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Such a contrast from the tight, almost unbalanced 2002. By contrast, a perfectly classic Hunter Semillon that’s in maturity now. Green pale colour. Green, …

Classic example of quality Pessac oak-aged Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc. A delight. Mid-depth gold. Rich, complex vanilla, toast, oak-smoke and waxy greengage fruit Sémillon aromatics. Rounded. …

A superb example of dry Pinot Gris, in the rich, Alsatian style, that covers its 15.5% ABV very well. Fairly deep gold. Exotic aromatics …

Having been disappointed by Le Mont Sec, this really showed what the Huet fuss was about. Pale to mid gold. Vanilla scent, and possibly …

In the Pinot Gris and Chenin Blanc line-up, this was certainly a highlight. In the bone dry style, this has flavour density to mask …

In the Riesling line-up there were several from Selbach-Oster, which were a pleasure. This was my first Bernkasteler Riesling, and it showed very well. …

In the Riesling line-up, there were several highlights, but in the end I kept just 2 labels. If I’d kept and finished Jim Barry’s …

A first chance to taste Kumeu River’s wines, and they’re certainly aiming for quality. Characterised by new oak, ripe, but linear fruit on the …

By contrast, although this was clearly Californian, its Sonoma restraint was evident, compared with the Shafer. Vanilla ice cream – very oaky. Caramel and …

This is, simply put, classic Napa Chardonnay – everything turned up to 11. Deep, deep gold. Powerfully buttery, new oak aromatics. Vanilla and very …