Château Teyssier Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2011

“The palate is incredibly pure, with bouquets of violets and black fruits.” Bought this in London at Odd Bins Abbey Road at under $30. We don’t see wine like this in Sydney, and certainly not at anything like this price. But the availability of a great range of fine French wine has always been a […]

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Vincent Paris Granit 60 and Granit 30 Cornas Syrah

Vincent Paris produces two Cornas reds from the same slope composed of fine granite soils, where his major pruning down to four bunches per vine produces incredible power and concentration. This is what he calls the Granit 60, from his oldest vines, and is available more often in 3 star Michelin restaurants in Europe versus […]

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2009 Xavier Vignon Chateauneuf-Du-Pape

2009 Xavier Vignon Chateâuneuf-du-Pape, Southern Rhone Valley France 14.5%

Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah, 14.5% Notes from the Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate – ‘The outstanding, deep ruby/plum-coloured 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape (an unusual blend of 55% Grenache, 35% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah) possesses sweet cassis, black cherry, incense and camphor characteristics. Full bodied and luscious with low acidity, silky tannin and lots of glycerin, it […]

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2003 Mt Pleasant Maurice O’Shea Shiraz Hunter Valley, 14.5%

Here are some notes from an earlier tasting in September 2006. ‘Legendary winemaker, the late Maurice O’Shea founded the Hunter Valley’s Mount Pleasant winery in 1921. This wine is a tribute to Maurice O’Shea, a true visionary, who is acclaimed as one of Australia’s greatest winemakers.’ That’s how the label reads on the 2003 Maurice […]

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2010 Gembrook Hill Pinot Noir 13.5%

Colour is pale and transparent, tinged with pink, a little unusual to say the least. Nose shows strawberry, forest floor and savoury characters. Palate belies the colour and nose somewhat; light to medium bodied with strawberry, savoury spice, a fine acid backbone, and a long finish. Tannins are soft and present to the end. Made […]

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