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Australian Wine Review Roundup

Penfolds St Henri2007 Penfolds St Henri Shiraz South Australia

Every now and then you open an exceptional bottle of wine and this one was certainly in that category. This wine was decanted 1 hour prior to drinking and settled nicely.

The dark red/purple colour was matched with an aromatic nose on opening the bottle. For a full bodied red, this was surprisingly smooth and with just a hint of pepper, oak and light tannins it was very popular with all our diners.

Its very pleasant lingering finish made you seek for more. In the more expensive price range, it is good value for money and well worth the extra. It should also continue to cellar well for more years.

Vinden Estate Shiraz2005 Vinden Estate Basket Press Shiraz, Hunter Valley

I first visited Vinden Estate back in 1998 when they were just getting established and producing some of their earliest wines.

There was promise in those early whites and reds which I am pleased to say has come through in this 2005 shiraz. A relatively soft red with a touch of light oak and good berry flavours.  I would be drinking this vintage now as I doubt it will cellar much longer.

Bantry Grove2006 Bantry Grove Merlot, Orange NSW

A good mild red wine from the Orange region, this merlot was quite smooth and well rounded with plum flavours and a pleasant finish.

It lacks the full body of the SA reds but maybe because of that reason it was well liked by our ladies at dinner with both red and white meats.  It should be opened now as it is probably nearly passed its cellaring time.

Sandalford2004 Sandalford Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River WA

We wisely decanted this wine before our dinner, as there was a reasonable amount of sediment left in the bottle. It had a good deep red colour, with fruity berry flavours and a touch of oak.

Light tannins were carried through in the quite strong finish to what was a quite pleasant wine that both males and females enjoyed.  A reasonably full bodied wine which may be reaching its peak. It may be wise to check it if you have any cellared.

2005 Vinden Estate Basket Press Shiraz

Vinden Estate

A few years ago we visited the cellar door at Vinden Estate in the lower Hunter valley.  We picked up a couple of bottles, but this one is the bottle which stuck in my mind at the time.

During the visit, we tasted several wines, but this (at the time) young Shiraz caught my attention.  My original intention was to have it for day-to-day table wine (seemed to be performing well at a decent price) with perhaps some potential as a keeper for medium term cellaring.

Well, as things would turn out, it was cellared for a little longer than I anticipated, and it wasn’t until late last month that we opened up our last bottle.  It was decanted into a Reidel “Amadeo”, we let the wine breathe for about 15-20 minutes before serving.

Vinden Estate ShirazPaired to pan fried steak with all the trimmings, the wine really opened up to show much more body than you’d normally expect from a Hunter Shiraz.  The bouquet was mild to medium with hints of tobacco, liquorish and cloves.

The body had picked up some viscosity and layered well into the Vinum Shiraz glasses which we were using for the night.  A slightly chalky aftertaste was just the right length to compliment the meal, bite-for-sip.

This bottle turned out to be a quiet surprise as, if I recall correctly, it wasn’t too expensive (Halliday’s 2008 wine Companion has the 2004 Basket Press at $23/bot).

Well, I’m going to chalk this one up as a good buy.. and a good selection to put down for a while.

Up next?  We’ll be looking at our recent visit to Clonakilla and Lark Hill wineries.