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Monday, February 12, 2007

Wine Tasting : Aussie Shiraz at Sage Restaurant organized by WineKakis (Part B)

This is the follow up list of wines for the Aussie Shiraz tasting session at Sage Restaurant at Robertson Walk on 27th Jan.

Schild Estate Barossa Shiraz 2004

Crystal Wines are now offering this wine at S$61.20, but not sure if it has been sold out.

Smell : Ripen rotting fruit with red flora scents.

Taste : Femininely soft and quite elegant. But somewhat over-cooked, too light for a typical Shiraz.

After-Taste : Vanilla and oak with a short finish.Description at back of bottle : The Schild family established their Barossa vineyard in 1952, and have since developed a reputation for consistency and quality in their approach to viticulture. Through careful selection of the best fruit from our extensive holdings, this Barossa Shiraz, harvested at optimum ripeness, is a classic full style showing why the Barossa is the home of Australian Shiraz. This wine shows a nose of ripe cherries, rich spices and licorice with some vanilla undertones derived from the extended maturation in select new and old American oak. On the palate the flavours explode in a fusion of complex oak and well-integrated tannins with a backbone of rich ripe black plums. A focus on quality rewards the consumer with a wine showing the best of Barossa Shiraz.

St Hallett Blackwell 2001
I understand that Brix is selling the 2004 vintage of this wine at S$52.87. (with VIP discount)

Smell : Delicate nose of dark currents and strawberries.

Taste : Expressive fruit dark cherries, blackcurrent, well-balanced & structrured.

After-Taste : Smooth, no tannins with a medium finish.

Description at back of bottle : As one of Barossa’s renowned Shiraz winemakers, St Hallett sources premium fruit from a number of mature vineyard sites in the Barossa. Stuart Blackwell winemaker since 1974, works with his team of dedicated Shiraz growers in selecting exceptional parcels of fruit from their low yielding vineyards for each release as Blackwell Shiraz. Each parcel is kept separate during crushing fermentation, and throughout oak maturation which equips Stuart with the blending options required in the crafting of wine with great intensity and complexity.

Two Hands Bella’s Garden Barossa Valley Shiraz 2005

Smell : Flora and alcoholic bouquet

Taste : Sweetish concentrated ripe fruit. Highly tasty with mild tannins and slight oak.

After-Taste : Smooth quick finish.

Description at back of bottle : The Two Hands are Michael Twelftree and Richard Mintz. This wine is named after Richard’s daughter, Bella born 28th July 2002.

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  • At 4:47 PM, Anonymous roguehog said…

    so which 3 were your fave for that night? why? whcih of the shirazes paired best with the duck confit?

  • At 4:06 PM, Blogger DesDragon said…

    My fav was the St Hallett, followed by Brown Brothers...unfortuantely I did not have the duck confit...I had the rib eye beef which was divine

  • At 2:49 AM, Anonymous roguehog said…

    imho, i reckon you made the best decision as far as the main course is concerned.

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