Wine thread

Discussion in 'Firkin Fun Bar' started by _Johnsy, May 9, 2011.

  1. Spanner in the works

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    Just knocked over Clonakilla and Eden Road. Some highlights:

    Clonakilla
    • 2016 riesling. Just fantastic. If Clonakilla's riesling isn't regarded as amongst the best in the country, it should. Acidity and minerality - the future is very bright, and long, for this one.
    • '15 O'Riada Shiraz. Elegance and power. It's still tightly wound, but this fragrant beast, is going to satisfy over the coming decade or more.
    • '15 syrah. So the Shiraz Viognier is its famous cousin, but this one is every bit as good, albeit in its own little way. It's very regal and I love the cherry/berry notes coming through. Would buy now and open it up in 10 years or more. Murrumbateman shiraz.

    Eden Road. I stuck largely with chardonnay and syrah here, but was impressed with much of their stuff. Forgot to grab a tasting list, but a couple stand out:

    • 2014 Canberra Syrah and '13 Tumblong Syrah. Both very different, and both great. I preferred the Tumblong, but ended up getting the other one. I felt it had higher acidity and tannin, meaning I could get a few years bottle age on it. Also had the '14 Long Road and '15 Gundagai. The Gundagai was also fantastic.
    • '15 Maragle, Courabyra, and '13 Tumbarumba chardonnay. Genuinely surprised with the quality of these three. Did it in a flight, which was a great way to explore regions and vintages. Courabyra won me over in the end, but if you can get a few friends over, worth doing all three over dinner.
     
  2. Bazal

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    Two of my absolute favourite local wineries...that 15 Syrah is a stunner, I grabbed one last time I was out there and will have to try and grab a couple more before they sell out.
     
  3. Bazal

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    Speaking of local wines, 2009 Lerida Shiraz Viognier.

    This wine has always perplexed me. It won a swag of awards and the owners of Lerida (who are crazy IMO but that's another story) used it as the reason to bump the price up from $35 for the previous vintage to $65 and now $75 for the current vintage. They were telling anyone who would listen that it was better than Clonakilla because of the awards (despite the fact Tim simply doesn't bother to enter his in shows)...

    On release I enjoyed it. I didn't see the comparisons to Clonakilla, it was riper and heavier, but it was a well put together wine. I never got the hype, but when First Choice committed seppuku they slashed the price by like 40% and I picked up a few

    8 years on and any comparisons to Clonakilla seem utterly laughable. It's got loads of black fruit and still shows some power but absolutely no elegance or poise. The nose is still very pleasant, vanilla and black berries and briar and a hint of peppered game meats, although none of the pretty perfume you get from the wine they compared themselves to. But it falls away in the mouth. There's fruit, and there is still the shadow of a powerful wine and a touch of savoury meats. There is also an overly aged bitterness on the finish which surprises me a little given the vintage.

    It will open up a bit more as the night goes on and I get less coherent, so perhaps I'm being a little harsh. Even if it does though, it's made a liar of the winery owners. At best this will open up into a good quality, slightly overripe Canberra shiraz.

    If you're gonna compare yourself to the king, you need to be special, and this isn't. I prefer the Clonakilla O'Riada, let alone the big daddy.
     
  4. Scott Gourley's Lovechild

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    Tempus Two Pewter Seal Hunter Valley Cab Sauv 2000. Bought this about 3-4 years ago for $79.99 (don't judge me, I was young and naive). Back Label says to cellar for up to 10 years, so I'm 7 years too late apparently. Took a lot of effort to get the cork out, but got there in the end.

    Tastes like a mix of old Cab Sauv and young Sangiovese. The tannins are long gone, but the leather & dark bitter chocolate still remain. Replacing the tannin is a big sour cherry hit. For a wine that was supposed to peak 7 years ago, it's still pretty tasty.
     
  5. Bazal

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    Lol @Scott Gourley's Lovechild . Tempus Two? For shame!

    Tyrells Vat 70 Cab Sav 2009. Hilltops. Fruit from my buddy Brian Mullaney at Grove Estate.

    Probably the exact right time to drink it. For me anyway, liking a bit of youth in a wine. Big cabernet, classic fruit characteristics with some olive and tomato savouriness. Brambly herbs, dry tannins, might still be too tight for a lot of SA cabernet fans but I like that in a cabernet. I'd buy it again if they made it again.
     
  6. Scott Gourley's Lovechild

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    I SAID DON'T JUDGE ME!!!!
     
  7. Bazal

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    You bought an $80 Tempus Two wine....judgement was a foregone conclusion!
     
  8. Twizzle

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    have you tried the black Shiraz Baz ?
     
  9. Bazal

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    Which one mate? A few places make a black shiraz
     

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