- 2002 Craneford Grenache John Zilm - Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Barossa Valley (7/10/2006)
Deep ruby, with purple hues. A slightly sweet nose of plums, blueberries and hint of mint. Also a little sweet on the medium-full bodied, very smooth palate - there's no doubting it's an Oz wine - with more plum and blueberry notes, with some earthy and oak notes as well. Almost syrah-like in it's thickness and ripeness. Very tasty, and quite easy (too easy?) to drink, but just a little too sweet for my tastes, which brought it down it my eyes and palate. Less sweetness, more acidity and structure would help, I think. (B+) I also had the 2002 shiraz a while back, and liked it even less: a little too clumsy and obvious for me (B+).
- 2002 De Moor Chablis Bel Air - France, Burgundy, Chablis (7/10/2006)
Hazy notes from a quick taste after I opened this up at a small party. Not much showing now, especially when out of the fridge, but I warmed up to the wine when it warmed up, as it showed more classic mineral notes then. Still quite primary, but still tasty (B+/A-).
Hazy notes: tried and bought this at the winery a couple of weeks ago, and opened it up at a small gathering. Nice mouthfeel here, with just a hint of oak and a nice creamy texture in the midpalate. Interesting grey/slightly pink colour too. A nice BC pinot gris (B+).[/list]