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Nice wines I have drunk recently - Red or White


Feb 26, 2015
It's been a long time between drinks - or at least posts - here for me, so be prepared for quite a few wines :)

First up are mostly chardonnays from Dan's clearance, with the notable exceptions of Dexter and Drumborg:

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Highlights were Lethbridge and Kumeu, with honourable mentions to Scorpo and Voyager, whilst Dexter and Mentelle remain favourites

Next are two from my cellar that had been waiting to be opened and were for my son's birthday:

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The 864 was perhaps one of the last top Yarra chardonnays that I had yet tasted, but wanting to as so far I have enjoyed them from elsewhere more - now having done so, I can say that I like good Yarra chardonnays with significant age, but still seem to prefer those from Mornington, Hunter, Adelaide Hills, Margaret River

I've recently started drinking the Dan's clearance pinots, with the standouts so far being Victorian:

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Others out of the cellar from past purchases elsewhere:

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The Heirloom was an early WineMarket mystery from five years ago, whilst the Punt Road 2015 and Bay of Fires 2017 are probably my biggest buys of those vintages, along with Hoddles Creek

Lastly for the time being since I can apparently only attach ten files to a post, other varieties:

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The Uberblanc, Mentelle, Gomas were all fantastic as usual, whilst the Collector was/is deliciously ready to drink now and purchased during dinner at Downstairs Bistro & Lounge in Southbank pre-concert/theatre (recommended, the special wine and cheese list has better wines at better value than their drinks list, including a single site/block Dalrymple pinot noir which I had), though I also have a bottle in the cellar - the Yalumba great value at <$10

I sincerely hope not and it's just bottle variation as I still have one in my cellar :)

The Voyager just pipped the Mount Mary for me, though the Kumeu was also good - and I'm not being biased just because I brought them :)
that dexter also produce great pinot year in and out.


AFF Supporter
Jun 7, 2006
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The selection in the AY Platinum Wing at HEL tonight. Had a couple of glasses of Champagne, then just a tasting of the six non-Australian reds. Mostly didn’t rock my world greatly. I enjoyed the Rioja most, followed by the Montepulciano.



Oct 19, 2016
Is there anything worse than seeing bottles in your cellar pop up in this thread with no tasting notes?

Well, obviously yes, but don't keep your thoughts to yourself. I love hearing from educated palates on these wines, and particularly how they are travelling.


AFF Supporter
Feb 11, 2010
palmaz 2014, FROM NAPA VALLEY CALIFORNIA, BEST WINE EVER. NEVER TASTED ANYTHING BETTER SAD THAT IT IS not available in Australia sorry not shouting just stuck caps lock. Please can anybody import me a bottle from the states? :p
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AFF Supporter
Nov 12, 2013
Is there anything worse than seeing bottles in your cellar pop up in this thread with no tasting notes?

Well, obviously yes, but don't keep your thoughts to yourself. I love hearing from educated palates on these wines, and particularly how they are travelling.
I'll apologise in advance. I do not plan on having an educated palate ;)


AFF Supporter
Jan 21, 2011
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I know I've said it before but Langhorne Creek wines are fantastic.
This Malbec is delicious. I have not tasted a top South American Malbec to compare but this wine should be right up there. Very smooth, great nose and still plenty of life left



Junior Member
Mar 9, 2016
I have a few 2012 The Beauty. Was that an option ?
Yep, the whole range.
The Beauty vineyard is about 400m away from the Beast, but is lower and cooler. Its a more gentle, classical shiraz. Very nice, but the Beast is your classic big barossa shiraz. Love it!

There was a quite a bit "left over"...

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