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Peter Neilson

Peter Neilson

Zippy's Block Single Vineyard

Two Hands Wines Zippy's Block Single Vineyard Shiraz 2008

Roennfeldt Road, Maranga, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia
653 days ago

Peter scored this wine: 95/100

Big, bold, powerful warm climate Auzzie Shiraz. Plum, cigar-box and tobacco, still (2020) high acid, firm tannins, high alcohol (!), and a long, complex, peppery finish. Really well integrated, and still very fresh. This will still be solid for at least another 5 years. A beautifully-made wine for those who like big, dark, powerful wines. Had this with medium rare prime rib, and Yorkshire pudding with gravy - a wonderful pairing. Memorable!

Proprietary Red

Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red 2007

Napa Valley, California, United States
1075 days ago

Peter scored this wine: 94/100

Even now, at 12 years, this is still a powerful, big cabernet, with dark fruit, mellowed somewhat, but still with big tannins and a long, complex finish. It opened up considerably over the 3-4 hours that we enjoyed it. In my opinion, it will still be very nice for another 5, to even 10 years, depending on storage. This was a beautiful wine - memorable!


Mitolo G.A.M. Shiraz 2012

Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
802 days ago

Peter scored this wine: 93/100

2009 - opened 2019, and poured 1 1/2 hrs before tasting. A big, complex wine, that is wonderfully integrated. Big alcohol, firm tannins, still fresh acidity, and lots of inky dark fruit in a silky smooth wine. Wonderful! I concur on the 93.

3701 days ago

Peter scored this wine: 92/100

Sweet and complex for Pinot Gris. Tasting pepper, honey, Golden Russet apples, almost Gew├╝rztraminer. Long finish. Perfect maturity. Deep straw yellow. Very fruity nose. Beautiful. Nice surprise! Should have bought more. 8-(

3580 days ago

Peter scored this wine: 92/100

Unique pink ice wine made from Cab Sauv, Cab Franc, Merlot and (!) Pinot Noir. Like drinking crushed strawberry jam. Sweet, smooth, long finish with vanilla and lots of fresh fruit. Combined with beautiful clear pink colour, full nose and complexity, wish I could get another bottle! (mine was a gift)

Peter Neilson

Memorable Wine

Musigny 1967


First Wine



Unusual Wine Experience

A bottle of 1967 Musigny & 1967 Chateau D'Yquem & Iranian caviar in one night. #diehappy


Current Fav Wine

Napa Cabernets, Sonoma Zinfandels, Alsatian Gerwurztraminers, Bordeaux-type blends





Winner World's Best Drink Writer
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