Posted in January 2011

Brookfields Hillside Syrah 2001

This wine was pretty good on release but it’s aged to be even better. Some won’t like this because it’s more ‘French’ Syrah than ‘Aussie’ Shiraz… but I do – a lot. Chocolate and mixed black and white pepper on the nose. Palate is dark smoky chocolate, spicy pepper (more white than black but matched to the … Continue reading

Brookfields Hillside Syrah 2001

This wine was pretty good on release but it’s aged to be even better. Some won’t like this because it’s more ‘French’ Syrah than ‘Aussie’ Shiraz… but I do – a lot. Chocolate and mixed black and white pepper on the nose. Palate is dark smoky chocolate, spicy pepper (more white than black but matched to the … Continue reading

Ch Haut Brion 1981

Level almost perfect (high neck) and cork perfect. Pronounced amber edge but still a good depth of red. Nose a touch musty initially (this wasn’t decanted) but as it warms and airs this recedes allowing delicate black fruit aromas to come though (blackcurrant) as well as florals (violets) and some lovely mushroom and meat notes. … Continue reading