April 02, 2010

Australian vintage tasting

On Wednesday I attended an excellent wine tasting at Göteborgs Vinkällare. Hosted by Aussie born Jason Hill we got to taste some real nice vintage shirazes and a cabernet sauvignon.

Penfolds Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz 2005
Penfolds wines have a been a real favourite of mine since visiting a wine show in London 6 years ago. Sommelier friend Holly introduced me their wines and needles to say we spent a great amount of time at their booth tasting and discussing.

After five years the colour is deep dark red. At first the nose gives away a mix of dark fruits, chocolate and liquorice. After some swirls it's also possible to feel both raisins and plums. The palate is what I would say quite typical Shiraz. Prunes, plums and rather spicy.

Reserve Heathcote Shiraz 2000
The colour is deep purple with a plum/brick red hue. The nose is very fragrant with spice, nutmeg and cigar box tones. The palate comes off as very well balanced with some hints of raspberries which goes into a long and very satisfying finish. This became my favourite wine at the tasting.

Yarraman Estate Shiraz 2000
The colour is deep purple with a plum/brick red hue. The nose is rather mellow compared to the previous wines, but has a clear smell of chocolate and dark roasted coffee. The palate is also more matured than the other wines with hints of leather that goes into a smooth finish.

Xanadu Cabernet Sauvignon 2000
The colour is deep red with brick red hue. The nose is filled with berries, bay leafs and hints of smoky oak. The palate displays a concentrated mix of berries, dark chocolate and some tarry liquorice. The tannins are riipe and firm which gives a warm and lingering finish.

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