Yesterday we had a tasting with Poole's Rock winemaker Patrick Auld. In total we had 5 wines:
2001 Firestick Chardonnay Mount Compass. Very appealing wine, showing the current Aussi trend to use less oak (in this case French). Tropical fruits, melon, a bit of corn on the knob. Sweetish centre. Medium body and decent, slightly buttery, finish. Still New World in style. Good QPR. 87-88 pts.
2001 Firestick Shiraz-Cab.S. Another North-American-targeted effort. Good concentration, a lot of ripe berries, just a tad sour on the nose. Almost sweetish, mediun-full body. Tannins are very soft. Not for the cellar. Would be great with BBQ. 85-86 pts. (I had another bottle couple of months ago and liked it more - 87 pts).
2001 Cockfighter's Ghost Pinot Noir. I would say that this wine is stuck between Burgundy and New World. Lightish colour. Definite Pinot character with cherries and raspberry on the nose. Quite acidic, good tannin structure. Hottish on the finish (14% alc.). Given that my expectation has not been too high - not a bad effort. Future releases may be quite interesting. 84-85 pts.
2001 Cockfighter's Ghost Shiraz McLaren Vale. Unlike Firestick, this one has enough tannin and structure to age, but lacks the youthful fruit. Very dark colour, good concentration, berries and spice. But, in my opinion, it is a bit closed right now. Maybe couple of years will add some elegance. 83-84 pts.
2000 Cockgighter's Ghost Premium Reserve Cab. S. Medium body, cedar, fresh-cut wood and mint on the nose. Has some elegance, tannin and structure to improve in couple of years. While not my favourite style of Cab., shows some promise. 86 pts.