Stonier Reserve Chardonnay 2005: I am a big fan of the 05 releases from Stonier, this was similarly top notch. A yellow green colour, the nose is rich & full, worked yet still showing fruit freshness. The palate is full flavoured with big ripe golden fruit, lemon curd oak and leesy richness, with citrussy acidity. Day 2 saw it fill out a little but otherwise little budged. Besides a little heat on the back palate this is a very complete, full bodied, New World Chardonnay. Top stuff.
Main Divide Riesling 2006: Where is the acidity? The palate sweetness is more than a little clumsy and cloying. Still drinkable, but didn’t impress. 16.5/20
Goundrey G Shiraz Viognier 2005 I can appreciate why people enjoy this – silky soft, generous upfront fruits. I can also understand why it would win show awards: Fragrant, juicy, good structure etc. But I just didnt like it. Too sweet and one dimensional for my tastes. May well improve with time. 17.5/20
Battle of Bosworth Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 I liked this even more than its sister Shiraz. Lovely flow of ripe, choc berry fruits. Its no heavy hitter (tannins are discrete & light), but the whole package is a really delightful, textural drink. 18/20+
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