Wines from a dinnner at Paradoxe in Crows Nest. 4 courses and bread/sides/corkage were only $49 but the dishes were woefully inconsistent. My beef main course was good but overall quite disappointing.
Pol Roger Brut 1998
Good bead. Bready nose with a touch of yeast and lime. Nice palate, approachable with some restrained acid. Tasty and ready to drink.
Cullen Chardonnay 2002
Minerals and sea spray with a touch of toast, quince and floral aromas. Lovely restraint and balance on the palate. Very good length. Still youthful and will develop nicely over the next 5 years. A highlight of the night.
Lequin-Colin Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru 2000
Onions on the nose and palate. A bit oxidative and woody. Not very pleasant.
Maison Leroy Meursault 2000
Citrus, honey and some nice nutty aromas. Very nice mouthfeel with medium depth and length. Quite enjoyable.
Bouchard l’Enfant Jesus 2002
Violets, saffron, raspberry and a touch of licorice on the nose. Very nice flavour and texture on the palate. Medium bodied and very stylish. Very young, and even though it is drinking well now, it will get even better over the next 7-8 years.
Jean Grivot Vosne-Romanée 2000
Floral aromas with light blueberry and some meaty notes. The palate is not bad, there is very little depth but it is nice to drink.
Comte Georges de Vogüé Musigny 2001
A lot of depth to the nose with cherry, spice, pine cones and rose petals. Incredibly good focus and structure to the palate. Great length and depth. This was very young but lovely already, it has a very promising future ahead over the next 10-15 years.
Ridge Geyserville 2005
Rich and ripe on the nose with cherry, coconut, chocolate, soy sauce, licorice and a light floral lift. Nice mouthfeel and while the flavours are ripe they are well balanced. Plenty of points of interest here.
St Hallets Old Block Shiraz 1994
Cedar oak, vanilla, violets and smoke. Sweetly fruited palate with resolved tannins. A nice blend of youth and maturity. Close to peaking.
Domaine Ostertag Gewurztraminer Fronholz 2005
Complex nose of apricot, citrus peel, spice, ginger and honeycomb. There is a great deal of sweetness on the viscous palate but the wine is balanced through superb acidity. Quite a wonderful wine that should get even better with age.