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by Cameron Clark
January 20th, 2021, 4:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Not much Australia talk here...
Replies: 79
Views: 3528

Re: Not much Australia talk here...

You can only drink what the importers want to import, which is of course limited by what the wineries want to sell to. The current spat with China may well result in opportunities for other export markets to grain a share of some of the better wines. Read a lot of names in this thread, but none are ...
by Cameron Clark
January 17th, 2021, 1:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine de Trévallon Rouge & Blanc
Replies: 15
Views: 695

Re: Domaine de Trévallon Rouge & Blanc

A good friend of mine is a fan of Trevallon and I’ve tasted most vintages since the early 80’s. My favourite has been the 88, although the 83 was nearly as good. I loaded up on the 07, but still have to open a bottle - advice from the big man is that this is the best and still needs time
by Cameron Clark
January 14th, 2021, 1:00 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: When does the matchstick in chardonnay blow off?
Replies: 8
Views: 1000

Re: When does the matchstick in chardonnay blow off?

A tip I was given years ago, which seems to work, is to give the bottle a good shake after pouring a small glass.
by Cameron Clark
January 13th, 2021, 1:05 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Why does wine often taste better the next day (or after)
Replies: 33
Views: 2739

Re: Why does wine often taste better the next day (or after)

Hard to find a Chenin that does not taste better the next day. I took an 04 Pinon Tradition Vouvray to dinner last month and deliberately opened it up the night before. Still a bit tight 24 hours later, it was at its peak after 48 hours. Had this with so many Chenin, even with 40+ years in the bottl...
by Cameron Clark
November 28th, 2020, 5:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are your views on Australian wines now?
Replies: 36
Views: 1745

Re: What are your views on Australian wines now?

I’ve been in Auz now for almost 3 years and there is plenty going on that is worthy of attention. Stylistically Auz makes 3 unique styles of wine: Hunter Semillon, Sparkling Shiraz and Fortified Muscat’s. I love all 3, but it’s probably the Hunter Semillon, with their low alcohol and ageability , th...
by Cameron Clark
July 13th, 2019, 7:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: The Worlds Best QPR Age-worthy Wine 1965-1999
Replies: 1
Views: 542

TN: The Worlds Best QPR Age-worthy Wine 1965-1999

Which wine is it ? Wynn’s Black Label Cabernet of course, from the Coonawarra Region of South Australia. I read somewhere that it had recently overtaken Penfolds Bin 389 as the most collected wine in Australia and this tasting, organised by a very generous contributor to the Auswine forum, showed wh...
by Cameron Clark
April 24th, 2019, 5:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: sami-odi arrives in ny
Replies: 13
Views: 1323

Re: sami-odi arrives in ny

Unfortunately the Little Wine received a brilliant review here in Auz (97+ Pts and “Hard to find better from the region” ) by the WineFront and sold out days after. Everybody wishes Fraser well, but subsequent vintages may be harder to source. I presume mailing list customers should still be ok thou...
by Cameron Clark
October 20th, 2018, 4:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is pre phylloxera better ?
Replies: 32
Views: 2430

Re: Is pre phylloxera better ?

My experience, although limited ,has been very positive for these wines. While young, the 2009 Provignage from Domaine de la Charmoise was nice, but not that complex and a bit fat. Tried again at the end of last year, it was brilliant, with a cool, brooding minerality. Imagine with another 5-10 year...
by Cameron Clark
August 20th, 2018, 5:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eleven Madison Park Wine List Help
Replies: 41
Views: 4122

Re: Eleven Madison Park Wine List Help

Gonon is superb, but it is so drinkable, that I can’t see it lasting all the way thru a meal.

Drink per glass - bigger variety and it should be a good match to the food.
by Cameron Clark
August 12th, 2018, 5:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your dumbest purchase
Replies: 206
Views: 12364

Your dumbest purchase

Large formats of sweet wines are never a great idea in this age of easily available sugar. I love the shape of Riesling Magnums and while I can get buying a case of 09 Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese Magnums - good for summer parties - I have no idea when I will have need of a case of 09 Wehlener ...
by Cameron Clark
August 11th, 2018, 3:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your dumbest purchase
Replies: 206
Views: 12364

Your dumbest purchase

Large formats of sweet wines are never a great idea in this age of easily available sugar. I love the shape of Riesling Magnums and while I can get buying a case of 09 Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese Magnums - good for summer parties - I have no idea when I will have need of a case of 09 Wehlener S...
by Cameron Clark
June 3rd, 2018, 6:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Coche-Dury Aligoté
Replies: 14
Views: 1092

2014 Coche-Dury Aligoté

Lunch at Danny’s Barry ? If so, i hope you enjoyed it. If not, then you need to book a table before summer ends...or have you had both days already ?
by Cameron Clark
May 17th, 2018, 3:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When will we see First Growth "spoofilation?"
Replies: 49
Views: 2233

When will we see First Growth "spoofilation?"

Mouton 2000 and Margaux 2015 show the potential here - a fancy bottle makes a huge difference to the price.
by Cameron Clark
May 14th, 2018, 8:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would you buy 2015 Rousseau Chambertin?
Replies: 126
Views: 5286

Would you buy 2015 Rousseau Chambertin?

En Primeur ‘16 has started for me. Price of Rousseau is not confirmed, but it will be in the €420 to €500 range. I don’t think this will be a speculators vintage, but even so the price will probably double on release. Still considerably cheaper than the ‘15 though and my advice to anyone thinking of...
by Cameron Clark
May 13th, 2018, 3:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would you buy 2015 Rousseau Chambertin?
Replies: 126
Views: 5286

Would you buy 2015 Rousseau Chambertin?

A friend picked up my 2 bottles and his own allocation last week. The price was €425 (I think -they were paid for a while ago) and on the drive home he was offered €1600 for the Chambertin and €1700 for the CdB.. Hard to resist that instant, do nothing profit, but I did. Someone is obviously after t...
by Cameron Clark
May 1st, 2018, 6:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine when traveling in UK - what are my options?
Replies: 29
Views: 1124

Wine when traveling in UK - what are my options?

St Andrews is fine for wine. Luvians always had interesting stuff, although they did use to target the tourist market for their high end range. Their main shop is in Cuper Angus, which is a short drive away. The owner always used to hate selling his top wines, but maybe he will have handed the busin...
by Cameron Clark
February 19th, 2018, 2:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is 2000 Mouton the most expensive first growth in 2000?
Replies: 28
Views: 2559

Why is 2000 Mouton the most expensive first growth in 2000?

The Great chateau owners must be looking at this with interest, especially when you look at the current price of the '15 Margaux, with its black label. If it's the bottle that is causing the price lift, and it's the only rational explanation, then how often can a chateau release a 'special bottling'...
by Cameron Clark
October 21st, 2016, 2:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 66 Trimbach and a few Others
Replies: 3
Views: 419

TN: 66 Trimbach and a few Others

http://i737.photobucket.com/albums/xx20/mywijn/66%20Trimbach.jpg Another meeting of the Wierd Grapes group. This time there were only 3 of us. Theme was "Big Reds", which of course meant that the 2 best wines were white, although the 68 Romeira Palmela was very good. 13 Neuburger Freyheit...
by Cameron Clark
October 21st, 2016, 2:05 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Moved
Replies: 0
Views: 750

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by Cameron Clark
July 11th, 2016, 2:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: An old Alsace and some Mature Auz Wines
Replies: 0
Views: 254

TN: An old Alsace and some Mature Auz Wines

Highlights from the last 2 BBQs 1952 Monopole Gewutraminer Grande Reserve, Álsace, Colmar High fill, but the cork is slightly loose and has to be pushed in. After decanting its the dark orange colour which I would expect with age. As with similar aged Chenin and Sauternes there is a tangerine marmal...
by Cameron Clark
June 4th, 2016, 12:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who is the new go to Bordeaux critic ?
Replies: 86
Views: 5483

Who is the new go to Bordeaux critic ?

Parker is the man when it comes to Bordeaux and I have quite a few cases that were bought on his advice. Still looks like he is unpopular here, but I have never drank wine with any serious wine lover who did not appreciate Bobs palate. I dont want to spend a lot of time looking for a new champion so...
by Cameron Clark
May 29th, 2016, 2:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 200th of my dinners with some emotional wines
Replies: 108
Views: 8799

The 200th of my dinners with some emotional wines

Well said Jurgen. I find old wines fascinating, but having just turned 50 I think it's time to do away with the past and focus on what is to come, rather than what has been. So no more '66 wines, or older, and instead it's time to explore new wines and new areas.
by Cameron Clark
May 25th, 2016, 2:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A Blast from the Past from Oddbins
Replies: 6
Views: 561

TN: A Blast from the Past from Oddbins

Forgot about the Merlot craze back then..Even us Brits sometimes forget to spot British humour sometime.
by Cameron Clark
May 24th, 2016, 3:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Food Pairing Help - '71 Riesling Auslese
Replies: 17
Views: 1081

Food Pairing Help - '71 Riesling Auslese

I had a couple of 71's last month. Rather than leaving for the cheese I served them first as an aperitif. Worked well as - they were not alcoholic, so a couple of glasses each did not impact the rest of the dinner - they were fruity rather than sweet - they were the the wines I was most looking forw...
by Cameron Clark
May 24th, 2016, 3:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A Blast from the Past from Oddbins
Replies: 6
Views: 561

TN: A Blast from the Past from Oddbins

If you google 'Ralph steadman cataclysm' then you can see a picture of the bottle.

The most famous wine I remember from that period was Cardinal Zin from Bonney Doon. He also did The Folly for Montes, but I think that was a lot later.
by Cameron Clark
May 24th, 2016, 2:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A Blast from the Past from Oddbins
Replies: 6
Views: 561

TN: A Blast from the Past from Oddbins

The UK chain Oddbins were responsible for a lot of my early wine education. At the start of the 90's you could buy top Austalian wine for very good prices and they had a few special shops that sold small amounts of high end stuff. They also pulled off a number of deals with wine makers and managed t...
by Cameron Clark
May 22nd, 2016, 2:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1997 Grange
Replies: 6
Views: 426

TN: 1997 Grange

Drew Wineries have to make a profit and some wineries show more greed than others. Grange used to be easy to get hold of here, but at the current price its hard to find anywhere that actually sells it. I have no hard feelings though - I used to buy this and 707 in the UK in the 90's for very little ...
by Cameron Clark
May 22nd, 2016, 10:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1985 Vouvray MB
Replies: 3
Views: 175

TN: 1985 Vouvray MB

Bit to young methinks...still 2 bottles of the 47 waiting incase you ever make it over to the low lands..
by Cameron Clark
May 22nd, 2016, 9:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1997 Grange
Replies: 6
Views: 426

TN: 1997 Grange

Girlfriend stayed in Auz after our Xmas holiday and last night she sent me a WhatsApp from her mothers 60th birthday BBQ. Apparantly ma's boyfried was not aware of the "special" wine stack and so a bottle of 2013 Wendouree Shiraz was plonked on the table along with a few normal reds...Trud...
by Cameron Clark
May 21st, 2016, 11:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1972 Crozes-Hermitage
Replies: 4
Views: 271

TN: 1972 Crozes-Hermitage

Always a pleasure to read.

Actually thought about doing a "Nicos" on a 53 Niersteiner that I opened tonight...Great colour, but its more sherry than wine, so I'll skip...

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by Cameron Clark
May 21st, 2016, 5:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 50 Year Old Wine at a 50th Birthday dinner
Replies: 3
Views: 713

TN: 50 Year Old Wine at a 50th Birthday dinner

Thanks for the tip Mark, but that's me done with the '66 vintage now. I'm sure the Chenin and the Margaux will last out another 10 years, but I have had enough of looking back. I had another dinner for my 50th, which I didn't write up, where I only drank wines I had never tried before. There were a ...
by Cameron Clark
May 19th, 2016, 11:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 50 Year Old Wine at a 50th Birthday dinner
Replies: 3
Views: 713

TN: 50 Year Old Wine at a 50th Birthday dinner

My wine buddies could not all make my actual birthday weekend, so we decided to have a wine dinner later instead. The plan was to bring 2 bottles each, preferably old and preferably something special. I thought 8 bottles between 4, including a Port, was a lot, but no...A half bottle of fizz, a big P...
by Cameron Clark
April 13th, 2015, 12:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Neal Martin's WA Oregon Report, your thoughts?
Replies: 97
Views: 7848

Neal Martin's WA Oregon Report, your thoughts?

That's a curve of the published wines. If you read the intro then there were 300+ wines that did not make the actual report. Presume you need to add a bulge around the 75 point mark.
by Cameron Clark
December 13th, 2014, 12:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Exploding" Bottle?
Replies: 13
Views: 724

"Exploding" Bottle?

I tapped a 93 Tokaij against another bottle over the summer and the Tokaij cracked, but did not shatter. No point in taking a chance though so I pulled to cork out at the end of the dinner. The change in pressure caused the crack to split and the contents flowed over our stone outdoor table. What ha...
by Cameron Clark
May 27th, 2014, 2:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RP 100-Alvear PX 2011
Replies: 24
Views: 1428

RP 100-Alvear PX 2011

Yes it was the Albala. According to my friend Jelle it was just too over the top, but you could see why this sort of wine would be given a high score. The Alvear had better balance and was easier to drink. 100 pts ? Who knows. I marked at 98 on Cellar Tracker, which is the same score I gave to the 9...
by Cameron Clark
May 26th, 2014, 12:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RP 100-Alvear PX 2011
Replies: 24
Views: 1428

RP 100-Alvear PX 2011

Not tasted blind though. A friend, with a very good palate, drank it blind against a 1946 PX that had also received 100pts recently. No competition: the Alvar was way better. Remember 100 pts means its the best PX that Bob has drunk, for his taste. If you are a red wine drinker, who like old Bordeau...
by Cameron Clark
May 26th, 2014, 12:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are the five greatest 'New World' wines you have ever had the pleasure of drinking?
Replies: 144
Views: 7601

What are the five greatest 'New World' wines you have ever had the pleasure of drinking?

1986 Montana Sauvignon Blanc 1990 Petaluma Chardonnay 2001 Cloudy Bay Te Koko 1991'Martinborogh Pinot Noir 1986 Bin 707 All these wines were important for developing my interest in wine. I''ve since had better New World wines, but better tasting does not ot mean I remember them better in the long te...
by Cameron Clark
December 24th, 2013, 3:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who makes the world's top petite sirah?
Replies: 102
Views: 4682

Who makes the world's top petite sirah?

Australia does make some big Durif (Petite Syrah) as well. I´m waiting for the 98 Morris Durif to reach its 20th birthday and I´ll then have it with my only bottle of 97 Truley Hayne Petite Syrah. As James Halliday said in his initial review "Wait 20 years, then kill an Ox" Campbells The B...
by Cameron Clark
October 12th, 2013, 12:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kermit on his game: 2008 Antoine Arena Patrimonio Rouge Morta Maio
Replies: 2
Views: 422

Kermit on his game: 2008 Antoine Arena Patrimonio Rouge Morta Maio

Nice notes. I bought some Abbatucci based on the great WA reviews and am looking forward to trying them sometime. Difficult to get hold if here, but the same used to be said of Jura and there are now a few importers. Think you are spot on, when you say Corsican wines will become more popular.
by Cameron Clark
April 3rd, 2013, 9:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines from 1984 that are drinking well right now
Replies: 33
Views: 859

Wines from 1984 that are drinking well right now

Have an 84 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc ready for Friday. Bought after a good review from Neal Martin and its delicious and shows no sigh of being in decline.
by Cameron Clark
March 25th, 2013, 1:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Spanish whites have rocked you?
Replies: 28
Views: 1355

What Spanish whites have rocked you?

Ossian is very good and the very limited cuvée Captal is even better - Neal Martin compares it to Coche Dury.
by Cameron Clark
March 7th, 2013, 12:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why do you buy Mags/Large Formats?
Replies: 67
Views: 1816

Re: Why do you buy Mags/Large Formats?

I've bought a few mags over the last few years and the main reason is that they look so much better, especially the German Rieslings. Buying en primeur, there is a very slight premium per case (usually £10) and given that it's harder to find mags when a wine is mature, I think they are worth the ext...
by Cameron Clark
April 15th, 2012, 10:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Ultimate Madeira Experience
Replies: 32
Views: 1460

Re: The Ultimate Madeira Experience

Roy the most warm and uplifting notes to a tasting I can remember reading. I don't normally go all soppy when I read the vintages, but its very unlikely anyone alive will now, or in the future, will ever get to taste such a collection of old, drinkable wine. Lucky you and lucky us for being able to ...

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