2014 Review

2014 was a special and wonderful year. We have been accomplished a lot with wine inside and out. The key experience was the US trip to the West Coast. The touring of the wine regions in Napa, Sonoma, Santa Barbara and Temecula in California; Jerome in Arizona (we just can’t imagine growing grape in such a hot climate !!!); Columbia Gorge in Oregon; Walla Walla and Yakima Valley in Washington; and a quick visit to Langley in Vancouver Canada BC. The four weeks Anniversary trip was complimented with the vineyard, food and wines – how amazing ! They are also different exposure and “culture” to diversify our wine experience.

However, the wine list we have recorded for the year 2014 didn’t capture those US wines we have tasted during the travel (missed also some good one while we stayed over in Hong Kong). In general, the price of the wine in US is quite reasonable, especially the Aussie $ was quite high, almost 1 to 1, during Aug/Sep last year when we travel. As of today, it’s virtually more than 20% expensive than before ! We also visited a sparkling wine winery – Treveri at Wapato Washington. They purely produce sparking wines and having different type with single type of grape, how amazing with this type of textbook sparkling wines !

Lastly the Napa Valley Wine Train was just extraordinary !

Napa Valley Wine Train

Napa Valley Wine Train (3)

 

Napa Valley Wine Train (1)

Back to Western Australia, I have looked at quite a few Semillon from Hunter Valley NSW. And I have been looking at the boutique wineries, and reckon that’s the trend for the next few years.

Again, I summarized the wines we tasted in 2014 as usual with my own excel file. The wines bolded in the list were more remarkable. And the best of the best in each category is:

Champagne/Sparkling: NV Louis Auger Champagne Brut France Epernay – A very reasonable price tag for Champagne !

White: 2011 Mount Mary Triolet VIC Lilydale

Red: 2005 Pierro Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Reserve

Rose / Dessert: Not chosen any

Let’s Cheers for another great year 2015 !

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My 2014 Full Wine List:

Champagne/Sparkling:

NV Drappier France Champagne Chardonnay NM-151-001
NV Aubert Et Fils France Epernay Champagne Pinot Noir Pinot Meunier Chardonnay Brut NM-285-020
NV Moet & Chandon France Champagne Brut
NV Louis Auger France Epernay Champagne Brut
NV Perrier Jouet France, Epernay Champagne Grand Brut
NV Joseph Perrier France, Champagne Champagne Rose Chardonnay Pinot Noir Brut Rose
NV Moet and Chandon France Epernay Champagne Rose
2011 Taltarni VIC Sparkling Chardonnay Methode Traditionnelle
NV Cuvee Coonawarra South Australia Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir Brut
NV Ruffino Italy, Veneto Sparkling Glera DOC AACN04593099
2009 Seppelt VIC Sparkling Pinot Noir (63%), Chardonnay (28%), Pinot Meunier (9%) Salinger
2012 Duke’s Vineyard Porongurup Sparkling Riesling
NV The Rocks NZ Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
NV Commandeur Prestige France, Charente Sparkling Ugni Blanc Brut Vin Mousseux
NV Gnornbup Wines Bremer Bay Sparkling
NV Vivant France Sparkling Vin Mousseux de Qualite Brut
NV Simonnet-Febvre France Burgundy Sparkling Cremant de Bourgogne
NV St-Martin France Limoux Sparkling l’ Eglise Blanquette del Limux
NV Gnornbup Wines Bremer Bay Sparkling / Sweet
2006 Yarra Burn VIC Sparkling Rose Pinot Noir Chardonnay

White Wines:

2007 Montgomery’s Hill Albany Chardonnay The Mulberry Block Reserve Allergen: Isinglass
2009 Gnornbup Wines Bremer Bay Chardonnay
2012 Mockingbird Hill Clare Valley Chardonnay Classically Chare
2013 Wantirna Estate VIC Wantirna South Chardonnay Isabella
2013 Forbidden Fruit South Australia Chardonnay Viognier By Vinpac Int’l
2013 Delatite VIC Mansfield Gewurztraminer Deadman’s Hill
2011 Domane Wachau Austria, Wachau Gruner Veltlner Terrassen Federspiel
2012 Barrecas Donnybrook Muscat Muscat of Alexandria
2013 Petaluma Clare Valley Riesling Hanlin Hill
2009 Schloss Vollrads Germany Riesling Qualitatswein Semi-Dry
2012 Loomwine South Australia Riesling
2013 Gnornbup Wines Bremer Bay Sauvignon Blanc
2013 Kim Crawford NZ Sauvignon Blanc
2013 Wahu NZ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
2011 Mount Mary VIC Lilydale Sauvignon Blanc (56%) Semillon (25%) Muscadelle (19%) Triolet
2013 Bannockburn VIC Bannockburn Sauvignon Blanc 94% Riesling 6% Geelong – an interesting vintage with strong Sulphur on the nose !
2009 Moss Wood Margaret River Semillon Vintage 9/10
2006 McWilliam’s Mount Pleasant NSW Hunter Valley Semillon Blue Label
2010 Hungerford Hill NSW Hunter Valley Semillon Celebrating 40 years
2011 Hungerford Hill NSW Hunter Valley Semillon
2013 Mount Pleasant NSW Hunter Valley Semillon 8 Acres
2013 Margan NSW Hunter Valley Semillon
2009 Moss Wood Margaret River Semillon Sauvignon Blanc Ribbon Vale

Red Wines:

2013 Thomson Brook Estate Donnybrook Barbera
2009 Lalande Borie France, Saint Julien Bordeaux Blend
2009 Tronquoy Lalande France, Saint-Estephe Bordeaux Blend
2007 Chateau D’Issan France, Margaux Cabernet Merlot 3rd Growths RP90
2012 Slippery Fish VIC Cabernet Merlot
2012 Byron & Harold Estate Western Australia Cabernet Merlot Circle of Life Four Seasons
2012 Montes Chile D.O. Colchagua Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Classic Series
2011 Jacob’s Creek South Australia Cabernet Sauvignon
2005 Pierro Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon (66%), Merlot (24%), Cabernet Franc (6%), Petit Verdot and Malbec (both 2%) Reserve
2011 Clairault Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot (78% Cabernet Sauvignon; 18% Merlot; 4% Petit Verdot)
2013 Barrecas Donnybrook Chianti Sanguis Jove
2012 Patronus Barossa Grenache The Antler Produced for Wine People
2010 M. Chapoutier France Rhone Grenache Shiraz Luberon
2012 M. Chapoutier France Rhone Grenache Shiraz Cotes-du-Rhone
2009 M. Chapoutier France Rhone Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre Rasteau Cotes-du-Rhone Villages
2008 Gnornbup Wines Bremer Bay Merlot
2013 Littore Family Winery VIC Bellarine Bay (South Eastern Australia) Petit Verdot Merlot Shiraz PVMS Bellarine Bay
2007 Moss Wood Margaret River Pinot Noir
2012 Tyrrell’s Wines NSW Hunter Valley Pinot Noir Old Winery
2011 Eddystone Point Tasmania Pinot Noir
2013 Devil’s Corner Tasmania Pinot Noir Brown Brothers
2010 Bannockburn VIC Bannockburn Pinot Noir Geelong JH 94
2012 Heirloom Barossa Shiraz UK version
2012 Chris Ringland Barossa Shiraz CR
2013 Peter Lehmann Barossa Shiraz The Pastor’s Son UK Version
2013 Byrne Vineyards Clare Valley Shiraz Larra Pinta (Creek with Running Water)
2010 M. Chapoutier France Rhone Shiraz Crozes-Hermitage Sydney Int’l Wine Competition Blue-Gold 2013
2013 Deep River McLaren Vale Shiraz Produced for Wine People
2010 Chris Ringland SA Barossa Shiraz JH92
2011 Peter Lehmann South Australia Shiraz Portrait
2012 Gemtree South Australia Shiraz Uncut
2011 Stonyfell SA Tanunda Shiraz Cabernet Langhorne Creek The Cellars

Rose:

NV Mateus Portugal Rose The Original

Dessert Wines:

NV Gnornbup Wines Bremer Bay Pedro Ximenez Spanish Grape
2004 Vinai Dell’Abbate Italy, Rosazzo Picolit Monasterium Rosarum 50 cl
2007 Hetszolo Hungary Tokaj late harvest

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