Category: Heathcote

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 […]

A few quick notes from a recent casual dinner with friends; 1979 Bollinger Grande AnnĂ©e Champagne A slow, fine bead and tenuous mousse. The nose is explosive and intense with marzipan, yeasty bread, honey, apple and mushrooms.The palate is a delight, with lovely, balanced mouth-filling honeyed flavour and with an excellent core of acid to […]

A fun offline in Sydney focusing on “Cult” wines – generally defined as small production (and often hard to obtain) wines that receive large scores from prominent overseas wine critics. All wines except for the two sparkling wines were tasted blind. The identities of the wines were known (except for the mystery wine) but not […]

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 […]

Sanguine Estate (Heathcote) – Chardonnay Viognier 2005 – Not faulty, but just bland and completely unexciting. Some hints of melon and a touch of florality on the nose, but nothing else of interest. 82/100

Heathcote Winery (Heathcote) – There will also be a review of the “Curagee” Shiraz from this producer in the Heathcote master class roundup. “Mail Coach” Viognier 2004 – Some stone fruit and spices on the nose, but sadly overly alcoholic on both the nose and palate. 86/100

This is the final update from the Victorian Winemakers Exhibition 2006. This master class looked at seven Shiraz based wines from the Heathcote region. The wines are listed below in order of preference. Heathcote Estate Shiraz 2003 – Nose is fairly tight at this stage, but after some vigorous swirling I got some dark chocolate, […]