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Neil Phillips

Neil Phillips

Expresion Reserve

Villard Estate Expresion Reserve Syrah 2012

Casablanca Valley, Chile
102 days ago

Neil scored this wine: 90/100

Dark black fruits on the nose with vanilla, espresso and slight dried herbs. On the palate, smooth with savoury notes; fruit is muted in a harmonious way; time has let this age gracefully. Almost luscious, the hint of pepper and spice lingers on the long finish. Tannins are fine. Tasted December 2018 - am sorry this is my last bottle!

Cuvée Centenaire

Domaine Lafage Cuvée Centenaire 2011

A.C., Côtes Du Roussillon, Midi, France
102 days ago

Neil scored this wine: 90/100

Complex nose of ripe stone fruits (white peach, nectarine), honey, Meyer lemon, white grapefruit and a whiff of dried herbs. Mineral savoury streak stops this short of being "lush", but full and ripe on the palate still. Medium+ length that finishes with a slight zing. A lot going on here. Tasted January 2019.

Bin No. 1

Best's Bin No. 1 Shiraz 2015

Great Western, Victoria, Australia
102 days ago

Neil scored this wine: 88/100

Bing cherries, blackberries, dark plums, mocha and a hint of mint. Mid-way between savoury and jammy, this is a pleasant Shiraz that will do well on its own or with food. Smooth finish. Tasted January 2019.

La Roche-Vineuse

Sylvaine & Alain Normand La Roche-Vineuse Chardonnay 2015

A.C., Macon, Burgundy, France
143 days ago

Neil scored this wine: 91/100

Medium-straw in colour, aromas of golden delicious apple with a hint of butter, Meyer lemon zest. Ripe and round on the palate, apple, white peach, quince, slight pith, medium+ finish with lots of almond. Excellent value. Tasted November 2018.

143 days ago

Neil scored this wine: 90/100

Nose of applesauce, slight caramel, jasmine perfume, white flowers. Medium+ acid on the palate, well-balanced. Mellow citrus notes, red & yellow apple, almond finish. I found this quite complex - even moreso when I found out the price later! Outstanding value. Tasted November 2018.

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