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I really liked the architecture of this winery: high ceilings, lots of glass and plenty of native woods. I also liked the restaurant above the cellar door. I was served a great platter of regional specialties which went nicely with their Block 1 Riesling.

2006 Block 1 Riesling
Light straw colored, hints of grassy green. Classic cold climate Riesling nose, green apple skins & citrus. Very apple-like taste, hints of grapefruit. Has the mouth-feel of a tart apple. Finish is not as complex as I'd like. Went well with spicy hot lamb. AU$35

2005 Riesling
Very pale. Kind of an oily nose. A hint of bitterness, too much grape skin. Much more assertive than the Block 1. AU$20

2004 Late Harvest Riesling
Not a classic sweet sticky late harvest, just a bit less dry. Extremely pale, almost clear. Has some of the harsh dark Riesling tastes. AU$12

2005 Chardonnay
Very pale, hints of green. Serious banana thing on the nose. Light bodied, serious malolactic flavors. Some mango. Nice finish. This wine grew on me, I enjoyed the third taste a lot more than the first. AU$22

2005 Cabernet Sauvignon
Raspberry colored. Mint & blueberry on nose. A hint of cedar or eucalyptus. Has a distinct tobacco taste. Nice velvety tannins. Finish is multi-layered and changing, unfortunately 1 or 2 of them are a bit harsh. AU$22

2004 Shiraz
Dark cherry colored. Barnyard on the nose, not exactly pleasant. If this wasn't in a screw-top, I'd wonder if it was corked. Very light bodies. Grape Kool-Aid flavors with some tannins. Very simple finish. AU$22

Posted by Bruce on March 28, 2007 1:02 PM

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