Perth Wine Century Challenge – Sixth Meet

Hi everyone,

To see what wines we have tried so far you can check out my blog posts on the first (unofficial meet) along with our second,  thirdfourth and fifth meets (official meets). Back in September I caught up with some fellow Perth wine lovers and bloggers for the third official Wine Century Challenge Meet. For those interested in my progress of the Wine Century Challenge I am keeping track of my progress on this page. This sixth meet-up was held at the Bad Apples in Applecross. The Tasting was organised by Stacey from Untapped Fine Wines and comprised of a selection of wines from her portfolio. Notes for the wines are under the categories of eye (E), nose (N) and palate (P) as usual for these tastings. All the noted prices for this tasting are the online prices for Untapped Fine Wines.

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Before beginning the tasting I popped into Bad Apples a little early as I had spent the entire day writing assignments and had not had the chance to have lunch. A bad idea when I had a night of wine drinking ahead of me so I used the opportunity to try out their chicken skewers and sliders. I really liked the sliders and the chicken skewers in comparison did nothing to blow my socks off. My only gripe with the sliders is that it was $16 for the two of them, this places them in the ‘treats’ category unfortunately.

WHITES

Ossain Quintauna, Verdejo, 2011, Spain (RRP $28)

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E: pale, bright lemon yellow.

N: lemon, straw, slightly nutty, melon – a classic verdelho.

P: melon, lemon, peach, slight spritz, unoaked, and possibly a higher alcoholic content from the mouth feel of the wine.

Juan Carlos Sacha ‘Ad Libitum’, Tempranillo Blanco, 2010, Spain. (RRP $48)

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E: pale, bright, yellow lemon.

N: honey, nutty, with a possible floral nose.

P: dry, crisp, clean, and mineral.

This is the first production of this mutation which was performed at this vineyard also. An interesting varietal to have tried but one which would have done significantly better if paired with food and still needs some time for the winemaker to find the best winemaking technique to use with this varietal.

Pazo San Mauro, Albarino, 2010, Spain. (RRP $43)

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E: pale yellow.

N: sweetness, honey and melon – wow nose!

P: crisp, dry, hint of sweetness and possibly a hint of oak also.

Sant Josep Llagrimes de Tardor, Garnacha Blanc, 2009, Spain. (RRP $38)

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E: pale yellow.

N: lots of honey.

P: dry with a slight honey taste.

El Porvenir Laborum, Torrontes, 2012, Argentina. (RRP $35)

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E: clear and bright wine.

N: spicy, tangy, and pear.

P: very dry, good overall finish and mouth feel.

REDS

Catherine & Pierra Breton Chinon, Cabernet Franc, 2010, France. (RRP ~$35)

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E: deep plum.

N:mint.

P:silky tannins, oak, and there was some alcoholic heat at the back of the palate.

Neo Tercer Motivo Bierzo, Mencia, 2008, Spain. (RRP $26)

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E: deep plum.

N:spice and mint.

P:spicy and warm mouth feel.

Aquitania Reserva, Carmenere, 2011, Chile. (RRP $25)

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E: deep ruby red.

N: oak and musty – reminded me of a homestead.

P: warm with a hint of spice.

This wine was a favourite of mine on the night.

Mi Terruno Reserva, Bonarda, 2010, Argentina. (RRP $30)

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E: deep plum/brick red.

N: tobacco with a hint of mint.

P: dry and lots of tannins.

Juan Carlos Sanch ‘A Libitum’, Maturana Tina, 2010, Spain. (RRP $48)

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E: deep plum.

N: this was described as smelling like “sweaty gym socks” by another person on the night and I think it summed it up quite well.

P: not great, short, and mellow.

from discussions with Stacy it seems like this wine’s faults were more due to the wine maker than the grapes. This is a varietal which few wineries are making and therefore those who are making it are in the process of ‘rediscovering’ this varietal.

Mendel ‘Lunta’, Malbec, 2011, Argentina. (RRP $33)

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E: deep plum.

N: warm and hearty.

P: smooth, dry, lots of berries, with a spicy palate that developed towards the end.

This one was a definite favourite at the end of the tasting table I was at. I quite enjoyed it, it was definitely one of my top 3 picks but not the favourite of the night.

Vivanco Collection Parcelas, Graciano, 2007, Spain. (RRP ~$170)

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E: deep violet.

N: spice, plum, cherry and aniseed.

P: warm, smooth, with a very good mouth feel.

I loved this wine! It had so many layers to it and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Then we had the RRP’s given to us and I’d have to say that while I adored this wine on a value-for-money choice I would say the Carmenere was my second favourite and at a comparative RRP of $25 it is the clear winner.

During the later half of the tasting we had a selection of pizzas and chips brought out to us. I only managed a snap of the chips as the pizzas were devoured as soon as they were placed on the table, and I was one of those diving in for a slice or two. Really well presented and tasty pizzas and the chips were as good as last time.

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Perth Wine Century Challenge – Fifth Meet

Hi everyone,

To see what wines we have tried so far you can check out my blog posts on the first (unofficial meet) along with our second,  third and fourth meets (official meets). Back in July I caught up with some fellow Perth wine lovers and bloggers for the third official Wine Century Challenge Meet. This meet was held at the Trustee in Perth. The wines that we tasted this night seemed to have a trend of the nose and palate of the wine being very contradictory and polarised many of us at the tasting. Notes for the wines are under the categories of eye (E), nose (N) and palate (P) as usual for these tastings. For this tasting due to the low lighting at the Trustee I did not record eye notes for the wines.

WHITES

2011 Domaine Tselepos Classic, Moschofilero, Mantinia, Greece, 12%. (RRP $30)

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N: mineral, crisp stone fruits, herbs, and aromatic.

P: fuzzy, acidic, dry, and mineral.

2011 Arnaldo Caprai, Grechetto, Umbria, Italy, 13.5%. (RRP $33)

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N: oaky.

P: smooth, possible hint of oiliness, and a warming alcohol mouth feel.

2010 Abbazia di Novacella, Kerner, Alto Adige, Italy, 13.5%. (RRP $43)

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N: peach, nectarine, fruity, slight fruit sweetness, with a hint of lemon/citrus.

P: acidic, smooth, mineral with a slight residual sweetness,.

This one received a double tick on the night. I really liked this one.

2011 Filip Castelcerino, Garganega, Soave, Italy, 12.5%. (RRP$35)

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N: possibly oranges, mint, fresh summery notes.

P: dry, slightly fizzy, and mouth water inducing.

This one caused a lot of confusion on the night spurring comments such as “a lot going on” and “hard to understand”.  May have to revisit this one on a quieter night when I can give it my undivided attention.

At this point in the night we had some shared entree dishes brought out. I was not overly wrapped with the polenta, I believe it is an acquired taste and after I had tried the pork nothing would compare with it. I would like to  note that I am not a big fan of pork so for me to have gone back for seconds on the pork dish is a testament to how delicious it truly was! As we continued to nibble on the entrees we continued with the wine tastings so the following few wines were tasted with food.

2009 Marramiero, Pecorino, Abruzzo, Italy, 13%. (RRP $34)

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N: candied stone fruits, and honey.

P: fizzy, zesty, with a honey sweetened finish.

This was the other white wine of the night to receive a double tick. I would happily have more of this wine.

2011 Feudi di San Gregorio, Greco di Tufo, Campania, Italy, 13%. (RRP $43)

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N: apple, lemon, melon and pear.

P: fresh, acidic, smooth with a slight fizz.

REDS

2010 Planeta, Nerello Mascalese, Sicily, Italy, 13.5%. (RRP $50)

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N: pepper, spice, sour cherry, earthy and had a sense of warmth about it.

P: spicy with a slight woodenness about it.

this wine reminded me of a Pinot Noir in many ways. I would suggest it to anyone who loves those and is looking for a different wine grape to try without being too adventurous.

2009 Argiolas Costera, Cannonau (Grenache), Sardegna, Italy, 14%. (RRP $40)

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N: rich berries, hint of chocolate, earthy, warm with a possible hint of aniseed.

P: noticeable oak, dry tannins with a slight grippy texture.

2007 Tormaresca Masseria Maime, Negroamaro, Puglia, Italy, 14%. (RRP $45)

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N: cherry, blackcurrant, oak, and earthy.

P: very dry tannins, heavy mouth feel, acidic, and some berry flavours on the palate.

2006 Gaia Estate, Agiorgitiko, Nemea, Greece, 14% (RRP $73).

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N: blackcurrant, spice, oak, leather, cherry and an earthiness about it.

P: smooth mouth feel with a dry finish.

2008 Kir Yianni Diaporos, Xinomavro (87%) & Syrah (13%), Naoussa, Greece, 14.5%. (RRP $75)

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N: spice, earthy, and a sense of ‘oldness’ or age on the nose.

P: very dry.

This wine was believed by some in the group to either be corked or on it’s way out. Over all it was a dud wine regardless, however we should have the chance to retry it again at a later wine tasting so I hope it was just this bottle rather than the wine itself.

2009 Olivi, Pugnitello, Tuscany, Italy. (RRP $75)

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N: spice and old leather.

P: spicy and dry.

2008 San Marzano Primitivo di Manduria (Zinfandel), Puglia, Italy, 14.5%. (RRP $53)

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This wine was unanimously viewed as corked by the group. Again hoping we will have the chance to retry this wine at a later date.

To end the night we all ordered a dish each and finished off the remaining wines with our meals. I ordered the gnocchi which was very filling and up there with one of the best gnocchi dishes I have had in Perth.

Gnocchi.

Gnocchi.

A big thanks to the Trustee for allowing us to host this Perth Wine Century Meet at their Bistro.

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Perth Wine Group: Fourth Meet

Hi everyone,

To see what wines we have tried so far you can check out my blog posts on the first (unofficial meet) along with our second and third meets (official meets). A month ago I caught up with some fellow Perth wine lovers and bloggers for the third official Wine Century Challenge Meet. This meet was held at Steve’s Food and Fine Wine. The wines that we tasted this night seemed to have a trend of the nose and palate of the wine being very contradictory and polarised many of us at the tasting. Notes for the wines are under the categories of eye (E), nose (N) and palate (P) as usual for these tastings.

WHITES

2011 Giró Ribot, Muscat de Frontignac. Pendés, Spain (13%) (RRP $20)

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E: clear, pale lemon wine in the glass.

N: very punchy, fruity (sweet pear), nutty, and slightly sticky after notes. This wine was warm and inviting.

P: zingy/zesty, fresh, young, clean and a good crisp finish.

2011 Sepp Moser, Gruner Veltliner, von den Terrassen. Krenstal, Austria. (12.5%) (RRP $26)

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E: clear, pale lemon wine in the glass.

N: heavier nose than the first wine, toasty, savoury, ginger.

P: mineral spritzy, zesty, crisp, acidic, ginger, lacked fruit and floral flavours, and was a slightly flat wine.

There was a lot of discussion around the table as to this wine transitioning from it’s primary to secondary characteristics.

2010 Phinca Durmiente, Rufete Blanco. Hormilla, Spain. (13%) (RRP $55)

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E: clear deep yellow wine in the glass.

N: sticky sweet, mandarin, honey, stewed fruit, toasty.

P: criso, very dry, acidic with some fruit sweetness.

2012 Michael Hall, Roussanne. Barossa Valley, Australia. (13.5%) (RRP $43)

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E: clear, pale lemon wine in the glass.

N: nutty, toasty and earthy.

P: smooth, fresh, lacking (likely due to its age), oak and vanilla.

This wine was one which I and many others felt needed a little more time in the bottle before it would be at it’s best for drinking. Those who had tried older vintages of this wine raved about those so I do hope this wine follows in the footsteps of its older vintages as it did show the potential to be a great wine.

REDS

2010 Phinca Encanto, Rufete. Hormilla, Spain. (13%) (RRP$55)

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E: brick red, still slightly youthful wine in the glass.

N: spice, light oak, alcohol, warmth and berries.

P: vinegar, cleansing, acidic, sour cherries, ‘grippy’ wine with no tannins.

This wine was quite disappointing for me as I quite liked the nose of this wine but the palate was such a disappointment. I much preferred the white we tried from Phinca (Durmiente).

2010 Castel Firmian, Lagrein. Trentino DOC, Italy. (13%) (RRP $26)

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E: brick/ruby red, tired wine in the glass.

N: berries, oak. Spice, warm and inviting wine.

P: tannins, tired fruit (perhaps giving the wine a little longer to breathe may have helped overcome this), herby and a smooth wine.

2010 Castel Firmian, Marzemino. Trentino DOC, Italy (13%) (RRP $26)

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E: ruby/plum red, clear wine in the glass.

N: spice, oak, earthy and quite an enveloping nose.

P: rougher, grippier, lots of tannins and acid.

I personally preferred this wine to the one above and felt this would have gone very nicely with a very meaty dish.

2010 Zuccolo, Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso. DOC of Grave del Friuli, Italy. (12.5%) (RRP $24)

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E: clear ruby red wine in the glass.

N: spice, oak, a vibrant and earthy wine.

P: bitter, spritzy, acid, little tannins, savoury and tired fruit.

I could see this wine being pared with a cheese platter to bring the best of this wine out.

2009 Agricola Querciabella, 100% Sangiovese, Chianti Classico DOCG, Italy. (13.5%) (RRP $52)

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E: clear brick red wine in the glass.

N: berries, spice and oak.

P: tannins, berries, spice and a good finish.

I adored this wine and it was my favourite red for the night.

2004 Salvatore Molettieri Vigna Cinque Quercie Ruserva, 100% Aglianico. Taurasi DOCG, Campania, Italy. (14%) (RRP 480)

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We had to open 2 bottles of this wine as the first one we tried was corked and very disappointing. Thankfully Steve’s had another bottle of this vintage on the shelf, which we were able to open up.

E: deep ruby red wine in the glass.

N: berries, leafy, herby, stewed fruit, and aniseed.

P: very dry, tannic, acid and berries.

This wine is a drink now, rather than a store for a later date and would go very well with a nice hearty wintery meal.

2008 Chalmers, Sagrantino. Heathcote, Italy. (14.5%) (RRP $32)

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E: clear, brick red wine in the glass.

N: spice, tobacco, and oak.

P: warm, dry, tannins, and lots of stewed dark fruits.

Until next time!

Perth Wine Group: Third Meet

Hi everyone,

Following on from our first unofficial meet and our second official meet, both at Steve’s Fine Food and Wine in Nedlands comes our third group meet. This time around we met south of the river at Bad Apples in Applecross. I had been meaning for far too long to come and check this place out after all the rave reviews I had read as well as BF having been on a few occasions already and loving it. Alas I had not been able to spare a night before, however my quick sample of their menu and the chance to eye off their wines and bar has made sure that I will be back a lot sooner than it took for me to here the first time. For a review of the food BF and I had while we were at Bad Apples head to the bottom of this blog post.

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Any who, enough about Bad Apples for now and on with the wines! For this meet Perth Wine Enthusiast and Tom (Wine Director at Bad Apples Bar) were in-charge of selecting the wines and even dipped into their own personal cellar for this meet. We ended up with a selection of 1 Rose, 5 Whites, 6 Reds and a fortified for tasting on the night. The atmosphere of the bar was much louder than Steve’s leading to our discussions this time around being much more limited and often isolated to those few around us at our long table.

The notes I made at this tasting were the same as last time, I scribbled down notes under the categories E (eyes: what I saw) N (nose: what I smelt) and P (Palate: what I tasted).

Rose

2012 Express Winemakers ‘Rosado’. Tempranillo (Great Southern) and Grenache (Swan Valley), Australia.

Wine Express Makers, Rosaldo.

I have previously tried this wine from Express Winemakers at Little Creatures, and was not overly impressed with the wine. This time around I had a much larger glass and was able to give it a much better ‘swirl and sniff’ before having a sip and was much more impressed with the slight sweetness of strawberries and cherries I could note on the nose coming through in the palate. The wine came across refreshing and balanced. A good wine to start the evening with.

Whites

2011 Mandoleto Catarratto. Sicily, Italy. [12.5%, RRP ~$15]

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E: vibrant, clear and pale lemon coloured wine in the glass

N: lemon, oak.

P: crisp, dry finish with a sherbet/rice-bubble texture on the tongue – quite an unusual feel.

2010 Benanti Biancodicaselle Bianco. Etna, Sicily, Italy. (100% Carricante) [12.5%, RRP ~$50]

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E: clear pale lemon wine in the glass.

N: lime, floral, light aromatic wine.

P: lime, smooth on the palate, dry finish which I wrote “great” next to.

2012 Vinteloper Pinot Gris. McLaren Vale, Australia. [14%, RRP ~$25]

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E: clear pale lemon wine in the glass.

N: lemon, floral, honey, lees, ‘fresh’ aroma.

P: crisp, dry, alcoholic, mineral, medium bodied – overall an unbalanced wine.

Note: This wine came from vines which were less than 10 years old and from a biodynamic and organic single vineyard.

2004 Rockford Semillon. Barossa Valley, Australia. [11.5%, RRP ~$23]

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E: the wine had a definite yellow tinge however it was still clear in the glass.

N: honey, mandarin, oak, toasty – this wine had a ‘weighty’ and sweet nose to it.

P: toasty, citrus, mandarin – my last note for this wine was ‘yum!’

This wine was top 2 of the whites for me along with the Gewürztraminer below.

2007 Montana “Patutahi” Gewürztraminer. Gisborne, New Zealand. [14%, RRP ~$30]

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E: forgot to record something for this wine…

N: lime, lemon, aromatic, fennel.

P: smooth, warm, medium finish.

Reds

2009 Judge Rock St. Laurent. Central Otago, New Zealand. [13%]

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E: plum coloured clear wine.

N: spicy – oak, plum, warm, inviting – reminded me of a cold winters night in front of a fire.

P: smooth, dry, lots of tannins, oak, spice, leathery.

This wine impressed me and from the people around me got quite a few nods of approval, however the strong tannins makes for this wine to be classed in the ‘with food’ category.

2008 Manso Ribera Del Douro. Spain. (100% Tempranillo) [14%]

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E: ruby red/plum coloured wine in the glass.

N: cherry and spice.

P: rough at the start of the palate, olive oil, bitter, lacked tannins – when tasting this wine I was reminded of Ribena (blackcurrant cordial) and it’s overly sweet taste.

This wine was not well liked by those around me.

2012 Fall From Grace “Mangarita” Montepulciano. McLaren Vale, Australia. [13%]

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E: deep plum coloured wine in the glass.

N: ‘funky’ smelling, Vegimite.

P: vinegar aftertaste at the end of the palate.

This wine lacked fruit on both the nose and palate.

2010 Bodega Mustiguillo, Finca Terrerazo, Vino de pago. El Terrerazo, Spain. (100% Bobal) [14%]

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E: deep plum coloured wine in the glass.

N: leather, spice, undertone of plum, oak lead to toasty/buttery notes.

P: very dry thanks to the tannins in the wine, overall still a very balanced wine.

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E: clear, plum coloured wine in the glass.

N: leather, spice, plum and oak.

P: smooth, creamy textured, warming, low in tannins.

This wine and the following were both excellent wines in their own merits. This first one was a perfect wine to drink on it’s own or would go excellently with some cheese personally. The following wine was not only twice the price but also packed twice the punch and was a delicious wine that made me crave a good steak to go with it.

2010 Bodegas Aralaya Almansa Alaya. Castilla-La Mancha, Spain. (100% Alicante Bouschet) [RRP ~$50-60]

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E: deep plum coloured wine in the glass.

N: leather and spice.

P: plum, dry, smooth, tannins, medium finish, warm, oak, decent body, fleshy.

Fortified

Dandelions Vineyard, Legacy of the Barossa, 30 year old Pedro Ximenez. Barossa, Australia.

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I have come across this winery before in the past and I was yet again impressed with their wines. I was first introduced to Dandelions Vineyard at the Rose Revolution last year. This fortified wine was a delightful way to end the meal and I slightly wish I had managed to savour some until I had the crumble for desert, alas this wine was too good to be saved until then!

Once we had sampled our way through the wines most of us had eyed off enough of dishes around the room and we famished enough to pick a few items off the menu to try. BF and I opted to try a few items off their share menu. I fell in love with the Beetroot dish off the menu, BF picked out the chicken and we decided to grab the share bread. When I went to order the food however we were informed that they had just sold out of the chicken dish. We ended up picking the venison chorizo instead and decided we have to return soon to see what is so good about the chicken.

Beetroot, Walnuts, Feta and Spinach warmed.

Beetroot, Walnuts, Feta and Spinach warmed.

While the warm beetroot was a little different on first bite, the flavours in this dish all worked perfectly together and this dish did not last long with my love of beetroot.

Margaret River Venison Chorizo served on fresh house bread with a lime wedge.

Margaret River Venison Chorizo served on fresh house bread with a lime wedge.

This dish was passed around the table before it reached us and was well received. The chorizo had a bit of a bite but the lime juice helped tone it down. Again more of the bread which BF quickly devoured as he had already polished off the bread platter (pictured below). We will definitely be back just for the bread alone!

Share bread.

Share bread.

Apple and Strawberry Crumble.

Apple and Strawberry Crumble.

When I looked over the menu I stumbled across the deserts and was instantly sold on the crumble. I had this confirmed by the staff member who took my order and commended me on my choice. I was not let down by the crumble which just hit the spot, and the ice-cream that came with it was to die for.

Overall Bad Apples was a great place to have dinner and a drink. The staff were more than friendly and helpful even when they had a line outside the door on a Wednesday night. I will be back for sure and early enough so I can score a table before the crowds begin to arrive.

Until next time!

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Perth Wine Group: Second Meet

Hi everyone,

We had our second meet for a group of Perth wine lovers and bloggers attempting the Wine Century Challenge. We met at Steve’s in Nedlands like our first meet, the blog post for our first meet can be found here. While we sampled our way through the wines I adopted the method of nothing down what I saw (1), smelt (2) and tasted (3) in the wine.

WHITES

Marq, 2011, Vermentino, Margaret River, Australia (RRP $27) – 11.5%

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1. Clear and vibrant pale lemon coloured wine.

2. Crisp citrus, stone-fruits and sherbert.

3. Clean and refreshing on the palate with balanced acidity, dry medium finish.

Pere Ventura, 2011, Xael.lo, Penedes, Spain (RRP $20) – 12%

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1. Clear and vibrant lemon coloured wine in the glass.

2. Slight sweetness (fruity), aromatic and stone-fruit (pears and apples).

3. Crisp acidity, sherberty palate (at the front of the mouth), melon, honey, flabby, medium very dry finish at the end.

First Drop, 2010, Arneis, Barossa Valley, Australia. (RRP $26) – 13.5%

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1. Clear wine in the glass with no colour.

2. Musky, citrus, Nashi pears, slight sweetness (fruity).

3. Musk, crisp, residual sugar was possibly present, cleansing medium dry finish.

This wine showed great potential for the grape varietal however the wine was a little too old and had turned a little flat and tired. I would love to get my hands on a younger vintage of this wine as it was my favourite white wine of the night for the potential it showed.

Cour-Cheverny, 2011, Roantin, Cour-Cheverny, South West Loire (RRP $43) – 12% (no added preservatives)

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1. Clear, dull yellow coloured wine in the glass.

2.Sweetness (fortified),  stewed fruit (pear, apple), hint of oak – smelt more like a red wine than a white wine.

3. Dry, warm big mouth feel, nutty, lees, long finish on the wine – a perfect wine for the winter months.

REDS

Arancio, 2010, Nero d’Avola, Sicily, Italy (RRP $25) – 13.5%

this is a wine I had tried the previous week, and while I had been slightly impressed with it at home I think it impressed me more at the tasting. Perhaps it was the use of better glassware or being able to isolate the flavours that I hadn’t been able to place last time a little better being at a tasting.

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1. Plum red coloured wine in the glass.

2. Berry fruits, vanilla, oak, spice, ash/smoke.

3.Tannins, vanilla (brought a softness to the wine), rich and dense wine, hint of raspberries and strawberries on the palate, warm short to medium finish, rounded finish (lack of acid in the wine).

Diemersfontien, 2011, Pinotage, Wellington, South Africa (RRP $35) – 14%

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1.Brick red coloured wine in the glass.

2. Rubber, coffee, dusty, chocolate, oak, vanilla.

3. Tannins, meaty/gritty feel to the wine, very dry finish.

King River, 2011, Saperavi, King Valley, Australia (RRP $55) – 14.4%

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1. I didn’t actually record anything for this I was too focused on the nose of the wine.

2. Floral (Violet and Rose), hint of spice, stewed sour red fruits (red apples and rhubarb), hint of sweetness, pomegranate, apple.

3. Stewed sour red fruits (red apple and rhubarb), a good amount of tannins present, refreshing, possibility of residual sugar, cleansing, medium to long dry finish.

Massena, 2010, Tannat, Barossa Valley, Australia (RRP $28) – 14.5%

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1. Plum coloured wine in the glass.

2. Plums, oak, spice, ripe blackcurrant, tobacco, hint of sweetness.

3. Lots of fruit, tannins, smooth, warm, dry finish.

For those who want to see a different view on the challenge feel free to check out what Perth Wine Enthusiast thought of the wines. You can find the post on his blog here.

Anyone interested in joining us is more than welcome to! Our next meet will likely be in the next 4-5 weeks and will be occurring south of the river this time at Bad Apples Wine Bar in Applecross. Feel free to contact myself or Perth Wine Enthusiast if you wish to join us!

Until next time!

January Favourites

Hi everyone,

The blog has been going for just over 3 weeks and it has been such a blast and also introduced me to some wonderful people and led me to learn so many new things. This month also saw me hit the 100 post mark.

1. Favourite wine of the month?

This is a tough one especially after spending some time in the Yarra Valley. I was able to narrow it down to my top 3 wines of the month all from my time in the Yarra Valley. I would have loved to include a Curvee Riche from Domaine Chandon, however the second bottle I had of it this month in Perth was disappointing and quite bitter in comparison to the bottle I had over in Melbourne.

In no particular order:

1. Yerling Station, Yarra Valley, 2004, YarraBank, Late Disgorged Sparkling.

2. De Bortolli, Yarra Valley, NV Este Sparkling.

3. De Bortolli, Yarra Valley, 2012, Bellariva Moscato del Re.

2. What has been the best value wine of the month?

2008 Barrel Selection Shiraz from Domaine Chandon in Melbourne – review can be found here.

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3. What has been added to my to-try wine list?

The rest of the wines at Yerling Station in the Yarra Valley.

4. What restaurants do I want to return to?

The Mailing room in Melbourne to try their lunch and dinner menus along with hopefully a tour of their roasting room.

5. What was my favourite meal this month?

Buffet at Melba Restaurant in Melbourne – review linked here.

6. Upcoming events for next month?

FeBREWary

Twilight markets

Toast to the Coast

Valley and Vines festival

Tropfest Screening at Madfish Winery

Spanish Sundowner at Cheese Barrel

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7. Favourite wine packaging?

La Boheme.

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8. Best service?

Melba restaurant – pasta station.

9. Restaurant I am most keen to try next month?

Recently opened Midnight Fox in Melville.

10. Wine Century Challenge.

Total: 29 varietals.

Favourite = Gavi (Tried at Lamonts Wine Store in Cottesloe)

Until next time!

Perth Wine Group, First Meet

Hi everyone,

As many of you should know I stumbled across the Wine Century Challenge a few weeks ago and over that time there has been a lot of interest from other food and wine bloggers in Perth as well as general people. The founding members of the group consists of The Perth Wine Enthusiast (PWE), Perth Food Journal (PFJ), Travelling Corkscrew (TC) and myself. TC was not able to make it to our first meet at Steve’s Fine Wine and Food in Nedlands.

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If you want to find people who are passionate about wine then Steve’s is the place to go! Michael who runs the bottle shop brought such great energy to the place and he really loves his wines both to sample them and to talk about them!

We ended up adding sampling two new varietals along with a few well known varietals as it turned out that Wednesday nights is when Steve’s has a winemaker or rep in for tastings. We ended up also sampling most of the range from Soumah winery in the Yarra Valley, which consisted of their Pinot Noir, Wooded Chardonnay and Savarro (their trademarked name for Savagnin, due to their vines being planted as Savagnin intentionally while it was still being mistaken in Australia for Albariño). I adored their Pinot Noir and it made me quite excited for my trip to Melbourne next month! Their labelling was delightful and informative unlike many labels you see out on the shelves these days.

Soumah label.

Soumah label.

Our two new varietals tried were:

Müller-Thurgau

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This wine had some nice acid, minerality and a hint of spiciness that made for an exciting wine to sample.

Savagnin

(aka what was accidentally thought to be Albariño in Australia for quite some time)

The Savarro when first poured was very chilled and as a result there was little to no aroma that BF or I could determine and on the palate it reminded me of Gewürtztraminer and how it had been disappointing for me compared to Rieslings which I love. The wine improves as it warmed in the glass but by then I had moved on to other wines before ending up back with the Müller-Thurgau which had impressed me at the start of the night.

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The picture below is a shot of the sides of the labels on Soumah’s wines and what makes it clear that the wine makers are driving these wines. The detail on the side of the label are like nothing I have ever seen before but something that I truly hope more wineries will adopt as it makes selecting a wine so much easier when you actually know what is in the bottle.

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I adored the first wine (the Müller-Thurgau from northern Italy) from the aroma to the taste of the wine across your palate it continued to surprise me with where it went next. A real treat and one I just barely resisted adding to my collection, but it is on the list along with a few other wines for when I have depleted my stash.

After having a quick sample of the wines we were all quite peckish, especially after PFJ had told us all about her food adventure while she was in New Zealand recently, especially her all-time favourite fish and chips. We ended up grabbing a Fish and Chips and a Pizza to share. The fish and chips batter was a little on the soft side for my liking, however the tartare sauce and chips were delicious. The pizza was however the highlight of the two dishes, the base was delicious and cooked just the way I like it, the toppings worked very well together and overall the pizza was just yum.

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Pizza: prosciutto, fresh tomato, fresh basil and mozzarella.

Fish and chips.

Fish and chips.

We ended the night with one last wine which Michael brought to us as a blind tasting. It was a wine that threw us all. I knew it was a wine varietal I recognised, but could not narrow it down more than that. PWE said it seemed like an ‘Old World’ wine but Michael then went on to tell us he had thought the same but it was an Australian wine. In the end we all quite liked it but had no idea as to what it was, Michael then revealed it to be the 2010

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Torbrek, 2010, Kyloe, Barossa Valley. (Mourvèdre grape varietal)

It was a wonderful night and BF even popped in for a little while and gave both the new varietals a tick of approval. he too was more of a fan of the first wine, his preference being based upon the lack of aroma on the second wine as well as it being quite limiting on the palate until it had had a chance to warm up in the glass.

For anyone interested in attending our next meet and joining us on the Wine Century Challenge please feel free to contact any one of us on our blogs or Facebook pages as we will add you to the list for those to contact for the next meet which will likely not be until late January next year.

Until next time!

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