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2004 Mitolo Savitar Shiraz

2004 Mitolo Savitar Shiraz


Posted on Feb 19, 2018

Mclarenvale Australia2004 Mitolo Savitar Shiraz 

Still deep violet in colour. Lots of dark berry fruit here: blackberry, blueberry and plum with supporting notes of baking spices and whiffs of vanilla. Thick, plush and quite powerful, this manages to maintain balance despite its size. However we found it to lack complexity and be a bit one dimensional. The materials are there, but they somehow avoid coming together in a way that ordinarily we would find more impressive. Not a complaint, but not something to go wow over either.

Very Good+

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2002 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon

2002 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon


Posted on Feb 3, 2018

Napa Valley Wine2002 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon

Wow. It’s been a while since we’ve had a wine this well balanced. Incredibly complex, it displayed lots of dark fruit—black cherry, blueberry, currant—with secondary notes of pepper, earth and tobacco. It had the power you’d expect from a California Cab but the elegance of a Bordeaux. Smooth and plush mouthfeel, the length was ridiculously long. Fully mature and drinking beautifully.

Excellent+

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1996 Cos d’Estournel

1996 Cos d’Estournel


Posted on Jan 20, 2018

st estephe french bordeaux wine1996 Cos d’Estournel

We had big expectations for this wine and it didn’t disappoint. It took some time to open up to the point that when first opened, we were worried it might be off. After a two hour decant it started to sing! Dark red in colour, it’s a very complex wine revealing notes of plum, cherry, blackberry, earth and tobacco. A lovely textured mouth feel with a very nice long finish. Still seems to have time but we thoroughly enjoyed it.

Excellent+

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2007 Pegau Cuvée Reserve

2007 Pegau Cuvée Reserve


Posted on Jan 3, 2018

Chateauneuf du Pape France wine2007 Pegau Cuvée Reserve

Medium to dark red in colour. The nose was a bit muted at first but when it opened up it offered dark cherry and herbs. The body was medium and carried the wine with a sense of restrained power. The tannins were fully resolved and there was moderate acidity on the back end. The flavours of Kirsch and macerated cherries were joined with herbal notes, mushrooms and forest and a good dose of cracked black pepper on the finish. Fully mature, this top level Chateauneuf-du-Pape was drinking on point. The intensity of the fruit and the balance suggest at least another 5 years of good drinking.

Excellent

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2004 Hanzell Pinot Noir

2004 Hanzell Pinot Noir


Posted on Dec 24, 2017

Sonoma Pinot Noir2004 Hanzell Pinot Noir

Medium red in colour showing some age on the rim. Cherry, plum and earth on the nose with a hint of pepper. Secondary notes revealed more dark fruit and leather. A very complex and elegant wine with a smooth mouthfeel that was definitely more Burgundian in style. We weren’t sure if it would be anywhere near its peak after 13 years and were wonderfully surprised. While it was showing no signs of breaking down, it’s drinking beautifully now so wouldn’t wait if we had another in the cellar. Excellent

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2004 Pesquera Reserva

2004 Pesquera Reserva


Posted on Dec 17, 2017

Ribera del duero spain2004 Pesquera Reserva

Medium dark red colour. Beautiful nose of raspberries and black cherries supported by hints of baking spices. The medium+ body is textured and very smooth. The tannin is now fully integrated and the moderate acidity on the back end keeps the wine nicely delineated. This wine is very complex with primary flavours of plum, raspberry and blackberry. With a bit of air we also pick up leather and cedar notes. The fruit is ripe and full, possessing a slightly confectured note and is drinking perfectly right now. One of the best examples of a Ribera del Duero from a top vintage.

Excellent+

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