|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+)|
|Windy Peaks Pinot from Bortoli (*** 1/2+)|
|Another well received Pinot (****)|
|Top Rated Shiraz: Pyrenees 2009 (****+) - good value|