2002 Grosset Watervale Riesling –
A little bit shy on the nose, but some citrus and floral characters can be noted. Palate has racy acid but is beautifully balanced. Full and long. Lovely wine, drinking well now.
1989 Jeffrey Grosset Polish Hill Riesling –
Honey, toast and ginger on the nose. Palate is tired, with some prickly acid and rapidly fading intensity.
1995 Penfolds Yattarna Chradonnay –
Honey, butter, some caramel and pine aromas. Nice richness to the palate with good carry across the palate.
2003 Te Kairanga Reserve Pinot Noir –
Stalk, liquorice, raspberry and sour cherry. Interesting texture, with lots of rich fruit leading into a dry finish. Not really my preferred style.
1968 Lindemans Reserve Bin 3820 Auburn Burgundy Hunter Coonawarra Clare –
Sweet perfume, leather, earth and raspberry. Soft, delicate palate. A lovely, fully mature wine.
1996 Henschke Lenswood Abbotts Prayer Merlot –
Briary, ash, graphite and chocolate. Medium bodied, with medium length but some alcohol sticks out and disrupts the line of the wine.
2001 Domaine Bruno Clavelier Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru La Combe d’Orveaux Vieilles Vignes –
Lovely perfumed nose, black fruits, some earth, cherry and floral notes. The acid on the palate stands out a bit, although the structure seems good otherwise. Short to medium length, probably just struggled among the bigger wines surrounding it tonight.
2001 Brokenwood Graveyard Shiraz –
Sultana, smoke and earth. Palate is dry and spicy, with the acid sticking out over the fruit somewhat. Disappointing.
1996 Leasingham Cabernet Sauvignon Classic Clare –
Mint, blackberry, vanilla and blackcurrant. Rich fruit to the palate, long and bright. Very young still.
2004 Henry of Pelham Riesling Icewine –
Nice nose of peach, apricot, citrus peel and mandarin. Palate is rich and very sweet. Quite simple, but enjoyable as long as the massive sweetness isn’t an issue for you.
NV Buller’s Rare Muscat –
Raisin, spice, tea leaves and some alcohol showing. Softly sweet on the palate, not as complex as previous bottles but still very nice.