Lunch with a rocket scientist

Almost 30 years ago I was doing the first year of an Engineering degree, and as it turns out one of my fellow students is now a rocket scientist. “It’s not rocket science” is a well worn catch-phrase. Anyway, after many years in England and the United States he is back in Australia drinking red wine with me:

Abbazia Moscato d’Asti n/v: had this for at least a year now, and with the weather warming it is a welcome change. Holding up well and has maintained some freshness

Barossa Valley Estate E&E Black Pepper Shiraz 2003: 15.0% abv and shows it a bit, but backed up by rich plums and dark cherries fruits, with chocolate, tobacco, liquorice and spices.

Henschke Mount Edelstone Shiraz 2005: a lovely Shiraz, terrific balance; it’s got the lot, will go another 5 years easily.

Wynns Coonawarra Michael Shiraz 1998: got this from a friend the other night sitting at the Corinda train station. Not sure how and why I ended up with it, but it was very enjoyable the next day. Not particularly Coonawarra or Shiraz like, if you know what I mean, but a decent big red.

Majella Cabernet Sauvignon 2005: very good too, not leafy really, maybe a bit minty, but the richness of the fruits and the power of the oak are nicely in balance at the moment

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