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Aussie Wine Guy has been a wine enthusiast for over fourteen years, mainly interested in Australian, New Zealand and French wineries, but in recent years has extended his interests to include North and South American, South African and European table wines. He and his wife currently reside in Canberra, Australia after having lived in Sydney, the Gold Coast and Brisbane as well as abroad in Vancouver, Canada and HangZhou, China.

Mid-2008 Wine Wish List

Every now and then I put together a wish list of wine to look at putting down in the near future. This ranges from bottles priced at AUD $30-450 (and obviously the price is a factor in quantity of bottles I’m looking to acquire!)

So, without further adieu, here’s my current thinking:

  • Jim Barry ‘The Armagh’ Shiraz [Any Year]
  • [FR] Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion [2000]
  • [FR] Chateau Palmer [1990]
  • Penfolds RWT Shiraz 2004
  • Wynns Coonawarra Estate ‘John Riddoch’ Cabernet Sauvignon [Latest Release]
  • Suckfizzle (Stella Bella Wines) Cabernet Sauvignon 2004/5?
  • Tyrrell’s Vat 9 (Hunter Valley) Shiraz [Year?]
  • Henschke Cyril Henchke Cabernet Sauvignon [2002?]

Normally, I’m a big buyer of Coldstream Hills Reserve Pinot Noir but last Christmas I bought about AUD $800 worth at the cellar door including four of the ultra premium "Amphitheatre" Pinot Noir (AUD $120/bottle) which I can only think will be celestial!

Additionally, in January I bought a Brokenwood HBA Shiraz which is a limited release containing the best of the Graveyard Shiraz releases from over a ten year period – that’s got to be good?

What is on your wish list? What’s missing on my list?

Charles Sturt University – Wine Tasting

Hi Everyone, well over the weekend, while attending Code Camp Oz 2008 in Wagga Wagga I had a chance to taste some of the wine from Charles Sturt University.

On offer was the 2003 Limited Release Cabernet Sauvignon, their current vintage Port and a white which I admittedly didn’t taste.

The Cabernet was a tad bit too soft for my tastes, felt like the acidity wasn’t balanced enough – i.e. not enough to balance the wine, it felt flat.

However, by contrast the Port was quite nice. Not Galway Pipe Port, but not a bad substitute. It didn’t have the large punch that you sometimes get with the larger ports, but this was a more silky port, easy to drink.

We opened a bottle of Bordeaux last week before I headed off to Sydney, so I’ll have to write about it later in the week. For now, happy quaffing..