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Two Shiraz and a Bordeaux

D'Arenberg2009 d’Arenberg ‘The Footbolt’ Shiraz,
McLaren Vale
South Australia, Australia

This is a pretty standard medium SA red, having a good nose on opening with a dark colour and slightly peppery and earthy undertones.

It lingered lightly on the palate. It should age well in the bottle for a few more years, It very well complimented a dinner of beef bourguignon and was liked by both male and female diners. It also went well with cheese and biscuits.  At $22 retail a bottle, I would buy this again and cellar it for a few more years.

Bimbadgen2009 Bimbadgen Shiraz
Hunter Valley
New South Wales, Australia 

This was a nice surprise as I was once told by Murray Tyrrell, that the Hunter Valley does not produce good reds. This had a strong red colour and you could smell the fruit in it on opening the bottle.

The slightly peppery and earthy tannins were pleasant and lingered nicely on the palate. This wine should cellar well for a few more years.  It was consumed with a meal of both pan seared fish and sirloin steak and went very well with both.

image2008 Chateau Lalande-Borie
Saint Julien
Bordeaux, France

For something different this wine is the answer. A very nice Bordeaux medium red, it lacks the strength and character of our Australian reds.

However, it was certainly very pleasant and a hit with both the ladies and men at dinner. The slightly lighter body and just a hint of sweetness made it very easy drinking. It may cellar well for a few more years but could be at its peak now.

2008 Château Lalande-Borie


Recently we opened a bottle of 2008 Château Lalande-Borie from the Saint Julien appellation in the Medoc.  We visited the region back in 2009 and thought that it was a remarkable location.

From the website: “Château Lalande Borie was founded in 1970 by Jean Eugène Borie on the Lalande terroir to which he added his family name and that he bought that same year from a classified growth in Saint Julien.”

This particular label appears to be part of the larger Château Ducru-Beaucaillou brand, and this is our first bottle from that estate.  The wine had been cellared (by us) for about six months, then uncorked and left to breathe in the bottle for about fifteen minutes or more before drinking.

As you can perhaps see from the photos, the wine is a lovely ruby red in colour and had a very aromatic, if subtle bouquet.  The wine was – as characteristic for Saint Julien – smooth and velvety and very palatable with soft hints of currants.  Light to medium bodied, soft after taste.

This one will be drinking perfectly now and for the short to medium term.  Should develop further with additional cellaring.

Recommended drinking (estimate): Now – 2016+