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Out of place – flipped with the Dagueneau. A good opening gambit with the green veg and salad in the starter – but mainly …

The New World Cabernet Sauvignon part of the 2nd Optimor Case, this one. Shows up Margaret River beautifully, with a freshness of acidity that …

Cracked another bottle of this to see its evolution, and to welcome Lucy, my 1-month flatmate! I’d say that this is coming pretty close …

Pale yellow-gold colour. Creamy lemon aromas – almost lemon pie – with some almondy notes. Surprisingly low in grapefruit notes that I’ve found before, …

Held onto this for 6 months or so, but got impatient to try it. In fact, it probably didn’t have much long-term ageing potential …

One more bought from the vineyard. The ’97 was excellent, so I left the ’99 for a year or so first. Good, but early …

Really glad I picked this one up at the staff shop, because it didn’t conform to the “Aussie Cab Sav” stereotype. A really “poised” …

Picked this up at Budapest Airport after my first visit to Hungary (DUB -> BUD -> DUB) along with a couple more bottles of …

From the same batch as the ’97 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. Had this one in a work team meeting with Peter Thorburn (“exploring our products”…!). …

Product of my first visit to Napa Valley, with my friend Emily. 38C on the verandah at the vineyard’s winery, on top of a …