August 14, 2017

Top 10 Winemakers Chile - 10 years on: 2007-2017

The purpose of this blog is to describe the evolution of the wines produced for the project Top 10 Winemakers of Chile, first released in 2007. This collection of wines gathered the greatest Chilean winemakers to produce a wine predominantly from the same Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard to celebrate the 200 years of Chile’s independence.

January 8, 2017

Cullen Wines Amber Vintage 2014

This Amber wine is like nothing I have experienced before. Take your time appreciating the detail in texture, flavours and finish. I was blown away by the many matchings it can handle, yet I definitely prefer it with the sweeter side of things.

December 22, 2014

Dry Red Wine No.2 - Yarra Yering 2007

Yarra Yering is an icon of the Yarra Valley. This producer makes ageworthy wines that are highly sought after by fine wine drinkers and collectors in Australia. Stylistically they don't follow any trend and they have made a strong statement with the constant and reliable quality they deliver over the years...

December 15, 2014

Meerlust Red 2011

I was blown away by this wine. Overdelivers big time! I always find it so intriguing to drink South African wines. They tend to have a unique balance between an Old world and a New world flavour profile, yet it still remains distinctively South African.

December 5, 2014

'Get In My Belly' - Grenache - Whistler Wines 2014

I can see myself drinking the whole bottle in one go, which is something that I struggle to find in Barossa wines. I normally enjoy medium body wines with alcohol not over 14% (which this is) - this example is sweet fruited and rich, true to the variety...

December 4, 2014

Casa Marin 'Miramar Vineyard' Riesling 2009

I was so excited to taste this wine again - I have tasted it three times over the last 18 months and every time it has shown a different layer. It's delicious and generous, really exotic, mineral and wild as well as powerful, ripe and firm....

November 19, 2014

Malterdinger Bienenberg, 1er Spatburgunder ‘GG’ >>R 2011

I was blown away by this wine! I am a big Pinot Noir fan and I always find exciting when I get to taste a wine that leaves me thinking afterwards. Huber’s take on the variety is unique and it really shows a sense of place...

November 19, 2014

Weingut Bernhard Huber Malterdinger Pinot Noir 2011

This Pinot Noir has a particular character, if you like Central Otago Pinots probably won't be to your taste, because it’s more acidic... This example is for sophisticated drinkers who enjoy wines with age...

October 30, 2014

Mt. Difficulty Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2012

This wine is drinking terrifically now and it will go the distance for up to 10 years...

April 25, 2014

La Tremenda Monastrell 2010

Really easy to drink. Even though the alcohol is at 14.5% there is a herbal element and acidity that makes the wine feels fresher than you would expect...

March 17, 2014

Goldridge Estate Premium Reserva Pinot Noir 2012

Discount wine from a large online retailer, only sold via this channel. Lacks in back palate, fruit weight and persistency of flavour.

March 17, 2014

Linnae Rhizotomi 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon

This is a restrained example of elegant character, that unfolds slowly after decanting. The 2008 is showing terrifically at the moment with a cigar box aromas, earth and cedar...