Tasting Notes for Matt@5453

(185 notes on 181 wines)

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Red
1/23/2020 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
94 points
Medium bodied at best, quite translucent with a lovely perfumed nose. I would suggest a good decant - the wine unfurls over hours. Layers of flavours with red currants, blackberry, a touch of black olive, dark cherries, dark chocolate with fine grained oak adding gentle spice. The wine is so balanced, I would also say 'restrained' and elegant, delivering wonderful a mouthfeel with a very long finish. Gentle ripe tannins leave a slight 'purr'. Overall an excellent wine at a moderate 13.3% Alc.
Red
1/22/2020 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
91 points
Popped and poured. A rich, medium to full bodied wine. Ripe Shiraz notes immediately but after time in the glass, picking up the blackberry/cassis notes of the cabernet. A fruit driven wine at this stage, with the oak playing a supporting role. Looking good at this stage but in my mind needs a few years to come together.
Red
1/22/2020 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
93 points
As soon as I cracked the bottle it has a wonderful nose, ripe plums, coffee grounds/mocha. Decanted for 2 hours and consumed through the evening, it got better and better. Just a tad over medium bodied, again ripe plums, blackberry, blueberries, spice, mocha. The fruit weight supported nicely by the oak. Mouthfeel and length on the finish is impeccable for a wine in its price category. This should continue to drink well over the next 5 or so years, a real surprise.
Red
1/22/2020 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
89 points
Not as 'big' as I thought it would be, medium bodied. Nice fruit weight with softening tannins, but had an awkward acidity that distracted for me. Consumed over 2 hours after an hour decant it was nice wine but did not thrill on this occasion.
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Red
1/22/2020 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
93 points
Checked in to see how this is travelling, glad I did, its drinking nicely. Cassis, savoury notes, sage, nice spice tones. Lovely mouthfeel and length with softening lingering tannins on the finish. Overall looking balanced and should drink well over the next 5-7 years if not longer.
Red
1/12/2020 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
91 points
A dark/full bodied wine. Dark plums, vanilla, mocha, coffee grounds, a touch of prune, plenty of oak to carry the density of the fruit. Took 2-3 hours to really open up. Good palate weight, balance and good finish with some dusty lingering tannins. I think its going to need some time for the fruit / oak to balance itself out. Best to give good aeration to show its best now.
Red
1/5/2020 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
94 points
This really opens up to show its potential after ~2-3 hours in the decanter. Medium/full bodied, plenty of complexity showing plum type fruit, milk chocolate, a touch of vanilla, with nuances of nutmeg/cinnamon spices, also getting a hint of ripe raspberry. Medium acidity with some tannins providing a slight drying finish. Overall, a very well structured wine with a long smooth and delicious finish. I have no doubt over the next 5-10 years it will show its best. Best to give it a long decant now.
Red
2014 Henschke Henry's Seven Eden Valley Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
1/5/2020 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
92 points
Drinking very well. Lovely fruit and palate weight. Fully integrated tannins with a long lingering finish.
Red
1/1/2020 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
92 points
Plums, dark cherries, chocolate, touch of blackberry, hint of raspberry 'tartness', lovely integrated spice from the 26 months in French Oak. The wine is maturing, with lovely soft texture and mouthfeel with the tannins now softening, leaving a hint of drying on the finish. A long and lingering finish. Definitely give this ~2 hours in the decanter to really show its stuff. Personally, I would not hold much longer on this. In a good place now.
Red
2015 Villa Calcinaia Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
12/18/2019 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
92 points
Served after 1 hour decant. Medium bodied at best. Dark plums, dark cherries, a touch of leather, hint of coffee grounds, soft tannins with a well-rounded finish. Very approachable. Thoroughly enjoyable.
White
12/18/2019 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
92 points
Served at Pike's Slate Restaurant. Limes, wet stone with a touch of sweetness. Medium acid feeling like it is softening out, in all drinking nicely for mine.
White
12/15/2019 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
91 points
Youthful colour. Lemons, slate, a touch of florals with a very good acid 'zing'. Nice.
Red
12/8/2019 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
90 points
Decanted for an hour prior to service. Overall good fruit and soft tannin structure, but I felt had too high of acidity for a wine its age which detracted from its overall enjoyment.
White
12/1/2019 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
89 points
Stone fruits, sea shell, saline, perhaps lacking real fruit drive, nice acidity. Light and easy to drink. Enjoyable
White
12/1/2019 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
88 points
Served blind. I guessed it as a cheaper NZ Sauvignon Blanc, much to my surprise on the reveal...A nice aromatic nose with the palate showing gooseberry, herbaceous tones, a touch grassy. A hint of sweetness, no obvious acidity. Very easy to drink.
Red
12/1/2019 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
94 points
Decanted half a bottle for 2 hours, and then consumed the balance over 2 days. I rated this very highly. Tobacco/cigar box and spice on the nose. The palate delivers cassis, dark plums, graphite and lingering spice from the oak - the fruit is beautifully ripe. It is a well balanced wine, with the lovely fruit balanced with a nice acidity/ever slight tartness, good use of oak and ripe tannins completing the package. Palate weight is delightful and the finish - long and lingering.
Red
12/1/2019 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
88 points
Pale and light, sweet red fruits, very easy drinking. I would not hold these, drink now. Paired well with roast lamb.
Red
2014 Wendouree Shiraz Mataro Clare Valley Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
11/3/2019 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
94 points
Decanted for 2 hours initially and then consumed over 2 days. Dark fruits: dark cherries & plums, blackberry with some vanilla, and an 'earthy' undertone. A raspberry type acidity gives it freshness and drive, with ripe tannins finishing off what is a lovely wine. Very good palate weight with a long lingering finish. Every sip was a joy and showed no signs of slowing down on the second day.
White
10/8/2019 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
91 points
Ripe fruits of nectarine, melons with toast and creaminess from the oak supporting the fruit. The more I try & taste it, I get a subtle caramel pop corn type of flavour coming through. Good texture and mouth feel to the wine with good balancing acidity. Rather enjoyable.
White
10/8/2019 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
92 points
Young, bright and fresh. Lip smacking lemon/lime combination with minerals and slate. A long lingering finish with honey suckle just lingering. A very good concentrated wine with medium to high acidity. Young now, can't wait to try over the next 6-12 months to see how it settles down. Looks good now.
Red
10/8/2019 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
89 points
Nice and light. Dark cherries, strawberries and florals with a savoury tone to the wine. Very slight hint of tannin on the finish (probably more the dryness of the wine showing). Not showing a great depth of flavour or complexity. Overall a light, good easy drinking & enjoyable wine.
Red
10/1/2019 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
93 points
Brief impressions: Distinctive Mataro nose with a bit of oak. Palate was gorgeous; mataro spice coming through, blackberry, dark fruits lingering, earth with nice supporting oak. Wonderful mouth feel and long finish. Consumed over 2 nights, very good drinking. Yum.
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Red
9/14/2019 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
92 points
Popped and poured - this was drinking well from the start with blackberry/cassis notes, a touch of tobacco, dark chocolate, cedar/spice notes also. A very well rounded palate with a core of ripe fruit, with slight dusty tannins on a very good finish. Lovely drinking, no doubt will mature, but in a good drinking zone at the minute for my tastes.
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Red
9/8/2019 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
90 points
A touch more than medium bodied. Cassis, plums, a slight raspberry tartness, with dried herbs and spice/cedar from the oak. A good level of acidity and a purr of tannin give it good structure. Just a slight whole in the mid palate, but overall a nice wine. I drank this alongside the 2012 vintage of the same wine which was drinking very well. I'd cellar the 2016 with confidence approaching it in 7-8 years of time.
Red
9/8/2019 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
92 points
Dark and inky, colour still quite youthful. Cassis, chocolate, some cigar box notes lurking. Some cedar and smoky notes from the oak as well. Acid and tannin has softened, hence provides lush and easy drinking. Further development to be had, but I reckon 10 years from vintage will be its drinking window. Overall a good beverage.
Red
9/1/2019 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
91 points
Nice plump fruit with sweetish red currants, plums, cigar box and spice, a nuttiness to it also with cedar tones from the oak. Acid pretty much resolved with a touch of drying tannin on the finish. Very "smooth". Good drinking.
Red
8/25/2019 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
92 points
Dark sweet type fruits, blackcurrant, earthy tones, a creaminess and a touch of vanilla. No overt tannin or greeness, seemed in a good spot for a young wine with a very nice finish complementing the package.
Red
8/25/2019 - Matt@5453 Likes this wine:
93 points
Excellent wine. Medium bodied/weight - plums/dark berries, a raspberry type tartness, earthy tones, baking spices, a meatiness to it, with the fruit well supported by the oak. A dryness to the wine on the finish as opposed to any tannin lingering. Overall, a very elegant and well structure wine, delicious.
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.
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