Kelvyn & Ruth Guest
McGuigan 2012 Reserve Shiraz,
South Australia, won by Jennifer Batchelor
2012 Pinot Noir Brut
|| 12.5% A
delicate nose and refreshing on the palate; very
tart - like biting into unripe apples - and a touch
of light liquorice on the finish.
Les Ruettes 2013 Sancerre
Marks & Spencer
|| 12.5% A
matchstick/flint nose, a subtle Sauvignon with good
attack and mid-palate, tart acidity and a touch of
nettle on the end. It lacked overall weight and went
flabby on the finish.
Bolney Estate 2013 Foxhole Vineyard Pinot Noir
|| 11.5% A
strawberry and cream nose with a fruity approach.
Dry tannins built up at the edges and into a fruity
mid-palate with a dry finish. A bit young, but one
of the better English Pinots.
(Baron de Ley)
"Finest" Viña Mara 2007 Gran Reserva
|| 13.5% Dark in
colour. The nose was classic Rioja, ripe and sweet
with some mushroom and menthol showing age. The
approach was quite light, lifted with integrated
tannins and some coffee on the finish – overall a
fresh and elegant wine.
2003 Estate Wine
S.A. Wines Online
||13.5% A fresh,
meaty nose with blackcurrant and menthol, then a
touch of Bovril. On the palate there was fresh
blackcurrant fruit with moderate tannins and good
length around plenty of well-toasted oak, giving a
strong Mocha/Coffee aspect.
Kemper 2010 Touriga Nacional
Halifax Wine Co.
|| 13.5% Even
darker than the Viña Mara and showed sweet, almost
candy fruit on the nose. Moderate tannins were still
a touch young but this was already an elegant,
Jean-Luc Colombo La Louvée 2010 Cornas
|| 13.5% Equally
as dark as the Touriga, if not more so, with a nose
was of ripe, dark fruit. Cool at the front of the
palate and on the finish, this was a crisp, tannic
wine which could handle some bottle age.
"Finest" 2008 Dessert Semillon (De
|New South Wales
|| 10.5% A lovely,
golden colour, syrupy sweet on the palate. Luscious
and velvety smooth there was a very long toffee
finish, maybe lacking a bit of acidity or
complexity, but delicious to drink.