Posts tagged ‘1999’

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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1999 château d’yquem– What I’m Drinking At The Time 18.11.13

Man, let me tell you. Whatever you THINK you know about château d’yquem, believe me, nothing will prepare you for the awesomeness of actually tasting this wine…ever.

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1999 château d’yquem

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est. – what i’m eating at the time 18.11.13

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Peter Doyle

Last week, I had an indulgent weekend. Yup, pretty indulgent. I’m pretty sure the culinary part of my tummy got sick of the amount of butter, wine, foam, deconstructed powder, smears and  reductions one can have in three days, needless to say I needed to cap it off with some pizza from the hut itself just to balance it out. I was lucky enough to score tables at Sepia, Quay and, as you may have guessed, est.

Now if you haven’t been to est., let me tell you that compared to the caliber of restaurants I just laid out, this was certainly the best of the bunch. Yup, we talking top shelf here, far far better than pizza hut and just as satisfying (i’m sure a little special wine may be making me biased but we shall get to that in a second). Est. restaurant is found on level 1 in the Establishment Hotel and headed by Peter Doyle who specialises in modern Australian cuisine currently holding 3 hats and 3 GT stars, sweet looking wine selection and a beautiful room to boot. Wait staff was very patient  and courteous and we were lucky enough to get an extra little bit of desert! Apologies for the lack of note taking today, I’ve been a bit lax in that department so please enjoy the lovey photos of the 4 course lunch with possibly the most kick ass wine matched dessert I have had the pleasure to experience. Please enjoy.

est. Menu

the menu
salad of spanner crab, green mango, cucumber, heart of palm, lime and lemongrass
sashimi of tuna, tapioca, ocean trout roe, puffed quinoa, white soy, lime
spinach ricotta tortellini, snap peas, shimeji mushrooms, green shallots
moreton bay bug, prawn, clams, squid, fregola, jamon, broad beans, chives
john dory, grilled scallop, spinach, sauternes- carrot juice emulsion
murray cod, abalone, snow peas, black fungi, ginger – green shallot vinaigrette
passionfruit souffle, passionfruit sorbet

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The Botanical – what i’m eating at the time 03.07.2012

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Hello my fine dining friends, welcome back for another first class post. First, some housekeeping. Thank you to my newest mystery follower no. 23, much appreciated; you made my week!  Also, thank you to the people who left some posts in the comments section, again, I really appreciate the simple acknowledgement of my work and the time taken to say hello! 🙂

Ok, so back to the good stuff. Last week we had another “birthday cousin’s night” and following tradition (like our last outing) we hit up The Botanical. The Botanical was/is somewhat of a little icon in Melbourne. It recently had a significant renovation and now is a very swish looking wine bar and restaurant with decorated Executive Chef Cheong Liew. Cheong used to head “The Grange” restaurant at Hilton Hotel in Adelaide and has been given a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services in developing and influencing the style of contemporary Australian cuisine. His approach is adopting seasonal freshness and raw ingredients and breaking a few rules in between.

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Going blackjack+1, 22 wines – what i’m drinking at the time 17.12.2011

Crazy crazy day today! Almost felt like I was a professional wine taster! Big thank you to Dan Murphies Bulleen to putting on a premium wine tasting session of 19 wines including vertical tastings of Rockford Basket Press, Moss Wood and a Magnum of 10 year old Grange. So pour self a glass, sit back, listen to this can get comfortable cos this is epic.

The world warriors:

Sriyan, Eugene, Michelle, Alex, Simon and Me

The bad boys:

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Chateau Bellevue 2009 Bordeaux & McWilliams Regional Collection Coonawarra Shiraz 1999 – What i’m drinking at the time 11.12.2011

Continuing the French theme, we got some more Bordeaux today. Presenting….

Chateau Bellevue 2009 Bordeaux

Nat’s parents got this as a present today so lucky us. Retails for around $10, and screw top on a french bottle! Wow, times are changing. Looking at the label, it’s within the same category of wines as I have been drinking recently; the Cheval Noir and the Chateau Haut-Madrac. Randomly going on a running theme here shall we say.  This guy is again a Merlot dominate wine with Cabernet Sauvignon blend and at 13.5% alc./vol. Passed once through an aerator. Shall we taste?

Nose is pretty deep with black fruits, blackberries. A big lush nose with some oak, almost Barossa in style. The attack is lean, medium bodied with a nice mix of acidity and fruit. Lacks structure until it hits the mid palate where the tannins come in to balance out the acid and bring something to the mouthfeel. Finish is dry on the gums and very  long with some lime characteristics and a bit salty. Tastes haps better after more and more time in the glass, less oak and more smooth and fruit. Not much happening here but a nice tasting wine and reminds me of Penfolds bin 28. Initially I thought this was going to be crap but all things considered, I’m kinda impressed given the label. Don’t judge a book by its cover hey? Not a great wine but getter than most standard casual wines, and better than the CHeval Noir and Haut Madrac at a better price point. I would guess that this would be a $20-$25 dollar wine so it’s not without merit.

But wait, there’s more….

Mid writing this review, I had to drop some things off at parents house. My brother and his girlfriend was there and started shouting “Ken’s here! Another reason to open a bottle!” At 11.00pm I thought? You cannot be serious?! Apparently, Pol (brothers girlfriend) came back from her work Christmas function where that had unlimited drinks! (just the nonalcoholic kind…yeah…). My dad scrummaged around so I can’t let my family do all the heavy lifting, if I must I must. So if your still reading, we get a special guest of wine number 2.

McWilliams Regional Collection Coonawarra Shiraz 1999

Got a bit of ages to it too! 13.5% just like the previous. We aerated this into a decanter for about 15 mins? No justice but it was getting late sooo….Lets get right into it!

The nose brought me straight into middle earth (or New Zealand) with green and lush rolling hills. French oak is present with dried cranberries. Some initial sharp sourness made me gasp…hope its not vinegar! Attack is weird. It’s watery, background of tannin, well integrated fruit and acid. Balanced but feels unbalanced. Mid palate is cranberries and no increase or decrease in intensity of flavours from the initial attack. Some burnt wood and pineapple, the bits you get towards the skin. Finish is smooth light tannins, oak comes out to party here with vanilla notes. It’s a long long, very long finish with some apricot flavours you get at the seed, persimmon and leaves you with a very waxy mouth.

This feels like a matured wine, mellow and just chilling out. It has some complexity to it, solid mix of richness, smoothness and fruit flavours but does feel like it’s past its prime and wasn’t intended to taste this way. Bottle notes say its full bodied, cherry, spicy, plum and clove (which you get from the numb wax mouth). The fruit has faded into shadows and the supposed find grained tannins and spicy oak is a ghost. Not a bad effort, but again, nothing to write home about.

Sweet dreams!

Kenny