Posts tagged ‘Barossa Valley’

2011 Torbreck Woodcutter’s Shiraz – What I’m Drinking At The Time

Ahoy hoy me hearties. Got a little bit of time to spare here to post another one of my backlogged wines, Barossa’s Torbreck Woodcutters Shiraz

2001 Torbreck Woodcutter's Shiraz

2011 Torbreck Woodcutter’s Shiraz

This is the kind of red I like to drink with a hearty meal after a hard day’s work in the wood, but you don’t have to be a wood-cutter to enjoy it. Sláinte mhath

– David Powell

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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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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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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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Rockford Black Shiraz 2011 – what i’m drinking at the time 17.10.12

Bonjourno and Bonjour! I have just returned from a European adventure, hence the lack of posts but I’m back now and ready to go. This time I visited Bordeaux and met some wonderful people along the way. It deserves its own post which should come later.

Anyways, today I tried a pretty special wine, almost impossible to procure and sold only through Adelaide retailers, mailing orders or cellar doors but bottles are scarce. What am I talking about?

2011 Rockford Black Shiraz, 13.5%

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1987 Basedow Vs 1992 Clos Des Jacobins – what i’m drinking at the time 05.08.12

Hey gang, got a clash of the oldies today, a 25 year old Hermitage from Barossa vs the slightly younger 20 year old St Emilion Grand Cru. It’s Australia vs France…whos gonna win!?

Basedow Barossa Hermitage 1987, 12.9%

vs

Cordier Clos des Jacobins, St Emilion Grand Cru 1992, 12.5%

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1992 Coonawarra Bin 128 Shiraz – what i’m drinking at the time 15.07.12

Penfolds is probably Australia’s most well known wine label; anybody and everybody will recognise its distinctive bottle. Bin 128 is one of the most distinctive reds in under the Penfolds label but this is a little more old school.

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1992 Coonawarra Bin 128 Shiraz

The ‘Coonawarra Shiraz’ is matured solely in French oak and is one of the few Penfolds reds that isn’t a multi regional blend. Penfolds Bin 128 is typically zesty, white pepper, floral and in recent decades is richer and fuller bodied so it will be interesting to see what 20 years will do to this style. Lets do this…

With aged wines you want to decant to remove any sediment buildup but be careful not to over aerate else the wine may oxidises in your hands! This was decanted gently, then went straight into a glass/mouth, same same, whatever 😛

The nose was very light with damp earth and leaves in the foreground. There are red fruits coated by vanilla essence in the back. This wine comes off etherial and elegant; very different to what you expect from this label. The acidity limps along on the initial attack and builds up into a sour cherry mid palate backed with tobacco leaves, charcoal, grilled meats, bay leaf and other herbs; all under a light bodied guise. A multilayered wine with a great mix of secondary characters. Finished with light tannins, great bark characters, brings you to the outback with gum nuts and breadcrumbs.

I really liked the way this wine evolved and it’s style. The phrase “gentle giant” came to mind; it was an elegant wine, but still punchy and came across with strong flavours. It has a good structure at this age, nicely layered and quite complex.

Ken’s thumbs up, though having said that, it has probably juuusssst past its peak so time to venture into your cellars people, I wouldn’t wait much longer to drink this. Me thinks have it with crispy skin duck.

Kenny