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Museum Wine Dinner
When the opportunity to attend a Museum Wine Dinner came along, we could hardly contain our excitement - this dinner had a number of spectacular wines that we simply had to taste - wines like the 1934 Dr Barolet Cambolle Musigny, the 1978 Domaine de Romanee Conti, Richebourg, 1924 Chateau Latour and 1945 Chateau d'Yquem...
2003 Clarendon Hills Collection
Clarendon Hills is no longer a domestic player, but one of the Super Stars on the global wine stage. The 2003 Clarendon Hills collection are slightly more structured and tight knit versions than the previous two vintages, displaying the richness, concentration and weight with exceptional structure and will be very long lived wines - this is particularly the case for the 2003 Syrahs and Cabernets.
2002 Clarendon Hills Collection
Clarendon Hills are amongst the worlds greatest wines, combined with one of Australia's greatest vintages, the 2002 Clarendon Hills wines belong in any collection of great Australian wine.
2001 Clarendon Hills Collection
In late July 2002 Nick and Simon Chlebnikowski flew to Clarendon Hills, and tasted all of Roman Bratasuik's wines. At the end of the session they concluded that the line up was one of the most formidable that they had ever seen, and re affirmed their belief that 2001 was a spectacular vintage.
1999 Clarendon Hill Tasting
The 1998 Clarendon Hills releases were outstanding and are a reflection of the vintage conditions and Terroir. The 1999 releases carry on that tradition, however, the vintage conditions were quite different, and as a result the 1999 releases are less uniform than their 1998 counterparts.
The Extraordinary Wines of Moulin Touchais
The opportunity to taste wine of over one hundred years of age is an occasion to savor. These wines come with a century long guarantee of longevity and prove to be a truely remarkable tasting experience. These are the sweet Chenin Blanc wines from MOULIN TOUCHAIS - the sensory equivalent to 'immortality' on earth.
Penfold's Classic Tasting
The Penfolds Classic Tasting provided a rare opportunity to experience some of Australia's greatest old wines. Included are tasting notes on rare wines now only available at auction houses and investor clubs.
2000 Brokenwood Graveyard Shiraz Tasting
Five vintages of Brokenwood Graveyard Shiraz were tasted, along with ten other Shiraz wines which Brokenwood considered to be their peers.
Coonawarra 1998 Barrel Tasting
The tasting for the 1998 Coonawarra Cabernets was held in the cellars of Wynns. The eight chosen producers included Mildara, Katnook, Wynns, Majella, Penley, S.Kidman, Rymill and Redman.
Henschke 130th Anniversary Tasting
On the 9th of November 1998, a party of wine merchants and restaurateurs assembled from all around Australia for one of the most enthralling tastings ever held - it was planned to celebrate 130 years of Henschke and the 40th anniversary of Hill of Grace. This section includes tasting notes on four decades of Henschke Hill of Grace.
McLaren Vale Tasting 1991
1991 was a very good year in McLaren Vale, and yet 10 years on the wines have not stood the test of time. Most of the wines in this line up have lost their fruit and are beginning to dry out. The colours were generally brick red with acid levels dropping away. Wines from d'Arenberg, Woodstock, Coriole and Wirra Wirra were tasted.
Giaconda Retrospective
This tasting involved three vintages of each of Giaconda's Cabernet, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay respectively. Kinzbrunner's winemaking influence and inspiration continues to be 'old world' and old fashioned old world at that...
Petaluma Merlot Vertical 1990-1998
The three clear observations from the tasting related to crop levels, cellaring potentials and the changing use of oak. Essential reading for anyone who has been collecting these rare wines.
Metala Cabernet Shiraz Tasting 1951-2000
Deep retrospective tastings do not come along every day, and when the opportunity presented itself to taste Metala Cabernet Shiraz dating back to 1951 as well as the great 1945 Vintage Port, the decision to participate was a relatively easy one.
Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon Vertical 1986 -1996
The Moss Wood Cabernets have escalated in price over the last few years and have now reached the $70 a bottle mark. This may on first impression appear to be on the high side, but let us assure you, that even at $70 the 1996 represents at least super second growth quality and has the potential for further upside..