Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Report from ... Victorian Regional Identity – July 18, 2012

Sounds dirty, but it's really about wine

The title of this article refers to Victoria, Australia – not the life and times in the Victorian age … just in case you were wondering. 

Australia has seen a fall off of sales lately, it’s tough to fall from the top dog position, but even tougher to make your way back to the top.  So these days, instead of making what one Australia referred to as “Wanker Wines” (high alcohol fruit bombs) a style they have been known for all these years, Australia is now starting to think about showing regional diversity in the glass – starting with Victoria.
Tasting of 17 wines from Victoria, Australia

Interesting things to note about Victoria …
Victoria is diverse and densely populated (winery wise); there are more wineries and regions in this state than in South Australia. 

Other than Tasmania, Victoria is the smallest state, but has the greatest diversity of site climates and wine styles in Australia.  23 of 64 geographic indicators are cooler than Bordeaux..

Phylloxera is almost non-existent in many areas of Australia, and they have some of the oldest plantings of Shiraz, Mourvedre and Grenache, many still un-grafted; and some date back to the 1840’s.

The Wines …
Today we tasted some 17 wines form Victoria, below is my scoring of those wines, many are very good, but few were outstanding:
Top Rated Chardonnay (*** 1/2+)

3.5 star wines (*** ½) …
Kooyong Massale Pinot Noir 2011 (Mornington Peninsula) - $39.95
Yabby Lake Vineyard Pinot Noir 2007 (Mornington Peninsula) - $49.95
Camelback Shiraz 2008 (Sunbury) - $26.95
Ladies Who Shoot Their Lunch Shiraz 2009 (Strathbogie Ranges) - $34.95
Tar & Roses Shiraz 2010 (Heathcote) - $21.95
Innocent Bystander Chardonnay 2011 (Yara Valley) - $23.95
Windy Peaks Pinot from Bortoli (*** 1/2+)
3.5+ star wines (*** ½+) …
Taltarni T Series Sauvignon Blanc / Semilon (Pyrenees) - $17.95
Caledonia Australis Chardonnay Reserve 2008 (Gippsland) - $39.95
De Bortoli Windy Peak Pinot Noir 2010 (Yara Valley) - $17.95
Tahbilk Shiraz 2008 (Nagambie Lake) - $19.95
Another well received Pinot (****)
4 star wines (****) …
Giant Steps Gladysdale Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008 (Yarra Valley) - $39.95
Blackjack Block 6 Shiraz 2009 (Bendigo) - ~$35.00
Top Rated Shiraz: Pyrenees 2009 (****+) - good value
4+ star wines (****+) …
Pyrenees Ridge Shiraz 2009 (Pyrenees) - $24.00
De Bortoli Noble One Botrytis Semillon - $29.95

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