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Australia - Western Australia - Margaret River - Gralyn Estate

Cellar door sales only at this rather small winery. I love the fact that they use good wineglasses for their tastings and change glasses between each sample.

2005 Chardonnay
Pale straw color, hints of green. Vanilla nose, classic chardonnay. Surprisingly crisp, nice citrus & peach flavors. Finishes very differently, kind of grapefruit. AU$55

2006 Unoaked Cabernet
Clear dark cherry color. Extreme red currant nose, kind of brambly. Tastes a bit herbaceous, dark berry flavors. Tannins are a bit tight and green. AU$26

2006 Racy Red
A blend of 59% Grenache, 27% Shiraz, 11% Cabernet, and 3% Muscat. "The nice lady pouring said this was their red wine for people who don't like red wine." Cheap perfume nose. Very sweet. Pretty much like soda pop. AU$26

2004 Reserve Shiraz
Beautiful red color, a bit opaque. Nose is very layered, spicy, smokey, plummy. Initial taste is a bit overpowering with savory spices. No pepper. Beautiful long finish - mocha, cedar and smoke. A very interesting wine. Will be great in about 5 years I bet. AU$95

2004 Cabernet Sauvignon / Shiraz
Brilliant dark currant flavors. Raspberry and menthol nose. Beautiful round mouthfeel. Very layered with distinct flavors of blueberry, cedar, cassis, and who knows what else. A very long finish which changes a lot. A complex wine. Would be fantastic with elk or venison. Quite nice, if I could get this at home I would. AU$95

2003 Cabernet Sauvignon
Brick cherry red. Kind of a tight nose, hints of cedar and peppermint. Gorgeous fine tannins. Chocolate and black currant flavors. Long finish, but not as layered as the Cabernet/Shriaz. AU$95

2006 White Port
Straw colored. Nose has spice and orange zest. Sweet but flavorful. Nothing like a white port from Porto. AU$26

Dried blood red. Raisin and caramel nose. Flavors start with big raisins then moves to caramel machiato. AU$40

Liqueur Riesling
Yellow gold. Nose of dried apricots and pears. Tastes like orange marmalade on raisin toast. Very long finish.

Posted by Bruce on April 11, 2007 5:20 AM

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