Sunday, September 23, 2012
The Ipso facto Margaret River Chenin Blanc 2010 by pure fact is a super little drop of flintiness and tart acid, and the longer in the glass comes a great swell of cracked ginger, orange blossum and subtle pear notes. I am sure my mother-in-law, who holds Amberley close to her heart, will disagree, but the Ipso facto may certainly be the game changer that Chenin Blanc needs in Australia.
Drink with chicken and ginger stir fry
Drink till 2016
Screwcap 12.5%v/v $28
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Anyway, the Block 5 tag seems to have that marketing 'midas touch'. Here's just a few that I can recall of the top:
- Bindi Block 5 Pinot Noir, Macedon Ranges
- Yabby Lake Block 5 Pinot Noir, Mornington Peninsula
- Felton Road Block 5 Pinot Noir, Central Otago
- Chalice Bridge Chapman Series Block 5 Shiraz/Cabernet, Margaret River
- Saint Clair Pioneer Block 5 Pinot Noir, Marlborough
- Forrest Estate Block 5 Cabernet Sauvignon, Marlborough
So it was about 2 weeks ago that I had a tasting of the new Forest Hill wines from Mount Barker with their very pregnant winemaker Clémence Haselgrove; for me the Springvale Estate Riesling is pound-for-pound one of the best in Australia, but thats for another post. The last wine in the bracket was, now wait for it, the Forest Hill Block 5 Cabernet Sauvignon 2008. Block 5's aside, this is truly a cracking wine.
Deep ox blood colour in the glass, the nose throws up aroma's of whispy mint and eucalypt with the smallest hint of dusty tannins to come. The palate is all Left Bank with subtle blueberry notes woven together with pitch perfect acid, tannins and dry dusty cocoa powder. This wine has all the hallmarks of spending another 20 years in the bottle for plenty of reward.
Drink with shephards pie - I did last night
Drink till 2025+
Screwcap 13.5%v/v $60ish
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
The Moondog Black Lung II is liquid gold. And yes, looks can kill. Sometimes you can judge a book by its cover. Thats all I got.
Just drink it!
Monday, September 3, 2012
The Byrne Ballarat Pinot Noir 2010 is a really good wine, with all the hallmarks of a gamey prickly Pinot that I have come to love; plenty of juicy red fruit woven with a gamey pong of sappy whole bunch and bacon fat - thats the funky shit. In the mouth the wine follows the palate with abundent prickly plums without being ripe, and more gamey goodness blended in with fine tannins and bolt acidity. Cracking drop.
Drink with beer braised beef short ribs
Drink till 2016
Screwcap 13.5%v/v $30-40 Blackheart & Sparrows, Brunswick
Sunday, September 2, 2012
- lots of corned beef
- lots of Swiss cheese, or Jarlsberg for the politically correct
- lots of Noisette multi grain bread
- lots of my Russian dressing - home made mayo, mustard, tomato sauce, horseradish cream and Worcestershire sauce
- lots of Sauerkraut
- lots of paper towel to wipe sauce from running down arm
- a good Chardonnay
Happy Fathers day boys!!!!
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Its Spring. The suns out. Lawnmowers are churning away around the neighbourhood and I feel pretty good after a 15 hour day at Albert Street yesterday. Champagne anyone? The Egly-Ouriet Les Vines de Vrigny 1er from Ambonnay is 100% Pinot Meunier and is everything today is in downtown Brunswick; bright, crisp and singing - no lawnmowers though.
Quality cork 12.5%v/v