Category: Germany

Some short notes from a long, vaguely Italian themed lunch. N.V. Laurent-Perrier Champagne Grand Siecle: Probably around 7-10 years bottle age and it shows on the nose with aromas of honey, citrus, quince paste and some sherry. Complex and with good presence on the palate, there is also acidity coming through strongly to keep things […]

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, […]

There was no theme chosen for this small, informal get together by four of us last Saturday. I had a very good time thanks to some great company, food and wine. Bruno Michel “Cuvee Rebelle” Extra Brut NV (Champagne, France): On the nose were breadcrumbs, apple, floral scents and a pinch of earth. Very easy […]

The third and final workshop on the second day of the Frankland Estate International Riesling Tasting in Sydney. This workshop focused on Riesling from the new and old world, in an off-dry style. Dry River “Craighall” 2004 Slightly less pungent nose than the 2005 I tried the previous day, but still had some sweaty, funky […]

This was an very good master class with the interesting and charismatic Ernst Loosen. This was the second of three master classes on day two of the Frankland Estate International Riesling Tasting. First up was a wine that is part of a joint venture between Chateau Ste. Michelle in the USA and Ernst Loosen that […]

This was the first of three workshops that were held earlier this year at the 2006 Frankland Estate International Riesling Tasting in Sydney. These notes were going to be posted on another website that I’ve been working on, but due to the dearth of posts here, they have found a new home! These wines were […]

Leo Buring Leonay DWU13 Watervale Riesling 1991 (Clare Valley, South Australia): Light golden in colour which seems to hint away from the age. On the slightly shy nose it had freshly squeezed lime juice, some toast, butter and honey. Palate exhibits good length and intensity but perhaps just lacks focus. 89/100 Curlewis Chardonnay 2002 (Geelong, […]

A recent dinner with some friends in Canberra, including the very best red wine I have been lucky enough to taste. I know I have been talking about a fair few international wines recently which is a deviation from the theme of the site, but I hope to get back to more Australian content shortly […]

Following in the footsteps of the successful first French Wine Dinner at Marque and the moderately successful Australian dinner at Atelier came a dinner earlier this month with mostly the same group of people, at the famed Tetsuya’s restaurant in Sydney. The number of awards this restaurant has received is too long to be listed […]

Fast Facts: Variety: Riesling Region: Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Country: Germany Winemakers: Ernst and Thomas Loosen Closure: Screwcap Alcohol: 10% This is the entry level Loosen Riesling which is made from non-estate fruit and made in an off-dry style. It cost me $20AUD, but I have heard reports that it can be found for under $10USD in the […]