Posts from the ‘Barossa Valley’ Category

2011 Torbreck Woodcutter’s Shiraz – What I’m Drinking At The Time

Ahoy hoy me hearties. Got a little bit of time to spare here to post another one of my backlogged wines, Barossa’s Torbreck Woodcutters Shiraz

2001 Torbreck Woodcutter's Shiraz

2011 Torbreck Woodcutter’s Shiraz

This is the kind of red I like to drink with a hearty meal after a hard day’s work in the wood, but you don’t have to be a wood-cutter to enjoy it. Sláinte mhath

– David Powell

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2009 Clos Otto – what i’m drinking at the time 17.08.13

Another long time between posts, sigh….if someone give me a job writing for wine and maybe I may have some time hey!? *wink wink* Welcome back guys, today I’m excited to showcase a wine a new wine buddy of mine has recommended to me…the Hentley Farm’s flagship Clos Otto.

2009 Clos Otto

2009 Hently Farm Clos Otto

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Breakfast – What i’m drinking at the time 13.07013

Cold morning this morning, good morning for a sweet sweet fry up breaky. I hop out of bed to ask the fridge on what goodies are in store for me. Eggs, sausage, mushrooms…excellent, excellent, and woah, who are these guys?

Rockford SVS Phaedrus

what you find in the fridge on a Saturday…

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Penfolds Grange 2008 – what i’m drinking at the time 04.05.13

Ahhh Grange….nothing gathers a flock of Asians like the word Grange…well perhaps the phrase “Louis Vuitton on Sale”…maybe. Anyway, today was the release of Penfolds Icon and Luxury release for 2013 and Dan Murphy’s held a tasting for the highly regarded and highly scored 2008 Grange along with the 2009 St Henri and the 2010 RWT. I would have liked to taste them in the correct order, but there were way too many seagulls clamoring over the Grange to risk it…so first up, the granddaddy of Penfolds.

Penfolds Grange 2008

2008 Penfolds Grange

$643 per bottle

This vintage has made a big splash scoring 100/100 by Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW of the Parker bunch adding to the price hike already added my China. Lets see how it stacks up.

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2008 The Family Tree Shiraz, Lambert Estate – what im drinking at the time 11.04.13

Hey guys, today we are back to Adelaide tasting a little Shiraz from Lambert Estate “The Family Tree” Barossa Valley. Lambert Estate wines (previously Stanley Lambert Wines) are very hard to come by produced in small volumes and usually exported overseas. This bottle happens to be 1 of 5,888! The Family three Shiraz is a big rich style wine selecting fruit at optimum ripeness and matured in American oak Hogshead for 12 to 15 months.

2008 The Family Tree Shiraz, Lambert Estate

2008 The Family Tree Shiraz, Lambert Estate
Individual Vineyard, Barossa

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Appellation – what i’m drinking at the time 08.02.2013

Appellation

Appellation Chef’s Tasting Menu 8th February 2013

 

Happy 2013 to everyone! Apologies for being AFK, I have been a combination of slack and lazy as of late, as well as travelling about but after an extreme boost of confidence from Mark Wickman, I have decided to get cracking again. Over the next few posts, I shall be playing a bit of catchup blogging on wines I have tasted and places I nommed at. Today, let me take you to Barossa.

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Barossa Valley

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Rockford Black Shiraz 2011 – what i’m drinking at the time 17.10.12

Bonjourno and Bonjour! I have just returned from a European adventure, hence the lack of posts but I’m back now and ready to go. This time I visited Bordeaux and met some wonderful people along the way. It deserves its own post which should come later.

Anyways, today I tried a pretty special wine, almost impossible to procure and sold only through Adelaide retailers, mailing orders or cellar doors but bottles are scarce. What am I talking about?

2011 Rockford Black Shiraz, 13.5%

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1992 Coonawarra Bin 128 Shiraz – what i’m drinking at the time 15.07.12

Penfolds is probably Australia’s most well known wine label; anybody and everybody will recognise its distinctive bottle. Bin 128 is one of the most distinctive reds in under the Penfolds label but this is a little more old school.

O and a big THANK YOU to my new two email followers! Common peeps!

1992 Coonawarra Bin 128 Shiraz

The ‘Coonawarra Shiraz’ is matured solely in French oak and is one of the few Penfolds reds that isn’t a multi regional blend. Penfolds Bin 128 is typically zesty, white pepper, floral and in recent decades is richer and fuller bodied so it will be interesting to see what 20 years will do to this style. Lets do this…

With aged wines you want to decant to remove any sediment buildup but be careful not to over aerate else the wine may oxidises in your hands! This was decanted gently, then went straight into a glass/mouth, same same, whatever 😛

The nose was very light with damp earth and leaves in the foreground. There are red fruits coated by vanilla essence in the back. This wine comes off etherial and elegant; very different to what you expect from this label. The acidity limps along on the initial attack and builds up into a sour cherry mid palate backed with tobacco leaves, charcoal, grilled meats, bay leaf and other herbs; all under a light bodied guise. A multilayered wine with a great mix of secondary characters. Finished with light tannins, great bark characters, brings you to the outback with gum nuts and breadcrumbs.

I really liked the way this wine evolved and it’s style. The phrase “gentle giant” came to mind; it was an elegant wine, but still punchy and came across with strong flavours. It has a good structure at this age, nicely layered and quite complex.

Ken’s thumbs up, though having said that, it has probably juuusssst past its peak so time to venture into your cellars people, I wouldn’t wait much longer to drink this. Me thinks have it with crispy skin duck.

Kenny

Naked Run BWC Shiraz 2009 – what i’m drinking at the time 15.06.12

Holy smokes peoples I’m nervous today! Came home from a full week to a large pizza and a bottle of wine. This is a special post for me because I was given this wine by a friend of mine to review…like…actually review for his export business! Living the dream….needless to say, I’m hoping that this appeals to my taste buds, not to mention that it’s a favorite of theirs. Big thank you to Bec and JP for this wine!

About 3 glasses later, I decided to maybe get my blog on. Rightio what do we have here…

Naked Run BWC Shiraz 2009

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2009 Exile Barossa Valley – what i’m drinking at the time 06.06.12

Hey folks, been lagging on the posts (as you can see, seeing that I tasted this about a week ago!) but better late than never! This week we got “Exile” from the Barossa Valley.

Exile Barossa Valley 2009

Shiraz blend, 15%

Exile is part of a series of the Colonial Estate wines: Exile, Emigre, Exodus, Explorateur, Etranger, Envoy, Expatrie, Evangeliste and Enchanteur. This wine is named after the CD ‘Exile on Main Street’ by the Rolling Stones, sourced from some of the oldest and finest vineyards in the Barossa Valley winning many medals along the way. Lets see what it brings to the table!

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