Nice wines I have drunk recently - Red or White

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I've been meaning to share a trio of dessert/fortified wines for quite a while but finally two weeks of home quarantine have given me the opportunity (got caught up in the Brisbane "hot spot" outbreak after returning to Tas a week ago)...
IMG_1201.JPG IMG_1202.JPG The fact that it is referred to as "Tokay" rather than "Topaque" gets my pulse racing right from the start! Still holding up remarkably well, the cork notwithstanding, gorgeous notes of honey and caramel with a complexity that builds with each sip, hard to imagine it can can become any more unified, jersey toffee and slightly burnt butter-scotch, delicious!

The next two equally delicious but I'll start with the Seppelt Vintage fortified Shiraz. At nearly forty years of age it is still drinking wonderfully well, red fruits still get the upper hand as if funneled through a copper retort to a syrupy essence, saved from being cloying by the blackberry-like acidity and faint hints of liquorice and cinnamon on the finish, yum.

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? The 2007 Château Guirad is nothing short of exquisite. Upon first sip the wine has the quintessential taste and aroma of apricots peculiar to Sauternes but this has been amplified and expanded upon to create a synthesis of perception and reality. Chilled, home-preserved apricots, the syrup eaten by the spoonful, leathery yet yielding dried apricots and ultimately the evocation of drifting through an orchard of apricots in high summer buzzing with cicadas and bees and infused with the scent of mock-orange blossom. Full bodied, layered and dense enough to fully coat the mouth, the noble rot playing more than a supporting role in providing a foil to the unctuous sweetness, all the parts are in harmony. I tasted my first Sauternes in the mid-eighties (a 1967 Château Sudiraut) and have never abandoned the thought that they are the ultimate dessert wine... and finally a big thank you to Rug for gifting all three wines :)
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Was looking for an occasion to open this bottle and finally got one last night.

https://www.koreanbutterfly.com.au

Korean butterfly is the creation of two chefs, Korean and Italian who both worked at Michelin starred restaurants overseas. Dinner is omakase with menu changing daily depending on local produce sourced on the day. The menu is normally between 12-14 courses and is attempting to showcase Korean food in a fusion way beyond the simple BBQ style most restaurants outside Korea are known for.
The restaurant was initially supposed to open in Melbourne but the long lockdown last year forced them to select another location and this is how Brisbane won a unique fine dining experience.

Anyway, back to the wine. I love a good CS and CS blend. Best Aussie ones usually found in Margaret River but some of the very best come from Yarra Valley, particularly Bordeaux blends such as YY No.1 and MM Quintet. The 2006 was drinking beautifully, such an elegant wine which pairs well with a larger verity of dishes. It turned out to be the perfect choice to BYO.

Btw, the reason this restaurant allows BYO (at $15pp) is they are still waiting for their liquor license which is supposed to be approved by the end of Jan. As seen on the photo below they already have a Liebherr fridge ready to be stocked up.

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Last night chanced it at City Cellar City Cellar - Homepage Larry Cerubino's new wine bar in Subiaco. Was suitable impressed. Brilliant wine list with wines at every price point. Lots of back vintage stuff at good prices. We landed up with a 1999 Houghton Gladstone Cab. Cost $130.

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Tonight this cheeky Chardy from Peel Estate. Stunning value. Turns out I paid $20 at the cellar door five years ago. I've posted a few Peel Estate wines over the years on here. Clearly I'm a fan.

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Not wine but had Coopers Stout, and a dram each of Starward Two Fold, Starward Nova, and Starward Fortis. For Aussie whisky, Starward is exceptional value.
 

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Grange 2001 last night at our favourite little restaurant at henley beach called acacia.
Wine was Devine, it was decanted for a hour. It was still a big powerful wine, the 2001 vintage was 100% Shiraz.
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Surely you could have found a restaurant one suburb north to enjoy the Grange ;)
 

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How does the macconais compare with domestic chardonnay?

This wine was pretty entry level stuff. Still pretty good. This came in a mixed VM 6 pack of French whites. Therefore cost me $30. At that price point I'm super happy with this. Even at $50 wouldn't have been disappointed, but perhaps lacking the value factor. Good balance of lime, white peach, hints of oak. None of that nuttiness I often find in white Burg. Good weight and length. Good, but not great.

Asking for a comparison to domestic Chardy assumes all Australian examples are of a similar style, which IMHO is far from accurate.
 
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