Posts tagged ‘wine’

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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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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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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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%

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

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

Yeringberg

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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

Chateau Paul Mas Clos des Mures 2008 – what i’m drinking at the time 01.07.12

Jean Claude Mas, Mr Arrogant Frog himself….o hello, I didn’t see you there, welcome to my food and wine blog where I taste and review scrumptious food and wine from far and wide. Today we are back in France, south of France to be precise from the well known producer Jean Claude Mas of Arrogant Frog fame.

Chateau Paul Mas Clos des Mures 2008, GSM 14%

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