Tasting Notes for Matt@5453

(157 notes on 153 wines)

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Red
8/18/2019 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
91 points
Consumed over 2 days, this was definitely better on the second day after extended air time. On initial opening and after 3 hours in the decanter it still needed vigorous aeration to open up. Flavours of plum, dark cherries, aniseed/liquorice lingering in the back ground, dried herbs, with an earthy / rustic nuance to the wine. Medium bodied/weight to the palate, with fine to firm type tannins that creep up on you on the finish. What is noticeable is the higher acidity, to me it adds a glossy/steeliness to the wine. I’ve tried the last 3-4 vintages of this wine on release, the 2017 feels a bit ‘meatier’ and less approachable at this stage. Definitely needs some time to come together. 13.2% alc.
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Red
8/12/2019 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
91 points
Ever reliable Clare Valley Shiraz - medium/full bodied, good upfront fruit with plums, mocha, spice, vanilla and a touch of cedar. Very good palate weight and finish.
Red
8/11/2019 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
90 points
Light/Medium bodied. The Riedel Sommeliers Burgundy Grand Cru glass brings out its fragrant nose. Savoury spectrum of fruit, dark berries, dried herbs and a gentle touch of french oak. A touch of grippy tannin on the finish. Enough complexity to the wine to give it some good interest but lacking a 'vibrancy' I was expecting. Drink now and over the next 5 years. Note its 100% Yarra Valley Fruit.
Red
8/4/2019 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
93 points
An elegant style, lighter than what I was expecting based on previous vintages. Cassis/blackberry, dried herbs and fine grain french oak. Very good structure and length, with a hint of 'creaminess' on the palate. A very good wine.
Red
7/29/2019 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
92 points
Much better than the last bottle I had, maybe it was my palate at the time? Very good depth of flavour and finish to this bottle/occasion. Really enjoyed it.
White
7/4/2019 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
93 points
From impeccable storage, it looks relatively youthful in colour. A beautiful fruit driven wine, lime cordial, honey suckle, slate/minerals. The acid is pretty well resolved, with a touch remaining the carries the wine. No signs of kero/petrol. A bit of a 'wow' wine considering its price point on release. Top Stuff.
Red
7/4/2019 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
92 points
Dark and inky, with blackcurrant/cassis, dark chocolate, dark plums with a touch of cedar from the oak. Its relatively full bodied, now starting to mature with the acidity and tannins softening nicely. Excellent mouthfeel and long finish. Drinking well now, but has time on its side.
Red
7/4/2019 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
94 points
Decanted 3 hours prior to service and it was showing very well from the first taste. Medium bodied with red fruits, plums, raspberries, and a slight ferrous note running through a very well structured and balanced palate which coats the mouth. The Malbec proportion adds a hint of 'juiciness'. A hint of spice from the oak with ripe persistent tannins and a good level of acidity completes the wine. Lovely stuff. Plenty of time on its side.
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Red
6/4/2019 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
91 points
Medium bodied with savoury tones. Plums, beetroot, with white pepper type spice underlying the fruit. Good palate weight and length. Nice ripe type tannins on the finish. Very good.
Red
6/2/2019 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
87 points
Purchased in a retail environment then popped and poured. From the outset it tasted more developed than what I have had previously, with the fruit overshadowed by cedary type oak. Blue fruits showed up front with a touch of leather, but a bit too much oak unbalanced it all. Overall a pretty dull bottle.
Red
6/2/2019 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
93 points
A well rounded & balanced wine. On the fuller bodied spectrum of wines with very good depth of fruit: dark berries, plums, chocolate, mocha, vanilla with a noticeable acid structure. The finish was smooth, long and lingering. This should evolve nicely over the next 10 years.
Red
6/2/2019 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
94 points
Dark plums, mocha, vanilla & baking spices. Great depth flavour and palate weight. The overall balance of the wine was impeccable with a long lingering finish, with ripe tannins completing the wine. Delicious.
Red
5/25/2019 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
90 points
Light/medium bodied. Red berries, tar, spice, a touch of leather. Good mouthfeel with medium acid and some tannic grip on the finish. Good length on the finish and also good depth of flavour. Drinking well.
Red
5/21/2019 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
92 points
It needed at least a couple of hours to even start to open up. A lovely rich and full flavoured wine displaying ripe blackcurrant, dark cherries, cigar box, an earthiness, old wood with supporting spice from the oak. Really good mouthfeel and balance with a nice long finish. A dusty/drying tannin structure. No hurry to drink this, give it some time to evolve.
Red
5/13/2019 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
88 points
Light/Medium bodied. Bluish type fruits, with a touch of plum, white pepper and spice from the oak. In all it was looking very promising on opening, but the palate fell short and quite hollow on the mid-palate, with a sour note on the finish.
The 2017 of this wine was very good with great depth of flavour, whilst still enjoyable and I can see where the winemaker was headed, but this fell a bit short for me. Maybe needs some time to integrate?
Red
5/13/2019 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
94 points
Nice dark rich fruits immediately jump from the glass. The palate delivers plum, red berry fruits & spice, with a touch of development adding further interest. Medium to full bodied it delivers exceptional fruit weight and balance. The use of oak supports and encases the fruit with the finish being long and lingering. Very good Clare Valley Shiraz
Red
5/13/2019 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
90 points
Decanted 2 hours in advance. Maybe it was my mood at the time, or the glassware, but the nose did not reveal a lot except for the spice of the French oak. Very good fruit weight and balance to the wine with plum, vanilla, chocolate/moca and spice from the French oak. An elegant style of wine, perhaps missing some palate and fruit ‘drive’ I was expecting and seemed a bit flat. Dusty type tannin on the finish. I will have to have another look at this at the end of the year.
Red
5/5/2019 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
90 points
My first Nerello Mascalese. A nice fragrant nose of cherry compote, white pepper and spice. Light/Medium bodied. Flavours of red cherry (with a slight sour note), some iron/ferrous notes, earthy tones, with spice lingering on the finish. Acidity slightly poking out, with firm/drying tannins on the finish. Finishes just a tad short. On the second day, the wine felt a bit more balanced with the tannin less obtrusive and felt like the wine filled out a bit more. A good dinner wine. I'll revisit in ~5 years.
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Red
4/22/2019 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
93 points
Drinking very well, the palate has softened out nicely, its texture is nice and 'smooth' and velvety. A nice core of rich dark fruits and spice with the tannins nicely softened and integrated. A very good finish.
Red
4/18/2019 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
89 points
Cherry / dark cherry spectrum of fruit, with spice from the oak. Medium finish with dusty tannins on the finish.
Red
4/6/2019 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
92 points
Raspberries, strawberries, an earthiness, and subtle french oak lurking in the background. Light 'tea like' tannins lingering on the finish. Lovely fragrant nose. Drinking really well.
Red
4/6/2019 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
92 points
On pulling the cork and tasting an initial sample it was quite closed.
I double decanted and then left in the bottle for 3 hours, the wine opened up nicely. The nose is beautifully fragrant with blackberries and a 'chariness' from the oak.
The palate is medium bodied showing cassis, chocolate, dried herbs, a hint of raspberry and well supported by what I call Rockford's trademark 'Chary' Oak. A very slight hint of development with the ripe tannins in my mind softening since the last time I tried this on release. The palate is very good, perhaps not as long finish as I was expecting, but that is a minor 'blip' on what I considered a very good wine. I'm happy to open my next one at 10 years of age.
White
3/24/2019 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
93 points
Colour slightly darker than I expected. Very good intensity to the wine showing limes, minerals / wet stone, with reasonably high acidity. Very good wine with good depth of flavour - should live a long time.
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White - Off-dry
3/24/2019 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
93 points
A delicate wine with florals, talc and lime/citrus. Very subtle sweetness on the finish, with balancing acid. Delicious.
Red
3/15/2019 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
92 points
Rich dark fruits jump out the glass. Flavours of plums, raspberries, milk chocolate, olives with good supporting spice/cedary oak characters encasing and supporting the lovely fruit. I'd say it's in the savoury spectrum of fruit, the structure is very good with some good acidity also. The finish is long and delicious with just a touch of tannic grip on the finish. The longer the bottle was open, it showed more and more. Over the next 7-10 years this should evolve nicely. A very good McLaren Vale Shiraz.
Red
3/9/2019 - Matt@5453 wrote:
90 points
The colour was much darker than I expected but still medium bodied.
The nose was more inviting than the palate, with orange, tar, florals and subtle oak. The palate again delivered oranges, tar and florals.
The tannins were quite pronounced giving it a dry / tannic finish, but overall I thought it was a good wine.
Red
2014 Wendouree Cabernet Malbec Clare Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/9/2019 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
94 points
Nice aromatic nose - blackberries, blackcurrants and french oak notes. Visually its medium bodied. Whilst very young, its immediately approachable. Blackcurrants, touch of blackberry, red currants, raspberries, red cherries, violets, some gum leaf and earthy/graphite notes; a lot going on. The raspberry notes give the wine a slight tartness, but the palate is long and beautiful. There are fine tannins that provide some grip on the finish. Overall the wine is very balanced. Consumed over 2 nights, it drank superbly. Should age gracefully, but enjoyment to had now (just give it plenty of decanter/air time).
Red
2017 Clonakilla Ceoltoiri Canberra District Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
1/24/2019 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
93 points
A lighter bodied wine, that could easily be sighted as a Pinot. Excellent red fruits, raspberry notes, currants with lovely spice filling the palate. The upfront fruit delivers a light sweetness but helps to fill out the wine. I love the spice component to this wine. There is a nice 'purr' of tannin on the finish adding further interest, the finish is long and lingering. Guests of mine also really enjoyed it.
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Red
1/17/2019 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
90 points
Consistent with other notes, a very good wine. Medium bodied with very good depth of flavour. The finish was very good with good fruit weight and balance with the lighter tannin profile adding a nice layer of complexity and interest to the wine. I'll approach my next one in 1-2 years time.
Red
1/17/2019 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
89 points
Medium bodied. Dark / savoury fruits. A touch tannic and finishes a bit short on the palate for my liking, but still an enjoyable wine with a degree of refinement and not being overly 'heavy' on the palate.
Red
1/17/2019 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
94 points
Beautiful wine. Medium/full bodied, dark fruits with excellent length and fine tannin structure. Needs a bit of air time to show its best
Red
1/2/2019 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
92 points
Dark fruits, fruit cake with a touch of prune. The toastiness of the oak rounds out and balances the full bodied wine. Very smooth.
Red
12/16/2018 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
91 points
Impeccable cork on pulling – poured off ~100ml and left the bottle to breathe for ~4 hours. Initial taste was ‘musty’. After 4 hours the wine had opened up nicely and the mustiness blew off. Rich/sweet fruits, coffee/mocha, tobacco, dried fruits (raisins?) and a touch of spice. Lovely mouthfeel/ethereal. The tannins are fully resolved with a soft long finish. Probably past its prime, but drinking surprisingly very well. The bottle throws a significant crust.
Red
12/2/2018 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
89 points
Red cherries, ferrous tones, aniseed with a whiff of coffee. On day 2 the palate seemed to fill out a bit more and give more more weight. Drying lingering tannins.
Red
2017 Adelina Shiraz Mataro Clare Valley Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
10/18/2018 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
93 points
A touch more than medium bodied, savoury in nature with plums and an 'earthiness' about it. The Mataro is noticeable and lingers on the palate adding spice notes. A deft touch of older french oak rounds out the blend. On the finish there is just a touch of tannic grip, but the finish is long and savoury. Overall it is a pretty silky sort of wine. I tried this over 3 nights and it was drinking really well on the last night. The winemaker suggests that the palate will fill out over time. I really liked this.
Red
10/9/2018 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
94 points
brief impressions: medium bodied, lovely savoury blue type fruits, spice, pepper - could easily be mistaken for a cool climate wine. Stunning length with soft rounded tannins. Thoroughly enjoyable, one of the better wines I've tried for a while.
Red
9/24/2018 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
92 points
Bordering on full bodied; black current, blackberry, black olive, cigar box and a touch of earthiness. Very good palate weight with medium acidity and some drying tannins on a long lingering finish. Give this 5-10 years in the cellar.
White
9/24/2018 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
93 points
Light golden colour. Lemon & Limes, a touch of toastiness, but to me lemon butter finishes and lingers on the finish. The acidity has softened and the wine finishes very nicely. Very good wine. Drank well over 2 days.
Red
9/24/2018 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
93 points
A nice 'complete' wine, in that, the palate structure is well balanced / rounded and gives a nice long 'soft' lingering finish. Light to medium bodied, fresh berries, savoury and floral - a very easy drinking style of wine. Lacks the complexity to score higher in my view. Wish I had more though.
Red
2016 S.C. Pannell Tempranillo/Touriga McLaren Vale Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo (view label images)
9/16/2018 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
91 points
Excellent on the nose. Medium bodied. Dark fruits, blackberries, no overt ripeness about the wine, its more savoury in nature with pepper and spice tones that linger in the mouth. Well balanced acidity and soft oak treatment - with subtle drying tannins. An interesting but very good blend.
Red
9/8/2018 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
91 points
This wine surprised me - its length and complexity at its price point is to be admired. Decanted for one hour and it was ready to go: medium-full bodied, blueish type fruits with plums, chocolate and well balanced oak. A nice core of fruit that fills the palate well. The finish is medium to long - very enjoyable.
Red
9/8/2018 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
94 points
A touch more than medium bodied but packed full of flavour. Dark berries, plums, spice, pepper with some american oak toastiness. I love the earthiness & line of spice the Mataro/Mourvèdre brings to the blend. Lovely mouth coating / drying type tannins. The finish is long and lingering. Consumed over two days and showed equally well on day two. If drinking now, I would suggest a long decant/aeration time, but I would park to the cellar for 5-10 years for this wine to truely come together. My type of blend, seriously delicious.
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Red
2017 Adelina "Field Blend" Clare Valley Red Rhone Blend
8/26/2018 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
92 points
A blend of Shiraz, Grenache, Mataro, Ugni blanc, Roussanne & Carignan. A “Pinot like” lighter bodied style wine. An intriguing nose of strawberries and fresh florals. The palate is fresh with refreshing acidity, wild strawberry undertones and a touch of graphite; finishing with some tannic grip. Thoroughly enjoyable.
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White
8/19/2018 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
92 points
Lemon, limes, 'zesty' acidity. Lemon pith & lemon sherbet on the finish with a 'zing' from the acidity. Thoroughly enjoyable young Riesling.
Red
8/19/2018 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
89 points
Good fruit weight with red fruits, raspberries & strawberries. Lacking the complexity of the 2015 of the same wine. Enjoyable.
Red
8/19/2018 - Matt@5453 Does not like this wine:
80 points
The nose was inviting, but that is where it ended. The palate was extremely sour. Green / stalky notes as well. Disappointing.
Red
8/12/2018 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
93 points
Visually the wine is starting to brick around the edges. Aromas of menthol, cedar, florals and a touch of gum leaf. Flavours of red berries, earth, iron, graphite, plums, cranberry and cedar. On the palate there is a driving spine of bright acidity which dances on the tongue, backed up with loads of fine mouth coating tannin. The finish was medium to long.
A guest bought this over for lunch. It was decanted 1.5 hours prior to consuming, then consumed over the next ensuring 2-3 hours. Typically the wine evolved and continued to open up, I would have loved to give it more aeration and time.
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Red
8/8/2018 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
92 points
Layers of dark rich fruit (not overripe or jammy), vanilla and spice. The oak balances and accompanies the fruit nicely. Cellar worthy and very good value.
Red
7/25/2018 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
94 points
Decanted for 2 hours and then consumed over 2 nights. An intensive fruit driven nose with vanilla & dried herbs. A medium to full bodied wine showing ripe plum, dark chocolate , liquorice, dried herbs, vanilla, graphite, spice & a floral component. The finish is excellent with a fine tannin & acid structure. On day 2 it did not budge and showed the same richness. Overall a rich & complex wine. In my mind this needs a decade.
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Red
7/16/2018 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
91 points
Popped and poured – it wasn’t a great decision. The wine was quite closed & muted and did not show well on the first night – so I left it overnight to try and open up; a much better decision. On the second day it was open for business to what I was expecting: A full bodied wine displaying raspberries, hint of plum, a touch of spice / anise and cedar. It is a well-balanced wine, with a good level of acidity and some subtle grippy / black tea type tannins on the finish. The finish is long and lingering. It is a very good wine which I suspect will age well over the next 5-10 years.
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