Category: Clare Valley

A great eight hour long dinner at a friends place to enjoy and compare various bottles of Krug and then to try some various wines afterward. The food was as follows; -Amuse bouche: fresh oysters, salmon and avocado tartare, confit of ocean trout, duck and beetroot tartlet. -Terrine au Saumon -Roast Rainbow Trout -Kangaroo Fillet […]

Paul Bara Brut Reserve Grand Cru NV – (Champagne, France): Medium bead with a very light mousse. Smoke, rose petal, lime and a light overlay of roasted nuts form the nose. The palate has a nice intensity of flavour as well as racy, well focussed acid and a slight citrus tang. Champagne of this quality […]

  Fast Facts: Variety: Riesling Region: Clare Valley Country: Australia Winemaker: John Wilson Closure: Cork Alcohol: 12.5% Source: Gift from friend Winery Website: Wilson Vineyard Tasting Note: Straw yellow in colour with specks of green throughout. Honey, toast and fresh lemon zest on the nose. An explosion of lime and honeyed mouth-filling intensity with a […]

Some quick notes from an excellent evening hosted by David Lole in Canberra. All wines were tasted and scored blind except for the Curlewis, the St. Henri and the Petaluma Essence. Rockford Sparkling Black (Sept. 2005 disgorgement) – (Barossa Valley, South Australia): Bright, clean raspberry, cherry, pepper, vanilla and blackberry aromas as well as a […]

I went to a hastily arranged dinner at Sakana-Ya in Crows Nest following the Torbreck tasting at North Sydney Cellars that I wrote about here. The quality of the dishes was good and there was some interesting food that I haven’t tried previously (Fried Eel being an example). The service was attentive and polite. Take […]

Leo Buring Leonay DWU13 Watervale Riesling 1991 (Clare Valley, South Australia): Light golden in colour which seems to hint away from the age. On the slightly shy nose it had freshly squeezed lime juice, some toast, butter and honey. Palate exhibits good length and intensity but perhaps just lacks focus. 89/100 Curlewis Chardonnay 2002 (Geelong, […]

To balance the night of French legends that I spoke of in the last post – it was decided that we should come together again in early April to have a dinner that would be a tribute to some great Australian wines. We gathered at Restaurant Atelier at Glebe – another restaurant with an excellent […]

Fast Facts: Variety: Riesling Region: Clare Valley, South Australia Country: Australia Winemaker: Brian Croser Closure: Cork Alcohol: 12.8% At the time that this was initially released, Brian Croser said that he thought that this was the best Riesling made from the Hanlin Hill vineyard since the famous 1980 Petaluma Riesling. This was the 23rd consecutive […]

All wines were tasted blind at dinner with some friends from the Winestar Forum with the exception of my bottles which were the Bindi, Sorrenberg and the Elk Cove. Bollinger R.D 1988 – (Champagne, France): Disgorged May 2000. Tarnished gold in colour. Toast, walnut, yeasty dough, pears and slightly oxidative nose. Palate is intense but […]

Jeffrey Grosset has been at the forefront of Australian Riesling production over the past two decades. He makes a range of wines, but none are more famed than his two Rieslings, one from Polish Hill and one from Watervale – both located in the Clare Valley in South Australia. Generally it is said that the […]