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Community Tasting Notes (7) Avg Score: 89.3 points

  • Wine Education Service - Australian Superstars (LSE): Greenish gold.
    Muted developed nose, very attractive.
    Oak, fruit, weighty, creamy mid palate, balanced, medium length.

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  • Light gold. Nose of oak and lees. On the palate, complex citrus flavours and oak that is noticeable but weaves in and out of the fruit in a pleasant way. The 14.5% alcohol is apparent too, though just balanced by the other assertive elements. However, there was a slight flatness to this bottle that spoke to me of old age. I expect this was livelier two or three years ago. If I had any more I would drink them soon.

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  • Lemon and tropical fruit on the nose. When first opened, a touch of 'Riesling kerosene' but this faded very quickly. Palate showed lemon, grapefruit, peach and the oak had softened and integrated (compared to a bottle tasted in 2012). After an hour or so, the early citrus character was being overtaken by more tropical fruit character but the delicate oak backbone was still evident. Almonds late on the palate plus a lovely buttery oiliness. The wine evolved and changed character over a couple of hours and a range of flavours developed and subsided - my wife got a touch of ginger on the late palate (and so did I, despite not wanting to seem too suggestible). Strangely, the ginger then appeared on the first taste.....
    Every top-up of the glass re-introduced the lemon citrus nose and the ginger and tropical fruit persisted. Just lovely - we postponed our dinner until later and just enjoyed the wine.*
    A lovely wine with great delicacy, character and class. Very subtle, complex, long and fascinating. A worthy alternative to more expensive white Burgundy IMO. It still has plenty of life in it (and the oak will continue to soften). Hell! I wish I had a couple more bottles.
    * We saved a glass and it paired a dish of chicken in cream sauce with smoked ham hock extremely well. The remaining low level of oak was actually perfect with the food.

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  • Round and viscous, but flavourwise quite subtle and elegant. Long finish. Close to its peak, I think.

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  • Pale gold
    Light candy peel, white flora, oak edge of banana chips, pineapple, pear, caramel.
    Mineralic, terroir driven start, wet stone, chalky, oak not overpowering but not especailly well integrated. Butter, toast, nuttykick in mid palate, carrying throught to finish, leaving dwindling minerality and prominent pear, papaya and lychee. Dates. Reasonable acidity. Citric, limey edge. Not much depth, but nice finish, moderate length.

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