Tasting Notes for wp_drinkers

(87 notes on 79 wines)

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Red
2010 Château Samion Montagne-St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/4/2020 - wp_drinkers Likes this wine:
90 points
This is open for business and in a really good place at the moment. No need for a long decant.
White
10/23/2019 - wp_drinkers Likes this wine:
90 points
Drinking at its peak. Will hold for a few more years.
White
2/12/2019 - wp_drinkers wrote:
This bottle seemed past its best.
White
2014 Brash Higgins Field Blend McLaren Vale Riesling Blend, Riesling (view label images)
1/9/2019 - wp_drinkers Likes this wine:
89 points
Still fresh as a daisy. Went brilliantly with some shallow fried Shark Bay whiting on a balmy summer's evening.
Red
6/24/2018 - wp_drinkers Likes this wine:
92 points
Stand this up for at least a day before opening and decant for at least two to three hours.

Initially some VA which blew off. Dried rose petals, forest floor, dried herbs, dried mushrooms and sweet fruits and a hint of jersey caramels on the nose.

Good acid and fine tannins in the mouth. Sweet fruit and earthiness. Long finish.

Very well balanced. A good wine.

Lots of sludge in the bottle. Handling and decanting this properly is going to be important!
White
11/11/2017 - wp_drinkers Likes this wine:
93 points
Light gold in colour. Clear.

Delicate nose with a hint of kerosene, under ripe pineapple, apricot and lemon blossom. In the mouth, quite intense flavours with decent palate weight. High acid and a hint of residual sugar. Hint of lemon, light apricot, fresh pineapple. Very long, dry finish.

Excellent quality wine with great complexity. Drink now or over the next 10 years.
Red
1975 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/5/2017 - wp_drinkers Likes this wine:
91 points
In good condition. Nose is slightly muted after decanting but opened up after 30 minutes. Notes of leather, graphite, dried red berries. In the mouth there's still the remains of powdery tannins and medium acid. Sweet fruit and finishes long. On the decline. Drink up.
White
6/18/2017 - wp_drinkers Likes this wine:
92 points
Light golden in colour. Consumed at cellar temperature (13C).

Intense nose of white grapefruit, buttermilk, salinity, cashews.

In the mouth, good balanced acid. Bit of white peach, salinity, nuttiness/nougat and a long finish.
Red
9/17/2016 - wp_drinkers wrote:
85 points
Pretty disappointing. Lots of tannin and not much else going on here. Some dark fruit on the nose, but pretty simple. Can't see this getting any better. Probably on the downward slope. Clearly a wine from an inferior vintage.
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White - Sparkling
2/28/2016 - wp_drinkers Likes this wine:
90 points
This was really interesting. Bottle purchased about two years ago and on initial pour the colour suggests some further age.

Initially probably a little cold. This was consumed over 3 hours. Intoxicating nose of brioche, lemon zest, white peach and hints of brine. Over time I also got creamed honey. Creamy mousse (although this didn't persist in the glass too long). Acid has softened slightly but seems really well balanced with excellent texture and medium plus length.

This wine got better with a little time after opening and as it warmed up slightly. If you had this just straight up out the fridge and consumed immediately I think you'd be a little disappointed. In the end a really interesting wine that's good, but not great. At the price paid ($40 AUD) I'm a happy camper.
Red
2006 Penfolds Shiraz Cabernet Koonunga Hill Seventy Six South Australia Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
2/27/2016 - wp_drinkers Likes this wine:
89 points
Fantastic QPR here. Still quite primary with plenty of tannin and acid to nicely balance out what is still quite primary fruit. I expect this to improve still over the next three to five years.
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White
1/23/2016 - wp_drinkers Likes this wine:
92 points
Light gold. Medium intensity nose of white peach, cashews, white grapefruit and hints of oak. The palate is where the party's at here. White grapefruit, peach, nuttiness and spiciness (oak?). Incredibly long finish.

This is a fantastic wine, but I'm starting to think I prefer this a little younger. Either way, the Reserve Bin is one of my favourite Australian Chardonnays and for me much more interesting than the Yattarna.
Red
1/11/2016 - wp_drinkers Likes this wine:
91 points
Fairly intense nose of leather, mocha, dark chocolate, brambles, cloves and hints of dark berries. The nose is so intoxicating.

Palate is medium plus weight with beautifully balanced, acid and slightly chalky tannins. Generous fruit is still present. Really well integrated lush mouth-feel. Finishes medium plus.
White
10/11/2015 - wp_drinkers Likes this wine:
92 points
Relatively intense nose. Initially some kerosene but that seems to have settled a little. Didn't dominate, just not quite as noticeable after 20 minutes. Really fragrant/perfumed. Talcum powder, lime, passionfruit.

Palate is fruit driver with a racy line of acid and a hint of fruit sweetness. Excellent length.

Drinking superbly right now and will be interesting to see how this ages. Why did I only buy 6?!?
Red
7/28/2015 - wp_drinkers Likes this wine:
86 points
Drink up if you have any bottles left. On the downward slope now.
Red
5/24/2015 - wp_drinkers Likes this wine:
91 points
Expressive nose of raspberries and mulberries, old leather, damp leaves. Hints of aniseed and bramble. A really enticing Barossa like nose.

Silky palette with integrated tannins. Plenty of primary fruits with hints of mocha and aniseed. Acid well balanced.

This is a well made, quality wine. The word balanced comes to mind and even elegant for this style. Finishes medium plus and a great example of a Barossa Shiraz with some age. Has the guts to go many more years and should improve over the next 5 years or so.
White
3/25/2015 - wp_drinkers Likes this wine:
91 points
This wine needs more time. Excellent fruit but plenty of oak that needs more time to settle down. Acid is there, so should improve with further age. I'll look at my next bottle in 3-5 years time.
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Red
2010 Château Samion Montagne-St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/15/2015 - wp_drinkers Likes this wine:
88 points
Decanted, no sediment.

Fairly intense nose of dark fruit, tomato leaf, hints of leather. Quite tannic palate that coats the mouth, with high acid. Initially slightly astringent but some palate fruit. Medium plus finish.

I think this wine should benefit from additional time in the cellar.
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White
Medium intensity nose of grassiness and some floral characters. Hint of lemon. Palate was timid and for want of a better term, watery. Short finish.
Red
contains Shiraz (68%), Cabernet Sauvignon (27%), Cabernet Franc (9%) and Merlot (8%). It appeared fresher than the D’Arenberg with berry richness, but it was the palate that did it for me: smooth and totally balanced, good acid, full bodied and a long finish. Secondary development is starting to kick in, indicating hopefully a lengthy life for this wine.
Red
the ratio in the blend is 89%/9%/2%, but the Petit Verdot more than makes its mark. Rich berry fruit, with violets, chocolate, cherry and a touch of mint and leafiness. There’s the right amount of savoury oak and acid along with dusty but fine tannins, leading to a medium-long finish.
White
12/20/2014 - wp_drinkers Likes this wine:
88 points
Quite an expressive floral nose. Apricot and white peach dominate with a hint of musk sticks. Refreshing palate with similar descriptors. medium minus acid, medium weight and a medium plus finish. Definitely a drink now proposition. Consumed out of Zalto universals.
Red
12/13/2014 - wp_drinkers Likes this wine:
90 points
It showed sour cherry, cola, black olives, mixed herbs and some meatiness. Surprisingly there is also some cranberries and pomegranate. The wine is light to medium bodied (despite 13% alcohol), with pronounced acidity and drying tannins.
White
12/7/2014 - wp_drinkers Likes this wine:
92 points
Nose of white grapefruit, lemon pith and quite floral. Mouth is really rich with plenty of acid. Not a hint of kerosene or lanolin which usually comes with age.
Red
11/29/2014 - wp_drinkers Likes this wine:
89 points
Very different to the previous bottle. Cork was in great condition. Nose is a little muted really. With some primary dark fruits and hints of leather. Mouth is interesting. Really quite high acid and plenty of fruit. Tannins well integrated. I wouldn't say the finish is short, but no where near the length of previous bottles. Just goes to show, there aren't great wines, only great bottles.
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Red
11/4/2014 - wp_drinkers Likes this wine:
90 points
Decanted for an hour. Plenty of sediment thrown.

Nose of concentrated dark fruits, leather, cloves, Chinese five spice, sweet vanilla.

Palette is fruit driven and plenty of a vanilla too. Again, dark fruits (maybe slightly sweet almost), liquorice, earthiness. Tannins are soft but there. Medium plus acid, good length. Slight alcohol heat and slightly astringent finish.

As you would pretty much expect of an old vine McLaren Vale Shiraz. Good to drink now and may improve, but will easily hold another five years.
White - Sparkling
All of the expected yeasty, autolytic, brioche characters you look for in Champagne. There is also a hint of strawberry, amongst a stronger aroma of pear skins and a touch of apple. The wine has good acidity and finishes dry and long. The mousse is creamy (possibly a further outcome of the autolysis) but faded quite quickly.
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White
14.3% alcohol (but carries it well). The initial indications were of an oxidised wine, but this faded with a little air, and the oxidative characters are actually part of the wine’s appeal. Apart from the fruit characters (white apricot, nectarine) there is also honeydew melon (one taster narrowed it down to “the white bit under the skin”), lots of nuttiness, Jersey caramel and fudge. There is also a slight vanillan note (presumably from oak). Some creaminess on the palate indicates a little time on lees, and this is balanced by good acidity. A slight sulphur / match-stick note rounds this out.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1997 Château Sigalas Rabaud Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
13.5% alcohol, and a deep golden brown in colour. T showed concentrated dried apricot, with vanilla bean, crème brulee, marmalade / candied citrus peel, cumquat, and ginger. The alcohol was also noticeable. There was also an interesting discussion about the acid level – it appeared different depending on whether you were eating a sweet-ish dessert (therefore moderate appearing acid), or the blue cheese (higher acid). I suppose we just had to try both.
Red
9/23/2014 - wp_drinkers Likes this wine:
87 points
Restrained nose of black cherry, blackcurrant, leather, hints of mint and sweet vanilla. High acid, medium plus tannins. Palate of spicy dark fruits, some pepper, medium finish. Hint of alcohol heat. Seems somewhat disjointed without anything really poking out. I'd like to see where this is at in another few years time.
White
9/20/2014 - wp_drinkers Likes this wine:
90 points
Deep straw in colour. Intense nose of lemon, lemon blossom, lanolin with hints of kerosene. Medium minus palette weight with balanced acid. Notes of lemon, under-ripe white peach and medium plus to long finish. I believe this wine still has room for improvement with further age.
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Red
6/7/2014 - wp_drinkers Likes this wine:
93 points
No formal notes. Bottle was in great condition and I think will still improve with further age.
Red
5/14/2014 - wp_drinkers Likes this wine:
94 points
This drew an immediate and very expressive ‘ooohhh’ from one of the group and I can understand why. Up-front licorice with some secondary characters of seasoned leather, cedar and earthiness. This was countered by cloves and fennel seed with some slightly porty plum fruit. The palate shows a velvety texture, with rich fruit sweetness (a mélange of red and black fruits), some supporting acid and fine but firm tannins. Medium finish.
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White
5/14/2014 - wp_drinkers Likes this wine:
90 points
A slightly reductive nose which blew off quite quickly. A nose of lemon pith, musk, some blue cheese or briny character (salt being the common factor) and some peach blossom. The palate showed good acidity for a 13 year old wine, along with a fruit dominant mid-palate (including some apricot), and some glycerol / viscosity. The wine is dry to off-dry, with a clean and a medium / long finish
Red
5/11/2014 - wp_drinkers Likes this wine:
90 points
Medium nose of red cherries, Chinese five spice and hints of white pepper and clove

Medium plus acid, medium minus fine velvety tannins, red berries, cherry, and savoury notes with a long finish.

This is a good elegant wine that certainly needs some more time in the cellar.
Red
5/10/2014 - wp_drinkers Likes this wine:
90 points
On opening, the nose was quite closed. 30 minutes in the decanter and this really opened up. Plenty of earthiness, saddle leather, cassis, blackberry, mint, phenol.

Medium palette, medium plus acid. well integrated medium tannins. Red berries, graphite, liquorice and mint with a medium finish.

Probably at its peak. Wish I had a couple more bottles. Excellent QPR.
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Red
4/27/2014 - wp_drinkers Likes this wine:
87 points
Decanted for about an hour. Very little bottle sediment.

Initial nose forest floor, dark fruit, leather, dark chocolate and some funkiness. Was actually a little concerned about possible low level TCA. This blew off over time, much to my relief. Hints of mushroom and bacon fat.

In the mouth medium fine tannins and medium plus acid. Dark fruits fill the palette with hints of chocolate for a medium slightly astringent finish.

Not sure this wine is going to get much better with more time. A good wine, especially at the price point.
Red
2008 Moss Wood Amy's Margaret River Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/19/2014 - wp_drinkers Likes this wine:
87 points
Decanted for about 90 minutes. Was some bottle sediment.

Deep garnet.

Medium nose of mainly primary aromas. Some dark fruit, capsicum, forest floor and hints of leather and barnyard. Also some tobacco leaf.

In the mouth there is plenty of acid. Medium refined tannins with dark fruits to the fore finishing medium minus with some vegetable characteristics.

For me, this is still too young. I have two more bottles and will wait at least three years before looking at the next one. Unsure how much better this will get though. Suspect with some more age and secondary characteristics it should be more to my liking. There isn't anything wrong with this, I just prefer my Cabernet with more age.
Red
4/2/2014 - wp_drinkers Likes this wine:
89 points
Light ruby. Nose of raspberry, red cherries and possibly a hint of redskin (that's a lolly for those in the US).

In the mouth this is extremely balanced. Medium plus acid, medium minus velvety tannins. Sour cherry, juicy red fruits and a hint of vanilla. Finishes medium plus to almost long. Makes me want to take another mouthful.

Should be interested to see how this evolves over the next few years. Drinking well now and expect some lovely tertiary characteristics to develop in the next few years.
Red
12/28/2013 - wp_drinkers Likes this wine:
91 points
Nose of blackcurrant, blueberry, blackberry, tobacco leaf and dark chocolate (high cocoa content).

Medium palate. Similar fruits in the mouth with plenty of acid. Well integrated tannins. Good length.

Still very much on the primary side and I'd expect this to improve further with age. Easily go another five years before reaching its peak.
Red
12/28/2013 - wp_drinkers wrote:
flawed
Corked! :(

Immediately obvious on the nose. Cork otherwise is in excellent condition.
White - Sparkling
12/24/2013 - wp_drinkers Likes this wine:
92 points
Light gold colour.

Nose of brioche, Mayer lemon, hints of stone fruit, under ripe pineapple. Velvety mousse, with citrus tones, balanced acid and a decent length finish. Super balanced wine that will get even better with time.
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White
12/18/2013 - wp_drinkers Likes this wine:
88 points
Golden colour.

Stone fruit, some citrus and cashews on the note. Full bodied, balanced in the mouth with similar notes to the nose with a hint of toasty oak. Medium finish

Excellent QPR. No rush to drink my remaining bottle.
White
12/9/2013 - wp_drinkers Does not like this wine:
82 points
Simple over oaked wine.
Red
11/2/2013 - wp_drinkers wrote:
87 points
Primarily red berries on the nose with a hint of oak. In the mouth, chalky tannins, medium bodied but really juicy (but not in bad jammy sense). At times a touch of alcohol heat was noticeable. Medium length finish.

While not the worlds most complex wine, this was immensely enjoyable and the bottle seemed to just disappear. Great QPR.
Red
10/2/2013 - wp_drinkers wrote:
88 points
Nose of red berries with a hint of cedar wood and earthiness. Not a massive nose though but enough on offer.

Mouth is interesting. Palate is medium weight and quite well rounded, yet still has a hint of syrupiness to it (but not in a bad way). Bright fruit flavours, heaps of acid and a hint of spicy vanilla (American oak perhaps?). Very little alcohol heat which is impressive given the 16%! Medium to long finish.

Will be interesting to see how this progresses over the years.
White - Sparkling
9/18/2013 - wp_drinkers wrote:
90 points
Deep straw.

Nose of lemon meringue pie and hints of brioche and green apple. Velvety palate with white peach, lemon with balanced acid and excellent length.

The nose was not hugely pronounced and suspect this bottle is not a prime example of this wine. When will the champagne houses put disgorgement dates on the bottles!?
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Red
9/15/2013 - wp_drinkers Likes this wine:
91 points
Mint, cherries, tobacco leaf, bacon fat and lather on the nose. Medium palate full of fruit, hints of vanilla with balanced acid and fine integrated tannins. Good length. Should improve over the next few years with the development of secondary characteristics.
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