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Pam Hatton

Pam Hatton

93 days ago

Pam scored this wine: 93/100

Garnet edge showing its age. Subdued red fruit with lots of tertiary earthy, leather and dusty notes. The palate reveals more red and black fruit than the nose with lively acidity and velvet tannins. Earthy, caramel and licorice notes emerge on the nose and palate while you swirl and contemplate the pleasure of patient waiting. If you like old Bordeaux this is for you.

The Dead Arm

d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz 2001

Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
120 days ago

Pam scored this wine: 96/100

Fabulous deep inky purple after 19 years! Beautiful and still fruit forward with fresh blackberry, cassis, licorice, spice and a hint of eucalyptus all without being overly jammy. The palate delivers dense concentration with integrated fruit and tertiary flavours of dark berries, liquorice, leather, spice, soft tannins and enough acidity to make it food friendly despite the 15% alcohol level. Long, smooth, dry and juicy finish with a bit of heat.

Beaune Teurons

Domaine Chanson Beaune Teurons Pinot Noir 2005

A.C. Burgundy, France
132 days ago

Pam scored this wine: 94/100

Gorgeous silky wine! Pale garnet colour with complex and perfumed nose of earth, leather, cherry and subtle spice and fleeting sweet floral, perhaps violet. As this was an older vintage, I was a little afraid of it being past its prime - the reward of ageing did not disappoint. It showed beautifully with silky tannins, restrained fruit and bright acidity. The palate still has lots of cherry and strawberry fruit, some smoke, leather, mushroom. As with a fine Burgundy, everything is elusive and changes with each swirl of the glass. The wine is on the lighter side of medium with a beautiful long, dry finish.

Centenario

Bodega Toro Winery Centenario Malbec 2019

Mendoza, Argentina
133 days ago

Pam scored this wine: 87/100

The medium purple colour to the core hints at the jammy sweet nose of black fruit, predominantly blackberries and blueberries. The palate reveals a medium bodied dry wine with balanced acidity to cut through the fat of a nice steak. The soft tannins and lots of blueberry and plum on the palate. There are hints of spice and a bit of leather. A slightly hot medium finish. A great value wine that will match with more than the ubiquitous steak. Will go well with meat, fatty fish or vegetables off the bbq.

La Forêt

Château Bellevue La Forêt Rosé 2018

Fronton, Southwest A.P., France
138 days ago

Pam scored this wine: 90/100

Pale copper-salmon hue leading you to think this rose will be shy. Even the restrained nose of red fruit, strawberries, citrus and rhubarb lead this way. The surprise is on the palate with a viscous body and those flavours of strawberry, rhubarb, a touch of spice and citrus pith. The fresh acidity cuts the body and leaves a juicy refreshing finish with a hint of bitterness. Great value wine.

Pam Hatton

Winner World's Best Drink Writer
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