Tuesday Tipplers

10 May, 2005

Pitman's Denali Terrace

Near to a full contingent (Tod was perambulating abroad) was in attendance at Pitman's in order to test the collective analytical skills.

The thoroughbred palates were honed with an Australian sparkler, Jansz non vintage. Six reds were presented, decanted in the standard plain bottles; each Tippler was presented with a list of the wines and asked to identify which was which. All wines were made from classic Rhone grapes: three straight syrah/shiraz and three blends of shiraz with Grenache and mouvedre/mataro. The lads displayed the usual lack of unanimity in assigning close to random names to the wines. It would appear that Bob the Butcher was the star of the night, with picking two of the three shiraz and two of the three blends - not necessarily the right wines, but the blends as opposed the the straight varietals. A surprising thing was that the Australian wines were not offered as a group from the French - at least, not to the Tipplers' finely tuned taste buds.

The instruments of torture were:

1998 Crozes-Hermitage Les Meysonniers (M Chapoutier)                      +703090

1999 Saint-Joseph (Perrin) Syrah 100%                                                  +738410

1998 Hunter Valley Brokenback Shiraz (Tyrrell's)                                    +

1999 Chateaunef de Pape Domain Saint Laurent (Robert-Henri Sinard)  +
         Grenache 90%, Shiraz 10%
1999 McLaren Vale GSM Grenache Syrah Mourvedre (Rosemount)         +
1998 Barossa Valley Old Vine Shiraz Greanache Mourvedre (Penfolds)    +468637
         Shiraz 56%, Grenache 25%, Mouvedre 19%
The evening was concluded with an Australian "port"
Benjamin Australian Tawny Port (Mildara Wines)

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