Archive for May, 2012

2009 Rockford Basket Press Shiraz – what i’m drinking at the time 16.05.12

Afternoon all, been a bit slack seeing as I tasted this wine last week but I have been crazy busy. Anyways, I did have a sec to whip this up so let’s do this!

Rockford Basket Press is one of the iconic wines of Australia, well respected, in the top ‘Exceptional’ Langton’s classification and has a huge cult following with a price tag to match. I was fortunate enough to do a vertical tasting of Basket press with Dan Murphy’s here (scroll down).   Lets see what the 2009 has to offer…

Rockford Basket Press 2009 Shiraz

Nose of aniseed, bark, wet soil and earth, plums and rum raisins with a slight hit of vanilla in the very back. There is also quite a bit of alcohol in the nose so don’t stick your nose too deep in there. The attack on the palate has some chilly and white pepper. The mid palate is milder with some spikes of lemon rind and other citrus notes followed by red berries, some gum nuts/acorn bark in the back end with a steady stream on tingling chilly. Its like your eating strawberries followed by a grape warhead! This wine has a rounded mouthfeel with a light to med body at this stage. Finish has underlying ground white pepper, apple skin with a firm tannin structure and an overall mouth grip.

I think even with a few hours decanting, this is too young to drink now. It definitely needs to mellow out a bit. I find it well grounded but at times a little volatile. Also, I get the sense that 2009 was not a great vintage for this wine. The wine is not under ripe but the mix and overall feel is not what I expected from this label in comparison to its older relatives. I’m so-so on this wine at this point in time. It’s got the reputation to age and develop further so maybe leave it alone for a while longer.

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Btw, I made it to 20 (followers)….. 😀 THANK YOU!

2006 Yalumba The Octavius – what i’m drinking at the time 09.05.12

Hey guys,

Hope everyone is doing good, I haven’t done one of these in a while (a ‘just wine’ blog) cos my photo editor Picnik went down so I’ve got a few posts ready to roll once I find a suitable replacement. Sooooo just for you guys, I only tasted ONE bottle today so little photo editing was required….sigh the things I do for you guys….

Before we start, just a quick shout out to my recent followers tiffanybushell and 3 email followers, one of which is Janine from Yarra Yering (yippiee!!) where I recently had the pleasure of tasking their wines! Tells ya what, be on the lookout for that post. I also linked some of my foodie posts to urbanspoon so be sure to check them out again if your hungery 🙂 This gets me to 19 followers so to anyone out there….common! Get me to 20!

So, today I got to try a pretty well known wine….

Yalumba The Octavius 2006

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