New tasting notes


Another big swag of wine reviews has just been posted – 600 in total – including the complete works of Henschke Hill of Grace.

The Henschke family celebrated 50 vintages this year with a retrospective tasting of every wine released thus far, from the 1958 to the newly released 2008. That’s actually 51 vintages, but in reality only 48 wines: the 1960, 1974 and 2000 were never bottled.

This is an amazing line-up of great wines, and although the price prohibits most wine lovers ever being able to buy it at today’s prices, we can all fantasise! 

My review of the latest Grange, also 2008 vintage, to be released on May 2, has also been posted along with the other Penfolds icon wines (tastings). And yes, the Grange is right on form, not I think one of the greatest but right up there. For me, the new RWT Shiraz 2010 (tasting) is one of the stars of this year’s crop. 

Also uploaded are 150-odd cabernets, 130 chardonnays (and wow, are there some rippers, there), 140 sauvignon blancs, semillons and blends thereof, and more rieslings, roses and sundry imported wines. 

Highlights include a stunning new 2011 Lakes Folly Chardonnay (tasting), 2010 By Farr Viognier (clearly the best maker of this variety in Australia; tasting), and one of our greatest unsung white blends: Quealy Pobblebonk 2011 (tasting). Pobble what?! Just read the review! 

Also two great semi-mature semillons: Peter Lehmann Margaret 2007 (tasting) and Mount Pleasant Lovedale 2007 (tasting), and one of the Australian sauvignon blancs I most enjoy drinking: De Bortoli Yarra Valley Sauvignon 2011 (tasting).

And don’t miss these magical 2010 cabernets: Grosset Gaia (tasting), Mac Forbes Hugh (tasting), Wantirna Estate Amelia (tasting) and Elderton Ashmead (tasting).

There’s no end of great drinking. 

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