Posts tagged ‘2010’

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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ARIA – what i’m eating at the time 01.04.2013

ARIA

ARIA
Autumn Tasting Menu

Hello gang and welcome to Sydney, today we are experiencing ARIA. The missus and I took a little trip to Sydney over the Easter break for my Auntie’s 70th birthday. Since we had some “spare time”, we decided to also dine out and catch up with our good friend Eugene who recently moved to Sydney. Originally I was going to revisit Quay and introduce the wife to le snow egg but everything was closed! Luckily, for a slightly dearer price, ARIA was open to cater for our fine dining needs.

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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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Yeringberg 2010 – what i’m drinking at the time 22.07.12

Yeringberg

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

The Botanical

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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Yarra Yering Members Tasting 2010 – what i’m drinking at the time 06.05.12

Yarra Yering Members Tasting 2010 Vintage

Yarra Yering is a great little boutique winery in the Yarra Valley near Coldstream. Originally founded by the late Dr Bailey Carrodus in 1969, the wines from Yarra Yering gained an international reputation for quality and individuality. The wine is now made by Paul Bridgeman who continues the tradition of making a range of great wines including the delicious Carrodus range.

Couple of weeks ago I received an email from Yarra Yering. They were having a Medallion members only tasting for their 2010 release. I missed the previous one so not going to miss this one! A few friends and I first stumbled upon this winery a while ago whilst trundling around the Yarra Valley looking for something to fill the back of the car with. It’s a very beautiful place, looks like a very old school English house equip with a fireplace, a pond, fruit trees, a veggie patch all surrounded by rows of vines.

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Ten Minutes by Tractor 10X Sauvignon Blanc 2010 – What i’m drinking at the time 14.01.2012

Bugga bugga bugga! Just finished this post and it didn’t save. Don’t you just hate that!? Anyways, hello (again), hope your having a great day. Today Nat and I took my father in-law and auntie and uncle to go crab fishing. Holy hell it’s fun. As usual we headed off to our usual spot down near Mornington Peninsula. We finished early so what were we going to do for the rest of the day….humm….I know, let’s visit some wineries! I mean, seeing and we’re in Mornington Peninsula and all…ya know…

So, after little to no convincing, we pack up our crabs and hopped in the CRV in search for some delicious vino.

The Mornington Peninsula is “famous” for the Pinot noir and Chardonnay. Something I learn today was that any oak used in this region is French oak. French oak is used in cold climate areas whist American and French is used in hot climates! Keep that in mind for next time. We visited 3 wineries in total, 10 Minutes by Tractor, T’Gallent (where we had some coffee and a pizza, sweet sweet pizza) and Red Hill Estate. We did some tastings with the intention to get something for our crab dinner tonight. Here’s what we got:

10X Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Crabs not Included 

We hit 10 MbT first. I always wanted to go to this place both for the food and wine and it’s had some really good reviews, recently just missing out on its second hat in the good food and wine guide. Their name comes from the fact that the original 3 vineyards used to make their wines was only…yup, you guessed it…600 seconds my tractor. Or 10 minutes. Whatever. The 10X range is an obvious play on this and its their standard wine that they will have every year, with reserves coming out on better vintages.

On to the wine! This was the first wine we had on the day The nose is of tart green apples, grass, straw and semi ripe peaches. Reminds you of a lush, thick countryside. The wine also gives off the impression that it’s going to have some weight on your mouth. The initial attack is a knitted mix of acidity and gravelly tannins which stays with your throughout the mid palate. The flavours are kind of like a granny smith apple; slightly tart, slightly sweet and somewhat powdery and chalky. There is also some honeydew melon thrown in there and it does that thing a kiwi fruit does to your tongue but only a little bit. Finishes long and leaves a med to heavy feeling on your mouth.

The other thing it did was it made me think straight away of crayfish, prawns and lobsters with a creamy fragrant sauce. My brain and tummy went straight to a burnt butter sauce. I think it’s one of the main reasons we bought this, especially because we were having crab for dinner! The crabs we had were both fried and steamed and paired with a sweet/sour/chilli asian sauce. It wasn’t ideal and didn’t mesh that well with the wine and accented the chilli. It worked better with the fried crab on its own mainly because of the weight of the wine, but not what it could have been. Still enjoyable, but I think I’m going to have to make a batch of burnt butter and crack one of these guys open.

All in all, I found the wine very linear and one dimensional, but very layered but extremely concentrated and strong in flavours with the weight to match. I think with a bit of time, it may develop some secondary flavours but I’m not sure how long it will last in the bottle, 12 months maybe? Perhaps it could be decanted? Either way, at $28 bucks, I can get behind this wine, any excuse to go crabbing amiright!?

Kenny 😛

What i’m drinking at the time 5.12.11 – Yellowglen Vintage Bella Bianco 2010

Rightio guys, today Nat was thirsty for some Champagne. She loves some Bella and today we popped open a Vintage Bella Bianco which is the white sister of Vintage Bella. As always, some sexy looking pics 🙂

Yellowglen Vintage Bella Bianco 2010

Bella Bianco is made by Chilly Hargrave with a low low alcohol content of 7.5%. This little guy like to bubble up in the champagne glass so be wary our you may end up wearing it! The nose is of semi baked apples, toast and oaked chardonnay and moscato notes. This champagne is very sweet with notes of lemon and limes. It’s very bubbly which adds a creamy texture. This may sound weird or obvious, but it tastes really like what you think grape juice tastes like – I know right! Who would have thought!

It’s an extremely refreshing and easy drinking wine. Nothing special but very yummy all the same, escpecailly on a hot say, nicely chilled, over a sunday lunch. $10 well spent.

Kenny