Wednesday, 23 April 2008
Sunday, 20 April 2008
Friday, 18 April 2008
Another great wine on our lazy Sunday afternoon... This followed the 707 and was outstanding.
Very different to the Cab Sav and a lot more to my personal liking as I'm a big fan of Shiraz. This had a little more zing to it than the 82 707 and was probably near it's prime. Another good reason for leaving bottles alone. There was a certain oomph that I don't think a young wine can muster.
I have not tried any other Rothbury Estate wines, but will definitely keep an eye out.
Again, time has passed since drinking this so i wont attempt to describe the actual flavours, just that it really was impressive and again, we were extremely fortunate to have shared this bottle.
A very pleasant surprise for Jean and I when we visited Stephen and Chris for lunch recently... easily the oldest vintage of anything I have tried. Bottle age really did make a difference and although our hosts seemed to think that it may have been better drinking maybe 10 years earlier, I was pretty impressed anyway.
Extremely smooth as you would expect from any top shelf Penfolds, but it was the fruit that gave it the distinct flavour. Memory fails me, but I do recall that it was reminiscent of my favourite "single vineyard' Barossa... but a few levels up in class.
You can see the amount of sediment on the sides of the bottle, it was full of it!!
I wont go on now, but I was extremely fortunate to share that bottle (and others) on a great afternoon. Hopefully I'll get to see a few of the bottles I've been collecting reach such maturity in time and be able to share them too.
Drinkability : 94
The afternoon : 100 :)
Tuesday, 8 April 2008
Not a bad selection and we tried a good variety of wines from a Barossa Shiraz (John Duvall 'Entity' $50) which was ultimately my favourite, over a french Cabernet Merlot (Chateau Calon Segur 3rd Growth Saint Estephe Cabernet Merlot $110) (this needed a lot more time, either in the bottle or decanting. it was very classy indeed but the shiraz just pushed my buttons)
I didn't mind the straight Grenache or the Sangiovese. Both were not something I would buy, but could appreciate.
Again Travis led a great class and I really did learn a lot about the inner workings of wine and the industry. I thoroughly recommend this to anyone that either wants exposure to some quite decent wines or just wants to learn more about this creature we call wine.
Cheers Wine Emporium
Wednesday, 2 April 2008
The course was a good balance of tasting and comparing as well as a more informal 'school-like' learning. Smal group of around 12 people and a variety of about 10 wines from Australia, NZ and even one from France ($70 a bottle)
Now I'm not one for whites myself, but I did quite enjoy the 2006 Dog Point 'Section 94' Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. One of the more prominent of the oaked whites we tried.
Next week is the reds selection...
Price $99 for two weeks