Reviews by Figjam

Viking Wines Shiraz Grenache 1999

Barossa Bomb

Reviewed by Figjam - Saturday 30 June 2012 09:52 PM

Rich, ripe fruit, dry mouth gripping tannins. Hints of cedar, leather, prunes, dates etc Long slightly herbal finish. Drink now and don't drive afterwards.

  • Rating: 88 (Average for all reviewers 88)
  • Drink: Drink Now

Noon Winery Twelve Bells Grenache Shiraz 2006

Black and pungent

Reviewed by Figjam - Friday 29 June 2012 10:59 PM

Over ripe, sweet, hot. Even the label says drink now till 2010. Still drinkable but not for me.

  • Rating: 80 (Average for all reviewers 80)
  • Drink: Drink Now

Summerfield Shiraz 2001

Stereotypical Cult Shiraz

Reviewed by Figjam - Friday 22 June 2012 08:28 PM

This wine is perfectly drinkable, but for me its just another toasted black fruit, oak and alcohol driven type offering. If you are an ocasional drinker or you just like powerful and sweet shiraz, have this with a steak and you'll wonder what I'm talking about. If your a bit more serious then I probably don't need to elaborate.

  • Rating: 89 (Average for all reviewers 89)
  • Drink: Drink in the next 1 to 5 years

St. Hallett Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Very reasonable

Reviewed by Figjam - Saturday 16 June 2012 10:08 PM

Black and ripe with gripping tannins and a touch of graphite. Not overcooked like many of its peers. Reminded me of Peter Lehman Cabernet with similar botlle age. Enjoy with hearty food.

  • Rating: 90 (Average for all reviewers 90)
  • Drink: Drink in the next 1 to 5 years

Provingnage Cornerstone Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2001

Past it.

Reviewed by Figjam - Thursday 14 June 2012 08:27 PM

Thin and porty, nice mouthfeel though. Would have been ok in its youth.

  • Rating: 80 (Average for all reviewers 80)
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Vieux Château Valentin AOC Cotes de Blaye Bordeaux Cabernet Blend 2007

French House Wine

Reviewed by Figjam - Saturday 9 June 2012 09:16 PM

By no means a classic but not bad . Light and fresh. Red berries, not much oak, fine tannins and a dry finish. A little green but quite quaffable.

  • Rating: 88 (Average for all reviewers 88)
  • Drink: Drink in the next 1 to 5 years

Domaine Charles Baur Cremant D'Alsace Pinot Noir Pinot Gris 2010

Not half bad

Reviewed by Figjam - Saturday 9 June 2012 08:58 PM

Fresh, with crisp acidity and primary flavours of stonefruit. Quite moorish and compares very well on price to standard bottleshop fare.

  • Rating: 91 (Average for all reviewers 91)
  • Drink: Drink in the next 1 to 5 years

Allandale Matthew Shiraz 2006

Enough here to keep you interested

Reviewed by Figjam - Tuesday 15 May 2012 08:50 PM

A food wine to be sure. Medium bodied, full of ripe red and slightly sweet raspberry/cherry notes with a sharply contrasting acidity cutting through - presumably due to the viognier. ALV is 13% and oak is in balance. Overall a pretty decent expression of Hunter Valley Shiraz.

  • Rating: 90 (Average for all reviewers 90)
  • Drink: Drink Now

Mcwilliam's Hanwood Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Reasonable

Reviewed by Figjam - Monday 30 April 2012 10:25 PM

This wine with a few years of bottle age has softened into a decent enough drop. Blackcurrant, oak with a peppery edge, medium bodied with gripping tannins and a slightly astringent finish. Drink now.

  • Rating: 89 (Average for all reviewers 89)
  • Drink: Drink Now

Lawrence Victor Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2000

Fully mature cabernet

Reviewed by Figjam - Tuesday 24 April 2012 08:47 PM

Nicely integrated notes of sweet oak, cassis and perhaps cherry. Obvious earthy Coonawarra Terroir with superfine tannins and a slightly vegetal finish. In simple terms a good Coonawarra Cabernet at its best now. Perhaps starting to thin a little. Good with steak - not so with desert.

  • Rating: 92 (Average for all reviewers 92)
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Domaine Charles Baur AOC Cotes d’Eguisheim, Alsace Pinot Noir 2009

Light and Bright

Reviewed by Figjam - Tuesday 17 April 2012 09:19 PM

Uncomplicated, fresh notes of strawberry with a dry finish. At 12.5% ALV its easy drinking - almost Rose' like. Not bad.

  • Rating: 89 (Average for all reviewers 49)
  • Drink: Drink in the next 1 to 5 years

Hanging Rock Heathcote Shiraz 2000

Big but balanced.

Reviewed by Figjam - Saturday 7 April 2012 08:52 PM

I'm usually critical of big for big's sake cult shiraz. This wine does have a rich sweetness common to many of these wines but this wine does it well. It's opulent - full of dark rich cassis and plum type notes but in no way overripe or burnt. Tannis are finer than you would expect. The 14% ALV is in not overly hot and the oak is unusually subtle. All in all a well balanced, big aussie shiraz that delivers pretty good value for money. Consume with steak, pasta / all the usual for big shiraz.

  • Rating: 91 (Average for all reviewers 91)
  • Drink: Drink in the next 1 to 5 years

Craggy Range Kidnappers Vinyard Chardonnay 2010

You could do a lot worse than this.

Reviewed by Figjam - Friday 10 February 2012 07:58 AM

Grapefruit is front and centre of this offering. Crisp acidity, fresh and bright with a feint sweetness that offsets the tartness of the grapefruit nicely. No obvious oak. Consume with sweet or spicy food.

  • Rating: 90 (Average for all reviewers 90)
  • Drink: Drink in the next 1 to 5 years

EKM Wines Somerled Mclaren Vale Shiraz 2001

Big Black Rich Ripe

Reviewed by Figjam - Friday 6 January 2012 08:19 PM

Chewy black fruit, oak and gripping tannins. Still fresh but would drink soonish. Surprised at ALV being 14% - seems like more. Consume with rich food. For big wine lovers only...

  • Rating: 87 (Average for all reviewers 87)
  • Drink: Drink in the next 1 to 5 years

Willow Bridge Reserve Cabernet Merlot 2001

A very reasonable drop which will appeal to most.

Reviewed by Figjam - Wednesday 21 December 2011 08:38 PM

Elegant fine grains are the centrepiece bringing together liberal notes of french oak, ripe black fruit and dusty earthyness. It probably is slightly over ripe but you forget care of its lovely silky mouthfeel. Good with steak.

  • Rating: 90 (Average for all reviewers 90)
  • Drink: Drink in the next 1 to 5 years

Watershed Shiraz 2008

Nice Quaffer

Reviewed by Figjam - Thursday 15 December 2011 08:30 PM

Fine tannins, prominent vanilla oak, plenty of dark ripe fruit with a slight peppery edge. A little milder than some of its South Australian contemporaries at 14% Alv. Good for the money.

  • Rating: 88 (Average for all reviewers 88)
  • Drink: Drink in the next 1 to 5 years

Lumberjack Barossa Valley Shiraz 2002

Typical Torbreck

Reviewed by Figjam - Wednesday 14 December 2011 09:18 PM

Big and rich but smooth and supple. Plums and cassis form the backbone with loads of oak. This wine was probably best drunk a couple of years ago but still goes OK. Drink with food.

  • Rating: 87 (Average for all reviewers 87)
  • Drink: Drink Now

Pikes Reserve The Merle Riesling 2004

Seriously Good Riesling

Reviewed by Figjam - Saturday 10 December 2011 07:40 PM

One word, Balance. Lovely minerals, firm crisp acidity and plenty of refreshing lime. Bottle age has added some feint buttery notes too. Clare Valley meets Alsace - Heaps Magnifique!

  • Rating: 95 (Average for all reviewers 95)
  • Drink: Drink in the next 1 to 10 years

Briarose Estate Blackwood Cove Cabernet Merlot 2003

Outstanding Value

Reviewed by Figjam - Thursday 17 November 2011 08:53 PM

Nicely integrated fine tannins bring together a plush almost seductive medley of ripe cassis, chocolate and more than slightly coonawarra like earthyness. Judicious use of oak and the faintest hint of eucalyptus round out what is probably the best value wine I have tried on the Wine Market to date - and 13.5% ALV which is spot on.

  • Rating: 93 (Average for all reviewers 93)
  • Drink: Drink in the next 1 to 5 years

Kemblefield Estate Lindauer Special Reserve Brut N/V

Not bad.

Reviewed by Figjam - Tuesday 1 November 2011 08:40 PM

Dry, pale peach colour with fine beads, firm acidity and suggestions of grapefruit. All in all a good drop.

  • Rating: 89 (Average for all reviewers 89)
  • Drink: Drink in the next 1 to 5 years

Fattorie Parri Chianti Montespertoli DOCG Riserva Fattoria Corfecciano Urbana Sangiovese Blend 2004

Fine and Peppery

Reviewed by Figjam - Thursday 27 October 2011 06:07 PM

Dark Crimson, fine tannins, medium bodied with herbaceous and peppery finish. No major floors but would appeal mainly to those who like this varietal. Ready to drink.

  • Rating: 87 (Average for all reviewers 87)
  • Drink: Drink Now

Domaine Charles Baur Gewurztraminer 2008

Sweet but good.

Reviewed by Figjam - Monday 24 October 2011 09:21 PM

I am not an avid drinker of this varietal. I do however love Alsacian Riesling for its minerally freshness and mild acidity. This wine to me is just a sweeter version - almost like a sticky without the viscosity. In fact I think it would make a great desert wine. Loads of apple and pear, nicely balanced and at 13% a little less punishing than a sticky.

  • Rating: 90 (Average for all reviewers 90)
  • Drink: Drink in the next 1 to 5 years

Mas Des Genets Vacqueyras Rose Mourvedre 2007

Summer Special

Reviewed by Figjam - Saturday 22 October 2011 04:50 PM

Plenty of strawberry with hints of straw and oak. Still has a crisp acidity and is not as sweet as many similar wines. Nicely put together and a bit of a change.

  • Rating: 90 (Average for all reviewers 90)
  • Drink: Drink in the next 1 to 5 years

Balnaves Shiraz 2001

Good Coonawarra Shiraz

Reviewed by Figjam - Wednesday 19 October 2011 09:02 PM

Sweet, jammy, dry and dusty wih delicate fine tannins. Well balanced after 10 years of bottle age and a refreshing 13.5% ALV.Nice.

  • Rating: 90 (Average for all reviewers 90)
  • Drink: Drink Now

Tahbilk Cabernet Sauvignon 2002

Loads of Cassis and Plum

Reviewed by Figjam - Thursday 6 October 2011 09:39 PM

Not unlike a Peter Lehmann 04 Cabernet I reviewed recently (which I liked). Nicely balanced with robust cassis and plum in the foreground with a gentle layer of oak, fine powdery tannins and a dry finish. Still quite cellarable - but in a nice place now.

  • Rating: 93 (Average for all reviewers 93)
  • Drink: Drink in the next 1 to 10 years

Australian Domaine Wines Hattrick Shiraz Grenache 2001

Fruit bomb.

Reviewed by Figjam - Thursday 29 September 2011 08:11 PM

There are many over ripe and over oaked "cult wines" around these days but having plenty of both can work if there is some semblance of balance. This wine surprised me given its relatively inexpensive price point. It's not special or unique but has plenty of dark fruit which is not dehydrated and the oak does give a sweet edge but it's not porty and it all comes together with nicely integrated fine tannins.

  • Rating: 89 (Average for all reviewers 89)
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Henschke Julius Riesling 2002

Crisp and bright

Reviewed by Figjam - Sunday 25 September 2011 09:14 PM

Herbacious and floral with lemon and lime zest, oak, mineral and a dry finish. Nice balance and should improve over the next couple of years. Great with Scallops.

  • Rating: 92 (Average for all reviewers 92)
  • Drink: Drink in the next 1 to 5 years

Chateau Paillas Malbec 2007

Not a bad entry level frenchie

Reviewed by Figjam - Thursday 22 September 2011 08:56 PM

Malbec Merlot - All the plushness of a french merlot with a minerally acidity adding a savoury bite and a dry finish. While very different to most aussie wines, it does pack an Aussie like punch for 13% alv while remaining well balanced. At around $20 I can't fault the value. Would be a perfect match with aged cheese.

  • Rating: 89 (Average for all reviewers 89)
  • Drink: Drink in the next 1 to 5 years

Peter Lehmann Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

Exactly what I was hoping for.

Reviewed by Figjam - Sunday 18 September 2011 09:23 PM

RIch dark chocolate and cassis with mouth coating tannins and a slightly dry finish. To me this is what I look for in an afffordable wine - plenty of flavour , not in any way over cooked or hot, uncomplicated, nicely balanced and most importantly moorish. Fabulous with lamb roast.

  • Rating: 94 (Average for all reviewers 94)
  • Drink: Drink in the next 1 to 5 years

Peter Lehmann Barossa Shiraz 2004

Black with sweet oak.

Reviewed by Figjam - Thursday 15 September 2011 09:01 PM

Pretty typical modestly priced seven year old Barossa Shiraz. Plenty of sweet oak, ripe black fruits, pepper and powdery tannins. Not bad with roast beef and mustard.

  • Rating: 87 (Average for all reviewers 87)
  • Drink: Drink Now

Tatachilla Foundation Shiraz 1999

Good Buying

Reviewed by Figjam - Sunday 11 September 2011 07:56 PM

Dusty and earthy but still bright and well balanced with plenty of cassis. Very Mclaren Vale. Drank well with a roast chook and was not completely embarassed by the 91 Hill of Grace we had prior! Very Good.

  • Rating: 93 (Average for all reviewers 93)
  • Drink: Drink Now

Glaetzer Goldbeater Shiraz 2001

Full Throttle Barossa Shiraz

Reviewed by Figjam - Wednesday 24 August 2011 08:53 PM

This wine will polarise people. If you love overtness like say, famous wine critic Robert Parker Jnr then you will like this. Warm, creamy, sweet, rich - a little port like. Made by Glaetzer, this offering is not unlike some of their more fabled wines. Still in good nick for 10 years of bottle age and record hot growing conditions. Consume with rich food.

  • Rating: 89 (Average for all reviewers 88.5)
  • Drink: Drink in the next 1 to 5 years

Rosemount Show Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1998

Unmistakably Coonawarra

Reviewed by Figjam - Wednesday 17 August 2011 08:14 PM

You can taste the dusty red earth on this one. Nice firm tannins and smooth mouthfeel. This seemed to be another wine that I liked early on and probably deteriorated a bit over 24 hours. Started almost 707 like, doing its best impression of Ribena - loads of fresh blackcurrant. Finished a little toasted and gritty with graphite/tar notes. Still better than average.

  • Rating: 90 (Average for all reviewers 90)
  • Drink: Drink Now

Fox Creek JSM Shiraz Cabernets 2001

Good Value

Reviewed by Figjam - Sunday 7 August 2011 08:04 PM

Smoky Oak, rich and ripe with a hint of mocha. Medium fine tannins bring together a nicely balanced dry red that carries its 14.5% pretty well. This wine exemplifies the virtues buying secondary market table wine.

  • Rating: 90 (Average for all reviewers 90)
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Saltram Mamre Brook Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

A good midweeker

Reviewed by Figjam - Friday 29 July 2011 10:24 PM

Inky purple colour, powdery mouthcoating tannins, dark ripe fruit, creamy oak and full bodied to be sure. All in all not a bad offering from this reliable label.

  • Rating: 89 (Average for all reviewers 89)
  • Drink: Drink in the next 1 to 5 years

d'Arenberg The Coppermine Road Cabernet Sauvignon 2001

In a very nice place.

Reviewed by Figjam - Sunday 19 June 2011 09:05 PM

I tried this wine numerous times in its youth a was non plussed. What a difference seven years has made. It has all the dark, dusty earthy flavours I remember but has added a lovely sweet cassis backbone which adds real balance. Tannins are silky smooth yet mouth coating. This is one of the few premium Mclaren Vale Cabernets that can justify its price. Very good and has plenty of legs.

  • Rating: 94 (Average for all reviewers 94)
  • Drink: Drink in the next 1 to 10 years

EKM Wines Somerled Mclaren Vale Shiraz 2002

Iron fist in a velvet glove.

Reviewed by Figjam - Friday 17 June 2011 10:34 PM

Tightly integrated smooth and supple tannins are a real feature here. Generous use of sweet and smoky oak cap off a warm, ripe medley of cassis, prunes, leather and tobacco. Good Value.

  • Rating: 89 (Average for all reviewers 89.5)
  • Drink: Drink in the next 1 to 5 years

Garlands Shiraz 2001

Big and toasty

Reviewed by Figjam - Wednesday 8 June 2011 09:14 PM

Plent of everything in this number. Ripe black fruit, rich grainy tannins, vanilla oak, peppery spices. Not all wines like this retain their integrity after 10 years in the bottle - this one has but it's not for the fainthearted.

  • Rating: 89 (Average for all reviewers 69.5)
  • Drink: Drink in the next 1 to 5 years

Gnadenfrei Estate Shiraz Grenache 2001

Aussie Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Reviewed by Figjam - Friday 3 June 2011 10:46 PM

Luscious, sweet, ripe and jammy not unlike many of our favourite Barossa cult shiraz labels. Where it differs is the other 50% - Grenache, which adds a savoury edge of complexity and balance. There is also something to like about the almost european elegance and restraint that 10 years of bottle age has delivered - in spite of its 14.3% alcohol. No mouthfulls of chalky, teeth staining tar here. Well done Malcolm Seppelt.

  • Rating: 92 (Average for all reviewers 92)
  • Drink: Drink in the next 1 to 5 years

Chalk Hill Wits End Cabernet Sauvignon 1999

Dark and dusty Mclaren Vale Cabernet

Reviewed by Figjam - Friday 27 May 2011 08:48 PM

Chalky mouth staining tannins. Lots of dark, ripe fruit and a mild spicy edge. At 14.5% it's warm but not hot. Overall not bad for its modest price tag and considering its 11 years of bottle age.

  • Rating: 84 (Average for all reviewers 87)
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Fox Gordon Eight Uncles Shiraz 2002

Bold Barossa Shiraz

Reviewed by Figjam - Friday 13 May 2011 09:04 PM

Slippery fine tannins, plenty of vanilla oak with some dried herbs and a slighly spicy edge. It's big and ripe but not over the top. Not bad at all.

  • Rating: 93 (Average for all reviewers 93)
  • Drink: Drink Now

Classic McLaren La Testa Blend Shiraz Grenache Cabernet 2001

Big, sweet, rich, astringent.

Reviewed by Figjam - Wednesday 4 May 2011 09:27 AM

Sweet, rich with fine grains tempered with slightly over ripe with dusty dehydrated fruit and notes of graphite or even bitumen. 15% Alcohol is warmish without being overtly hot.

  • Rating: 89 (Average for all reviewers 84.5)
  • Drink: Drink Now

Wonga Estate Pinot Noir 2005

A very nice drop

Reviewed by Figjam - Wednesday 4 May 2011 09:19 AM

Clean, fresh, bright and balanced. It’s light but not too thin, uncomplicated yet interesting, ripe but understated. Nice use of oak with some very mild gamey notes. If more Pinot’s were like this I’d probably a lot more of them. Would match most foods too.

  • Rating: 94 (Average for all reviewers 94)
  • Drink: Drink in the next 1 to 5 years

Binder Mitchell Dovetail Cabernet Sauvignon 2002

Good Value

Reviewed by Figjam - Saturday 16 April 2011 08:50 PM

I was a little nervous considering price expectation for this wine. I was pleasantly surprised to find a perfectly reasonable Barossa Cabernet. Fruit is slightly over ripe but rich and dense and the tannins are nice and fine too. Good quaffer.

  • Rating: 92 (Average for all reviewers 46)
  • Drink: Drink in the next 1 to 5 years

Berrys Bridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2001

Game of two halves.

Reviewed by Figjam - Tuesday 12 April 2011 08:52 PM

Must admit started drinking within 10 minutes of opening. For the first 30 minutes or so it was closed but somehow good - quite smooth with rich ripe dark berries and a dry finish. Then we had dinner (beef & port casserole) during which the wine changed dramatically. Still a smooth mouthfeel but the fruit became dryer prunes,dates etc and some aniseed made an appearance. Also got a little hotter. Alcohol is 14% - felt like 13 at the start and 14.5 at the end. Both wines were quite drinkable but I liked the closed version better.

  • Rating: 92 (Average for all reviewers 92)
  • Drink: Drink in the next 1 to 5 years

Fox Gordon King Louis Cabernet Sauvignon 2002

Lush fruit driven Barossa Cabernet with a herbaceous finish.

Reviewed by Figjam - Thursday 7 April 2011 09:23 PM

Deep dark fruits with toasty vanilla oak. Rich fine grain tannins with notes of herbs, menthol, maybe even pencil shavings. Still quite cellarable for the short to mid term. 14% Alcohol and carries it well. Drank well with a lamb roast.

  • Rating: 92 (Average for all reviewers 92)
  • Drink: Drink in the next 1 to 5 years

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