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Au Jardin Les Amis - Singapore

Date: Wed, Jul 2, 2008 Wine Tasting

Au Jardin Les Amis (”The Friends, In the Garden”) is situated in the tranquil Singapore Botanic Gardens, on the second level of an 1920s home. We were seated on a glass enclosed balcony with a relaxing view of the gardens. It is a wonderful setting and was a great place to spend some time on [...]

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Iggy’s - Singapore

Date: Mon, Jun 30, 2008 Wine Tasting

Iggy’s at the Regent Hotel in Singapore is the recipient of quite a bit of hype, with various awards and reviews proclaiming it to be among the best restaurants in Singapore and the world. It seems very few people have anything but good words to say about it. Wednesday the 25th of June saw me [...]

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1995 Bordeaux and more at Azuma

Date: Wed, Jun 4, 2008 Wine Tasting

A superb recent dinner at Azuma. The food was some of the very best that I’ve had anywhere in Sydney and I would highly recommend trying it if possible. -Pacific Oysters with Ponzu dressing -Prawn Tempura served with curry salt 1982 Perrier Jouet Belle Epoque Light straw gold colour belies the age of this wine. The nose showed aromas [...]

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Billy Kwong’s

Date: Tue, Jun 3, 2008 Wine Tasting

My first time at this restaurant in Sydney. I thought the food was of a high standard with good use of fresh ingredients and I felt like it was good value for the money (ended up around $75 a head for food, corkage and tip). We needed to take care with some of the dishes [...]

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Friday night tasting

Date: Mon, Jun 2, 2008 Wine Tasting

Domaine Daniel-Etienne Defaix Chablis Grand Cru Les Blanchots 1997 Oxidised, very tired. NR/100 Tyrrells Vat 1 Semillon 1999 So young! Appealing nose of lemon and quince. Structured palate with a great line of acid and very good length. Plenty of potential to improve and develop here. 92/100 Rousseau Gevrey-Chambertin Village 2002 Quite “new world” in style with cherry and strawberries on the [...]

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Some quick notes

Date: Wed, Apr 23, 2008 Wine Tasting

Domaine Weinbach Schlossberg Grand Cru Cuvee St.Catherine Riesling 2004 (375mL) Peaches, pears, orange peel and marmalade on the nose. A rich, viscous and weighty palate with excellent texture and length. Bold, but balanced. 92/100 Domaine Fourrier Les Goulots 1er Gevery-Chambertin 2003 A nose of red berries, candy, violets, chocolate and cinnamon. Touch of stalk to the medium bodied palate. [...]

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Dinner at Linda’s on King

Date: Tue, Apr 22, 2008 Wine Tasting

These notes are from a dinner at Linda’s on King Street last week. The food was good, service was excellent - the only problem was an overcharge by 2 bottles on corkage, but at $3 a bottle it wasn’t a major issue. NV Vincent d’Astree Gouttes d’Or Premier Cru Champagne Biscuity nose, with some apple [...]

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Recent dinner wines

Date: Mon, Apr 14, 2008 Wine Tasting

1982 Moet et Chandon Brut Imperial Rose A fine stream of bubbles. Strawberry jam is the dominant aroma with earth, smoke and cherry supporting. Medium intensity of flavour on the palate with good acid support. With a persistent finish, this was very tasty. 90/100 1979 Leo Buring Eden Valley Eden Valley Show Reserve Riesling DWI16 Golden coloured. Shy nose [...]

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Champagne and Burgundy

Date: Thu, Apr 3, 2008 Wine Tasting

These were tasted at The Book Kitchen Restaurant in Surry Hills. Most dishes are available in entree and main course size, so most of us opted for 4-5 entree sized courses so that we could try a wide variety. Some dishes were excellent, while others lacked flavour. The service quality was also rather inconsistent. I [...]

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Lost New Years Notes

Date: Thu, Feb 21, 2008 Wine Tasting

Some notes taken at a New Years Eve event … in 2006 leading into 2007. Seppelt Salinger 1994 A slightly better bottle than the last one, this was fresher on the palate. On the nose there were aromas of creme brulee, toast, lime and a dab of oak. Still not amazingly complex on the palate, but the length is good [...]

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Italians and Others

Date: Mon, Feb 11, 2008 Wine Tasting

Some short notes from a long, vaguely Italian themed lunch. N.V. Laurent-Perrier Champagne Grand Siecle: Probably around 7-10 years bottle age and it shows on the nose with aromas of honey, citrus, quince paste and some sherry. Complex and with good presence on the palate, there is also acidity coming through strongly to keep things fresh. 91/100 2005 Livio [...]

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Notes from a dinner

Date: Mon, Feb 4, 2008 Wine Tasting

1992 Leasingham Classic Clare Sparkling Shiraz Cherry, raspberry and some leather and earthy elements to the nose. There is a delicious sweetness to the palate that is well countered by savoury nuances. Very enjoyable. 90/100 2000 Besserat de Bellefon Grande Tradition Champagne Cheesy and toasty nose. Rounded mouthfeel. Lacks depth and finishes short. 83/100 2002 Petaluma Hanlin Hill Riesling Lemon, orange peel [...]

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1995 Peter Lehmann Riesling Reserve

Date: Sat, Jan 19, 2008 Wine Tasting

A wonderful surprise. Light golden colour. Lovely nose of honey, toast and citrus. Silky palate with depth and richness. Long, every element in balance. At its peak now, this is a world-class wine. Cork. 11.5% - 92/100

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Quick notes

Date: Sat, Jan 19, 2008 Wine Tasting

2002 Grosset Watervale Riesling – A little bit shy on the nose, but some citrus and floral characters can be noted. Palate has racy acid but is beautifully balanced. Full and long. Lovely wine, drinking well now. 91/100 1989 Jeffrey Grosset Polish Hill Riesling – Honey, toast and ginger on the nose. Palate is tired, with some prickly acid [...]

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