Preamble Tasting March  2001 
Jim McCabe

1. Hugues la Juste, Viognier, Vin de Pays d'Oc, Moillard, 1999 
Light floral nose, quite sharp on the palate.  Not a lot of fruit.  Pleasant.

2. Ch. Pique-Segue, Montravel, France, 1999
Nose like a Bordeaux white (not surprising, it's from Bergerac).  Beautifully balanced, austere but with good fruit finish.  Mix of equal quantities of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Muscatel (giving the gorgeous finish).  Superb

3. Domaine de Martinolles, Chardonnay, Vin de Pays de l'Aude, 1999
Interesting green gold colour.  Fruity nose, some flowers.  Lot's of pineapple and melon.  Lean, good acidity.

4. Rosemount "Hill oif Gold" Chardonnay, Mudgee, Australia, 1999 
Melon and lime on the nose.  Vanilla and citrus.  Lovely.  From near Hunter Valley.  Uses American oak.  13.5%

5. Oxford Landing Yalumba Grenache "Limited Release", 1998  
Slightly medicinal nose.  Very pleasant, fruity, sl. sweet.  Quite a harsh note on mid-palate. 14.5%

6. Domaine des Arcades, Cotes-du-Roussillon Villages, 1998
Nice deep red.  Not a big nose.  Wood, bit of tannin, fruit.  Very pleasant drinking wine for food.  Syrah and Grenache 50:50.  13.5%

7. Penley "Phoenix" Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra, Australia, 1995
Slightly browny colour.  Berry fruits on the nose.  Quite jammy, a slight zing; ever so slightly oxidised.  Beginning to turn?  OTT.  Bit sweet.  Too soft. 12.5% Penley is a mixture of Penfolds and Tolley, the winemaker.

8. Ch. les Billauds, Premier Cotes de Blaye, 1996
Very clear, sl. orange red.  Big nose.  Fruity, soft tannins, very easy drinking. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.  Pity about the price.

9. Montlobre, Vin de Pays d'Oc, 1998
Dark red, clean, young-looking. Nose very peppery with a hint of rubber.  Decidedly peppery taste.  Some tannins; not as rounded as it might be.  Quite soft.Grenache 20%, Syrah 10%, Merlot 60%, Carignan 10%

10. Allenmere Shiraz, Hunter Valley/Mudgee, Australia, 1997
Mid red. Big nose; quite spirituous.  Big, fruity, spicy, raisins.  OTT again? 13%

11. Complazens l'Hermitage, Vin de Pays d'Oc, 1998
Really dark.  Rubbery nose.  Quite spicy, peppery.  Bit of a hole in the middle.  Lots of soft tannins.  30% Cab Sauv, 30% Merlot, 20% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Carignan. 13.5% alc. Leave it five years.

12. Wakefield, Shiraz, St. Andrews, Clare Valley, 1996
Black red, nose a bit closed but spicy soft.  Fruit, loads of soft tannins.  Quite a while to go yet.  It says 5 years, maybe add another 5.  Shame to drink it now.  Very nice, but quite pricey.  It's called Taylors in Oz  but they can't use that name here.

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