(Falernia) 2011 Pedro Ximenez
||Elqui Valley, Chile
||Tropical fruit nose. Very acidic and packs a
punch at the front, finishing fast.
(Mount Pleasant) Elizabeth 2005 Hunter
|New South Wales, Australia
||Strong, oily nose. Good texture, dry around the
edges, it falls off into a sour finish.
2006 Bin311 Tumbarumba
||New South Wales, Australia
||A toasty oak nose. Clean on the palate there was
citrus crispness, with a touch of caramel in the
mid-palate, finishing quiet then a strange
resurgence of heat.
Sur 2008 20 Barrels Pinot Noir
||Casablanca Valley, Chile
||Improved quickly in the glass. A dark berry nose
with some smoky liquorice and creamy blackberry -
almost ash-dry yet also a little sweet. A
2006 Rioja Reserva
||A brooding wine, deep and dark in the glass. A
scaffolding of oak and tannins, suggesting too
much youth, but a good foundation of fruit. Needs
a little more time to open up. Winner of the
Decanter Regional Trophy 2011.
Chapoutier 2009 Les Arènes Cornas
||N. Rhône, France
||A lovely wine with a focussed, fresh nose and
dark fruit. Smooth and creamy, good acidity, firm
tannins with chewy fruit and a focussed finish.
Drinking very well.
Aydie (Famille Laplace) 2007 Madiran
||South West France
||"A good Madiran is structured like a nuclear
shelter built into a Swiss mountain."- Tannat is
designed for food, and food alone. Very tart with
sour acidity along with the obligatory tannins. A
2005 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
||Stellenbosch, South Africa
||Green Bell Pepper. Enough said! Apparently in
Cabernet-Sauvignon it indicates canopy vigour.
2007 The Feathered Dinosaur
||McLaren Vale, South Australia
||"Over the top from Down Under"! Definitely
Cabernet Sauvingon, this was big, bold and tannic.