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Mount Mary 2011 Vintage – What I’m Drinking At The Time 20.10.2013

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Mount Mary 2011 Vintage

 

Last year I was fortunate to attend the 2011 Mount Mary vintage release tasting. I gotta, say, if it weren’t for their recent website update I would have forgotten to posted this. For those who don’t know, Mount Mary is one of my favorite wineries who stay true to quality. I am lucky enough to visit them every year and hope to eventually have a long list of vintage to reflect on in years to come.

The 2011 vintage hasn’t been a strong one and I felt that the wines were a bit boardline and not up to their usual awesomeness. It felt that whist the wine making was exceptional, the fruit was a bit lacking. Mount Mary are known to produce a “second label” for bad vintage when quality is threatened so suffice to say, the experts think that the 2011 vintage is up to scratch. The go to wines for me were the Bordeaux wines; the Triolet, highly complex and well balanced with the Quintet looking like a wine to cellar for a little while yet. The Burgundy expressions were sorely missed.

 

2011 Mount Mary

The 2011 Mount Mary Lineup

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Yarra Yering Members Tasting 2011 – What I’m Drinking At The Time 05.05.13

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Yarra Yering Members Tasting 2011 Vintage

Many many moon ago, I was fortunate to attend the 2011 Yarra Yering vintage release tasting. I’m sure that I will not tire of this little winery and look forward to eventually have a long list of vintage tasting notes to share with you all in years to come. For now, (and to be updated in past and future posts), a link to the back vintages will be situated at the end of each members tasting.

The 2011 vintage fell a bit short to me especially after the standout vintage of 2010. Wines generally felt a bit tight and closed, little less balanced as usual and will require some time in the bottle. The whites were found wanting whist the dry red stalwarts led the charge and as usual the Carrodus labels didn’t disappoint. A little warmth in the glass will serve this vintage well and the back vintage bracket showing you what could be with a little patience.

In the previous 2010 post, I mentioned I missed out on the private tour around the very picturesque vineyard but was lucky enough to jump into one this year. If you get a chance, it is well worth it, digging into the dusty cellars of this boutique wonderland.

whatimdrinkingatthetime YY Tasting Room

No delicious sparkling this year (if you find some, snap them up!) so straight to the tasting table.

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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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Kenny’s 30yo wine – what i’m drinkning at the time 22.03.13

Greetings young scallywags. Last Friday I reached the ripe old age of thirty and decided to drink some wine. A little out of character I know, go figure.

Today we dabble into a few wines I had over the weekend starting celebrations at a long lazy lunch at Bistro Guillaume. Before we get drinking, I just wanted to mention that I have had a recent surge in followers and wanted to say thank you to all of you as well as my other followers who take the time to read my blog. I hope you have been enjoying my stuff and had a bit of fun.

So Friday. A workmate of mine also recently tuned 30 and being fans of la French food, we booked a table at Bistro Guillaume. We were lured by their lunch deal; $45 for two courses, $55 for three which you pick off the menu or specials board and if you check out their menu, you can see it’s a pretty good deal. Naturally there was wine to be had and the first victim to have its cork popped was…

2010 Bass Phillip Crown Prince & 2006 Chateau les Grands Maréchaux

2010 Bass Phillip Crown Prince Pinot Noir

2006 Château Les Grands Maréchaux, Premières Côtes de Blaye

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Wantirna Estate – what i’m drinking at the time 20.10.2012

Wantirna Estate Annual Tasting 2012 

Wantirna Estate. With his fascination with Victorian wine, Reg Egan established this wonderful place in 1963. This place remains a family run winery with daughter Maryann as the chief winemaker.  You would not have expected to find such a beautiful winery producing top notch wines just around the corner from Glen Waverly.

I was first introduced to this place when I attended a Dan Murphy’s dinner. They had the Amelia on tasting that night and I still remember how floored I was at the quality of the wine. I quickly signed on the website and awaited the annual tasting. Wantirna Estate don’t do cellar door, their stock is usually swallowed up during the annual tasting whist the rest of the precious cargo is already promised to their negotiations.  So….if you happened to miss this years, be on the lookout for next year!

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Mount Mary 2010 Vintage – what i’m drinking at the time 22.07.2012

Mount Mary 2010 Vintage

Heya peeps, been crazy busy lately and with the combination of being lazy, my poor blog has been unattended to, so without further ado, I bring to you the weekend that was Mount Mary. About a month ago now, I was piling on my frequent driver miles visiting this little gem of a winery in the Yarra Valley. If you have read my previous posts, you will know that I am no stranger to this winery and sing its praises.

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Vue de Monde – what i’m eating at the time 16.03.2012

Vue De Monde

It’s Friday! Yay! Was so so tired last week and was tempted not to write this but thought of my 10 followers (hehe actually, its 11 now! thank you email follower! please comment to let me know who you are!) and said “what the hell”. I have some time after work so I went and looked for a little meeting room and try to take a nap. I ended up chatting the hour away before having to run off to Vue. A bunch of friends booked the mega chef’s table at the new Vue de Monde. We almost had the full 18 but after a miss count, only 17 bums were on the seats. I was really looking forward to this night since I have been to the original Vue on little Collins St before the move and some of those dishes….just wow. A few of the people who shared that night with us were coming again for a repeat experience so expectations were high. We still talk about some of those dishes today! If you have been, you will definitely remember the burnt butter marron, chocolate/coffee smoked kangaroo, cranberry marrow waygu and “the egg”. Magic.

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Louis Jadot Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2006 – What i’m drinnking at the time 2011.11.26

Hello everybody and wellcome to another edition of the “drinking show”. Today, we are revisiting France, specifically Burgundy.

Louis Jadot, Bourgogne Pinot Noir, 2006

12.5% alc/vol.

Burgundy, motherland of Pinot Noir. Pinot Noir from the Louis Jadot lable is a pure varietal wine produced from Pinot Noir musts and wines selected from village-level vineyard sites throughout the Côte d’Or and Côte Chalonnaise. As with several of their smaller wines (like this guy), Maison Louis Jadot practices a “réplis” to improve the quality of the wine by declassifying some wines of higher appellation to be incorporated into the blend. In other words, you get the BMW without the badge nor the price tag, a win win for the consumer.

We visited our friend Sophie and Richard and now their lovely bouncing baby William for dinner and we swapped their wine for our roast pork. The roast pork, as it turned out, was an excellent match for this wine.

The nose was light and airy, ethereal and thin layers of sour cherry, strawberry, yellow flesh plums and a background of liquorish. The initial attack on the palate was of dark fruits which lead into an aniseed, fennel seed, star anise combination (which is why it matched with the pork; we seasoned it with fennel seeds, coriander and thyme). The flavour followed into some sweet spices, dark berries and then into a barky tannin character with a firm acid backbone. Great mix of flavours and the wine and food bounced off the each other well. There was little to zero heat and the finish was long, spicy with a touch of a barnyard smell which is to my liking. I also noticed that the wine got a lot better and smoother as it sat in the glass but I should also say that your surroundings and mood does add to your enjoyment of the wine.

A very enjoyable wine especially with the meal and the company. It looked like little William wanted some too! At $30 bucks, maybe a touch expensive for a table/village wine but a great introduction and example to French pinot noir. I think I will always associate this with a family wine, very warming and loving.

Thanks again guys, till the next time.

Kenny

Circa – what i’m eating at the time 18.11.11

 
Friend of mine Eugene booked us a table at Circa in St Kilda last Friday and I was really looking forward to some good food, good wine and good company! His friend’s husband is the sommiler there so I was also hoping to pick brains. Nat, Eugene and I got there way way early so we decided to grab some bar snacks and something to drink; I packed in the water since I was feeling exhausted and wanted to make sure I didn’t pass out mid way through dinner (hey, it has happened before!)

We ended up getting some king prawns with green tea salt and saffron and mozzarella arancini. The arancini balls were meh, but the prawns were D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S! I picked at the salt flakes whist I drooled over the crazy wine list. make sure to have a look, there are some great stuff there. We hung around till 7.30 and then food team was assembled and ordered 1 a la carte and 4 degustations (of course) with matching wines. We had a choice of standard or premium wines and when premium…of course 😛 On to the rounds!

Warm miso glazed eel, pickled kohlrabi, avocado & apple

Vinoptima Ormond Gewurztraminer, 2006

Round one is a lovely glazed eel which was tougher than expected, however worked extremely well with the avocado puree and prawn cracker and this highly prized NZ Gewurztraminer was it’s white on rice. Nose was of creamy pear, like a full bodied cider withough the fizz. It matched the food perfectly, to the point that it seemed to be an extension of the food. The wine felt like the texture of the avocado puree and the eel was perfectly coated and finished off with a well rounded mouth feel. Best food and wine pairing of the night, but only just. A great start to the evening.

 Rabbit tortellini, morels, broad beans, garden peas

Bouchard Corton Charlemagne, 2000

If your a wine lover, you got to be excited about round two’s wine, a Corton Charlemagne. Oh and yeah, lets just throw 10+ years on that. What a treat. Such as exciting wine. White peach, mineral notes with some sea salts. The palate was granny smith apples, grass and straw. Odd, I expected more from this wine. However, add this to the food and BAM, imcredible. The food and the wine both bounced off wach other enhancing all the flavours, especially the jerusalem artichoke puree. The nose changed giving off a toffee/caramel aspect especially in the finish. The meal was not to be outshined and was personally my pick for the meal of the night. Delicate pasta and chunks of rabbit with an amazing sauce. A very close second/third in terms of wine pairing but will not complain, hell, I’m asking for seconds!

John Dory, mussel & clam risotto, sea urchin butter

Foster e Rocco Rosé 2010

Round three came with a rose from Heathcote made from 100% mourvedre which I thought was stange. Looking at the colour, you would not pick it to be rose, it had a strange golden/bark colour, almost like a sweet wine, nice and golden. Nose was extremely fresh and floral like potpourri. Beautiful acidity, subtle bitterness, some fruit balance. Reminiscent of a sav blanc. The fish was cooked well and the risotto was excellent, though I’m not sure it was regular risotto. It was almost like a fat sago, very smooth and almost bouncy. I liked it and the sea utchin butter was plate licking good. There was a downside to this dish, the food gave or enhanced a bitter finish to the wine. The wine did do a good job of cleansing the palate reading your mouth for the next bite, but you had a bitter taste in your mouth mading the wine not as enjoyable. We were able to snag another splash from our sommiler! I asked her about the pairing and she said it was more of a textural match and to also prepare your mouth for the red wines to come. After drinking the extra glass by itself, I think it got better over time, but matching the fish? I’m not so sure. Slightly dissapointed but we did come from a major high.

Suckling pig, salsify & ham beignet, spring garlic

Felton Road Cornish Point Noir, 2010

Another NZ wine, this time from Central Otago. This pinot had a great nose of red berries, cassis, brambles, and makes you think of dry and arid bushes. Palate has some white pepper balanced with some sweet Asian spices, cinnamon and paprika. Light to medium bodied, some enjoyable heat on back end but again, well balanced with a touch of acid. Nice wine! The pork belly was solid, though nothing special and I wasn’t a fan of the ham beignet, tasted a bit like spam! Perhaps we were spoilt with the previous dishes? The pinot did a great job of cutting through the fat both on the palate and the taste. Well done and a solid dish, lovely pinot and well matched.

Black Angus rump, bone marrow and oxtail brik, rainbow chard, creamed nettles

Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier, 2010

We drank the 2006 Clonakilla recently and was ranked last stacked against some heavyweight competition. After drinking this wine, it only shows the incredibly high calibre of those other wines. This is a great great wine and well done to such a young winery and vintage. Sniffy sniff opens with oregano, metallic notes and green peppercorns. The viognier comes through well, lifts the wine and brings out some floral sweetness. This wine has a juicy mouth feel, spicy mid palate of white and green pepper. Some caramel nuances also. Finish is a mix of interesting sweet alcohol with a touch of dry of the tip of your tongue, spicy and peperish but extremely well rounded and balanced. This wine matched the dish extremely well, virtually uplifts the entire dish to a new level. Exquisite, just edged out by the first dish, but phenomenal pairing and wine. I believe that the dish was the one playing the role of the backup dancer here and thats saying alot. The steak was excellent and I do love me some bone marrow. I jokingly asked the waiter for a second splash of this like the rose and guess what! I got one! yeah, we tipped 😛

 Salted caramel parfait, chocolate cake, honeycomb

NV Morris Classic Rutherglen Liqueur Tokay

Final round of the night was a treat. The sticky came with smells of honeycomb and port flavours. Not overpowering on the palate like a normal sticky, great mouth feel and balanced sweetness. Very impressive on its own. The dessert was gorgeous, both soft and cruncy and a effortless creamy texture on your mouth. With the dessert, the wine suffered and became overly sweet and somewhat unpleasant. It brought out the alcohol which made me want to finish the desert first then the wine or vice versa. Not a good match but great individually. Sipped that wine throughout the rest of the night with a smile on my face.

Circa was definatly an enjoyable experience. It was strangly loud in the rooms and had very funky ambiance with their own DJ. Very cool. The degustation will set you back $120 and then your choice of standard or premium wines at $85/$120. You will definately sleep well bring a wheelbarrow to roll yourself home.

Kenny

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