• RN wrote: 89 points

    March 22, 2020 - Rather raw and unrefined. Oak dominates. Some length but not satisfyingly complex ... but tart, bitter and burnt berries. Complete opposite of a 2004 montrose the night before.

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  • Rob.Winelover wrote: 92 points

    February 28, 2020 - Has reaches its peak!

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  • fizz wrote:

    June 14, 2019 - Lisa's farewell (Nilgiri’s): Decanted. Mid garnet with a little bricking.
    Black fruits, leather, sweet cherry, touch of smoke. Mid-weighted, rounded and resolved palate. A mature wine, not overly complex, that’s drinking very well.

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  • johnrm Likes this wine: 93 points

    May 25, 2019 - Last tasted in September 2016. As before, the cork was perfect and and there was no ullage. Deep colour, opaque still colour and with some browning at the rim. Quite a restrained nose when first opened. Attractive immediately after decanting to remove the heavy sediment.
    It continued to open gradually, showing good, sweet dark fruit - blackberries and damsons with tobacco, eucalyptus and spice. Very smooth with some soft damson skin tannins. Very long.
    After 4h, the wine really began to show on nose and palate. The palate became more complex and cherries emerged as before - red, then black, then maraschino. Great structure and balance. Interestingly, my wife and I both got raspberries on the palate when savouring the last glass.
    Excellent with rare sirloin.
    It is now probably at its tipping point but is still a truly great bottle with a youthfulness that belies the date on the label. Sadly, our last one.

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  • graemeg wrote:

    May 10, 2019 - {cork, 14%} Level in the neck, cork looked fine. Bricking garnet colour. A touch dull. Nose was quite advanced, a bit on the volatile side, leathery too. There's a real sense of a wine on the turn. Palate confirmed this; it's all tertiary flavours, with acidity trembling on the edge of volatility, hinting at varnish, the flavours are leathery and compost-like and old. Little in the way of tannin, there are medium-bodied flavours, then a fairly short, not especially interesting finish. I think this particular vintage is into the pot-luck category now.

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  • wine4ever Likes this wine: 93 points

    April 10, 2019 - At 21....this baby is still going strong. We loved it. I see no problem with anyone wanting to cellar it for another decade +. This particular bottle has been cellared since release. We were just curious where this was in it's evolution. Still tastes very fresh and fruity. Cork was in great shape. Decanted for sediment and drank over a three hour window. A tad of leather on the nose, and a slight bit of bricking. Great structure. Still some tannin (nicely present, but not obtrusive), good acidity, long finish. Medium-heavy bodied. Only negative may be the it is a bit simple. Excellent with a local Ribeye. In two words: A beauty.

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  • maw246 Likes this wine: 92 points

    December 20, 2018 - Still drinking well although definitely on backside of peak. Tannins fully resolved. Big nose and well balanced on palate. Medium finish.

  • Robbie K Likes this wine: 95 points

    October 4, 2018 - The colour has reached a transitional state; some residual purple remaining in the core, while fading to brick red elsewhere.
    A ripe nose loaded with dark fruits; blackberry, plus black plum joined by secondary notes of tobacco, cedar and leather.
    A beautifully balanced full bodied palate, with lashings of spicy plum, and mocha.The length here is nothing short of supreme; the tannins still prominent after 20 years.
    This is built to last at least another decade.

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  • nwebstar Likes this wine: 94 points

    July 13, 2018 - Sublime. Surprised on the open with a somewhat light bodied closed introduction but quickly evolved to a classically broad deep wine. Mulberries, black currants, smoky perhaps a touch of olive and tarragon. This wine had so much and still very fresh. Not quite the same piercing tautness/structure of recent same vintage Grange. Unfairly it was all drunk too quickly and deserved a decant. (After posting my note was surprised to read such variation in experience - I think mix of luck and provenance. My bottle stored under ideal conditions since purchase all those years ago)

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  • chatters wrote:

    July 3, 2018 - Leather, slightly oxidised, sweet and sour plum, slight perfumed cedar, vanilla with peppery spice and touches of sour blackcurrant. In the mouth it's juicy and spiced, broad and bold with sweet aniseed and talc textured tongue coating tannin, plums and vanilla are the other dominant flavours. Travels long and went well with steak and crushed, roast spuds...

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