2012 Review

Seems like it’s hard to document every wine tasting. My intention to blog every wine and keep it as my memory… however, it’s difficult. For the last 18 months, I can only write just some of them. Thus, I am thinking in this year-end, I should have a brief review of what I have tasted and what are those remarkable and impressive to me.

Although I didn’t have any solid objectives for the last year or so… I believe I have somethings in my mind if I read through what I have published so far:

1. To explore more diverse wine grapes, type and country. Since we moved to WA, we have more good Aussie wines for sure. However, we didn’t leave our French wines behind… also, a lot of others from old world and new world.

2. To search for some good wines with lower or reasonable price tag. Expensive wine should be good but not always. Inexpensive wines are not necessarily so-so… some are indeed outstanding.

Moving on, I would try to look for some wines with its own character… not tailor-made to become a certain style, etc.

Finally, I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Fabulous 2013 !


1999 Pol Roger Extra Cuvee De Reserve (Not suggest to BYO a vintage champagne)
NV Lanson Black Label Brut Glass Gift Pack
NV Laurent-Perrier LP Brut
NV Joseph Perrier
NV Katlenburger Sparkling Strawberries (Germany)
NV Deutz Blenheim Marlborough Cuvee  (NZ)
NV Fresita Sparkling Strawberries (Chile) (Good value party drink !)
NV Killawarra Victoria Sparkling Strawberries
NV Veuve Amiot Saumur Sparkling
NV Riccadonna (Italy) Asti Sparkling Moscato Bianco
NV Lindauer Fraise (New Zealand) Sparkling Strawberries
2008 Chandon Victoria Sparkling Pinot Noir and Chardonnay Vintage Brut
NV Henkell (Germany) Sparkling Trocken Dry-sec
NV Freixenet (Spain) Cava Sparkling
2007 Blue Pyrenees Sparkling
2010 Windows Estate Margaret River Sparkling Mousseux
NV Grant Burge Sparkling Pinot Noir Chardonnay
NV Dopff Au Moulin Alsace Sparkling Brut Cuvee Julien
2006 Yellowglen South Australia Sparkling Rose Pinot Noir Pinot Meunier Perle Rose

White Wines:

2011 Oxford Landing Estates South Australia White Sauvignon Blanc (Gift from Matt M. at Good Food and Wine Show Perth)
2008 Bellarmine Pemberton White Riesling Auslese
2008 Bellarmine Pemberton White Chardonnay
2010 Alkoomi Frankland River White Riesling Late Harvest
2009 Gilberts Mount Barker White Riesling
2010 Wirra Wirra Adelaide Hills White Riesling The Lost Watch
2011 Jacob’s Creek South Australia White Sauvignon Blanc Cool Harvest 375ml
2008 Poacher’s Ridge Mount Barker White Riesling Louis’ Block
2010 Pierro Margaret River White Blanc de Blanc
2009 Wirra Wirra Adelaide Hills White Chardonnay The 12th Man
2010 Cherubino Great Southern White Riesling
2010 Ferngrove Frankland River White Chardonnay Diamond
2010 Dopff Au Moulin Gewurztraminer
2008 Cherubino Riesling Mount Baker
2010 Dorgo Sanleo (Italy) White Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie
2008 Heafod Glen Perth Hills Chardonnay
2010 Maison Louis Latour (France) Chardonnay Macon Villages Chameroy
2010 Pewsey Vale South Australia Riesling
2009 Hugel (France) Gewurztraminer
2008 Dopff Au Moulin Riesling Grandcru Schoenbrg 44590
2009 Maison Louis Latour (France) Chardonnay Cuvee Latour Bourgogne Blanc
2011 House of Cards Margaret River Sauvignon Blanc The Joker 100% Single Vineyard
2009 Wignalls Great Southern Chardonnay Sydney Royal Gold 2010 Award
2005 Voyager Estate Margaret River Sauvignon Blanc Semillon Tom Price 5304/6318
2011 Marlborough Ridge (NZ) Sauvignon Blanc
2011 Houghton Swan Valley Chardonnay Verdelho
2011 Voyager Estate Margaret River Sauvignon Blanc (56%) Semillon (44%)
2011 Pikes Clare Valley, SA Riesling Traditionale
2011 Taylors Clare Valley, SA Gewurztraminer
2009 Jane Brook Margaret River Chardonnay Shovelgate Vineyard (Toast nutty favour)
2011 Dopff Au Moulin (France) Gewurztraminer Domaines de Riquewihr
2010 Paul Mas France Chardonnay
2008 Leeuwin Estate Margaret River Riesling Art Series (Pair with seafood)
2011 Krondorf Barossa South Australia Chardonnay

Red Wines:

2008 Six Gates Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot (Barossa Shiraz Estate Lyndoch)
2007 d’Arenberg McLaren Vale Shiraz Grenache d’Arry’s
2010 Domaines & Vineyards Pemberton Pinot Noir Pemberley
2007 Smith & Hooper Wrattonbully SA Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cabernet Franc
2005 Chateau Baret (France) Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec Graves
2008 Robert Oatley NSW Shiraz James Oatley Tic Tok Riedel Wine Lover Session
2007 Brookland Valley Margaret River Red Shiraz Veraz 1
2008 Wirra Wirra McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz Merlot Church Block
2008 Moss Wood Margaret River Amy’s
2007 Palandri Frankland River Shiraz The Estates 3 Oceans
2007 Palmer Margaret River Shiraz
2008 Hungarovin Hungary Kadarka Szekszardi
2005 Shingleback McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon
2007 Capel Vale Margaret River Shiraz Whispering Hill Mount Barker Bottle Number 1304
2007 Briarose Estate Augusta Cabernet Franc Reserve
2008 Wynns Coonawarra Red Shiraz
NV The Chocolate Shop South Australia Shiraz Chocolate
2008 Irvine South Australia Merlot Springhill
2001 J.M.Boillot France Syrah Domaine de La Truffiere
2005 Donnelly River Pemberton Merlot
2008 d’Arenberg McLaren Vale Shiraz The Footbolt
2009 Watershed Margaret River Sangiovese (Decant or aerator)
2007 Briarose Estate Augusta Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
2008 Dalyup River Estate Esperance Shiraz
2008 Dalyup River Estate Esperance Shiraz Stokes
2007 Wolf Blass Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon Gold Label
2009 Torbreck Barossa Shiraz Woodcutter’s
2007 Howard Park Margaret River Shiraz Leston
2008 Leeuwin Estate Margaret River Shiraz Art Series
2007 Bowen Estate Coonawarra Shiraz
2008 d’Arenberg McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon The High Trellis (Decanting)
2009 Ferngrove Frankland River Pinot Noir Limited Release
2009 Bellevue de Rambaud Bordeaux
2007 Grant Burge Barossa Shiraz Viognier Balthasar (Powerful Shiraz)
2007 Knotting Hill Margaret River Cabernet Merlot
2008 Two Hands Barossa Shiraz Gnarly Dudes
2008 Flametree Frankland River Shiraz
2007 Ashbrook Estate Margaret River Shiraz
2009 Wignalls Albany Pinot Noir
2008 WISE Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon Lot 80
2007 Grant Burge Barossa Shiraz Filsell Old Vine Shiraz (Good Value Shiraz)
2011 Kooyong Mornington Peninsula, VIC Pinot Noir Massale (Good Value Mornington Pinot)
2010 Yalumba South Australia Shiraz The Y Series
2010 Chateau Cheylno Rhone (France) Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault, Carignan
2008 Chateau Lavergne-Dulong France, Bordeaux Red 60%, Merlot, 30% Cab Sav, 10% Cab Franc
2011 Wynns Coonawarra, SA Shiraz
2010 Kooyong Mornington Peninsula, VIC Pinot Noir
2007 Masi Italy, Veneto Amarone (Rondinella, Corvina and Molinari) Costasera Aamrone Classico AAB 04063921 / 04304265 RP91
2007 Tenor France, Languedoc-Roussillon Carignan Corbieres
2009 Te Mata Estate Hawkes Bay (NZ) Cabernet Merlot Awatea
2006 Illuminati Italy Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Colline Teramane Zanna Reserve AAA 01027337 SPC
2006 Wolf Blass South Australia Shiraz
2005 Clos Floridene (France) Graves Red Bordeaux Blend
2009 Chateau Mathiot (France) Bordeaux Red Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
2007 Penfolds Coonawarra Red Cabernet Sauvignon Bin 407
2009 Christian Moueix (France) Bordeaux Merlot
2008 Masi Italy Covina Blend Campofiorin Ripasso
2009 Brand’s Laira Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon
2010 Brand’s Laira Coonawarra Cabernet Merlot Rutherglen Wine Show 2011 Class 217b

Dessert Wines:

NV Harvey River Bridge Estate Fortified Muscat of Hamburg (Orange Aroma)
NV Mozart Austria Dessert Chocolate Cream
2009 Sandalford Margaret River Dessert Botrytis Semillon

… and many others not from my cellar !


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