W ine World had a Australian Wine tasting seminar featuring Danielle Winkler of Negociants Friday night. Danielle is the Mid-Atlantic Territory Manager and National Accounts Manager for the East Coast.
Danielle works for Negociants Australia, a importer and representative of outstanding family owned wineries from Australia. http://www.negociantsaustralia.com
As usual the seminar started with the whites then a break in the middle to sample some great nibbles that had a Halloween theme (including some pumpkin hummus).
After the break out came the reds. First up were two cabs from the two Australian regions known for Cabernet Sauvignon. “Whether you love or hate cabs everyone knows what they are and usually think Bordeaux or California. But two regions in Australia as also known for Cabernet Sauvignon and produce great cabs. Coonawarra, in South Eastern Australia and Margaret River, which is the most remote place you can go to from the East Coast in all the world.”
Both regions get maritime influences that are somewhat similar to Bordeaux in that clouds during the growing season help keep the temperature moderate. What makes Coonawarra different from other regions is its terra rossa soil which is red in color and sits on top of limestone. Margeret River is an area new to wine production being that the first vines were planted in the 1960’s (earlier attempts in the 19th century failed).
The wines produced in these areas are more “relaxed” and more Old World than the ones you see from California. This is a premium region for cabernet sauvignon grapes, the wines are softer and not as heavy. The Jim Barry “The Cover Drive” Cabernet Sauvignon is in homage to the old Penola cricket ground that was slated for destruction but saved by Jim Barry. He preserved the original pavillion and pitch and used the remaining part of the 30 acres to plant a Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard. The term Cover Drive is similar to baseball’s Home Run. This wine spends 12 months in 50% American Oak and 50% French Oak.
Next was the Ringbolt Cabernet Sauvignon from Margaret River. The maritime influence of the Indian and Southern Oceans help produce complex flavors in this wine. Very inky. Has a marvelous aroma. This is a wonderful cab.
Then came the Yalumba Patchwork Shiraz from Barossa. 2012, she said, was one of the most remarkable vintages. Everything seemed to go right for 2012. The wine is named for the patchwork look of the region when seen from the air. The area produces Shiraz that can run $450 to 500 per bottle. Patchwork spends 15 months in American, French and Hungarian oak with varying time in each and some new oak and some old oak.
Next was the Scribbler Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz blend. This is based on Yalumba’s more expensive Signature Series. This wine uses French, American and Hungarian oak. Which brings up an important part of Yalumba’s wine making. They have their own cooperage. Starting in 1902 they decided to start making their own barrels because they couldn’t get any decent barrels sent from abroad. They now get the raw wood from American, France and Hungary and make their own.
Last for the evening was the Yalumba Muscat Museum Reserve. This is a dessert wine very much in the style of a port. Calling it a Museum wine pays homage to the earliest wines shipped from Australia to England. They shipped “fortified” wines which are typically wines that have a neutral spirit added to help with the long journey to England and typically has a sweeter taste. “Dessert in a glass,” she added.
A great seminar featuring great wines. Next up for Wine World is First Friday tasting on Nov. 6th. 5-8PM
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Where: Wine World, 133 Georgia Ave., North Augusta, SC
When: Friday, October 30, 2015, 7pm.
Cost: 20 prepaid and $25 at the door if space is available. Reservations suggested as space will be limited.
Here are the wines presented (click to see more):
- Jim Barry Lodge Hill Dry Riesling 2014
- Yalumba Unwooded Y-Series Chardonnay 2014
- Yalumba Viognier 2011
- YalumbaShiraz Viognier 2008
- Yalumba Old Bush Vine Grenache 2013
- Jim Barry The Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
- Ringbolt Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
- Patchwork Shiraz 2012
- The Scribbler Cabernet Sauvignon
- Yalumba Muscat Reserve
Here are the detailed wine notes:
Jim Barry Lodge Hill Dry Riesling 2014 | Clare Valley, Australia
The wine has a pale straw colour in the glass. Opens with aromas of lifted spice, orange blossom and lime.
On the palate there is huge volume of flavour with notes of grapefruit, lime and spice. There is a creaminess to the palate and exhibits great line and drive with crisp acidity on the finish.–From their Website
Yalumba Unwooded Y-Series Chardonnay 2014 | Australia
Colour: Pale straw with a green hue. Aroma: The Yalumba Y Series Unwooded Chardonnay 2014 greets you with a rich aroma of freshly roasted cashew nuts and clotted cream as well as a hint of flinty complexity. Palate: The palate shows zesty freshness, there is a tight acid drive that is complemented by the complexity arising from lees stirring and wild ferment. The wine is textural and finishes fresh and long. Enjoy with: This Chardonnay should be enjoyed now – try with lemon and lime BBQ chicken thighs, with coriander fried rice.–From their Website
Yalumba Viognier 2011 | Eden Valley, Australia
Fermented and matured for 8-1/2 months in older French oak. The Yalumba Eden Valley Viognier 2011 is perfumed and luscious – displaying
all the essence of the Viognier variety. It has pure aromas of apricot nectar, lifted honeysuckle and orange oil perfume. The palate is long, rich and luscious, with intense stone fruit – particularly apricots – and finishing with an aromatic citrus freshness. This wine will continue to grow and develop in the bottle firstly showing enhanced apricots and spice, then after a couple of years developing honey flavours and toast. A wonderful food wine – try it with Moroccan Tagine.This wine will continue to grow and develop in the bottle, firstly showing enhanced apricot and spice flavours, before developing honey flavours and toast after approximately two years.–From their Website
YalumbaShiraz Viognier 2008 | Eden Valley, Australia
This Shiraz Viognier wine is full depth red in colour with purple hues, and shows violet, wild berry and dark cherry aromas, meaty and spicy with black pepper hints. The palate is medium- to full-bodied with beautifully defined fruit, juicy right in the middle with a long, intense and elegant palate with black espresso-like tannins to finish.–From their Website
Yalumba Old Bush Vine Grenache 2013 | Australia
The 2013 is a lively and expressive wine with layers of raspberry compote, cherry paté de fruit and Asian spices, with underlying hints of briar and stalk that help to maintain the wines freshness. The palate is medium weighted Grenache that is deliciously silky, balanced and structured with gorgeous clarity and precision. Pair with smoked duck.–From their Website
Jim Barry The Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 | Coonawarra, South Australia
This wine is deep garnet in colour with high clarity. The nose is very aromatic, displaying characters of cassis, cedar, blackcurrant and hints of dried herbs. The palate is medium bodied and generous, showing fine tannins, highlighted by flavours of boysenberry, menthol and morello cherries. As with previous releases of ‘The Cover Drive’, the wine displays harmonious balance and can be enjoyed now or will reward cellaring for 5 years. –From their Website
Ringbolt Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 | Margaret River, Australia
The 2008 Ringbolt Cabernet Sauvignon is mid to full depth in color, showing a purple-crimson hue. The nose displays fully ripened fruit with red berries, curry leaf, cassis and oak barrel spiciness. This wine is generous and inviting, opening to plush red fruits building to a full mid palate fleshiness then leading to a complex meld of fruit, briar and edgy tannins. This modern styled Cabernet and, though the palate sensations are long, they are refreshing. Enjoy with Tapas!–From their Website
Patchwork Shiraz 2012 | Barossa, Australia
This wine opens with lush and juicy dark cherry, licorice spice and wild flower notes that lead into a brambly herbal savour with smoky earth tones. On the palate a satin textured dark mulberry and plum fruit appears with a succulent jazzy acidity lifting the gravelly fruit. A ferrous minerality runs through the palate leaving it savoury and moorish. Cellar: Great now, but will reward at least a further 3 – 5 years in the cellar.
Food: Open while the lamb is in the oven, and have a second bottle on hand.–From their Website
The Scribbler Cabernet Sauvignon | Eden Valley, Australia
The wine opens with floral notes of red compote berries. Very coastal aromas, and a fresh palate, with a very direct line of fruit running through and hints of cool mints and rich midpalate textures. This is an energetic wine, with a mouth coating powdery tannin finish. OAK: Matured for 12 months in 12% new Hungarian, French and American oak hogsheads and barriques, with the balance in one to five year old French, American & Hungarian barrels. FOOD MATCH: Pair with a classic beef Wellington. –From their Website
Yalumba Muscat Reserve | SE Australia
375 ml.This is one of their Victoria Dessert Wines.