Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Report from ... B&W Wines Australian Trade Event - October 16, 2012
Yes, yes - elegance and balance are very important in a wine, but sometimes you just want a high-alcohol, sexy, supple wine that you could drink till you pass out. Hello Australia. As much as they try to talk to us about diversity of terroir and regionality, in the end it’s all about those jammy, juicy, chewy beasts that make us all go mmm. And so today, as B & W Wines welcomed Aussie producers to town out came my inner big wine slut, and I made the trek to Toronto to taste through the Aussie-side of their portfolio, here's a list of the wines I discovered (most wines are either available thru private order or consignment) ...
Three-and-a-half star wines (*** 1/2) ...
First Drop 2011 Bella Coppia Adelaide Hills Arneis ($26.95 - private) - crisp and citrusy.
Jansz NV Premium Cuvee ($24.95 - consignment) - fresh, clean and crisp.
Twelftree Wines 2011 Rose Single Vineyard Grenache ($26.95 - consignment) - nice dry finish.
Three-and-a-half plus star wines (*** 1/2+) ...
Lucky Country 2011 Shiraz ($16.80 - #145276) - raspberry, cherry and black pepper.
Mollydooker 2011 The Violinist Verdelho ($29.95 - consignment) - lime pith.
Mollydooker 2010 Gigglepot Cabernet ($64.95 - consignment) - white pepper and raspberry.
Oxford 2011 Merlot ($14.95 - consignment) - blueberry and spice.
Paxton 2009 Paxton Jones Block Shiraz ($32.95 - #149914) - nice punch of strawberry.
Pirramimma Wines 2010 White Label Tannat ($25.95 - private) - leather, red fruit and spice.
Two Hands Wines 2011 Sexy Beast Cabernet Sauvignon ($29.95 - consignment) - raspberry-mocha.
Four star wines (****) ...
First Drop 2009 JR Gantos McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon-Touriga Nacional ($36.95 - consignment) - lots of plum and chocolate.
Henschke 2009 Keyneton Euphonium ($49.95 - consignment) - great fruit and spice.
Mollydooker 2009 Blue Eyed Boy Shiraz ($49.95 - consignment) - tons of chocolate raspberry.
Penley Estate 2008 Hyland Shiraz ($21.95 - consignment) - serious with fruit and mineral.
Pirramimma Wines 2010 Petit Verdot ($26.95 - #986752) - nice and spicy.
Pirramimma Wines 2010 White Label Shiraz Viognier ($25.95 - private) - baked fruit.
Rockford Estate 2006 Basket Press Shiraz ($74.95 - private) - chocolate, licorice, spice.
Two Hands Wines 2011 Brave Faces Shiraz Grenache ($29.95 - vintages 10/2012) - fruit driven.
Yangarra Estate 2007 McLaren Vale Cadenzia GSM ($36.95 - private) - vanilla and raspberries.
Four plus star wines (****+) ...
First Drop 2009 2% Barossa Shiraz ($39.00 - Vintages 02/2013) - with 2% Tempranillo; lovely spicy finish.
Langmeil 2009 Orphan Bank Shiraz ($59.95 - private) - made from 90-140 year old vines.
Mollydooker 2010 Carnival of Love Shiraz ($100.00 - consignment) - complex.
Mollydooker 2009 The Velvet Glove ($211.00 - consignment) - spiced chocolate box.
Penley Estate 2009 Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon ($23.95 - consignment) - delicate and delicious.
Two Hands Wines 2010 Lily's Garden Shiraz ($62.95 -#683086) - blackberry, plum and chocolate.
Two Hands Wines 2008 Ares Shiraz ($168.00 - private) - big aromas and flavours with a port-like finish.
Twelftree Wines 2011 Greenock Single Vineyard Grenache/Mataro ($46.95 - consignment) - framboise and chocolate.
Yalumba 2006 Octavius ($110.00 - vintages 10/2012) - raspberry and red licorice.
Yangarra Estate 2009 McLaren Vale Shiraz ($34.95 - private) - complex fruit with a spicy-peppery finish.
Yangarra Estate 2006 High Sands McLaren Vale Grenache ($64.95 - private) - lots of chocolate and red berries.
Four-and-a-half star wines (**** 1/2) ...
Langmeil 2009 Valley Floor Shiraz ($24.95 - consignment) - vanilla and rich red fruit.
Mollydooker 2010 Two Left Feet Shiraz, Cab, Merlot ($29.95 - consignment) - juicy, cherry jam with a chocolate finish - quite possibly my favourite of the day.
Pirramimma Wines 2008 Old Bush Vine Grenache ($24.95 - #108068) - lots and lots of black fruit, cassis and chocolate.
Two Hands Wines 2010 Angels Share Shiraz ($28.95 - consignment) - sexy and supple.
Twelftree Wines 2010 Blewitt Springs Single Vineyard Shiraz ($69.95 - consignment) - chocolate, strawberry, raspberry and white pepper.