Wine Group Lesson 17 ~ Australia

Posted by on August 19, 2011
Wines from Australia


Wine from Australia

The Everyday Guide to Wine says:

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!

Fresh berries from Lora's folks, pickle tray and Dal.

Fresh berries from Lora's folks, pickle tray, olive dip and Dal.

Fresh bread from Kris and Carolyn, salt and pepper pistachios, Cornishons and mozzarella balls.

Fresh bread from Kris and Carolyn, salt and pepper pistachios, Cornishons and fresh mozzarella.

Snack for wine night.

Fresh bread from Erika and Nick, Boursin and tiny toast, more pickles and olives, cheese tray, crackers and watermelon-mint salad in the background (blue bowl).

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!


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