1985 Charles Heidsieck Champagne Cuvée Charlie
Honey, toast, nuts, spice, nutmeg and green apples on the nose. Delicious palate with excellent acidity.

2008 Wine By Brad Sauvignon Blanc Mantra Revelation
Grass, some honey, not too herbal. A nice palate with good acid providing a refreshing crispness. Nice wine.

2008 Wine By Brad Semillon Sauvignon Blanc
Strong grass aromas with some spice and lemon. The palate is nicely crisp. Good value.

2007 Wine By Brad Mantra Semillon Sauvignon Blanc Affirmation
Oats and light honey nose. Medium bodied, shows more restraint than I expected based on the nose. Okay, but not very exciting.

2007 Wine By Brad Mantra Chardonnay Invocation
Banana, musk and oak. Palate is quite broad. No depth to the flavour.

2007 Wine By Brad Mantra Chardonnay Reserve Muse
Nice perfume to the nose along with some oats. Palate is nicely balanced but the depth is superficial. Drinks well at a basic level.

2006 Maison Alex Gambal Chardonnay Bourgogne Blanc
A light nose with some wild flowers and oatmeal. The palate is much better, there is good balance and acid with persistent length.

2005 Maison Alex Gambal Bourgogne Blanc Cuvée Prestige
Ripe nose with meal, light nuts, flowers and melon. The palate has good structure and acid. The flavours are well balanced and enjoyable.

2006 Maison Alex Gambal Saint-Aubin Les Murgers des Dents de Chien
Light spice, a touch of smoke and some lime on the nose. The palate is good without really standing out. Medium length.

2006 Maison Alex Gambal Meursault Clos du Cromin
Nutty nose with some lime and pear as well. There is a nice richness to the palate and good intensity of fruit. The length and persistence is very good.

2001 Maison Alex Gambal Bourgogne Cuvee #19 Vieilles Vignes
Licorice, meats, vanilla and honey – quite interesting. The palate though is very thin with a touch of a herbal element and this was quite a letdown after the nose.

2005 Dupont-Tisserandot Cote de Nuits Village
Bright nose of violets and cherry. The palate is light but not thin. Dry and earthy with some gripping tannins. More enjoyable than described.

2005 Dupont-Tisserandot Ladoix
Red berries, spice and quince on the nose. The palate has tannins that are quite grippy, there is some medium bodied fruit and the end result is quite luscious even with the tannin structure.

2005 Dupont-Tisserandot Savigny les Beaune Les Gollardes
Light cherry, blueberry and a touch nutty. The palate has good flesh at the start but the finish is a bit sour.

2006 Maison Alex Gambal Savigny-lès-Beaune Vieilles Vignes
Juicy nose, with blue fruits, stalks and some red berries. The palate has decent length and is a continuation of the juicy nose.

2006 Dupont-Tisserandot Fixin Les Treuilles
A bright nose with candy, berries and some earth in the background. The palate has a lifted sweetness to it. Well balanced and quite fresh and clean. Very tasty to drink.

2006 Dupont-Tisserandot Nuits St Georges Les Topons
Cherry, iron, cocoa and spices. Dense palate, good persistence. The tannins add good structure. Very well made and enjoyable.

2006 Maison Alex Gambal Volnay 1er Cru Santenots Vieilles Vignes
Earthy with violets, dark cherries and spices. The palate is savory and has good length and flavour. Nice.

2007 Reinhold Haart Piesporter Gräfenberg Riesling Kabinett
Minerals and citrus on the nose. Quite a bit of fruit sweetness on the palate, but this is balanced with good acidity.

2007 Reinhold Haart Piesporter Goldtropfchen Riesling Kabinett
Orange, pears and manadarin aromas. Lovely balance, it tastes sweeter than I expected but the balance from the acidity is just superb. Great length and depth.

2007 Reinhold Haart Piesporter Grafenberg Riesling Spätlese
Spice, lime and graphite. Good balance, light sweetness and good acid structure. Length is excellent. Really enjoyable.

2007 Reinhold Haart Piesporter Goldtropfchen Riesling Spatlese
Lovely nose with minerals, floral notes and spice. The balance is impeccable. Absolutely top class, delicious wine.

2007 Reinhold Haart Wintricher Ohligsberg Riesling Auslese
Slate, honey, a touch of florality. This is stepping up in sweetness now, the balance is good but a touch more acid wouldn’t hurt.

2007 Reinhold Haart Piesporter Goldtropfchen Riesling Auslese
Matchstick, spice and orange peel on the nose. Medium intesity sweetness is balanced by exceptional acid structure and great depth of flavour. This is seriously superb.

2007 Schloss Lieser Niederberg Helden Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel
The nose is a little bit muted, there is a bit of lime and coconut. The palate is mild and lacks punch. Still nice but not nearly as good as expected.

2006 Schloss Lieser Niederberg Helden Riesling Auslese Lang Goldkapsel
Delicious, layered nose, I could smell this all day – honey, orange peel, peach, spices and lemon. The palate bursts with flavour, there is a great length, depth and balance to it and shows genuine class. Still young, it is superb now but will only get better over the long term.

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  1. I’m tempted to try Wine by Brad once again.

    I have an unfavourable run-in a while ago. I think it’s time to retaste and recant.

  2. Thanks for all the reviews. For someone new to Aussie wines it’s nice to have a list!

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