Jan 142015
 

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At the very start of 2015, Aussie Wine Guy was a guest at regular contributor Ted’s wedding in Melbourne, Australia.  It was my honour to be responsible for the careful decanting of a precious 40 year old bottle of port from Rutherglen stalwart Stanton & Kileen.

The bottle had been bought for Ted by his father, when he was born (sorry Ted, it does give away your age!).  Needless to say, the task of removing the cork without tainting the bottle was not easy, but was managed very carefully with skill and focus.

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Aussie Wine Guy is proud to bring you these photos from the uncorking and decanting of the 40 year old port, courtesy of Michael Weinhardt photography, who were the official photographers at the wedding reception.

Dec 122014
 

Hello Wine Fans,

It has been yet another stellar year for great wine and although we’re soon bringing the year to a close, AWG looks forward to the Christmas season and the dawn of a new year.  Stay tuned to AWG, as we have some Xmas wine reviews coming soon.

Without a doubt, 2015 will herald tantalizing new releases and Aussie Wine Guy will be right here providing more helpful Australian and International wine tasting notes and wine reviews.

Enjoy a wonderful and safe holiday season,

AWG

Dec 052014
 

Today Aussie Wine Guy and colleagues had the opportunity to dine at the well regarded Aubergine restaurant in the heart of Griffith, in the heart of Canberra.

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As everyone’s orders were slightly different, we needed a wine which would compliment a fairly diverse range of textures and flavours.  AWG’s initial temptation was to order a bottle of either new world or old world Pinot Noir, however the house sommelier had a much more inspired suggestion: Beaujolais.

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Beaujolais had acquired a bit of a nasty reputation in more recent decades, mainly as “cheap plonk”, and perhaps had been all but written off until recent vintages.  Then, unexpectedly, came a new wave of quality releases – and the basis for the recommendation today.

The specific label recommended – a 2012 Jean Foillard Morgon “Côte du Py” – is a remarkable wine made organically (never using synthetic herbicides or pesticides) and with such attention to detail that only the healthiest grapes make the vintage.  It paired brilliantly with our selections. 

Aubergine is a first rate establishment, with impeccable service.  It is rated amongst the top restaurants in town and for good reason.  The food, presentation and atmosphere harken to an era when dining out was not just an occasion to eat, but to be experienced!  At this, Aubergine certainly delivers. 

Rather than describe each dish, AWG prefer to let the pictures do the talking.

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Shiro kin wagyu rump cap, celtuce, marinated leeks, oyster vinaigrette

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Bangalow sweet pork neck, parsley root, braised endive, muntries

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Chocolate and praline delicé, vanilla cream, lemon curd

The three course affair was most pleasing to the tastebuds, each dish was expertly crafted to provide a gourmet contrast to the wine.    Speaking of.. if you have written off beaujolais.. now’s a good time to take another look.

This wine had a most agreeable body, the bouquet was a powerful and tempting array of flavours (currants and a hint of cloves) which was well met by a suple and smooth textured finish – a fine array of complimentary flavours, from berries to spices and complete with well structured tannins which seem to hold up to scrutiny one might reserve for a highly praised Bordeaux!

Indeed it’s an interesting time for Beaujolais, AWG wouldn’t be surprised if the wine wasn’t overdue for a resurgence in what is an increasingly competitive market.  Keep an eye on this region.

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Sep 052014
 

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Central NSW, past the colourful canola fields and through the elevated cool climate vineyards, today AWG found his way to the town of Orange on business; but naturally gravitated towards a wine related sidebar to enjoy some local wines.

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Dinner this evening was generously hosted at the local restaurant eighteen70 which features a delectable menu and impressive wine list.

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Earlier in the evening, the tasting began with two glasses from local producer Belgravia of their 2011 vintage Cabernet Sauvignon.  This was an elegant cool climate red, still young and developing but already charming with a sweet bouquet and intricate body, even better after a few swirls in the glass.

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Fastforwarding to the dinner venue again, the restaurant was an impressive location, well appointed and cosy (particularly around the gas fireplace), but at the same time well laid out and spacious.  The menu was equally impressive which made meal selection even harder.

At dinner, paired to backstrap lamb with cherry tomatoes, polenta chips, mint pesto & shiraz jus, we continued the Orange wine journey with two bottles of Shiraz (2010) from another well regarded local label Bloodwood.  The selection was superlatve, the Shiraz (resembling a Hunter Shiraz to a degree) was well balanced and contained fine tannis after what would have mounted to a fairly short time spent maturing in the bottle.

The wine was delectable with a sweetly perfumed scent which induced the appetite making the lamb and accompaniments even better than they already were –  a fine pairing.

If you haven’t considered a trip to Orange to taste the local produce and wines, AWG highly recommends a visit.  This article on Gourmet Traveller does a brilliant job of capturing the experiences on offer here.

A huge thanks to Nick, Rod and Caroline plus our local hosts for an excellent evening out in Orange.