Category: U.S.A

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 […]

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 […]

The North American class was an interesting one – it is obviously a region with some unexplored and unacknowledged potential. I heard some rather complimentary things being said about these classes from fellow attendees, and while there were some very good, bordering on excellent wines being shown, there were an equal number of wines that […]

Current Vintage (2004) Dry Atwater Estate “Dry” – 91/100 Heron Hill “Ingle Vineyard Johannisberg” – 90/100 Dr Konstantin Frank’s Vinifera Wine Cellars ”Dry” – 88/100 Lamoreaux Landing “Reserve” – 87/100 Vincor “Genesis” – 87/100 Sheldrake Point “Dry” – 87/100 Waters Crest Winery – 86/100 Belhurst “Traditions Dry” – 86/100 Keuka Spring Vineyard – 84/100 Anthony […]

Current Vintage (2004) Semi-Dry Dr Konstantin Frank’s Vinifera Wine Cellars “Johannisberg Semi-Dry” – 91/100 Chateau Ste Michelle “Eroica” – 89/100 Keuka Spring “Reserve” – 88/100 McGregor Vineyard “Semi-Dry” – 87/100 Fox Run Dry – 87/100 Hawthorne Mountain Vineyards – 86/100 Hillside Estate – 85/100 Chateau Ste Michelle “Cold Creek” – 85/100 Fox Run – 82/100 […]

Current Vintage (2004) Sweet Sheldrake Point “Ice Wine” – 92/100 Heron Hill “Late Harvest” – 90/100 Heron Hill “Ingle Vineyard Icewine” – 89/100 McGregor Vineyard – 87/100 Belhurst Traditions “Semi-Dry” – 86/100 Widmer’s Brickstone “Semi-Dry” – 78/100

15 classes of Riesling featuring 338 entries from Australia, New Zealand, Germany and North America? $15 entry and you get to pour your own samples and you get to take home whatever half bottles that are left over at the end? All I have to do is drive 4 hours to Canberra? I’m there. So […]