Category Archives: Limited Release

2006 Coldstream Hills Amphitheatre Pinot Noir

Coldstream Hills

If you are a fan of Pinot Noir, you owe it to yourself to acquire at least one or two bottles of the ’06 Amphitheatre. If you’re unable to acquire an Amphitheatre (price or availability) then I’d suggest at least an ’06 Reserve Pinot Noir.

This release has real promise! It drinks superbly now (why wait?), but I anticipate a long shelf life – cellaring in excess of 8-10+ years, it’ll only get better with age.

Its soft, smooth like a velvet glove – you’ll drink the whole bottle and look for another. I’ll admit I think it will develop into a far more complex wine given some careful cellaring.

The Amphitheatre is a bit more pricey than the ’06 reserve (about ~$40/bottle more) and given the choice between six reserves for the price of 3 Amphitheatres you would be hard pressed to make a decision.

Ultimately, let your plans guide you – buy the reserve to drink now, and the Amphitheatre for the longer term – my instinct tells me the Amphitheatre will be a giant in 5 years or so.

Update: Well, it had to happen. After the Riedel master class at the 2008 Brisbane Food and Wine show, I’m left wondering how much better the Amphitheatre would have tasted out of Sommelier Burgundy glasses… It’s lucky I have three extra bottles..

Charles Sturt University – Wine Tasting

Hi Everyone, well over the weekend, while attending Code Camp Oz 2008 in Wagga Wagga I had a chance to taste some of the wine from Charles Sturt University.

On offer was the 2003 Limited Release Cabernet Sauvignon, their current vintage Port and a white which I admittedly didn’t taste.

The Cabernet was a tad bit too soft for my tastes, felt like the acidity wasn’t balanced enough – i.e. not enough to balance the wine, it felt flat.

However, by contrast the Port was quite nice. Not Galway Pipe Port, but not a bad substitute. It didn’t have the large punch that you sometimes get with the larger ports, but this was a more silky port, easy to drink.

We opened a bottle of Bordeaux last week before I headed off to Sydney, so I’ll have to write about it later in the week. For now, happy quaffing..