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!

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Halliday Day: Week 13 – De Bortoli

Hi everyone,

This week’s Halliday Day post will be on the third winery I visited in the Yarra Valley while on holiday over there a few weeks ago. De Bortoli has vineyards across eastern Australia including the Yarra Valley (solid 5 star winery for James Halliday in his 2012 Australian Wine Companion) and the Hunter Valley (4 star winery) , both of which I have visited, as well as in the King Valley (reviewed by James Halliday with the Yarra Valley winery) and Riverina (another 5 star solid winery), which I have not yet had the chance to visit.

While in the Yarra Valley earlier this year I had the chance to visit the cellar door at De Bortoli and sample some of their wines. My notes on the winery and what I sampled while I was there can be found in this blog post.

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Many people know the Name De Bortoli due to it’s infamous Nobel One desert wine, which is a delicious wine that needs to be tried at least once in everyone’s lives. I had the chance to sample this wine while attending the Wine Essentals Course run by the Wine Association of Western Australia last year and my notes on it can be found in this blog post.

De Bortoli is noted by Halliday to give good value for money wines with consistent quality levels across it’s lines from the cheaper lower quality wine label under it’s brand to it’s higher quality labels. The Yarra Valley Winery focuses on producing sustainable wines which reflect the characteristics of the region. Below is a short video on the Winery’s sustainability views and changes it has made.

De Bortolli has a variety of brands that it produces wine under. Including Windy Peak, La Boheme, Gulf Station, Sacred Hill to name a few common ones along with estate listed wines. I have across the ranges not yet found a wine of theirs which I am disappointed with.

Feel free to leave a common below on your favourite De Bortoli wines/labels that I need to try or any  wines of their that you have tried and remembered (for good or bad reasons).

Until next time!

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!