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AC/DC: The Wine

Irony?  AC/DC lost Bon Scott after a night of heavy drinking in 1980.  Fast forward to 2011 and we’re introduced to a licensed AC/DC branded series of wines from NSW producer Warburn Estate.


The initial line up includes the following varieties:

  • “Back In Black” Shiraz,
  • “Highway To Hell” Cabernet Sauvignon,
  • “Hells Bells” Sauvignon Blanc
  • “You Shook Me All Night Long” Moscato, and,
  • “Thunderstruck” Chardonnay

Will this hail the beginning of a new era in rock-‘n-roll/vineyard crossover marketing?  We’re thinking not, but at least the wine appears to be decent.

If you’re interested in AC/DC related wine, look out for them at Woolworths, Dan Murphy’s and BWS outlets near you.  It almost goes without saying: be wary of any bottle marked ‘T.N.T’!

We’ll be reviewing the Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon shortly – check back soon.

French Pair–2008 Chardonnay, 2009 Pinot Noir

We’ve just arrived back from a week in Japan, but before we left we had a chance to taste two French table wines.  This pairing was consumed over a three course meal at our usual abode, Provence in HangZhou.  We decided upon the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.


2008 Clotilde Davenne
Bourgogne Blanc
Appellation Bourgogne

From Burgundy’s Côte Chalonnaise region, we have this lovely Bourgogne Blanc Chardonnay which was quite a treat despite the cold weather at the time.  Paired to a very nice plate of salmon, the wine displayed an interesting array of citrus flavours combined with a nice gold hue and light straw colour.  Medium bodied for a Chardonnay, the balance was right on the money, not too acidic and not too sweet.  Would also pair well with other seafood or light pasta.

pierre ponnelle

2009 Pierre Ponnelle
Pinot Noir
Vin de France

Our second taste of the evening was from this bottle which we ordered for the table.  This Pinot was rather light, with a soft touch and a light red colour.  We mainly ordered this particular wine so it would match with the varied meals we had that evening, and as a result, it was a bit on the mild side.  The body was light, and the aftertaste lingered briefly.  It was a bit on the lighter side, lacking the range of taste we so often attribute to the Pinot grape.  Being a bit on the young side (2009) it may prove a better drop after a bit more time in the bottle.

For our Chinese visitors:


2008 Clotilde Davenne
Bourgogne Blanc – Appellation Bourgogne


2009 Pierre Ponnelle
Pinot Noir – Vin de France