Sometimes the success or otherwise of a social event can only be assessed when the empties are collected and transported to the wheelie bin. Not that that is the only criterion by which these things should be judged. But it is sometimes surprising what is found in the debris. So yesterday a couple of mates came over for the AFL Grand Final, and we ate some wonderful food (seafood entrees, beef pies for main, and a fine selection of cheeses with ciabatta for dessert) with the following wines: a bad start, the Domaine Ramonet Puligny-Montrachet 2007 was corked, not overly so, but it still was not drinkable. Hopefully a replacement will be forthcoming. Next a Bouchard Corton-Charlemagne 2006. What can I say? A fantastic wine, no pre-mox issues, just fantastic flavours and concentration and length. A couple of blind wines now, as my two comrades locked horns in a vineous guessing game. The first wine was obviously old, Asian spices, soy, five spice, soft brown sugar, tannin-less, but strangely ethereal. And it turned out it was a Mount Mary Pinot Noir 1983. The second wine initially showed vegemite yeasts, but then turned to raisined fruits that to me, shouted a wine from Europe and 2003 vintage. And I was right! (for the first time!). It was a Masi “Osar” 2003, which is 100% Oseleta from the Veneto region in Italy. Cannot say I enjoyed it very much, but with a good companion to a Wagyu beef pie with handmade puff pastry. Following was a Domaine Dujac Clos de la Roche 2006, which was fantastic but needs another five years at least, a Domaine Aurelien Verdet Vosne-Romanee 2007 which was solid Burgundy but not superlative, and then to close the evening, a Meerea Park Hell Hole Shiraz 2006 which was, ummm, the last wine in a long afternoon/evening. Thanks to all – I had a great time!
[And the bottle has been found….. Lord knows how it got there, but the final bottle was a Mayford Tempranillo 2010…..]