FROM THE REGION
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.