Tuesday Tipplers

June 13, 1995

 

The meeting was possibly the first held on a construction site, in the Pitman basement. Talk of impeachment being fashionable at the time, the question of impeachment was then raised.

 

While waiting for stragglers to arrive, a 1991 Sutherland Semillon from Hunter Valley ($12.90) was demolished: a good quaffer, not for hanging on to.

 

The exercise for the night was to rank six shiraz / syrah / hermitage wines from around the world, when tasted "blind." When ranked from best to worst by each member, the rankings were added for the wines. From best to worst, they were:

                                                

                                                                                                                  mean rank

1991    Penfolds Kalimna Bin 28 South Africa                            $18.95          1.3

1992    Delheim Shiraz Stellenbosch                                           $12.65          3.0

1993    Domaine du Barres Syrah Vin de Pays d'Oc                   $9.45            3.2

1992    Lindemans Shiraz Bin 50 South Eastern Australia            $8.95            3.8

1992    Chapoutier La Petite Ruche Crozes Hermitage                $16.80          4.3

1991    Simonsig Shiraz Stellenbosch                                          $13.45          5.0

 

The Penfolds wine was selected as best by all bar one taster and the Simonsig ranked four or six by all. Given the variation in individual preferences, the other wines came out pretty much on a par with each other with the exception of the Chapoutier, with which the ratings showed differences in individual preferences of style: two ranked is as 2 or 3, while four placed it at 5 or 6.

 

While that hard sums were being done, the Montana Lindauer Brut from New Zealand ($14.95) acted as a palate cleanser.

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