Monthly Review: November

Hi everyone,

So this is hopefully going to be a monthly segment that highlights some of the standouts for the month. Let me know if there are any questions you would like me to include in future monthly blog posts.

1. Favourite wine of the month?

Albariño from my wine essential course.

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

Peel Estate has some wonderfully aged reds (Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz) think 2005-2006 for $30-$35. Excellent value for money and my review of their wines will be up on Monday in a weeks time with my review of the winery and my tour of it.

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

Turkey Flat Barossa Valley Rose 2012.

4. What restaurants do I want to return to?

Al Dente – I would like to see what their service is like.

5. What was my favourite meal this month?

It is a toss up between my tandoori chicken pizza from Blend Cafe and the lamb from Capel Vale that I had at Gourmet Escape.

6. Upcoming events for next month?

Summer of Riesling is happening today at Matilda Bay (3-7pm).

George Street Festival (East Fremantle 1-7pm)

Christmas (look out for a food and wine pairing post for Christmas Day this Tuesday).

New Years (Look out for a posts on Champagne and Sparkling wines over the next few weeks).

7. Favourite wine packaging?

The Abstainer, Capital Wines.

The Abstainer, part of the Ministry Series.

The Abstainer, part of the Ministry Series.

Back label for The Abstainer.

Back label for The Abstainer.

8. Best service?

Capel Vale and Darbar both had excellent service who were attentive but did not hover over the table.

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

Dinner at the Pickled Fig in South Fremantle is something I have been wanting to try after having had brunch there a few months ago and enjoying it.

10. Wine Century Challenge.

Total = 23 varietals.

Favourite = Albariño

Meetings with the Perth wine bloggers will begin in December so here’s hoping that number will rise quickly and that I will have new favourites to share with you all soon!

Until next time!

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Wine(s) of the Week: Bring on Summer

First up is a bottle of wine that I opened as dad needed a red wine for the pasta sauce, a 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon from Casillero del Diabelo (Chile). Otherwise I would have loved to have given this wine a little longer in the bottle as 2011 is much too young for a red and it showed when I tasted the wine, even after using the Vinturi and allowing it some time in the glass there was a definite lack of body, and it was unbalanced, lacking tannins and the alcohol and acid were a little high. This wine will only be found in Coles Liquor outlets and retails for ~$15 a bottle. Personally if it is this young then let it age on the shelf (or in your cellar if you have one) a few years before picking up a bottle.

Casillero del Diabelo Cabernet Sauvignon.

I also went to the Rose Revolution (Facebook page here) this past week, which encourages people to try dry Rose this summer. Had some fabulous wine, and some that smelt divine but on the palate were lacking in fruit flavour and depth and were quite disappointing. The top 3 overall wines that I tried along with my favourite packaging are shown below. Full review of the event will be up on the blog next week!

Top 3 Wines from Rose Revolution.

My top 3 Rose’s were (in no particular order):

a) Deep Wood 2012 Rose from Margaret River, which was a blend of 35% Tempranillo, 30% Shiraz, 20% Merlot and 15% Cabernet. A pleasant drop and hopefully one that will make it into Liquorland soon as the red and white from this line are presently in some stores. Tasting notes can be found here.

b) Dandelion Vineyard 2011 Rose from the Barossa, which is 100% Grenache which has spent some time in French Oak. I am quite the fan of Grenache so it was a nice one to stumble across! Tasting notes can be found here. I am not sure where in Perth this wine is stocked but if anyone does see it please let me know!

c) Dal Zotto 2012 Rosato from the King Valley, does not list what grape varietals it is made up of. This wine was highly recommended to some of the people who I spoke to at the Rose Revolution event and I have to say it was a pleasant drop! Again I am unsure as to where you can find this wine in Perth but do share if you see it!

The Abstainer Rose, part of the Ministry Series.

Back label for The Abstainer Rose.

The 2011 Abstainer, produced by Capital Wines in the Canberra District; has a cheeky label which caught my eye and I would have to say that the wine was not bad either, and may have been top 3 material for me but it’s label made it deserving of a special mention all of its own. This wine is made from a combination of Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Like I’ve said for most of the wines tonight, I do not know where you can find this wine in Perth but do let me know if you see it!

I also tasted some wines this week while at my Wine Education Centre course and reviewed them in my blog entry on the course which can be found here.

I also popped open a bottle of Cave de Lugny’s Crémant de Bourgogne to celebrate what I hope is the end of my undergraduate degree! I am quite pleased with this wine, especially at ~$20 for a French (note: from Burgundy not Champagne) bubbly. A full review of this wine will be up with the Restaurant review.

Cave de Lugny’s Crémant de Bourgogne.

Happy Drinking everyone! Hope you had a good past week and weekend! Best of luck to those who still have exams to sit, I am fortunate enough to be free from the constraints of university to expect many more posts on wines as I revel in the start of my summer vacation!

Until next time!