Leeuwin Estate Cab Merlot, Balthazar Shiraz & Capel Vale Chardonnay

last Sunday – lunch…
LEEUWIN ESTATE 2004 CAB MERLOT

Bought a bunch of these from Kemeny’s Bondi, only a month ago. First time opened one now, and What Fantastic Value!! This is a great wine, and especially since it’s so hard now to find 2004 Vintages in wine stores under $30, and even above $30 there aren’t many 2004s. Really good balanced body, more elegant taste, with plenty of herbaceous characters on the nose, and on taste, good spice, black pepper and some fruit. Well rounded, good structure, good finish. Perfect with the roast beef.

BALTHAZAR SHIRAZ 2002 BAROSSA

Great Shiraz. Great drinking now, a little crimson in colour as opposed to darker red which was surprising for an 8 years old wine. Could even still do with 2 more years of age. Plenty of fruit and spice on the palette but balanced. Good silky oak and smooth tannins, yet firm… What else do you expect from a good Barossa wine… (http://www.balthazarbarossa.com/)

CAPEL VALE 2009 ‘PEMBERTON’ CHARDONNAY

Surprisingly, very fruit driven for a Chardonnay, plus really good/non overpowering vanillin oakyness that’s smooth and sits on the mouth quite well, and lingers for a good length of time. Aroma was quite light, with the usual citrus characters but also with some peach and tropical fruit scents. Elegant structure as usual with Chardonnays, however not too acidic at all… A Pleasant Chardonnay from Margaret River…(http://www.capelvale.com/about/vineyards/pemberton)
Nature photo – just thought I’d include, was a nice view from lunch, from Vaucluse looking over to North Shore.
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3 thoughts on “Leeuwin Estate Cab Merlot, Balthazar Shiraz & Capel Vale Chardonnay

  1. Hello Scott! Thankyou for your comment, much appreciated. I really noticed the lower oak content and less sharpness that many Chardonnays have, and everyone found it pleasant w good body. Have incl. ur link on the main post now. Didn't know much about the terroir of the wine, so thanks! Cheers.

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