2007 Curly Flat Chardonnay, Macedon Ranges, Victoria, Australia

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Purchased from Nicks in 2008 (still has $39.99 price tag attached), opened 9 Nov 13. Lovely light gold colour, intense and fresh Burgundian nose of toasty oak, cantaloupe and passion fruit. Rich and mouth filling on the palate with vanillan oak, peach, grapefruit and lively acidity and nice minerality. Secondary honey and caramel characters emerging. A delightful wine, enjoyed at lunch with chilli prawn salad with crumbled St Agur Cheese and balsamic. Perfect match! With a Stelvin cap, this Curly Flat can keep quite a few more years. Rating 94/100 (My wife felt I was a bit harsh and gave it a 96/100)

Day 2.  A great sunny day by the sea to finish the Curly Flat. Still fresh with honey and citrus nose and a hint of struck match. The palate was not quite as rich and creamy as Day 1 but still with lovely texture and balance…

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Castagna Genesis Syrah 2008 – Beechworth

Tasted 26 August 2013. The Castagna vineyard is situated outside the town of Beechworth in North-East Victoria, Australia. The vineyard is fully biodynamic, yields are kept low and the wines are made with minimal interference to let the terroir show through. The wine opened brick red with a purple tinge, savoury, spicy, satsuma plum nose with a hint of cinnamon. All boding well for a lovely wine…and I was not disappointed. A lovely rich and savoury mouthfeel with beautiful soft red berry fruit, refreshing acidity, a touch of pepper and soft well integrated tannins. Lovely balance and good cellaring potential. Very glad I bought a 6 pack of this wine!! Five to go.