Posts tagged ‘Penfolds’

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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Penfolds, Moss Wood & Mount Mary – what i’m drinking at the time 22.02.2012

Hello everybody! Welcome back to another edition of the Kenny wine show. Today is action packed! I got three wines for you today in celebration of my lovely wife Natalie’s birthday and our 10 year and 1 month anniversary. Lets go!

So we gathered at my parents house today for a lovely dinner. I was nervous because I had invited people over as a surprise. Turns out, Nat actually knew about it already…well played. sigh. Anyways, Dad went crazy over the weekend and not only has he bought out Melbourne of Cullen Diana Madeline, but it seems he has basically done the same with the Moss Wood Cab Sauv (I think there are 6 bottles left, get them now!). He also went nuts on some Penfolds cos they were on special. In any case, much joyous food and drink was had. Here are the boys:

 Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

Mount Mary Quintet 2007

Penfolds Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz 2003

Drink 1

 Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

14.5% alc

The first of the bunch was one of the many 07’s found in the wine fridge. I have gone over the history of Moss Wood a few times now (just do a little search in the blog) so nothing much else to say. The 07 rates slightly lower than the 08 so I am interested in how things go. It was aerated into a decanter for almost 4.5 hours. Even so, the nose was much more closed than I expected. I did get some intervals of oak sweetness, but mainly it’s some yellow plums and some dry leafs, herbs and some semi sweet sour red berries. There is also a touch of lemon rind, maybe lemon thyme.

Attack is a bit of tannins and acid mix with some roundness from the oak.  The leafy aspect comes in at the mid palate along with dried orange peel and a big hit of dark berries. Loads of non spicy ground black pepper, black leather, bark and richness like that of a reduced red wine sauce and some toasted oak, throw in some burnt wood. Medium to full body and very smooth and rich mouth feel.

Finish is dark, wooded and brings up that pleasant bitter note with a complete balance of background plums, berries and lemon rind.

Balanced wine, extremely layered, feels older than it is at 6 years. Makes me think the vintage was hot and dry and summer. I am impressed with this effort though I can see why the 08 vintage is better.

Drink 2


Mount Mary Quintet 2007

13.1% alc

Mount Mary is a great little winery in the Yarra Valley and is a winery that let their wines speak for themselves. They are very anti-publicity and is built up from word of mouth. Helps that their Quintet is a cracker wine hey? Mount Mary was started by Dr. John Middleton who has since passed away and now run by his son Dr. David Middleton and family owned. They produce four wines, 2 in the Burgundy style (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay) and 2 in the Bordeaux style (Quintet and Triolet). They pride themselves on quality and as such, the 07 was given out to members as a gift as it was thought to not be up to standard. The back of the label reads:

“The wine was produced from secondary fruit as a result of a devastating frost event in the early hours of October 23rd 2006 which destroyed the entire primary crop. Whist significantly different to ‘normal’ vintages it is not without merit and we have released this wine as ‘not for sale’ gift to our dedicated customers who have shared and endured the seasons with us over the years.”

We are very fond of this winery and if you get a chance, look them up and join their mailing list. They only open for tastings 2 weeks a year so clear your calendars. We aerated this wine into a decanter for about 30 mins. Idealy it would have been better if it stayed in the decanter for a full hour but glasses were empty 🙂

Nose is floral and light with violets. It is also a little bit bread and cake with some green icing. Think cup cakes!

Attack is light, some firm tannins and some sour cherry cover the mouth. Mid palate firms up the flavours and gives the wine a tighter mouthfeel. Somewhat like a semi sweet granny smith apple and equally light in body.

Finish is a touch dry, dusty tannins and again a lemon rind but much more present, maybe a little flabby. Lacks sweetness and more terroir driven with little to no oak.

Two different styles, Moss Wood definitely more new world, Mount Mary more old world. I get alot of Cabernet Franc from this wine. Difficult to say which I like more…I am leaning towards the Mount Mary, probably because I am drinking it now! Still, the better wine is definitely the Moss Wood, more complex, more layers, rich, has a better mouth feel and I dare say more balanced.

Drink 3


Penfolds Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz 2003

14.5% alc

This wine was opened almost as an after thought, rated around the 93 mark so not to be outdone by its predecessors. Penfolds Bin 28 is a very robust and generously flavoured warm climate Shiraz. Originally named after the Kalimna vineyard from where it was sourced, it is now a multi region and multi blend from Barossa Valley.

The nose on this wine reminded me of peach Lipton ice tea, toasted sesame with liquorice/aniseed notes in the background. I am expecting a very powerful wine.

Attack is a bit bitter, that aniseed flavour comes through and brings some cloves. Not too nice. Transitions into a blackcurrant and walnut notes in the mid palate. Very unbalanced in my book and quite harsh to drink. Brunt wood and overly soaked back tea, rough on the mouth and void of richness to balance the wine’s weight.

Finish is very green, fresh mulch, dirt with the smokey burnt bitter green and black tea.

Errr…..super pass. Nothing good to report. The word stale comes to mind. Sorry guys, I couldn’t finish my glass.

Well, what a downer to finish on, but hey, we got to drink some fantastic wines and eat birthday cake so I can’t complain!

Hope you guys are enjoying the blog posts. Noticed that I got alot of hits for my Fat Duck review so a bit thank you for reading (where are the comments!?!?) I will be going to Vue de Monde in a few weeks so can I get a show of hands via hitting the ‘like’ button or better yet, a quick comment to see if it’s worth me bringing my computer to the dinner? I would love to write a review for you all but it does take a bit of effort and concentration on my part so a bit of support from you lurkers would be appreciated 🙂 Please let me know!

Till the next time, happy birthday Natty, Love you always

Kenny

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.

Kenny