Langton’s 2005 Classification of Australian Wine IV was released in the same year as the 150th anniversary of the long established and most famous of all 1855 Bordeaux Classification. Both classifications are based on market perceptions. Langton’s Classification – however – is updated every five years to acknowledge movements in the market place. We strongly believe that Langton’s Classification should not entrench opinion nor underpin false pretences. It should embrace and acknowledge the entire market regardless of the intellectual debate.
It is interesting to note that although the 2005 Classification represents 101 wines, the actual volume of production is relatively small. If you combine the production of the five First Growth Bordeaux Chateaux at the higher estimated level of production it is around 140,000 cases. Langton’s Classification of Australian Wine represents approximately 400,000 cases. The volume of classified Penfolds wines would account for a significant percentage of this figure (around 30% volume). And of course as a total production it’s less than 50% each of some of Australia’s volume brands such as Jacob’s Creek and Yellow Tail.
Langton’s Classification is now a cornerstone of the ultra-fine Australian wine market. It is based on the actual buying patterns of our clients (over 6000 active members). Thus it transcends personal agendas, pompous glorifications and endless accolades. However it also needs to be put in context. There are a number of very fine Australian wines – with strong reputations – which, by the rules of Langton’s Classification, cannot be included. The non-vintage Tokays and Muscats of Rutherglen are just one example. The Classification however sets out to reflect fine wine market’s performance. It highlights what is valued by collectors and wine enthusiasts.
Langton’s 2005 Classification Internationally
The world-wide response to and analysis of the 2005 Classification IV has been remarkable. Clearly it continues to agitate a few people including some influential commentators. However it is increasingly seen by many observers as an unofficial honour roll of Australia’s best wines. Recently I travelled to the UK, Germany and Denmark to conduct tastings for the media from Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, Sweden Finland, Ireland and the UK. Brand Australia has been very successful in promoting and selling commercial wines into many of these markets. In recent times, however, Australia has been accused of selling industrialised, homogenised or boring wines with little character or sense of origin. In truth this criticism can be levelled at all commercial wines whether produced in Chile, South Africa or France.
The purpose of these tastings, organised by the highly motivated team of Wine Australia in Europe and the UK the promotional body of the Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation, was to show or remind wine writers, opinion leaders and buyers that the Australian wine experience goes beyond day-to-day commercial wine.
Indeed the wines presented were all included in Langton’s 2005 Classification ranging from Penfolds Grange to Wendouree Shiraz and represent most of Australia’s classic wine regions and styles. As one would expect the response was varied, but a relatively high turnout suggested a genuine interest in ultra-fine Australian wine. Indeed most of these wine professionals were hugely impressed by the diversity of styles and exquisite quality of many of the wines, especially the extraordinary differences in regional Shiraz. There have been several positive press and wine blog reviews which will no doubt distil through the general fine wine community. While moving in the right direction, there is still a considerable amount of work to do. Australia evokes a sense of wonder among Europeans and Australians are generally well liked. Many Europeans have visited Australia during their gap year bringing a greater level of interest in ultra-fine Australian wine.
In London I hosted a Langton’s 2005 Classification IV masterclass with David Elswood – the international head of Christie’s Wine Department – in the Great Room at Christie’s King Street London. It was the first tutored tasting – ever – of ultra-fine Australian wine in this bastion of Euro wine-centricity. The wines comprised 2003 Grosset Polish Hill Riesling, 2002 Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay, 2000 Parker Coonawarra Estate Terra Rossa First Growth, 1996 Mount Mary Quintet Cabernets, 1996 Cullen Cabernet-Merlot, 1996 Penfolds Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2000 Brokenwood Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz, 1996 Rockford Basket press Shiraz, 1996 Wendouree Shiraz, 1991 Henschke Hill of Grace and 1988 Penfolds Bin 95 Grange Shiraz. The audience of around 80 people comprised mostly collectors, a number of wine trade people and distinguished Masters of Wine including Michael Broadbent and Anthony Hanson.
While Grange, Hill of Grace and Mount Mary attracted positive response the Brokenwood Graveyard, Rockford Basket Press, Parker Coonawarra Estate First Growth and Cullen Cabernet Merlot were particularly impressive. The 1996 Wendouree – with its pristine fruit juxtaposed with muscular tannins – won considerable praise form the audience. Indeed Michael Broadbent described it as having “Mouton-like tannins”. Interestingly Wendouree attracted significant interest in Hamburg and Copenhagen as well, perhaps illustrating a penchant for more savoury and characterful styles rather than the ‘fruit bombs’ favoured by Americans.
A few months earlier Langton’s organised a wine media tasting in Melbourne to mark the launch of Langton’s 2005 Classification. Comprising 300 wines it covered approximately three representative vintages. Served blind, it allowed opinion leaders to form their own views about whether the wines ‘stacked up’ to their reputations and profile on the secondary wine market. Australian wine writers are generally not frightened of putting their views forward. Perhaps the most in depth and engaging analysis of this tasting can be found in Campbell Mattinson’s Wine Front Monthly www.winefrontmonthly.com.au.
New Wine Styles
Langton’s 2005 Classification of Australian Wine does show a strong market evolution towards single vineyard wine and regional styles such as Barossa Shiraz, Clare Riesling, Margaret River Cabernet etc. Many of these wines are made with the idea that they will evolve with time in the cellar. If anything, potential longevity of ultra-fine Australian wine, including some cult wines, is on the ascendancy. In Bordeaux there is a counter- trend where winemakers are apparently seeking concentrated palate structures to suit the Robert Parker Jr. led gout Americain. While tannin management is a major issue among Cabernet producers, it is extraordinary to see so many Bordeaux Chateaux using Burgundian wine making techniques these days.
In addition to the abandonment of traditional practices micro-oxygenisation is used extensively in St Emilion and Pomerol. There is an awful lot of human factor in the terroir argument these days. In Australia technical issues pervade the intellectual debate. The current obsession with Brettanomyces – a spoilage yeast bacteria which can add or mostly detract (in the long term) to overall quality – appears to have greater emphasis than issues relating to regional nuances or how ultra-fine Australian wine plays out in a global market. Clearly wine producers all over the world are evolving to meet the expectations of their customers. Some of these wine types are in danger of losing their identity and point of difference. It is not unlike pictures which are painted to go with the wall paper.
Crowd-pleasing homogenization is a consequence of standardization, overly technical processes, a deficit of ideas, and to some extent large scale prescriptive winemaking. The desperate search for accolades can also compromise individuality. Retail marketing thrives on wine show medals and volume stocks (not to mention wine reviews). There is plenty of choice but not really a huge amount of difference. In truth many of these wines are delicious to drink, but most do not evoke a memory of place or an idea. The marketers however will tell you otherwise. They will say that ‘Talented wine makers using state-of the-art technology and traditional craftsmanship are collecting trophies and gold medals all over the country’. The point of difference in this hard-nosed, unsentimental market is price-point and brand definition.
Ultra-fine wine generally runs on a different set of philosophies and principles. These are conversation wines which can offer consumers a more intimate and meaningful experience. By nature most of these wines are limited release type of wines – either through the realities of a defined vineyard space and/or through non-compromising selection. Reputation, track record, character and identity underpin this genre. There is a degree of price insensitivity to these wines. Indeed on the secondary market there is a strange phenomenon where increasing prices for some vintages can actually fuel demand.
The allure of some vintages can be so strong that it can pull up values within its particular regional subset. The market relationship between Penfolds Grange and Henschke Hill of Grace is well documented. In more recent years Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon and Cullen Diane Madeline Cabernet-Merlot have become inextricably linked. The performance of Rockford Basket Press Shiraz and Henschke Mount Edelstone influence the pattern of bidding behaviour towards other Classified Barossa Shirazes including Grant Burge Meshach, Peter Lehmann Stonewell Shiraz and Yalumba Octavius.
The cult wine scene also works on associations. Robert Parker Jr.’s influence on the secondary market is strong but only within a particular subset of the ultra-fine wines. These wines have polarized opinion among wine critics both in Australia and overseas. Whether you like them or not, cult wines such as Chris Ringland, Clarendon Hills Astralis, Greenock Creek Roennfeldt Road Shiraz, Kay’s Block 6, Noon Reserve Shiraz and Torbreck Run Rig have all had a profound effect on Australian winemaking adding to the diversity of the Australian wine experience. Certainly they have challenged established thought.
In the early 1990s small producers emerged off the back of the Grange phenomenon by using vineyard provenance as a major selling point. Emerging cult wines – rated by Robert Parker Jr. – are more often than not next door to an established cult wine vineyard, made by a star cult winemaker or distributed by a cult wine distributor. As sure as one swallow does not a summer make, track record inevitably starts to kick in. With the benefit of a decade of secondary wine market data, we can see that market gravity applies to the cult wine scene as much as any other area of the market. While some cult wines have made inroads into the mainstream – as illustrated by their inclusion in Langton’s 2005 Classification IV – the cult wine market remains capricious, fashion conscious and impressionable. Paradoxically it is also phlegmatic and ‘street wise’. It is the only area where meaningful returns can be made within a few weeks of purchase.
The ultra-fine Australian wine market will continue to evolve in both predictable and surprising ways. The movement towards single vineyard wines and regional definition is obvious. Ultra-fine Australian wine will also enjoy stronger interest from the fine wine collector as Eurocentric wine snobbery wanes. While there is a clear divergence happening between commercial and ultra fine wine, the ultra-fine wine market may well fragment reflecting the transaction culture of the American and Asian markets and the relationship culture of European markets. Immediacy versus longevity, individuality of style versus personality of place, blockbuster versus restraint, power versus elegance and character versus composure will continue to form debate in an increasingly open minded and opinionated market place. Shiraz will remain a strong force in the foreseeable future but Cabernet will rally support again – especially form Margaret River and Coonawarra. Robert Parker Jr.’s influence will remain relatively strong although his hold will subside as investment returns waver.
New small vineyard wines from established wine regions will punctuate the mainstream markets as wine buyers seek difference and new experiences. These labels will emerge from both the cult wine scene and the mainstream markets. Both Heathcote and Beechworth will emerge as important and distinctive wine regions. Barossa Shiraz will become hugely important as collectors discover their aging potential and diversity. More ultra-fine wine will move towards screw-cap but will hinder – in the short term – penetration into the traditional collector markets outside Australia.
Langton’s Classification of Australian wine – based on the engagement and enthusiasms of a highly measurable market – is a highly democratic form guide which sets out to give an overview of Australia’s best performing wines on the secondary wine market. It does translate to both the perceptions and reality of quality. It is the distillation of highly informed market activity. That is its meaning and its strength.
Langton’s Classification Wines
PENFOLDS Bin 95 Grange Shiraz, South Australia
BASS PHILLIP Reserve Pinot Noir, South Gippsland Victoria
CULLEN Diana Madeline Cabernet-Merlot, Margaret River Western Australia
GIACONDA Chardonnay, Beechworth Victoria
HENSCHKE Hill of Grace Shiraz, Eden Valley South Australia
LEEUWIN ESTATE Art Series Chardonnay, Margaret River Western Australia
MOSS WOOD Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River Western Australia
MOUNT MARY Quintet Cabernet Blend, Yarra Valley Victoria
PENFOLDS Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon, South Australia
ROCKFORD Basket Press Shiraz, Barossa Valley South Australia
WENDOUREE Shiraz, Clare Valley South Australia
BAROSSA VALLEY ESTATE E & E Black Pepper Shiraz, Barossa Valley South Australia
BASS PHILLIP Premium Pinot Noir, South Gippsland Victoria
BEST'S Thomson Family Great Western Shiraz, Grampians Victoria
BROKENWOOD Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz, Hunter Valley New South Wales
CHRIS RINGLAND Shiraz, Barossa South Australia
CLARENDON HILLS Astralis Syrah, McLaren Vale South Australia
CLONAKILLA Shiraz-Viognier, Canberra District New South Wales
GRANT BURGE Meshach Shiraz, Barossa Valley South Australia
GROSSET Polish Hill Riesling, Clare Valley South Australia
HARDYS Eileen Hardy Shiraz, South Australia
HENSCHKE Mount Edelstone Shiraz, Eden Valley South Australia
JASPER HILL Emily's Paddock Shiraz-Cabernet Franc, Heathcote Victoria
JASPER HILL Georgia's Paddock Shiraz, Heathcote Victoria
JIM BARRY The Armagh Shiraz, Clare Valley South Australia
KATNOOK ESTATE Odyssey Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra South Australia
KAY BROTHERS AMERY VINEYARDS Block 6 Shiraz, McLaren Vale South Australia
MAJELLA The Malleea Cabernet-Shiraz, Coonawarra South Australia
MOUNT MARY Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley Victoria
PARKER COONAWARRA ESTATE Terra Rossa First Growth Cabernet-Merlot, Coonawarra South Australia
PIERRO Chardonnay, Margaret River Western Australia
WENDOUREE Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley South Australia
YALUMBA The Octavius Old Vine Shiraz, Barossa South Australia
BANNOCKBURN Serre Pinot Noir, Geelong Victoria
BINDI Original Vineyard Pinot Noir, Macedon Ranges Victoria
CAPE MENTELLE Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River Western Australia
CORIOLE Lloyd Reserve Shiraz, McLaren Vale South Australia
CRAIGLEE Shiraz, Sunbury Victoria
DALWHINNIE Moonambel Shiraz, Pyrenees Victoria
D’ARENBERG The Dead Arm Shiraz, McLaren Vale South Australia
DE BORTOLI Noble One Botrytis Semillon, Riverina New South Wales
ELDERTON Command Shiraz, Barossa Valley South Australia
FOX CREEK Reserve Shiraz, McLaren Vale South Australia
GIACONDA Pinot Noir, Beechworth Victoria
GREENOCK CREEK Roennfeldt Road Cabernet Sauvignon, Barossa Valley South Australia
GREENOCK CREEK Roennfeldt Road Shiraz, Barossa Valley South Australia
GROSSET Watervale Riesling, Clare Valley South Australia
HENSCHKE Cyril Henschke Cabernet Sauvignon, Eden Valley South Australia
HOWARD PARK Cabernet, Margaret River-Great Southern Western Australia
LAKE’S FOLLY White Label Cabernet Blend, Hunter Valley New South Wales
MCWILLIAM’S Mount Pleasant Lovedale Semillon, Hunter Valley New South Wales
MOUNT LANGI GHIRAN Langi Shiraz, Grampians Victoria
NOON Winery Reserve Shiraz, Langhorne Creek South Australia
PENFOLDS Bin 389 Cabernet-Shiraz, South Australia
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia
PETALUMA Coonawarra Cabernet-Merlot, Coonawarra South Australia
PETER LEHMANN Stonewell Shiraz, Barossa Valley South Australia
ST HALLETT Old Block Shiraz, Barossa South Australia
TAHBILK 1860 Vines Shiraz, Nagambie Lakes Victoria
TORBRECK RunRig Shiraz, Barossa Valley South Australia
VASSE FELIX Heytesbury Cabernet Blend, Margaret River-Great Southern Western Australia
VERITAS Rolf Binder Hanisch Shiraz, Barossa Valley South Australia
WENDOUREE Cabernet-Malbec, Clare Valley South Australia
WENDOUREE Shiraz-Malbec, Clare Valley South Australia
WENDOUREE Shiraz-Mataro, Clare Valley South Australia
WYNNS COONAWARRA ESTATE John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra South Australia
YARRA YERING Dry Red Wine No.1 Cabernet, Yarra Valley Victoria
BANNOCKBURN Chardonnay, Geelong Victoria
BANNOCKBURN Pinot Noir, Geelong Victoria
BASS PHILLIP Estate Pinot Noir, South Gippsland Victoria
BEST'S Bin No.O Great Western Shiraz, Grampians Victoria
BOWEN ESTATE Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra South Australia
CHARLES MELTON Nine Popes Shiraz-Grenache-Mourvedre, Barossa Valley South Australia
CRAWFORD RIVER WINES Riesling, Henty Victoria
DOMAINE A Cabernet Sauvignon, Coal River Valley Tasmania
HOUGHTON Jack Mann Frankland River Cabernet Blend, Great Southern Western Australia
KATNOOK ESTATE Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra South Australia
LEASINGHAM Classic Clare Shiraz, Clare Valley South Australia
LEEUWIN ESTATE Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River Western Australia
LINDEMANS Limestone Ridge Vineyard Shiraz-Cabernet, Coonawarra South Australia
MAJELLA Cabernet, Coonawarra South Australia
MITCHELTON Print Shiraz, Nagambie Lakes Victoria
MOUNT MARY Chardonnay, Yarra Valley Victoria
ORLANDO Lawson's Shiraz, Padthaway South Australia
ORLANDO St. Hugo Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra South Australia
PENFOLDS Magill Estate Shiraz, Adelaide South Australia
PETALUMA Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay, Adelaide Hills South Australia
PETALUMA Hanlin Hill Riesling, Clare Valley South Australia
PLANTAGENET Mount Barker Shiraz, Great Southern Western Australia
REDBANK WINERY Sally's Paddock Cabernet-Shiraz, Pyrenees Victoria
SEPPELT Great Western Vineyards Show Sparkling Shiraz, Grampians Victoria
SEPPELT St Peters Great Western Vineyards Shiraz, Grampians Victoria
TIM ADAMS The Aberfeldy Shiraz, Clare Valley South Australia
TYRRELL’S Vat 47 Chardonnay, Hunter Valley New South Wales
TYRRELL’S Vat 1 Semillon, Hunter Valley New South Wales
VASSE FELIX Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River Western Australia
WOLF BLASS Black Label Cabernet-Shiraz, South Australia
WYNNS COONAWARRA ESTATE Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra South Australia
YARRA YARRA VINEYARD The Yarra Yarra Cabernet Sauvignon, Yarra Valley Victoria
YARRA YERING Dry Red Wine No.2 Shiraz, Yarra Valley Victoria
YERINGBERG Cabernet Blend, Yarra Valley Victoria
1996 Giaconda Chardonnay
Medium pale. Intense pearskin/ ripe melon/ lanolin aromas with touches of white peach/ butterscotch and savoury oak. Beautifully balanced wine with pearskin/ melon flavours, fine savoury oak and minerally acidity. Finishes long and sweet. Perhaps one of the most remarkable Australian Chardonnays produced in the 1990s. Still fresh and delicious to drink now. A great vintage for Giaconda.
1999 Parker Coonawarra Estate First Growth
Medium deep colour. Very classical beautifully proportioned wine with intense cassis/ meaty/ herb garden aromas and vanillin/ savoury oak complexity. Concentrated cassis/ vanillin/ meaty/ gamey flavours pervade on the palate with fine ripe - slightly gravelly looseknit tannins and malty oak. Finishes long and sweet. One of the top wines of the vintage
1996 Cullen Diane Madelaine Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot
Medium deep colour. Extraordinarily wonderful wine with dark cherry/ blackcurrant / mocha aromas, touches of vanillin and ginger snap. Beautifully proportioned wine with mocha/ cherry/ cassis/ plummy flavours, supple slinky tannins and savoury nuances. Chalky and long at the finish. Quintessential Cullen, archetypal midriff Margaret River. Arguably one of the greatest Cabernets of 1990s
1991 Penfolds Grange
Deep colour. Beautifully evocative and seductive wine with paneforte/ malty/ meaty aromas and some demi-glace complexity. Rich, ripe hugely concentrated wine with deep set paneforte/ malty flavours and some spicy cinnamon notes, ripe plentiful tannins and plenty of flavour length. Very powerful concentrated wine with excellent further cellaring potential. A great Grange vintage.
2002 Henschke Mount Edelstone Shiraz
Deep colour. A classic Eden Valley Shiraz with intense aniseed blackberry aromas and some savoury oak nuances. Deep set apricot/ blackberry flavours, ripe thick tannins and lovely aniseed mocha oak. Finishes long and sweet. Beautiful wine.
1994 Seppelt Great Western Show Sparkling Shiraz
Deep colour. A great Australian wine with lovely cassis/ chocolaty aromas with a faint whiff of mint. The palate is rich and velvetine with deep set dark chocolate/ cassis/ mint flavours and lacy firm tannins. A fine sparkle carries flavours across the finish. Astonishingly good and delicious wine.
1998 Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier Medium
Deep colour. Fresh perfumed pepper/ apricot aromas - lovely intensity. Beautifully balanced wine with pepper/ apricot flavours and fine chalky tannins, touch of savoury oak, finishing long and minerally. An astonishingly good wine
1998 Elderton Command Shiraz Medium
Deep colour. Utterly gorgeous mocha/ gamy aromas with cedar/ dried plum notes. Deep set wine with mocha/ gamy/ sweet fruit flavours intertwined with cedar oak flavours and fine lacy tannins. Al dente/ chalky finish and plenty of sweet fruit flavour length. Beautifully made wine. Top notch
2002 Giaconda Chardonnay
Pale colour. Intense melon/ pear/ almond aromas with savoury vanillin oak and grilled nut complexity. Rich ripe complex classical style with pear/ melon/ grilled nut flavours, creamy flavours and fine indelible acidity. Finishes crisp and minerally with al dente grip. Classic vintage for Giaconda.
2000 Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay
Medium pale colour. Lovely classical pear skin/ white peach aromas with savoury oak and touches of lanolin. Superb multi-layered palate with deep set and creamy pearskin/ peach flavours, fine long indelible acidity, savoury oak and grilled nut complexity. Finishes very long and sweet fruited. Classic wine.
1998 Majella the Malleea Cabernet Shiraz
Deep colour. Intense pure blackcurrant aromas with some savoury nuances - lovely definition. Sensational wine with pure blackcurrant flavours, fine sweet tannins and cedar oak complexity. Finishes form but long flavours. Beautiful wine.
1999 Penfolds Grange
Deep colour. A classic Grange with intense blackberry/ cranberry aromas and some cedar/ malty/ liquorice complexity. The palate is immensely concentrated and packed with sweet blackberry/ cranberry/ dark chocolate fruit flavours, fine firm dense tannins and plenty of cedar/ malty nuances. Finishes oaky dry but tremendous flavour length.
2002 de Bortoli Noble One Semillon Gold
Intense almond/ botrytis/ honeyed aromas with some oaky nuances. Sweet concentrated palate with honey / lemon curd/ almond/ lanolin flavours, underlying savoury oak, lovely bright acidity and flavour length. Outstanding.
2000 Katnook Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep crimson. Utterly delicious wine with Lovely ripe cassis/ cedar aromas with touches of vanilla/ spice and some meaty nuances. Rich ripe textured palate with cassis/ cedar flavours, chocolaty tannins and lovely underlying savory oak. A firm cabernet finish with lovely persistency. Top notch wine
2002 Seppelt St Peter's Vineyard Great Western Shiraz
Deep colour. Very intense pepper/ blackberry/ leafy/ aniseed aromas with hints of bitumen. Powerful palate with blackberry/ aniseed flavours and strong malty savoury oak. Tannins are very chalky but long. Finishes dry but tremendous flavour length. A very impressive wine.
1998 Chris Ringland Shiraz
Deep colour. Powerfully rich plum/ liquorice aromas with plenty of malty oak. Opulent blackberry/ prune/ molasses flavours and lashings of new malty oak. Finishes long and sweet. Drying oak intertwines and harmonises this immensely concentrated and interesting wine.
2001 Pierro Chardonnay
Pale colour. Fresh beautifully focused wine with lemon/ pearskin aromas and plenty of grilled nut complexity. The palate is evenly balanced with creamy lemon/ pearskin/ melon flavours, fine mouthwatering acidity and plenty of savoury/ toasty oak. Finishes long and sweet.
2003 Wendouree Cabernet Malbec
Medium deep colour. Fragrant blackcurrant/ mulberry aromas with some savoury roasted nut nuances. Very elegant squashy wine with blackcurrant/ mulberry flavours and subtle new oak touch of vanilla. Finishes long with muscular tannins.
1991 Wynns Coonawarra Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Medium deep colour. Very impressive wine showing chocolate/ spice/ cedar aromas. Generous plummy/ cassis flavours, fine looseknit supple/ chocolaty tannin, underlying mature cedar/ spice/ demi glace notes finishing long and fruit sweet. A great vintage for Wynns.
2001 Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier
Deep colour. Lovely aromatic wine with pepper/ apricot/ plum aromas and some savoury characters. Absolute classic with seductive pepper/ apricot/ plum flavours and some savoury aniseed notes. Utterly delicious.
2001 Coriole Lloyd Reserve
Deep colour. Intense chocolaty bittersweet paneforte aromas. Well developed chocolaty/ blackberry pastille/ demi-glace flavours, balanced by lovely savoury oak and sweet supple tannins. Finishes chalky and long.
2002 Dalwhinnie Shiraz
Medium deep colour. Incredibly fresh pepper/ raspberry aromas with hints of aniseed/ ginger and apricot. Very fleshy wine with apricot/ ginger/ raspberry flavours, fine chalky tannins and savoury oak. Lovely persistency.
2003 Dalwhinnie Shiraz
Deep colour. Very generous, impressive fruit driven wine with smoky plum musky essence aromas. Plush and rich musky plum/ apricot flavours, and ripe tannins which become chalky dry at the finish. Lovely fruit power and weight.
2002 Fox Creek Reserve Shiraz
Deep colour. Wonderfully complex wine with apricot/ meaty/ plum aromas and some blackberry notes. Sweet concentrated palate with apricot/ meaty/ plum/ blackberry flavours, sweet slinky tannins and chalky firm finish. Well balanced wine with plenty of stuffing to last the distance.
2003 Grant Burge Meshach
Deep colour. Intense blackberry comfit aromas with hints of ginger liquorice and apricots. Concentrated sweet blackberry/ ginger/ apricot flavours, ripe dense tannins and lovely savoury oak. Finishes chalky firm
1999 Greenock Creek Roennfeldt Road Shiraz
Deep colour. Intense aniseed/ blackberry aromas and plenty of new malty oak. Very concentrated ripe style with lashing of rich dark chocolate/ paneforte fruit and balanced by well seasoned malty oak. Finishes chalky dry but extra long flavour length. Utterly delicious. Shows the strength of the 1999 Barossa Vintage.
2001 Grosset Watervale Riesling
Medium colour. Complex lanolin/ lime aromas and some whetstone notes. Beautiful wine with complex lemony/ lanolin flavours and minerally acidity. Finishes with a tangy/ acid burst. Very refreshing and lively wine.
1998 Katnook Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep colour. Very complex cassis/ mocha aromas with spicy/ hazelnut notes. Rich ripe concentrated wine with cassis plum flavours, spectacularly ripe tannins and plenty of cedar oak. Finishes long and sweet. A wine with incredible flavour volume.
1991 Lindemans Limestone Ridge
Deep colour. Menthol/ blackberry/ dark chocolate/ miso aromas - lovely evolved wine. Rich wine with deep set/ blackberry/ chocolate meaty flavours with cedary/ vanilla oak and ripe tannins. Superb flavour length. Lovely wine.
1998 Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep colour. Deep set cassis/ plum/ mocha aromas and underlying savoury oak. Elegantly poised wine with cassis/ truffle flavours and fine looseknit almost lacey tannins, lovely savoury/ bisquity oak finishing firm and grainy. Beautiful wine.
1998 Penfolds Magill Estate
Deep colour. Dark chocolate/ prune aromas with some malty vanillin notes. Deep set plum/ dark chocolate flavours, fine slinky tannins and lovely savoury oak. Finishes chalky dry but excellent fruit power and persistency.
1994 Peter Lehmann Stonewell Shiraz
Deep colour. Intense blackberry/ malty/ demi-glace aromas with some cedar notes. A very meaty and seductive palate with deep set dark chocolate/ dark berry flavours and demi-glace/ miso complexity, ripe plentiful tannins and cedar and malty oak nuances. This is a gorgeous ethereal wine tremendous fruit complexity and balance. Finishes long and sweet. Top notch Barossa Shiraz.
2000 Redbank Sally's Paddock Cabernet
Medium deep colour. Musky plum/ ultra ripe blackcurrant aromas with some malty nuances. Rich musky/ plush ripe blackcurrant comfit flavours, ripe tannins and savoury oak. Builds up dry and chalky but lovely core of fruit sweetness.
1998 Seppelt St Peters Shiraz
Deep colour. Deep set blackberry comfit/ quince aromas with some malty oak nuances - some liquorice aniseed notes. Very seductive wine with immensely rich blackberry essence/ liquorice flavours and new savoury oak. Beautifully structured wine. Finishes long and sweet.
1999 Veritas Rolf Binder Hanisch
Deep colour. Intense blackcurrant/ dark chocolate aromas with some vanillin/ malt notes. Rich chocolaty wine with deep set dark chocolate/ blackcurrant bitumen flavours and chalky lacy tannins. Lovely flavour length. Superb definition.
1999 Bass Phillip Premium
Medium deep colour. Very complex dark cherry/ quince/ meaty aromas some strawberry/ violet notes. Lovely palate with dark cherry/ quince flavours, smoky oak and fine supple tannins. Finishes dry and firm.
2002 Charles Melton Nine Popes Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre
Deep colour. Intense cranberry/ blackberry/ plummy/ bisquity aromas. The palate has plenty of sweet fruit/ cranberry/ plum flavours, slinky sweet tannins and savoury/ malty oak. Chalky firm finish and pervading flavour length. Lovely wine.
2004 Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier
Medium deep colour. Lifted pepper/ raspberry aromas with some apricot notes. Well concentrated sweet fruited wine with pepper, raspberry apricot gamy flavours and savoury tannins. Lovely.
1990 Craiglee Shiraz
Medium deep colour. Complex and distinctive white pepper aromas and earthy nuances. Evenly and elegantly proportioned wine with evolved earthy/ peppery flavours and silky tannins. Finishes dry. Classic Craiglee.
1994 Crawford River Wines Riesling
Pale green gold colour. Intense and complex lime/ whetstone aromas and some lanolin toasty nuances. Well concentrated wine. Lime toasty flavours carried across the palate by lovely indelible and long acidity. Finishes minerally and sweet. Beautiful wine.
1994 Fox Creek Reserve Shiraz
Deep colour. Intensely concentrated wine with liquorice/ blackberry comfit aromas and some malty nuances. Lovely pure fruit characters and beautifully seasoned oak. Very concentrated plush style with liquorice/ blackberry/ melted chocolate flavours with chocolaty tannins which build up savoury dry at the finish. Excellent fruit power.
2001 Grant Burge Meshach
Deep colour. Cranberry/ mulberry aromas with sweet cedar/ malt notes. Highly concentrated plush style with deep set mulberry/ blackberry flavours, spicy cinnamon oak, and some apricot characters. Savoury fine tannins building up chalky dry at the finish but lovely fruit sweetness carries through.
2002 Grosset Polish Hill Riesling
Pale colour. Perfumed lime/ ginger aromas with touches of musk/ violet. Highly concentrated but refined palate with deepset ginger/ lemon/ yeasty flavours and fine indelible searing acidity. Finishes long and mouthwatering.
2002 Grosset Watervale Riesling
Pale colour. Lovely lemon curd/ mineral aromas with hints of herb garden. Beautiful pearskin/ lemony flavours and some sweet fruit characters balanced by slatey acidity. Finishes mouthwateringly long and crisp
1998 Katnook Estate Odyssey
Deep colour. Lovely, complex and interesting cassis/ mocha/ cedar aromas. Beautifully balanced wine with cassis/ plum flavours with mocha/ sweet fruit notes and hints of mint and vanilla oak. The tannins are fine and grainy, drying off at the finish. A superbly balanced wine.
1995 Kay brothers Amery Block 6 Shiraz
Deep colour. Dark chocolate mint plum aromas some paneforte notes. Well balanced wine with dark chocolate/ berry/ paneforte flavours, ripe but slinky looseknit tannins and savoury oak. Lovely wine.
1998 McWilliams Lovedale Semillon
Pale gold. Intensely perfumed and evolved lime/ violet/ herb garden aromas. Lovely sweet fresh lime/ lemon curd flavours and violet herb garden characters, racy/ lemony acidity finishing long and minerally. Lovely wine.
1998 Mitchelton Print Shiraz
Medium deep colour. Very savoury and seductive wine with dark chocolate/ cedar/ plum/ spice aromas. Lovely classical proportioned wine with deep set plum/ blackberry flavours, malty oak, chocolaty bittersweet tannins, beautiful concentration and flavour length. Impressive.
1990 Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz
Medium deep colour. Very chocolaty wine with ripe plummy aromas and malty oak. Rich chocolaty/ dark berry fruit flavours, supple ripe tannins and plenty of malty oak. Finishes firm but plenty of fruit sweetness and flavour length.
2001 Petaluma Chardonnay
Medium pale colour. Very classic aromas with white peach/ pear skin aromas touch of tropical fruit - lovely intensity. Rich ripe creamy wine with white peach/ apricot flavours, savoury grilled nut complexity and mineral acidity. Finishes long and sweet.
2002 Petaluma Hanlin Hill Riesling
Pale colour. Lanolin/ pear skin/ lime aromas. Well concentrated, classically proportioned wine with sweet musky/ pear/ lemon curd flavours, fine searing acidity finishing chalky dry at the finish.
2001 Plantagenet Shiraz
Deep colour. Lovely liquorice/ herbgarden/ cassis/ plummy. Deep set liquorice aniseed flavours with some blackberry notes, fine cedary tannins and lovely savoury spicy/ cinnamon oak. Finishes chalky dry but excellent flavour length
2002 Rockford Basket Press Shiraz
Deep colour. Pure blackberry pastille aromas with hints of herb garden and chocolate. A really well balanced wine with a lovely minerally quality. Juicy blackberry pastille flavours, fine sweet tannins and underlying savoury complexity. Finishes chocolaty dry with plenty of fruit persistency.
2002 Torbreck Run Rig
Deep colour. Very fruit driven wine with rhubarb/ blackberry aromas and some apricot nuances. Sweet rhubarb/ blackberry/ raspberry fruit flavours with fine sweet chocolaty tannins and underlying oak. Finishes long and chocolaty.
2001 Wolf Blass Black Label Cabernet Blend
Deep colour. Intense ripe musky/ plum aromas with some ginger spice notes and cinnamon oak. Rich ripe squashy wine with musky plum flavours and plenty of malty oak. Finishes firm but heaps of fruit sweetness and flavour length. Top notch wine.
1982 Wynns John Riddoch Coonawarra Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Medium deep colour. Intense, complex and evolved cassis/ mushroom/ demi- glace aromas. Sweet cassis/ mushroom/ demi glace flavours, fine grainy almost supple tannins and plenty of flavour length. Finishes chalky dry. Lovely wine. One of the vintage's top wines.
2000 Barossa Valley Estates E&E Black Pepper Shiraz
Medium colour. Intense blackberry/ quince comfit aromas. Rich ripe quite essency wine with plush sweet tannins and underlying ginger oak characters. A real fruit bomb. Terrific for vintage.
2000 Bass Phillip Pinot Noir
Medium deep colour. Intense essency wine with cherry/ strawberry aromas and some spice cinnamon notes. Very attractive wine with rich ripe concentrated dark cherry/ strawberry fruit, fine supple tannins and underlying savoury oak. Finishes long and sweet with chalky firm tannins.
2003 Bass Phillip Premium
Deep colour, intense violet/ dark cherry aromas with some leafy nuances but lovely intensity. Sweet well concentrated wine with dark cherry/ meaty/ violet flavours and fine leafy tannins. Very complex and interesting.
2003 Bowen Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep colour. Cedar/ blackcurrant/ plum/ black olive aromas with touches of violet. Deep set wine with cedar/ blackcurrant flavours, fine sinewy/ muscular tannins, finishing chalky dry. A very elemental wine with marvelous concentration.
1999 Coriole Lloyd Reserve
Deep colour. Intense blackberry/ plum/ dark chocolate aromas balanced by malty/ tropical oak notes. Beautifully concentrated wine with lashings of sweet dark chocolate/ berry fruit, integrated malty oak and sweet tannins. Finishes firm and tight.
1996 D'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz
Medium deep colour. Very appealing well-evolved wine with ground coffee/ chocolate aromas and hints of cassis. A deeply concentrated palate with coffee/ demi-glace/ blackberry flavours, slinky tannins and sweet malty oak nuances. Finishes quite firm and dry. Lovely classical wine.
1997 Greenock Creek Roennfeldt Road Shiraz
Dark colour. Very complex and attractive cedar/ chocolate/ mocha liquorice aromas . Classical dark chocolate flavours on the palate with integrated vanillin/ malty flavours and chalky firm tannins. Finishes quite oaky dry but lovely fruit density. Distinct Barossa style.
2001 Grosset Polish Hill Riesling
Pale colour. Aromatic violet/ chamomile/ lemony aromas. Well concentrated and structured wine with deep set lemon/ violet flavours, fine cutting/ minerally acidity and plenty of length. Will develop further.
1998 Hardy's Eileen Hardy Shiraz
Deep colour. Intense blackberry/ cedar aromas with some seaweed/ iodine notes. Very concentrated wine with deepset blackberry/ iodine flavours, muscular tannins and some savoury nuances. Finishes firm and tight. True to genre. Old fashioned style.
1994 Henschke Hill of Grace
Deep colour. Intense blackberry/ earthy aromas with complex seaweed/ paneforte notes. Well balanced wine with blueberry paneforte flavours, ripe lacy tannins and plenty of savoury oak. Finishes very savoury and dry.
2001 Henschke Mount Edelstone Shiraz
Deep colour. Raspberry/ fruit pastille aromas with some underlying oak. Sweet ripe plum berry liquorice flavours, fine chalky tannins finishing long and sweet. Al dente finish.
2000 Jasper Hill Georgia's Paddock Shiraz
Deep colour. Intense mint/ blackberry pastille aromas with touches of violets. Rich ripe blackberry pastille/ chocolaty flavours slinky tannins and savoury oak complexity. Finishes firm, chalky and long.
2000 Katnook Odyssey Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep colour. Complex malty/ cassis/ choc-berry/ meaty aromas with touches of vanillin. Rich ripe evolved paneforte/ malty/ cassis flavours and ripe tannins. Finishes cedary firm but long and sweet.
2002 Kay brothers Amery Block 6 Shiraz
Deep colour. Mulberry/ blackberry aromas with some vanilla/ malty touch tropical oak nuances. Liquorice/ mulberry/ black berry flavours, fine supple looseknit tannins and malty oak. Finishes long and gravely.
2001 Leasingham Classic Clare Shiraz
Deep colour. Intense smoky/ musky/ ripe blackberry fruit with some malty notes. Very well made wine with malty/ savoury oak and beautifully ripe blackberry/ chocolaty flavours. Finishes long and sweet. Top notch.
2001 Leewuin estate Art Series Chardonnay
Pale colour. Perfumed beautifully defined wine with lemon/ pearskin/ peach aromas and some savoury notes. Lovely oak. Very restrained wine with pearskin/ lemon flavours, fine cutting acidity, savoury bisquity oak, finishing long and sweet.
1998 points Majella Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep colour. Very seductive plum cassis aromas with some tropical oak and mocha nuances. Beautifully concentrated wine with plum/ cassis/ cedar flavours, fine slinky tannins which build up chalky firm. Lovely wine
2002 Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep colour. Intense plum/ chocolate aromas with cedar notes. Rich ripe chocolate/ plum flavours, fine slinky tannins and cedar oak. Finishes quite leafy dry. Well concentrated wine some spicy/ cinnamon characters.
2000 Noon Reserve Shiraz
Deep colour. Bloody good wine with profoundly intense and complex blackberry/ seaweed/ leafy aromas - not unlike Wendouree. The palate is very powerful and concentrated with black cherry/ almond flavours and fine sinewy/ muscular tannins. Finishes firm and tight. Here is an example of a high alcohol wine in complete harmony with fruit.
2001 Parker Coonawarra Estate First Growth
Deep colour. Very intense ultra ripe liquorice/ cassis/ plum aromas. A very elegant but impressively balanced wine with deep set liquorice plum flavours, underlying new oak, chalky but lacey tannins finishing quite minerally and long.
2003 Petaluma Hanlin Hill Riesling
Pale colour. Lovely sweet lime/ pearskin/ lemon rind aromas. Intensely concentrated wine with lime/ pearskin flavours and some musky notes, lovely minerally acidity finishing long and sweet.
2000 Peter Lehmann Stonewell Shiraz
Deep colour. Intense and well focused plum/ dark cherry aromas. Top wine for vintage with concentrated and sweet plum/ dark cherry musky flavours, lovely fine tannins and savoury characters. Finishes firm and tight. Well balanced earlier drinking style.
2002 Pierro Chardonnay
Pale colour. Intense tropical fruit/ pearskin aromas with some toasty nuances. Well concentrated wine with tropical/ peach/ pear skin flavours, and toasty new oak. Very creamy wine with plenty of flavour length and minerally acidity
2003 Plantagenet Shiraz
Deep colour. White pepper/ raspberry/ gamey aromas. Well concentrated wine with plummy/ sweet raspberry/ mulberry flavours and fine powdery/ slinky tannins. Finishes sweet and peppery - lovely wine.
1998 Rockford Basket Press Shiraz
Medium deep colour. Intense ripe plum/ mulberry aromas with some chocolaty notes and well seasoned oak. Rich malty/ mulberry flavours, rich ripe tannins finishing long and sweet. Very smart wine although oak features strongly.
1985 Seppelt Great Western Show Sparkling Shiraz
Deep colour. Intense dark chocolate/ violet/ cherry aromas with some leather notes. Effervescent mouth filling wine with sweet dark chocolate/ cherry flavours and chocolaty fine tannins. Finishes dry with excellent flavour length. Lovely wine
2001 Torbreck Run Rig
Deep colour. Intense raspberry/ mulberry aromas with some cedar complexity. Deep set sweet prune/ apricot/ mulberry flavours with cedar oak and fine ripe tannins. Finishes long and sweet with a kick of aniseed/ liquorice. Very attractive wine.
1995 Tyrrells Vat 1
Medium gold. Lanolin/ chalky/ honey aromas with some lemony notes. Rich lemon curd/ sweet fruit/ honeyed flavours, chalky texture and fine indelible acidity which carries flavour across to a crisp dry finish crisp.
2002 Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep colour. Lovely intense smoky bitumen/ ginger spice/ musky/ plum aromas. Rich ripe smoky/ cassis flavours and ripe grainy tannins, some mocha oak characters. Finishes long and sweet.
1998 Wendouree Shiraz
Medium deep colour. Walnutty/ seaweedy aromas with some cassis notes. Well concentrated wine with walnutty/ cedar wood flavours and sinewy tannins. Builds up chalky dry.
1998 Wendouree Shiraz Malbec
Deep colour. Complex seaweedy/ blackberry/ bitumen aromas. Very concentrated but brutally muscular wine with blackberry/ bitumen flavours and fine rasping iron like tannins. Finishes very firm but lovely core of fruit sweetness.
1998 Wolf Blass Black Label Cabernet Blend
Deep colour. Intense malty ripe blackberry/ dark chocolate aromas. Rich ripe blackcurrant/ mocha fruit flavours, cedary/ chalky tannins and underlying savoury oak. Finishes long and sweet.
2002 Wolf Blass Black Label Cabernet Blend
Medium deep colour. Intense chocolate/ sweet fruit aromas with hint of ginger. Sweet fruited palate with choc-berry/ cranberry fruit, fine supple tannins and some mocha nuances. Finishes firm and long.
2000 Yalumba The Octavius
Deep colour. Smoky/ cedar/ dark chocolate/ hazelnut aromas with some blackcurrant notes. Very appealing wine. Very rich hazelnut/ dark chocolate flavours and plenty of biscuit oak. Excellent fruit concentration and flavour length.
2000 Yarra Yarra Vineyard The Yarra Yarra Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep crimson. Very fragrant floral wine with violet/ chamomile/ plum berry aromas and some savoury nuances. Lovely violet/ chamomile flavours and fine grained tannins, underlying new oak finishing oaky firm . Lovely flavour length
2000 Bannockburn Pinot Noir
Medium deep colour. Very fresh strawberry/ cherry aromas with some lanolin/ mint/ bitumen characters. Well made wine with strawberry/ cherry flavours, plenty of sweet sappy fruit, fine chalky tannins but excellent flavour length.
2001 Barossa Valley Estates E&E Black Pepper Shiraz
Deep colour. Rich ripe plum/ berry aromas with malty/ savoury oak. Sweet concentrated palate with musky plum/ berry flavours and touches of liquorice/ aniseed. Fine tannins, build up sinewy and tight at the finish.
1997 Barossa Valley Estates E&E Black Pepper Shiraz
Dark colour. chocolate. Quite developed with aniseed/ earthy/ prune aromas and touches of bitumen. Sweet prune/ earthy/ black chocolate flavours, some meaty/ bitumen complexity and malty oak. Finishes firm and sinewy.
2001 Cape Mentelle Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep colour. Very complex leafy/ black cherry/ chocolaty/ cassis aromas. Very deep and intense wine with leafy dark cherry/ black olive/ cassis/ liquorice flavours and savoury firm/ al dente tannins. Will develop with further cellaring.
2004 Crawford River Wines Riesling
Pale colour. Highly individual and elegant wine with intense lemon rind/ tangerine aromas. The palate is very minerally and fresh with tangerine/ lemony flavours and soft quartz-like acidity. Touch of chalkiness at the finish.
1999 Cullen Diane Madelaine Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot
Deep colour. Rich meaty/ cassis/ chocolate aromas . A straight forward but well concentrated wine with meaty/ dark chocolate flavours and sweet tannins, plenty of mocha notes. Finishes long and sweet but tannins harden up. Long term prospect.
2000 Domaine A Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep colour. Perfumed Parma-violet/ cassis/ apricot aromas with some leafy notes. Blackcurrant pastille flavours and some herb garden notes. Tannins are very pronounced and leafy. Some sappy notes. Finishes firm and tight but nice balance between power and restraint.
2001 Elderton Command Shiraz
Deep colour. Rich ripe plum/ berry aromas with some chocolate/ cedar nuances. Very sweet concentrated wine with musky plum/ berry/ aniseed flavours, some ginger/ malt oak notes and fine chalky tannins . Finishes long and sweet.
2001 Henschke Cyril Henschke Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep colour. Dark chocolate/ cassis aromas with some herb/ vanillin notes. Well structured classically proportioned wine with rich ripe dark choc-berry fruit flavours, cedar/ vanillin oak, and ripe slightly looseknit gravelly tannins. Finishes chalky dry with lovely fruit sweetness.
2003 Jasper Hill Georgia's Paddock Shiraz
Deep colour. Blackberry/ chocolate aromas with some malty nuances. Sweet blackberry/ chocolate malty flavours and ripe tannins which build up chalky dry towards the finish. Lovely well balanced wine with fruit power and concentration.
1990 Jim Barry The Armagh Shiraz
Deep colour. Fresh ripe choc-berry aromas with lovely sweet fruit demi-glace complexity and savoury oak. Rich ripe mouth filling chocolaty flavours and plenty of developed sweet fruit notes, underlying malty savoury oak, and chalky dry tannins. Excellent flavour length.
2002 Leewuin estate Art Series Chardonnay
Pale colour. Musky pear/ lanolin/ apricot aromas with some smoky oak notes. Rich ripe fleshy wine with deep set pear/ apricot flavours, fine minerally but crisp acidity and underlying savoury oak. Finishes very long. Delicious wine.
2000 Mount Mary Pinot Noir
Medium colour. Bright cherry/ strawberry aromas with some vanilla/ bisquity oak. Elegantly structured wine with pure cherry/ strawberry flavours and some gamy nuances, fine sweet lacy tannins and excellent flavour length. Medium term wine.
1996 Penfold Magill Estate Shiraz
Medium deep colour. Complex sweet ground coffee/ demi-glace aromas with some malt notes. Sweet blackberry/ liquorice fruit with some coffee/ mocha notes, ripe tannins and savoury oak. Chalky finish.
1998 Penfolds St Henri
Medium deep colour. Lovely classic plum/ ripe berry aromas with some liquorice notes. Rich ripe shiraz with plum/ berry flavours and mocha nuances, fine malty oak flavours, and sweet looseknit tannins. Finishes oaky dry with excellent flavour length.
2003 Petaluma Chardonnay
Pale colour. Very perfumed chardonnay with pearskin/ peach/ apricot aromas and plenty of savoury oak. Quite classical. Very concentrated creamy wine with pear skin/ chamomile flavours, fine minerally acidity and underlying savoury oak. Some grilled nut complexity. Finishes long with crisp acidity.
2001 St Hallet Old Block Shiraz
Deep colour. Complex wine with cranberry/ plum aromas and matchstick/ smoky oak. Very attractive wine with strong regional definition. Deep set sweet plum/ cranberry fruit, slinky fine tannins and lovely vanilla oak. Finishes firm and dry.
2002 Tim Adams Aberfeldy Shiraz
Deep colour. Very fragrant/ spicy/ ginger snap/ blackberry aromas with some bitter chocolate notes. Sweet almost creamy palate with lovely volume of blackberry/ ginger flavours, chocolaty tannins and mocha drying oak.
1999 Vasse Felix Heytesbury Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep colour. Intense liquorice/ cassis/ black chocolate/ mint aromas. Plenty of sweet fruit on the palate with cassis/ cedar flavours, fine grainy tannins and savoury oak nuances. Superb flavour length.
2001 Vasse Felix Heytesbury Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep colour. Intense cassis/ violet aromas with some herb garden nuances. Well balanced wine with cassis/ violet flavours and fine touch sappy tannins, some savoury oak. Finishes long and sweet.
1998 Wendouree Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep colour. Walnutty/ black olive/ seaweedy aromas. Very concentrated firm wine with walnutty/ black olive flavours and sinewy tannins. Finishes quite leather/ walnutty and leafy firm. This is classic Wendouree. You will either love it or hate it. Not fruit bomb lovers wine.
1983 Yarra Yering No 1
Medium deep colour. Complex sandalwood/ bitumen/ cassis mocha aromas. Rich concentrated wine with sandalwood/ bitumen/ cassis flavours and some savoury/ demi-glace notes. Finishes bittersweet.
2002 Bannockburn Chardonnay
Pale colour. Lanolin/ pear/ sweet apple aromas with touch of apricot. Lovely sweet pear/ apple/ grilled nut/ lanolin flavours balanced with mouthwatering acidity and some biscuity oak. Finishes long and sweet. Very good wine.
2003 Cullen Diane Madelaine Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot
Deep colour. Dark chocolate/ nougat/ spicy aromas with touch of bitumen. Rich, concentrated dark chocolate/ cassis/ spicy flavours and leafy tannins intertwined with smoky oak. Finishes firm and tight.
2001 D'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz
Deep colour. Intense dark choc-berry aromas with some malty nuances; lovely clarity of fruit. Rich ripe seductive choc-berry flavours, fine grainy looseknit tannins and malty oak . Finishes long with chalky firmness.
2003 de Bortoli Noble One Semillon
Gold colour. Aromatic/ apricot/ pearskin aromas with some honey/ botrytis notes. Well concentrated unctuous and rich palate with apricot/ pear/ white peach flavours and fine cutting acidity. More solid and viscous than 2002
1997 Fox Creek Reserve Shiraz
Deep colour. Intense and evolved plum/ dark berry/ chocolaty aromas. A deep set palate with sweet blackberry/ prune flavours, ripe granular tannins and savoury oak. Finishes savoury and firm.
1999 Giaconda Chardonnay
Medium pale colour. Ripe pearskin/ melon/ grilled nut/ ozone aromas with savoury vanillin oak. Very tight matchstick/ melon/ grilled nut/ lemon curd flavours - almost manzanilla sea breeze character - fine minerally acidity, finishing quite smoky and long. Very interesting wine
2002 Giaconda Pinot Noir
Medium colour. Ethereal wine with dark cherry/ savoury nuances very complex . Well concentrated wine with dark cherry flavours and fine savoury oak - some mocha nuances. Acidity tightens up the wine.
1999 Greenock Creek Roennfeldt Road Cabernet
Deep colour. Very intense blackcurrant/ quince aromas and mocha oak. Very bright essencey wine. Essency pure cassis/ mulberry flavours and hints of herb garden, fine grainy tannins and savoury oak characters. Nice wine.
1996 Greenock Creek Roennfeldt Road Cabernet
Medium deep colour. Ripe cherry stone/ bitumen aromas with some savoury/ driftwood notes. Black cherry/ redcurrant flavours with touches of bitumen, grainy/ grippy tannins, savoury oatmeal oak finishing firm and dry.
1998 Kay brothers Amery Block 6 Shiraz
Deep colour. Very intense brooding wine with lifted blackberry/ dark chocolate/ prune aromas. Elemental dark chocolate fruit flavours and plenty of new oak, ripe but strong tannins finishing long and sweet. Remarkable compressed style with triple flavour intensity and plenty of flavour length.
1997 Majella The Malleea Cabernet Shiraz
Medium deep colour. Lovely seductive wine with redcurrant/ mocha/ herb aromas. The palate is rich and fleshy with redcurrant/ mulberry/ chocolate flavours, fine slinky sweet tannins. Finishes firm and tight.
1996 Mount Mary Quintet
Medium colour. Red cherry/ redcurrant/ earthy/ walnutty aromas. Sweet supple and evolved wine with red currant/ cassis/ earthy/ sweet fruit flavours and soft slinky tannins. Finishes long and sweet. A lovely elegantly styled wine. Not for petrol-heads.
2002 Penfold Magill Estate Shiraz
Medium deep colour. Intense dark musky plum/ blackberry bitumen aromas with hints of mint. Well concentrated wine with plum/ bitumen/ lead pencil flavours and chalky looseknit savoury tannins. Finishes very minerally with some earthy tones.
2002 Penfold’s Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz
Deep colour. Aniseed/ liquorice/ dark chocolate/ plum aromas. Well concentrated liquorice/ aniseed dark chocolate flavours, fine slinky tannins, finishing very dry and chalky. Pronounced tannins at the finish. One for the long haul. Still to evolve.
2001 Penfold’s St Henri Shiraz
Deep colour. Sweet liquorice/ smoky/ dried plum aromas. Plump fruit sweet liquorice/ dried plum flavours and fine sinewy dry tannins. Builds up massively tannic at the finish. A few years needed to soften out.
2001 Petaluma Coonawarra
Deep colour. Deep mulberry/ black cherry aromas and some savoury notes. Well balanced dark cherry/ mulberry/ ginger flavours with fine - touch grippy/ al dente - tannins. Underlying savoury oak notes. Excellent fruit sweetness. Still quite elemental.
1997 Bannockburn Serre
Medium colour. Sappy meaty/ red cherry aromas with some smoky nuances. Well concentrated wine with sappy/ meaty flavours, some herb garden (stalky complexity) and plenty of sweet fruit. Drinking very well.
2000 Bass Phillip Reserve
Pale medium colour. Matchstick/ red cherry aromas. Medium concentrated wine with matchstick/ cherry/ herb garden flavours with sappy tannins. Finishes long and sweet.
1998 Best's Bin 0
Deep colour. Rich ripe dark/ chocolate/ meaty/ bitumen aromas with some savoury oak notes. Lovely intensity. Rich ripe seductively squashy wine with dark chocolate/ berry flavours and savoury oak Tannins are chalky dry at first but finish leafy and muscular but balanced enough by fruit sweetness.
1997 Bindi Original Vineyard Pinot Noir
Deep colour. Intense ripe black cherry aromas - touch of strawberry - quite essence like with some vanilla/ meaty notes. Rich ripe strawberry chocolaty flavours, fine supple tannins and savoury oak. Finishes long and sweet.
1998 Brokenwood Graveyard Shiraz
Deep colour. Intense dark chocolate/ plum/ berry aromas. Concentrated sweet fruited wine with plum/ berry flavours, fine sweet tannins and some malty oak characters. Finishing long and sweet.
1996 Clarendon Hills Australis
Deep colour. Dark cherry/ leafy/ mocha/ peppermint aromas. Well concentrated, minerally wine with mocha/ peppermint, loose knit gravelly tannins finishing very firm and dry, but good flavour length and complexity.
1994 de Bortoli Noble One Semillon
Deep green brassy gold. Intense honey toffee aromas with some sweet lemon curd notes. Deeply concentrated sweet wine with honey/ apricot/ marmalade flavours and savoury drying oak. Finishes long and sweet.
1994 Elderton Command Shiraz
Medium colour. Blackberry/ bitumen aromas with some complex silage notes. Soft fleshy wine with blackberry/ bitumen/ spicy flavours, ripe tannins and some savoury nuances. Tannins slick at the finish. Very plush and creamy.
1999 Giaconda Pinot Noir
Light medium colour. Fresh strawberry/ vanilla bean/ meaty aromas with hints of mint. Medium concentrated wine with red cherry/ vanilla/ meaty flavours, slinky fine tannins and plenty of flavour length. Elegant style
2004 Grosset Polish Hill Riesling
Medium pale colour. Evolving lime/ lemon aromas with touches of whetstone/ oil skin notes. Plenty of sweet lime lemon fruits on the palate with fine zesty acidity. Finishes minerally almost searing.
1996 Henschke Hill of Grace
Medium colour. Intense liquorice/ black fruit/ malty/ tropical aromas. Complex fleshy but refined wine with plenty of sweet black fruit flavours, malty oak and slinky dry tannins.
2001 Howard Park WA Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep colour. Exuberant wine with ripe black currant/ chocolate aromas and malty/ tropical oak characters. Ripe mouth filling wine with cassis/ malty oak flavours and ripe tannins. A slick of chalky dry tannins at the finish. Very attractive wine.
1989 Jim Barry The Armagh Shiraz
Deep colour. Intense dark chocolate/ Turkish delight/ plum aromas. Very fresh lovely wine with dark chocolate/ Turkish delight/ plummy flavours, chewy almost al dente tannins, finishing quite grippy and dry at the finish.
2002 Jim Barry The Armagh Shiraz
Deep colour. Very plush dark chocolate/ liquorice malty aromas. Dense dark choc-berry fruit flavours, sweet tannins, and savoury nutty spicy oak flavours. Finishes lacy dry with plenty of flavour length.
2002 Katnook Cabernet Sauvignon
Medium colour. Intense cedar/ menthol aromas with touch of chocolate and malty oak. Intense cassis/ plum/ chocolate flavours, cedary savoury tannins and some vanilla spicy oak. Finishes firm and tight.
2000 Mount Mary Quintet
Medium colour. Complex evolving wine with cassis/ earthy/ sous bois aromas and hints of pepper/ aniseed. This is a very compact style with well concentrated cassis/ fine peppery flavours underpinned by savoury oak and grainy tannins. Finishes quite long.
2003 Noon Reserve Shiraz
Deep colour. Intense chocolate/ berry aromas with savoury notes. Deep set and rich dark chocolate/ berry fruit flavours, fine looseknit cedary tannins finishing long and minerally.
1996 Orlando St Hugo
Medium deep colour. Mature Coonawarra Cabernet with intense mocha/ violet/ herb garden aromas with hints of roses and oatmeal. A very characterful wine showing cool vintage cabernet notes including herbgarden/ roses/ violets and sweet evolved mocha flavours, fine chalky tannins and underlying oak. Plenty of fruit sweetness. Finishes long and sweet.
1996 Penfolds Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep colour. Intense dark chocolate/ faint peppermint/ cassis aromas. Deep cassis/ dark chocolate flavours with touches of peppermint, looseknit slinky tannins and vanilla/ savoury oak. Finishes dry and crisp.
1986 Penfolds Bin 707
Deep colour. Fresh but maturing minty/ blackcurrant aromas and some ground coffee notes. Well concentrated wine with liquorice/ coffee/ meaty flavours, fine grainy tannins which build up sinewy dry at the finish. Plenty of length and fruit power.
1991 Peter Lehmann Stonewell Shiraz
Medium deep colour. Intense liquorice/ blackberry/ plum aromas with cedar/ smoke nuances. The palate is rich and ripe with blackberry/ plum/ paneforte flavours and cedar oak characters, fine supple tannins finishing long and sweet.
2002 Redbank Sally's Paddock Cabernet
Deep colour. Liquorice cassis aromas with some leafy notes. Well balanced wine with cassis/ violet/ cedar flavours, fine brittle dry tannins and some savoury mocha oak notes. Finishes chalky dry with good flavour length.
1984 Seppelt Great Western Show Sparkling Shiraz
Deep colour. Fresh evolved mocha/ dark cherry aromas and some coffee notes. Rich deep set wine with dark cherry/ coffee/ bitumen flavours, fine slightly pronounced chalky tannins and fine bead. Finishes bittersweet and long.
1998 Tyrrells Vat 1
Pale yellow. Intense and aromatic lemon curd/ grassy aromas. Lanolin/ lemony/ flavours on the palate cut by long minerally acidity. Finishes very long and sweet .Will improve with further development.
1998 Tyrrell's Vat 47
Medium pale colour. Very developed wine lovely complex nougat/ honey/ peach aromas and strong oaky top notes. Quite oaky but plenty of sweet fruit, peach flavours, fine minerally acidity and plenty of flavour length. Nice wine
2001 Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep colour. Intense smoky/ plum/ leafy aromas with touches of whetstone. Very fleshy soft wine with smoky/ plum/ blackberry fruit flavours and fine grainy tannins which become leafy at the finish. Underlying savoury oak and plenty of fruit sweetness.
2003 Wendouree Shiraz Malbec
Deep colour. Very intense blackberry/ hedgerow aromas with some chalky notes. Concentrated bitumen/ blackberry flavours, very pronounced drying quite grippy tannins, but good flavour length.
1996 Yalumba The Octavius
Deep colour. Intense liquorice/ blackberry/ mocha aromas with very classical some meaty notes. Very sweet blackberry liquorice flavours, plenty of mocha oak and chocolaty tannins. Finishes long and sweet.
2002 Yarra Yarra Vineyard The Yarra Yarra Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep colour. Intense earthy/ plum/ cassis/ cigar aromas and liquorice. Sweet earthy/ plum/ cassis flavours, some dark chocolate nuances. Finishes bittersweet but interesting looseknit texture.
1998 Yarra Yering No 1
Deep colour. Intense mulberry/ cranberry aromas with mocha cedar oak complexity. Touch of silage. Rich ripe textured wine with mulberry/ cranberry flavours, cedary oak, looseknit savoury tannins and excellent flavour length.
1997 Bannockburn Chardonnay
Deep colour. Classical but developed ripe peach/ butterscotch aromas with savoury/ nutty notes. Very complex and interesting wine with ripe fleshy peach/ butterscotch flavours, fine mineral acidity and lovely flavour length. Past its prime with some brassy notes but still drinking well.
1991 Bowen Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Medium deep colour. Intense cassis/ leafy/ mint aromas and savoury oak nuances. Contrived dark cherry/ cassis flavours, some ginger/ demi glace note and savoury oak. Finishes firm and tight.
1988 Cape Mentelle Cabernet Sauvignon
Medium colour. Mocha/ liquorice aromas with some miso/ demi glace notes. Rich ripe mocha/ berry flavours, fine slinky/ lacy tannins and underlying malty savoury oak. Finishes firm with liquorice notes.
1995 Cape Mentelle Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep colour. Evolved mocha/ malt/ cedar aromas with some peppermint notes. Well concentrated sweet fruited wine with malt/ cedar/ mocha flavours and pronounced grainy/ chalky tannins.
1996 Charles Melton Nine Popes Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre
Medium deep colour. Intense red currant/ mocha/ menthol aromas. Well concentrated wine with red currant/ blackberry/ mocha flavours, ripe slinky tannins. Finishes long and sweet.
1997 Crawford River Wines Riesling
Medium gold. Pure lime aromas with evolved honeysuckle/ crème brulee notes. Toasty honeyed/ botrytis flavours, pronounced acidity finishing tangy and sweet.
1995 Dalwhinnie Shiraz
Deep colour. Intense dark chocolaty/ red cherry/ blackcurrant aromas. Rich ripe chocolaty wine with dark cherry/ black fruit flavours and some cedar nuances. Tannins are ripe and chocolaty but end up a touch leafy/ silagy at the finish.
2004 Grosset Watervale Riesling
Pale colour. Very perfumed lemon/ apricot/ chamomile aromas. Very sweet and long lemon curd/ apricot/ chamomile fruit flavours balanced by tangy acidity. Chalky dry finish.
1999 Houghton Jack Mann Cabernet Blend
Deep colour. Intense plum/ dark chocolate aromas with toasted/ smoky oak and mint. Well concentrated wine with dark chocolate/ plum flavours and some earthy/ ground coffee notes, fine grained slightly leafy tannins finishing long and sweet.
1992 Howard Park WA Cabernet Sauvignon
Medium deep colour. Rich ethereal dark chocolate/ cedar aromas with some demi-glace notes. Deep set chocolaty/ bitumen flavours with some cassis/ cedar notes, Finishes chalky dry but has good flavour length.
1997 Jasper Hill Emily's Paddock Shiraz Cabernet Franc
Deep colour. Dark chocolate/ musky/ plum/ berry aromas. Well balanced wine with musky plum/ blackberry fruit/ dark chocolate flavours, fine long sinewy tannins finishing chalky dry.
1997 Jasper Hill Georgia's Paddock Shiraz
Dark colour. Complex seaweed/ blackberry menthol aromas. Tightly knit but dense fruit sweet wine with deep set iodine/ blackberry fruit characters and savoury oak notes, fine sinewy tannins and excellent flavour length.
1999 Leasingham Classic Clare Shiraz
Deep colour. Intense choc-berry/ prune aromas with some savoury notes. Rich concentrated wine with choc-berry fruit flavours and fine sweet tannins - touch of bitumen. Finishes firm and chalky. Excellent potential
1994 Lindemans Limestone Ridge
Deep colour. Creamy blackberry aromas with some vanilla/ spice notes. Plenty of sweet fruit on the palate with blackberry meaty flavours, ripe fine tannins and lovely concentration. Finishes minerally and dry.
2002 Majella Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep colour. Really perfumed wine with violet/ herb garden/ dark chocolate aromas and mint/ rose nuances. Sweet fruit herb garden/ violet/ cassis flavours, fine grainy tannins which build up chalky dry.
2001 Majella The Malleea Cabernet Shiraz
Deep colour. Ultra-ripe cassis/ liquorice aromas and smoky cedar wood notes. Well concentrated fruit sweet wine with cedar cassis flavours and some smoky plum/ chamomile characters and fine slinky tannins. Finishes firm with excellent flavour length.
1996 McWilliams Lovedale Semillon
Medium Gold. Perfumed lemon essence/ almond nougat/ herb garden aromas. Concentrated lemon/ lime and violet/ nougat flavours, fine acidity and slight grippy edge. Chalky and dry at the finish but good fruit sweetness.
2002 Mitchelton Print Shiraz
Deep colour. Intense and aromatic liquorice/ spice aromas with meaty complexity. Well concentrated and balanced wine with liquorice/ raspberry/ meaty flavours, fine chalky tannins and lovely fruit sweetness and length.
2002 Noon Reserve Shiraz
Deep colour. Intense blackberry/ bitumen/ pepper aromas with touch of dark chocolate. Well concentrated wine with blackberry bitumen pepper flavours, fine sinewy tannins and touch new oak. Very tightly knit wine.
1998 Parker Coonawarra Estate First Growth
Deep colour. Intense cassis/ seaweed/ black olive aromas with some evolved leather/ mocha notes. Well concentrated but muscular wine with blackcurrant/ black olive flavours, fine sinewy tannins and some maturation earthy notes.
1994 Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz
Deep colour. Complex black fruits/ earthy/ leatherwood liquorice aromas with some vanilla notes. Black fruits/ earthy/ leatherwood liquorice flavours, fine grainy almost sweet tannins. Finishes long and sweet.
1996 Rockford Basket Press Shiraz
Medium deep colour. Intense red cherry/ liquorice/ red currant aromas with touches of blackberry. Looseknit red cherry/ liquorice flavours, fine tannins and some savoury notes. Finishes dry and tight.
1998 St Hallet old Block Shiraz
Medium deep colour. Cranberry/ dark cherry/ plum aromas with cedar oak. Richly concentrated wine with cranberry/ cherry fruit flavours, chocolaty tannins and plenty of savoury oak. Finishes long and sweet.
2003 Wendouree Shiraz
Deep colour. Mulberry/ herb garden/ liquorice flavours. Intensely concentrated palate with mulberry/ herb garden flavours and chalky almost iron fisted tannins. Some savoury nuances. Very strong house style.
1993 Yalumba The Octavius
Medium colour. Intense raspberry/ malty/ vanillin aromas with some violet notes. Rich squashy wine with raspberry/ malty flavours, ripe slinky tannins and savoury oak. Finishes dry but plenty of fruit sweetness.
1995 Bannockburn Pinot Noir
Medium colour. Sappy dark chocolate/ cherry aromas with touches of cedar. Lovely old wine with leather/ dark chocolate/ meaty flavours, fine powdery tannins, finishing long and sappy sweet.
2000 Bass Phillip Premium
Medium colour. Immensely complex wine with strong meaty/ bitumen/ lanolin and smoky aromas over plum/ cherry fruit. Plenty of sweet fruit on the palate with plum/ dark cherry flavours and fine leafy tannins which build up quite drying firm at the finish. Some matchstick notes pervade the wine. Interesting drink all the same.
2001 Best's Bin 0 Shiraz
Deep colour. Cranberry/ pepper spice plum aromas with touch of vanilla. Well concentrated wine with cranberry/ plum/ spice flavours and fine chalky tannins, underlying savoury oak. Quite sinewy at the finish.
1998 Bowen Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep colour. Minty/ cassis/ dark chocolate aromas and touches of herb. Intensely concentrated black olive/ cassis flavours and leafy tannins. Finishes very firm and tight. Very complex wine with underlying oak and plenty of maturation characters.
2002 D'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz
Deep colour. Intense meaty/ blackberry/ dark chocolate aromas. Sweet fruited blackberry/ chocolate flavours, ripe tannins and underlying savoury oak. Finishes quite chalky and bittersweet but excellent persistency.
1999 Domaine A Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep colour. Blackcurrant/ mulberry/ mint cedar aromas. Pure blackcurrant/ minty/ eucalypt flavours, fine looseknit tannins and some savoury nuances. Finishes firm and chalky - almost leafy.
1996 Greenock Creek Roennfeldt Road Shiraz
Medium deep colour. Developing coffee/ mocha aromas with some rum/ raisin notes. Retro Barossa style with strong oak nuances. Rich ripe chocolaty/ plum fruits with pronounced tropical/ rum vanilla oak characters and ripe tannins. Finishes firm. A crowd pleaser.
1996 Henschke Cyril Henschke Cabernet Sauvignon
Medium deep colour. Complex earthy/ chocolate aromas with some slight iodine notes. A very savoury and evolved palate with earthy/ bitumen/ cedar flavours and fine brittle tannins. Quite a muscular wine which finishes dry and firm.
1999 Henschke Hill of Grace
Deep colour. Intense blackberry comfit aromas with touch of barnyard/ rustic notes. Deep set concentrated and complex wine with blackberry/ comfit flavours, underlying savoury oak and fine chalky firm slightly sinewy tannins. Medium term wine.
2000 Houghton Jack Mann Cabernet Blend
Deep colour. Perfumed violet/ musky/ red currant/ chocolate aromas with some leafy nuances. Rich musky/ violet/ choc-berry fruit flavours, fine sinewy tannins and underlying savoury sous-bois characters. Finishes chalky dry.
2003 Jasper Hill Emily's Paddock Shiraz Cabernet Franc
Deep colour. Sweet aromatic musky plum/ malty/ aniseed aromas. Very rich concentrated - almost essency wine with aniseed/ plum/ prune characters, underlying new oak and dense firm tannins at the finish.
2000 Lake's Folly Cabernet
Medium deep colour. Intense complex liquorice/ seaweedy/ iodine/ black olive aromas. Very concentrated wine with iodine/ black olive flavours, some leafy/ sinewy tannins and plenty of flavour length.
2000 Leeuwin Estate Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon
Medium colour. Very perfumed dark cherry/ pepper/ floral aromas with underlying sweet oak. Well concentrated dark cherry/ cassis/ pepper flavours, sleek silky tannins and some savoury notes. Cassis/ leafy flavours at the finish. Nice wine.
1987 Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon
Medium colour. Intense minty/ liquorice aromas with polished leather/ walnut and violets. Minty/ liquorice flavours and earthy/ mushroom complexity, fine sinewy/ muscular tannins. Finishes firm and tight. Possibly not as great a bottle as its reputation.
2000 Mount Mary Chardonnay
Medium pale colour. Very restrained elegant wine with complex grilled nut/ lanolin aromas and spicy/ oak notes. Plenty of sweet fruit on the palate with grilled nuts/ pear skin flavours and some complex lanolin notes, a touch of oak and pronounced acidity. Finishes long.
2002 Mount Mary Pinot Noir Light
Medium colour. Floral/ cherry/ violet/ vanilla aromas and flavours, fine chalky tannins and some rhubarb notes. Finishes long and sweet. A very minerally wine.
1999 Orlando Lawson's Shiraz
Medium deep colour. Choc-mint/ bitter sweet aromas with some raspberry/ paneforte notes. A very dense but muscular wine stuffed with choc-mint fruit flavours and balanced by savoury/ oatmeal oak. Finishes dry and firm and plenty of flavour length.
2002 Penfolds Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep colour. Dark chocolate/ Turkish delight/ cassis aromas. Touch of violet. Rich ripe fruit sweet wine with dark chocolate/ cassis/ Turkish delight, bittersweet fine grainy tannins, underlying savoury oak, finishing firm and chalky.
1983 Penfolds Bin 95 Grange Shiraz
Medium deep colour. Sweet prune/ minty fruit aromas with touches of saddle leather and cinnamon oak. Well concentrated and powerful wine with sweet prune/ minty flavours, slinky dry tannins and savoury malty oak nuances. Finishes dry and firm but good fruit sweetness and flavour length.
2002 Petaluma Chardonnay
Pale colour. Melon/ peach aromas with touches of butterscotch/ honey and savoury oak. Very complex and worked style with rich melon/ peach flavours punctured with pronounced savoury oak tannins and strong indelible acidity. Finishes quite long and creamy. Some herb garden notes.
1999 Plantagenet Shiraz
Deep colour. Highly individual wine with perfumed black pepper/ blackberry aromas with a twist of earth/ violet. Highly concentrated palate with black pepper/ blackberry flavours and extra fine supple tannins . Quiet a minerally wine with excellent flavour length and long flavours.
1997 Redbank Sally's Paddock Cabernet
Deep colour. Intense blackcurrant/ mocha aromas with touch of aniseed/ leafy nuances. Sweet fruited blackcurrant/ mocha/ aniseed flavours and fine leafy tannins. Finishes dry and firm.
1999 Tahbilk 1860 Vines Shiraz
Medium colour. Aromatic raspberry/ plum aromas with some vanillin/ characters. Mulberry/ raspberry plum flavours, some maturation/ earthy notes, chalky tannins and underlying oak. . Finishes firm and tight.
1998 Tim Adams Aberfeldy Shiraz
Medium colour. Intense minty/ plum/ berry aromas with some smoky/ vanilla nuances. Well concentrated wine with plum/ berry/ sweet fruit flavours. Some faint white pepper notes and fine chalky tannins. Builds up firm and tight with lovely fruit sweetness.
1997 Tyrrells Vat 1
Medium gold. Butter scotch/ lemon herb aromas with touch lanolin. Fresh and complex sweet fruit/ butterscotch/ lemon curd flavours, fine tangy acidity finishing bittersweet.
2001 Tyrrell's Vat 47
Medium pale colour. Quite spicy with apricot/ pear aromas and spicy oak nuances. Rich creamy wine with apricot/ pear fruit, savoury oak and tangy acidity. Finishes long and sweet.
1999 Yeringberg Cabernet
Medium deep colour. Elegantly styled wine with mocha/ cassis aromas and some vanilla notes. Mocha/ cassis/ chocolate flavours, classically structured fine grainy- touch grippy tannins, underlying oak and some leatherwood sandalwood notes. Finishes firm and grainy.
2001 Best's Thompson Family Great Western Shiraz
Deep colour. Rich chocolaty aromas with some plummy/ red cherry characters. Plenty of malty/ chocolaty flavours and plum/ red cherry fruit, fine sweet tannins. Finishes dry and firm chalky.
1993 Brokenwood Graveyard Shiraz
Medium deep colour. Very evolved wine with bitumen/ chocolate aromas and savoury notes. Very developed wine with demi glace/ prune/ bitumen flavours, some herb/ gamey notes, looseknit dry tannins and underlying oak.
1995 Domaine A Cabernet Sauvignon
Medium deep colour. Intense herb garden/ menthol/ red cherry aromas with touch of mint. Well concentrated wine with herb garden/ red cherry/ currant flavours, supple fine tannins, underlying savoury oak, building up quite minerally at the finish.
1997 Greenock Creek Roennfeldt Road Cabernet
Medium deep colour. Very floral perfumed wine with cassis/ mocha fruit/ Parma violets and rose aromas; characters which pervade on the palate. A very supple wine with mocha/ violet/ blackcurrant flavours, supple fine tannins and some savoury oak nuances. Finishes firm and grippy. Acidity pokes out.
2001 Hardy's Eileen Hardy Shiraz
Deep colour. Dark cherry/ meaty/ gamey aromas with hint of matchstick and tropical oak. A sweet fruited wine with chocolaty/ gamey/ matchstick characters, fine slightly chalky tannins finishing long and sweet.
1996 Henschke Mount Edelstone Shiraz
Medium colour. Tropical red currant aromas with some meaty/ leather complexity. Sweet redcurrant/ prune flavours, slinky looseknit tannins and some mature earthy notes.
1996 Katnook Cabernet Sauvignon
Medium deep colour. Developed mocha/ herb garden/ bisquity aromas. Sweet dark chocolate/ coffee/ herb garden flavours and supple fine tannins which build up chalky firm at the finish. Good flavour length.
2002 Mount Langi Ghiran Langi Shiraz
Medium deep colour. White pepper, raspberry earthy aromas. Very elegant looseknit style with peppermint/ raspberry/ earthy flavours and some savoury notes. Finishes sinewy dry and tight. Not Released.
2001 Orlando St Hugo
Deep colour. Blackcurrant/ smoky/ olive aromas with savoury miso/ demi-glace notes. Well concentrated palate with blackcurrant/ smoky/ black olive flavours, fine sinewy tannins and plenty of flavour length. Finishes firm and tight.
2004 Petaluma Hanlin Hill Riesling
Pale colour. Musky pear/ lemon curd aromas with touch of lime. Lemon curd flavours, soft minerally acidity and some tangerine notes. Finishes touch leafy chalky dry.
2003 Pierro Chardonnay
Pale colour. Very intense and aromatic melon/ apricot aromas with some grilled nut complexity and some lemon rind notes. Very tightly knit and savoury wine with melon/ pear flavours, fine tart acidity and underlying new oak. A tangy restrained wine.
1994 Tim Adams Aberfeldy Shiraz
Deep colour. Intense ginger snap/ bitumen/ pure blackberry aromas with hint of meaty complexity. Some leafy nuances. Very deep concentrated wine, with herb garden/ bitumen/ blackberry flavours, fine chalky tannins and earthy notes.
1996 Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon
Medium deep colour. Fresh mocha/ berry with slight minty/ violet notes. Rich concentrated wine with blackcurrant/ chocolate/ demi- glace flavours and fine slinky tannins. Builds up dry with some savoury oak and herb/ minty notes at the finish.
2001 Wendouree Shiraz-Malbec
Deep colour. Liquorice aniseed / leatherwood aromas with some earthy/ gamey notes. Sweet fruited dark cherry/ leatherwood flavours, fine sinewy tannins and plenty of earthy complexity.
1999 Wynns John Riddoch Coonawarra Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep colour. Dark chocolate/ ripe blackcurrant aromas with some leafy notes. Rich ripe well-concentrated wine with dark chocolate flavours and some blackcurrant/ cedar notes, gravelly tannins. Finishes firm and tight.
2003 Yeringberg Cabernet
Medium deep colour. Aromatic seed cherry/ minty/ violet aromas. Medium concentrated wine with savoury/ red cherry/ violet/ earthy flavours, fine grainy tannins and plenty of savoury complexity. Finishes chalky dry with some cherry stone nuances. Elegant style.
2002 Bannockburn Pinot Noir
Medium deep colour. Meaty/ minty aromas with some dark chocolate characters. Deeply concentrated wine with meaty/ minty flavours and some spicy notes. Finishes chalky firm with some spicy violet notes.
1999 Bass Phillip Reserve
Medium colour. Smoky/ vegetal/ smoky/ savoury aromas with some black cherry characters. Quite an oak driven wine with some smoky/ dark cherry flavours and vegetal notes. Finishes dry and firm.
2003 Brokenwood Graveyard Shiraz
Deep colour. Dark berry/ meaty aromas with some raspberry/ hedgerow characters. Sweet dark berry fruit aromas, some liquorice notes, savoury oak, chalky tannins finishing firm and tight.
1996 Craiglee Shiraz
Medium colour. Peppery/ violet/ spice aromas with some capsicum notes. Pure peppermint/ violet/ red berry flavours and fine mineral acidity. Finishes chalky dry.
2002 Hardy's Eileen Hardy Shiraz
Medium deep colour. Intense slightly rustic bitumen/ dark chocolate/ mocha aromas. Very tightly structured wine with smoky dark chocolate/ wet bitumen characters, grainy firm tannins and some toasty oak.
1994 Henschke Cyril Henschke Cabernet Sauvignon
Medium deep colour. Cassis, cedar aromas excellent intensity. Tomato leafy flavours some cassis, grainy tannins and some cedar complexity. Finishes very dry but good flavour length.
1994 Howard Park WA Cabernet Sauvignon
Medium deep colour. Complex and mature liquorice/ cedar wood/ mushroom aromas. Well developed wine with black fruit/ liquorice/ meaty gamey flavours, firm chalky tannins and underlying new oak nuances. Acidity pokes out at the finish.
2003 Lake's Folly Cabernet
Deep colour. Red cherry/ plum aromas with touches of chocolate. Quiet elegant menthol/ red cherry flavours and chalky tannins, Finishes firm and dry. Nice fruit sweetness.
2001 Leeuwin Estate Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep colour. Cool climate peppermint/ cassis aromas with touch of smoky oak. Ginger snap/ cassis/ peppermint flavours and fine sinewy tannins. Finishes firm and tight. Some sappy notes.
1999 Mount Langi Ghiran Langi Shiraz
Deep colour. Pepper/ apricot/ malty aromas and some plum notes. Sweet apricot white pepper flavours - some string aniseed notes - and fine chalky tannins. Quite peppery dry at the finish.
1996 Mount Mary Chardonnay
Medium pale. Sea breezy/ lanolin/ white peach/ pearskin aromas. Well concentrated wine with lanolin/ pearskin - touch herb flavours and savoury/ spicy oak. Finishes quite hard but good flavour length.
2003 Mount Mary Chardonnay
Pale colour. A very elemental - almost unrevealing wine with hazelnut/ pearskin aromas and flavours, pronounced almost searing acidity and underlying savoury oak. A very tart wine which will no doubt unravel with age as many of this genre do. A long term wine.
2002 Mount Mary Quintet
Medium deep colour. Red berry/ cassis aromas with leafy/ savoury/ earthy characters. Very elegant red berry cassis flavours and fine grainy tannins. Finishes firm and chalky with some underlying mocha notes.
1999 Orlando St Hugo
Deep colour. Powerful blackberry/ black olive aromas with some seaweed notes. Rich ripe sweet fruited wine with blackberry/ black olive flavours and rasping/ sinewy dry tannins. Quiet rustic and evolved with earthy tones.
1998 Petaluma Coonawarra
Deep colour. Intense seaweed/ black olive/ black chocolate/ mulberry notes. Concentrated wine with rich core of cassis/ mulberry/ chocolaty fruit and pronounced gravelly tannins, underlying leather/ mocha notes. Finishes firm and leafy.
1995 St Hallet Old Block Shiraz
Medium deep colour. Intense malty/ vanilla/ blackberry/ mocha aromas. Medium concentrated wine with vanilla/ blackberry notes some savoury notes. Leafy firm at the finish.
2000 Tahbilk 1860 Vines Shiraz
Deep colour. Very restrained leather/ spice/ roasted nut aromas with touches of mint and vanillin. Malty/ leather/ spice/ gamey flavours and drying pronounced tannins. Finishes chalky firm and tight.
1999 Torbreck Run Rig
Deep colour. Intense lanolin/ matchstick aromas with earthy/ plum/ cherry aromas touches of prune/ mocha. Rich concentrated wine with plum/ matchstick flavours, fine sinewy tannins and malty oak. Quite firm tannin slick at the finish and plenty of flavour length.
2001 Wendouree Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep colour. Intense seaweedy/ liquorice aromas with some blackcurrant/ black olive notes. Very concentrated but muscular style with core of fruit sweetness and firm rusty tannins.
2001 Wendouree Shiraz
Deep colour. Intense black cherry/ blackcurrant almond/ leafy aromas. Well concentrated wine with earthy/ black cherry flavours, fine sinewy tannins and some leafy notes. Finishes very dry and tight.
2001 Wendouree Shiraz Mataro
Deep colour. Very complex wine with developed leather/ coffee/ aniseed/ walnutty aromas. Blackberry/ roasted walnutty flavours with some earthy notes. The tannins are leaf/ sinewy and finish very dry and tight. Old fashioned style.
1991 Yeringberg Cabernet
Medium deep colour. Intense liquorice/ white pepper/ blackcurrant black olive aromas. Concentrated blackcurrant/ white pepper/ bitumen flavours and fine brittle/ rusty tannins. Very savoury wine with quiet a tannin kick.
2000 Bannockburn Chardonnay
Medium gold. Very developed caramel/ peach/ nectarine aromas and flavours with good cutting acidity, plenty of sweet fruit, underlying savoury oak and creaminess on the palate. Finishes with plenty of flavour length.
2002 Bindi Original Vineyard Pinot Noir
Medium colour. Intense rhubarb/ dark cherry/ raspberry aromas and flavours. A fleshy sweet fruited palate with slinky tannins and plenty of flavour length. Fruit driven rather than complex.
2000 Giaconda Pinot Noir
Medium colour. Dark cherry/ plum aromas with meaty/ saddle leather notes. Evolved red cherry/ meaty flavours, fine powdery tannins. Finishes sappy and long.
2000 Jasper Hill Emily's Paddock Shiraz Cabernet Franc
Medium deep colour. Immensely concentrated wine with ginger snap/ chocolaty aromas and some quince/ spice notes. Plenty of sweet rum/ raisin fruit and ginger notes, pronounced savoury oak and slinky fine tannins.
1998 Lake's Folly Cabernet
Deep colour. Dark chocolate/ minty aromas with some leather notes. Very minty/ eucalypt wine some coffee notes, firm strong iron-like tannins finishing quite rusty and dry.
1999 Lindemans Limestone Ridge
Deep colour. Malty baked plum aromas. Ripe juicy wine with baked plum/ cedar flavours, fine grainy tannins and savoury oak. Finishes long and sweet. Chalky dry finish.
1992 Orlando Lawson's Shiraz
Deep colour. Complex blackberry comfit/ chocolate/ menthol pepper aromas. Sweet fruited wine with menthol/ black polish/ blackberry flavours and fine ripe tannins. Builds up chalky dry with menthol/ mocha notes at the finish.
1991 Penfold’s St Henri
Medium colour. Perfumed and elegant raspberry/ cranberry aromas with some savoury/ nutty nuances. Raspberry/ cranberry flavours with some evolved savoury nutty characters. Finishes firm and chalky. Hint of mint.
1990 Petaluma Coonawarra
Medium colour. Elegant wine with earthy/ dark chocolate/ black cherry/ violet aromas with some leafy notes. Restrained palate with evolved earthy/ chocolate/ violet characters and fine slinky dry tannins. Finishes long and sweet.
1985 Seppelt Great Western St Peters Shiraz
Medium deep colour. Intense liquorice/ prune/ menthol aromas. Evolved complex wine with wet bitumen/ polished leather sandalwood characters, savoury oak and gravelly ripe tannins. Tannins are pronounced at the finish but good flavour length.
1994 Tahbilk 1860 Vines Shiraz
Medium colour. Savoury/ earthy aromas with some white pepper notes. Saddle leather/ pepper flavours and savoury nuances, rusty tannins and earthy/ sous bois notes at the finish. Old fashioned maturation style
2002 Tyrrell's Vat 47
Pale colour. Almond, chamomile aromas with quite hard savoury oak. Quite restrained for Tyrrell's. Very uptight palate with restrained apricot/ chamomile/ citrus flavours and some spicy vanilla oak. Finishes quite lemony.
1999 Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep colour. Ethereal eucalypt/ chocolate cherry aromas with some cedar notes. Deep brooding wine with deep set mint/ eucalypt/ cedar flavours, good mid-palate richness and fine sinewy tannins. Very strong powerful hard tack finish. Seems at odds with previous tasting notes.
2002 Veritas Rolf Binder Hanisch
Deep colour. Intense prune dried/ blackberry aromas with malty oak and spicy notes. Very rich ultra-ripe wine with dried prune/ blackberry fruit, supple sweet tannins which finish chalky dry. Good flavour length.
1998 Wendouree Cabernet Malbec
Deep colour. Intense iodine/ black olive/ dark chocolate berry aromas. Muscular wine with black olive/ seaweedy flavours, fine strong tannins and touches of walnut. Finishes firm and tight.
2001 Wendouree Cabernet Malbec
Deep colour. Very profound inky/ cassis aromas with some almond/ walnutty nuances. Very tight muscular wine with cassis/ inky/ leafy flavours and some maturation characters. Cedary finish. Still elemental.
1998 Wendouree Shiraz Mataro
Deep colour. Intense blackberry/ almond/ cedar/ iodine aromas Very muscular rustic style with blackberry/ almond/ bitumen flavours and granular tannins. Finishes dry and firm.
1994 Wynns John Riddoch Coonawarra Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep colour. Minty/ cedar/ cassis aromas . Some mushroom notes. Cold wine with minty/ mushroom/ cassis flavours, underlying savoury/ cedar oak and very pronounced firm, almost bristling tannins. Finishes chalky dry.
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Langton’s 2005 Classification IV – International Reception, Predictions and Tastings
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Langton’s 2005 Classification IV
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A Lazy Eye on Pink Cliffs & One Eye
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