout. Sparks of a good wine persist, it is smooth with good length and a lingering caramel aftertaste but not enough to offset the unpleasant nose and ashtray palate.
Red
9/23/2017 - Nathan NZ wrote:
88 points
A bold dry red with big tannins. Still young in appearance with a deep red colour. Needs to be decanted. Nose of alcohol, dark cooking chocolate and wool. Solid acid and some bitterness on the palate. Notes of pomegranate. Great length and nicely balanced. Softened over the night as we drank it but a touch too austere for me.
Red
9/15/2017 - Nathan NZ Likes this wine:
92 points
This was wine of the night, bettering wines twice the price. A fantastic cab drinking well after 10 yrs but with plenty of life left.
Red
9/15/2017 - Nathan NZ Likes this wine:
91 points
A dense rich wine with a great nose. Exceptional drinking but plenty of life left.
Red
9/15/2017 - Nathan NZ Likes this wine:
90 points
A wonderful smooth Shiraz as you would expect given its age. slightly sweet with notes of Christmas cake and raisins. Drinking well now but also still has life left.
Red
9/15/2017 - Nathan NZ wrote:
86 points
Incredibly soft with hints of fruit and raisins on the palate but unfortunately past its best and this is starting to show on the nose.
Red
2008 Luce della Vite Lucente Toscana IGT SuperTuscan Blend (view label images)
8/22/2017 - Nathan NZ Likes this wine:
89 points
Deep red in colour, hay and cedar dominant on the nose, with a slight note of raisins. Overall a smooth wine that sits soft and round on the palate. low tannins and a medium length. Very drinkable but not wow.
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2011 Montes Purple Angel Colchagua Valley Carménère (view label images)
8/19/2017 - Nathan NZ Likes this wine:
93 points
A wonderfully complex wine with a solid structure that should age well for years to come. Great nose of burnt oak and green pepper. Dry red, big and bold, plenty of fruit and some notes of coffee. Medium length.
Red
8/19/2017 - Nathan NZ Likes this wine:
92 points
Pepper, oak and blackcurrent nose. Floral notes almost violets and red fruit palate. A sweet red, low tannins, medium finish.
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2007 Cousiño-Macul Lota Maipo Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/5/2017 - Nathan NZ Likes this wine:
93 points
Not a pop and pour, needs to breathe but opens up to a fantastically complex red. Took it to our annual 'best wine under $100' challenge and it won hands down on blind tasting. Drinking well now.
Red
8/4/2017 - Nathan NZ Likes this wine:
87 points
Made to be drunk young, nice fruit forward everyday red. More balanced and smooth than I thought it would be.
Red
2009 Morton Estate Mercure Grand Hawke's Bay Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/3/2017 - Nathan NZ Likes this wine:
88 points
Might be nostalgia talking as it is my last bottle but would compete with most second label Bordeaux's. Smooth easy drinking, good for the price.
Red
2010 Clos du Roy Fronsac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/28/2017 - Nathan NZ Likes this wine:
89 points
This is a well balanced red with soft lingering tannins and a rounded feel. Blueberry and vanilla nose and a cocoa hit on the aftertaste. No sign of age and plenty of life left. Not complex but I really enjoyed this wine.
Red
2006 Clos Puy Arnaud Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/22/2017 - Nathan NZ Likes this wine:
90 points
I really enjoyed this wine and would think it is at peak drinking now. It is starting to show bricking and has fine sediment even when filtered. The nose is pine forest and Christmas cake. Slight taste of stewed plum but not a lot of fruit. Overall a very smooth dry red with soft tannins and a medium finish.
Red
7/20/2017 - Nathan NZ Likes this wine:
88 points
This dry red is good drinking now but showing no signs of age. Deep crimson in colour with dust, leather and burnt oak on the nose. Soft lingering tannins but surprisingly only a medium finish. Not a lot of fruit or complexity but a very enjoyable merlot dominant Bordeaux.
Red
7/14/2017 - Nathan NZ Likes this wine:
88 points
This is at the lighter and drier end of Syrah and is still young, almost tart if consumed without letting it breathe or too cold. Has a good nose of raspberry and pepper. Very drinkable but should continue to develop and improve over the next few years.
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2006 Château Haut Daugay St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/17/2017 - Nathan NZ wrote:
84 points
Subtle nose of earth & plum, still a deep red in colour with no obvious sign of ageing, smooth with soft tannins. Fruit has faded but seems secondary & tertiary flavours have failed to fire. Lacking any real oomph. Probably past its best.
Red
6/16/2017 - Nathan NZ Likes this wine:
87 points
Quintology's little brother, nose of vanilla and cola, smooth with light tannins and a medium finish. Will continue to develop over the next couple of years thanks to its integrated acid. At this stage rewards some time out of the bottle in a glass or decanter. Slightly sweet but very enjoyable.
Red
2010 Château Baret Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/27/2017 - Nathan NZ Likes this wine:
88 points
Has promise but needs time, still too young to be at its peak but not unenjoyable even now. With a solid tannin and acid backbone this should age well. Chocolate and burnt oak on the nose. A smooth dry red.
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2009 Château de Belcier Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/29/2017 - Nathan NZ Likes this wine:
90 points
Very drinkable and smooth. A Nose of blackberry and almonds, noticeable vanilla. Medium finish, little tannins, with notes of cocoa.
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2000 Château Guibot La Fourvieille Puisseguin-St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/15/2017 - Nathan NZ Likes this wine:
90 points
An incredibly smooth wine reflecting its age. Nose is dominated by tertiary characteristics. Length is short with most of the tannins gone. Soft and well integrated on the palate, with a slight taste of cola. Very enjoyable and still good drinking but probably past its peak.
Red
2010 Obsidian Cabernet-Merlot Waiheke Island Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/14/2017 - Nathan NZ wrote:
87 points
Nose of Blueberry and forest almost pine needles. Soft tannins and at the lighter end of merlots in structure and weight. Slight acid and shortish finish. Overall good mid range merlot that could do with a few more years.
Red
4/14/2017 - Nathan NZ Likes this wine:
89 points
Still young with no sign of age and should continue to improve over the next few years. Cocoa and raspberry on the nose with a palate of raspberry, plums and slight notes of liquorice. This is a very enjoyable fruit forward, mid length wine.
Red
2005 Château Citran Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/11/2017 - Nathan NZ Likes this wine:
88 points
Rewards decanting. Still young in appearance with a clean dark red and purple colour. Dry red with a Herbal nose and notes of plum. Palate is tannic with some Black pepper. Tannins will continue to soften over the next few years. Certainly no hurry to drink this.
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2006 Winslow Turakirae Martinborough Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/9/2017 - Nathan NZ Likes this wine:
96 points
This wine has become my benchmark for all other top quality wines. Great nose and palate. Who would have thought Marlborough grapes could produce a world class Bordeaux. If only they made more.
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2009 Château Munch Lussac-St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/9/2017 - Nathan NZ Likes this wine:
89 points
Very drinkable. Still young with a deep red colour and no sign of age. A chocolate and raspberry nose and powdery tannins. Palate is soft with good balance but not overly complex. Lacks fruit slightly. Medium length. Would wait a few years to get the best from this wine.
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2002 Matariki Quintology Hawke's Bay Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/8/2017 - Nathan NZ Likes this wine:
95 points
A true pleasure to drink and holding together well for 15yrs but I doubt it will get better with further bottle age. Smoky earthy nose, tight acid backbone, palate is soft cherry. Very smooth, mid length, with no tannins to speak of.
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2010 Alpha Domus The Navigator Hawke's Bay Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/8/2017 - Nathan NZ Likes this wine:
89 points
This wine held its own following others three or four times it's price. Lighter end of Bordeaux blends. Fruit forward, with a sweet mid palate, nose of dark fruit and greenery, caramel undertone, some vanilla and mid length finish.
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2006 Château Capbern-Gasqueton St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/28/2017 - Nathan NZ Likes this wine:
90 points
Needed a couple of hours in a decanter but after airing it eased the tannins a made this a very smooth and enjoyable wine. Still plenty of life left so no hurry to drink.
Red
3/24/2017 - Nathan NZ wrote:
83 points
Vanilla on nose shows heavy use of oak. The acid overwhelms the palate. Still plenty of fruit even after 10 yrs and little sign of age. Will put away for another few years and see if the acid softens.
Red
3/24/2017 - Nathan NZ wrote:
85 points
Nose of alcohol, straw and raisins some cherry. Sweet fruit on the palate with slight leather. Overall a reasonably light sweat wine and medium length.
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Red
3/14/2017 - Nathan NZ Does not like this wine:
78 points
Too high acid for me, overtook fruit and tannins.
Red
3/14/2017 - Nathan NZ Likes this wine:
90 points
Quality cab sav, smooth tannins, still lots of fruit and little signs of age. Holding together well, no rush to open.
Red
2007 Rusden Ripper Creek Barossa Valley Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
3/5/2017 - Nathan NZ wrote:
85 points
This was an interesting bottle, enjoyable and well made but not what I expected. still lots of fruit and holding together well after 10 years. The Shiraz seem to be dominant and has produced a sweet wine for a cab sav blend.
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