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 June 2012




Vinexpo 2013 Press ReleaseGreig Wilson (Majestic Gosforth)


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1. McGuigan 2011 The Semillon Blanc South East Australia Majestic £5.99
11.5%. Very light wine heading towards thin, although there's a roundedness at the edges. Sharp & citrus on the mid-palate through to the finish, this is dry and uncomplicated - Semillon, but not as you know it. A simple and pleasant starter wine.
2. Grosset 2011 Polish Hill Clare Valley Riesling  South Australia Majestic £25.00 12.5%. A light, creamy, fruity and slightly floral nose reminiscent of many an Italian white. Clean and fresh taste, yet not overtly Riesling - the flavours seem to be locked away, hidden and not intended to open up so young. Would like to try this one again in 5 years.
3. Grosset 2008 Polish Hill Clare Valley Riesling South Australia Majestic (Greig's cellar) £25.00 13%. Much more petrochemical on the nose which carries through to the mid-palate on taste. A touch acrid initially, but mellowed and softened in the glass going toasty/buttery. Probably still a bit too young and needs time to breathe when opened.
4. Vasse Felix 2010 Margaret River Chardonnay Western Australia Majestic £10.99   12.5%. This is wild yeast fermentation with 9 months of barrel age. There's an edgy, buttery nose, almost ghee-like. A full yet sharp taste and texture, tropical fruit underneath but restrained, buttery and tart together suggesting incomplete or no malo-lactic. A seriously good oaked Chardonnay.
5. De Bortoli 2010 Windy Peak Pinot Noir Victoria, Australia Majestic £8.99 13%. Very promising soft nose, fruit and game. Light and clear in the glass but looks much older than 2 years and on the palate there's a green aspect which suggests stems and stalks. Doesn't live up to the expectations set by the nose.
6. Yalumba 2011 Bush Vine Grenache, Barossa South Australia Majestic £10.00 14%. Colour is a little light for a 14% Grenache but it has a lovely fruity nose with a touch of eucalyptus. The wine caresses the palate with a padded strength - chewy sweet fruit and structure but no hard edges and the tannins are ripe. Very drinkable and excellent QPR.
7. Wynns 1998 John Riddoch Coonawarra Cabernet South Australia Lay & Wheeler £34.50 13.5%. What a nose! Smoke and graphite, mellow fruit and mint with the promise of aged flavours. In the glass this is as dark as night and the taste is wonderful; Still sweet fruit, suggesting fruit-bomb past (Ribena on acid?) that's come together perfectly, with perfect sourness on the edges. Some tar and liquorice fine tannins adding structure to the fruit, a delightful wine.
8. D'Arenberg 2008 Dead Arm Shiraz, McLaren Vale South Australia Majestic £27.00 15%. Fresh, peppery nose with a gamey-sourness. An edgy graphite and meaty palate, very intense mouthfeel, lively, suggesting it's still in an exuberant youthful phase and could probably do with another 2-3 years.
9. D'Arenberg 1998 Dead Arm Shiraz, McLaren Vale South Australia Lay & Wheeler £44.25 14.5%. Mellow, oaky nose heading towards ,meaty. Graphite again with a softer, smooth palate. Still grippy tannins and gratifyingly enjoyable. Drinking very well although would guess 2-3 years ago it was at a peak.
Note: Majestic prices for 2 bottles (multi-buy discount). Grosset 2008 Polish Hill supplied from Greig's personal collection, not available retail.
Lay & Wheeler prices for single bottle as of June 2012.

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