Wines from Australia
When it comes to wine, Australia does it all—red, white, sparkling; sweet and fortified; wines that age; wines at every price point; every noble variety and then some. If you haven’t found an Australian wine you like, you simply haven’t tried enough of them.
Wines for this lesson include: A Riesling from Eden or Clare Valley, a Sémillon (we couldn’t find this), an oaked Chardonnay, a Shiraz from Western Australia, a Rhône Valley Syrah and a Cabernet Sauvignon from Coonawara.
We had a bunch of lovely food to go with the wine including donations of berries, fresh-made bread and Pavlova. Plus we made chocolate covered strawberries again. Yum!
Now for the wine reviews. We had 3 whites and 3 reds.
2008 Yalumba Riesling, 100% Riesling, $11.49 (unoaked). Noticeable aroma of citrus and petrol. Very oily feeling in the mouth as an aftertaste which increased as the bottle warmed. Moderate alcohol (12%), medium body. Paired well with watermelon-mint salad, strawberries and blue cheese.
2009 Black Opal Chardonnay, 100% Chardonnay, $8.49 (oaked). Buttery, apple, peach aromas, a bit tingly on the tongue, medium acid, medium body, med/high alcohol (13%) and bit bitter/dry aftertaste.
2009? Yellow Tail Moscato, Moscato blend?, $5.57. Apparently this wine is so new it is not up on the website yet and the bottle did not state a year . Don’t let that stop you from trying it. It is delicious – sweet, peachy-orange with a bit of bubbles. Low acid, low alcohol (7.5%), quick finish. Yum. Everyone liked it. And at $5-$6 per bottle – it’s a steal of a deal.
2007 E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône, 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre, $13.57, (oaked 1 ½ years). Obviously old world by the aromas of mineral, olive,and herbal but also a bit of cherry and plum. It was dry, low acid, fairly light bodied, med-high tannins and high alcohol (14%). Paired well with the Boursin.
2008 Milton Park Shiraz, 100% Shiraz, $9.97 (aged in American oak). Aromas of fruit, vanilla, cherry, plum. Fuller body than the Côtes du Rhône, more fruity, a bit higher in acid, 14% alcohol, longer finish. Most in the group preferred the Shiraz over the Syrah.
2009 Penfolds Cabernet Sauvignon, ?% Cab, $8.97 (aged in some American and some French oak). Aromas of black fruit, mint, eucalyptus, and cherry. Dry, gripping tannins, high acid, high alcohol (13.5%).
Well, one more lesson and we will be finished with our wine course. Until next week, cheers!