Category: Wine Events

Dominique Laurent Bonnes Mares

A few brief notes and photos on a recent dinner at Otto Ristorante in Sydney. The event was a charity dinner for Walk, Talk, Fly with 6 well known local chefs each providing a pasta dish and BYO encouraged. We had some excellent wines, the food was mostly very good and as usual it was […]

A recent dinner bringing some brilliant winemakers from Europe to Est. restaurant in Sydney. Lots of great wines, some excellent food and a chance to speak with, and hear some interesting and opinionated winemakers – a superb night. 2006 Gunderloch Riesling Kabinett ‘Jean Baptiste’ Light floral and citrus notes. Simple on the palate, easy to […]

Olssens 2004 Riesling Little bit of briar, mango and some florals. Good punch to the palate and good length with just a bit of sweetness. 89/100 2004 Charcoal Joe Chardonnay Soft nose, some butter and spice. Very creamy mouthfeel with good flavour persistence and good structure. 89/100 2003 Jackson Barry Pinot Noir Powerful nose of […]

This was the third masterclass I attended at this event. The five wines were served blind, with the only information provided that they were Shiraz and each was from a different region. Wines were revealed at the end of the tasting. Wirra Wirra Woodhenge Shiraz 2004 Crimson colour. Perfumed with violets, and rich chocolate and […]

Recent birthday celebrations with a friend saw a wide ranging selection of bottles opened – 1990 Bollinger Champagne R.D. Extra Brut (Magnum – Disgorged 5th March 2002): Pastry, apples, toast and lemony nose. Good intensity and full mouthfeel to the palate, but fades away a little bit sooner than expected. Balanced but quite simple, lacking […]

A superb night at Tetsuya’s in Sydney for an end of year get together with friends. I feel Tetsuya’s is on a tier of its own in Sydney, I’ve been to three times now and each time I’ve been blown away. The Food: Cold Corn Soup with Saffron & Vanilla Ice Cream Smoked Ocean Trout […]

Taittinger Brut Reserve NV Bready, citrusy aromas. Clean flavours but with little depth. 85/100 Taittinger Millesime 2000 Bread, toast and citrus fruit. Medium bodied with decent length. 86/100 Taittinger Prelude Grand Crus NV Bready yeast, citrus, minerally with some floral notes. Good body, mouthfeel and length. Well balanced. Could improve with a couple of years […]

Pol Roger Brut NV Bursting nose of apples and citrus. Palate is vibrant and balanced. 87/100 Pol Roger Brut Vintage 1998 Citrus and some smoke. Good flavour persistence and medium depth. Open and enjoyable now. 89/100 Pol Roger Brut Blanc de Blancs Vintage 1998 Spice and bread on the nose. Palate is simple and shows […]

Tsarine Premier Cru NV Peach and some sweaty characters on the nose. Palate is cleaner but not much of interest. 82/100 Tsarine Vintage 1999 Grapefruit and guava aromas. Lick of sweetness to the palate. Seems a bit flat and lacking character. 84/100 Tsarine Rose 1999 Strawberry and a bit of earthy funk. Palate lacks length […]

Philipponnat Brut Royal Reserve NV Sea spray and oyster shells. Palate is clean but a bit short and quite boring. 85/100 Philipponnat Reserve Millesime 1999 Apples and pears. Crisp palate, but again lacking length and depth. 85/100 Philipponnat Brut Reserve Rose NV Strawberry and earth. Bit of sweetness to the palate. Disappointing intensity and depth. […]