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TNs: Dinner at Milsons

Date: Mon, Jan 7, 2008 Wine Tasting

A hastily organised farewell dinner at Milsons in Sydney for a friend. My first time at this restaurant and both the service and food was excellent. I had the following; Scallop and prawn filled zucchini flowers in prawn bisque with green asparagus, grape tomatoes and seeded mustard crustacean oil ‘Cannelloni’ of kingfish and blue swimmer crab with [...]

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Central Otago Tasting

Date: Mon, Dec 31, 2007 Wine Tasting

Olssens 2004 Riesling Little bit of briar, mango and some florals. Good punch to the palate and good length with just a bit of sweetness. 89/100 2004 Charcoal Joe Chardonnay Soft nose, some butter and spice. Very creamy mouthfeel with good flavour persistence and good structure. 89/100 2003 Jackson Barry Pinot Noir Powerful nose of spice, cherry and pepper. Bit soft and lacking [...]

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Good Living Show: Australian Regional Shiraz Masterclass

Date: Mon, Dec 31, 2007 Wine Tasting

This was the third masterclass I attended at this event. The five wines were served blind, with the only information provided that they were Shiraz and each was from a different region. Wines were revealed at the end of the tasting. Wirra Wirra Woodhenge Shiraz 2004 Crimson colour. Perfumed with violets, and rich chocolate and vanilla oak. The [...]

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Recent Tasting Notes

Date: Sat, Dec 29, 2007 Wine Tasting

2004 Bass Phillip “Estate” Chardonnay: Cloudy light golden colour. Oatmeal, nutty characters, soap and citrus peel on the nose. Rich and round palate with acidity that seems a little bit prickly. I think it was better than I’ve made it sound, but I can’t muster a whole lot of enthusiasm for it. 87/100 2007 Primo Estate “d’Elena” Pinot [...]

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Moscato Showdown

Date: Fri, Dec 21, 2007 Wine Tasting

I love Moscato over summer, the best are slightly sweet but the acid and spritz can be so refreshing. The generally low alcohol is also a bonus. With this in mind, I sought out 17 Moscato based current release wins from both Australia and Italy to taste and decide what I would be buying to [...]

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Various wines for a friends birthday

Date: Tue, Dec 11, 2007 Wine Tasting

Recent birthday celebrations with a friend saw a wide ranging selection of bottles opened - 1990 Bollinger Champagne R.D. Extra Brut (Magnum - Disgorged 5th March 2002): Pastry, apples, toast and lemony nose. Good intensity and full mouthfeel to the palate, but fades away a little bit sooner than expected. Balanced but quite simple, [...]

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End of year dinner at Tetsuya’s with some legendary wine

Date: Tue, Dec 4, 2007 Wine Tasting

A superb night at Tetsuya’s in Sydney for an end of year get together with friends. I feel Tetsuya’s is on a tier of its own in Sydney, I’ve been to three times now and each time I’ve been blown away. The Food: Cold Corn Soup with Saffron & Vanilla Ice Cream Smoked Ocean Trout & Avruga Caviar [...]

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Quick Notes

Date: Fri, Nov 30, 2007 Wine Tasting

1996 Jacquesson Grand Cru Avize Straw coloured. Fine bead. Powerful nose of honey, toast and citrus. Long and refined palate, while there was some good acid there it also tasted like this bottle was nearing its peak. Excellent. 92/100 2006 Bellarmine Off-Dry Riesling Musk, floral and citrus aromas. Nicely balanced palate with the touch of sweetness giving richness without [...]

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Dinner with 76 Bollinger, Loosen, Rousseau, Weil and others

Date: Mon, Nov 19, 2007 Wine Tasting

1976 Bollinger RD Disgorged 14 April 1988. Fine stream of bubbles still. Toasty, nutty and earthy aromas. Medium body and length. Lacking depth and complexity. Nice, but not great. 87/100 2006 Loosen Bernkasteler Lay Kabinett: A floral lift on the nose, with a touch of mineral in the background. A touch of sweetness on the palate. Someone commented [...]

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CIVC 2007 Tasting - Taittinger

Date: Sun, Nov 11, 2007 Wine Tasting

Taittinger Brut Reserve NV Bready, citrusy aromas. Clean flavours but with little depth. 85/100 Taittinger Millesime 2000 Bread, toast and citrus fruit. Medium bodied with decent length. 86/100 Taittinger Prelude Grand Crus NV Bready yeast, citrus, minerally with some floral notes. Good body, mouthfeel and length. Well balanced. Could improve with a couple of years in bottle. 88/100

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CIVC 2007 Tasting - Pol Roger

Date: Sun, Nov 11, 2007 Wine Tasting

Pol Roger Brut NV Bursting nose of apples and citrus. Palate is vibrant and balanced. 87/100 Pol Roger Brut Vintage 1998 Citrus and some smoke. Good flavour persistence and medium depth. Open and enjoyable now. 89/100 Pol Roger Brut Blanc de Blancs Vintage 1998 Spice and bread on the nose. Palate is simple and shows some bitterness on the finish which lets [...]

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CIVC 2007 Tasting - Tsarine

Date: Sun, Nov 11, 2007 Wine Tasting

Tsarine Premier Cru NV Peach and some sweaty characters on the nose. Palate is cleaner but not much of interest. 82/100 Tsarine Vintage 1999 Grapefruit and guava aromas. Lick of sweetness to the palate. Seems a bit flat and lacking character. 84/100 Tsarine Rose 1999 Strawberry and a bit of earthy funk. Palate lacks length and depth. Nothing to interest me into [...]

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CIVC 2007 Tasting - Philipponnat

Date: Sat, Nov 10, 2007 Wine Tasting

Philipponnat Brut Royal Reserve NV Sea spray and oyster shells. Palate is clean but a bit short and quite boring. 85/100 Philipponnat Reserve Millesime 1999 Apples and pears. Crisp palate, but again lacking length and depth. 85/100 Philipponnat Brut Reserve Rose NV Strawberry and earth. Bit of sweetness to the palate. Disappointing intensity and depth. Didn’t really like this. 83/100

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