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Pam Hatton

Pam Hatton

The Dead Arm

d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz 2001

Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
2 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
14 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
15 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
20 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.

Eric & Joel Durand, Empreintes, Cornas 2005

Cornas, Côtes Du Rhone, France
22 days ago

Pam scored this wine: 93/100

Red and black fruit - blackberry, cherry and cassis, some black olive on the nose with more "animal", leather and sous-bois dominating. Some black pepper, spice and cedar - maybe a little eucalyptus , lifts off the swirl. Blackberry fruit on the palate with spice and licorice. Big mouth feel with smooth ripe and integrated tannins and a very long dry finish. Drink now.

Pam Hatton

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