Posts tagged ‘2009’

2009 The Dead Arm – What I’m Drinking at the Time 23.01.14

Le Dead Arm 2009

2014.01.23 2009 d'Arenbery The Dead Arm

 

…named after the father of winemakers who was brutally punched in the arm in the first vineyard and upon seeing the deep dark purple bruise which marked his now dead arm, was inspired to create a wine to mimic its color, depth, power and intensity like none the world has ever seen…or not. Would be cool though!

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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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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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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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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.

Hulk Smash!

Kenny

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2009 Balnaves The Tally Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra – what i’m drinking at the time 29.02.2012

Man, have had some rough days at work recently so was looking forward to drinking some great wine. I was schedules to get into some basket press today but alas, that is for another great time. Today we are going to check out the “Balnaves of Coonawarra”.

The Tally Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Coonawarra

100% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14.5% alco

The Tally, flagship of the Balnaves, sits in the Langton’s Outstanding classification and regularly scores highly and sits amongst the company of Australia’s greatest Cabernets. The 2009 Tally was sourced entirely from a single parcel from Dead Morris Vineyard, handpicked for the first time to select only the best bunches and all of the blend received a long maceration on skins for a period of 26 days. Maturation was 16 months in new fine-grained Chateau barriques mostly from Taransaud and some from Seguin Moreau cooperages, before light egg fining and bottling in December 2010, under procork.

Initially the nose was extremely closed and tight. The wine in the decanter for almost 4 hours so I was extremely surprised at this. I decided to give it some more time before reviewing. Another hour later…nose is extremely fruity and oaky. There is a red and purple mix berries with yogurt aspect to this wine and there is also an egg custard thing happening. There is some spices of cinnamon and leaves you with a liquorice/sambuca finish.

The initial taste on the palate was brown sugar with a sharp orange peel scented creme brulee. It continued this trend peppered with peppery notes throughout. There is a rounded mouthfeel, though light to med bodied with a light tannin structure. The flavours linger in the finish but not very long. There were some creamy yet sour plum aspect here which is pleasant and a general slight bitterness to the wine and coca cola.

I am usually not a fan of wines from Coonawarra and this is probably the first one that I kinda liked. It’s a powerful representation of a Cabernet and I can see many new world fans clamoring for this wine. Fairly layered, rich and will develop further and improve with cellaring. Having said that, don’t think the flavour profile agrees with my palate. I usually find a chesty bitterness to wines from Coonawarra which I don’t like and this is no different.  One more thing I don’t agree with is the price. This wine retails for $80 – $90. Although you do get a better wine, I think you can get similar flavour profiles of slightly lower quality at half the price. If this wine was at the $50 mark, I would consider it.

All in all, a good solid wine, one for the new world fans and if you have had this before, please post and let me hear your thoughts!

Thanks guys

Kenny

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