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White
2010 McWilliam's Mount Pleasant Wines Sémillon Single Vineyard Lovedale Hunter Valley
Green gold appearance. Opulent expansive bouquet of lime, mandarin, hay, white flowers, wet earth and a hint of lychees.Balanced palate with vivid definition of flavour. Great balance and length. Drunk at 8 degrees C. Best after 10 minutes in the decanter and starts simplifying at 35 minutes. Riedel Bordeaux glasses. Score 100
  • Indran Rajendra commented:

    10/8/17, 12:43 PM - In general, I only write notes for the wines that score the highest ratings. Therefore, there are wines with lesser scores that do not appear in my tasting notes. I stand by my scores and over the last 25 years of wine tasting they have proven to be consistent in serial and blind tastings. There are a few wines that I score highly that I also have in large quantities but most like this one I have only a few left and do not intend to sell them. For me this is a 100 point wine.

  • Indran Rajendra commented:

    10/11/17, 1:05 AM - I'm happy with my scores. I rarely sell wine so would not benefit from score inflation. Many of my scores are similar to well known wine critics such as Robert Parker for the same wine so I don't think I am deluding myself. Robert Parker scored 100 points Chateau Pavie 2000,Pontet Canet 2009,2010,Pape Clement 2009 and Leoville Poyferre 2009. I scored the same or similar for these wines and others. It's not score inflation it's just drinking good wine.Life's too short to drink bad wine.

  • Indran Rajendra commented:

    10/11/17, 11:29 AM - I see your point sunnylea57. In wines where my notes make up a large proportion of the total notes, I will place the score in the body of the notes and leave the score box not rated.

Red
2008 St Hugo Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra
4/4/2014 - Indran Rajendra Likes this wine:
96 points
The tenth tasting of this wine in recent times. I could just see my fingers through the inky body of this wine. There was a hint of mauve on the edge suggesting youth though some of the bottles tasted in the past lacked this perhaps indicating different cellaring. Like many previous bottles the wine was at its peak between 50 to 75 minutes after decanting however on this occasion towards 75 minutes the wine was fluctuating from open to close states. What a glorious nose. True to its Coonawarra terroir. Dark cherries blackcurrant black olives tomato vine violets cinnamon and pencil shavings make up the core. Supporting this is dark chocolate mint and cigar box. The palate is medium to full bodied and has some elegance but not as elegant as the classed growth Bordeaux. This latter feature is a useful tool in blind tastings. The structure is big and firm but balanced. Truly delicious. The wine was served at 16 degrees C from Riedel bordeaux glasses.
  • Indran Rajendra commented:

    10/21/15, 1:32 PM - I can see why you think that but no. I have no financial or for that matter emotional interest in the wine. I have no involvement in the wine industry. I'm interested in documenting changes in wine as it ages. You can drink the same bottle of wine on consecutive days and the perception of the wine varies. By assessing more bottles of wine in a short period of time you can account for this variation and therefore detect genuine changes in the wine as it ages. To increase the accuracy further I usually try to buy the wine in batches at one time. Unfortunately, I have nearly run out of this wine. One long term project I am doing is following the development of the 2004 John Riddoch and I have several cases left. All of these were purchased from the winery and cellared in a temperature controlled cellar. I have been following that wine for several years and it had a very interesting development with a phase where it shut down and also a relatively rapid development of aged characters. These aspects of its evolution would be difficult to detect with infrequent tastings. I have notes on this wine on this site if you are interested.

Red
1996 Château Marquis de Terme Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
2/2/2015 - Indran Rajendra Likes this wine:
95 points
This 19 year old wine was tasted blind-the wine chosen from the cellar by my wife. The garnet color and presence of sediment hinted to its age. The body was semi-opaque rather than opaque making the wine less likely to be from an exceptional vintage such as 2000 or 1990. The bouquet was aged with cedar, mushrooms and earth. However, there were primary aromas of blackcurrant cherries and blueberries. Cigarbox roses and mint were there too. The balance was slightly off with the prominent acid structure showing through the facade of the wine. The body was medium with a length of 25 seconds. The wine has a feminine nature and classically made. Accessed with Coravin the second time-the last a few weeks ago. Drunk from 17 degrees c. In the decanter for 40 minutes. Riedel Bordeaux. The wine was bought when a few years old and cellared at 14 degrees C for about 15 years.
  • Indran Rajendra commented:

    4/30/15, 3:54 AM - Excellent!

Red
2009 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
1/31/2015 - Indran Rajendra Likes this wine:
100 points
This wine has a presence of greatness. It has a black opaque core with a mauve edge. The nose is closed straight after accessing it. There is only a monolithic aroma of pencil shavings. At 25 minutes there is more complexity with the addition of blackcurrant aromas. At an hour and at 17 degrees C the divine bouquet offers up lead pencil,blackcurrant,coffee,wet earth,rose petals,blueberries,jam,cafe au lait and cigar box. The palate is big but elegant. It is impeccably balanced. In addition to the aromas on the bouquet the palate has cherries,raspberries and liver pate. The length continues for 50 seconds. The tannins are prodigious but not harsh. It has a soft mouthfeel. It is a complete palate without flaw. The wine was drunk in Riedel bordeaux glasses between 17-21 degrees C. At 21 degrees C it started to lose precision and its tight structure confirming the importance of serving temperature. I am aware that this wine will last 70 years or more and will develop complexity but I am more than happy to drink it now. Is that heresy?
  • Indran Rajendra commented:

    1/31/15, 9:50 AM - Agreed.

Red
2010 Château Branaire-Ducru St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
1/25/2015 - Indran Rajendra wrote:
95 points
This wine is a 4th growth left bank wine. It is served in first class on Cathay Pacific. The wine is opaque with a mauve rim. The nose offers up blackcurrant,roses,cherries,gooseberries,charcoal and cafe au lait. There are hints of manure and cedar. There are the aromas of jam. The palate is medium to full bodied. The tannins are moderate and unfortunately bitter unbalancing the wine. There is a certain pallor in the palate. Accessed with Coravin for the first time. Drunk between 16-18 degrees C. In the decanter for one hour. Riedel bordeaux glasses. Nice nose shame about the palate.
  • Indran Rajendra commented:

    1/25/15, 12:48 PM - On the ground.

  • Indran Rajendra commented:

    1/25/15, 2:21 PM - I'm not surprised the ratings vary considerably for this wine. Most of the other wines also have a significant range of ratings. This probably reflects many things including the experience of the tasters, how the score is allocated for various components of the wine, the state of the wine ( has it been poorly transported or cellared,was it served to hot or too cold) or more simple was the taster too drunk to accurately assess the wine. Even amongst the professional wine tasters there can be large differences in ratings. I find that my scores roughly correlate with those of Robert Parker and Jeff Leve. Robert Parker scored this wine 94 as did Jeff Leve whereas I gave it 95.

Red
2000 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
1/9/2015 - Indran Rajendra Likes this wine:
98 points
Was that really a purple meniscus I saw and was that raspberry on the nose or was it all in my imagination. 14 years old and still youthful though those aged characters are starting to creep in- cedar,mushrooms and manure. Otherwise the wine offers up blackcurrant of course, cherries, cafe au lait and roses. Full bodied and elegant this wine is made in a classical style. More open that a recent bottle tried. I would drink this wine without reservation now. Coravin first pour. Drunk at 16 degrees C. Best after in the decanter for 1/2 hour. Riedel Bourdeaux glasses.
  • Indran Rajendra commented:

    1/10/15, 1:39 AM - Yes. 3 1/2 left. I have no doubt you will be imbibing some.

Red
2010 Château Pape Clément Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
12/31/2014 - Indran Rajendra Likes this wine:
100 points
Black core with iridescent purple meniscus. The nose is open for such a young Bordeaux. Wow! Blueberries,incense,pencil shavings,blackcurrant,black cherries,raspberries,dark chocolate,charcoal,seashells and cigar box. Youthful and proud. It stands head and shoulders above its peers. The palate is huge made in the modern style. It has a soft mouthfeel. It is multidimensional. The length is awesome. The tannins are massive but not harsh. Absolutely stunning. Coravin first pour. Drunk at 16 degrees. 1 hour in the decanter. Riedel Bordeaux glasses.
  • Indran Rajendra commented:

    12/31/14, 10:17 PM - I know the feeling. Nithya arrived in 2007 and I couldn't find anything with the required quality and longevity. Luckily Gita was born in 2009!

Red
2007 Woodlands "Margaret" Margaret River Red Bordeaux Blend
Semi opaque ruby bodied wine. Blackcurrant blackberry black olives intermingle with dark cherries,plum,raspberry tomato vine, eucalyptus, dried herbs, lemon grass, violets, truffles and pencil shavings, nutmeg and cinnamon. Elegant long palate with soft mouth feel. Peaks at 75 minutes in the decanter stored at 16 degrees C and starts to fade at 105 minutes. Drunk from Riedel bordeaux glasses.Score 96
  • Indran Rajendra commented:

    5/18/14, 9:15 PM - Thanks for the comments and taking an interest. Most wines have a window of time when they are at their best after they are opened. The subjective assessment that the wine is at its best is mainly based on the complexity of flavours and aroma,the balance of the wine, the intensity and the integration of all the elements. Once the wine moves out of this window in time the above elements start deteriorating usually gradually. I notice that the complexity is one of the first to go. You may no longer be able to smell or taste that mint or truffle note that was present before. The wine becomes more muted in intensity and starts losing balance becoming overly sweet sour or bitter. Oxidised characters start creeping in and after a few hours I usually find it undrinkable. I guess you could say the wine has fallen apart. I have predominantly tasted Australian cabernet based wines mostly sourced from the winery and cellared well over the last few years. I tend to decanter the bottle then sample a little of the wine immediately and then at 15 minute intervals. I have noticed that for these Australian wines the window when they are at their best usually occurs between 45 minutes and 120 minutes after opening at a serving temperature of 16 degrees. Some wines have a very short window of around 15 minutes while others can be as long 45 minutes. For this wine, the Woodlands Margaret 2007, the window appears to be around 30 minutes sometimes between 60 minutes to 90 minutes and sometimes 75 minutes to 105 minutes. I do understand that individual tastes vary and so it does not surprise me that some drinkers will enjoy their wine better the next day but this certainly does not apply to me.

Red
2004 Château Pavie St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
3/30/2014 - happytom wrote:
88 points
Maybe it is closed. But the predominate characteristic was OAK. Lots of oak. And wood. Pin Oak, Live Oak, Post Oak, Bur Oak, Northern Red Oak. Did I mention the taste of oak? There may have been other oaks not mentioned but those are the only oaks I can identify.
Maybe many years from now after the oaks settle down and integrate.
  • Indran Rajendra commented:

    4/6/14, 3:19 PM - I agree. I tasted this wine in 2011 and had the same experience.

White - Sweet/Dessert
2001 Château Suduiraut Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
12/25/2013 - Indran Rajendra Likes this wine:
96 points
This amber liquid gives up creme brulee, bitter orange, apricots and honeysuckle.Hints of pineapple and lychees. It is elegant and long. Drunk at below 15 degrees C. I have had 4 bottles in the last 2-3 years and they always score the same.
  • Indran Rajendra commented:

    12/27/13, 2:32 AM - A few bottles left but I doubt they will last the long haul :)

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