August West

Moss Wood

Moss Wood Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Generally one of the best Cabernets in Margaret River and therefore Australia. Very dark Ruby in colour. Cassis and blackberry, ripe and rich. I would never pick this as Margaret River in a blind tasting. Where are the herbal notes? But still recognisable as a quality Cabernet. The 2009 Moss Wood was given a poor score of only 84 points by Huon Hooke who is one of Australia’s leading wine scribes. He said “over ripe fruit is the problem “. I have always rated Huon’s reviews and have been a long time subscriber to his website and always will be but I don’t believe he got this right. On 4th July 2012 he said “I can’t see this ageing well” and gave a drinking window of 2012 to 2018. Well tonight at 15 years of age it is drinking very well. James Halliday gave the wine 95 points. — 14 days ago

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Travis W

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Thanks for the note Bob. I've got a few in the cellar of this vintage. Are they good to hold for awhile longer? Cheers
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Drinking well now Travis. Could go on for a few more years I would say.
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Thanks Bob. 😊👍

Voyager Estate

Margaret River Shiraz 2016

Structured, shows that dusty note I associate with Margaret River red wines, this needs more aging, but really a lovely MR Shiraz. — 2 months ago

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Leeuwin Estate

Prelude Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Elegant, restrained, berry fruit, earthy, dusty, very faint herbal notes, soft tannic structure, drinks very well but has such impeccable balance I’m certain this will effortlessly age another 10-15 years, excellent!! — 3 months ago

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Leeuwin Estate

Art Series Margaret River Chardonnay 2016

Unscrewed and poured; no formal notes. These friggen Chardonnays from Margaret River. I’ve been blinded on them too many times to count and I never call it right. Instead, I always seem to call a high acid grape like Riesling of Sauvignon Blanc. The fruit is sometimes tropical, always with citrus and sometimes is shows green apple and always with awesome minerals. Acid is squarely in the high category. They are lovely wines that just seem to throw me for a loop. If Chablis, the Mosel and Sancerre had a love child. Drink now and through 2036 easy. A fabulous pairing with lamb massaman, larb and papaya salad. How can they hide the 100% new French oak so well?! — 14 days ago

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Ferrari-Carano

Prevail West Face Alexander Valley Cabernet-Syrah Blend 2007

2007. Beautiful full bodied flavor with a finish not having too much acid — 8 days ago

Vasse Felix

Margaret River Chardonnay 2021

Really nice. Needed some air for the hint of wood char to blow off. Enjoyed at the Australian Club in Sydney. — 2 months ago

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Bob McDonald

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@Byron Hewett Excellent venue!!
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We had dinner with a couple that were neighbors of ours when we lived in Wahroonga.

Mark West

California Pinot Noir 2022

Simple, smooth, drinkable pinot noir. — 3 days ago

Vasse Felix

Heytesbury Margaret River Chardonnay 2020

The QPR of these Aussie chards has been off the charts lately, even in their youth. This killer follows up some outstanding wines from last year, with notes of grapefruit, dried mango, lemongrass, fresh cream, and vanilla. Amazing mouth feel with a long finish that keeps begging me to identify new flavors and smells. — a month ago

Xanadu Wines

Margaret River Chardonnay 2020

WA 96 points at $25.00, I can’t disagree🤷🏼‍♂️ — 2 months ago

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Xanadu Wines

Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

Red and dark plums, currants, and mulberry again, this seems just a little less ripe with better acid, tannins are less bitter as well, medium-long, lingering finish, this also needs aging (5+ years at least), I marginally prefer this to the 2020 since it’s more fresh and lively on the palate, lovely acid balance!! — 3 months ago

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