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2405 days ago

Clinton Lee scored this wine: 95/100

The appearance is not the classical pale intensity ruby color but one of deeper ruby displaying the 1000 plus growing degree days of the waitaki valley region. Notes of flourishing dark fruits clearly influenced by the climate of warmth and heat uncharacteristic of Pinot noir preference. The limestone seabed in the soil has immortalized itself in the puncturing acidity of this wine interlaced elegantly with minerality. Exquisite nose, succulent with a resoundingly long balanced finish. Acidity is discerningly crisp and the tannins more evident then expected but structurally top drawer and not displaying secondary notes of mushroom, game and leather yet on the nose. Outstanding wine that is eminently drinkable now but possesses the qualities required to hold for at least a further 5-7 years. Bcwineschool.com Vinoscenti.com

Bridlewood Estate, Syrah 2008

Santa Ynez Valley, Central Coast California, United States
2408 days ago

Clinton Lee scored this wine: 93/100

Regal deep ruby with flashes of garnet in appearance, highlighting the rich ripe fruit of dark berry, cherry, spices, cloves and chocolate on the nose. Dry on the palate with smoothly textured tannins that glide of the tongue and leave a resoundingly long finish that is balanced with fruit, acidity and alcohol. Flavours of deep dark fruit that are well integrated. Very good quality wine that is good to drink now but can wait for many more years. Bcwineschool.com vinoscenti.com


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Margaux 1982


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Tait 2003 Unfiltered Shiraz

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