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Another different white from the Optimor case. I was particularly pleased because I guessed this as being barrel fermented, before looking at the label …

Another from the Optimor mixed case, and from a winery well-rated by Robert Parker. Initially, I thought this might be an overblown ‘taster’s’ wine …

Well, after the relative disappointment of the 2004, I had to crack its partner in crime, the 2003. MUCH more exciting! Much more savoury …

After a few years of vaguely looking out for this, to see if its reputation was justified, like buses, two turned up at once. …

Picked this up from Majestic whilst looking for some wines that could be opened and drunk straightaway, without sediment settling etc. A pleasant find. …

Grabbed the bottle (and label) from Sadek Wynberg after a number of us finished it whilst watching a focus group… because it was another …

Even in Selfridges’ sale, this was expensive, and it felt like paying for the renown of one of (if not “the”) Australia’s finest Chardonnays. …

A pleasant drink but an advert for taking 0.5-1% off the ABV. Was browsing a wine shop in Kilkenny when I noticed a few …

My first taste of Henschke, who are reputed to be one of Australia’s finest, and make one of Aus’ iconic wines. But I baulked …

Another wine courtesy of Steve Otterburn. I still haven’t had The Dead Arm Shiraz for which d’Arenberg is most renowned, but this is a …