Not really miscellany – the wine list from a 50th Birthday celebration.
10 Rudi Pichler Weissenkirchner Achleithen Smaragd Riesling: Big rich botrytis driven style from Austria. Others liked this more than me.
09 Kistler McRae Vineyard Chardonnay: Nice wine that’s seen a lot of winemaking.
04 Dom Perignon: Lovely as usual
11 Bindi Quartz Chardonnay: A real surprise – served blind I thought this was chenin blanc such was the juicy acid edge on this. Lovely wine.
08 Vietti Scarrone VV Barbera: Aah I love top end Barbera, and this is a real winner.
09 Il Carbonaione Sangiovese: Also liked this, an example of warm climate wine done realyl well. i thoguht this was Spanish or Portugese, it was so similar in flavour profile to the juiciness that can come frmo Touriga in a VP.
03 Quinta de Pancas Premium: This is Portugese, and showed as hot and a tad disjointed.
10 Rippon Emma’s Block Pinot Noir: Not the right place in a tasting for this wine. I loved it, but others at the table described it as “fruit slut”. In Central Otago context it definitely isn’t. but thats more a comment on Central style pinot vs rest of the world..
89 Chateau Labergorce Zede: Another wine that should have come out earlier – Mature Margaux that was quite enjoyable in its cigar box wrapper.
10 Ornellaia: The anniversary bottling. Iv’e seen this described elsewhere as tannic and monolithic – not on this showing. Seemed quite integrated and approachable for such a young wine, despite being a bit closed.
10 Bass Philip Premium: Also came out out of order, and I only got a quick sip. i tihnk I enjoyed it
05 Bouchard la Vigne de l’Enfant Jesus: And a cracker to finish the night in alcoholic fog. Very young and needs a long sleep. revisit in about 2018.