The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Indulgence -

SIPNOT 2007 THE Bur­gundy to stand tall was the 2004 Rousseau Clos St Jac­ques ($324), with its pu­rity, el­e­gance and length of palate. It yielded only to the 2004 Gary Farrell Ro­chi­oli Vine­yard ($76, from the Rus­sian River sub­re­gion of Cal­i­for­nia), with its lovely red berry flavours, silk­i­ness, per­fect bal­ance and lin­ger­ing taste. Cen­tral Otago had two pop­u­lar wines, the Olssens Slap­jack Creek ($99), plush and rich; and Two Pad­docks ($55), more el­e­gant. The Stonier Re­serve ($45, pic­tured) and Gi­a­conda ($86) were among a strong Aus­tralian con­tin­gent. I also thought the Bindi Block 5 ($90) was beau­ti­ful. The 2004 Cris­tom Eileen Vine­yard ($100) from Ore­gon had great tex­ture and a clas­sic pea­cock’s tail fin­ish.

James Halliday

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