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Wednesday Round-up - the 2010 edition
Sue Courtney's tasting notes from the First Glass Fine Wine Wednesday $15 tastings

June 2010
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Sue Courtney's Fine Wine Wednesday tasting notes were recorded for First Glass Wines and Spirits in Takapuna for publication on their website. These notes are archival and may have been deleted from their site by now.
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Fine Wine Wednesday Tasting - 30 Jun 2010
Top Shiraz and Syrah from Cuisine magazine
Wines were tasted blind.

Misha's Limelight Riesling 2009 - Central Otago
Light lemon gold in colour the aromas radiate sweet ripe tropical fruit and the flavours brim with honey tinged with apricot, tangelo and lime. Moderately viscous in texture with musk and honeysuckle lingering, this is a medium sweet style that can be very well chilled.
11.9% alc. Screwcap. $25.99.

Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2008 - Hawkes Bay
Black maroon purple red. Aromas of chocolate box combine with lush spiced berries and there's a lovely savoury depth to the juicy dark cherry flavours layered with delicious cake spices and hints of rose pepper. Fragrant, ripe and juicy with silky textured tannins and floral nuances on the long lasting finish due to a small percentage of Viognier. 5 stars and No. 4= in NZ's Top Syrahs.
13.5% alc. Screwcap. $30.99 special.

Coopers Creek Select Vintage Chalk Ridge Syrah 2008 - Hawkes Bay
Deep dark purple black red. Fragrant vanillin oak and blackberry scents and crisp berry fruit flavours with plenty of peppery spice, velvety tannins, hints of leather, and a rich, deep medium to full-bodied finish. There’s a bright hum of fruit balancing the savoury richness, with a juicy lushness lingering despite the firm finish that lifted and long. Gold and Trophy Air New Zealand Wine Awards. 5 stars and No. 2 in NZ's Top Syrahs.
13.5% alc. Screwcap. $25.99 special.

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Hawkes Bay Syrah 2008 - Hawkes Bay
Purple-indigo - bright, shiny, dense - noticeably darker when poured. Savoury aromas combine with florals, berry and spice and the beautifully harmonious spicy palate is sweet-tinged, warm and savoury. Red and black fruit, pepper, cake spices, juicy cherry fruit and even hints of chocolate combine in this lovely generous wine. 100% French oak. 5 stars and No. 3 in NZ's Top Syrahs.
13.5% alc. Screwcap. $29.99.

Mills Reef Elspeth Trust Vineyard Syrah 2007 - Hawkes Bay
Shiny purple black with a smoky savoury aroma that's a little meaty, a little chocolatey and not overtly peppery. A full-bodied wine with delicious oak and fruit spice combining in harmony with fine silky tannins, a voluptuous savoury backbone, juicy blackberry fruit and a delightful peppery infusion to the bright lifted finish. 5 stars and No. 4= in NZ's Top Syrahs.
14% alc. Screwcap. $37.99 special.

Trinity Hill Homage Syrah 2007 - Hawkes Bay
A super concentrated, dense, bold, rich wine that commands attention. Black, purple-tinged red, aromas of blueberry, blackberry, cedary oak and vanilla bean with pepper abounding in the full-bodied palate with fine-grained tannins and layers of chocolate, cedar, spice. A seamless, skilfully made wine with a juicy purple fruit intensity and florals coming through on the beautifully balanced finish. There's about 9% Viognier in this wine. 5 stars and No. 1 in NZ's Top Syrahs.
14.5% alc. Diam. $116 special.

Johnny Q Shiraz Viognier 2008 - NSW
Shiny black red with crimson edges. Eucalypt and smoky oak combine on the nose and raspberry and cherry fruit, oak and spice fill the palate. Tasted immediately after the super-concentrated Homage, this seems quite simple but on its own it has great fruit definition, tar, liquorice, vanilla and spice and a savoury, peppery finish. From NSW, near Griffith. A bargain buy. 5 stars and No. 4 Top Australian Shiraz.
14.5% alc. Screwcap. $14.99 special.

Penfolds Thomas Hyland Shiraz 2007 - South Australia
Shiny black red. A touch of chocolate on the nose and the typical Penfolds stamp of generosity in the palate. Vanilla, cherry and black fruit with underlying savoury oak and earthy notes and fine smooth velvety tannins, hints of olive, a touch of tar and vinous sweetness to the spicy and lovely rounded finish. Multi regional blend. 5 stars and No. 2= Top Australian Shiraz.
14.5% alc. Screwcap. $15.99 special.

Penfolds Kalimna Bin 28 Shiraz 2007 - South Australia
Shiny black red with a crimson glow. Aromas of concentrated berry fruit and spice with a hint of coconut cream to tantalise lover of American oak, juicy blackberry characterises the fruit flavour with firm, rounded-edged tannins, smoky vanillin oak, a savoury backbone and hints of violets. A little more concentrated and dense than the Thomas Hyland wine. 5 stars and No. 6 Top Australian Shiraz.
14.5% alc. Screwcap. $28.99.

Wolf Blass President's Selection Shiraz 2006 - South Australia
We have moved up another level of complexity with this super smooth, full-bodied wine. Deep dark red in colour with savoury, spicy aromas and a smooth and seamless flow across the palate, this has a meaty savoury depth, juicy brambly fruit and a chocolate richness to the peppery, spicy finish. 5 stars and No. 5 Top Australian Shiraz.
15% alc. Screwcap. $19.99 special.

Thorn Clarke Sandpiper Barossa Shiraz 2008 - South Australia
Purple black in colour with 'smooth' smelling aromatics of chocolate, berry and smoky oak that smooth impression carries through to the palate. With juicy black and red fruits, spice, chicory, vanillin oak and chocolate the flavours are beautifully in harmony. Ready to drink now and very easy to like. 5 stars and No. 1 Top Australian Shiraz.
14.5% alc. Screwcap. $16.99 special.

Grant Burge Filsell Old Vine Barossa Shiraz 2008 - South Australia
Intensity, concentration and balance are key components to this smooth, rich wine. Vivid purple black in colour with appealing chocolate and liquorice aromas but still very tight in structure with firm meaty tannins. There's a lovely spice regime with a sublime intonation of pepper, chocolatey oak, liquorice, tar and bittersweet berries, and the finish is long and full. Absolutely stunning Shiraz and an excellent cellaring proposition. 5 stars and No. 2= Top Australian Shiraz.
14.5% alc. Cork. $34.99 special.

Fine Wine Wednesday Tasting - 23 Jun 2010
"Fun" Wine Options evening
Wines were tasted blind.

Domaines Schlumberger- Gewurztraminer Les Princes Abbes 2005 - Alsace, France
Moderately deep gold and perfumed with honey, rose water and sugar-coated violets, this smooth, mellow wine is medium sweet with a gorgeous slippery texture and flavours of honey, spices, rose petals and orange peel with a lingering flourish of ginger and additional complexity from bottle age. Very nice, beautifully rounded, and best enjoyed over the next six months.
13% alc. Cork. $23.99 special.

Felton Road Bannockburn Central Otago Chardonnay 2009
Light yellow gold in colour with peach and mealy nuances to the perfumed aroma and bright fruit flavours well defined underlying acidity, spicy oak and a zesty finish. Full-bodied and smooth and delicious already.
14.5% alc. Screwcap. $36.99.

Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay Viognier 2008
Golden coloured with citrus, nut biscuits, creamy oak and nougat aromas and toasty, mealy flavours with a malty undercurrent, well-balanced acidity and a citrussy flourish to the bright fruity finish with apricot and spice flavours lingering.
14.5% alc. Screwcap. $34.99.

TW Growers Selection Gisborne Chardonnay 2007
The light gold coloured wine is Chardonnay, but not as we know it judging by the number of people who opted for 'something else'. Quite dry with high-toned apple flavours and underlying confectionery sweetness and some nuances of herbal tea. Quite cool in temperature when served, it really doesn't want too much chilling because as it warms up a malty richness emerges and caramel tones too.
13.5% alc. Screwcap. $30.99.

Mount Edward Central Otago Pinot Gris 2008
Palest straw lemon in colour with sweetly perfumed, honeysuckle, lime and apple aromas that lead into a gently sweet palate with beautifully balanced acidity and a floral finish.
13.5% alc. Screwcap. $25.99.

Farnese Sangiovese 2008 Abruzzo - Italy
Youthful purple red in colour, this is a fruity wine, full of blackberries and raspberry scents with little influence of oak on the nose. It is tight and savoury to the taste with concentrated red fruit, leather, tar, dried Italian herbs, a touch of dried rose petal and a metallic note to the rustic finish. Juicy and meaty. Great pizza wine.
13% alc. Cork. $17.99.

Coto de Hayas Reserva 2004 Garnacha - Campo de Borja, Spain Fading Burgundy red, showing the gentle mellowness of age in both its colour and its vinously appealing aromas, the mouthfeel is firm yet smooth with a macerated plum and cherry sweetness, dried herbs, spicy vanillin oak, a meaty richness and classic strawberry notes to the fine-textured finish. A beautiful glass of wine.
13.5% alc. Cork. $25.99.

Delas Cote Du Rhone Saint Esprit 2008 - Rhône, France Bright crimson red with a youthful perfume of cherry and tar, this has very dry, crisp, cracked berry flavours with pepper and cake spices, a firm backbone to the lightly grippy tannins and a surprisingly smooth, long, floral finish. Medium-bodied with the generous fruit evolving into a juicy finish.
13% alc. Cork. $20.99.

Chanamuyo Estate Malbec 2009 - La Rioja, Argentina Deep, intense, dark purple red, this smoky, tarry wine has bright, intense, meaty flavours with concentrated blackcurrant and plum fruit and an earthy richness. Very smooth, rich, juicy and lots of heart warming flavour and the signature violet / rose petal florals of Malbec lingering.
14.2% alc. Cork. $19.99.

Mills Reef Reserve Hawkes Bay Cabernet Merlot 2007 Black red, with fading edges. On the nose there's woodsmoke, menthol and a faint suggestion of berries. Soft, smooth, creamy with a herbal note mid palate and firm dry tannins on the long creamy finish. A blend of 65% Cabernet and 35% Merlot, this is more savoury than fruity and rather enjoyable.
14% alc. Screwcap. $19.99 special.

Basilisk Shiraz Mourvedre 2008 - Central Victoria
Youthful dark red with a purple glow, there's sweet oak on the nose with tar and smoke, and savoury flavours with juicy red and blackberry fruit and vanillin oak forming a solid backbone and bright acidity cutting through the dark, nuggetty, leather and tar finish. A bit of a blockbuster in tonight’s line up. 14.5% alc. Screwcap. $19.99 special.

Duck Duck Goose Barossa Shiraz 2008
Inky purple red with opulent aromatics of vanillin oak, chocolate, spice and juicy berry fruit and lush juicy flavours full of toasty oak, spice, vanilla and menthol with bright fruit to balance the chocolatey richness and a rich, meaty backbone. Smooth, succulent, very drinkable and a great name too.
14.8% alc. Screwcap. $17.99 special.

Fine Wine Wednesday Tasting - 16 Jun 2010
Battle of the Sexes
Wines were tasted blind.

Tohu Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2009 (M)
Deliciously fresh and juicy, full of tropical fruit and pineapple with lots of yummy summer herbs and tangy citrus and a good long finish. A very appealing and likeable, well rounded Sauv. The preferred of the pair.
13% alc. Screwcap. $15.99 special.

Jules Taylor Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2009 (F)
A more full-throttle style of Sauv with herbs, grass, capsicum, lime and a touch of tropical fruit with honey edged juicy citrus and a lasting finish.
13.5% alc. Screwcap. $19.99 special.

Mt Hector Hawke's Bay Chardonnay 2007 (F)
This light yellow gold wine has hints of butterscotch on the nose and is citrussy with hints of apricot, a zing of spice and malt-infused savoury oak. Medium bodied in style and super value for the price.
13.5% alc. Screwcap. $11.99 special.

Corbans Private Bin Hawke's Bay Chardonnay 2006 (M)
A more golden coloured wine with grapefruit, spicy oak and hints of caramel on the nose and that grapefruit character quite prominent in the palate. A big, bold, full-bodied wine with lots of flavour, a warming richness and mouthfilling complexity that comes with bottle age. The preferred of the pair.
13.5% alc. Screwcap. $19.99 special.

Saint Clair Pioneer Block 12 Marlborough Gewurztraminer 2008 (M)
Light gold in hue and a little restrained in its floral spicy scent but a full on, of
f-dry flavour with Turkish Delight, lychee, rose petal and spices and an abundance of perfectly ripe feijoa! 13% alc. Screwcap. $N/A.

Lawson’s Dry Hills "The Pioneer" Marlborough Gewurztraminer 2009 (F)
At first this more golden coloured wine seems drier, fatter and richer with a nuance of oak and a suggestion of butter caramel then all the classic traits of fine Gewurztraminer emerge with musk, spice, orange water and rose petals galore. There's a gorgeous lightly oily texture and a lusciousness that evolves and the finish is long and fine. The preferred of the pair.
14.5% alc. Screwcap. $32.99.

Nevis Bluff Central Otago Pinot Noir 2006 (M)
Fading red in colour with smoky savoury scents infused with macerated strawberry, this is savoury and stewed in the palate with a herbaceous undercurrent, plum jam, cake spices, dry tannins and a stalky nuance to the earthy finish. Gold Medal Air New Zealand Wine Awards.
13.5% alc. Screwcap. $38.99.

Domain Road Central Otago Pinot Noir 2008 (F)
With brightness to the light ruby hue and a perfume reminiscent of Christmas cake, cherry, nougat and nuts, this is a full-bodied, gutsy, style with sweet fruit, sappy oak, and cake spices supported by classic earthy savouriness and a good acid spine. The mouthfeel is rounded and velvety and the finish is lasting. The preferred of the pair.
14% alc. Screwcap. $35.99 special.

Yalumba Hand Picked Single Site Barossa Valley Grenache 2005 (F)
An older wine, deep dark red in colour with smoky cedary oak, hints of tobacco, hints of vanilla and concentrated fruit. A wine with fine tannins, silky texture and vinous depth, it has sweet - almost raisined - fruit, vanillin oak, cake spices and blood warming alcohol and builds in power to a lasting savoury finish. The preferred of the pair.
14.5% alc. Cork. $49.99 special.

Kilroy Was Here Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 (M)
This deep black-hued wine is brooding both on the nose and in the dark, nuggetty palate with rough-edged tannins that smooth out as the wine traverses through the mouth. With flavours of brambly fruit and chocolatey oak it increases in likeability and the full-bodied finish is long.
14.5% alc. Screwcap. $23.99 special.

CJ Pask Hawke's Bay Gimblett Road Syrah 2007 (F)
Dark purplish red in colour with scents like rainbow peppercorns and spicy, peppery flavours. Medium-bodied in style with juicy plum and blackberry fruit, meaty tannins and a dry finish.
14% alc. Screwcap. $N/A.

Henry’s Drive Pillar Box Reserve Padthaway Shiraz 2008 (M)
Black-red, dense. Super concentrated, a little tarry on the nose and big, ripe, rich and jammy red fruit flavours with chocolate, char, plum and spice. Dry, high-toned, nutty and alcoholic with smooth tannins, a grunty full-bodied richness and luscious finish. The preferred of the pair.
15% alc. Screwcap. $19.99 special.

Fine Wine Wednesday Tasting - 9 Jun 2010
Kumeu River Whites and European Reds with Michael Brajkovich MW
Wines were tasted blind.

Kumeu River Village Chardonnay 2008 - Kumeu, NZ
Smoky nutty aromas with a hint of melon. Quite Chablis in style with little influence of oak, it has nutty mealy flavours infused with grape and hints of tropical fruit and a lightly creamy texture underpinned by a dry flinty backbone. The mouthfeel is what makes this wine stand out and it grows in perfume, stature, richness and power.
13% alc. Screwcap. $13.99 special.

Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay 2008 - Kumeu, NZ
There’s a more definitive citrus tang to this smoky nutty wine with layers of stone fruit and fine oak on the nose and you immediately sense the complexity that this wine exudes when you taste it. With citrus zest, smoky savoury oak and a flinty undercurrent to the well-balanced buttery backbone, it's bright and fresh with a very long dry finish.
13.5% alc. Screwcap. $24.99 special.

Kumeu River Coddington Chardonnay 2008 - Kumeu, NZ
Perfumed with citrus blossom and grapefruit zest, this ripe, rich wine has bright, lifted, fine citrussy flavours with a hint of butter caramel adding softness and creaminess to the mouthfeel. Tight, elegant, dry and nutty with pretty mandarin characters that sing, it expands on the palate to become round and full with toasty oak and stonefruit complementing the sweet citrus finish.
13.5% alc. Screwcap. $41.99 special.

Kumeu River Hunting Hill Chardonnay 2008 - Kumeu, NZ
Very appealing savoury, mealy and delicately smoky aromas infused with stonefruit, lemon verbena and grapefruit zest, the grapefruit zest is even more pronounced in the palate. Dry, rich, steely yet warm, it expands in richness and power with citrus-like acidity driving the long, rich, dry finish with mealy flavours and savoury oak adding to its overall allure.
13.5% alc. Screwcap. $41.99 special.

Kumeu River Mate's Chardonnay 2008 - Kumeu, NZ
Nutty aromas with hints of stonefruit - the scents are restrained compared to the others. Rich and powerful in the palate with complex, mouthfilling mealy flavours infused with finely toasted nutty oak, citrus, nuts, nougat and pear with a malty richness to the lasting finish and a vinous sweetness coming through. There's an extra dimension and weight to this wine that cones from the old vines, and the texture is simply sublime.
13.5% alc. Screwcap. $46.99 special.

Kumeu River Pinot Gris 2009 - Kumeu, NZ
Hints of lanolin joins pears, nuts, spice and a suggestion of citrus zest on the nose. A fruity wine with moderate sweetness and oiliness to the texture, it's powerful in style with flavours of apple, pear, spice and white mushrooms and the finish is surprisingly dry.
12.5% alc. Screwcap. $25.99 special.

Gurpegui Primi Rioja Tempranillo/Garnacha 2008 - Spain
Deep black-cored garnet in colour with fruity aromas of raspberries, black berry, this is a juicy, jammy, fruit driven little number with peppery spice, hints of liquorice, tar, dried herbs, little influence of oak and youthful tannins on the finish.
13% alc. $18.99 special.

Dehesa Gago G 'Toro' Ribera del Duero Tempranillo 2007 - Spain
Darkish red with lovely cedary notes on the nose that exude an inviting mellow complexity. Seems more mature than the vintage would suggest, this is a beautifully refined, deep-flavoured wine with rich, juicy black fruit, hints of liquorice, creamy oak and fine tannins. Very smooth, gorgeously mellow and quite outstanding.
14.5% alc. $N/A.

Umani Ronchi San Lorenzo Montepulciano 2006 - Italy
Dark red. Smoke, rubber and Kiwi boot polish on the nose then in the mouth fine tannins underpin the sweet-fruited, raisiny, meaty flavours. It's rich and savoury with a fine acid backbone and a rustic finish with hints of liquorice, herbs and woodsmoke adding to its appeal.
13% alc. $18.99 special.

Rocca Delle Macie Chianti Classico 2007 - Tuscany, Italy
Medium dark red, this perfumed wine has lovely fruit weight. Cherry and blackcurrant combine in harmony with savoury oak, firm tannins, a bright flush of cake spice and a juicy finish. A blend of 90% Sangiovese, 5% Merlot 5% and 5% Canaiolo, it's ready to drink with an Italian meal soon.
13.5% alc. $21.99 special.

Fine Wine Wednesday Tasting - 2 Jun 2010
Gold Medals from the Liquorland Internaional Wine Competition
Wines were tasted blind.

Spinyback Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Clean inviting, passionfruit, honey and citrus aromas introduce this powerful exuberant mouth awakening style and when chilled it has a fine citrussy zing. Gold Medal Liquorland International Wine Competition.
12.5% alc. Screwcap. $10.99 special.

Westbrook Barrique Fermented Marlborough/Auckland Chardonnay 2009
Hints of butterscotch on the nose and malty, creamy flavours with soft spicy oak, hints of citrus and melon and stonefruit and a long last finish. A blend of 66% Marlborough and 33% Waimauku fruit, fans of the 2007 triple Trophy winner take note - this is from the same delicious mould. Gold Medal Liquorland International Wine Competition.
13.5% alc. Screwcap. $18.99 special.

Mills Reef Reserve Hawke's Bay Chardonnay 2009
This is a hugely fragrant wine with crushed almonds, smoke, vanilla and a hint of cream. That distinctive nuttiness continues through to the big, juicy palate with caramel-edged oak and 'juicy fruit' chewing gum freshness. Youthful and bright with a long rounded finish. A 'stand-up options' wine.
14% alc. Screwcap. $19.99 special.

Villa Maria Single Vineyard "Fletcher" Marlborough Riesling 2008
Citrus, honeysuckle and a whiff of kero on the nose carry through to become flavour layers in the palate. Crisp, fresh, juicy, loads of tangy citrus and heritage apples with a hint of ginger-like spice and a long zesty finish. Off dry in style. Gold medal Liquorland International Wine Competition.
9.5% alc. Screwcap. $22.99 special.

Johanneshof Cellars Marlborough Gewurztraminer 2009
Gorgeous floral aromas reminiscent of violets and the Cecile Brunner 'sweetheart' rose with an infusion of Middle Eastern spices. A rich heady wine with a lovely rounded mouthfeel, well balanced fruit sweetness and focused fruit and spice flavours that go on and on. With its low acidity, this can be well chilled and the label's heritage makes it a great proposition for cellaring too. Golds from NZ International, Air NZ, Easter Show and now Liquorland.
13% alc. Diam. $29.99 special.

Forrest Marlborough Botrytised Riesling 2009
Tantalising honey, candied peel and botrytis aromas and flavours of honey, orange zest, dried papaya and dried pineapple infusing into the fine nectar-like texture. While it's extremely sweet according to the label (240 grams of residual sugar), the high acidity cuts through the sweetness in an absolutely seamless way leaving a finish that is lasting and clean. Simply delicious. Gold medal Liquorland International Wine Competition.
9% alc. Screwcap. $39.99.

Terrace Heights Estate (T.H.E.) Marlborough Pinot Noir 2007
Deep ruby / violet / maroon. Perfumed with cherry and spicy oak, this bold flavoursome wine is deliciously juicy with plum and dark cherry fruit, cake spices, a subtle underpinning of herbs, savoury oak and hints of anise coming through. Another 'stand-up options' wine and at the special price it simply delivers value. 13.5% alc. Screwcap. $22.99 special.

Quarisa Johnny Q South East Australia Shiraz Viognier 2008
Vivid black red with crimson edges. Smoky and tarry with a perfume of red currant-like fruit, this is spicy and bright in the palate with a dry, savoury disposition and great fruit definition with pepper, tar, vanilla, liquorice, smooth firm-edged tannins and a long rounded finish. A little left field for Australia, it has a slight Euro feel about it. Gold medal Liquorland International Wine Competition.
14.5% alc. Screwcap. $14.99 special.

Pepperjack Barossa Valley Shiraz 2008
Vivid black red with a purple-tinged edges. Opulent from the outset with generous aromas of vanilla, chocolate, juicy dark plum, liquorice, cake spices and just a suggestion of pepper leading into a huge mouthful of spicy shiraz with big rich biscuity oak, deep rich sweet fruit, pepper and chocolate. Delicious already. Gold medal Liquorland International Wine Competition.
15% alc. Screwcap. $17.99 special

Pepperjack Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Vivid purple black. Seems more of a cool climate style with leather, dried herbs, a little bit of tar on the nose and chocolate, tar and leather in the palate with deep set brambly fruit, a touch of spice and a firm tannin finish. Gold medal Liquorland International Wine Competition.
14.5% alc. Screwcap. $17.99 special.

Grant Burge Barossa Valley 10 Year Old Tawny
Clear orange amber, like a cairngorm. Salted nuts and raisins and 'rancio' aromatics and high-toned spiritous, warm, rounded, nutty, salted caramel and orange peel flavours that leave behind a warm blanket, comforting mouthfeel with old barrels the lingering memory. It's a port style with a dry impression. Gold medal Liquorland International Wine Competition.
19.5% alc. Cork. $39.99.

De Bortoli Show Liqueur Muscat
Dark coffee/burnt caramel colour, with greeny/yellow edges. Rich, creamy, sticky date pudding and caramel aromas then in the palate the mouth is coated with a lovely viscous, runny toffee texture and deep muscatel raisin flavours. It's smoky, savoury, nutty, spicy and tangy with a smooth sweet caramel overlay and leaves behind a long, satisfying afterglow with the taste lasting all the way home. Gold medal Liquorland International Wine Competition.
18% alc. Cork. $45.99.

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