AFL Grand Final drinkies! Just posting the lost for now, I’ll add notes and impressions in due course
2013 Mac Forbes EB08 Methode Ancestrale: A curio made from a fruit salad of varieties. Methode Ancestrale basically is Methode Champenoise with the disgorgement stage deleted – the wine is bottled with yeast, lees and some RS remaining and secondary ferment takes place in bottle. This is interesting, full of winery smells and skinsy smells and tastes too. But seems to finish short – something to flesh this out would have helped.
Rockford Black Shiraz, 2010 Disgorgement: A bit mushroomy, and tasted older than it is. Nice enough, and better fro being lighter on the liqueur in this disgorgement just a touch unexpected.
2011 Jean Chartron St Aubin Murgers les Dents de Chien: Buttery, full and rounded. Not a vineyard I know anything about, but I’m told this is true to type for both vineyard and vintage.
1992 Taltarni Cabernet Sauvignon (not pictured): Served blind we were asked to guess vintage, and we mostly went for mid 70s. yes its 22 years old, but it still tasted older. Disticntly Cabernet though.
2010 Vietti Castiglione Barolo: Love the profile of these Vietti’s and they seem to have done very nicely in 2010. Drive and energy in the acids and tannins, and both richness and restraint in the small berried fruit.
2005 Vietti Lazzarito Barolo: And this is in a whole other place compared to the wine before. Wow. Balance and poise, red fruits are beginning to integrate, and nothing sticks out.
2005 Amiot Servelle Chambolle Musigny les Charmes: Not paying attention by now…
2009 Georges Mugneret Gibourg Chambolle Musigny les Feusselottes: …but I remember liking this a lot more than the Amiot Servelle, which seemed indistinct and undistiguished.
2004 Solaia: And then this happened. i could tell it was a lovely Cabernet, but opening this during the fourth quarter of a grand final was not a good idea.
2009 Chateau Rieussec: and then there was this lovely sauternes. Some coiled up orange marmalade and honeycomb power here, this is going to blossom into something larger than life in a few years time.