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Saturday, July 01, 2006

Wine Entry : Wyndham Estate Show Reserve 1997 (Australian)


Had dinner yesterday with C.K. and wife last night at Jerry’s Grill and Bar at Tanglin Shopping Center. It is a Baby Back Ribs and Steak place. Their batter covered Mushrooms appetizer was delightful and very juicy, about $14 for about 15 pieces. The baby black ribs were also very tasty and the BBQ sauce was pretty unique, however a little dry and charred.
Following dinner we adjourned to C.K.’s house for a drink, before the World Cup game of Germany vs Argentina. I had bought this bottle from the DFS for about S$38, was attracted to it because it seemed to have won quite a number of awards, judging by the gold and silver medal stickers on the bottle. To name some, Monde Selection 2001, Finger Lakes 2001, Melbourne Show 2001, etc. For a wine that had been cellaring for about 9 years, it was still a dark, garnet ruby colour.

[See C.K. performing deft moves to open the bottle.]

Smell : Intense blackcurrents, waft of spice and pepper.

Taste : Fruit content is lacking and minimal but smooth with dark chocolate. No significant concentrations of tannins.

After-taste : Slightly spicy and pepperish and even salty at the end. Warm and heavy finish.

Description at back of bottle : Blended from Cabernet and Merlot, this wine exhibits a complex bouquet of ripe berry and plum fruit with a violet flora background. The rich flavours of Cabernet marry with the softer character of Merlot with hints of spice, vanilla and chocolates brought together by fine oak tannins. The finish is soft and persistent. The 1997 Cabernet Merlot has excellent cellaring potential with bottle age characters adding to the wine’s complexity. Cellaring potential 5-10 years.



  • At 1:50 AM, Anonymous slurp! said…

    coolz wine blog! :)

    seriously, i didn't know if DFS ever cellar (probably) their wines at all. I never buy anything from DFS airport as i find that their prices aren't the lowest.

    but would certainly grab that occassion young Rosemount GSM for cellaring, if found on their shelf :)

    thanks for dropping by my blog :)

  • At 1:52 AM, Anonymous slurp! said…

    oops! I mean (properly) and NOT (probably) late night typing is really bad :P

  • At 11:33 AM, Blogger DesDragon said…

    No problem Slurp...Thanks for commenting.
    Just that I travel around the region so often that it is a waste if I do not grab my entitlement rite?! :)

  • At 9:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Why talk about a wine which is available in supermarket?
    Talk about things which is not so easily available

  • At 9:38 AM, Blogger DesDragon said…

    Well there are plus points of talking about wine readily available in the supermarkets, it helps all those ppl who want to try the wines but dun know how they taste to get an opinion and rel. price.
    Of cos if possible, I will also feature wines that are not so common to highlight the joys of find a gem in the maze of wines available nowsadays.


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