Category: Austria

A hastily arranged Friday night tasting at a friends house was taken to a higher level than expected with the opening of a newly released 1996 Krug. 2006 Bellarmine “Auslese” Riesling Lemon, honey, spice and a whiff of kerosene on the nose. A lovely sweetness to the palate with good focussed acidity. Medium length. I […]

Some notes from a tasting earlier this year hosted by Bert Salomon. Each Salomon wine has the closure type listed at the start of the note. Bert stated that he thought the glass closure and screwcap are in technical terms almost equal, but the glass stopper is emotionally better and he will be going forward […]

N.V. Bruno Michel Champagne “CuvĂ©e Rebelle” Extra Brut A little bit of toast, cashew and chocolate on the nose. Refreshing mouth-feel with decent length, but not very complex or deep. 86/100 2000 Leonildo Pieropan Soave Classico Superiore La Rocca Light golden in colour. Lemon zest, almonds, butter, a touch of cheese and sulfur. Interesting texture, […]

Some long-lost notes from a dinner early last year. 1979 Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill Champagne A tarnished gold colour with very fine bead evident. Initially the nose gave off some oxidative, varnishy burnt almond characters, but these came around to mostly caramel, mushroom, apricot and nuttiness. A wave of flavour envelops your mouth on […]

Dinner at Sugaroom in Sydney with 4 other wine lovers – Primo Estate Joseph Sparkling Shiraz (06 disg) : Good mousse at first that drops away pretty quickly. Nice layered complexity to the nose – plums, cherry, earth and gamey notes. The palate has an intriguing texture and mouth-feel to it. Very good length and […]

Two Hands “Brilliant Disguise” 2006 – (Barossa Valley, South Australia): The nose is bursting with lime, mango, floral notes and tropical fruit. The light fizz leads the wine into a dance across the palate. A delicate sweetness with a hint at depth of flavour. Delicious drinking and I wish I had more for summer! Previously […]

  Fast Facts: Variety: Gruner Veltliner Region: Krems – Stein Country: Austria Winemaker: Bert Salomon Closure: Cork Alcohol: 12% Cost: $45AUD Source: Restaurant Winery Website: Salomon Undhof I had this wine at a restaurant recently as part of celebrating finishing my university degree. It is closer to $30AUD at retail. Tasting Note: Highly aromatic, intense […]