Posts tagged ‘2001’

Yarra Yering Underhill Shiraz 2001 – what im drinking at the time 22.02.13

Hello again, welcome to a slightly more recent drinking adventure. Today I’m going to be showcasing the wine we have for my wife’s birthday; her favorite (well, at least her favorite at the time of purchasing) the Yarra Yering Underhill Shiraz 2001.

YY Underhill 2001

Yarra Yering Underhill Shiraz 2001

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Sarantos Soft Press Chardonnay 2001 – what i’m drinking at the time 26.02.2012

Hello again everybody, not sure if you noticed but I got a comment the other day! Not only that, got alot of verbal “likes” from people in the real world and on facebook. Pretty sweet I must say. Thanks guys, makes Kenny a happy camper. Now if you could just throw me another bone and hit that like button on this site also it would make my day 🙂

Ok what we got on this hot and stormy Sunday…

Sarantos Soft Press Chardonnay 2001

13.0% alc

This is a South Australian wine made to match a relaxing Mediterranean lifestyle. The soft press style is done by gently pressing the grapes without bruising the skins reducing the tannins and bitterness in the wine and aiming to leave a cleaner juice for wine making.

This particular wine has 11 years on it which is a long time for Chardonnay (except for the best ones!). The age gave this wine a crazy color. A very clear, golden, clean and crisp apple juice appearance, think straw or corona’s. Very enticing.

The nose was a mix of cooked fruits, old dusty ripe peach, some hints of canned pineapple and some poached pears with a little bit of spiced lime.

Attack has alot of alco heat (not good…), some candy cane flavours and golden delicious apples wrapped in a fresh pinewood hit. The heat diffused a little towards the mid palate (but still present) and the flavours of cooked fruits spread out like a purée with a medium to heavy body adding a slightly creamy texture to your mouth.

Finish is a bit bitter and again some heat and little acidity mix. Very long and the lime kicks in here also with apple skin tannins.

Hummmm…..Ok, this wine is…ok…though I don’t think its a great wine. I suspect that this was initially a cheap wine (I’m thinking $15?). A quick search show that it retails for around $10. However, this is an excellent example of what you can get from aging wine. The years have added loads of flavours and richness to the wine but not helped balance. The fact that the wine making process eliminated the tannins of the wine didn’t help either since aging wines is ment to break down the tannin structure of the wine creating a smoother wine and hopefully adds balance. Didn’t work here. Feels like there was also alot of oak in this wine during its youth.

I would not age this wine if your thinking about it. I don’t think the extra 10+ years of waiting is worth the effort even though I think the aged wine would taste better than a young version.

Overall, didn’t mind drinking it, though I would pass on another glass. Enjoyed what I learned from the wine and understanding what aging does to the flavour profile and texture of wines.

Till next time!


pssst…I believe there may be some Basket press next time…o yeah…. you “like”? 😉

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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2001 Penfolds Bin 2 Shiraz Mourvedre – What i’m drinking at the time 14.12.2011

Welcome to Wednesday wine night!

First off, I would like to thank my first 2 followers “Binnotes” and “fridaywinetime” and to all my friends who have been both impressed and encouraging with my blog (and even started trying more wines!). I’m very happy to be able to encourage your good food and wine habits. This will definitely spur me on so thank you all.

Ok, so today, I’m having a phenomenally frustrating day at work and the only thing keeping me sane is the thought of being able to write a wine blog today. I get a phone call. Its my brother “Hey, were going out to dinner tonight”. Bugga, looks like its going to be a grapeless night for kenny. Sigh, I am tired anyways, so no biggie. Judging by the title, you can guess what happens.

We head off to Springvale for some chinese food and whist were munching on some delicious food, the boss lady whose a friend of my parents asks “where the wine!?” ZING! She runs off and returns with some chinese rice wine (bad…ass btw)…and…*drumroll*

Penfolds Bin 2 Shiraz Mourvedre 2001

What a champ. Looks like I shall be posting after all :P. Penfolds, everyone knows Penfolds. At 14% alco, its said that it keeps very much to the Penfolds “house style” (i.e. what you expect when you open a bottle of Penfolds). No percentages of Shiraz/Mourvedre but by taste, it seems a fairly even split.

Ok you know the routine, sniffy sniff. The nose is strawberries and liquorice with a touch of oak. You can definitely tell there is some age to this wine (how about 10 years…maybe? hehehe) since there is a thinness to the fruit sweetness. The initial attack is very firm, you can tell this wine can take care of itself. It’s quite balanced, nice tannins and strawberries but there is also random spikes of alcohol here and there. The mid palate is more mellow and this is where the vanilla (oak) kicks in which does make it a bit too sweet. The finish is rounded, lush and smooth, a bit confectionary like milk chocolate, think kinder surprise. Tannins a gentle and pleasantly massages the gums. You can tell its a “GSM” kind of blend, reminds me of the “M. Chapoutier Chateauneuf du pape” style. After leaving it in the glass, the nose develops a bready character, reminds me of a cinnamon doughnut and the tannins of the palate tighten up a little.

At around $34 bucks, its ok, but I think I can find better expressions of this kind of wine at this price point. I must point out that this may be because I’m not a big fan of this style. It’s too sweet for my palate and the sweetness is not a fruit sweetness, it almost feels like refined sugar/fairy floss kind of sweetness. People will enjoy this wine no doubt, whist others like myself can appreciate this wine, but not necessarily like it. And that my friends, is the beauty of wine and why we love to discuss and why you should go and try try try.

Till the next glass, stay cool San Diego.