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by TimK
March 12th, 2019, 10:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lots of lurkers-to-posters lately...
Replies: 28
Views: 1653

Re: Lots of lurkers-to-posters lately...

My ego likes to think I'm an ENTJ, maybe. But guilty of mostly being a Wine Belurker.

The banter here is top notch, but posting does require a slight increase in skin thickness.
by TimK
January 22nd, 2019, 12:43 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Australia help needed
Replies: 11
Views: 464

Re: Australia help needed

https://wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=157322 I see Bret has the same idea!! You said 'When you used to drink Shiraz.... Do you still? Anyway, it's a generalisation of course, but I think Hunter Valley wines may not be to your wine taste, yet it's a lovely place to spend a few days aw...
by TimK
January 13th, 2019, 6:24 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Australia in March
Replies: 8
Views: 360

Re: Australia in March

Dave's on the ball with the Sydney itinerary, prob would opt to stay overnight in the Hunter Valley though (eat at EXP or ideally Muse Restaurant (not Muse Kitchen although it's decent too). If you're comfortable enough driving on the left, a hire car would be the way to go, otherwise there are a nu...
by TimK
January 1st, 2019, 5:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs--2018 Edition -- TABULATIONS COMPLETE
Replies: 120
Views: 6491

Re: WOTYs--2018 Edition and your Discovery of the Year

Sparkling of the Year = Krug Clos de Mesnil 1996 Red of the Year = Mascarello Barolo 1964 White of the Year = Ramonet Montrachet 2013 Sweet Wine of the Year = Château d'Yquem 1947 Honourable Mentions.... Krug 2004 Cristal 1996 Dom Perignon 2008 Lafon Montrachet 2013 DRC Montrachet 2013 PYCM Meursau...
by TimK
September 20th, 2018, 4:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: James Laube Freezes Wine
Replies: 16
Views: 1126

Re: James Laube Freezes Wine

Our wine group did an exercise with a young robust red wine sealed under screwcap. I have copied some txt from the original post by my friend Dave below.. I know he won't mind. The taste difference was very subtle indeed, only the heat affected one was a touch duller on the palate. Certainly the dif...
by TimK
May 5th, 2018, 6:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Repour wine saver - anyone use this?
Replies: 142
Views: 6465

Repour wine saver - anyone use this?

Has anyone tried the Repour with a bottle that has been opened and decanted earlier in the evening, and now with some wine remaining you wish to save it for the next day or two? It is not uncommon after our tastings that there is some left of some very special wines. I have tried pouring them to th...
by TimK
May 4th, 2018, 6:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Repour wine saver - anyone use this?
Replies: 142
Views: 6465

Repour wine saver - anyone use this?

Hi everyone, Last night saw the conclusion to my first experiment with the Repour stopper, and the results were very interesting. I have no personal or commercial ties to the product, just wanted to report my findings in the hope it may be of interest to others. The wine in question was a Punt Road ...
by TimK
April 22nd, 2018, 9:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Repour wine saver - anyone use this?
Replies: 142
Views: 6465

Repour wine saver - anyone use this?

Got a pack of these recently after some online discussions over here. No conclusions as yet but have just started an initial trial comparing two bottles of entry level chardonnay, same wine, same source. Empty out half the wine from each, Repour on one, original screwcap on the other, back into frid...
by TimK
November 23rd, 2017, 2:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Long birthday lunch at Noble Rot
Replies: 6
Views: 686

TN: Long birthday lunch at Noble Rot

Wow, such a superb bunch of wines there Howard. The Rayas 2000 was truly special for me a few years back, nice to be reminded of it's deliciousness.

Happy Birthdays to the lucky quartet!
by TimK
October 10th, 2017, 6:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma
Replies: 1217
Views: 86606

Catastrophic Fires In Napa

So sad to hear all this terrible news. Hoping the fire situation improves soon. Thinking of you all, best wishes from across the ocean.
by TimK
August 9th, 2017, 1:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Leroy Bourgogne 2015
Replies: 26
Views: 2814

Leroy Bourgogne 2015

Dave Vino txt'd me a dinner pic from Beaune the other day with a bottle of this. He seemed impressed. I'll flick him a txt and ask if he wants to comment.
by TimK
June 18th, 2017, 11:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Offline for our good US mate JG
Replies: 10
Views: 705

Offline for our good US mate JG

Hey all, yep great night. The Drumborg 2005 was still youthful with that trademark bright acid, yet enjoyable. Will go for decades. While good, the Giaconda 05 felt like it might be starting a downslope (this bottle anyway), I picked up some caramel notes which I could have done without but they wer...
by TimK
June 13th, 2017, 9:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When do you announce a flawed wine to others, if at all?
Replies: 84
Views: 1822

When do you announce a flawed wine to others, if at all?

........ We have learned to screen for broomstick smugglers and the humorless. Fermented grape juice rules, not the affected attitudes around it. Pleasure comes in many forms, nyet? That's a new one for me, what does 'broomstick smuggler' mean?? BTW, our group does much the same as you, less formal...
by TimK
April 4th, 2017, 3:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Australia an New Zealand Maps Single Vineyards
Replies: 24
Views: 828

Australia an New Zealand Maps Single Vineyards

Would make for an enjoyable retirement project I reckon. Google Earth overlays etc, an excuse to visit every region and ask wineries what's what and where? Fantastic. [cheers.gif]
by TimK
April 4th, 2017, 3:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Blending Sessions
Replies: 14
Views: 1140

The Blending Sessions

Hi Merrill, with respect and maybe I'm being defensive as I was there, but I'm curious as to why your 'eyes started to roll' after reading of our blending exercise and what in the OP was a diversion for the 'commercial guys' other than respect for the difficulty of the task when done by professional...
by TimK
March 4th, 2017, 7:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Want to buy a few nice bottles w/ delivery to SFO... Online retailer recs please?
Replies: 9
Views: 581

Want to buy a few nice bottles w/ delivery to SFO... Online retailer recs please?

Thanks for all the great suggestions folks, much appreciated. Looks like I've got plenty of browsing to do!

Might pop up here with a couple of questions on certain wines/producers/vintages...

Cheers
Tim
by TimK
March 3rd, 2017, 7:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Want to buy a few nice bottles w/ delivery to SFO... Online retailer recs please?
Replies: 9
Views: 581

Want to buy a few nice bottles w/ delivery to SFO... Online retailer recs please?

Hi everyone, title says it all really... my SFO based cousin is coming over to Sydney next month and is willing to bring over 3 bottles (our duty limit before taxes are imposed on all the wines). Given the crazy prices and limited availability of many USA and European wines here in Australia, I'm ho...
by TimK
February 7th, 2017, 7:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Dominus @259...
Replies: 104
Views: 8172

2013 Dominus @259...

I used to buy a fair amount. I dropped them when I heard they would not take a corked bottle back. Corked wines happen and if a bottle is corked, the winery should stand behind their product. Especially at the prices they charge now. It bothers me that they pass this along to the distributor, retai...
by TimK
December 30th, 2016, 7:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs--2016 Edition--TABULATION COMPLETE, Post #1
Replies: 100
Views: 8421

Post your WOTYs and Discovery(ies) of the Year, 2016 Edition

Wines of the year 2016... Sparkling Salon 1996 Cedric Bouchard RdJ La Haute-Lemblé 2010 Dom Perignon 2002 Cristal 2007. White Ramonet Montrachet 2010 Leflaive Chevalier-Montrachet 2011 Bonneau de Martray Corton-Charlemagne 1988 PYCM Mersault-Perrieres 2006 Coche-Dury Mersault-Perrieres 2006 Château ...
by TimK
December 30th, 2016, 2:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: This is how a wine club should live – amazing surprises in 67 Pall Mall London
Replies: 13
Views: 1411

This is how a wine club should live – amazing surprises in 67 Pall Mall London

Rama, This is an interesting question. No, it is not the terminal color of a fully mature champagne. No, it is not by chance. I think it is a little of each one. I imagine that the use of the same mix of grape varities gives after a certain time a similar color. I have drunk old champagnes with ver...
by TimK
December 30th, 2016, 1:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: An extremely successful Audouze experiment with 1973 Bdx
Replies: 9
Views: 817

TN: An extremely successful Audouze experiment with 1973 Bdx

With all due respect, and while I try to be positive more than negative (especially here (it's great to watch but scary to post for those with less than thick skin)), it's not exactly a successful experiment as we don't know how an identical bottle (i.e corks are massively variable) would have taste...
by TimK
June 14th, 2016, 4:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging Red Wine in Screwcap Bottle
Replies: 265
Views: 8101

Aging Red Wine in Screwcap Bottle

Robert Sand wrote:Mankind has produced numerous failures - first highly praised, in reality huge mistakes.

Just three simple examples:
- asbestos
- Contergan (maybe it´s Thalidomide in English)
- Corks shaped to seal wine bottles

(and I do not talk about nuclear weapons or energy)
FIFY. [head-bang.gif]
by TimK
April 22nd, 2016, 3:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What wine will you be driking in honor of Prince tonight?
Replies: 35
Views: 2212

What wine will you be driking in honor of Prince tonight?

Love so much of his work (not all though, depends on your vintage no doubt). When Doves Cry will prove itself truly iconic, will still be played in 50 years time and with no bassline! The true musicians' musician. And not just the man himself, but those he worked with, gobsmacked at the talent he su...
by TimK
March 12th, 2016, 9:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cork vs Screwcap
Replies: 51
Views: 2149

Cork vs Screwcap

OK, grumpy time, I'm fed up with hearing that corks are the best option if you want to store a wine that improves with age. What part of the fact that wine DOES age consistently and very well under screwcap don't people understand? If you are happy buying good wine, aging it for 10-40 years and then...
by TimK
February 22nd, 2016, 7:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: And then there was cork
Replies: 8
Views: 684

And then there was cork

We antipodeans need no convincing that screwcap should replace cork ASAP, and if the maitre de chai at d'Yquem is also convinced, there may be a tiny spark of hope for the future. But it's a long way off, if ever. Like premox, if their wallets aren't really affected by it, no need to change. Quoted ...
by TimK
February 4th, 2016, 4:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Natural cork news
Replies: 152
Views: 4948

Natural cork news

I know you'll not be swayed away from cork but even if they eliminate TCA from corks (which I doubt - very very low level TCA can still suck the life out of a carefully cellared bottle), the issue of variable permeability will remain. Aussie did suffer from a lot of poor quality corks during the 90'...
by TimK
February 4th, 2016, 4:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Giovanni Scanavino Barolo Riserva Vertical (67, 71, 74, 78, 79)
Replies: 14
Views: 856

Giovanni Scanavino Barolo Riserva Vertical (67, 71, 74, 78, 79)

Fantastic evening with good friends! The 73 Champagne was still quite youthful and lively with good acid and got even better as it warmed up over the 10-15 mins in the glass. The Crawford River (was a 2014) is always a classy wine, but Cam's Muller-Catoir Scheurebe 2000 soon stole the show with juic...
by TimK
January 5th, 2016, 1:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay Art Series
Replies: 14
Views: 449

TN: 2002 Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay Art Series

Also agree, I think much to do with two quite different styles of oak treatment (Neither lacking oak but Giaconda perhaps more spicy/exotic?). Cullen Kevin John is another Aussie Chardonnay at the top of the tier for me, 07 was fantastic, wish I'd kept mine to drink now! Penfolds Yattarna and Tyrrel...
by TimK
January 4th, 2016, 7:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay Art Series
Replies: 14
Views: 449

TN: 2002 Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay Art Series

Grant Phillips wrote:Does anyone know when this went from cork to screw cap?
(Corrected) 2002 and 2003 were released under cork and screwcap, then AFAIK in screwcap only from 2004.

2005 and 2008 are my favourite vintages. Generally not a huge fan of them in their youth, can be a touch spirity for my taste.
by TimK
September 25th, 2015, 7:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: At what age do you just know what you like ?
Replies: 37
Views: 1082

At what age do you just know what you like ?

Great topic and so many noteworthy responses on this thread. I started as so many Antipodeans do on the whole Penfolds end of the spectrum, dark, ripe, big charry oak (some French but often coconut American oak), plenty of tannins (albeit sweetish). So many stay there (and quite happily for them - e...
by TimK
August 18th, 2015, 10:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Australian Riesling Producers
Replies: 23
Views: 1052

Australian Riesling Producers

Would also add Clonakilla and The Wilson Vineyard.

P.S Andrew - Hold that Steingarten 03 for as long as you can, it needs another 5 years at least.
by TimK
August 4th, 2015, 1:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: icy, melty wine fridge
Replies: 5
Views: 308

icy, melty wine fridge

Ice on a specific area at the back can indicate a leak (which is generally fatal), so check the fridge is still cooling properly before putting the bottles back in. But the wet bottles more likely indicates the door was left open. Bottles should be fine, assuming it wasn't 100F ambient for two days....
by TimK
July 4th, 2015, 11:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mosel rieslings 1975 and older
Replies: 12
Views: 521

Mosel rieslings 1975 and older

As long as they're properly stored (and almost all the ones I've had have been cellared since release), they show extremely well, vintage dependent of course. Lovely wines, and a real pleasure to drink. I've had more Rheingau than Mosel, but the success rate has been remarkable. A 1959 Karthäuserhof...
by TimK
June 25th, 2015, 4:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations for Mourvedre Tasting?
Replies: 28
Views: 1074

Recommendations for Mourvedre Tasting?

Love this grape. If you're looking for ring-in's, and if you can find them, may I suggest a couple of stars from Oz. Teusner Astral Moppa Mataro 2006 Hewitson Old Garden Mourvedre (any vintage except 2011) - From the oldest known continually producing Mourvedre vines in the world, sown in 1853. Look...
by TimK
June 4th, 2015, 4:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Decades Tasting - The Fives
Replies: 20
Views: 1112

The Decades Tasting - The Fives

Thanks for the write up Dave, it was a fantastic night, the tuna and partridge dishes were my highlights, and yeah, a couple of OK wines as well... flirtysmile . That Sassicaia 85 was just superb, and while all the wines were very good to excellent in their own right (except the Sperss of course), I...
by TimK
June 4th, 2015, 12:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: (Gasp) Pretentious Wine Behavior You Have Observed
Replies: 247
Views: 18971

(Gasp) Pretentious Wine Behavior You Have Observed

Just last week on this board, someone who admitted to being a Burgundy novice was asking for advice on good mature red Burgundies to buy and share with a friend. After receiving a number of recommendations (including many from iconic producers that were on the far side of the OP's price parameters)...
by TimK
May 30th, 2015, 2:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kumeu River Chardonnays v white Burgs tasting ...
Replies: 24
Views: 1807

Kumeu River Chardonnays v white Burgs tasting ...

http://www.jancisrobinson.com/articles/top-kiwi-v-white-burgundy I'm a huge Kumeu supporter, but did accept a comment from a good friend when he said "sounds like Kumeu won by default'.... not taking too much away from KR, but he did have a point based on both my experience with white burg variabil...
by TimK
May 25th, 2015, 5:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I'm going to New Zealand. I love Sauvignon Blanc. I hate grapefruit juice. Help.
Replies: 20
Views: 923

I'm going to New Zealand. I love Sauvignon Blanc. I hate grapefruit juice. Help.

The SB'w I suggested are indeed leaning towards the tropical side. Which for me was quite enjoyable to see the evolving style as I hate the cat's pee gooseberry SB's. (Enjoyable being a relative term as I really never buy or drink SB, but as a kiwi, I'm often asked for suggestions or handed the wine...
by TimK
May 25th, 2015, 2:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: - Molitor Wines -
Replies: 11
Views: 684

- Molitor Wines -

Tasted a few of the Markus Molitor 2013's here in Sydney last week, was very impressed with them all, FWIW. Good producer (based on the quality of the 2013's). Tried a bunch of Karl Joh Molitor wines earlier this year and wasn't very taken with most of them. First initials are important when buying ...
by TimK
May 24th, 2015, 4:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I'm going to New Zealand. I love Sauvignon Blanc. I hate grapefruit juice. Help.
Replies: 20
Views: 923

I'm going to New Zealand. I love Sauvignon Blanc. I hate grapefruit juice. Help.

Wasn't picking up any 'grapefruit juice' descriptors during a recent tasting outing in Marlborough. But most of the wines I tried were from Wairau Valley fruit, I think Awatere wines can show more grapefruit/gooseberry type notes, although I note some Wairau summaries talk about grapefruit! Ah well....
by TimK
May 17th, 2015, 2:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kumeu River Chardonnays v white Burgs tasting ...
Replies: 24
Views: 1807

Kumeu River Chardonnays v white Burgs tasting ...

Kumeu River Bell Hill (but only had one!) Pyramid Valley Neudorf Moutere some daylight... then.. all the others people have mentioned. (Not actually tried the Craighall though Howard, will try when in Martinborough in August). Throw in Cloudy Bay and Villa Maria Ihumatao. Other than these, (and I th...
by TimK
May 15th, 2015, 9:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kumeu River Chardonnays v white Burgs tasting ...
Replies: 24
Views: 1807

Kumeu River Chardonnays v white Burgs tasting ...

each to their own Rauno. but I've always enjoyed their wines across all price points, and whenever I've shown them at tastings, almost always they show very well. I would say 06, 10 and 12 are the vintages to look for, although not tried many 07's from which the Hunting Hill did so well in this tast...
by TimK
April 29th, 2015, 4:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: R-Rockstars of Burgundy - A bit of fun
Replies: 13
Views: 1517

R-Rockstars of Burgundy - A bit of fun

Thanks for the notes Dave. An "R" theme for Burgundy is fertile ground indeed! Did you decant any of the wines? I don't think any were decanted other than some brief slow-ox, which is a pity as I think all of the whites (especially the Roulot) would have definitely shown better with 2-3 hours decan...
by TimK
April 26th, 2015, 3:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Screw Cap Finish Or Finished?
Replies: 107
Views: 5375

Screw Cap Finish Or Finished?

Hi Joe. I'm a bit mystified by your comment. As I live here, I've drunk NZ wine most weeks for the last 30 years. In the last 15 years most of these have been under screwcap. I've had a reasonable number of premoxed white Burgundies but I cannot recall ever having anything like this in a NZ wine un...
by TimK
April 23rd, 2015, 4:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Screw Cap Finish Or Finished?
Replies: 107
Views: 5375

Screw Cap Finish Or Finished?

The ritual of popping a cork is nice, sure, but the cork pulling ritual is just a nervous/excited lottery draw to find out if the wine is spoiled or not by said cork. People are there to drink the wine, not to watch it being opened. Quite likely that most aren't watching anyway! Maybe the ritual tri...
by TimK
April 22nd, 2015, 4:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Nothing but Chardonnay Dinner, NZ, Oz, Boillot, Dauvissat and Leflaive GCs
Replies: 16
Views: 916

TN: Nothing but Chardonnay Dinner, NZ, Oz, Boillot, Dauvissat and Leflaive GCs

Great notes guys, always enjoy seeing these new vs old world tastings. Agree with your views on many of the NZ and Oz labels. LEAS needs age, Moutere consistently great, Tom too 'big' etc The Giaconda 2002 can be amazing, but is variable. Their 2008 was wonderful too a few years ago. Hippopotamus fo...
by TimK
April 1st, 2015, 10:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Interesting Tasting at VinItaly - Screw Cap Wines Preferred Over Cork by 'Wine Professionals' . . .
Replies: 37
Views: 1717

Interesting Tasting at VinItaly - Screw Cap Wines Preferred Over Cork by 'Wine Professionals' . . .

The wines presented showcased some of Australia’s most ageworthy and respected reds, including Henschke Hill of Grace Shiraz 2004, Cullen Diana Madeline Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2004 and 2005, Yalumba The Signature Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2003 and Brokenwood Rayner Shiraz 2001. Do these wines ty...
by TimK
February 17th, 2015, 2:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Screw Cap Finish Or Finished?
Replies: 107
Views: 5375

Screw Cap Finish Or Finished?

Leonard Maran wrote:Love the schrödinger's cork; always will.
FIFY
by TimK
February 15th, 2015, 3:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Screw Cap Finish Or Finished?
Replies: 107
Views: 5375

Screw Cap Finish Or Finished?

It's a topic of endless debate, no doubt about that.... deadhorse At the risk of a flame war from the pro-cork US masses... [pillow-fight.gif] I'm confident that screwcap use worldwide is increasing steadily, and there are a few different types now, with even the option of differing permeabilities. ...
by TimK
February 14th, 2015, 2:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A cool surprise today- a 44 year old Riesling
Replies: 6
Views: 513

A cool surprise today- a 44 year old Riesling

Lucky to have had a large number of aged German Rieslings and 1971 always really impresses me as a vintage, right up there at the top with 49 and 59 for my tastes. Acid structure is consistently so good. Storage/Provenance is vital of course. Perhaps it shouldn't really have shown much in the way of...

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