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Dinner and Drinks in Orange

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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.

Winter Wine Tasting Notes 2014

Tatler

2011 Tatler Archie’s Paddock Shiraz, Hunter Valley, NSW

This wine was collected on a trip to the Hunter in 2012 and laid down at home until recently opened for dinner with the mother in law.  A good ruby coloured wine that had a very pleasant nose of berries and a fine touch of tannins. Having been aged for 15 months in French and American oak barrels, 

I expected the wine might be a little too strong for the ladies.  However, we were all pleasantly surprised by its smooth taste and gentle lingering on the palate.  Overall, this was a very pleasing wine which went well with a variety of dishes and was enjoyed by everyone. It should cellar well for another 5 years or so.

Vasse Felix

2008 Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River, WA

This wine was opened in April 2015, having been cellared in my wine fridge for 5 years.  A quite dark red colour in the glass, it had a slightly earthy taste which probably resulted from its 18 months maturation in French oak barrels. 

This also gave the wine a pleasing complexity with the strong berry and olive flavours and tannins remaining on the palate for some time.  I am inclined to consume this vintage now as I am not certain that it will cellar much longer.

Saltram

2010 Saltram Mamre Brook Barossa Shiraz, Barossa Valley SA

Saltram shiraz has been one of my favourites over the years and was one of the first full bodied reds that I introduced by wife to may years ago.  This vintage did not disappoint either of us and we enjoyed it at a dinner of roast lamb. 

The deep red colour and full body of the wine is complimented by the dark berries and olives nose and fine tannins which reflect the aging in oak for 18 months.  Probably a more full bodied and stronger wine than I would normally serve to my female dinners but it was still a hit with them. It will probably cellar well for a few more years.

Barton Estate

2006 Barton Estate Georgia Shiraz, Canberra Region, ACT/NSW

Canberra’s cool region wines a winning a great deal of respect both in Australia and overseas. This wine is a good example of the region, with a good dark red colour and full bodied structure. 

It has peppery spice overtones and a hint of blackcurrants but does not overwhelm the palate with strong tannins.  Opened nearly 9 years after bottling and kept in a wine fridge most of the time, I feel it is at its peak now.

Taylors

2005 Taylors Cabernet Sauvignon, Claire Valley, SA

Taylors generally produce wines of good quality at reasonable prices and wines that suit all occasions and tastes. This wine is one of those reliable wines that, aged in French oak, deliver full fruit flavours with interesting undertones of berries and spice.

A good ruby colour and light tannins complete a wine suitable for any meal. This bottle seemed to have cellared well enough but I would not leave it any longer.