Category: New Zealand

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 […]

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 […]

I started this event by looking at some varied set of six Pinot Noir with wine writer Peter Bourne and the winemakers from Willow Creek and Ten Minutes by Tractor on the opening Friday night. Willow Creek “Tulum” Pinot Noir 2004 – (Mornington Peninsula, Victoria): Ah, I’ve wandered into the Shiraz tutorial by mistake. No? […]

Fast Facts: Variety: Shiraz Region: Hawkes Bay Country: New Zealand Winemaker: Steve Smith Closure: Cork Cost: $85AUD Source: Friend Winery Website: Craggy Range I had a chance to take a very quick blind taste of this wine earlier tonight and I’ve been thinking about it in the hours since. Tasting Note: Deep purple in colour. […]

All wines were tasted blind at dinner with some friends from the Winestar Forum with the exception of my bottles which were the Bindi, Sorrenberg and the Elk Cove. Bollinger R.D 1988 – (Champagne, France): Disgorged May 2000. Tarnished gold in colour. Toast, walnut, yeasty dough, pears and slightly oxidative nose. Palate is intense but […]

Sydney experienced a 45° celsius (113° fahrenheit) New Years day this year, so we did what any sensible group of wine lovers would do – go ahead with the dinner anyway and celebrate the New Year with some great wine. This was my first visit to Elio, an Italian restaurant which is based in Leichhardt […]

Some notes taken at a dinner attended by some fellow wine lovers – Seppelt Show Sparkling Shiraz 1990 – (Grampians, Victoria): A nice way to start the proceedings. Blackberry, cherry, spice, violets and earthy characters on the nose. Nice rich mouth-feel, with a bit of sweetness on the palate. Good, long finish. 88/100 Dry River […]

Museum Class Sweet Only two wines entered into this class. The Brown Brothers Patricia Noble was one of my highlights of the tasting – beautiful balance, extremely concentrated and flavoured, good value as well as it retails for around $20 per half bottle. Brown Brothers Patricia Noble 2002 – 93/100 d’Arenberg “The Noble” 2002 – […]

Museum Class Semi-Dry A class with just one entry and one good wine. Firstland “Marlborough” 2002 – 90/100

Museum Class Dry Thirty wines in this class with thirty tasted. Obviously some very good wines here with some of the better vintages having been kept back by wineries for museum stock. The newly branded Jacob’s Creek (formerly Orlando) Steingarten was very impressive across all three entered wines, with the 2002 vintage standing out and […]