Boutique Wine Tasting Dinner at Almazett Restaurant on Tuesday August 14

Top Australian Wines has now moved its Tuesday fortnightly dinners to Almazett Restaurant in North Caulfield in Melbourne’s South Eastern suburbs.

A total of 23 people attended and 10 wines were judged.

Here are the results:

1. 2010 Sanguine Estate “Progeny” Shiraz (Heathcote, VIC)

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This was the wine of the night.

“Great Value”

“fresh bright, good acid, good fruit”

“smooth, coffee, chocolate – sensational”

“perfect on the palate”

Average Score – 8.71


2. 2009 Half & Half Shiraz Monastrell (Barossa, SA)

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“forest fruits, rich in flavour”

“lovely nose, rich thinck chocolate & cinnamon & blackberry”

“I really enjoyed this one”

“silky, smooth”

“prune, black pepper, chocloate, spice, cinnamon”

Average Score – 8.38

2. 2008 Neagles Rock Sangiovese (Clare Valley)

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“fruit cake, spicy:

“nice aroma, beautiful flavour”

“very enjoyable”

“dry, spicy, perfect for winter”

“plum, nose smells sweet like ribena, sensational”

Average Score – 8.38


3. 2010 Good Catholic Girl “Hail Mary Full of Grace” Cabernet Sauvignon (Clare   Valley, SA)

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“smooth, amazing”

“very good”

“sensational wine”

“dry and oak”

“a real cabernet sauvignon”

“very ripe with lovely length”

Average Score – 8.31

4. 2009 Riverbank Estate Malbec (Swan Valley, WA)


“I really liked it”

“smokey, black pepper and spice”

“reminds me of a pine forest”

“love this wine”

Average Score – 8



5. 2009 Stella Bella Chardonnay (Margaret River, WA)


“lovely, big & styled with good oak”

“lovely and pleasant”

“nice and buttery”

“smooth and buttery”

“full flavoured”

Average Score – 7.91


6. 2009 Boekenhoutskloof Porcupine Ridge Syrah (South Africa)

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“nice sweet taste”

“strong – I liked it”

“violets, spice & chocolate”

“plum – warms you inside”

“big with oak – like a Barossa”

Average Score – 7.95


7. 2011 Rieslingfreak No.3 (Clare Valley, SA)

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“easy to drink. lime”

“just right”

“lime, orange blossom, oiliness, curd, minerally, good tang, intensity. Great length and persistence”

Average Score – 7.86



8. 2005 Domain Day “Mt Crawford” Lagrein (Barossa Valley, SA)


“blackberry burst, plenty of acid”

“more than decent”

“tastes Italian, sour cherries”



Average Score – 7.78