TUESDAY TIPPLERS February 11 2014

 

The Tipplers gathered at Keith’s place for the February tasting in the bitter chill of an Arctic vortex. Absent were Bob, who was foolishly seeking relief from winter in Ontario by visiting England (wet, windy & non too warm either) and a last minute cancellation from Gus. We started with some Wakefield Riesling 2011 from Oz - bargain basement priced at $11.75 Vintages clearance, they must be awash in the stuff, but not too bad as a starter. On to the reds. 2 varietals were represented with a pair of varietal #1, a pair of varietal #2 and a pair of the two blended together. The Tipplers were asked to try to sort out which pair was the blend and which of the other wines were paired together. Identification of the varietals was the final part of the challenge. The following wines were served:

 

Wakefield Clare Valley Shiraz 2010 ($17)

Wakefield Clare Valley Jaraman Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 ($24.95)

Majella “The Musician” Coonawarra Cabernet Shiraz 2012 ($19.95)

Chapel Hill McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 ($24.95)

Chapel Hill McLaren Vale Shiraz 2010 ($25.95)

Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 2010 ($44.95)

 

The Oz provenance of the wines was established fairly quickly although not unanimously, following which it was a relatively simple matter to name the varietals as Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. The remainder of the exercise proved more challenging but half of the group correctly identified the blends. Tippler Flan distinguished himself and shocked everyone (except himself?) by getting everything right, a rare occurrence in the annals of tippling. The Penfolds Bin 389 was the most popular drop although it appears to be gradually pricing itself out of the market and the Musician struck a resonant chord as best value. So when all was said and done the Tipplers appeared to favour the principle of blending grapes in order to obtain a wine which made the most of the individual varietal features. The evening’s festivities concluded with baklava, frozen yoghurt and maple syrup washed down with Kourtaki Muscat of Samos only $14.95 for a full bottle and well worth every drachma.

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