Good question. Even after two hours of decanting my initial reaction was meh it’s not better than the Estate.How does it compare with their standard grenache?
actually, i forgot all about Knappstein Insider
i drink more than one bottle within a few daysI applaud you for being able to drink one bottle within 3-4 days, that’s self restraint! Mine rarely last to see another sunrise
i don't usually use half bottles, just keep the mid-consumed originals overnight in the fridgeThat's interesting, I didn't really like it on the third night as it felt like the perfume and aromas had been lost. However, maybe it comes down to not storing it as well, didn't quite follow the half bottle hack.
hopefully you saw this?I wouldn't picking up a few bottles of Malbec to drink in the short term. If I am only looking to spend $20-30 a bottle, am I better going domestically (Langhorne Crk seems to be a hotbed for the stuff) or grab some Argentinian bottles. Any recommendations?
haven't had much chenin blanc, but recently received tripe.Iscariot Absolution Wilyabrup 2018 - other option was the 2018 Brash HigginsDowned this sexy little number at Wooleen Station (I BYO'ed it). Damn it's good. In fact, (and I've said this before) Brash Higgins wines are all round really good. A producer worth seeking out.
Also wine related and will cover in my TR, you can see a door slightly ajar behind the snooker table. That leads down the wine cellar at Wooleen. Decently stocked with mainly WA wines. Not bad for a catttle stations out in the middle of nowhere!
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which M&Bs and how were they?
good adjective - yes, i found the 2018 Paralian somewhat different to other preferred grenaches
acidity is definitely the difference between good dessert wine and lolly waterI've actually had the Azul Tokaji before - we had it blind as part of WSET where they were trying to show us the difference between botrytis and appassimento.
The Tokaji blew my mind as I'm not usually a sweet wine type of guy, but it just tasted like liquid honey without the glugliness - acidity really helped offset the sweetness.
I'll have to confess that it wasn't my cup of tea on the night. In the past I probably would have found it quite provoking, but I no longer seem to enjoy the typical cab sauv notes (herbal/capsicum flavours, leathery and tobaccoey). I didn't actually get a lot of fruit notes that seem to be common in tastings notes for the drop.how was the 2014 Juniper?
I've had some very nice Argentinian malbec in recent times. Much nicer than the aussie imho... Last one was a vinalba gran reservado 2015 for $15 from VM which we had in a malbec tasting night. Nearly all 20 odd preferred the Argentinian over the 5 aussie ones, including some costing four times as much. Take a chance I say...Although I have a few recommendations for Argentinian Malbec (as per a few posts above) it's hard to source them in Australia.
This isn't a bad effort from Ferngrove: Ferngrove Black Label 2018 Malbec | | Ferngrove Wine
I debated buying Serrat's 2019 Pinot Noir, but went the 2019 Shiraz Viognier instead. Maybe the Pinot Noir is built for ageing, which may explain why you did not think it to be outstanding.View attachment 228090 3.5/5 for the Meta Grenache. Was expecting more given the $38 price tag (I paid $30 through Qantas Wine and also got a swag of bonus points, which dulls the pain).
Strong raspberry and strawberry notes, with some herbs as well.
Relatively high acidity and tannins, which hopefully will lead to some improvement over coming years for the remainder of my case.
4/5 for the Serrat Pinot noir. Dominated by primary fruit notes, especially cherry and red plum. Also some fig. Enjoyable but not outstanding. Again, hoping for improvement in coming years.
Thats why i found the reviews of the warramuda very disappointing here because Victoria cabernets provided they always get a good airing are lovely.Superb combination of power and elegance, also good value for money. Yes it’s $100 and rarely discounted but you’ll struggle to find similar quality Bordeaux blend in Australia at this price.
Hope you cellared some!Just remembered to take a pic before the bin night.
Really refreshing wine with a nice mineral finish, balanced with fruits in the citrus and the stone fruit spectrum.
Mainly fruits and mineral in the first few sips, then started to taste more of the butter, cream complexity. Very subtle oak flavors in the background. Sort of reminds me of an oaked Chablis.
The mrs quite enjoyed it. Very good quality wine...but personally I prefer it more buttery.
You have good timing. Was at wine tasting last night and got to chat with the host about Viognier. She said one of her favourites in Australia is Yalumba. Your photo reminds me to try it soon.
recently:Superb combination of power and elegance, also good value for money. Yes it’s $100 and rarely discounted but you’ll struggle to find similar quality Bordeaux blend in Australia at this price.
Yes good point. I should have clarified that I meant ‘rarely discounted’ by the winery or the merchant who sell them. Most of my YY wines were purchased using different vouchers but never actually saw them go on sale/clearance. Then again, up until this year I could say the same about MM so there is hope