Preamble Tasting September 2001 
Gleeson Group Sales

1. Lanzerac Chardonnay, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 1999
French style, apple, toasty oak.  Young. 12%

2. Carlyle Estate, Rutherglen, Victoria, Australia, 1998
Nice balance acidity and fruits.  Ready to drink.  Great value.  14.5% 

3. Clos du Chateau, Domaine du Chat de Meursault, Bourgogne, 1998
Lovely balance acidity and fruit.  Somewhat Chablis like.  Still developing. Very good.

4. Irongate Chardonnay, Babich, Hawkes Bay, NZ, 1996
Excellent, lovely ripe Chardonnay at its peak.  Great value. 14%

5. Pepperwood Grove Zinfandel, Cechetti Sebastiani, California, USA, 1999
Still a bit young but very good quality and great value.

6. Lanzerac Pinotage, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 1998
Very nice but young.  Needs 4-5 years.  Good future.. 14%

7. Baccanera Langhe Rosso, Villa Lanata, Piedmont DOC, Italy, 1998
60% Barbera, 40% Cab Sauvignon.  Nice, smooth, drinking now. 13%  Overpriced.

8. Ochoa Reserva, Navarra, Spain, 1998
Lovely fruit but a bit vegetative and a little flat.12%


9. Valduero Reserva, Ribera del Duero, Spain, 1995
Lightish, hint of orange.  Rubbery nose, very pleasant.  Quite fiery, loads of fruit, slightly systhetic sweet taste (esters) up front that will go with age.  This could be great, but will need quite a lot of time.  100% Tempranillo  12.5%

10. Irongate Cabernet/Merlot, Babich, Hawkes Bay, NZ, 1996
Excellent wine for fairly early drinking, lovely Bordeaux blend.  Good value.  12%

11. Carlyle Estate Shiraz, Victoria (Rutherglen), Australia, 1998
Ready to drink, tasty, upfront wine, excellent value.  13.5%

12. Maglieri Cabernet Sauvignon, McLaren Vale, Australia, 1997
Excellent.  First class wine, long lingering finish, Will last another 2-3 years.  Wine of the night. 14%

13. Reserva Privada Syrah, Vina Tarapaca, Maipo Valley, Chile, 1999
A bit young, needs 2-3 years but has the makigs of a great Syrah.  A fine prospect.  14%

Mark Downes

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