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Had a Pumpa 2012 Cabernet/shiraz/Tempy tonight, a stunner for about $22+. Great body, full on fruit, a winery I had never heard of but each of these 4 or so that i have had over 2 years was spot on. Easily an 8.25/10.
Saturday night had the Gibson Shiraz again. Great wine indeed. Also a 2015 Lake breeze cabernet, damn nice and always consistent. The surprise of the night for many was a dan murphys cleanskin, something called Bin 49 merlot. Damn fine starter of the night with enough fruit and body to make it thoroughly enjoyable. I think it sells for about $7 and it is better than a few twenty dollar wines we all have bought.
A friend very generously put on a vertical tasting of the Howard Park Riesling including all vintages made under screw cap. Ie 2001 - 2018 and threw in the 1997 for good measure. WOTN was the 2010 followed very closely by the 2005. We were also lucky enough to have someone from Howard Park join us who was a wealth of information and all round nice guy.
Tonight at Pisco Elqui in the Elqui Valley in Chile.
Now, this valley and the adjacent four are in the specified Pisco appellation where about 10,000 ha of grapes are grown for distillation to produce Pisco (the base liquor of Pisco Sour fame). The predominant variety for that is Muscat. (BTW, Chile produces far more Pisco than Peru).
There are almost no table wine producers in the region, but near to where @juddles and I are staying tonight is one. We gave this one of theirs a crack tonight over dinner at a restaurant in the village that stocked it. Far too young, but it is the first of this 5 variety blend. Quite light textured, given the abv level, and somewhat spicy, but I reckon it will settle into something quite nice in another 3-5 years, if not more.
Well-presented stylish labelling suggests it’s not a Mickey Mouse operation. We may get a chance to visit the cellar door on Friday on the way back down the valley.